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Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church will host its Annual Women's Conference Saturday July 22nd with doors open at 8:30AM and the conference starting at 9:00AM. The theme this year is "Armor of God" and there will be four speakers, special music, and group activities. There are no fees to attend and lunch and nursery service will be provided. All ladies welcome to attend for a day of fellowship.
East Stearns Church of God will host Vacation Bible School Wednesday July 26th through Friday July 28th 6:00-8:00PM nightly. The church is located at 195 Lower Shirt Factory Road in Stearns. For information call 376-2924 or 376-4079. There will also be a Fun Day Saturday July 29th with times and other details announced at Vacation Bible School.
 
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All current and former employees and retirees of Norfolk Southern and Southern Railway are invited to attend the annual get together at Cumberland Falls DuPont Lodge Tuesday July 25th. The gathering begins at 10:00AM with lunch at 12:00PM.
The McCreary Mountain Craft Center, on Highway 90 east of Parkers Lake, will host "Christmas in July" Saturday July 22nd 10:00AM-5:00PM. The event will include the craft center decorated for Christmas, craft demonstrations, music, refreshments and more. Everyone is invited to stop by, enjoy the "season" and shop.
The Hillbilly Mud Slingers will host their next Hillbilly Mud Bog Saturday July 22nd on west Highway 92 near the Hilltop Community. Registration begins at 3:00PM and the event starts at 7:00PM with various categories and classes ranging from kids' 4 wheeler and battery powered to poor boy's run, full body road legal vehicles and more. Admission will be $7 per person. For information call Rodney Wilson at 354-2755.   
Kentucky Blood Center will host a mobile blood drive Monday July 24th from 2:00-6:00PM at 55 Cal Hill Spur in Pine Knot, at Appalachian Family Care. All donors will help save lives and receive a $10 gift card. For information visit www.kybloodcenter.org.
The McCreary County Health Department will offer a series of "Freedom From Smoking" classes starting August 15th and lasting 8 weeks. Topics will include medications to help stop smoking, lifestyle changes, managing stress, avoiding weight gain and more. Those complete the class series will also receive one month free membership at Fitness Edge. The classes are free but registration is required by call Samantha Sexton at the health department at 376-2412 ext 5242.
McCreary Central High School, working with Workforce Solutions of Somerset Community College, will offer adult welding classes starting August 14th and lasting through October 5th. The classes will be at the high school Monday through Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00PM and will allow those completing the class to earn their "Gas Metal Arc Welding" Certification. The cost is $950 but the fee may be waived for those eligible. For information call Charlotte Barnett at the high school at 606-516-0438. To register for the class, you can also call Valerie Hogan with Workforce Solutions at 606-451- 6797.
McCreary Academy registration for 2017-2018 will be held August 1st, 2nd and 3rd 12:00-6:00PM for all grades, 6th through 12th.
Registration for the 2017-2018 school year at McCreary Central High School will be Tuesday August 1st 3:00-5:00PM for seniors and 6:00-8:00PM for juniors and Thursday August 3rd 6:00-8:00PM for sophomores. Freshmen will have a kick-off event Friday August 4th 2:00-6:00PM with registration 6:00-8:00PM. New enrollees will register Monday August 7th 10:00AM-2:00PM. Contact McCreary Central for additional information at 606-376-5051.
Pine Knot Elementary School open house and registration dates for 2017-2018 are as follows:
Kinder-Camp (kindergarten) Tuesday August 1st 1:00-5:00PM at building #1 (former Pine Knot Primary; 1st-3rd grade Monday August 7th 1:00-6:00PM at building #1; 4th-6th grade Wednesday August 2nd 1:00-6:00PM at building #2 (fornerly Pine Knot Intermediate).
Whitley City Elementary School open house and registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be: Kinder-Camp (kindergarten registration) and 1st-3rd grades Tuesday August 1st 3:00-7:00PM and 4th - 6th grades Thursday August 3rd 3:00-7:00PM.
McCreary Middle School registration will be Monday August 7th for 7th grade from 4:30-7:30PM and Tuesday August 8th 4:30-7:30PM for 8th grade.
 
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