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News Grayson City Council meeting in monthly session Tuesday night gave the 1st reading of a 3 percent restaurant tax that would finance the construction of a sports complex and park located in East Grayson. A second reading will be held at the August regular monthly meeting. Council also voted to join other cities in an action opposing a rate increase that would affect customers of Kentucky Power. In a special session and Thursday morning, Council approved the first reading of the 2017-18 Fiscal Year budget. A second reading and approval is planned for a meeting at 9am Monday July 24th.

County officials say that estimates of over $1,000,000 worth of damage occurred during the flooding on the night of June 23rd. That figure includes eight bridges and three Carter Co. Sheriff's Dept. vehicles. At a recent meeting the Court also set a solid waste rate and increased by $10,000 the amount of money to the soil conservation district.

Carter Co. Fiscal Court has announced the dates for the County wide cleanup. Dumpsters will be located at the County Maintenance Garage in Grayson through July 21st from 8:00am until 3:00pm and at the County Maintenance Garage in Olive Hill July 26th-28th from 8:00am until 3:00pm. 

The Olive Hill City Council has approved a Fiscal Year Budget of more than $7,600,000. Council has also approved an occupational tax ordinance that includes a 1% increase, making the tax total 1.5%. Also, in regular monthly session, the Council awarded it's annual blacktopping bid to Mountain Enterprises, approved a cable franchise agreement, announced it will make changes to a golf cart ordinance, and said they would join other cities
in an action opposing a rate increase that would affect customers of Kentucky Power.

The Grayson Chamber of Commerce has announced several new programs for the summer that families can take advantage of. Each event is scheduled for June through October. One new event is called Market 474, taking the name from the area抯 longtime phone prefix. The market will be for vendors of crafts and homemade specialty items and produce and will be held at the former Ralph抯 Supermarket parking the second Saturday of each month from 8am until noon. Another event is the Free Family Movie Night. This event was born from the Friday night movie on Memory Days and will also be held on Pomeroy St. from 9pm until 11pm on the second Saturday of each month. Local non-profit groups are being sought to sell popcorn and drinks during the event. And the Family Reading Saturday will be held July 8th from 2pm until 3:30pm at the Carter Co. Public Library. This event is for children Kindergarten through sixth grade and includes activities and a snack.

The Carter County Quilts of Valor is looking for new members who quilt & piece. This newly formed group's goal is to present our Carter County Veterans, who served during times of war, with a Quilt of Valor. For more information please call 606 315 3200.

Carter Co. Special Olympics will be having their Annual League of Super Heroes Midnight Glow 5k run/walk Aug.18. Registration $20 before Aug. 11, (includes t-shirt). $25 after the 11th.  Team Registration 5 or more people, $15 a person. Registration forms at All That Blooms, Lakeway Express Gas Station or call 474-4225 for more information.
Carter Co. Attorney Brian Bayes addresses the July meeting of the Grayson Chamber of Commerce.

Family Reading Saturdays at the Carter Co. Public Libraries will be held on these dates:
July 22nd, 2pm-3:30pm-- Olive Hill

Carter Co. Farmers Market in Grayson and Olive Hill is now open. Days of operation in Grayson: Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8am-1pm or until sold out. Olive Hill: Wednesday and Saturday from 8am-1pm or until sold out, and Monday evening from 3pm until sold out.
Garden Gate Greenhouse being recognized as Member of the Month at the July Grayson Chamber meeting.

Carter Caves State Resort Park Natural Bridge Rappelling Adventure will be August 4th. $15 for 2 consecutive rappels, must be older than 6 and bring closed toe shoes. Tickets go on sale at 9am on day of event. Rappelling begins at 12:30pm and runs until 5:30pm.

Both branches of the Carter Co. Public Library are now offering a K-5 Summer Reading Program. Children that have completed Kindergarten up through those that have completed 5th grade are invited daily Tuesday through Friday from 12:30-2pm for reading and related activities. Program ends July 21st. A parent or guardian will need to sign a permission form.

