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Paws Inn Keeper held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Canine luxury: Paws Inn Keeper offers grooming, boarding, and love

 Olive Hill has a new option when it comes to boarding your dog for the weekend, or taking them in for a bath and a haircut before friends or family come into town.  “We offer boarding, bathing, and grooming,” explained Jennifer Madden, owner of Paws Inn Keeper, the new business offering these services. The business … Read More

Extension Notes: Simple strategies to control mosquitoes

All mosquitos need standing water to develop through their larval stages, and that doesn’t necessarily mean a lake or pond. It also includes bird baths, kiddie pools and even discarded soda pop cans. The key to controlling them around your home is to stop them from breeding in the first place. Some things you can … Read More

Pet of the Week: 7/21/21

Bailey is a one-year-old female shepherd mix. She’s an awesome girl, who gets along great with everyone and is good with other dogs. Her $25 adoption fee to an approved home includes rabies vaccination and being spayed. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet her or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours … Read More

Late to the Game(s): On the Trail of UFOs Dark Sky

On the Trail of UFOs: Dark Sky is not what I was expecting from Small Town Monsters. Not exactly anyway. It builds on the formula established in the eponymous On the Trail of UFOs miniseries, also hosted and narrated by Dark Sky lead Shannon LeGro. I expected that.  They treat the witnesses and the stories … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Bringing you the news

Nobody goes into community newspapers to get rich. They do it because they believe in the importance of journalism. They do it because they love their community. They do it because they believe the people of that community deserve to have access to information about what is going on in their community. Money is not … Read More

Trimble Masonic Lodge thanks first responders

Ethan Wells prepares meals for first responders on Saturday. The Trimble Masonic Lodge in Grayson held the lunch to thank first responders for their work, with lunches served at the lodge and prepared meals delivered to those who could not leave their posts.  “We as Masons always like to take care of and celebrate our … Read More

Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys perform with special guest Chris “Twitch” Bradford on mandolin. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

For the kids

Ryan Barker with the Carter County Shrine Club said he doesn’t know yet just how much money was raised over the weekend for the Shriners Children’s Hospital, but the crowds who turned out for the show were generous, and not just with their ticket purchases. On Friday night alone the crowd contributed around $2,000 directly to the charity – a figure that doesn’t include ticket purchases or camping permits.

Late to the Game(s): Wee for Wii!

Nintendo’s consoles haven’t been my primary, go-to choice for gaming since the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Once Sony launched the PlayStation, I felt like I had other, better options for those big AAA titles. Once Microsoft added Xbox to the mix, and once Xbox added achievements (and Sony followed suit with trophies) fueling another level of meta competition among friends for geek status – a feature that Nintendo, three console generations later, still stubbornly refuses to implement – the niche status of Nintendo in my gaming life was cemented.

Support your local farmers market

In July, “From the Woods Today” is going to explore oak ailments, bird feeder disease, mushrooms and much more. The University of Kentucky Forestry and Natural Resources Extension’s weekly webcast is a spinoff from the original radio program, “From the Woods KY” that recently won the Gold Award for Podcast or Radio Program from the Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals. The webcast offers relevant and interesting information about woodlands and wildlife each Wednesday at 11 a.m. EDT.

Pet of the Week 7/14/21

Loki is a two-year-old male shepherd mix. He’s a quiet, calm, loving boy and would be a great addition to any family. Loki has a $25 adoption fee to an approved family, which includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information. … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Some Pig!

Charlotte’s Web, the story of Zuckerman’s famous pig, Wilbur, and his spider friend Charlotte, wasn’t published until 1952. The book, and subsequent cartoon, would make the phrase “Some pig,” a set of household words for generations to come. But back in 1919, Carter County’s W.H. Scott was ahead of the curve with a whole herd … Read More

Debbie Baker Harman and Greg Collinsworth perform “Do You Love Me?” from Fiddler on the Roof. (Photos by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

On With the Show!

The Olive Hill Center for Arts and Education’s annual “On With the Show!” event was held on Friday, July 2, featuring show tunes and performances from Christopher Stephens, Tiffany Kennedy, Angela Fultz, Mallory Picazo, Audra Foltz, Kiersten Harris, Emanuel Picazo, Amy Greene, Greg Collinsworth, Debbie Baker Harman, Jennifer Harris, Mallory Aronhalt, Margaret Roark, and Madison … Read More

Fourth of July celebrations across the county

 Folks gathered in communities across Carter County this weekend, from Willard to Olive Hill, to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.  On Friday night the Olive Hill Center for Arts and Education held their annual “On With the Show!” event, featuring show tunes and performances from Christopher Stephens, Tiffany Kennedy, Angela Fultz, Mallory Picazo, Audra … Read More

Carter County Historical Society: New group aims to preserve local history

If you are a local history buff, there is a new organization in Carter County that might be suited to you. The Carter County Historical Society, held their first meeting in February and since then they’ve seen interest in the group grow steadily, group organizer and KCU history professor Gerald Dyson explained.  “This was actually … Read More

