Community briefs for Friday, July 4

Gassaway Days

Gassaway Days will be held through Saturday in downtown Gassaway. Performers will be as follows:

Friday: 6:30 p.m., Country Line; 8 p.m., Allied Brothers; and 10 p.m., Ryan Cain and Ables.

Saturday: 6 p.m., Hillbilly Stompers, 8 p.m., Subway; 9:35 and 10:30 p.m., Johnny Cochran/Trailblazers.

A parade will kick-off at 2 p.m. Fireworks will be held at 10 p.m. Saturday. A carnival will be featured.

Freedom Festival

Now through Saturday, July 5, author Daniel Boyd will celebrate unsung coal miners at the Freedom Festival in Logan, where he will appear with his new graphic novel “Carbon.”

Set in the southern West Virginia coalfields, “Carbon” tells the story of what happens when a coal operator unwittingly awakens then releases a cursed and banished underground civilization onto the surface.

Boyd will answer questions and sign copies of “Carbon” in downtown Logan between 53 Godby St. and 403 Stratton St. now through Saturday. He will be at a booth from 6 until 9 p.m.

The Freedom Festival also will have a parade, car show, bike show, block party, live entertainment, food and fun, as well as fireworks today.

For more information, visit Daniel Boyd’s website at

The Kanawha County Republican Women will have their regular monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday at the Charleston Civic Center. Alex Mooney, candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, will be speaker. Parking is free. A buffet luncheon will be served. For more information, call 304-965-5365.

Library meeting

The Board of Directors of the Kanawha County Public Library system will have its annual meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at the Main Library, third floor, Ray Room. Call 304-343-4646 for information.

Support group

A Huntington’s Disease support group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital. The next meeting is July 12.

Meetings are for patients, families, caregivers, at-risk and anyone affected by Huntington’s Disease. For more information, contact Debbie Armstrong at 304-549-3266 or

‘Stuff the Bus’ event

Concord University’s Beckley campus is issuing the challenge to help them “Stuff the Bus” again this year as they collect a bus load of school supplies for children in southern West Virginia. Students, staff and faculty, along with individuals and businesses in the community, are encouraged to participate.

The following supplies are on the wish list: elementary schools – crayons, magic markers, colored pencils and backpacks; secondary schools – calculators, flash drives, spiral one-subject notebooks, spiral three-subject notebooks, staplers, notecards and whiteout; all students – hand sanitizer, tissues, pencil cases, black and white notebooks, erasers, glue, folders, rulers, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, pencils, pens and loose leaf notebook paper. Please note that no food donations may be accepted.

The “Stuff the Bus” official kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Beckley Walmart. Another collection day is planned for Aug. 16 at the same location from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at each event.

Every individual contributing a $5 donation for “Stuff the Bus” will be registered to win the grand prize consisting of a Nikon camera bundle valued at $700. There will also be door prizes at each event.

Businesses are encouraged to join the “Stuff the Bus” effort by setting up a donation box or making a donation of company branded school supplies. (Donation boxes will be provided.) For additional information about the “Stuff the Bus” campaign including details about volunteering or becoming a sponsor, email or call 304-256-0270.

To submit an item, send it by email to, fax it to 304-348-4847 or mail it to Community Briefs, Charleston Daily Mail, 1001 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV 25301.

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