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 120 North 11th Street, Middlesboro (behind Food City). Announcements will not be accepted by phone and should be submitted no later than four 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.

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 at606-248-3175, Middlesboro Learning Center at606-248-4000, Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044, Henderson Settlement at 606-337-7729 ext. 305 or Lighthouse Mission at 606-337-1069.

In compliance with other applicable provisions of KRS Chapter 424, Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency, Inc. has AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW at their Pineville location, 129 Pine Street, their adopted budget, financial statements, and most recent audit. For more information, contact Leigh Anne Eldridge at 606-337-3044 or 606549-3933.

Middlesboro High School athletic director SEASON PASSES are available for purchase at Middlesboro Pre-school (Old East End building) from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The following sports passes are available: Football —$20, good for all six home games; volleyball —$15, good for all home games; and soccer — $10, good for all home games.

If you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, weekly sessions of RCIA will begin the last week in September to answer questions. For more information, contact the church office at 606-248-2068 or Carolyn O’Boyle at 606-248-6007.


The Bell-Whitley CAA Inc., Board of Directors meeting will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. 25 at Cumberland Inn in Williamsburg. For more information, contact Suzanne Browning or Sandy Hoskins at 606-337-3044 or 606-549-3933.

A certified and trained state service officer will be at the London DAV building (on east 80 behind Valero Truck Stop) from 9 a.m. to noon or longer on Aug. 25 to ASSIST ALL VETERANS and their dependents with VA claims free of charge. For more information, call 606-862-0032 or 606-877-1308. If no answer, leave a brief message.


The Lee County REPUBLICAN PARTY will sponsor free hot dog/barbecue dinners beginning at 6 p.m. on the following dates: Aug. 25, Jasper Fire; Sept. 10, Keokee Community Center; Sept. 15, Ewing Civitan; Sept. 22, Stickleyville Community Center; Sept. 24, Blackwater Fire Department; Sept. 29, St. Charles School; Elydale School, Oct. 1; Elk Knob School, Oct. 6; Dryden Fire Department, Oct. 13; Oct. 15, Flatwoods School; and Oct. 20, Rose Hill School. A free breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 15 at Ewing Civitan Park.


Middlesboro ARH Hospital will present the LUNCH-N-LEARN Women’s Health Series beginning at noon on Aug. 27 in the hospital classroom, located near the MRI entrance at the back of the hospital. Guest speaker Dr. Joseph Slusher, radiology and chair of the stroke committee, will discuss the risks, signs and symptoms of stroke. To reserve your lunch, call 606-242-1222 or email [email protected]

There will be a CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the First Christian Church fellowship hall. The guest speaker will be Greta Adams, registered nurse/case manager. She will discuss Medicare/Medicaid benefits. To secure a seat, contact the church at 606-248-2517 on or before Aug. 27. Light refreshments will be served.


VISION4HIM will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 28-29 at Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park in Pineville featuring a free concert and free food nightly. Speakers include Dr. Travis Freeman, Chris Fuson, Tyler Shields and Bobby Jones. Performers include 7eventh Time Down, All Things New, Among the Thirsty and Shiloh. For more information, visit


REVIVAL, Revive in 2015, at Thankful Baptist Church in Middlesboro will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 24-28 with special music each night. Speakers include: Tuesday — Pastor Charles Tinsley, St. Paul Baptist Church; Wednesday — Prophet Michael Ferguson, of Pineville; Thursday — Pastor Todd French, of Bluefield, Virginia; Friday — Assistant Pastor Mark A. Clark, Thankful Baptist Church. Pastor J.H. Clark welcomes everyone.


Concerts will be presented at the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Pop-up Park, located at 20th and Cumberland Avenue, through Oct. 3. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Artists from several genres, from rock to “trashgrass,” will be performing in downtown Middlesboro. They hail from as far away as Austin, Texas and Philadelphia, to as close as Knoxville, Louisville and Nashville. The schedule includes: Aug. 29, Lauren Shera; Sept. 5, Whiskey Shivers; Sept. 12, Appalatin; Sept. 19, Annandale; Sept. 26, Erica Blinn; and Oct. 3, J.D. Crowe and The New South “Flashback” Band.


Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church will have a FIFTH SATURDAY Night Singing beginning at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29. The guest singer will be Dave Seratt, of Knoxville. Everyone is welcome.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will host a GOLF LUAU on Aug. 29. The Wasioto Winds Luau Scramble (nine-hole scramble) tee off is 5 p.m. The three luau challenge holes to help advance is $10 per team/challenge. Sign up individually or as a team of four. A golf package will be awarded to the winning team. The cost is $15 per person or $60 per team. The After Party Luau will be held at the Pro Shop Deck and is open to the public (21 and over) from 7-11 p.m. and includes pork barbecue luau buffet, DJ, photo booth and door prizes. Only 100 tickets are available for $20 per person.

A Hill Climb Competition, BUGGIES VS. BOUNCERS, will be presented by Ross Racing Promotions Aug. 29 at the Harlan County Campground in Putney. To pre-register, call 606-733-3773. For more information, visit


Faith Tabernacle Church, located at 385 Arthur Road in Arthur, Tennessee, will have a one night SINGING EVENT beginning at 6 p.m. on Aug. 30 featuring Rev. Mike Parsley, his wife Sherry, their son Nathan and the Gloryway Believers, of Corryton, Tennessee. Arnold and Alice Guy, pastors, invite everyone to attend.

Indian Creek Baptist Church will host a FIFTH SUNDAY SINGING at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 30 with special singing by The Hawkins Family, of Knoxville, and others. Lunch will be served following the service. Everyone is welcome.


Tipprell Community Full Gospel Church, located in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, will have HOMECOMING REVIVAL Aug. 30-Sept. 6 with Anthony Noe ministering. Services begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 30; at 7 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 5; and at 11 a.m. on Sept. 6. There will also be special singing on Sept. 6 by The Mountain Grace. Dinner will be served after the service. Pastor Johnny Parks welcomes everyone.


TAI CHI classes will begin at the Harrogate Senior Citizens Center on Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. This eight-week class will be taught by Dawn Richardson, certified instructor, and will cost $2. To register, call 423-869-8080.


Summer Nights LINE DANCING at Pine Mountain State Resort Park will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Upper Shelter Sept. 4. Learn basic line dancing to some of your favorite tunes with the Broken Spur Dance Club. The instructor led class is $5 per person. For more information, email [email protected]


A Bryant & Johnson TRUCK DRIVING REUNION will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 5 at Shawnee Lodge Hall. Bring a covered dish.

There will be a FAMILY REUNION for descendants of Robert and Hattie Arthur Long beginning at noon on Sept. 5 at Trinity Tabernacle fellowship hall in Ewing, Virginia. Bring a covered dish. For more information, call 276-445-4290 or 276-445-4726.


The 20th annual Hatfield/Sutton REUNION will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 at Burkau Park in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. The reunion also includes, Longworth, Yeary, Cowan, Snavely, Brooks, Rosenbalm, Blaylock, Maples, Dean and many more. Bring a covered dish to share and drinks for your family. For more information, contact Jeanie at 770-826-6309, 770-943-4974 or [email protected]

New Beginning Baptist Church, located at 2305 Hwy. 63 in Harrogate, Tennessee, has announced NEW MEETING TIMES. Services will begin at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Bible study) on Sundays; at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays (visitations, Bridge Builders and youth). Life Application classes will begin on Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. — “Lord, Change My Attitude” by James McDonald). For more information, contact the church office at 423-869-7378 or Pastor Donnie Bannister at 423-526-4491.

The annual REUNION of Seal Chapel School (also known as Rip Shin), located in the Howard’s Quarter community of Claiborne County, Tennessee will begin at 2 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the Seal Chapel Church House. All former students, teachers, their families and former and present community members are invited to attend. Bring lawn chairs for your family along with photos or other memorabilia to share. For more information, contact Margaret (Seals) Bull at 423-626-3075.


The Middlesboro Elementary School SBDM COUNCIL will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 8 in the school conference room.

