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 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.


Middlesboro Public Library will host a PROGRAM from 10 a.m. to noon on July 14, send off with DJ John Day. You must register at the library prior to attending — space is limited.


Lighthouse Ministries’ 14th annual Back to School GIVEAWAY will begin at 5 p.m. on July 15 at Bell Central School, located on Hwy. 25E. All children must be present to receive clothes, shoes and school supplies. There will also be free food, games and face painting. For more information, contact Sharon Teaney at 606-269-2187.

HOSPICE RADIO DAY has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 15 on WRIL 106.3. Take time to listen and call 606-248-6565 to pledge your support for local Hospice of the Bluegrass Mountain Heritage. For more information or to make a pledge prior to the event, call 606-277-2610, 800-371-6112 or visit

The Upper Room Revival Center, located at 730 Winchester Avenue in Middlesboro, will host EVANGELIST John Carter at 7 p.m. on July 15. Everyone is welcome.

The Indian Creek Baptist Church youth will host a FISH FRY fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. on July 15 — dine in or carry out. Meals are $7 and include two fish filets, coleslaw, hush puppies, fries, dessert and a drink.

A plaque and park benches will be DEDICATED by the Middlesboro Housing Authority in memory of Lorenza “Rennie” Gayles in the circle of Rennie Gayles Housing Project at 2 p.m. on July 15. The public is invited to attend.


The schedule for Middlesboro library’s 2016 Adult Summer READING PROGRAM has been announced. The guest speakers include: Alternative Gardening from Bonnie Bank on July 19 at 10 a.m. and 21 at 7 p.m.; and Rock the Crock – Healthy Cooking from Christy Blevins on Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. Movie Day begins at 10 a.m. on July 21. Exercise Your Mind book discussions include sports biographies on July 26 at 10:30 a.m. Coloring Club for Adults is held from 2-4 p.m. July 15 and 29. For more information or to register, stop by the library, 126 South 20th Street, or call 606-248-4812 (ask for Pam Blank or Michele Lawson).

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 29;

AUG. 5, 12, 19

Summer Nights LINE DANCING at Pine Mountain State Resort Park will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on July 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5 and 12; and from 7-8 p.m. on Aug. 19 on the lodge basketball court. Learn basic line dancing steps and dance to some of your favorite tunes. The instructor-led class, held with the Broken Spur Dance Club, is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. the day of the class. As this is an outdoor location, classes are weather permitting. For more information, contact [email protected]


Friends of the Lincoln School, Inc. will sponsor the Lincoln SCHOOL HOMECOMING 2016, July 15-17 in Middlesboro. Events on Friday include a Lincoln School Homecoming Open at Middlesboro Country Club; Hospitality Room at Holiday Inn Express; and a “Back to our Motherland” dance party for adults with African attire (if possible) at the Civic Center featuring a limbo contest with prizes. On Saturday, events include the Lincoln School Park Cookout held a Lincoln Park with concessions by The Church of the True Living God of Holiness; selection and crowning of Mr. and Ms. Lincoln School Homecoming and a Lincoln Idol contest at the Middlesboro High School cafeteria; and “A Bouquet of Color” Gala/Coming Back to our Dancing Legacies (dance for adults) at the Civic Center featuring Sunday best or after-5 attire and a “Rump Shaker Dance Battle. Homecoming will conclude with “Every Praise” Sunday morning church service at the Middlesboro High School cafeteria with a message by a guest speaker along with gospel music from The Church of the True Living God of Holiness choir and musicians. The service will be dedicated in memory of Phyllis King Brown. For more information, including times and admission prices, contact President Wallace R. Wade at 606-242-9260.


There will be a BENEFIT concert, Help Tyler Kick Cancer, beginning at 6 p.m. on July 16 at the Middlesboro city parking lot for Tyler Nelson, of Speedwell, Tennessee, who was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma. There will be food and live music featuring Chenoa Partin, Corey Evans, Malachi and Wake Up Sunday.

The Lady Bulldog second annual FAMILY PIG ROAST will be held from 4-10 p.m. on July 16 on the Claiborne High School grounds with activities, food and live entertainment featuring Southern Steel, Jordan Bullins, Forgiven and more. Tickets are $6 and include one adult or kids meal with pork roast, hot dog or hamburger, sides and dessert (drink not included). Some activities have an additional cost. Bring your lawn chairs. Booths can be purchased by political candidates, vendors and craftsmen. Food vendors and political candidates without a booth will not be allowed. For more information, contact Tater Petty at 865-585-1331.

The Harrogate Book Station, located at 310 Bristol Road, will have a YARD SALE beginning at 8 a.m. on July 16. Donations are welcome, and proceeds go toward the library. For more information, call 423-869-9777.

The Lone Jack REUNION will be held on July 16 in the evening at Bell County High School. Letters may be picked up at the Pineville Water Company from Freda, or for more information, call 606-337-7677. For a registration form, visit the Facebook page: Lone Jack Reunions.