Pet of the Week 7/7/21

Cruz is a three or four-month-old male mixed breed. He’s a sweetheart and loves everyone he meets. Cruz has a $75 adoption fee to an approved home which includes rabies vaccination and being spayed. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours are Monday through … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Waiting on the train

This week, from Uncle Jack’s scrapbooks, we bring you a selection of articles related to the train service and crossing in Olive Hill, in celebration of the opening of the Olive Hill Depot as a new Welcome Center for the city. The building, which for so long welcomed new visitors to the city when they … Read More

Members of Fenced In play at the 2019 Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Pickin’ for a cause: Shriner’s Bluegrass show returns after a year off

 Fans of live music had a rough year in 2020, with the typical slate of summer and fall shows cancelled due to COVID restrictions. But after more than a year of isolation and no entertainment, music fans and musicians alike are looking forward to a return to normal. A return to normal that, for them, … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Being Batman

If you have Amazon Prime, and you haven’t been checking in on your Prime Gaming offers, now’s the time to do so. In addition to fantastic in-game freebies, there are currently six free games to claim, download, and play as much as you like.  They’re mostly low budget and indie game titles that you haven’t … Read More

Extension Notes: Integrated pest management in the home garden

If you’re a gardener, at one time or another, you’ve had pest problems. Insects or animals decide your plants are the best place to dine and reproduce. What’s a gardener to do? Many gardeners are concerned about using pesticides, and rightly so. Some pesticides, if handled improperly, can cause more harm than good on nontarget … Read More

Pet of the Week: 6/30/21

Miss Lucy is a senior female pit mix. She’s very friendly and still loves to play! Lucy has a $75 adoption fee to an approved home. This includes rabies vaccination and being spayed. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet her or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours are Monday through Friday … Read More

Art of the Tattoo: Call for work

By: Dan Clickfor Carter County Times The Grayson Gallery & Art Center, Inc. invites all regional artists to submit work, up to three (3) pieces per person unless otherwise approved, and is seeking original submissions for this exciting and fun exhibit! Art may be delivered to the gallery on Saturday, July 17 and/or Monday, July … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker

The nation was in the midst of prohibition in 1922, but that wasn’t going to stop Bill Binon from asserting his rights as an American citizen. Those rights might not have included the right to drink a little corn liquor – or really any alcohol unless it was medically prescribed – but they did still … Read More

“On With The Show” veteran Angela Messer Fultz works with Christopher Stephens during rehearsal for the summer musical theater event. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

On with the show: Olive Hill Center for Arts & Education prepare for annual event

 Even in the depths of the pandemic, Olive Hill’s arts community wouldn’t let the virus squelch their joie de vivre. While many other events took a year off, the annual “On With The Show” celebration of musical theatre went forward – with precautions. Audience members and performers wore masks, except when singing. Instead of having … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Running straight into middle age

Sonic the Hedgehog turns 30 this year. If he were human, the eponymous speedster – “born” today, June 23, 1991, when his first game released for Sega Genesis – would be a Millennial. Like his much maligned generation, while you may love him or hate him, there is no denying the speedy blue hedgehog’s cultural … Read More

Extension notes: Recycle that garden waste

A little miracle happens when you compost garden waste. In a few months you get rich, crumbly, beautiful organic material filled with microbial life that will improve your soil and make your garden thrive. Composting yard waste is a controlled biological process where bacteria, fungi and other organisms decompose organic materials like leaves, twigs, grass … Read More

Pet of the Week: 6/23/21

Cruz is a three or four-month-old male mixed breed. He’s a super friendly, playful boy that needs a home to call his own. Cruz has $75 adoption fee to an approved home, which includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Celebrating Independence Day

A look back at past celebrations This year, the Carter County Thunder fireworks event at the fairgrounds in Grayson will not take place. In its place there are firework events scheduled in Willard, at Tres Hermanos restaurant in Grayson, and in Olive Hill. But in the past, there was a lot more going on than … Read More

West Carter FFA Member Elected to State Office for Kentucky FFA Association

Rickayln Rayburn was elected to serve as the 2021-2022 Kentucky FFA Big Sandy River State Vice President. Rickalyn is the daughter of Rick and Sherri Rayburn of Olive Hill. She is a member of the West Carter FFA chapter where her advisors are Will Davis, Paul O’Daniel, and Lora Phillips.  Rayburn was one of 23 … Read More

Shrine Club hosts 44th annual AAAAA Horse Show: Show results

The Carter County Shrine Club held their 44th Annual AAAAA Horse Show on Friday and Saturday of last week. The club was blessed with clear weather and horse admirers – some from as far away as California – gathered to enjoy the show.  Charlies Hensley, who told the Times he came to Olive Hill from … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Exploring your town, with augmented reality mobile games

I spend way too much time on my phone, and I’m sure I’m not alone. When I’m not “doomscrolling” as the kids call it – or spending an inordinate amount of time reading bleak and depressing news stories – I’m playing games. A lot of this is pretty sedentary activity, so not particularly good for … Read More