SEPT. 12-13

The Lee County Extension Office is coordinating educational exhibits for the Rural Area Medical (RAM) event that will be held Sept. 12-13 at the Lee County Airport. Any agency/organization that would like to set-up a booth for one or both days of this event should contact the Lee County Extension Office at 276-346-1522 to receive the exhibitor application or further information.

SEPT. 13

HOMECOMING at Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13 with guest singers, The Thompson Family. Everyone is welcome.

SEPT. 19

The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia will offer READY! for Kindergarten session during Super Saturdays at the Middlesboro Mall. Parent sessions are from 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 4-5 and from 12:30-2 p.m. for ages 3-4. The last session will be Sept. 19, session three (spring). Sessions target children who have not yet started kindergarten with free childcare for ages 3-8. Bring your READY! for Kindergarten notebook if you have one. First time participants need to arrive 30 minutes before the first session to receive their notebook as part of a parent orientation.

The annual REUNION for Howard’s Quarter School (also known as Red Hill School) of Claiborne County, Tennessee will be held Sept. 20 at the fire department building (near where the old school was located). The reunion will begin at 1 p.m. with the meal to be served at approximately 1:30 p.m. — bring a covered dish to share along with drinks for your family. Also, bring lawn chairs for your family, photos or other memorabilia to share. Any former and present residents of the community are invited to attend. For more information, contact J.C./Mollie Waddell at 423-587-3402 or Margaret (Seals) Bull at 423-626-3075. Following the reunion, a memorial service in honor of the memory of Wanda Jean Wallen Hodges and her brother J.M. (James Monroe), children of Troy and Jeanette Seals Wallen, will also be held on Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. at Pearson cemetery (also known as Howard’s Quarter Cemetery and Red Hill Cemetery, near the school).

SEPT. 24

The Bell County Farm Bureau ANNUAL BOARD MEETING will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the office, located at 923 North 19th Street in Middlesboro.

SEPT. 25-26

The 39th annual Great American DULCIMER CONVENTION and Frontier Night will be held Sept. 25-26 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville. Dulcimer concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday, and tickets are $10 at the door. There will be free workshops and open jam sessions Saturday. The Frontier Nigh buffet is from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $27. For more information, visit or call 606-337-3066.

OCT. 2, 9

The 2015 Kentucky State Police Post 10 2015 GOLF SCRAMBLE to benefit Shop with a Trooper will begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 9 at Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville. The entry fee is $60 per player — includes golf, cart and dinner. Teams need to register by Oct. 2. Awards will be given to first, second, seventh and 18th places as well as Closest to the pin and longest drive. For more information, contact Trooper Shane Jacobs at 606-573-3131 or [email protected]

OCT. 2

The eighth annual Golden Scalpel GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Oct. 2 benefiting the Ray E. Stowers Endowed LMU-DCOM Scholarship, which provides scholarships to students from the Appalachian region with the greatest financial need. The format will be a four-person team scramble with tee off at 9:30 a.m. Team prizes for first second and third place. Individual prizes include longest drive, closet-to-the-pin and hole-in-one. To register or sponsor online, visit For more information, contact Joey Gilbert at 423-869-7206 or [email protected]

OCT. 2-3

The 35th annual Dillion Asher REUNION will be held Oct. 2 and 3. On Friday, dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the dining room 3 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville; and from 6:30-9 p.m., there will be DAR/SAR information, social hour and business meeting in the Ray Harm Room. On Saturday, events will take place at Cardinal House, Queendale, in Clay County including an all-day potluck picnic (beginning at noon), entertainment by the Wayne Dale Baptist Quartet, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information, contact Janene Carole Simpson at [email protected] or [email protected]


New Beginning Baptist Church, located at 2305 Hwy. 63, four miles west of Harrogate, Tennessee., will host GRIEFSHARE MEETINGS on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. through Oct. 26. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. For more information, contact church office at 423-869-7378 on Thursdays or Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or Bob and Nancy Jackson at 423-869-4422.


