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Grayson City Council will hold a special meeting to discuss a 3% restaurant tax proposed by the Grayson Tourism and Convention Commission. The meeting will be held Dec. 1st at 6pm at the Municipal building. The public is invited to attend. Commission officials say the tax could take in $450,000 a year, with about 50% of the tax going to build parks and other recreation opportunities.

The Carter County Fiscal Court is looking at leasing it's vehicles. At a recent meeting, the Court heard from Joey Nunn of Enterprise Leasing, about a leasing program and what it could mean for the court. Further discussion will be held at a special meeting Dec. 3rd at 10am. The Court also is looking into purchasing safety shoes for all members of the count road department. Local pricing for purchase of the shoes will be conducted.

Carter Co. Recreation Alliance has been turned down for a $75,000 grant that would have been used in developing into a public park the 34 acres of property located between Grayson's East Main St. and ECMS. The City owns the property and is joining with the County-from which the property was purchased-in the Park's development. Steve Sharp, President of the Alliance, says work on developing various areas of the Park-such as fields for play-could begin this winter, weather permitting. That work, Sharp says, would be through funds that are already available and in-kind work. As for financing the park, the Grayson Tourism and Convention Commission is proposing to Grayson's City Council that a 3% restaurant tax be enacted. Mayor George Steele says Council will meet in a special session on Tuesday, Dec. 1 to begin discussing the proposed restaurant tax.

At the Community Thanksgiving service held at the Presbyterian Church recently, $2,000 was collected to help Project Merry Christmas with a shortfall from last year's program which helped a larger number of families that usual.

Citizens and business owners attending a Tourism hearing check a map of proposed East Main St. Park.

The Internal Revenue Service is warning of a telephone scam where the caller claims to be a member of the IRS and, through various threats, tries to obtain money and/or personal information. The scam is currently aimed at residents of KY and the IRS is warning people to disregard such calls.

Carter County Extension office says applications for the CAIP program are underway through Dec. 18th. Help in applying is available on Mondays thorough the sign up period. Call the office at 474-6686 for more information.

The Carter Co. Public Library District has been circulating since early October, a petition to seek a two cents per $100 property valuation library tax. County Librarian Nellie Middleton says that if all taxes are collected, the District would collect about $169,000 and that the $54,000 in annual money from the cities of Grayson and Olive Hill along with the Carter Co. Fiscal Court would be withdrawn. Petitions are available at the Grayson and Olive Hill branches or from library personnel.

The Northeast Kentucky Community Action Agency is taking applications for it's annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP provides funding to help households that have financial problems with winter heating. Again this year, Northeast will take applications on an alphabetical basis. Applications will be taken through Dec. 11.

Grayson Chamber Annual Christmas Parade will be held at night this year. The parade will be held Dec. 5th at 6:30pm during the Hometown Holidays event. The theme this year is "A Storybook Christmas".

Grayson Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 38th annual Community Service Awards banquet for Dec. 10 at Carter Caves Lodge. Awards will be given for the S.U. Pratt Community Award, R.E. Applegate Memorial Award, Keystone of Grayson Award, Dr. Rodney T. Gross Youth Leadership Award and the Agriculture-Farm Family. They will also recognize First Responders and name the Deanna McDavid Memorial Teacher of the Year, Business Person and Medical Professional of the the Year.

County Tax Bills are now due at face value through December 21st at the Carter Co. Sheriff's Office.

In a ceremony held Nov. 18th at Hitchins, Edward Isaacs unveiled a plaque in front of what was Hitchins High School and is now the home of Carter Christian Academy. Isaacs marked the history of the building and, in a brief speech, noted those who helped in its restoration. The school was built by the Works Progress Administration during the depression of the 1930s. The structure was Hitchins High School from 1938 to 1971, when it merged with East Carter High. The Elementary School continued until 2000. Isaacs announced that the gymnasium will be renovated. It was used by the Hitchins Tigers and later by East Carter and Kentucky Christian. The gym will be restored for use by the Carter Christian Boys and Girls basketball, volleyball and archery. Contractors have already begun a remodeling plan for the gymnasium's old lobby area.