Pet of the Week: 6/16/21

Belle is a two-year-old female pit mix. She’s a very quiet, sweet girl that just wants to be close to people. Belle is housebroken, loves kids, likes car rides, and gets along great with other dogs and cats. This sweet girl would be an amazing addition to any family. Belle has a $75 adoption fee … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Considering Flag Day

Monday was Flag Day. The holiday, which was established by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and officially designated by Congress in 1949, commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.  So, with that holiday on our mind this week, we went digging to see if there were … Read More

Extension Notes: Senior Farmer’s Market vouchers to be distributed June 22

Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program vouchers will be distributed at the Northeast Community Action Agencies on Tuesday, June 22nd. Vouchers will be available in Olive Hill from 8:30 AM -12:30 PM and in Grayson from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  Seniors will need to stay in their cars and staff will come to them to … Read More

Scout troop conducts flag retirement ceremony

Scouts with Troop 7163, Troop 163, and Troop 168 participated in a flag retirement ceremony with American Legion Post 138 last weekend.  Assistant Scout Master with Troop 168, Jeremiah James – who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in April – conducted the ceremony alongside Ethan Rayburn. Logan Middleton attended the fire as flags were … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Getting personal, with Bigfoot

From the opening moments of On the Trail of Bigfoot: The Journey, you get the feeling it’s going to be a little different than the other Small Town Monsters productions.  Over the last several years, Small Town Monsters (STM) have released a number of films, on a variety of subjects from Bigfoot to Mothman to … Read More

Extension notes: Ways to protect yourself from the sun

The sun is important for farmers’ careers and livelihoods, but the sun’s powerful rays do not always shine to your benefit. Since you spend most of your time outdoors, you are at increased risk of not only getting suntans but also sunburns and skin cancers compared to other segments of the population. While they may … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Mating in the House of David

We tend to think of cults, especially creepy polygamist cults, as a fairly modern phenomenon. The idea usually conjures up image of a 60s style hippie commune, with a handsome and charismatic man at the head of the group.  But all the way back in 1914 the Carter County Herald ran a piece on a … Read More

Pet of the Week: 6/9/21

Belle is a two-year-old female pit mix. She’s a very quiet, sweet girl and she gets along great with everyone. Belle has a $75 adoption fee to an approved home that includes rabies vaccination and being spayed. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet her or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours … Read More

Chamber coordinator Mike Nelson on the far left (Blue shirt, Owner Lori Lewis center (White Shirt) and Don Combs (far right) and several workers and family officially open One Stop Wholesale (submitted photo)

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for One Stop Wholesale

Late to the Game(s): Mana Spark

If you have Amazon Prime, you’re going to want to check out your Prime Gaming and claim your free games this month – especially if you’re a fan of retro RPGs and roguelikes. One of the free games available on Amazon right now hits all of these buttons.  Mana Spark is a single-player game, described … Read More

Eliza Lavin (submitted photo)

Extension notes: Extension office welcomes intern

We are excited to welcome our summer intern, Eliza Lavin, to our Extension family! Eliza will be working with all three Extension program areas from May 24th – August 13th. Her introduction is below, so please make sure to say “hi” when you see her out and about this summer.  “Hello everyone! My name is … Read More

Pet of the Week: 6/2/21

Levi is a one-and-a-half-year-old male shepherd mix. This sweet boy is starving for attention, and just wants to be close to you and to be loved. He has a quiet, laid back personality and would be an awesome addition to any family. His $75 adoption fee includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Holiday drives

As we cruised around Carter County this weekend, taking in the events and grimacing at the rising gas prices, we thought back about the work to get the Midland Trail, between Morehead and Ashland – and more importantly to Carter County, between Olive Hill and Grayson – open and ready for the public. As weekend … Read More

Screaming Girl by Kaylee Mabry (submitted photo)

Grayson Gallery’s Final Friday Art Walk this weekend

The Grayson Gallery & Art Center, Inc. is proud to offer up a second look at the “Celebrate the Earth, Appalachia” art show and sale for the monthly F!nal Fr!days Art Walk in May.  The big doors will be open from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, May 28 as part of Grayson Memory Days, … Read More

Extension notes: Hike & Learn

Get your hiking boots ready! The Carter County Extension Office is partnering with Carter Caves State Resort Park and Grayson Lake (US Army Corp of Engineers Huntington District) to offer a hike and learn program this summer. Get your daily physical fitness in and learn more about the great outdoors. Hikes will focus on geology, … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Remembering WWI

As the United States Armed Forces began their first draft of WWI, the Carter County Herald, in their May 24, 1917 edition, estimated that the first draft would “get 74 Carter Boys” for the war effort. The article said that about eight percent of the county’s population fell into the eligible range of men age … Read More

Pet of the Week 5/26/21

Levi is a one-and-a-half-year-old male shepherd mix. This sweet boy is starving for attention, and just wants to be close to you and to be loved. He has a quiet, laid back personality and would be an awesome addition to any family. His $75 adoption fee includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the … Read More

