What’s Goin’ On

To place an event in the “What’s Goin’ On” section, email: [email protected]; fax: 606-573-0042; or drop a written/typed copy of the announcement by our office at 1548 Hwy. 421 South (beside Hardee’s). 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 www.harlandaily.com. For more details, call 606-909-4145.

Donations are sought for a WINTER COAT DRIVE hosted by Harlan Health & Rehabilitation Center’s Therapy Department. Nice, clean coats will be donated to Christ’s Hands — all coats are needed, especially children’s. If you have a coat you would like to donate, you can drop it off at the Activities Office.

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 http://www.redcross.org/volunteer or by contacting Chapter Executive Terry Burkhart at 859-253-1331 or [email protected]


The Cawood Water District will be closed Jan. 12-13 for training.


The Harlan County BOOKMOBILE SCHEDULE for the week of Jan. 11 includes:

Tuesday — Harlan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Barney’s Grocery, Mary Alice, Teetersville and The Laurels.

Wednesday — Good Neighbor Road, Terry’s Fork, Wallins and Loyall.

Thursday — Cumberland Elementary School, Tri-Cities Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Putney

Friday — No run.


The Cumberland Valley Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living will be taking applications for the Kentucky GRANDPARENT PROGRAM from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 12 at the Harlan County Committee of Aging, located on 105 North Cumberland Avenue. Interested grandparents must bring proof of all household income, Social Security card for all people living in the home, birth dates, photo ID and custody papers. For more information, contact Kyle Swafford at 800-795-7654 or 606-864-7391.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees (KPR) will meet Jan. 12 at the Golden Corral (next to Walmart) in London. Mealtime will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow. The guest speaker will be Shawn Sparks, director of planning & constituent services (legislative liaison) for the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Any retiree (and their 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 (kentuckypublicretirees.org). For more information, call 606-877-0079.

A certified and trained state service officer will be at the London DAV building (on east 80 behind Valero Truck Stop) from 9 a.m. to noon or longer on Jan. 12 to ASSIST ALL VETERANS and their dependents with VA claims free of charge. For more information, call 606-862-0032 or 606-877-1308. If no answer, leave a brief message.


HARLAN LITTLE LEAGUE will have their first meeting of the year at 6 p.m. on Jan. 13 at Huff Park. All are welcome to attend including volunteers. Board positions also need to be filled.

Large FREE FOOD BOXES will be given away from 10-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 13 at Shepherd’s Pantry, located at 111 Union Street in Clutts. You must be present and bring your utility bill (any utility) showing your 911 address. Federal guidelines are posted on the door. Enter off Golf Course Boulevard. Areas served: Putney to Partridge and the Virginia line to Pine Mountain Settlement School.


The Harlan County High School SBDM Council will have a regular scheduled meeting at 3:15 p.m. Jan. 14 in the HCHS Media Center. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Harlan County RIDGE RUNNERS ATV Club, Inc.’s next monthly meeting will being at 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the North Evarts RV Campground. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.kyoutdoors.org/forums/.


HLT Check Exchange, located at 2366 S. U.S. Hwy. 421 in Harlan, will sponsor the annual Share the Warmth COAT DRIVE to benefit Christ’s Hands. Donate new or used coats, scarves, gloves or toboggans (all sizes needed) through Jan. 15.


Pine Mountain State Resort Park will host a W.INTER PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND Jan. 15-17. The weekend features a digital photography workshop/contest; three classes (amateur, intermediate and accomplished); four competition categories for each class; beginner photography session; and a critique session. Evening programs by guest professional Ken Jenkins, a nationally known natural history photographer, writer, lecturer and outdoor adventurer. Registration is $30, early bird; $40, at the door. For more information, call 606-337-3066.


The Harlan County Bass Anglers’ third annual fishing rod and reel GIVEAWAY will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Jan. 16 inside Village Center Mall. Students selected from each grade school in the county need to bring the ticket he/she received from the school to receive a new rod and reel.

JAN. 18-29

Registration for the 2016 Cawood Ledford Boys & Girls Club BASKETBALL LEAGUE from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays Jan. 18-29 at the club, located in the Fairview section of Harlan. Ages 3 through 10 are invited to participate (children cannot turn 11 before April 2). Registration is $15. All non-members age 6 and up must also pay a $25 membership fee. All participants will receive a T-shirt and trophy. Games will be played on Saturday mornings/early afternoons beginning Feb. 13 at the Rosspoint gym. For more information, contact the club at 606-573-0960.

JAN. 21

The Harlan Elementary School SBDM Council meeting originally scheduled for Jan. 18 has been rescheduled for Jan. 21.

The 2016 Chamber AWARDS GALA, hosted by the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Jan. 21. Save the date — more details will be available soon

The Division of Mine Safety will begin a surface annual RETRAINING CLASS at 8 a.m. Jan. 21. For more information, call 606-573-1260.

JAN. 25

The Harlan County SPELLING BEE for Harlan County, Harlan Independent and Harlan County Christian Schools has been postponed for Jan. 25 in the auditorium at Harlan County High School. Participants must arrive by 5:45 p.m., and the contests will start at 6 p.m.

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Ann’s Food Pantry, a mission of the Harlan United Methodist Church, is in NEED OF DONATIONS for non-perishable food items. Monetary donations are also being accepted to provide foods such as meat, milk, bread, etc. For more information, contact the church at 606-573-1464; Kyle Burnett at 606-573-3866; or Wylene Miniard at 606-573-7731 (evenings).

The Harlan County band program is hosting an INSTRUMENT DRIVE. If you have instruments in your closet, garage or know someone who is looking to donate instruments, consider putting your instrument in the hands of a student who can use it today. You can drop your instrument off in the office at any Harlan County school or contact one of the band directors at 606-574-2020 ext. 3550 to make arrangement for pickup. If directors are in class, leave a voicemail with your name and phone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

The Harlan County Humane Society will have BINGO SESSIONS at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at the old Totz Bingo Hall. Proceeds benefiting the humane society.

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.

AWANA meetings at Yocum Creek Missionary Baptist Church, located in Middleton Addition in Evarts, are held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays — with classes for K-4 through high school. Participants can earn T-shirts and prizes. There will be games, Bible lessons, food, fun and more. For bus pick up, call 606-837-3170 or 606-837-8214.

The JOB CLUBS of Eastern Kentucky meets weekly with a small group of job seekers and workforce professionals to gain a competitive edge in today’s tough job market. Job clubs are free and help you create a game plan for your job search link with quality employers, improve your interviewing skills, learn self-marketing skills, evaluate, negotiate and land job offers, connect with other job seekers and ease your stress during your job search. The Harlan County Job Club will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Depot in Harlan. New members are welcome. New member orientation begins at 12:30 p.m.

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 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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.

VOLUNTEERS and friendly visitors are needed for the Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to enrich the lives of seniors in their long-term care facilities. If you currently visit with someone or would like to become more involved and educated on resident’s rights, elder abuse and long-term care for seniors, contact Arlene Gibson, district ombudsman with Cumberland Valley ADD, at 606-864-7391 ext. 119.

A military SUPPORT GROUP for all active, separated or any former military men or women meets at 6:30 p.m. every first and third Monday of the month at the Middlesboro National Guard Armory, located on 30th Street. If you are facing financial, relationship, criminal, adjustment, substance abuse or other problems, this is for you.

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 DrugAbuseSolution.com. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals.

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