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The Carter Co. Fiscal Court and Grayson and Olive Hill Chambers of Commerce will present a "State of the County" address and dinner at the Carter Caves Lodge on March 30th. Meet and greet will begin at 6pm, with dinner to begin at 7pm. Reservations must be made by March 1st. Cost is $30 with checks payable to the Grayson or Olive Hill Chamber of Commerce, who are co-sponsoring the event. Call 474-4401 for more information.

A crowd of nearly 200 gathered Monday night in the Circuit Courtroom to discuss the possibility of a medical waste disposal facility locating in the Iron Hill area of Carter Co. Operators of the facility, county officials, and a large group of residents addressed the gathering, voicing concerns and information about the operation. County Judge Exec. Mike Malone says that the Court will hold a vote on whether or not to allow the facility to locate in the County, and if the vote is approved, and the state issues a permit, the the matter will be settled. If the vote is against, the state will not issue a permit for operation.

Meeting in monthly session, the Grayson City Council authorized City Attorney Reid Glass to prepare an ordinance that could be used for the Council to approve a restaurant tax, however, Council has not discussed or approved a tax that would be used to finance a sports complex and park on East Main Street. A two phase construction project could total $4,100,000. Council also might consider putting city information such as meeting minutes, ordinances, and other matters online. The matter of closing the Main St. entrance to Park Street is still under discussion.

In an effort to accept the public's financial help to up-date and maintain equipment, the Grayson Fire Department is providing a program that allows families to have a free portrait taken for the contribution of $20 or more. Appointments would be made for the photo session. Fire Chief Greg Felty says a number of individuals have been authorized to make door-to-door canvassing to determine the public's interest in helping the Fire Department. Those individuals will have Department identification. Questions can be answered by calling 474-5444.

Carter Co. Health Dept. has announced that the Harm Reduction Needle Exchange Program will be available five days a week at the Department Headquarters at the Courthouse from 8am until 3pm. The operation will be private and separate from the clinic. More information is available by calling the Health Dept. at 474-6685.

Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its eighth annual Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 26th-29th. Guests can enjoy hiking, paddling trips, recreational tree climbing, cave tours, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing, a zip line and more. Nonrefundable fee is $40.00 for 18+, 13-17 is $30, and children 6-12 are $20. Participants must be at least 6 years old. Call the park for more information at 286-4411.

Northeast Kentucky Comm. Outreach has announced the Crisis Phase of the LIHEAP program is now taking applications.

Carter Co. Tax bills now carry a 5% penalty until Jan. 31st. Grayson city taxes have a 4% penalty through Jan. 31st. Olive Hill city taxes are due at the base rate until Jan. 10th, with a 10% penalty being added Jan. 10th through Feb. 10th.

Carter Caves is now on its winter operational schedule. For information on services available and times, call the park at 286-4411.

Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce Memory Days 2017 Committee is now accepting entries for the theme for the May celebration. Entries must be 6 words or less. Send entries by Feb. 2nd to PO Box 612 in Grayson.

Grayson City Council views plans for a sports complex and recreation park.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the First Church of Christ in Grayson January 23rd from 1pm until 6pm. All types of blood are needed.

Elliot Co. Cooperative Extension Office will be accepting plant orders through March 3rd. Plants will arrive in early April. To place an order, contact the Office Mon-Fri from 8am-4:30pm or call 606-738-6400.

Northeast Head Start and the Carter Co. Preschool Program are actively recruiting children for the 2017-18 school year. Children who turn 3 or 4 before August 1st, 2017 are encouraged to apply on Friday, Jan. 27th from 9am-3pm at the Grayson and Olive Hill Head Start Centers. All applications are placed according to federal and state guidelines. Call 474-4602 in Grayson or 286-5711 in Olive Hill for more information.

A public forum regarding Health and Nutrition in the Schools will be held during the Jan. 19th meeting of the Carter Co. Board of Education. The meeting starts at 6pm at 228 S. Carol Malone Blvd.

In an effort to up-date and maintain equipment, the Hitchins Volunteer Fire Department is providing a program that allows families to have a free portrait taken for the contribution of $20 or more. Fire Chief Greg Shaffer says a number of individuals have been authorized to go door-to-door for the purpose of collecting funds. Those individuals will have Department identification. Questions can be answered by calling 474-5753.

Carter Christian Academy will be offering a FREE Flu Clinic Jan. 20th from 11:30am-4:30pm. All shots are free and available to anyone in the community. Questions, call 475-1919.

FREE Flu Clinic will be held Jan. 20th at Pleasant Valley Tabernacle in Olive Hill from 5pm-8pm, and again Jan. 21st at the Shoppes on the Hill in Olive Hill from 11am-2pm. Call 606-483-6021 for more information.

Free tax filing under sponsorship from AARP will be offered from 9am-1:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning on Jan. 31st at the Senior Citizen's Center in Grayson. Patrons need to bring last year's return and have picture identification and proof of Social Security.

Heritage Elementary SBDM will meet in a special closed session at 3:15pm Jan. 18th to discuss the hiring of personnel.
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