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Meeting for its regular February session Tuesday night, the Grayson City Council took the first move to rescind the City Dog Ordinance. Council is bringing the city in compliance with the possibility that the Carter Co. Fiscal Court will take over dog control operations within Grayson and Olive Hill. The Court has approved its animal control ordinance and says that ordinance must be used by the cities in order to have the county care for animals in the cities. In other matters, Council approved cooperating with The Commercial Bank of Grayson when the bank holds a block party to celebrate its 125th anniversary at the Main Bank during Grayson Memory Days on Friday, May 27th. They approved 5-K walks and races to be held March 26th by the March of Dimes and on April 30 by East Carter High School Football. The Council heard an up-date concerning the Grayson Branch of the Public Library. Librarian Nellie Middleton said they're working on presenting to the Fiscal Court a request for a library taxing district to be formed, but is not ready to say when that will be done. The Library Board is asking for a 2-cent per $100. property valuation tax. The City is ready to accept bids to take down a two story building it owns at Main and Landsdown. Plans are to make the area a parking lot. Josh McGuire, the Democrat candidate for State Representative in Carter and Lawrence Counties was recognized and addressed the Council. They ended the meeting with a closed session to discuss personnel.

The Carter County Fiscal Court, meeting in monthly session this week, has finalized its Animal Control Ordinance by holding the second reading. The ordinance will become law after it legal publication. Judge Executive Mike Malone says the court is still looking at its responsibility in caring for animals in Grayson and Olive Hill. He says it appears that responsibility is for the county to carry out, but it means the cities will have to abide by the county's ordinance. Also, the Court held the first reading of its landfill ordinance. Judge Malone says that the document is drawn to provide control of the type of landfill operation that is allowed in Carter Co.

Grayson Memory Days Committee has picked "Making Memories Today" as the theme for the 2016 Memory Days Celebration. Winning theme was submitted by Kathy Manzoni. Memory Days Committee is now soliciting entries for the logo contest. Logo designs must include the official theme. Information can be obtained by contacting the Chamber of Commerce office in the Municipal Building or by calling 474-4401. Deadline for entry is March 3rd at noon. Coordinator Lorena Dickerson says several changes are in store for this year's event, including changing the annual parade's time from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday afternoon, May 28th. Other changes that have been discussed but not yet confirmed are: moving the opening night ceremonies to the original location of the Merchant's Parking Lot on Main St. from the current location on South Hord St., and an earlier starting time of 5pm on opening night, May 26th. Events are being decided, and people are encouraged to contact the chamber at 474-4401 or Dickerson at 315-3111. Sponsors are also being sought. Tim Farmer, KET star and native Carter Countian will be Grand Marshall.

Carter County recorded 8 suicides last year and that was enough to cause Carter County Sheriff, Jeff May, to call that fact to the attention of State Representative Jill York. From there, Rep. York announced Monday that a Suicide Prevention Workshop will be held Sat., Feb. 13 from 1-3pm at the Bayless Memorial Presbyterian Church, 108 East 2nd St. in Grayson. Paula Rymer, Professor at Eastern Ky Univ will conduct the session. Rep. York says it is open to the public and designed for those who have experienced suicide in their family.

Due to a water leak and carpet replacement, the Grayson Branch of the Public Library will be closed for the rest of the week. AARP tax preparations will begin at the Carter Library beginning Feb. 16th each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 am until 2:30 pm.

Carter Co. Spelling Bee Champion is Hope Jackson, an eighth grade student at West Carter Middle School. Runner up is McKenna Steele, an eighth grade student at East Carter Middle School.

Property Tax penalties have increased as of Feb. 1st to 10% with a 10% Sheriff's add on fee.

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.

Carter Caves Valentine Murder Mystery buffet dinner and show will be held Feb. 12 and 13th at 7pm with seating at 6:45pm. Cost is $34.95, plus tax, for dinner and show. Also available is package with overnight stay in Lewis Caveland Lodge for $130. 95 plus tax for two people. Call for more info. 286-4411.

The Grayson Gallery and Art Center is bringing back the annual "Peace and Love" art show that is set to open during the February Final Friday Art Walk that will be held Feb. 26 from 6-9pm. Music by "Luke and the Somethings" with catered refreshments. Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces in any medium on Sat., Feb. 13 or Monday, Feb. 15 from 10am to 2pm at the Gallery.

There will be a six week seminar brought to you by Community Hospice and The Carter Co. Public Library on dealing with the loss of a loved one. It begins on Feb. 19 at 4pm in the Community Room of the Grayson Branch of the Carter Co. Public Library. For more info call 329-1890.

Community Hospice has the following sessions, open to everyone who has experienced loss, available:
Grief Recovery Method-- Mondays until March 7th, 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Community Hospice Care Center, Pollard Road, Ashland
Men's Support Group-- Weekly on Wednesdays at 3:30pm, Community Hospice, Carter Ave., Ashland
Widow's Support Group-- 2nd at 4th Tuesdays, 6pm-7:30pm, Community Hospice Care Center, Pollard Road, Ashland
Parent Support Group-- 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 6pm, Community Hospice Care Center, Pollard Road, Ashland

West Carter Comets Basketball League through March 22nd. Grades P-5 boys and girls. $30 for first child $25 for each additional sibling. Practices held once a week at OHES and TCES. 1 game per week on Saturdays at WCHS. Each player will receive a t-shirt and trophy. Volunteer coaches needed. Contact Jeremy Webb  at 286-2481 or Jeremy.webb@carter. kyschools.us

Carter Co. Farm Bureau Scholarship program is underway. Students can complete the application by downloading it at kyfb.com/scholarships, or pick them up at the Carter Co. Farm Bureau office at 127 S. Hord St, Grayson. Students must have the material postmarked by Feb. 29th to be eligible.

Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation is offering scholarships to area high school seniors and non-traditional students. All entrants must reside, or the primary residence of their parents or guardians must reside, on Grayson Rural Electric Lines. For more information and applications, call Julie Lewis at 475-2191 or 1-800-562-3532. Applications and essays must be received by Feb. 12th. Family members of employees, directors, or managers of Grayson Rural Electric are not eligible.

Olive Hill Little League will have spring baseball sign ups every Saturday in February from 10am-2pm in the West Carter High Gym Lobby, weather permitting. Youths ages 4-12 who want to play will have to sign up before Feb. 27th. Fee is $40.00 per child.

Trimble Lodge is hosting a Pancake Breakfast Feb. 13th from 7:30am till 11:00am at Trimble Lodge 145. Adults $6 kids under 10 eat free. For more information all 474-2139.

Thursday, Feb. 18th at 7pm the KCU School of Music will present violinist Amy Schumann Griswold in a guest recital. Collaborating with her on the piano will be KCU pianist Wes Golightly. The event will be at Nash Chapel at KCU. Admission is free. For more information, call 474-3221.

2nd Annual Community Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, May 26th at East River Road Park Walking Trail in Grayson at 3pm. Sponsored by the Carter Co. Recreation Alliance.

Rattlesnake Ridge Water District's monthly meeting was cancelled and rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 15th at 3pm in the district office.

Carter Co. Fam Bureau Farm Chemical program is underway. Order period ends Feb. 29th, and orders can be placed through the Carter Co. Farm Bureau office. Deliveries will be the last of March or first of April. All chemicals must be picked up and paid for immediately upon delivery.

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 March 2nd (Clarabella's Teeth), April 6th (Blueberries for Sal), May 4th (Mommy and Me Tea, just for 3-5 year olds), and June 1st (Outdoor games and water play).
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