Carter County Quilts for Veterans

The Carter County Quilts for Veterans will be honoring several veterans in two ceremonies on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Carter County Extension Office in Grayson, Kentucky. The veterans will each receive a quilt donated in their honor for their service to our country.  The 11:00 AM ceremony will be honoring 96-year old Harlan … Read More

Extension Notes: Reducing unwanted aquatic plant and algae growth in ponds

During the spring and summer, we get a lot of questions at the extension office from pond owners about how to control unwanted aquatic plant and algae growth in their ponds. Here are some ideas to help reduce the amount of these unwanted plants in your pond. Whether constructing a new pond or renovating an … Read More

Pet of the Week: 5/19/21

Buster is a two-year-old male mixed breed. He’s a friendly, lovable boy. His $75 adoption fee to an approved home includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday … Read More

Carter Childcare West opens in Olive Hill

The Olive Hill Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Carter Childcare West facility. The daycare and early education organization is operated by the same family who runs Carter Childcare and Early Learning Center in Grayson. Carter Childcare West is located near the West Carter Middle and High Schools, in the … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Got any good books?

Carter County is currently awash in good news for readers and library patrons. On the front page, in this edition, we detail the effort extended by Donna Stamper to bring not one, but two Little Free Library boxes to Olive Hill. While the first of these is located behind the elementary school, and is expected … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Is Amazon’s Luna streaming service the console killer?

Don’t bet on it Are streaming games the future? There are those who are betting on it. Google has Stadia, a dedicated streaming service. PlayStation has their PS Now service that lets you stream or download titles to your PlayStation console. Microsoft is also doing some experimentation with streaming, and both console manufacturers have services … Read More

Extension notes: Upcoming educational opportunities for beekeepers

Bees are an important part of agriculture because they provide the pollination required to produce many crops. Beekeeping not only helps ensure that your crops get pollinated, but it can be a very rewarding experience, not to mention producing some very tasty honey. The Kentucky State Beekeepers Association has many upcoming educational programs to help … Read More

Pet of the Week: 5/12/21

Lydia is a ten-month-old female hound mix. She loves everyone she meets and is very playful. Her $75 adoption fee to an approved home includes rabies vaccination and being spayed. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet her or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – … Read More

Crowdfunding for small businesses will help Grayson Gallery expand programming

GRAYSON — The Grayson Gallery and Art Center and the Mountain Association have partnered to use an online crowdfunding platform that allows community members to donate directly to the gallery to help them expand existing initiatives and start new programs for their community.  The Gallery receives a small amount from the City of Grayson and … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Shopping local, then and now

If there is one thing we have been unapologetically vocal about since this newspaper started, it has been shopping local. We truly feel that supporting local businesses improves the quality of our communities, the quality of our lives, and the quality of opportunities available to our families.  There are other benefits too, whether it be … Read More

Carter County students selected for prestigious Governor’s Scholar Program

Congratulations to our future Governor’s Scholars from East Carter and West Carter High School! Tristen Sexton, Ella Kiser, Anna Salyers, and Evan Barney were selected for the competitive Governor’s Scholar Program. GSP strives to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders! We got to sit down with these scholars to hear about their … Read More

A focus on affordable: Affordable Flowers keeps prices down

 “I have always loved flowers, all my life,” Affordable Flowers owner Rebecca Williams explained. So, in 2018, she decided to open her own flower shop. After looking at several locations, she decided to do the work out of her home. The most important thing to her at that time wasn’t the location, it was keeping … Read More

Pet of the week: 5/5/21

Honey is a four-month-old female boxer/shepherd mix. She’s a very sweet and playful girl and would love to have a home to call her own. Her $75 adoption fee includes rabies vaccination and being spayed. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet her or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours are Monday … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Deep dives with monsters

The Small Town Monsters (STM) films are among my favorite cryptid and folklore documentaries. Over the years director/producer Seth Breedlove and crew have looked at everything from the Bell Witch to UFOs, and Mothman to Bigfoot. But it’s that last one that got STM started. Breelove’s first three films, Minerva Monster, Beast of Whitehall, and … Read More

Extension notes: Stocking recreational fish ponds

Fishing is a wonderful warm-weather pastime many of us enjoy. At the extension office, we often receive calls in the spring and fall from landowners on how to properly stock recreational ponds with fish.  Pond owners can call farm supply stores to find out when their live fish trucks may arrive. Fish are typically transported … Read More

How to pray for America

National Day of Prayer is a long-standing tradition from 1775 when the first Continental Congress called for a day of prayer as they began the work of forming a nation. Nearly 200 years later in 1952, Congress passed a joint resolution and President Harry Truman signed into law an annual national day of prayer. In … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: A town of promise

It’s interesting to see what people of a century ago thought the future held for Olive Hill and Carter County. In 1920, the editors of the Carter County Herald saw a lot of promise and prosperity in the town’s future. While it didn’t quite see the sort of growth the Herald predicted they would once … Read More

