Carter County Judge-Executive Mike Malone has issued
a second State of Emergency relative to flood problems that have
occurred within the past two weeks. Both floods have brought
water levels to peaks not seen for some time and have twice washed
out homes, businesses and churches. The declaration will give the
Judge-Executive more authority to deal with the problem. Judge
Malone said the Carter County Soil Conservation District continues
to look at engineering situations concerning a dike that broke
during the first flood and was breached again in the second flood.
Repairs could run as high as $200,000, according to the Judge.
Emergency Management Director Roger Dunfee said that the Southern
Baptist Disaster Team has returned to Carter County and will be
preparing meals for flood victims. They抣l prepare three
meals beginnng Thursday. Dunfee said the Team will be in Carter
County until Monday, and perhaps longer. The American Red
Cross will deliver the meals. Pick up of items from flood damaged
homes will continue. Joanna King, Executive Dir. of the American
Red Cross Eastern Kentucky Chapter, says that the Red Cross
availability at the First Church of Christ emergency shelter is
increasing in the face of the second flood. Overnight stay is
possible, along with food, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene
items. The shelter is open to flood victims in Carter, Elliott and
Help is available for flood victims,
cleaning supplies, some cash, and meals served at First Church
of Christ Family Life Center. Those affected must fill
out paperwork there for some assistance from the Red Cross, and
Salvation Army. Those wishing to help out families in
Hitchins and Willard can donate at Commercial Bank, Flood
Relief 2015 or mail check to Commercial Bank, Box 7 Grayson,
KY. Gospel Tabernacle at Hitchins is distribution and drop
off point for donated items from household goods, to toiletries,
cleaning supplies, etc. Please go ahead with your
cleaning and take pictures of damaged items. Those who
have open wounds working in flood waters need a tetanus shot,
available free at Health Dept. Damage assessments forms
are available to shelter at First Church of Christ Family
Center. For questions or info call Judge Executive office
or Jo Ann Dunfee at 606-315-4119. Southern Baptist
Disaster team is preparing and delivering meals.
Photos by Joanne Dunfee,
Grayson Emergency Management, of the second round of flooding
in Hitchins and Willard areas.
Walking park in Grayson after flooding
along the Little Sandy River. Grayson Utilities is flushing fire hydrants through April
30th. Some low water pressure or discoloration of water may occur
during the process.
Rotary Club of Grayson Pancake Breakfast will be held at the
Senior Citizens Center in Grayson on April 18 from 7:30am to
11:00am, the price is $5.
The office of Carter County Judge-Exec. Mike Malone has announced
that two former railroad bridges, located near the Old Farm
Machinery grounds and not on Rt 773, have been closed due to their
deteriorating conditions. The former railroad bed bridges have
been closed to vehicle traffic but not walking or bicycle use.
Repairs are being studied because the bridges are part of the
The Carter County Property Valuation Administrator's office will
be examining, photographing and measuring property and houses in
Eastern Carter County throughout the summer. Officials will have
identification and drive clearly marked vehicles. Questions may be
directed to the PVA Office at 474-5663.
L to R: Miss Heart of the Parks Erica Moore, Miss
Grayson's Outstanding Teen Rebecca Ammerman, and Miss Grayson
SPRING FOREST FIRE SEASON IS UNDERWAY! No outdoor burning within
150 feet of wooded areas except between 6pm and 6am. NO burning on
Carter Co. Board of Education has set the calendar for the fall
with teachers having planning and preparation days August 3-5th
and first day for students will be August 6th. This school
year will end with the last day for students June 1st. West Carter
graduation will be Friday, May 29th at 7 pm and East Carter on
Saturday, May 30th at 10 am. Memorial and Election Day will still
be taken as days off.
County Emergency Management team has organized local committee.
Officers appointed were Larry Collier, Paul Thomas, Travis
McHenry, and Crystal Damron. The committee will be meeting
The "12 Weeks of Summer" Calendar committee
is currently requesting confirmed events taking place in Carter
County for dates May 21st-August 15th to be submitted for the 2015
calendar brochure. There is no charge for submissions, however
submissions must include the date, event name, location, time, and
contact person and phone number. Calendar sponsorships spots are
also available. For more information call
The West Carter Adult Education Center is hosting a Mother and
Father's Day Tribute Contest. Contestants are asked to write a
tribute to their mother and/or father, with the winner will
receive a "Dinner Card for Two." All contestants for the Mother's
Day Contest must pre-register by April 17th. All contestants for
the Father's Day Contest must pre-register by May 22nd. Any person
can participate in both, but they must submit two separate
writings. Call 286-0137 for more information.
A thrift store sponsored by FCC Grayson youth group is open on
Main Street (beside Farmer's hardware) every Saturday throughout
April and May. Open 8-5 and all proceeds will benefit youth
mission trips and community service projects. Lot of items!
Clothing, shoes, housewares, toys and much more.
A shoe drive to benefit Olive Hill Elementary School family
resource center is being held through April 29th. Children's shoes
preschool size 8-13 and kids size 1-7 can be dropped off at Olive
Hill Elementary School and Olive Hill Dollar General. For more
information call 859-338-3925.
Free health screenings will be given from 5-8pm, the second
Thursday of every month by registered nurses from Bellefonte
Hospital. Screening include weight, BMI, Glucose levels, blood
pressure and cholesterol. Screening will be held at New
Beginnings, 194 Promise Land Drive in Grayson. For more
information you can call 474-0313.
Women of all ages are invited to come and enjoy the Tea Party on
the Hill, on April 25th, from 2-4 pm. Purchase tickets at the
Shoppes on the Hill in Olive Hill for $20 each. Entertainment and
Style Show by Wilma's Dress Shop. For more information call
West Carter Middle School will be accepting
nominations for Site Based Decision Making Council Parent
Representative for the 2015-2016 school year. Nominees must
be parent of legal guardian of a student enrolled for upcoming
school year. Contact the West Carter Youth Service Center to
make nominations at 286-8095. Deadline is April 24th.
Voting will be May 1st from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at WCMS
West Carter high School will be accepting
nominations for Site Based Decision Making Council Parent
Representative for the 2015-2016 school year. Nominees
must be parent or legal guardian of a student enrolled for
upcoming school year. Contact the West Carter Youth
Service Center to make nominations at 286-8100. Deadline
is April 24th. Voting will be May 1st from 8:00 a.m. -4:30
p.m. at WCHS
American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 342 would to
invite you to there delayed Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1-
10. Bring your baskets out to the American Legion on April 25th
at 1:00 p.m.
Rattlesnake Ridge Fun Day Saturday, April 25 from
9 to 3 at the Rattlesnake Ridge Community Center, off of south
Rt. 7 on Rt 3295.
A Memory Days Poetry Contest is being sponsored by
the Carter County Poetry Society with the theme Wow! Just look
at us now! There is no entry free, but only one person per entry
is permitted. It is open to Carter County residents and members
of the Carter County Poetry Society. Deadline is May 9th. The
winner will receive a $50 cash award, and their poem will be
read at the Memory Days opening ceremonies. Mail entries to
Memory Days Poetry Contest, c/o Camila Haney, P.O. Box 564,
Grayson, KY 41143.
A Veterans Benefits Field Representative will b e
at the Carter County Courthouse in Grayson on Monday, May 4th
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. For more information call 1-866-244-8970 to
speak with a Veterans Benefits Field Representative.