Community Calendar

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


SCRABBLE FOR LITERACY will begin at 5 p.m. on April 14 in the Grile at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. You may sign up for a sponsored team at no cost or $200 for a team of three. For more information, contact the Bell County Council on Literacy, Inc. at 606-248-2014.


REVIVAL at Monarch Church of God in Middlesboro will be held through April 15 with Rev. Marty Saylor, of London. Services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Pastor, Rev. Paul Gilbert, welcomes everyone.


LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS will present another in their series of programs on the drug problem in the area at 11:30 a.m. on April 16 at the Middlesboro Public Library. The speaker will be Jackie Steele Jr., Commonwealth Attorney for the 27th Judicial District and vice-president of the Unite Board of Directors. Steele just returned from the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. He will speak about his experience as a presenter at the summit and as a longtime member of Unite. The public is urged to attend. Bring a bag lunch if you wish. Drinks and snacks will be served.

The 4-H Junior HOMEMAKER CLUB will meet at 4 p.m. on April 16 at the Extension Office If you know a child between the ages of 9 to 15 and they would like to learn more about leadership development and how to be involved with their community, then this is the club for them.


The Bell County EXTENSION DISTRICT BOARD will meet at 10 a.m. on April 17 at the Bell County Extension Office at the Bell County Courthouse, Pineville.

APRIL 17, 24; MAY 1

The Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation (KHIC) and the Kentucky Entrepreneur Network (KEN) are presenting a program designed for people interested in obtaining an entrepreneurial mindset, based on the book “Who Owns the Ice House” by Clifton Taulbert. Programs will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on the following dates: April 17 and 24; and May 3 and 10. Programs will be held on SKCTC’s Middlesboro campus in the Troy Welch Science Building, room 238. Register at The first 30 to register will receive a free copy of the book. For more information, contact Matt Huffman at 606-213-6696.

APRIL 17, 24

The UK Cooperative Extension Service along with Bell Whitley will host PARENTING WORKSHOPS at 10 a.m. on April 17 and 24 at the Extension Office.


The Bell County Conservation District will sponsor a free Tree Give Away at 10 a.m. on April 19 at Middlesboro Mall. White Dogwood, Pink Dogwood, Chestnut Oak, Eastern Redbud, Loblolly Pine, Northern Red Oak, Persimmon, Paw Paw, Northern Catalpa Cherry (Pink) and Oriental Flowering trees will be given away while supplies last.


The second annual MOUNTAIN FIESTA, a free street festival for the community, will be held in Cumberland Gap from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 21 featuring concerts, professional dance classes, art, craft demos, vendors, activities, food from Latin America and Appalachia.

The first annual Harlan, Ky. CRYPTO CON will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 21 at the Harlan County Extension Depot, located at 110 River Street, featuring lectures and presentations from wildlife and Bigfoot researchers. There will also be food, merchandise vendors, display tables and more. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

APRIL 23-30

The Bell County School System district kindergarten registration for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year will be held April 23-30. If you have any questions regarding the registration process, call your local Bell County School System community school or the Bell County School System district office at 606-337-7051 ext. 132.

APRIL 24, MAY 15

TIME FOR TEA AND THEE, a book club for adults, meets at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Middlesboro-Bell County Public Library. Relax with a cup of tea at these sessions. The schedule includes: March 20, The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant; April 24, The Zookeeper’s Wife; May 15, In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume; June, Where She Went, Gayle Forman. Program leaders are Michele Lawson and Pamela Blank. To register, stop by or call the library at 606-248-4812.


The LMU Concert Choir and Tri-State Community Chorus will have a free, end of school year 1-1/2 hour performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 in Duke Auditorium adjacent the campus Clock Tower. Dr. Young Kim will be conducting.

The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host MOVING MONDAYS at 10 a.m. on April 24 in the Extension Office. Call to register.


The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host a SPRING EDIBLES workshop at 10 a.m. on April 27 at the Extension Office. Bell County ANR Agent Stacy White will be talking about edible flowers and the role they play in food presentation. To register, call 606-337-2376.


Pineville/Bell Whitley REGISTRATION for preschool/Head Start for the 2018-2019 school year will be held at Pineville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 27. For more information, contact Pineville Elementary School at 606-337-3412 ext. 324 or 320.