Affordable Flowers ribbon cutting

The Olive Hill Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Rebecca Williams and Affordable Flowers, a new florist and live plant retailer on Railroad Street in Olive Hill. In addition to artificial floral arrangements, hanging baskets, and decorative items the store features a small variety of consignments and other gift options. (Submitted … Read More

Pet of the Week: 4/28/21

Ziggy is a one-year-old male mixed breed. He’s 55 pounds of pure sweetness, and needs a home to call his own. His $75 adoption fee includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. … Read More

Late to the Game(s): … and back again – A return to Middle Earth

It has been a while since I have played Lord of the Rings Online. It probably wasn’t too long after the game launched that I tried it for the first time, and I enjoyed it ok, but I didn’t hang around. I had a lot of other things going on at the time – a … Read More

Extension notes: Transplanting tips for vibrant gardens

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about how growing your own vegetables and flowers from seed indoors or under a protective covering outside can expand your choices. You can find that information at https://bit.ly/3dgPP7h.  When the chance of frost has passed, it’s time to think about transplanting your young plants to the garden. About … Read More

Remaining faithful amidst exile

The World Evangelical Encyclopedia reports that “Every day over 300 people are killed for their faith in Jesus Christ.” Despite this threat of death, men and women of God continue to remain faithful to him. Daniel knew what it was like to be in the shoes of these martyrs as he stood before King Nebuchadnezzar … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: The railroad legacy

Carter County has an interesting relationship with the railroads. Once the life blood of the county and her early industries, like lumber and refractories, they also helped connect the disparate communities of a large county like Carter in a way they otherwise wouldn’t have been in the days before the automobile.  Though her communities haven’t … Read More

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael G. Adams. (Submitted photo)

Improving access: Adams praises voting reforms

 Secretary of State Michael Adams is excited about House Bill 574, the new election reform bill signed into law by Governor Andy Beshear. The new law, he explained, will make permanent four changes meant to improve access for voters that were implemented in the 2020 election due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The other three are … Read More

Looking for family

 Dwight Cimino isn’t from Carter County, but his family is. In a story common across the region, Cimino’s family left Kentucky for work in the north. In his case this mother “headed for Ohio” 75 years ago, and he was raised there. But Cimino’s links to the county remain strong. The self-described “second generation Webb … Read More

Tim Burton, American Legion Post 138 post commander, presents Clarence “Toot” Boggs with a certificate recognizing him for 75 years of active service with the Legion. (Photo by Stevie Clay, for the Carter County Times)

WWII vet honored by Legion: Post 138 recognizes Boggs for 75 years of service

By: Jesse Oneyfor Carter County Times  It was April of 1943 – 78 years ago – when a 19-year-old Clarence “Toot” Boggs left his home in Carter County for the war in Europe. Boggs, who was born May 30, 1923 in Lawton, entered the U.S. Army on April 2, 1943, where he served as a … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Changing course – Sony moves to keep PS3 and Vita stores open

Sony made an announcement earlier this year that they would be closing the online stores for the PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable (PSP), with little fanfare. There was some grumbling from the community, as there always is when a change like this is made, but it wasn’t enough initially for the console … Read More

Extension notes: University of Kentucky Wildlife CES requesting depredated calves for black vulture research

Working alongside Purdue University, USDA Wildlife Services, and the HEEKE Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Southern Indiana, Dr. Matthew Springer, Assistant Extension Professor of Wildlife Management at UK, is requesting any producer who believes they lost a calf or other livestock animal to black vultures and is willing to donate that animal to research please reach … Read More

Pet of the Week: 4/21/21

Ziggy is a one-year-old male mixed breed. He’s 55 pounds of pure sweetness, and needs a home to call his own. His $75 adoption fee includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Grayson as pretty as a picture

For a writer who had never visited Grayson, or the courthouse, a trip to that location from Olive Hill in August of 1921 made quite the impression.  “To those of us who had never been to that house of justice before, the courthouse (is) unusually picturesquely located,” he wrote, “being on the summit of a … Read More

Late to the game(s): Free game day!

It’s free games time again!  Honestly, it’s free games time all the time if you do a little searching – and take advantage of services you might already be paying for like Amazon Prime that include gaming assets and full games. (Seriously, check out gaming.amazon.com if you have a Prime account and get your free … Read More

Extension notes: Growing your own transplants expands your choices

Garden centers are beginning to fill their shelves with pots of vegetables and flowers. The lush green, the vivid yellows, oranges and blues you find at this time of year can entice you to stuff your cart with plants for your garden. Certainly, it’s an easy way to start your garden in the spring, but … Read More

Pet of the Week: 4/14/21

Ghost is a one-year-old male pit mix. He’s a happy, playful boy and he’s great with other dogs. His $75 adoption fee to an approved home includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours are Monday through Friday 9 … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Biggs murder rocked Olive Hill

Jury had interesting response in Duvall case In November of 1921, the community of Olive Hill was rocked by a brutal murder. Dr. Harvey L. Biggs, a beloved local physician – credited by some with saving their lives “during a world-wide epidemic” – was shot three times with a single-barrel shotgun by Charles Duvall.  Biggs, … Read More

