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The Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center located in Grayson and Louisa is now closed to steadily declining numbers. FEMA says that individual flood assistance across Kentucky has topped $2.8 million dollars. The SBA has approved $457,000 in low interest loans to homeowners and businesses.

NO SCHOOL in Carter County Monday, Memorial Day.

Bob Caummisar honored for long-time service to Memory Days as coordinator, as 45th annual event is held in Grayson.

Carter Co. is included in the declaration of disaster to receive federal funds from the April floods for help in county road repair.  Carter County roads suffered approximately $550,000 in damages. 

Only 8.6% of Carter County's 19,560 voters turned out for the Primary Election on May 19th. In the Governor's race, Matt Bevin received the most votes at 289 with Will T. Scott second at 212. In the Democratic Primary for Governor, Jack Conway received 618 votes and Jeffery Young 176. 1,655 votes were cast in the county.

Carter Co. Fiscal Court has approved an appropriation of $18,000 per year for each of the next three years for the Carter Co. Library District. The District had asked for more money, but the Court said more funding would be unlikely, due to the amount of expenses due to the severe winter weather. Judge Executive Mike Malone says damage to roads from the storms could reach $1.5 million dollars.
 
Meeting in its regular monthly session, the Grayson City Council voted to purchase a former apartment complex at the corner of Main Street and Landsdowne Avenue. The two story building will be taken down and the area converted into a parking lot.  The vote to purchase was 3 to 2 with the city paying for the property. The City has a bid of $14,000 to remove the building. Council also heard reports and requests from the Police Dept., approved Library District request for funding at $18,000 per year for three years

Mayor Kenny Fankell has completed the fiscal year 2015-16 budget for Olive Hill outlining how the alcohol and occupational tax revenues will be used.  He said he believes it is a good and balanced budget, and Council will look over any possible adjustments before a first reading.

Scenes from the opening night of the 45th Annual Grayson Memory Days

The Director of the Little Sandy District Health Dept. has resigned. Rachelle Stevens will leave the position May 29th and return to her former employment as director of the Elliott Co. Nursing and Rehabilitation. Paula Thornberry will serve as interim director.

A former Carter Co. EMT,
Amanda Jones, has entered a guilty plea to tampering with a consumer product, being alleged to have taken drugs from stock and replacing them with a saline solution. Jones was indicted in April. Jones was allowed to make a plea agreement to a lesser charge because it could not be proven that any of the saline filled ampules were ever used to treat patients. A September sentencing date has been set.

Organizers of the Autism walk have set a rescheduled date of June 6th for the event that was cancelled due to weather. Walk will be held at KCU with registration set for 10am and the walk to begin at 11am. Registration fee is $20.

Three Carter Co. businesses received awards at the NEKY Small Business awards breakfast. Willard Milling won in the Retail-Wholesale Category, Stamper's Carpet won in the Family Owned category, and Young Entrepreneur Award went to Hannah McGlone of Kee's Farm Service. Mark Strother, President of Commercial Bank also was presented with the 2015 Small Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year award. 

The Carter County Property Valuation Administrator's office will be examining, photographing and measuring property and houses in Eastern Carter County throughout the summer. Officials will have identification and drive clearly marked vehicles. Questions may be directed to the PVA Office at 474-5663.

Carter County Fiscal Court looks at plans for the new Sports Complex park.

Grayson Utility Commission is extending the flushing of fire hydrants through June 15th. Discoloration of water and low water pressure may occur.  

UK Tomorrow Corps is a new program being launched by the University of KY Appalachian Center this summer and involves free tutoring for students in Carter Co. in grades K-8th. These sessions are free and offered at the Carter Co. Library beginning June 8th. To sign up or get more info. call 286-8070. Please register at least one week in advance.

Community Hospice's annual bereavement camp will be held June 16th-18th at Bear Creek Lodge in Boyd County. It is open to children 8-16 who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and is free and open to all children, not just those whose families are served by hospice. Call 606-329-1890 or 800-926-6184.

Northeast Community Action Agency is having an open house at their new Upper Tygart School offices Tuesday, May 26th from 1pm until 4pm. Refreshments, ribbon cutting, flag raising and tours. Everyone is welcome.

The Arts Council of Northeastern KY is hosting the Pendleton 10th Anniversary Art Show. A $100 Best of Show prize will be presented. A nonreturnable fee of $5.00 entitles each participating artist to submit up to three works in any medium of combination of media. Three additional works can be submitted for another $5 fee. Entires will be received Sunday, May 31 from 3-6pm and Tuesday, June 2 from 10am until 6pm at the Pendleton Art Center, 1537 Winchester Ave., Ashland, KY. The show opening will be held at the art center on its 10th anniversary on Friday, June 5 from 5-9pm. Questions may be directed to Denise Spaulding at 606-465-5589.

The City of Ashland and the Recreation Department are sponsoring a Memorial Day Program in Ashland, Kentucky's Central Park at the Bandstand on Monday, May 25th from 2pm-5pm. The patriotic program will feature a salute to all veterans--fallen and living. Clowns, free ice cream, face painting, corn hole, cotton candy, door prizes, music with Larry Pancake, Hung Jury, and Genuine Remedy, and more! For more information call 606-327-2046 or 606-329-1007.

A Veterans Benefits Field Representative will be at the Carter County Courthouse on Monday, June 1st from 9 am until noon. Veterans and their dependents will receive assistance filing for Federal and State veterans benefits. This service is provided free of charge by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. For further information, please call toll free 1-866-244-8970 to speak with a Veterans Benefits Field Representative.

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