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The Carter Co. Shcool District has been classified as Distinguished and Progressing and is now recognized as a District of Distinction in Kentucky, according to the State Department of Education's release of the Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability data. Eight of Carter County's ten schools are classified as Professional or Distinguished, with two being listed as Needs Improvement.

The Grayson City Council has approved spending $88,000 to make pavement and drainage improvements to CW Stevens Blvd. Council will also spend $12,000 for some paving work on Webster Street in Green Meadows Subdivision. In a closed session Council approved a bid from Adam Wells to take down the former Reeves Law Office building at the corner of Main and Landsdowne for $9,000. The city had recently condemned the building. Council also approved enforcement of city collections from hotels of the transient tax, with businesses having until Oct. 1st to bring payments, penalties, and interest, up to date or face legal action. Council will also do approximately $18,000 in sidewalk repairs.

Columbia Gulf Transmission will plans to work on a compressor station in the Wilson Creek area beginning in October of next year. State Senator Robin Webb of Grayson is organizing a meeting on the work at 6pm on Tuesday, Oct. 4th at the Grayson Gallery and Art Center. The public is invited to attend. Webb says Columbia personnel have been invited to attend and answer questions from the public.

Carter Co. Fiscal Court met recently and set the vehicle and watercraft property tax rate at 7.9 cents per $100.

Carter Co. Health Dept is now giving flu vaccinations, and urges residents to get their shot early this year to make it effective as the flu season begins. The nasal vaccine will not be given this year.

Northeast KY Community Action Agency has announced that acceptance for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will begin Nov. 1st. Northeast is also taking applications from vendors who want to supply wood, coal, fuel oil, propane, and kerosene. For more information call 286--5344 or 1-800-817-4443.

Kentucky State Police are advising of a scam involving the Post 14 telephone number. KSP says people are using the number 606-928-6421 and making calls with various threats of a criminal nature. The KSP reminds residents that they do not call and collect funds or threaten arrest. -

Meeting in monthly session, the Grayson and Olive Hill City Council's have set Trick or Treat times for 6pm until 8pm Monday Oct. 31st.

The Board of Trustees at both Kentucky Christian University and Cincinnati Christian University have voted to colloaborate through a management consultancy agreement with merger discussions underway. Executive leadership at KCU would offer leadership assistance at CCU. KCU says any merger would require approval of accreditation agencies and financial institutions as well as both Boards of Trustees. Formal approval of the management consultancy agreement is set for October. If approved, the effective date would be Jan. 1st, 2017. A final decision on consolidation would likely come in Oct. of 2017.

The Carter Co. Ambulance Board has asked the Fiscal Court to assist emergency operations by paying their insurance costs for one year. Director Dennis Midkiff gave the Court a report on the service at a recent meeting. The insurance payment is request is to allow the Service to recover financially. The Ambulance Board has also approved allowing ambulances to attend school functions where their services might be needed, with the understanding they may have to attend to other runs if needed. Also, dedicated ambulances that stand ready at private events will do so for a fee.

Carter County Clerk Mike Johnston has announced that the deadline to register to vote in the November election is 4pm Oct. 11th. Absentee ballots are available for eligible voters. For information on voting absentee, call the County Clerk's office at 474-5188, ext. 115.

Grayson Chamber of Commerce Funtoberfest will be held over a two day period this year - Oct. 7th and 8th. Many new events will be held this year, including Carter Co. Cruisers car show on Park St., Family movie night in the park, a photography show, kids games, and more. Call the Chamber office at 474-4401 for more information. DEADLINE TO ENTER IN THE CHILI COOKOFF IS MONDAY OCT. 3RD. Team entry price is $30.

The 8th annual Funtoberfest 5K Memory/ Walk Run will be Saturday, Oct. 8th at 8:30 in memory of Deborah Meenach-Combs & Marthe Jordan. Registration forms can be returned  RECC, Family Vision Health Center or mailed to KCU. Return your registration forms by Oct. 1st in order to be guaranteed a t-shirt. For more information contact, Tammy Nischan at 316-4372.

Grayson Chamber of Commerce will make two designation awards for the Funtoberfest Store Front Display Contest. Categories are "Best Fall Display" and "Best Funtoberfest Display". Call 474-4401 for more information.

A Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5th from 10am until 3:30pm at Kentucky Christian University in the McKenzie Student Center Lounge. To schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522. Walk-ins are also welcome.
 
A view of Grayson, left, and a view of I-64 westbound, taken from the top of the Go Radio Tower by maintainer Frank Scarberry of West Virginia.


A veteran's field representative will be at the Carter Co. Courthouse on Monday, Oct. 3rd to assist veterans and their dependents in filing for claims due from military service. Call 1-866-244-8970 for more information.

