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Community Briefs

Gate City Youth Volleyball Camp is set for July 28-30 at the Gate City High School gym. Cost is $40 per camper and $25 for each additional camper in the same family. Grade first through sixth are held from 4 to 7 p.m. and grades seventh through 10th is from noon to 3 p.m. Registration deadline is July 24. Cost increases to $45 after deadline. Make checks payable to Gate City High School. For more information, contact Amy Reed at

Sunday lunch is being served July 20 at 12:15 p.m. at the Fairview Community Center, 9357 Fairview Road in Duffield. The menu includes meatloaf, chicken, vegetables, side dishes, desserts and drinks.

Breakfast is being served Saturday, July 12, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Fairview Community Center, 9357 Fairview Road, Duffield. The menu includes bacon, sausage, homemade biscuits, gravy, eggs, juice and coffee. The cost is $6.

Fish and chicken fry with lots of homemade sides, desserts and drinks is planned for Saturday, July 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Boozy Creek Community Center, located at 1989 Shellys Road in Bristol. Music provided by Ramblin’ Rose starts at 5 p.m. For more information, call (276) 466-0026.

The 11th annual Family Fun Rock and Gem Show, hosted by the Kingsport Gems and Minerals Society, set for Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, noon to 5 p.m. each day at The Nature Center at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, Tenn.

The Scott County Republican Party meets Thursday, July 10 at 6 p.m. at the Scott County Courthouse.

The Boozy Creek Community Center building can be rented for special occasions. The cost is $50 per day. Call (276) 466-3540 for reservations.

Donations are sought to help with upkeep and maintenance expenses at the Stallard-Gray Cemetery, located in Midway. Send contributions to Patricia Jobe, 287 Midway Road, Gate City, Va. 24251.

The Scott County Master Gardeners, in conjunction with the Natural Tunnel State Park Interpretive Center, conduct a Raised Bed Gardening Workshop on Thursday, July 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Topics such as raised bed construction techniques, intensive gardening, companion planting and vertical gardening to be discussed. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required by calling (423) 288-2945 by July 14. The workshop is held at the Interpretive Center located at 2130 Natural Tunnel Parkway in Duffield.

The annual Scott County Retired Teachers Association’s picnic is set for Wednesday, July 9 at the Nickelsville Ruritan Club, located beside of Bush Mill. All retired personnel are invited to attend.

The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority Board meeting is set for Wednesday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Russell County Conference Center in Lebanon.

Goodwill Industries of Tenneva announces the addition of a new attended truck donation site in Scott County. The Goodwill truck will be at the old Food City parking in Weber City, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and Saturday to collect donations. Donors will receive a tax receipt for their donations.

Vendors are needed for the Mendota Heritage Festival to be held Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. For more information, call JoAnn at (276) 466-9533.

You are invited to join Allen Hicks’ Bluegrass Jam Session held every Friday night at 6 p.m. on Bethel Road in Nickelsville.

Open weekly meetings of Narcotics Anonymous are held each Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Three Bells Methodist Church, 308 Fugate Street in Duffield. Narcotics Anonymous is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Membership is free, and they have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations. For more information, call 431-2091.

Gate City Narcotics Anonymous group meets every Tuesday at noon at the Gate City Presbyterian Church. The church is located on Jones Street in Gate City. Go around to the back basement door.

Open discussion meetings for the Narcotics Anonymous Recovery Program are held every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the First Baptist Church in Weber City. For more information, contact Johnny Morelock at (423) 341-7001. Everyone is welcome.

Church Briefs

Vacation Bible School at Heritage Baptist Church is set for July 11-13 with three days of the “Workshop of Wonders.” The event begins Friday, July 11 at 6 p.m. On Saturday, July 12 the school starts at noon and Sunday, July 13 at 6 p.m. Classes planned for ages kindergarten through adult. For more information, call 386-2403

Tipton’s Chapel Church is having its Vacation Bible School, “Big Heart Farms” July 9-11, from 7 to 9 p.m. nightly. Classes slated for all ages. Everyone is invited to come and bring their friends. July 12 is the game day.

Moore’s Memorial Church hosts Vacation Bible School Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 18, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The L.D. Hill Singers and Jeff Watson are singing Saturday, July 12 at Durham’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Brother Jacob Horton is preaching Sunday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. Terry Rhoton is the pastor. Everyone is welcome.

Rye Cove Community Church sponsors its monthly all-you-can-eat Friday night Fish Fry, July 11, from 4 p.m. to ?. The menu includes Alaskan fish, chicken strips, barbecue chicken, beans, fries, slaw, hush puppies and more desserts than can be imagined. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and those under 5 eat for free. Join them for great food and great fellowship.