Northeast Head Start and Carter Co. Preschool are recruiting children for the 2017-18 school year. Children who turn 3 or 4 years of age before Aug. 1, 2017 are encouraged to apply now. To apply go to Grayson Head Start 319 E. 4th St. 474-4602 or Olive Hill Head Start(old Upper Tygart Elem. School) 21039 W US 60 in Olive Hill 286-5711.

Blood Drive at the Olive Hill Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, 510 Jordan Court, will be held Tuesday, July 25th from 11:30-4pm. All donors receive a $10 Amazon gift card and anyone 18 or older who registers to give blood will automatically be entered to win a 2017 Toyota Highlander.

Grayson RECC inspectors are checking poles and meters in the area. They will be out on foot, driving trucks, or ATV's that are clearly marked. All inspectors will carry identification. They are now working from the Newfoundland substation area, including Bruin to Sandy Hook to Rt. 7, North and South Ruin to St Rt 173, Laurel Gorge area, St Rt 32, to the Rowan Co. line, and St Rt 504 to St Rt 1620. Personnel may be out anywhere from 7:30am-7:30pm. For more information, call 474-2139.

Girl Scouts Wilderness Road Council and Carter Co. Service Unit is hosting a "Back to School Recruitment Party" at Carter Caves State Park Pool Friday, August 18th, from 7pm-10pm. All Girl Scouts who have early bird registered by June 30th, any girl from Kindergarten through their senior year in high school who is interested in becoming a member, and any adult interested in volunteering to help a troop or start a new one is welcome to attend.

West Carter Junior Football League Sign Up will be held on the following dates: July 22nd- 9 am- 11 am...July 24th- 6 pm- 8 pm...July 29th- 9 am- 11am at West Carter High School Football locker room. Discounts available for multiple children and players that attended the Friday Night Lights Camp.

Back to School Kickoff:
July 26th from 9am-noon
East End: Prichard Elementary School
West End: Globe Christian Church Fellowship Hall
Carter City Elementary: TBA
East Carter High School Back to School Blitz: Freshman only, August 1st from 4pm-7pm, 10th-12th grades, August 2nd, from 4pm-7pm
East Carter Middle School Back to School Blitz: July 27th from 3pm-6pm, Open House on August 17th from 4pm-6pm
Heritage Elementary Open House: August 8th from 3:30pm-5pm
Olive Hill Elementary Kindergarten Camp: August 4th, Open House, August 4th from 5:30-6:30pm
Prichard Elementary Open House: August 8th from 5:30pm-7pm
Star Elementary Open House: August 8th from 5pm-6pm
Tygart Creek Elementary Open House: August 3rd from 5pm-7pm
West Carter High School Back to School Blitz: August 1st from 5pm-7pm, 9th-10th grades from 5pm-6pm, Freshman orientation at 6pm, 11th-12th grades from 6pm-7pm
West Carter Middle School Pre-Registration: 6th grade, July 31st from 8am-6pm, 7th grade, August 1st from 8am-6pm, 8th grade, August 2nd, 8am-5:30pm, Make-Up (all grades), August 3rd, 8am-6pm
West Carter Middle School Orientation: 6th grade, August 7th at 6pm, 7th grade, August 8th at 5:30pm, 8th grade, August 8th at 6:30pm

Laugh and Learn Playdate Program at the Carter County Extension Education Program is free for all children ages birth to five, who are accompanied by an adult. On August 2nd, the playdate will be held at the Grayson Walking Track from 10am-noon, with story-walk and school readiness info.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until August 1st to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. For a list of eligibility requirements, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

A Veterans Benefits Field Representative will be at the Carter Co. Courthouse in Grayson on Monday, August 7th from 9am-noon. Veterans and their dependents will receive assistance filing for Federal and State veterans' benefits.

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