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Grayson Memory Days Committee has picked "Making Memories Today" as the theme for the 2016 Memory Days Celebration. Winning theme was submitted by Kathy Manzonie. Memory Days Committee is now soliciting entries for the logo contest. Logo designs must include the official theme. Information can be obtained by contacting the Chamber of Commerce office in the Municipal Building or by calling 474-4401. Deadline for entry is March 3rd at noon. Coordinator Lorena Dickerson says several changes are in store for this year's event, including changing the annual parade's time from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday afternoon, May 28th. Other changes that have been discussed but not yet confirmed are: moving the opening night ceremonies to the original location of the Merchant's Parking Lot on Main St. from the current location on South Hord St., and an earlier starting time of 5pm on opening night, May 26th. Events are being decided, and people are encouraged to contact the chamber at 474-4401 or Dickerson at 315-3111. Sponsors are also being sought. Tim Farmer, KET star and native Carter Countian will be Grand Marshall.

Carter County recorded 8 suicides last year and that was enough to cause Carter County Sheriff, Jeff May, to call that fact to the attention of State Representative Jill York. From there, Rep. York announced Monday that a Suicide Prevention Workshop will be held Sat., Feb. 13 from 1-3pm at the Bayless Memorial Presbyterian Church, 108 East 2nd St. in Grayson. Paula Rymer, Professor at Eastern Ky Univ will conduct the session. Rep. York says it is open to the public and designed for those who have experienced suicide in their family.

Due to a water leak and carpet replacement, the Grayson Branch of the Public Library will be closed for the rest of the week. AARP tax preparations will begin at the Carter Library beginning Feb. 16th each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 am until 2:30 pm.

Carter Co. Spelling Bee Champion is Hope Jackson, an eighth grade student at West Carter Middle School. Runner up is McKenna Steele, an eighth grade student at East Carter Middle School.

Property Tax penalties have increased as of Feb. 1st to 10% with a 10%
Sheriff's add on fee.

The theme of this year's Relay For Life is "There's No Place Like Hope". The Relay will be held from 4pm until 11pm on Saturday June 18th at the Olive Hill Shrine Club Park. A goal of $112,000 has been set for this year. Teams are forming and youth volunteers are being sought to help out.

Carter Caves Valentine Murder Mystery buffet dinner and show will be held Feb. 12 and 13th at 7pm with seating at 6:45pm. Cost is $34.95, plus tax, for dinner and show. Also available is package with overnight stay in Lewis Caveland Lodge for $130. 95 plus tax for two people. Call for more info. 286-4411.

The Grayson Gallery and Art Center is bringing back the annual "Peace and Love" art show that is set to open during the February Final Friday Art Walk that will be held Feb. 26 from 6-9pm. Music by "Luke and the Somethings" with catered refreshments. Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces in any medium on Sat., Feb. 13 or Monday, Feb. 15 from 10am to 2pm at the Gallery.

There will be a six week seminar brought to you by Community Hospice and The Carter Co. Public Library on dealing with the loss of a loved one. It begins on Feb. 19 at 4pm in the Community Room of the Grayson Branch of the Carter Co. Public Library. For more info call 329-1890.

Community Hospice has the following sessions, open to everyone who has experienced loss, available:
Grief Recovery Method-- Until March 7th, 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Community Hospice Care Center, Pollard Road, Ashland
Men's Support Group-- Weekly on Wednesdays at 3:30pm, Community Hospice, Carter Ave., Ashland
Widow's Support Group-- 2nd at 4th Tuesdays, 6pm-7:30pm, Community Hospice Care Center, Pollard Road, Ashland
Parent Support Group-- 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 6pm, Community Hospice Care Center, Pollard Road, Ashland.

West Carter Comets Basketball League through March 22nd. Grades P-5 boys and girls. $30 for first child $25 for each additional sibling. Practices held once a week at OHES and TCES. 1 game per week on Saturdays at WCHS. Each player will receive a t-shirt and trophy. Volunteer coaches needed. Contact Jeremy Webb  at 286-2481 or Jeremy.webb@carter. kyschools.us

Carter Co. Farm Bureau Scholarship program is underway. Students can complete the application by downloading it at kyfb.com/scholarships, or pick them up at the Carter Co. Farm Bureau office at 127 S. Hord St, Grayson. Students must have the material postmarked by Feb. 29th to be eligible.

Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation is offering scholarships to area high school seniors and non-traditional students. All entrants must reside, or the primary residence of their parents or guardians must reside, on Grayson Rural Electric Lines. For more information and applications, call Julie Lewis at 475-2191 or 1-800-562-3532. Applications and essays must be received by Feb. 12th. Family members of employees, directors, or managers of Grayson Rural Electric are not eligible.

Olive Hill Little League will have spring baseball sign ups every Saturday in February from 10am-2pm in the West Carter High Gym Lobby, weather permitting. Youths ages 4-12 who want to play will have to sign up before Feb. 27th. Fee is $40.00 per child.

A Donkey Basketball show will be on Tuesday February 9th at East Carter gym beginning at 6:30pm. Advance tickets are $6. Tickets at the gate will be $8. Tickets can be purchased from an FFA member and Horton & Brown. 12  and under are free with a paying adult. Donkey rides will be during intermission for 12 and under.

East Carter High School SBDM council will meet in regular session Thursday, Feb. 11th at 4:30pm in the school library. Any parent or community member is welcome to attend.

East Carter Co. Adult Education Center will conduct orientation for new students Monday, Feb. 8th at 1pm. The center is located in the second floor of the Carter Co. Public Library in Grayson. For more information, call 606-474-9375.
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