By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
PLEASANT VALLEY —
For 17 years, Pleasant Valley has had a party to celebrate the merger of four communities — Pleasant Valley, Benton’s Ferry, Millersville and Kingmont — into one city.
This year, it may not happen.
At a council meeting Wednesday night, Pleasant Valley Mayor Barbara Metcalfe said the city celebration has not been scheduled this year because of a lack of funding and interest in organizing the event.
“We didn’t have a chairman for the project,” she said. “Nobody volunteered.”
Traditionally, the celebration has been held every year at East Fairmont High School with hundreds of people attending. Last year, they expected about 1,300 people to visit throughout the day, though June’s derecho put a damper on those plans.
George Boyles, a community member, said he had been approached by multiple other Pleasant Valley citizens about when the celebration was going to be, and he came to the council meeting looking for answers.
Last year, Metcalfe said, the city council voted not to pursue a grant that would help fund the city celebration. Also, the city lost its fireworks provider and the car show, adding further obstacles in the organization of the party.