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Families participate in a story walk at Olive Hill Elementary School, featuring a telling of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

 Walking through storytime: Olive Hill Elementary hosts story walk

 Olive Hill Elementary School hosted a family literacy story walk last week, and turnout for the event was staggering, with families lined up the length of the parking lot to participate and hear the story of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.  “It’s a family literacy night that we partnered with … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Moving past our differences 

The American public today is divided. Sometimes, it seems, irreparably so. Republicans can’t agree with Democrats, even on issues like infrastructure spending that stands to benefit all Americans and create good-paying construction jobs.  Anti-mask and anti-vaccine proponents sneer at those who choose to mask or vaccinate, comparing them to mindless sheep. Meanwhile those who trust … Read More

Extension Notes: Answers to common agriculture tax exempt questions

In extension, we have received a lot questions about the agriculture sales tax exemption law since it was passed by the 2020 Kentucky legislature.  Legislators passed this law to help ensure only those actively farming receive the 6% sales tax exemption on qualifying purchases. It also creates an online database that gives businesses a one-stop-shop … Read More

Pet of the Week: 10/20/21

Ty is a one-year-old male shepherd mix. He’s a very sweet, friendly boy and gets along great with other dogs. Ty has a free adoption 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.  Shelter hours are … Read More

Megan Gregory (Whistle & Fish), Beau Lambert, Don Rogers, and Dave Carroll share the stage during the finale performance on Friday night. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

 Celebrating the Storyteller: Trail Town Stage honors Tom T. Hall

 If eastern Kentucky has a successful cultural export, it’s our music. You can’t really look at any of the counties bordering us without finding huge names in country and bluegrass music. The Judds are from Boyd County. Billy Ray Cyrus from Greenup. Tyler Childers and Ricky Skaggs from Lawrence. Keith Whitley from Elliott.  And from … Read More

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How to win your new rabbit’s affection

So, you set up the X-pen, your litterbox, the hay rack, the food and water bowls. You got everything ready for your house rabbit, and you just brought her home. Congratulations! You’ve set out on a path full of challenges and rewards in taking on the responsibility of caring for another living, breathing being who … Read More

Extension Notes: Winterize your home to prevent fall invaders

The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler, and if you notice some clustering on the outside of your home, it could be insects trying to get inside. The Asian lady beetle is always a problem this time of year, some years worse than others. Other fall invaders may include face flies, spiders and stink … Read More

Pet of the Week: 10/13/21

Benny is a two-year-old male terrier mix. He’s very friendly and loves to play. Benny has a free adoption 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.  Shelter hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Creating Carter Caves

Most of us have some fond memory of time spent at Carter Caves State Park. It’s a lovely little slice of earth, eons in the making, and a real asset to the county. But the park as we know it today – a place open to and maintained for the public – is less than … Read More

 Willard holds first annual craft fair: Event highlights local vendors and artisans

 The Willard community held their First Annual Willard Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday. The event, which offered local hand-crafted items and baked goods, along with local vendors offering popular essential oil and wax scent brands, and other items, had fairly good turn-out throughout the day, event organizer Whitney Dallaire said.  Vendors and artisans agreed. … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Dealing with Mad Dogs

If you, like me, grew up watching Looney Tunes and other cartoons of the era – things like Tom & Jerry and Droopy Dog, or Woody Woodpecker and Chilly Willy – you probably thought mad dogs were going to be more of a problem in life than they’ve actually been.  Same for quicksand, and trap … Read More

Extension Notes: Kentucky equine survey is your chance to better the industry

By participating in the 2022 Kentucky Equine Survey, you can help advance one of the state’s signature industries.  The Kentucky Equine Survey is a joint effort of the Kentucky Horse Council and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. It is designed to establish the number of horses in the state and determine … Read More

Pet of the Week: 10/6/21

Benny is a two-year-old male terrier mix. He’s very friendly and loves to play. Benny has a free adoption 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.  Shelter hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – … Read More

Local author releases book: Jordan Smith will hold book signing at FuntoberFest

Jordan Smith, an inspirational author, a therapist, and case manager; has completed her new book, “A Love Rekindled”: a heart-warming read that talks about experiencing unimaginable loss in life and finding the courage to walk back to God in the hardest of times.  Smith writes, “Another ordinary day, another ordinary year. This is what Emma … Read More

Grayson Marine recognized: Major Allan Bevilacqua receives Quilt of Valor  

By: Sheila Binionfor Carter County Times Major Allan Bevilacqua, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of Grayson, Ky, was recently presented a Quilt of Valor by Sheila Flaugher Binion, on behalf of the Carter County Quilts for Veterans and the Quilts of Valor Foundation.  Major Bevilacqua had a distinguished career as a United States Marine, serving … Read More

 Recognizing more than 50 years of service: Olive Hill Fire names training facility in honor of Stapleton

 Allen Stapleton has worn many hats over his 57 years of firefighting; captain, assistant chief (for both Olive Hill and Carter City), chief, even President of the Kentucky Firefighters Association.  But no matter what hat he’s worn, Stapleton said he’s always been proud to be a part of the Olive Hill Fire Department. “This is … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Waiting to play Crab Champions