LEAP — Literacy, Eating and Activity for Primary — into summer with the Nutrition Education Program at will be held from 10-11 a.m. every Friday through Aug. 14 at the Bell County Cooperative Extension Office. This six-week program, offered to children ages 4-8, will include reading books that focus on preparing and eating healthy foods and being physically active. After the story, a healthy snack will be made together. Each child that attends will receive a free book and goody bag at the end of the program. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, contact the Extension Office at 606-337-2376.



The Lee County Extension Office will conduct a MASTER GARDENER COURSE through Aug. 10 with classes tentatively scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office. The course will include 50 hours of classroom and hands-on training on horticultural related topics. Sessions will be recorded for participants to be able to make up sessions with prior approval. The cost of the course is $125, which includes the Virginia Master Gardener Handbook and materials. To achieve Master Gardner status, participants will need to complete 50 hours of volunteer service, in addition to the 50 hours of classroom. Once achieving Master Gardener status, those wishing to maintain the active status will need to complete eight hours of educational training and 20 hours of volunteer service each year thereafter. For more information, contact Amy Gail Fannon in the Lee County Extension Office at 276-346-1522 or [email protected] The office is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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The 51st Kingdom Come SWAPPIN’ MEETIN’ will return to the banks of Cloverlick Creek in Cumberland Oct. 2-3. Michael Corriston, longtime director, announced that applications are being accepted for those wishing to sell crafts and food items. Forms are available at or contact Corriston on the Cumberland campus at 606-589-3137.

Stand in the Gap Coalition is sponsoring free saliva-based drug test kits designed to be provided to parents and guardians to keep and use for their children as they feel necessary. Give Me A Reason, gives individuals a reason to say no to drugs when tempted by peer pressure or whatever the circumstance be. Complete information and instructions are included in each kit. Kits can be obtained at the Stand in the Gap office, located at 502 Pennlyn Avenue in Cumberland Gap, TN. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and in at least 44 different distribution points in the Tri-State area. For more information and locations of the DP’s, call 423-300-1302 or 423-494-1849.

Help out FRIENDS OF THE BELL COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER for free by using your Kroger Plus card. Sign up for Kroger Community Rewards at Use the community tab at the top of the web page and select Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter as your charity (number is 10858). Every time you use your card to shop, Kroger will make a donation to this worthwhile cause. In August, you must select your charity again.

SAIL CLASSES will be taught at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at Servolution. SAIL is an evidence-based program designed to prevent falls and includes exercise classes, educational materials and self-assessment. Classes are designed specifically for older adults and focus on strength, balance, flexibility and aerobics. Transportation is available at the Harrogate Senior Center. For more information, contact Donna at 423-869-8080.

Lifeline of Bell County is sponsoring a SUPPORT GROUP (with highly trained adults) for children of addicted parents (ages 10 and up) available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Lighthouse Training Center, located at the old Bell County vocational building in Pineville. Parents and/or guardians are welcome to join the adult support groups. The parent/guardian must remain on the property during group. This safe place to share and grow will have activities, snacks, fun and how to cope with home/school when things are tough. For more information, contact Sharon Teaney at 606-269-2187.

The Middlesboro Learning Center is seeking VOLUNTEER TUTORS to work with low-level literacy students Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteer tutors must have minimum, a high school certification. If interested, contact Sue at 606-248-4000 or [email protected] before 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Lighthouse RAY OF HOPE Children’s Advocacy Center, located at 3619 Hwy. 119 in Pineville, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 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 a FOOD GIVEAWAY at 11:30 a.m. on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month with the exception of Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. For more information, call 606-337-1834.

Men’s and women’s SUPPORT GROUPS of Lighthouse Lifeline of Bell County meet on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and on Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the Lighthouse Career Training Center, located at 980 Old Bell High Road off of Hwy. 119 in Pineville. For information, call 606-337-9955.

The Wise County WOUNDED WARRIOR VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Norton United Methodist Church, located at 8th and Virginia Avenue in Norton, Va. For more information, call 276-220-6245.

The Lee County WOUNDED WARRIOR VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Lee County Behavioral Healthcare, 34084 West Wilderness Road, Jonesville, VA. For more information, call 276-220-6245.

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 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3619 Hwy 119 in Pineville. 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.
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