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A major Fire Friday morning around 2:30 AM has destroyed an iconic Auto Repair building on Landsdown Ave. in Grayson.  The Bledsoe Auto Repair, (formerly the Service Garage and once the Pontiac Dealer) collapsed and was destroyed. Nineteen vehicles were also involved, either destroyed or damaged. Barry Bledsoe, owner, also has a repair business on West Main, but couldn't say if all services would be moved there. Grayson, Olive Hill and Hitchins Fire Departments were called to scene. The building has been around since the 1920s.

This is Easter Weekend. Closed businesses and services are: The Carter Co. Courthouse and the Circuit Clerks Office Friday and Saturday...Grayson Municipal Building closed on Friday. Olive Hill City Building and Little Sandy District Health Dept. will close at noon on Friday. All Carter Co Banks and Post Offices will be OPEN on Friday.

Scott Pennington, who is serving life without parole for 25 years for the 1993 shooting deaths of Deanna McDavid and Marvin Hicks at East Carter High School, is alleged to have assaulted a food service worker at the facility where he is serving his sentence. Pennington was placed in segregation and charges are pending. The worker was airlifted to a hospital and later released. Kentucky State Police says that the case will probably be submitted to a grand jury. Scott Pennington was a 17 year old senior at the time of the shootings, and is 38 now.

The last instructional day for Carter County students will be June 3rd. Certified and Classified personnel must complete contract days by June 17th. Graduation for East Carter High School will be 7pm Friday, May 30th. For West Carter High School 10am Saturday, May 31st.

In the final minutes of it's session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a bill that extends incentives for AK Steel's Ashland Works to upgrade it's equipment. The bill relates to the Kentucky Industrial Revolution Act of 2004. Under the Act's provisions, the Ashland works was enabled to build automotive grade carbon steel for Ford, Toyota, and General Motors. The bill extends the act for twenty four months beyond an expiration date in July. The bill was sponsored by Tanya Pulling, Democrat, of South Shore and supported by Jill York (R) of Grayson, Rocky Adkins (D) of Morehead, and Kevin Sinnette (D) of Ashland, and was supported in the Senate by Robin Webb (D), of Grayson.

The Carter Co. Fiscal Court, meeting in monthly session, approved a request for help from the Carter Co. Library District to assist with a purchase of computers and a printer. The Court approved to finance one third of the $2,769 at a cost of $923. Librarian Nellie Jordan asked that the Court consider increasing next year's funding to the Library District. Olive Hill Trail Town project efforts were discussed with a request to use some county roads as trails. Departmental reports were heard as well.

Olive Hill City Council has approved the second and final reading of it's alcohol ordinance. Council set out that filings concerning the sales should be once each month. Council also named City Attorney Derek Willis as the Alcohol/Beverage Control Officer. Council asked Mayor Kenny Fankell to look at voting boundaries as to who can vote in the city limits. Council also looked at various bids for services and equipment.

Circuit Judge Rebecca K. Phillips has combined the Class Action Lawsuits against the city of Olive Hill for apparent overcharging of customers on electricity rates. She also appointed Jim Deckard of Lexington and Matthew Malone of Lexington as lead counsel for the class, which could grow to more than 4,500 people pursuing action and restitution.

Grayson Memory Days Parade will be held May 24th at 1pm. Entries for the parade will be accepted until 4pm on May 22nd. Call 474-9522 for more information.

17th Annual Small Business Awards Breakfast is May 15th at Boyd Co. Community Center. Twenty-one Carter Co. businesses were nominated for various awards. Contact Chamber for ticket information at 474-4401.

A large brush fire swept across 16 acres in Hitchins and destroyed a house and damaged a mobile home. The fire was located near the intersection of Route One and Route 773 and was extinguished by firefighters from all of the county's fire departments, along with support from Carter Co. EMS, Carter Co. Sheriff's Department, and the Forestry Department. No cause has been determined.

The Little Sandy District Health Department Board of Directors has met and established it's board. Dr. Kari Shields has been re-elected Chairperson, Donald Cook is Vice-Chair, and Paula Thornberry is Secretary.

Kentucky Christian University has received a one million dollar gift, the largest single offering in the school's history. Dr. Jeff Metcalf, the school's president, said the anonymous donor marked the funds to be divided to support the new Master of Science in nursing program and the other $500,000 will begin an endowment for the chair of the School of Bible and Ministry. .

The Grayson branch of the Carter Co. Library is closed while everything is moved to new location on Main Street. Open House will be announced sometime this month.

SPRING FOREST FIRE SEASON IS UNDERWAY. No outdoor burning within 150 feet of a wooded area except between the hours of 6pm and 6am.

Volunteers place books in racks at Grayson's new Public Library, located on West Main St.

Memory Days Poetry Contest is underway, using the theme "WE are Carter Co." Deadline is April 30th. Send entries to PO Box 564, Grayson KY, 41143. Call 316-6320 for more information.

There will be a Bluegrass Music Show at the Rattlesnake Ridge Community Center featuring The Evans Brothers Band(Hwy 52) April 19th. Admission is $8. Show begins at 7pm. Concession sold. Everyone is invited.

Carter Co. Sheriff's Dept. will participate in the Drug Take Back program Saturday, April 26th from 10am until 2pm. Turn in outdated and unused prescription medicines at the Sheriff's Office, room 204 of the Carter Co. Courthouse.

The Elliott Co. Tobacco Festival presents the Keith Whitley Homecoming Celebration May 9th in Sandy Hook. Singing will be Jesse Keith Whitley with a special concert marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Keith Whitley. Concert will be at Lakeside Elementary School. Advance tickets are $10, $15 at the gate. Call 606-207-1077 for ticket information. 

The Elliott County Child Abuse Awareness Group will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on April 19th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Sandy Hook City Park. There will be pictures with the Easter Bunny, door prizes, free food, live music and a bouncy house. Everyone is invited to come out for a fun day and learn about how you can stand against child abuse.

"Charlie's Angels" Relay for Life team will be having a hot dog dinner and auction Saturday, May 3rd at 3pm at the Globe Christian Church fellowship hall. Everyone is welcome.

Grayson Memory Days Parade will be held May 24th at 1pm. Entries for the parade will be accepted until 4pm on May 22nd. Call 474-9522 for more information.

US Dept. of Agriculture has announced that farmers and rancers can sign up for disaster assistance programs by calling 474-5183. Enrollment is also available for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance For Livestock program. Contact the Farm Service Agency office for more information.

The 63rd annual National Day of Prayer  will  be May 1st beginning at Bridges Christian Church at 6:30 PM with a brief time of prayer, praise, and worship. Wear red, white, and blue and comfortable shoes for the 1.5 mile prayer walk up Diederich Blvd., concluding at Advance Methodist. Vans will be available if transportation is needed back to Bridges Christian.

East Carter Middle School will be hosting its 1st annual Government Fair. This is an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of U.S. Government. The fair will take place on April 24th at ECMS. Any parent or government official who wants to be involved in the fair should contact Toni Hart or Carla Myers at 474-5156.


A history of Carter Co written by Go-Radio General Manager Francis Nash

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