A reunion will be held for all members and veterans of the 201st Eng. Battalion Saturday, Oct. 1st beginning at 11am at the National Guard Armory in Olive Hill. The event is free, with food provided. Attendees are asked to bring a desert or a two liter soft drink. 

Fall Forest Fire Season is underway. No burning within 150 feet of a wooded area except between 6pm and 6am. The season continues until Dec. 15th.

Grayson's Sanitary sewer system gets cleaned and refurbished.

Haunted attractions will be held in the are throughout October! The Grayson Haunted Jail will be sponsored by the Grayson Chamber of Commerce at the former jail at the Courthouse each Friday and Saturday in October from 8am until 10pm. Tickets are $5. The Carter Caves Haunted Trail will be open on Fridays and Saturdays until Oct. 22nd. weather permitting. Tickets are sold at the Carter Caves public pool with transportation to the trail head provided.

Fall mums for sale at West Carter High School Greenhouse for $6 each. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Call 606-286-2481 for more information.

Bluegrass Music at Rattlesnake Ridge Community Center, Oct. 1 featuring The Tommy Webb Band.  Admission $8.00 under 13 admitted free. Show time is 7pm. Concessions sold. Everyone is invited.

The Elliott Co. Senior Citizens Center, located on Main Street in Sandy Hook, is open Monday-Friday from 8am-2:30pm. Transportation is provided to and from the center for the seniors at no cost. Lunch is served daily at 11:30am and a variety of activities scheduled daily.

Volley For Autism Awareness, Hosted by East and West Carter volleyball teams October 4th and 5th at 6:00pm. Come early for open floor time for all autistic children and one parent. Admission is free for child and one parent.

Carter Emergency Management Director Roger Dunfee talks with children at the Smithfield Food Plant First Responders meet.

Grahn School Community Center will be selling 'Hot Dog Dinners' every Friday from 11am-4:30pm. Call 606-286-0177.

Rowan Co. Caring & Sharing Alzheimer's Support Group meeting will be Monday, Oct. 3rd at 6pm at the Center for Health Education Research, Room 102-C. Loved ones and/or caregivers of someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder are invited to attend this informal support group.

Eastern Kentucky Railroad Historical Society Debut will be hosted by the Carter Co. Library as part of FUNTOBERFEST on Oct. 8th from 10:30am-4:30pm. Come out and view an important part of Carter Co.'s history! For more information, call Donna Bond Boggs at 606-474-9625.

Trimble Lodge #145 is having a bean dinner Saturday, Oct. 1st at 6pm at the lodge on US 60. Adults are $5, kids eat free. For more information, call 606-474-2139.

Rattlesnake Ridge Community Center will be having a Bluegrass Gospel music show on Oct. 8th featuring New Highway, admission is offering. Showtime is 7pm.

Rt. 504 Fire Department Annual Fish Fry and Auction will be Saturday, Oct. 1st at 1pm. Food will be served from 1-3pm and the auction starts after. Adult admission is $7, children 3-12 are $3.50, and under 3 eat free. Meal consists of fish or chicken, cole slaw, potato wedges, hush puppies, a dessert and drink. There will also be live music. Everyone is welcome to come out and eat and have a good time.

Star Elementary Fall Festival will be Tuesday, Oct. 4th from 6pm-8pm. The community is welcome! Games, prizes, sweet shop, basket raffles, silent auctions, and tons of fun! Come support the Rockets!

A Veterans Benefits Field Representative will be at the Carter Co. Courthouse in Grayson on Monday, Oct. 3rd from 9am-noon. Veterans and their dependents will receive assistance filing for Federal and State veterans benefits.

The Eastern Foothills Kentucky Cattleman's Association for Rowan and Elliott Counties will meet Oct. 11th at 6pm. Meeting location has been changed from the 504 fire department to MSU farm. If you have any questions, call Keith Center at 738-6400.

Prichard Elementary Fall Monster Mash will be Friday, Oct. 21st from 5:30-7:30pm. A haunted house, costume dance, silent auction, bake sale, face painting and more! Come out and enjoy!

Grand Re-Opening of Grayson's Finest Thrift Store Saturday, Oct. 1st from 9-3pm. All proceeds go to the Hippo Valley Christian Mission Orphanage in Zimbabwe, Africa. Donations are accepted during store hours. For more information, call 606-474-3460.

Heritage Elementary SBDM Council will meet in regular session Monday, Oct. 3rd at 3:45pm in the school's conference room.

The Rattlesnake Ridge Community Center will have Bluegrass Gospel Music by "NEW HIGHWAY" on Oct. 8th. Show begins at 7:00pm, and our famous hotdogs will be available. Call 474-2920 for additional information.

Rattlesnake Ridge Community Center will host Hammertowne on Oct. 15th. Admission is $8, under age 13 admitted at no charge. Show time is 7pm.
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