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.


SEPT. 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 30

Activities at the Harrogate Senior Citizens Center include: Mondays — 9:30 a.m., bowling at Hillcrest Lanes; noon, knitting (closed Sept. 5). Tuesdays — 10 a.m., bingo; noon, shuffleboard; Sept. 13, trip to Muddy Pond; and Sept. 20 at 10 a.m., speaker on internet scams. Wednesdays — noon, blood pressure checks; trip to McCloud Mountain. Thursdays — Sept. 1 at 9:30 a.m., diabetes class; and noon, corn toss. Fridays — 9:30 a.m., bowling; Sept. 2 and 16 at 1 p.m., computer classes; Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 12:30 p.m., Microclinic class; Sept. 2 at 8 a.m., breakfast for volunteers. Daily activities include puzzles, library, computers, fun and fellowship. For more information, contact Donna Williams at 423-869-8080.


The CRATER QUILTERS will teach the holiday trees quilt class beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 at First Baptist Church in Middlesboro. The quilt requires 30, 10” squares of Christmas fabrics. Students should come to class with one-layer cake of Christmas fabrics. For more information, call 606-248-3851.

BEE FRIENDS, a local beekeeping group, will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 in the auditorium on the Tazewell campus of Walters State Community College (there will be a sign at the door from the parking lot). Mike Studer, Tennessee state apiarist, will present information and be available to answer questions. coffee and dessert will be served. This is also a great time to check the group out, ask questions and meet others with all levels of experience. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call 423-648-4785.


The Bell County FARM FIELD DAY will be held on Sept. 2 at the Bell County Fairgrounds at Fourmile, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding with a free lunch. Programs include: Skeet shooting, self-defense, exotic animals, Kentucky Farm Bureau mobile unit and presentation by Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy. Also included will be youth activities, Bell County 4-H Country Hams will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and door prizes. The Bell County Farm Field Day is organized by the Bell County Agriculture Advancement Council. For more information, contact Stacy White, Bell County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, at 606-337-2376.

Enter for a chance to win two Battle at Bristol TICKETS. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Tickets are $10 per chance and can be purchased at the Speedwell, Harrogate and New Tazewell, Tennessee Commercial Bank branches. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. on Sept. 2.


The first annual CAR SHOW at the Middlesboro city parking lot will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 3. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a $20 entry fee. Trophies will be given. There will also be music, concessions and chances for door prizes. For more information, call 606-269-7889.

The Robert and Hattie Arthur Long FAMILY REUNION will begin at noon on Sept. 3 at Trinity Tabernacle fellowship hall in Ewing, Virginia. Bring a covered dish. For more information, call 276-445-4290, 276-445-4652 or 276-445-4726.


SEPT. 10, 17, 24; OCT. 1

The Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series returns for the second year to the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Pop-Up Park, just off of Fountain Square — downtown Middlesboro’s increasingly vibrant green space that was formerly a vacant, gravel lot — to augment the city’s community-driven revitalization of its economically challenged downtown, encouraging further community investment in the arts and promoting Middlesboro as a cultural destination. Bring a lawn chair, a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of free live music. Opening acts start at 6 p.m. and headliners take the stage at 7 p.m. Middlesboro’s #LevittAMP lineup includes: Sept. 3, Elam McKnight; Sept. 10, Molly Venter & Goodnight Moonshine; Sept. 17, Jim Hurst Trio; Sept. 24, Kristen Brassel; and Oct. 1, Grady Champion. For more information, visit

SEPT. 3-4

The eighth annual Honoring our Veterans POW WOW, sponsored by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Museum will be held Sept. 3-4 at 4116 Cumberland Falls Hwy. in Corbin featuring native drum and flute music, performers, demonstrators, story tellers, food and craft vendors and Luck of the Draw Dancers prizes. Kids activities include pony rides, petting zoo and inflatables. The special guest will be Larry Sellers, Native American star of television and movies. Gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The grand entry is at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs. The event is funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment of the Arts. For more information, call 606-526-5635, email [email protected] or visit Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs.


The 20th annual HATFIELD/SUTTON REUNION will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 4 at Berkau Park, located at 603 Pennlyn Avenue in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Lunch will be from 12:30-1 p.m. — bring a covered dish, etc., to share with everyone and drinks for your own family, a lawn chair for yourself, old photo and information to share. The reunion also includes surnames Cowan, Blaylock, Yeary, Rosenbalm, Brooks, Maples, Dean, Snavely, Longworth and others. For more information, contact Jeanie Vaughn at 770-943-4974 or [email protected]; or Evelyn at 423-489-2749.


If you interested in learning about the Catholic Church or have questions about what Catholics believe, weekly sessions will begin soon. The first RCIA meeting will be held on Sept. 6 at the church, after 6:30 p.m. mass. For more information, contact the church office or Fr. Thobias at 606-248-2068 or Carolyn O’Boyle at 606-269-0017.

Cumberland Chapter No. 170 of the ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR will hold their monthly meeting on Sept. 6 at the lodge hall, located on Dr. Thomas Walker Road, one mile west of Rose Hill, Virginia. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7:30 p.m.