Rose Hill Pentecostal Church will host a REVIVAL through July 17. Services begin at 7 p.m. nightly; Sunday service begins at 6 p.m. The evangelist is Anthony Noe, and the pastor is Jay Harold Smith. Everyone is invited to attend.

JULY 19-21

St. Julian/St. Anthony will host Vacation BIBLE SCHOOL, SonRock, from 9 a.m. to 3 pm. July 19-20 and from 9 a.m. to noon July 21 at St. Anthony Parish Hall, located on Virginia Avenue in Pineville. Lunch and snacks will be served.


4-H ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM will begin at 1 p.m. on July 21. For more information or to register, contact the Bell County Extension office at 606-337-2376.


The Incredible Community BABY SHOWER, honoring pregnant and breastfeeding moms, will be held from 1-4 p.m. on July 22 at Claiborne High School in New Tazewell, Tennessee. There will be vendors, door prizes, speakers, refreshments and much more. For more information, contact the Claiborne County Health Department at 423-626-4291.

The Shawanee O.E.S. No. 436 will host a SOUP BEAN DINNER from 4-7 p.m. on July 22 — eat-in or carry-out. Everyone is welcome.

JULY 25, 26

The “On Pins & Needles” Needlework and Crochet WORKSHOP will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on July 25 and 26. For more information or to register, contact the Bell County Extension office at 606-337-2376.


School sponsored sites for the SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM include: Bell Central School Center — May 31-July 29 (Monday-Friday), breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Page School Center — June 6-July 29 (Monday-Thursday) and June 13-17 (Monday-Friday), breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Yellow Creek School Center — June 20-24 (Monday-Friday), breakfast from 9-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon.; and Ferndale Apartments — May 31-July 29 (Monday-Friday), lunch from 1-1:30 p.m. For more information on other participating sites, call 866-348-6479 or visit the USDA website at

AUG. 6

The Middlesboro WING FLING Festival will be held on Aug. 6 in downtown Middlesboro featuring wing samples from local restaurants/competitors and live music. Admission is $5. For more information, contact Stephen at 606-242-8785, email [email protected] or visit

AUG. 7

A special SERVICE will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Old Yellow Creek Baptist Church in Middlesboro featuring music by Dorothy Buell and Joyful Noise (Dennis Howard, Rev. Ray Spicer and Paige and Alex Campbell). Bro. Jeff Greene welcomes all.

AUG. 19

Shawanee Lodge No. 546 F&AM will host a BBQ DINNER from 4-7 p.m. on Aug. 19 — eat-in or carry-out. Everyone is welcome.

AUG. 20

Springdale Volunteer Fire Department’s annual CAR SHOW will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Springdale Elementary School on US 25E South with free admission. There is a $15 entry fee for each vehicle; over 125 trophies will be awarded. Vendors are welcome to set up booths for a $15 fee (no food or drink vendors). All profits will go to the department. For more information, contact Bill W. Smith at 423-626-9816 or Ray Rowe 423-626-4559.


Shawanee Lodge No. 546 F&AM will host a CATFISH DINNER from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 9 — eat-in or carry-out. Everyone is welcome.

SEPT. 17

The Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival 2016 Quilt Block Contest has been announced. Prizes will be awarded in two categories, hand pieced blocks and machine pieced blocks — $30 for first place and $20 for second place. Each first place winner will also receive a gift certificate from a local fabric store. Entries may be brought or mailed to the Bell County Public Library, 126 South 20th Street, Middlesboro, KY 40965 no later than Sept. 17. For additional information or clarification, contact Sally C. Smith at 606 269-2655.

SEPT. 23-24

The 40th annual Great American DULCIMER CONVENTION will be held at Pine Mountain State Resort Park Sept. 23 and 24 featuring free learning workshops during the day on Saturday and must-see evening concert on Friday and Saturday. The Frontier Night Buffet will also be held on Saturday at the Mountain View Restaurant with buffalo and elk entrees. For more information, visit or call 606-337-3066.

OCT. 30

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky has issued an invitation to U.S. Senate candidates, Jim Gray (D) and Rand Paul (R) to participate in a televised debate on Oct. 30. The debate will be held at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center in Lexington. Co-sponsors with the league are the Lexington Herald-Leader, University of Kentucky Student Government and CBS affiliates WLKY-TV, Louisville and WKYT-TV, Lexington.

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New Beginning Christian Academy, located at 2305 Hwy. 63 in Harrogate, Tennessee, is currently accepting APPLICATIONS for the 2016-2017 school year for kindergarten through sixth grade. For more information, including an application, call 423-869-7378 or 423-526-4491.

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 Thursdays from noon to 5:30 p.m. Join prayer at the SIGCO office from 5-6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

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]

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

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.

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 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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