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Meeting in monthly session, the Carter County Board of Education amended the current year school calendar.  School will not be in session May 22, for primary election day, and May 28 for Memorial Day. With these three days built into the calendar, the last day of school for students will  be Friday, June 1, 2018.  Teachers will have a planning day on Monday, June 4, and closing day will be on Tuesday, June 5.

Grayson City Council met in monthly session this week and discussed local plans to construct a sports complex and recreation park off East Main Street in north Grayson.  City Council heard the reading of minutes of a Grayson Park Board meeting that was held recently that included a complete look at plans for the special park.  Grayson Mayor, George Steele, says plans are underway to finalize a bond sale and that a ground breaking for the park will probably come in April.  In other matters in Tuesday's meeting, the council was asked to increase from $18,000 to $25,000 the annual contribution to the Carter County Library District.  Librarian, Nellie Middleton, told council that the city of Olive Hill and Carter County Fiscal Court are also being asked for the same contribution increase.  Council has indicated that it will make its decision based on other contributions.   The council is also reviewing two bids for a city web-page contract and heard an auditor's report that Mayor Steele considered to be good.  Council did not meet in a closed session.

The Grayson Police Department is assisting Kentucky State Police in an investigation of a fire that struck an apartment on Grayson's East Main Street Monday afternoon.  The Grayson Fire Department was dispatched to the former Shangri-la restaurant building where the blaze was reported.  The Grayson Fire Department was also dispatched to North Kentucky Route one over the weekend.  A residential fire occurred in the area of the Beckwith Branch Apartment complex.

The Olive Hill City Council recently and approved a lease ordinance that will finance gas line improvements.   Council also approved an amended 2017-18 budget, a Commercial Bank 5-K run scheduled in late June, and heard departmental reports.  An appearance concerning the Carter County Library District was cancelled.

The Grayson Police Department continues to investigate Monday night's robbery of an Exxon station located next to Hardee's Restaurant on Grayson's Carol Malone Blvd.  Grayson Police Chief, Kevin McDavid, said Tuesday that the investigation is continuing to look for two men who were dressed in hoodies and who wore masks.  Chief McDavid said that one of the men was armed, but indicated that both were involved in the robbery.  The two left the business on foot.

Carter Co. tax bills now carry a ten percent penalty and a 10% sheriff's add-on fee through April 16th. Unpaid tax bills will be subject to additional fees and potential sale to a third party in the summer of 2018.

Mike Brammell, director of the Carter County solid waste office, has announced that the maintenance dumpster day for Grayson has been changed from March 30, to April 6.  Olive Hill's dumpster day remains the same which is April 1.  Dumpsters are placed at the Carter County maintenance garages in Grayson and Olive Hill on a monthly basis.

The Carter Co. Fiscal Court met on Monday, March 12th and was addressed by Wayne Terry, who asked the Court to draft an ordinance if one did not already exist to stop house refuse from being placed in creeks and rivers, especially during times of flooding, and to stop littering on area roadways. A discussion on removing part of Counts Lane from the county road system was also handled. Nellie Middleton, the director of the Carter Co. Library addressed the Court concerning a couple of incidents that had happened at the library that made her feel the need for an extra employee to be at the library and asked the Court to consider helping with the cost increase in the next year's budget. A motion was also made to set up an active shooter training at the Courthouse. Jeremy Brickey with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet addressed the states recommendations for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Resolution #335 concerning the Rural and Secondary Road recomendations from KYTC was unanimously approved with a memorandum of understanding between the Court and the Commonwealth Transportation Cabinet for the amount of $200,000 for paving the East Park Drive in Carter Co. pursuant to the approval by the County Attorney. The Court also agreed to hire Joe Lambert as E911 Director following the recommendation by the E911 Board last week. Claims and transfers and departmental reports were also heard, and an executive session was also conducted to discuss an employee issue but took no action. The Court decided to provide internet services through Spectrum Internet and phone service for the Courthouse through Mountain Telephone.

Kentucky State Park campgrounds are now open, according to the Kentucky Department of State Parks.  Greenbo Lake State Park will have 21 new, improved camping sites.  Carter Caves State Park campground area is open with a water system expected  to be added this spring. 

A Veterans Benefits Field Representative will be at the Carter County Courthouse on Monday, April 2nd from 9am until 12 noon. Veterans and their dependents will receive assistance filing for Federal & State benefits. To apply, veterans need to furnish copies of pertinent documentation to verify eligibility. Please schedule an appointment by calling 1-866-244-8970.

All Creatures Veterinary Care will be offering FREE PHOTOS with the Easter Bunny on Monday, March 26th from 5 to 7pm. Everyone is welcome! Call 606-474-5146 for more information.

Dan Click, director of the Grayson Gallery and Art Center, says plans are being made for the center's Final Friday gatherings for March and April. The annual "Women in the Arts" event, featuring all the women artist an musicians will be held in March.  April is open to all artists for the annual "Celebrate the Earth" theme.  For further information for those two monthly activities, contact director, Dan Click, at 606-474-7651.