SEPT. 6, 8

The Office of Mine Safety and Licensing will offer an electrical RETRAINING CLASS from 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 8 at the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing, located at 174 Ball Park Road in Harlan. To receive your Federal Electrical Card, you must provide your MIIN (MSHA Individual Identification Number). For more information, call 606-573-1260.

SEPT. 7, 10-11

Mountain View Nursing in Rehab will sponsor a Softball Tournament Sept. 10 and 11 at Lincoln Field in Middlesboro. Games will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until dark. The entry fee is $100 per team. The entry deadline is Sept. 7. All teams are co-ed and must have at least two females playing — ASA guidelines will be used. Proceeds raised will go to the resident’s Christmas fund. For more information or to enter a team, contact Angie Horton at 66-337-7071 or Larry Fuson at 304-860-2126.


The next Plate It Up COOKING CLASS will begin at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Bell County Extension Office. Participants will make broccoli pizza. To register, contact the extension office at 606-337-2376.


A Scrubby WORKSHOP will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 9 at the Bell County Extension Office. The cost is $2 and you need to bring a size G crochet needle. This workshop is for those who are at an expert level in crocheting. To register, contact the extension office at 606-337-2376.

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

SEPT. 10

Clairfield Elementary School will host a CAR SHOW at the school from 2-5 p.m. on Sept. 10. Proceeds will raise money for basketball shoes, etc. The entry is $10 for cars and $1 for spectators. Trophies will be awarded. The rain date is Sept. 24. For more information, call 423-784-7035.

SEPT. 11

Indian Creek Baptist Church’s regular MONTHLY SINGING will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 featuring The Glory Road Boys and others. Everyone is welcome.

The Gibson Station Missionary Baptist Church Youth will be having a YARD SALE from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the church, located on Hwy. 58 in Ewing, Virginia.

HOMECOMING at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church will begin 10 a.m. on Sept. 11. The congregation will be celebrating their 110th anniversary with special singing by The Thompson Family. Rev. Stewart Fultz, pastor, will be preaching. Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall following the service. Everyone is welcome.

SEPT. 12

Martin’s Station Masonic Lodge No. 188, A.F. & A.M., located on Dr. Thomas Walker Road, one mile west of Rose Hill, Virginia, will have their regular Stated Communication on Sept. 12. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Members and visiting brethren are encouraged to attend.

The Office of Mine Safety and Licensing will offer an MET retraining class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing, located at 174 Ball Park Road in Harlan. For more information, call 606-573-1260.

SEPT. 12, 19, 26;

OCT. 3

HOSPICE OF THE BLUEGRASS will offer a four-week support group for those who have experienced the loss of any significant person in their life. The class will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3 at Covenant Methodist Church, located at 602 Dorchester Avenue in Middlesboro. To register, contact Jonathan Hubbard at 606-277-2160 or [email protected]

SEPT. 16

Mountain View Nursing and Rehab will host a community FISH FRY from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 16. There will be gospel singing, door prizes and free food and drinks. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For more information, contact Angie Horton at 606-337-7071.

Martin’s Station Masonic Lodge No. 188, located on Dr. Thomas Walker Road, west of Rose Hill, Virginia, will have a FISH & CHICKEN DINNER from 4-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. Menu will be fish or chicken tenders, fries, baked beans, slaw, hushpuppies, dessert and drinks. Meals are $8; ages 6-12, $6. Carry out available. Proceeds will benefit the lodge’s Scholarship & Benevolence Fund.

SEPT. 17

First Christian Church in Middlesboro will host a Living Proof SIMULCAST with Beth Moore and worship by Travis Cottrell from 10:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 17. Doors open at 10 a.m. Lifeway fee is $20, payable at the door. To preregister or for more information, call 606-248-2517.

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. 20

Right Fork School Center has announced the SBDM Council meeting dates for the 2016-2017 school year. Meetings will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the school’s conference room. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Meetings dates include: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16 and June 20

SEPT. 22

The Middlesboro Elementary School Family Resource Center will have an open ADVISORY COUNCIL meeting at noon on Sept. 22.

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.

SEPT. 24-25

Underwood Grove Baptist Church will celebrate their 125th ANNIVERSARY Sept. 24 and 25. Events start at noon on Saturday with a pig roast, displays, apple butter making and other old fashioned activities. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by gospel singing around the fire at 7 p.m. A special Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. with singing both days featuring Kelsey Williams, of Tazewell, and a host of others. Everyone is welcome.

SEPT. 26

The Office of Mine Safety and Licensing will offer SURFACE retraining class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing, located at 174 Ball Park Road in Harlan. For more information, call 606-573-1260.

SEPT. 26, 27

The Office of Mine Safety and Licensing will offer an UNDERGROUND retraining class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 27 at the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing, located at 174 Ball Park Road in Harlan. For more information, call 606-573-1260.

OCT. 8

The Cumberland Gap Artists Co-op is extending an invitation to all Tri-State (Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia) artists and artisans to participate in the HARVEST MOON ART FESTIVAL on Oct. 8, where your work will receive great exposure. For more information and to register, call 606-269-1281.

OCT. 14

Shawanee Lodge No. 546 F&AM will host a FISH FRY from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 14 — eat-in or carry-out. Everyone is welcome.

OCT. 15

The ZOMBIE GLOW RUN 5K will be held Oct. 15 in Pineville. For more information, visit

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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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 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]

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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