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Carter Co. Fiscal Court says that the county-wide clean up program will be held in late July, with dates and other details to be announced later.

Bridges on Rt 773/EK Road are under repair with the Western bridge closest to Grayson being closed. The Eastern bridge is on a 3 ton limit until further notice, possibly two weeks or more.

Olive Hill City Council has approved the first reading of an ordinance to put Fox Trail into the City street system. Council also approved a request from Commercial Bank to hold a 5K race this summer to support Project Merry Christmas, and heard departmental reports.

Little Sandy District Health Dept. says that nearly 300 cases of the flu have been reported in Carter County and Elliott County. The Health Dept. says it's not too late to get a flu vaccination. Call 474-6685 for more information.

Meeting in monthly session, the Grayson City Council was given a memorandum of understanding and statement of mutual cooperation that would draw the City and the Tourism Commission into an agreement that would outline how a portion of a proposed 3% restaurant tax would be committed to the payment of bonding that would be used on a proposed park along Main Street in Grayson. Mayor Steele says bonding the project would allow the completion of the project, instead of the park being built in sections. A panel has been named to handle the matter. Council also approved the 2015 audit, heard about traffic in the city, and Mayor Steele announced that a discussion on Sunday alcohol sales would be held at a future meeting.

The Carter Co. Library District has told the Fiscal Court that it's Board of Trustees has decided to seek a ballot vote on the enactment of a 2 cent per $100 property valuation tax to support it's operations. An ordinance establishing that procedure will be drafted by County Attorney Brian Bayes. Should a taxing district be established, Grayson, Olive Hill, and the Fiscal Court would stop providing $18,000 each annually to the district.

Rep. Jill York of Grayson and Rep. Kevin Sinnette, of Ashland, congratulate each other following the passage of the Kentucky Industrial Revitalization Act, or House Bill 535, after passage in both the House and Senate in Frankfort. The bill has been also been signed by Governor Matt Bevin.  HB 535 will offer performance-based tax incentives to AK Steel, as long as certain employment and investment standards are met. After laying off over 600 workers last year, AK Steel will have the chance to help rehire and improve the livelihoods many working Kentuckians. Included in the bill by the Senate was a raise for the Kentucky State Police. 


Drug Take Back Program will be held April 30th. Unwanted and unused medications can be turned into the Carter Co. Sheriff's Dept. from 8:30am until noon and at the Kentucky State Police Post 14 in Ashland and at Post 8 in Morehead.

Delinquent Carter Co. property taxes will be turned over to the County Clerk's office and now will incur a 20% County Clerk's fee and 1% interest per month, in addition to the 10% Sheriff's add on fee and a 10% late penalty. Delinquent bills will also be subject to sale to a third party.

Carter Caves is back on full-time schedule for Spring. The Lodge, cabins, golf and cave tours will be operation full time.  Greenbo State Park Jesse Stuart Lodge is closed til further notice.


Olive Hill City Council has approved raising the City's personal insurance premium tax from 8 percent to 9 percent. Mayor Kenny Fankell says the money would be used to purchase blacktop. In the monthly meeting Council also appointed John Rogers to the Library Board and made other board appointments. Approval was also given to the Trail Town Committee to use the City Airport property for an event in April.

The Board of Education has set May 23rd as the final classroom day for students this year.   East Carter graduation May 20, West Carter May 21.

The theme of this year's Relay For Life is "There's No Place Like Hope". The Relay will be held from 4pm until 11pm on Saturday June 18th at the Olive Hill Shrine Club Park. A goal of $112,000 has been set for this year. Teams are forming and youth volunteers are being sought to help out.


Edward Isaacs presents a check for $200,000 to Nikki Lewis, Principal, and Mike Hay of the CCA Board for use in renovating the gymnasium at the school.

Laugh and Learn Playdate Program will be from 10am-12noon at the Carter Co. Extension Education Center. The program is free for all ages birth to 5 yrs. old, and children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Dates and themes are May 4th (Mommy and Me Tea, just for 3-5 year olds), and June 1st (Outdoor games and water play).

Little Sandy District Health Dept has a special grant for Women's Health Initiative for special cervical and breast cancer and other screenings.  $25 gas card incentives. Contact Health Dept in Grayson and Sandy Hook now through June 17 for appointment and information.
  