Meeting recently, the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce Memorial Day committee selected a design logo for the late May event.  The design by Julie Lewis will be used on T-shirts and tote bags.  The Julie Lewis entry shows an outline of the Commonwealth of Kentucky marked by a heart shape of the Grayson location.  Fireworks are also a part of the design.  This year's Memory Day theme is "This Is My Town" was submitted by Justin Stone of Grayson. 

FREE Community Baby Shower, sponsored by St. Claire HealthCare and UK Healthcare, is scheduled for April 7th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Morehead Conference Center. More than $2000 in baby shower prizes will be given away. Register in advance by visiting www.st-claire.org/babyshower.

The 4-H Trap Shooting season is almost here. There will be an organizational meeting on Saturday, March 24th at noon at the Carter County Extension Office. Coaches and coordinators will be there to discuss the rules, bylaws and requirements to participate in the club.

The Commercial Bank of Grayson scholarship applications are now available at East Carter and West Carter High Schools. Students may pick up application through their guidance counselor.

A benefit for Ode Sammons for medical expenses will be held April 7th at noon at the Rattlesnake Ridge Comm. Center. Call 329-8442 or 474-0011 for more information.

Benefit fundraiser for Roger Oney will be held at Heritage Elementary Saturday, March 31st from  2-9 p.m. The event will feature bluegrass and gospel music from Hammertowne, Billie Rennee and others, food and more. All proceeds will go to Roger Oney for medical expenses.

Grayson Fire Department will hold its first "Fire & Smoke Cruise In" on Saturday, June 23rd at 8:00am. Pre-Registration fee is $25.00 and ends June 16th. Proceeds will go toward the expansion of the Community Christmas Light show. Contact  Matt Jones at mattjones@graysonfire.com  or message the Facebook fundraising page- Grayson Fire Department Fundraising.

A family history workshop is being scheduled from noon until 3:00 pm on Saturdays at the Grayson Branch of the Carter County Public Library.  Participants can look at ancestral and family history.  Free research software and guidance will be available.

Sewing and quilting classes are held at 10:00 am each Saturday. Sessions are held at the Quilting Room located at 110 Comet Drive in Olive Hill.  Information is available at 286-5505 or 316-0285.

The Grahn School Community Center will hold a weekly hot dog sale at the former Grahn School building each Friday afternoon from 11am until 4pm. Everyone is invited.

The Gerad Maggard Children's Charities will hold an Easter Kid's Bash Sunday April 8th from 2pm until 5pm at their location on Railroad Street in Olive Hill. An Easter egg hunt, bounce houses, games, contests and prizes will be avialable. The event is free and everyone is invited.

Carter County will be supplying dumpsters, monthly, in Grayson and in Olive Hill at both cities' county maintenance garages. Grayson's dumpster day is the LAST Friday of the month and Olive Hill's will be the FIRST Monday of the month.Times will be from 8:30am till 3:30pm and will continue until further notice. Vehicles must have a Carter County License or you must show a driver's license with a Carter County address. Items not permitted include, but not limited to: Tires, Liquids, Paint, Batteries, Toxic Materials etc...If you have questions, call 606-475-3351.
Carter County Maintenance dumpster day scheduled March 30th,  for Grayson , has been rescheduled for April 6th. Olive Hill dumpster day remains the same April 2nd.

A BELIEVE Soccer camp will be held at the Ashland Area YMCA Saturday, March 31st from 10am until 1pm.  The event is designed to include special needs kids from ages six and up.  Each child is allowed to bring one friend to the event.There is no charge to participate. A free lunch and T-shirt is also being given to each child. Call 606-329-8588 for more information.

The number of children coming into foster care is growing and so is the need for foster parents. If you are single or married and have room in your heart and home contact The Cabinet For Health and Family Service about fostering or adopting 606-920-3130 ex. 201.

Elliott County Extension Office is currently enrolling students ages 5-18 for the 4-H Livestock Club. Call Katie Wallace at 606-738-6400 for more information.

Community Hospice will offer several community-base grief counseling session during March. All support groups are open to the public; anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend. For additional information, or to reserve a space, contact Community Hospice Bereavement Department at 606-329-1890 or 1-800-926-6184.

As part of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Community Hospice will be available throughout the month of April to speak with any club, group, church, organization or business with details about living wells.
To schedule a presentation, please contact Beth Taylor at 606-329-1890. Community Hospice serves Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Lawrence, Elliott, Johnson and Martin counties, Kentucky along with Lawrence and Scioto counties in Ohio.

Masonic Lodge Spaghetti Dinner and Auction Saturday April 7th at 12 noon. Cost of meal is $6.00  includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and drink. To-Go meals are available.

The Kentucky State Police is now accepting applications from Kentucky high school seniors who are interested in qualifying for $1,000 scholarships that can be used for education expenses beginning in the fall of 2018. To be considered, students must complete and submit all application materials by April 1st, applications are available on the KSP website at  http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/island/pdf/ti_scholarship_application_NEW.pdf .


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