Community Calendar

To place an event in the Community Calendar, email: [email protected]; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Key; or drop a written copy of the announcement by our office at 1275 North 25th Street, Middlesboro. Announcements will not be accepted by phone and should be submitted no later than four business days before the event. If received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements are also available to view at For more details, call 606-909-4145.


The Bell County Conservation District will sponsor a free TREE GIVEAWAY beginning at 10 a.m. on April 20 at the center of Middlesboro Mall. The following trees will be given away while supplies last: Red delicious apple, yellow delicious apple, Rose of Sharon, grey dogwood, rough-leaf dogwood, willow oak and black walnut.

The Board of Directors of Kentucky Mountain Housing Development Corporation, Inc. (KMHDC) will meet at 12:30 p.m. on April 20 at the office, located at 113 Main Street in Manchester.


Applications are now available at the Bell County Cooperative Extension Office and in all local high schools for the Bell County HOMEMAKERS SCHOLARSHIPS. $500 scholarships will be awarded to two students advancing their education beyond the high school level for each semester in the 2017-2018 school year. Applications must be returned by April 21to the Bell County Extension Service, 101 Courthouse Square, Pineville, KY 40977. If you would like an application, call 606-337-2376.

APRIL 21, 28;

MAY 5, 11, 12, 19, 20

Claiborne County kindergarten REGISTRATION is planned on the following dates: Midway, April 21, 9 a.m.-2p.m.; Clairfield, April 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Powell Valley, May 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; TNT, May 11, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Springdale, May 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Ellen Myers, May 19, 9 a.m-2 p.m.; and TNT, May 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Children who will be five by Aug. 15 are asked to pre-register. You are required to bring your child’s immunization record, a valid birth certificate, child’s Social Security number and food stamp or AFDC number, if applicable.


Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department will have a BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER beginning at 7 a.m. on April 22 at Station No. 1 near Commercial Bank. Meals will include eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, milk, juice, soda pop.

The 12th annual RAMP FEST will be held April 22, featuring an ATV ride and dinner hosted by the Harlan County Ridge Runners ATV Club, Inc. The event begins at the North Evarts RV Campground with riders heading out between 9 and 9:30 a.m. The ride will end up back at the RV campground at approximately 4:30 p.m. with dinner being served beginning at 5 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Explore the hidden history of the Appalachian Mountains in southeast Kentucky from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 22 as Hauntfest and Interviews From Beyond present a day of special speakers at the Harlan Depot about these mysteries. The event, which is free to the public, is titled 2017 PARAMOUNTAIN LECTURE SERIES, and will also feature vendors, info booths, mountain artisans and crafters and a downtown Bloody Harlan Ghost Walk led by Paranormal Investigator Tony Felosi from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Hauntfest crew will be on site with lunches for sale, and there will be giveaways throughout the day. Lecture participants will receive free glow-in-the-dark bracelets as supplies last. For more information, contact Jennifer McDaniels at 606-573-4223.


April has been designated by the ASPCA as “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” Month. In conjunction with Friends of the Bell County Shelter efforts to raise awareness, there will be two guest speakers attending the regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on April 24 in the conference room of the Bell County Health Department in Middlesboro. Bell Co. Sheriff Mitch Williams and Bell Co. Attorney Neil Ward will speak about the role of law enforcement and the court system in addressing animal cruelty and neglect and the punishment for those crimes in Bell County. This meeting is open to the public and the Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter strongly encourages everyone to attend this very important discussion.

APRIL 28-30

The 21st Golden FAMILY REUNION will be held April 28-30 in Williamsburg. For more information, contact Carol Golden at 865-376-7141 or [email protected]


The 2017 Claiborne County Rabies VACCINATION CLINICS, sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Health, will be held on the following dates: April 29 — H.Y. Livesay from 2-2:45 p.m. and Commercial Bank Speedwell from 3:15-4 p.m.; May 6 — New Tazewell Citizens Bank from 2-2:45 p.m. and Springdale school from 3-3:45 p.m. The price is $10 for a one year rabies vaccination for qualifying dogs and cats. Participating veterinarian is Michael Rowland, CVM. Clinics will be held rain or shine.


Binghamtown Baptist Church will present the 22nd annual Woman to Woman CONFERENCE from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 29. There will be a featured speaker and the theme is Joy through Mourning (Psalm 30:5b). The cost is $25 including breakfast, lunch and conference. Registration deadline is April 23. You must pre-register by calling 606-246-1380, 606-248-1885 or 606-248-5600.