Keeping the music alive

 The Rattlesnake Ridge Bluegrass Music Center has not held a single bluegrass show since the pandemic shut events down last year. It’s now been more than 13 months since they’ve held a show. In that time, however, they’ve had to continue paying for utilities, insurance, taxes and upkeep while not taking in any of the … Read More

Just a little help: Cole seeks assistance with tree removal

 Carl Cole worked hard his whole life to get the piece of property he retired to. The 70-year-old started working in lumber mills at 16 before moving on to a career reclaiming strip mines with North American Refractories and other general labor and carpentry work. He’s owned the 20 plus acres of old refractory land … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Getting round to it – Picking up the best games of a generation, cheap

Sure, it’s getting nice and it’s warmer outside, and there are going to be other demands on your time. But there are still going to be plenty of chances for playing video games. Quiet evenings after the sun has set. Still, chilly mornings over coffee, before the rest of the family has roused. Rainy weekends … Read More

Extension Notes: Eight reasons to test your soil

Soil testing can tell you many things about your soil that can help you make informed decisions about fertilizer application, site selection for crops and so much more. It is an essential part of a successful agriculture or horticulture enterprise. Home gardens and lawns can also greatly benefit from soil testing. There’s really no reason … Read More

Pet of the Week: 4/7/21

Lucky is a three-year-old male pit mix. He’s a very friendly boy, likes to go for walks, and will sit on command. His $75 adoption fee to an approved home includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours are … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Musical legacy

One of my favorite things about Carter County, and especially Olive Hill, is how dedicated the people are to supporting music and musicians and preserving musical traditions. Even in the depths of the pandemic, the Olive Hill Center for Arts & Education continued to organize safe, outdoor musical events – like their Christmas caroling – … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Let’s talk about emulators

I’ve mentioned emulators here before. They’ve come up when we’ve talked about mobile gaming, retro gaming, and my love of the OUYA micro-console. But what exactly is emulation?  Put simply, emulation is a process that mimics – emulates – the source hardware and/or software used to run certain game files. Emulators, by design, are meant … Read More

Extension Notes: Lawn mower safety reminders

The grass is turning green. Soon it will be time to start mowing, if you have not already started. As you rev up your mower’s engine for the first time this spring, here are some reminders to keep you and your family safe.  While mowing your grass may seem like a harmless task, it has … Read More

A tool for happiness

As of January 2020, the World Health Organization has estimated that more than 264 million people of all ages from around the world suffer from depression. This number is staggering and does not include the obvious rise since the beginning of COVID-19 in March 2020. As a pastor, I have spoken to dozens of people … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Water, Water everywhere – Paper supported waterworks 100 years ago this week

Representatives of the Olive Hill and Grayson Fire Departments recently went before the Fiscal Court to ask for an investment to help employ paid firefighters over the weekends. Each of the cities is already covering the costs for part-time paid crews through the week – when volunteers often have a harder time responding because of … Read More

Pet of the Week 3/31/21

Lucky is a three-year-old male pit mix. He’s a very friendly boy, likes to go for walks, and will sit on command. His $75 adoption fee to an approved home includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours are … Read More

ACTC Cosmetology students Carra-Janae Layne and Jennifer Downey style wigs. Wig donations can be dropped off at the salon.

Cosmetology seeks to serve those in need

ASHLAND, – The Cosmetology Salon at Ashland Community and Technical College is seeking the assistance of the community to serve one of its most vulnerable populations. Through a program called Stepping Stones, the salon accepts wig donations for local cancer patients. These wigs are washed and styled by ACTC cosmetology students and given to the … Read More

Tygart Creek offers gorgeous scenery and rock formations for hikers, kayakers, and horseback riders to enjoy. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Getting on the water: Tygart Creek focus of Trail Town projects

 If you want to kayak Tygart Creek, and are wondering what water levels are like without driving over and looking, you have a new tool to help!  Olive Hill Trail Town representative Jesse Oney told the Olive Hill Chamber of Commerce last week that there is now a United State Geological Survey (USGS) water gauge … Read More

Pet of the Week: 3/24/21

Lucky is a three-year-old male pit mix. He’s a very friendly boy, likes to go for walks, and will sit on command. His $75 adoption fee to an approved home includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours are … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Why is Atari selling digital sneakers?

