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Meeting in it's second session of the month, the Carter Co. Fiscal Court approved a request of Circuit Clerk Larry Thompson to hire a custodian for the Justice Center, with the $33,000 annual salary and benefits to be paid by the state. The Court also heard a report by the county road foreman that the trucks and equipment are ready for winter weather work. Judge Exec. Mike Malone informed the court that the state will pay the county $90,000 less this year for road work due to a loss of gasoline tax money earlier this month. That figure, along with a payment for a loan to repair roads from last winter will mean $300,000 less to spend on roads this year. The court also tabbed a plan to use fuel cards for the road, sheriff's, and jail departments. A lengthy agenda was handled.

Meeting in monthly session, the Grayson City Council approved the second reading of an amended ordinance that establishes and regulates the Tourism and Convention Commission. Three members must be named by Mayor George Steele. The vote was 4-2 with Duane Suttles and Pearl Crum in opposition. Council also named Joann Dunfee to succeed her husband as the director of the Grayson Emergency Management Agency. Joann Dunfee had been the assistant director. Roger Dunfee was named as the Carter Co. Emergency Management director earlier in the week by Judge Exec. Mike Malone, succeeding Tommy Thompson, who had served in the post for many years. Council also discussed and Mayor George Steele will check yard sale ordinances in other cities. Council indicated there is a problem with how the sales are currently being held.

Carter County Judge-Executive Mike Malone says missing ordinance books have been retrieved and turned over to the County Court Clerk. Judge Malone said the books were retrieved from the residence of former Judge Charles Wallace.

Northeast offices in Carter and surrounding counties are currently taking applications for the LIHEAP program. Crisis Phase. Contact the nearest office for more information. Nearly $990,000 has been distributed in the five counties served by the program.

Kentucky State Police have identified the person killed in an accident on the AA Highway Monday as George T. Burton, 64, of Grayson. Burton's vehicle apparently encountered slick conditions and crossed the centerline and collided with a tractor trailer. Burton was pronounced dead at the scene, near the Carter-Lewis County Line.

Meeting in monthly session, The Carter Co. Board of Education finalized refunding revenue bonds that were issued int 200t6 and financed constrction and renovation at East Carter High School, a move that will save about $270,000. The Board also re-elected Bryan Greenhill as Chairman and Keela Rogers Bender as Vice Chair. The board also discussed a major renovation project at Star Elementary School that includes a 2,100 square foot library that should begin in June following the end of the school year. The board also has changed meetings to the Third Thursday at 6 pm at the Central Office, for this year.  

Property taxes are being collected at the office of Carter Co. Sheriff. Taxes are now carry a 5% penalty through January 31st.

Northeast KY Community Action Agency is offering free assistance to anyone interested in reviewing the health insurance options through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. No income limits apply to receive assistance. Call local offices for an appointment at 606-286-4443.

Due to a problem with E-filing, the free tax preparation at the Senior Citizens Center will be delayed and will not begin until February 3rd. Sessions are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 until 1:30 until April 15th.  All ages are welcome. No farm or business taxes are prepared.

The Carter County Extension office is taking orders for strawberry and raspberry plants. Three varieties of strawberries are available. Contact the Extension office for price and ordering information at 474-6686. Payment is due with the order. Orders will be taken until Thursday, February 19th.

A tennis organizational meeting will be held at 4:00 in room 127 at Prichard Elementary, Tuesday, February 3rd. All students and parents with children in 4th-12th grade interested in playing for the team should attend. Contact Coach Jeff Porter at Prichard Elementary 474-8815 for more information.

Carter County Hospice will have several sessions in January. They are:
"Embracing Our Grief"-- Fridays through February 13th, 6pm-7:30pm, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland (2330 Pollard Road).
"Men's Support Group"--Wednesdays at 3:30, ongoing, at Community Hospice in Ashland (1480 Carter Ave).
"Parents Support Group"--Bi-monthly on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6pm, on going, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland (2330 Pollard Road).

A Veterans Benefits Field Representative will be at the Carter County Courthouse in Grayson, on Monday, February 2nd 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 1-866-244-8970 to speak to a representative.

Grayson rural Electric is offering scholarships to area high school senior and non-traditional students. All entrants must reside on Grayson rural electric lines. For more information you can contact Julie Lewis at 475-2191 or 1-800-562-3532. You can also download an application online at www.graysonrecc.com or pick up one from the high school guidance counselor. Applications and essays must be received by February 12, 2015.

East Carter FFA will be selling strawberries the week of March 9th. A single flat (8 qts) will be $28. Half a flat (4 qts) will be $15. For more information you can call 474-5714 or 606-316-6303.

How to sell online: Make money using eBay, Etsy and Amazon class will be held Saturday February 7th at 11am at Young Library at KCU. This class is open to the public and pre-registration is required. To sign up or for more information you can contact Heidi Wineland at 606-474-3241.

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