Jeff Watson is singing and Pastor Mike Ervin is preaching Sunday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at the Rye Cove Community Church. Brother Gary Gilliam is preaching at the 6 p.m. service. Youth group services are held Sunday nights at 6 p.m. and Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Everyone is welcome.

The Rev. Earl Miller is preaching the morning and evening services Sunday, July 13 at Lynn Garden Evangelical Methodist Church.

David Dillon is preaching at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 13 at Cox’s Chapel Church. Fred Starnes is preaching at the 6 p.m. service. Everyone is welcome.

The Edwards Family from Burnsville, N.C. is singing Sunday, July 13 at 11 a.m. at Hill’s Chapel Church. Lunch served following the service. Vacation Bible School is planned for July 14-18, 7 to 9 p.m. The theme is “Do Something.” Classes held for all ages. A.J. Lane is the pastor. Everyone is welcome.

Brother Bill Tignor is preaching and Mike and Dottie are singing Sunday, July 13 at 6 p.m. at Speers Ferry Church. Brother Johnny Duncan is the pastor.

The McPherson Family and Sacred Sounds are singing Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at New Hurland Baptist Church. Fred Robinette is the pastor. Everyone is welcome.

Duffield Church of Christ sponsors Vacation Bible School July 11-12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stickleyville Community Center, Highway 58 in Lee County. All ages including adults are welcome.

The Lights for Christ, the Glenwood Quartet, Sisters in Christ and Glenn Marshall are singing Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Robinette Valley. Fred White is the pastor. Everyone is welcome.

Vacation Bible School is being held Monday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Roadside Baptist Mission Church on the Nickelsville Highway. Their theme is “The Apple Explains the Trinity.” Join them for lots of fun.

A free outdoor movie is being shown Wednesday, July 19 at 9 p.m. at the Fairview Community Center. Concessions sold at “Night at the Museum” benefit the Impact Student Ministry of Fairview Apostolic Church.
The Harding Family and Blood Bought are singing Sunday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at Alley Valley Baptist Church. Evening service is canceled. George Gibson is the pastor. Everyone is welcome.


The annual Baldwin-Perry Reunion is set for July 12 at 11 a.m. at Pendleton’s Fellowship Hall. Covered dishes are welcome. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring a friend.

The Alley and Bates Reunion is set for Saturday, July 12, from 4 to 10 p.m. at Eastman Cabin No. 9. Bring a covered dish.

The annual Combs Reunion is planned for Sunday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at Keith Memorial Park’s Senior and Community Building. Lunch served at 1 p.m. Bring covered dish foods to share with family and friends.
The 41st annual Davidson Family Reunion begins with a covered dish supper Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. at Keith Memorial Park’s Senior and Community Building. The reunion begins the next day Saturday, July 26 at the same location with registration at 10 a.m. Covered dish lunch served at noon. For more information, contact Jim and Patti Steffey at 479-3113.

The fourth annual Starnes Bluff Reunion is planned for Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m. at Starnes Bluff Church. All former and present residents, their families and others interested in preserving the church and its heritage are invited to attend. Bring a covered dish, pictures, history information, etc. The church is located on Starnes Bluff Road in Fort Blackmore.

Gate City High School Class of 1979 holds its 35th reunion Aug. 9, 6 p.m. to midnight at Scott County Park. Live music and food provided. The cost is $25 per person or $50 per couple. Contact for information. Deadline to register is July 18.

The Gate City High School Class of 1974 is planning a class reunion for the weekend of Aug. 9-10. All classmates are asked to go to the class reunion web site at and fill out a brief survey by May 23 to indicate their interest. After the survey, a reservation and information form follows. Call (423) 914-0610 with questions.

The Carico Reunion for descendants of Samuel L. and Martha H. Carico and others is being held Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Mumford Carico homeplace on Sandy Ridge. Turn right on Carico Ridge to the end of the lane, then turn left on Cozy Lane. Bring a covered dish, a 2-liter drink and any musical instruments you play. Dinner served at 11 a.m. For more information, call (276) 679-2096.

The Shoemaker High School Class of 1955 plans its 59th reunion Friday, Sept. 12 at noon at Mama’s House Buffet in Kingsport, Tenn. For more information, call Kay Addington, 386-3516, Kay Culbertson, 386-6025, Margaret McConnell, 386-7578 or Barney Penley, 479-2478.

Descendants of Simon P. Roberts and his first wife, Mahaney and Roberts and his second wife, Elizabeth Seymore are planning a reunion for Oct. 18 and they are trying to contact all family members. If you are related to the family, call Don Roberts, 386-3258 or Beth Roberts Robinette, (423) 349-6924 or email



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