East Carter High School Class of '76 will be holding their 40th reunion Saturday, July 30th at the Social Room at 5405 Roberts Drive in Ashland. Event begins at 6pm with dinner, a program, and music. Tickets are $25 for one or $40 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Wilma Whitt at 606-474-3245, or e-mail Susan Johnson at ssjohnson01@windstream.net.

Commercial Bank marks 125th anniversary and announces Old Dominion will headline a Block Party celebration Friday night, May 27th during Memory Days.   

4-H camps are now underway, and open to all Kentucky youth between 9-14. At 4-H, youth learn independence and responsibility, have lots of fun and make new friends. Carter County 4-H will attend North Central 4-H Camp June 13-16th. Camp applications may be picked up at the Extension Office, at your child's school, or online at www.carter.ca.uky.edu/4HYouthDevelopment. For more information, call 474-6686.

Elliottville Fire Department will hold their annual fish fry at the Carl Perkins building on Saturday, May 7th from 3-8pm. There will be fish/chicken and more. Adults are $8 per plate along with to-go boxes. Ages 6 and under are free. There will also be merchandise, cake, and pie auction.

Tygart Creek Elementary will have Kindergarten Registration on April 29th from 9am-2pm. Documents needed include: current immunizations, physical, vision exam, dental screening, birth certificate, and valid social security card.

The 2nd annual Olive Hill Historical Society Golf Scramble will be Saturday, April 30th at Carter Caves State Park course. The entry fee is $200 per 4-man team. The fee includes green fees, cart, and lunch. There will be contests and prize drawings. 4-man best ball format. Shotgun start will be at 8:30am. To enter a team or for more information you can call 606-316-0463.

Northeast Head Start and the Carter County Preschool Program are actively recruiting children for the 2016-2017 school year. Children who turn 3 or 4 years old before August 1, are encouraged to apply now. Super recruitment day will be held on Friday, April 29th from 9am until 3pm at the Grayson and Olive Hill Head Start Centers. All applications are taken through Northeast Head Start and children are placed according to Federal and State Guidelines. Olive Hill Elementary will also have kindergarten registration from 9-2pm on April 29th. For more information you can call 474-4602 or 286-5711.

There will be a Red Cross blood drive in Ashland on May 6th, from 10:30am-4pm at the Central Fire Station.

"Celebrate the Child" event will be POSTPONED until MAY 9  due to weather.

Kindergarten registration at Star Elementary will be Friday, April 29th from 8am-9:30 in the new media center. If your child did not attend preschool, please bring all documentation with you to register. For more information, call 606-474-5756.

West Carter High School FFA is now selling vegetables, annual bedding plants, and large hanging baskets Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, and April 30th and May 7th from 9am-4pm. For prices and more information, call 606-286-2481.

Heritage Elementary will hold kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year Monday through Friday from 8am-3pm at the main office at the school. Any child who turns 5 on or before August 1st can enroll. Documentation needed is birth certificate, immunization records, and vision and dental screenings.

Rattlesnake Ridge Genealogy Fun Day will be held Saturday, April, 30th from 9-3pm at the Rattlesnake Ridge Community Center.

Olive Hill Elementary will be having Kindergarten Registration on Friday April 29th from 9:00am till 2pm. Please bring the needed documents.

Heritage SBDM council will meet in regular session May 2nd at 3:45 in the conference room.

Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department will have music on May 6th. Country cooking is $6 a plate and includes drink and dessert. Food served at 6pm, with music beginning at 7.

The Rt. 504 Fire Department in Elliot Co. will hold their annual Spring fish fry on Saturday May 7th from 1-3pm at the fire department. Menu consists of fish or chicken, coleslaw, potato wedges, hush puppies, dessert and drink for $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. There will also be a cake and pie auction, live music, door prizes and activities for kids.

A Veterans Benefits Field Representative will be at the Carter County Courthouse in Grayson on Monday, May 2nd from 9 am until noon. Veterans and their dependents will receive assistance filing for Federal and State veterans benefits. This service is provided free of charge by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.
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A history of Carter Co written by Go-Radio General Manager Francis Nash
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