Community Calendar

To place an event in the Community Calendar, email:; 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.


Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter will be holding an ADOPT-A-PET DAY from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 4 at Middlesboro Mall as a part of the Read Across America Event. The Adoption fee is $70 and includes one vet visit, worming, one set of shots and spay/neuter surgery for the adopted pet.

The Singing Cookes and The Cooke Brothers will be in CONCERT March 4 at Middlesboro High School gym. The concert will also feature The Heavenly Heirs.

There will be a CRAFT FAIR & GIFT BAZAAR to benefit the Tri-State Youth Choir from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 4 at Pump Springs Baptist Church. There will be crafts, gifts, jewelry, several vendors and concessions. There will also be a photographer on hand to take spring photos of your family. You can enjoy lunch and refreshments while shopping. Proceeds from the event, which is free to attend, will help the Tri-State Youth Choir raise funds to support their ministry. There will be door prizes and great fellowship. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Harlan County High School CMPS Team and Harlan Tourism will present the OUR STORY FESTIVAL from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 4 at the Harlan Center in downtown Harlan. This mini festival celebrates all things Harlan County — full of vendors, food, history, fun, live music and much more. For more information, call 606-573-4495.


Cumberland Chapter No. 170 of the ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR will hold their monthly meeting on March 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.


The 2017 UCEA KEA-Retired and KEA Delegate Assembly will be held at noon on April 4 (KEA-R) and April 5-7 (KEA) at the Marriott Downtown in Louisville. The UCEA-R Pre-Delegate Caucus will be held on March 7 at David’s Steak House, located on 25E near I-75 in Corbin. Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at noon. Lunch will be provided for those attending meeting.

The Bell-Whitley CAA, Inc., Board of Directors meeting will begin at 11 a.m. on March 7 at Cumberland Inn in Williamsburg. For more information, contact Suzanne Browning or Sandy Hoskins at 606-337-3044 or 606-549-3933.

Pineville Chapter No. 89 ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR will meet at 7 p.m. on March 7 at the masonic building in Pineville. The meeting will be preceded with a meal at 6 p.m.

Dr. Brian Adams, cardiologist from Claiborne Medical Center will speak about HEART DISEASE at the Harrogate Senior Citizens Center at 10:30 a.m. on March 7. Everyone is welcome.

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will have a regularly scheduled BOARD OF DIRECTORS meeting at 4 p.m. on March 7 on the Cumberland campus in the Godbey Appalachian Center Gallery.


There will be a BLOOD DRIVE from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 8 at Thomas Walker High School. The public is welcome.

The LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of Bell County will meet at noon on March 8 at the Guild Hall of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, located across from the city parking lot., continuing the series of program on the local drug epidemic. Guest will be Jennifer Nagle, a local attorney experienced in handling drug cases, and Lisa Evans, and investigator with the Public Defender’s Office. Everyone is welcome — bring a sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided.


Pine Mountain Settlement School present a WORKSHOP on soil science, composting and vermiculture at 5:30 p.m. on March 9. Join in for a talk about soil health and how to manage this most important facet of a productive garden. The workshop also covers composting strategies and materials and how to raise and keep a successful worm farm. For more information, call the school at 606-558-3571, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online at


Indian Creek Baptist Church’s regular MONTHLY SINGING will begin at 6 p.m. on march 12 featuring The Botts Family, of Maynardville, Tennessee.


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 Stated Communication on March 13. 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 Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet on March 14 at Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurant in London, located off I-75 exit 38 at the junction of 192 W and W 5th ST. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be Sarah Zeller from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy in Berea. Any retiree (and spouse) receiving retirement benefits from KERS, CERS or SPRS is welcome to attend. Membership information will be available at the meeting or on the website ( For more information, call 606-877-0079.


The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will have an APPLE TREE GRAFTING workshop at 6 p.m. on March 16 om the third floor meeting room of the Bell County Courthouse. Rootstock will be available. To register, call 606-337-2376.


A Declaration of Participation meeting will be held for PRIVATE/HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS at 10 a.m. on March 17 at the Middlesboro Board of Education.


Learn about Appalachian heirloom seeds from expert seed saver Bill Best during a SEED SWAP workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 18 in Laurel House at Pine Mountain Settlement School. Lunch will be provided. Be sure to bring your own heirloom seeds to barter and trade. Even if you don’t have seeds, you may join in. The cost is $5, this workshop is free for Grow Appalachia participants and their families. For more information, call the school at 606-558-3571, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online at


Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center’s Mobile DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY COACH is scheduled to be at the Middlesboro Walmart at 9:30 a.m. on March 23 and April 10 (for the benefits of associates, spouses of associates and women in the community). For more information or an appointment, contact the center at 865-583-1003 or 800-456-8169 ext. 1003. Most insurances will be filed — bring your insurance card for filing and driver’s license at time of service. For those without insurance, the cost is $145 (cash, Visa or MasterCard) at time of service (includes radiologist interpretation.


This year, Pine Mountain Settlement School will offer support through Grow Appalachia for the keeping of chickens. There will be a Chicken tractor and care workshop at 5:30 p.m. on March 30. Attend this workshop, which is free to the public, to learn different strategies to keep you birds happy, healthy and safe in mountain and how to get involved in this program. For more information, call the school at 606-558-3571, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register online at


The Claiborne County Volunteer Rescue Squad’s 16th annual Bass FISHING TOURNAMENT is scheduled for April 1. Entry forms are available by email (, pick up at Claiborne 911 center at the Claiborne Justice Center, at Rigby’s Bait & Tackle, at Southern Outdoors, boat docks in Claiborne county or by call 626-5339.


The Bell County Chamber of Commerce Annual DINNER AND AWARDS will be held April 7 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. The cost is $40 per person and includes reception, dinner, silent auction and door prizes. Pick up tickets at the Chamber, from any board member or call 606-248-1075 to reserve seating.


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.

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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

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

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

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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