Indian Creek Baptist Church’s fifth SUNDAY SINGINGwill begin at 10:30 a.m. on April 30 featuring Thankful Hearts, of North Carolina, and others. Everyone is welcome. Lunch will be served following the service.


National DAY OF PRAYER service will begin at noon on May 4 at the old courthouse in Pineville (second floor courtroom).


The third annual Christ’s Hands DERBY DASH, a two-mile race in downtown Harlan, will be held on May 6 — begin and finish at the Harlan Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the four age groups. Win, place and show awards for the 1.1/4-mile Derby mark will also be presented. The first 50 participants that pre-register will receive a complimentary T-shirt. At the end of the race a prize package will be awarded. For 5 cans of food or $5 one name will be entered to win — there is no limit to the number of times you can enter. Prize package includes two passes to ride Black Mountain Thunder Zipline, one month membership to Core Fitness, one month unlimited tanning at Core Fitness, $25 Sazon Mexican Restaurant gift card and $10 Living Stone gift card. Registration forms can be found at Christ’s Hands, Core Fitness, Judge-Executive Dan Mosley’s office, the Harlan Center, Odie’s Gym and online at

There will be a Veteran Suicide Awareness/Prevention RIDE on May 6 — kickstands up at Wildcat Harley Davidson — at 9 a.m. with pickups for those who wish to join along the route. For more information or to help with the event, contact Bob Ellison at 606-862-0032.


Middlesboro Elementary School will host Kindergarten REGISTRATION NIGHT at 5:30 p.m. on May 8. For more information, contact the school at 606-242-8879.


Middlesboro Elementary School will be having KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 9. For more information, contact the school at 606-242-8879.

MAY 12, 19

The Kentucky State Police Post 10 Trooper Island GOLF SCRAMBLE, sponsored by Tim Short Auto Group, will be held May 19 at Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. The cost is $60 per player (includes golf, cart and dinner). There will also be Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive contests and participants have a chance to win a car with a hole in one. Entry forms must be turned in to KSP Post 10 by May 12. For more information, contact Trooper Shane Jacobs, Post 10, at 606-573-3131.

MAY 13

Crazy Aunt Sadie’s YARD SALE will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 13 in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Parking spaces (9×18) down Main Street will be available for $10 per square, $5 extra for electricity — bring your own table, tent and what you need to make your booth. Spaces are limited, reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, visit There will also be a pancake breakfast for $5 per plate. Space fees and breakfast proceeds support the Cumberland Gap Volunteer Fire Department.

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The Bell County Cooperative Extension Office is taking orders for the following FRUIT AND VEGETABLE plants: Strawberry plants (Allstar and Earliglow), $13 per 100 (or $3.25 for 25); blackberry plants (Natchez), $3 each; blueberry (Blue Crop and Blue Ray), $6 each; red raspberry (Tula Magic), $2 each; black raspberry, $3 each; asparagus (Jersey Knight), $1 each; and onion transplants (Candy), $4 per bundle of 60 plants. Plants are expected to arrive in early April. If you are interested, call the office at 606-337-2376. Payment is due when you place your order.

Would you or a group you work with be interested in learning how to eat healthier, get healthy recipes and incentives for you and your family free of charge? If so, contact your local Bell County Extension Office at 606-337-2376 and ask for Christy Blevins or Gail Brock for more information.

Your local USDA-FSA office has drought assistance to offer through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program. Bell and Whitley County producers owning livestock on eligible grazing land are eligible for assistance. For more information, contact the Barbourville USDA- FSA Service Center at 606-546-3373 or email [email protected]

FREE Rat Bait is available at the Bell County Cooperative Extension Service, located in the basement of the Bell County Courthouse in Pineville. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Rat Bait Program is sponsored by the Bell County Farm Bureau and the Bell County Cooperative Extension Service. For more information, call 606-337-2376.

The Bell County JOB CLUB recently began meeting at the Middlesboro-Bell County Public Library, located at 126 North 20th Street in Middlesboro. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Brian Good at 606-337-3044 or check out Facebook at ekcep.

DONATIONS are needed to continue upkeep and maintenance of the Thompson Chapel Cemetery in New Tazewell, Tennessee. These donations are used to cut grass and keep the cemetery presentable. Donations to the cemetery fund can be given in honor of or memory of a loved one or friend. Also, family members need to check their family monuments as they may need to be restored. Donations can be sent to: Brenda Burchfield, in care of First Century Bank, P.O. Box 159, Tazewell, TN 37879. For more information, call 423-489-9498.

