Community Calendar

Published 11:59 pm Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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OCT. 25

The League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum for the candidates for Middlesboro Mayor, Clarence Bo Green and Rick Nelson, at the Middlesboro City Hall at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25.

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Those who are mourning the death of a family member or friend are invited to attend the Griefshare video seminar at the New Beginning Baptist Church, located four miles west of Harrogate on TN 63. This non-denominational Christ-centered program features biblical teachings by nationally respected grief experts and others journeying through grief. Organizers provide you the opportunity to be around others who understand. GriefShare also offers valuable insights about building a new normal in life and renewing a new hope for the future. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays from, 6 to 7:30 pm, July 25 through Oct.17. For more information, contact Bob Jackson at 423-869-4422, Pastor Donnie Bannister at 423-526-4491 or visit

OCT. 26, 29

The Bell County Cooperative Extension Service will host a free Holiday Ideas program at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Third Floor Meeting Room of the Bell County Courthouse. Join in for a fun evening of fellowship, gift giving ideas and more. Registration deadline is Oct. 26. To register, call the Bell County Extension Office at 606-337-2376.

OCT. 27

The Bell County Historical Society is partnering with Discover Downtown Middlesboro and other area local businesses to present “Nightmare on 20th Street” from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 27. The theme this year is “Halloween Carnival.” The event is free to the public — come in a costume. There will also be a haunted house, inflatable, T & T Stables, trunk-or-treat, games, food vendors and more.

OCT. 31

Old Yellow Creek Baptist Church, 225 South 38th Street, Middlesboro, will host its ninth annual Trunk or Treat beginning at 5 p.m. on Oct.31 — only ages 12 and under in costume.

First Baptist Church of Cumberland Gap will host Trunk or Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Everyone is invited to enjoy snacks and treats.

Indian Creek Baptist Church will host a Trunk or Treat from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.


In honor of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, the Bell County Animal Shelter’s normal adoption fee of $70 will be half price for the entire month of October. You can adopt any puppy or adult dog for only $35. The Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter (FOS) pays the other $35. That price includes spay or neuter, and a set of vaccinations.

NOV. 1

The Middlesboro Schools’ Local Planning Committee will conduct a meeting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Middlesboro Middle School in the Library, located at 4400 Cumberland Avenue. This is an committee orientation meeting and is one of a series to develop a District Facilities Plan for Middlesboro Independent Schools.The public is invited.

NOV. 4

Cumberland Chapter No. 170 of the Order of the Eastern Star will have a turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Martin’s Station Masonic Lodge on Dr. Thomas Walker Road, one mile west of Rose Hill, Virginia. Menu will be turkey and all the trimmings, drinks and dessert. Cost is $9 for Adults, $6 for ages 5-12, under 5 is free. Carry out meals are $9. Proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund.

NOV. 6

Pineville Chapter No. 89 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Masonic Building in Pineville. The meeting will be preceded with a meal at 6 p.m.


Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, faith-based organization, along with local churches in the Tri-State area is hosting an evening out for grandparents and caregivers by providing childcare on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be held from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Ewing Church of the Brethren in Ewing, Virginia. SIGCO is now located at 325 Straight Creek Road, New Tazewell, Tennessee. A service of SIGCO is to provide free saliva based drug testing kits with instructions, called Give Me a Reason (GMAR). For more information on the evening out, addiction treatment or how you can help “Stand in the Gap“ call 423-300-1302 or email or mail P.O. Box 539, Cumberland Gap TN 37724.

NOV. 8

Holiday Cooking School will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the London/Laurel Optimist Club. Tickets and cookbooks are available at the Bell County Extension Office. The Holiday Cooking School cookbook this year is “Paula Deen Celebrates!” The cost is $20. Tickets are limited, reserve tickets today (not sold at the door).

NOV. 9

Bell County High School will host “Celebrate America” at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 9. Lunch will be provided free for veterans, active military personnel and their spouses.

NOV. 20

The Bell County Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the District Administration Building in Pineville. The schedule includes: Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

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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.

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.

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.