The weird word of cryptocurrency You may have seen reports of the Atari VCS, the new Atari “console” which runs a Linux based system for playing compatible PC games and classic Atari games through an emulator. The console, first announced almost four years ago in summer 2017, is widely suspected by some to be vaporware … Read More

Extension Notes: Native trees add variety to your landscape

Sure, we love our dogwoods and redbuds in the spring, but why limit ourselves to using only those two trees? There are many native trees that could add beauty and variety to your landscape over all four seasons. Plus, a diversity of plantings will attract and sustain more native wildlife. Well-landscaped homes can improve resale … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Chickens, cows, and big potatoes

It’s that time of year again. Time to start planting gardens and, if you want to add chickens to your menagerie, it’s time to start getting ready for new baby chicks.  I noticed last week that the familiar peeping sound had returned to the backrooms of our local Grayson and Olive Hill post offices as … Read More

Ethan Tiller (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

East Carter student wins prestigious scholarship

Ethan Tiller heading to Transy By: Alex Knippfor Carter County Times East Carter High School student Ethan Tiller has been awarded the prestigious William T. Young scholarship from Transylvania University. Tiller, a senior from Grayson, was selected for the premier scholarship after a rigorous application process that included multiple rounds of essays and interviews. The … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Truth Seekers

Nick Frost outstanding in new Amazon vehicle Ghost hunters and other paranormal “documentary” series are a guilty pleasure of mine. I don’t take them seriously, and I can’t even articulate exactly what it is I like about them – but there it is. I’m a sucker for the paranormal shows.  I’m also a sucker for … Read More

Extension Notes: Northeast KY Farm Storm Relief

In response to the recent ice storm and flooding the Boyd, Carter, Greenup, & Lawrence County Extension Offices have organized a storm relief effort to benefit local farmers. The ice storm left many without power or any amenities for several days and took out large areas of farm fencing when large trees and limbs either … Read More

Pet of the Week: 3/17/21

Niko is a four-year-old male German shepherd. He’s housebroken, crate trained, and knows some basic commands. Niko is a very energetic boy, and would do best in a home with a large yard. His $75 adoption fee to an approved home includes rabies vaccination and neutering. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: A tale of two rinks

Roller skating in Olive Hill It’s hard to imagine it today, but downtown Olive Hill was once much more active, with a thriving Main Street and not one, but two roller skating rinks.  The first rink, opened by U.S.G. Tabor in December of 1908 was located on the second floor of his “amusement hall” and … Read More

Ruth Haney. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Celebrating 60 years: Haney’s Jewelry marks anniversary on March 15

 The traditional gift for a 60th anniversary is diamonds, but diamonds weren’t nearly as popular when Ruth Haney started in the jewelry business 60 years ago, she explained.  “You didn’t have all these diamonds! You may have had a few, and a set of diamonds sold for about $39 or $40, something like that. You … Read More

Extension Notes: It’s time to plant brambles and blueberries

If you’ve been thinking about growing small fruit this year, whether for personal use or for sale at a farmers market, now is the time to start scouring nursery catalogs or visit local nurseries. Raspberries and blackberries, commonly called brambles, grow well in Kentucky, as do highbush blueberries. With favorable growing conditions and proper care, … Read More

Pet of the Week: 3/10/21

Lulu is believed to be a six-month-old shepherd mix. She is very beautiful and friendly with lots of energy. Her $75 adoption fee includes rabies vaccination and being spayed. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet her or call 922-5022 for more information. (The shelter phone, 475-9771, is still out at this time.)  … Read More

Late to the Game(s): So late we’re early

Wandering into the Book of Travels The seeds of this column were planted long before the newspaper came about. I conceived of it, came up with the name, and bought the domain, latetothegames.com, more than a year before we started the newspaper. The idea was to focus on games that were not new – hence … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Those who could, weren’t always allowed

Recognizing women’s history We’ve written before about the strength of Appalachian women in this series before, but two different articles, side-by-side on the same scrapbook page, caught my eye this week.  March is Women’s History Month, but I wasn’t looking to do a women’s story this week. Instead I was intent on finding a column … Read More

Call for artwork: Female artists only at the Grayson Gallery

By: Dan Clickfor Carter County Times Hello, my friends!  Let’s all plan to celebrate the eighth annual “Women in the Arts” LIVE and healthy this year! We had wonderful “virtual” participation by female artists in March of 2020 as we all came to grips with the COVID crisis. However, that was a first for the … Read More

Late to the Game(s): You can’t go home again (Can you?) – Final Fantasy Remake as nostalgia cash-in and game preservation

Remakes and reboots are always a bit of a crap shoot. Sometimes they are fantastic. Sometimes, well… not so much. There really isn’t much to do but try them out and see. One reboot I’m really looking forward to is the Final Fantasy VII Remake, coming to PlayStation Plus this month. The April, 2020 release … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Olive Hill UFO?