The Bell County COUNCIL ON LITERACY (Middlesboro Learning Center) is now located on the campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College at 100 College Road in the classroom building, room 324. All services are free of charge. For more information, call the new phone number at 606-248-2014.

VOLUNTEERS are sought at the Middlesboro Senior Citizens Center for activity assistants, answering the phone, welcoming seniors and visitors, filing, crafting, historians, entertainment, instructors in tai chi, other forms of senior exercise and a variety of educational topics for seniors. For more information, call 606-248-2990 or stop by the center.

GED classes are being offered to anyone 19 years or older. Improve your reading, writing and mathematical skills and study to receive your GED. Follow your children by improving your education free of charge. For more information, contact the following locations: Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Middlesboro campus at 606-248-3175, Bell County Literacy Center at 606-248-2014, Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044 or Henderson Settlement at 606-337-7729 ext. 305.

Free saliva-based drug testing kits are provided and sponsored through UNITE and Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO). Give Me a Reason (GMAR) is designed for parents/guardians to use to talk with their children and randomly test them, which gives them a reason to say no when tempted or offered drugs. Kits can be obtained at 44 different distribution points (DP) throughout the Tri-State area and at the SIGCO office, located at 502 Pennlyn Avenue in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. For more information, contact the SIGCO office at 423-300-1302. To pick up a kit, stop by on Mondays from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

The American RED CROSS is seeking volunteers with flexible schedules to respond to single and multi-family home fires in the Lake Cumberland service area which includes Casey, Adair, Cumberland, Clinton, Russell, Pulaski, Wayne, McCreary, Whitley, Laurel, Clay, Knox, Bell and Harlan counties. Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers respond to assist families with shelter, support and access to basic needs immediately following a home fire – often arriving on scene even as the fire is still burning. Volunteers may apply online by visiting or by contacting Chapter Executive Terry Burkhart at 859-253-1331 or [email protected]

The Lighthouse HOMELESS SHELTER, located at 117 South Pine Street in Pineville, is open seven days a week. For more information, call 606-337-9736.

Kentucky JOB CORPS, located in Prestonsburg, is open to motivated, young people ages 16-24 meeting the federal income guidelines. The program offers career training, high school and college courses, job search assistance, housing and medical benefits. For more information, contact Cynthia Bohon at 606-433-5336 (office), 606-224-1722 (cell) or [email protected]

Lighthouse Lifeline of Bell County non-residential SUPPORT GROUPS are held at the Lighthouse Mission Center, located at 3609 Hwy. 119 in Pineville. For more information, contact Sharon Teaney at 606-269-2187 or Ules Baker at 606-670-1949. Men’s and women’s support groups meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Youth support groups (ages 10-18) meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Lighthouse RAY OF HOPE Children’s Advocacy Center, located at 3619 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For information, call 606-337-9955.

The “Something Different” NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS group meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays at the First Christian Church of Middlesboro, located at 2130 Cumberland Avenue. Meetings are open.

Lighthouse Mission Center, located at 3609 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, will have FOOD GIVEAWAYS at 11:30 a.m. on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month. Emergency food boxes are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 606-337-1834.

A military SUPPORT GROUP for all active, separated or any former military men or women meets at 6:30 p.m. each first and third Monday of the month at the Middlesboro National Guard Armory, located on 30th Street. If you face financial, relationship, criminal, adjustment, substance abuse or other problems, this is for you.

GED CLASSES will be held on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Career Training Center, located at 980 Old Bell High Road off of U.S. 119 in Pineville. For more information, call 606-337-9955.

Benchmark Family Services, serving Bell, Harlan, Clay, Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties, invites you to become a FOSTER PARENT. Free orientation classes are held from 5-6 p.m. on any Tuesday. For more information, call 606-526-6992 or toll free at 866-526-6992.

Applications are available for the Lighthouse MEDICAL CLINIC, located at 3619 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visits are by appointment only. For more information, call 606-337-9955.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS will meet at the Living Clean Group Wallsend Community Room in Pineville. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on Mondays; at noon on Wednesdays, closed for addicts only; and at 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 606-499-0238 or 606-302-6972.

Narconon is reminding families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM DRUG USE. If you know anyone who is struggling get them the help they need. For a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs, call 800-431-1754 or visit Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals.

Cumberland Gap ARTISTS CO-OP hosts private parties for birthdays, holidays, special events, corporate events and more. All art supplies are furnished for your group along with soft drinks and water — you can bring hors d’oeuvres, cake, etc., and your favorite beverage. For more information, contact Cora Howard at 606-269-1281 or 423-869-0046.


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