Edward Isaacs and those who helped in renovation of the former Hitchins School that is now the site of Carter Christian Academy.
Isaacs and his son Chilton unveil plaque thanking those who helped restore Hitchins School, it's history and its conversion to Carter Christian Academy

Carter Co. Special Olympics basketball and cheerleading sign ups are underway. Call 606-571-5003 for more information.

Rattlesnake Ridge Comm. Center will host a bluegrass music show featuring Midnight Storm, Saturday, Nov. 28th at 7pm. Admission is $8. Children under 12 admitted free. Concessions will be sold. Everyone is invited. 

There will be a free showing of the movie "Polar Express" at Calvary Episcopal Church in the meeting room in Ashland during the Festival of Trees and Trains. Two showings on Friday, Nov. 27th at 1pm and 3:30pm, and two showings on Saturday, Nov. 28th at 11am and 2pm. Light snacks will be available for purchase. For more information, call 606-325-2328 or 606-831-9035.

Volunteers pose with some of the boxes donated to Operation Christmas Child to be distributed worldwide.

Project Merry Christmas has announced the sale of their Benson Old Home-Style Fruit Cakes for $15. and are available at all branches of The Commercial Bank of Grayson, James Family Outfitters and Robert Caummisar Law Office.

First Baptist Church in Olive Hill is sponsoring Christmas music with Midnight Clear on Sunday, Dec. 6th at 6pm at the Olive Hill Center for Arts and Education. Concert is free to all, with CDs available to purchase. Come to the Hill for an awesome evening of Christmas music!

The Carter County Retired Teacher's Association will meet Wednesday, December 2nd at Carter Caves State Park Lodge. We will be having our scholarship Christmas Bazaar. Donations of items would be greatly appreciated. The proceeds furnish a student from East and West Carter High Schools interested in a career in education, a $500 scholarship. Registration begins at 10:30am. The bazaar is open to the public as well as members and all retired teachers, will start at 1pm. In case of inclement weather, if the Carter County School system is not in session, the bazaar will be postponed to another day. Listen to WGOH/WUGO for more information.

The Little Sandy Bee Keepers will have their meeting at 6pm December 1st at Carter Caves. A buffet will be served at $12 a plate. Wade Stiltner, West Virginia State Apiarist and member, will speak after the dinner. There will be a drawing for door prizes for those who re-up their dues at $12 per year. Those coming should call John at 606-286-5893 by November 27th.

The City of Olive Hill's Maintenance Department will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday continuing through Friday, November 27. Garbage pickup for those days will be conducted on Monday along with Mondays regular route.

The Laurel Gorge Dulcimer Club will present their Christmas recital Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 6pm at the Laurel Gorge Heritage Center. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.

A Veterans Benefits Field Representative will be at the Carter County Courthouse in Grayson on Monday, Dec. 7th from 9 am until noon. Veterans and their derpendents will receive assistance for Federal & State benefits. This service is provided free of charge by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. To apply veterans need to furnish copies of pertinent documentation to verify eligibility. For further information, please call 1-800-244-8970.

Train Rides & Visits with Santa in Central Park will be November 27-29; December 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20. There will also pictures with Santa at the oldest home, The Log House. Both activities are located on the 22nd end of the park (across from the King's Daughters Medical Center's main entrance.

"Breakfast with Santa" will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5th 9 to 11am at the Transportation Center, (99 15th Street, Ashland). Children up to 12 years of age are free and the cost for Adults accompanied by a child is $3.00. The event is sponsored by Our Lady of Bellfonte Hospital and Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival.

"Karaoke and Pizza with Santa & Trolley Rides around Central Park" will be held on Thursday, December 10th 6 to 8pm at the Transportation Center (99 15th Street, Ashland). This event is free and for Kindergarten to 6th grade children and is sponsored by th Ashland Bus System, Kentucky Farmers Bank and Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival.

Candle light vigil for Clifton Sigman will be held Monday, Nov. 30th at 6:30pm at 36 Stump Road in Grayson. For directions or more information, call 606-474-2310. Everyone is welcome, and your support is greatly appreciated!

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


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