1922 lights in the sky puzzled farm workers and spouses Something atypical was going on in 1922. Local people were seeing strange lights in the sky, according to an article appearing in the Carter County Herald. But what they were, no one could say. The word UFO hadn’t entered the lexicon yet.  The modern UFO … Read More

Extension Notes: Caring for houseplants in the winter

Inside or out, plants go through seasonal cycles in their growth and their needs. Whether your houseplants live inside year-round or just come in to overwinter, they can be undone by things like temperatures, dry air, too much water and limited light. Many house plants slow their growth rate in the winter or even go … Read More

Pet of the Week 3/3/21

Jake is a two-year-old male lab mix. He is an extremely sweet, playful boy and would be a wonderful addition to any family. His $75 adoption fee to an approved home includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours … Read More

Carter County second grader winner in extension contest

By: Katie PrattUK Extension Agency  LEXINGTON – For the past decade, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has educated young people about ways to save money and become financially savvy through its piggy bank design contest. UK extension recently announced the 2021 contest winners to kick off Kentucky Saves Week, which is February 22-26. … Read More

Extension Notes: Help livestock handle cold weather

The three most important things you can do to protect livestock in cold weather are providing sufficient water, giving ample high-quality feed and offering weather protection. Cold stress reduces livestock productivity, including rate of gain, milk production and reproductive difficulty, and can cause disease problems. Pay special attention to very young and very old animals … Read More

Evoland changes as the player unlocks new graphical and gameplay “upgrades” that parallel the changes to games over the years. (Screen capture by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Late to the Game(s): All the retro adventure RPG love

It’s become a common trope in reviewing remakes, reboots, and retro themed games to call them “love letters” to a franchise or a gaming generation – almost to the point of cliché. But, with Evoland, well… What can I say? The heart wants what the heart wants, and in the case of Evoland creator Nicolas … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: April 1907 freeze

We’re all tired of the ice and snow at this point. We’re ready for things to thaw out, for roads to be clear, for electricity to be back on, and for water to flow from our faucets.  This is hardly Carter County’s first bout of inclement winter weather, though. Reader Deanna Dunaway called us last … Read More

Pet of the Week: 2/24/21

Jake is a two-year-old male lab mix. He is an extremely sweet, playful boy and would be a wonderful addition to any family. His $75 adoption fee to an approved home includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours … Read More

Olive Hill native Michelle Ciancio is featured in the WoAP exhibit. (Submitted Photo)

Defying stereotypes and making art: Olive Hill native featured in Women of Appalachia Project exhibit

 The Women of Appalachia Project has been focusing on art produced by Appalachian women for 12 years now. The show, held at the Dairy Barn Art Center near Athens, Ohio, was supposed to be a one-time exhibit and poetry reading when it first started, according to the project’s founder and executive director Kari Gunter-Seymour, but … Read More

Camila Haney presents a $250 check to Christy Lewis, LGCHC director. (Submitted photo)

Discover the Gorge: Carter County native donates retirement gift to Laurel Gorge

By: Christy Lewisfor Carter County Times The Laurel Gorge Cultural Heritage Center has gotten off to a slow start for the new year due to a combination of cold weather and COVID restrictions. Less activity at the center is fairly normal during January and February, but that allows time to plan for spring events. Among … Read More

Peace and Love in person: Grayson Gallery planning live show for February

 The Grayson Gallery and Art Center has been holding virtual shows for the past several months. This has included accepting art as usual and photographing it for the artist, as well as accepting photos of the art, for inclusion in a Facebook “virtual gallery” for the month. From there the board and the director have … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Beating Battletoads? Probably not.

The original Battletoads for NES was notoriously difficult. Released in 1991, the game didn’t make things easy for gamers, and there are those who to this day – myself among them – have never beaten the game.  Despite this the three titular toads – clear rip-offs of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but with sophomoric … Read More

Extension Notes: Remember safety with standby generators on the farm

Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, you need to take some special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators. Purchase a generator that will supply more than what you need, so you don’t blow a fuse or damage the equipment you plan to … Read More

Pet of the Week: 2/17/21

Jake is a two-year-old male lab mix. He is an extremely sweet, playful boy and would be a wonderful addition to any family. His $75 adoption fee to an approved home includes rabies vaccination and being neutered. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet him or call 475-9771 for more information.  Shelter hours … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: The enduring allure of romance

Sunday was Valentine’s Day, so when we went through Uncle Jack’s scrapbooks this week, we wanted to find some examples of romance. Maybe some marriage announcements. Maybe an example of a sweetheart’s dance or some other celebration of young love.  We found some of that. But we also found some rather amusing stories concerning the … Read More

Bob Patel, at Hitchins Foodmart, dishes up a chicken curry. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Following the recipe: Hitchins Post brings curry to community

 Bob Patel just “puts together” the curry served on Fridays at the Hitchins Foodmart, aka the Hitchins Post. His wife is the cook, he clarifies.  “She even showed me how to put it together,” he laughed. But he follows her directions unwaveringly, right down to the basmati rice they use – rice they go as … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Revisiting an Oddworld

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty! isn’t particularly new. It’s a seven-year-old (2014) remake of a 24-year-old (1997) game, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. Abe’s Oddysee was a classic on the original PlayStation and has been made available, in that original PS1 Classic package, on PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita and other platforms. I’ve played it – the original … Read More

Extension Notes: Hard surfaces can help reduce mud

If you have been farming in Kentucky for any length of time, you know the winter weather can make your farm quite muddy. Feeding livestock during the winter or moving equipment over unfrozen, wet ground can exacerbate the amount of mud on the farm. Mud is not good for several reasons. It can cause topsoil … Read More