APRIL 27-29

The 22nd Golden FAMILY REUNION will be held April 27-29 beginning at Cumberland Inn in Williamsburg at 5 p.m. on Friday, then on Saturday at Golden Creek on the original Stephen Golden and Hannah Helms home lands/family cemetery. For more information, contact Carol Golden at 865-376-7141 before April 25.


Registration is now open for the fourth annual RAVEN ROCK 5K Trail Run/Hike at Kingdom Come State Park in Cumberland on April 28. Run along and over some of the most extraordinary rock formations in the state, including Raven Rock, a giant rock exposure that soars 290 feet into the air at a 45-degree angle. Registration begins at 9 a.m., run at 10 a.m. The fee on the day of the even is $25. Pre-register today at and receive $5 off. T-shirts are first come, first served for on-site registration; only guaranteed if registered online.


Indian Creek Baptist Church will have a Fifth Sunday Singing at 10:30 a.m. on April 29 featuring Thankful Hearts, of North Carolina, and others. Everyone is welcome and lunch will be served following the service.


The 10th annual Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Golden Scalpel Golf Tournament will be held at 9 a.m. on April 30 at Woodlake Lodge, Golf and Country Club in Tazewell, Tennessee. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the LMU-DCOM Scholarship Program. For businesses interested in sponsoring the event, contact Bridgette Welch, director of development LMU medical programs, at 423-869-7206 or Registration is available online at

The Bell County Extension Office will host a Lunch and Learn at noon on April 30 at the Extension Office. Learn more about Hospice and the services they provide. There will be a guest speaker and then lunch will be served. To register, call 606-337-2376.


MONDAYS R MURDER Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Mondays at the Middlesboro-Bell County Public Library. The schedule includes: May 7, Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten; and June 4, The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen. To register, call the library at 606-248-4812.

MAY 19, 20

Registration is now open for the second annual “Tour De Kingdom Come,” a 36-mile road race which includes the scenic Little Shepherd trail, and first annual “Dash for Cash,” an up hill 2.7 mile time trial, scheduled May 19 and 20. A multi-event discount is offered for registering for both events. If you pre-register for “Tour De Kingdom Come” then you can select “Dash for Cash” time trial event for only $10 more. There will be cash awards for the top finishers in each category. Registration is available


The ART EXTRAVAGANZA FESTIVAL will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 2 in Cumberland Gap (521 Colwyn Avenue) featuring Appalachian arts and crafts from the Tri-State area with food, music and wine tasting. No charge for admission.


The Bell County Relay for Life will be held Sept. 8 at the Middlesboro City Hall parking lot. Register online at www.relayforlife.orge/bellky. For more information, contact Melissa Ramsey at 865-585-1071 or

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PLANTS SALES are underway for the spring season. The Bell County Extension Office is offering a great variety of some of your favorite produce. Plants and pricing are as follows: Strawberries (All Star and Early Glow), bundles of 25 for $3.25; blueberries (Bluecrop and Patriot, at least one of each variety should be planted together to allow for cross-pollination), $6 per plant; blackberries (Natchez), $3 per plant; raspberries (TulaMagic), $3 per plant; asparagus(Jersey Knight), $1 per plant; and onions (Candy), $4 for a bundle of 60. Orders are now being accepted. Supplies for all of these plants are very limited. Contact the Bell County Extension Office at 606-337-2376 to place your order. Orders will be available for pick-up at the Extension Office in early April (notification will be sent).

GED classes are being offered to anyone 19 years or older. Improve your reading, writing and mathematical skills and study to receive your GED. For more information, contact the following: Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Middlesboro campus at 606-248-3175, Bell County Council on Literacy at 606-248-2014 or the Pineville Learning Center at 606-337-3044.

Free RAT BAIT is available at the Bell County Cooperative Extension Service, located in the basement of the Bell County Courthouse in Pineville. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Bell County Farm Bureau and the Bell County Cooperative Extension Service. For more information, call 606-337-2376.

VOLUNTEERS are needed for the Kentucky Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (Cumberland Valley District) to read a while, play a game of checkers, discuss the day’s events, reminisce or just sit and watch TV with a local senior. If you currently visit someone in a long term care facility or would like to become involved, contact Arlene Gibson at 606-864-7391 ext. 119.

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.

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.