Ever thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be fun to run around as a shotgun-wielding crab, blowing other crabs into baader meat?”  No?  But now that the image has been planted in your noggin, I bet you kind of want to.  That’s the problem with Crab Champions, the promised third-person shooter and racing game (!?!) from … Read More

Extension Notes: Cow-calf producers must decide between bulls and steers

Cow-calf operators often wrestle with the decision of selling their bull calves in-tact or castrating them to sell as steers. The important management choice has financial implications either way. As producers, you need to weigh the costs and decide what’s best for your operation.  You need to look at more than economics when trying to … Read More

Pet of the Week: 9/29/21

Benny is a two-year-old male terrier mix. He’s very friendly and loves to play. Benny has a free adoption 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.  Shelter hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: When the circus came to town

In another week and a half, folks will gather at the Depot in Olive Hill for another Fall Y’all event. It’s a wonderful annual tradition. The Depot area has always been a draw for entertainment and celebrations. Once upon a time, though, that meant the circus coming to town.  A September, 1906 item from the … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Werewolves on the bayou

No one really believes in werewolves, right? It’s the stuff of folk tales and horror movies. Pulp novels and comic books. But it isn’t the type of thing that anyone takes seriously. Or is it?  People across the country report encountering upright, bipedal canid creatures. In some parts of the country they call them dogmen.  … Read More

Extension Notes: Brown lawns could mean fall armyworm damage

This is one of the worst years on record for fall armyworms as a pest in home lawns, and specifically cool-season grasses. Normally, fall armyworms are a pest in agriculture crops, or feed on warm-season grasses, such as bermudagrass on golf courses. We are not used to seeing them in cool-season lawns like they are … Read More

Pet of the Week: 9/22/21

Silas is a two-and-a-half-year-old beagle mix. He’s a quiet, friendly boy and gets along great with everyone. Silas has a FREE adoption, which 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 … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Burning down the (school) house

Parents may complain about mask mandates, non-traditional instruction, and other aspects of the school system. But it’s not as bad as it was in 1987, when repeated complaints about the principal at Lawton Elementary led not only to calls for her ouster, but to the elementary school cafeteria being firebombed by a Molotov cocktail.  Complaints … Read More

 Sweet Life has your cravings covered:  Grayson shop offers ice cream, coffee, and baked goods

 It’s a random Friday afternoon, and Sweet Life is packed with excited kids, waiting for their ice cream.  “This is what it’s all about,” owner Steve Sharp says over the chatter, grinning broadly and excusing himself from our interview to hand out giant, all-day suckers to the youngsters.  It’s pretty hopping for a place that … Read More

Extension Notes: Cover crops are good for vegetable gardens too

Traditional farmers routinely plant a cover crop at the end of a growing season. This is not something usually done by vegetable growers but is highly recommended. A cover crop is intentionally seeding a crop if your garden is going to be sitting idle for a period of time, instead of letting the land sit … Read More

Pet of the Week: 9/15/21

Eddie is a one-year-old male Malinois mix. He’s a friendly, happy boy who would love to come home with you. Eddie’s $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

ACTC professor releases first novel

ASHLAND, Ky. – Ashland Community and Technical College would like to congratulate Coy Hall, Associate Professor of History, on the release of his first novel, Grimoire of the Four Imposters. According to Hall, Grimoire of the Four Impostors is a collection of six horror tales that take place in the 17th century. The presence of … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: School Days 9/15/2021

School last year wasn’t what we were used to. While the district is trying to get back to something normal, this year has already had its fair share of days that were less than traditional. NTI (non-traditional instruction) is here to stay in some form or fashion – either as take home assignments or online … Read More

Rattlesnake Ridge show update: Fall shows canceled due to COVID

The Rattlesnake Ridge Community Center decided last week to push their opening show back from the September date to an October date. Because of surging COVID-19 cases, the club said, the Hammertowne show scheduled for September 25 would be moved to October.  It was “tentatively rescheduled for October 23,” community member Gary Jones told the … Read More

Hammertowne play at the Rattlesnake Ridge Community Center in this file photo from the 2019 season. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

 Bringing music back to the Ridge:  Rattlesnake Ridge plans for first bluegrass show since pandemic 

 Last year the COVID-19 pandemic completely shut down shows at the Rattlesnake Ridge Community Center. The community center, which serves as a gathering place for various community and private events, rents the hall out for private functions. Most of their funds, however, come from the bluegrass shows they put on every Fall and Spring.  With … Read More

Cancer survivors, and their caretakers, family, and friends, participate in a Relay for Life event. (submitted photo)

 Gearing up for Relay: Relay for Life is back in a different form

 Last year was Relay for Life’s 25th anniversary, but this year is the organization’s 25th run. Like a lot of other things, last year’s event for the American Cancer Society was postponed due to COVID restrictions. But this year, the Relay for Life is back – with some safety precautions.  “We’ve had to make some … Read More

East Carter grad receives Deborah’s Porch Scholarship

ASHLAND. – Makenzie Burnett, a graduate of East Carter High School, is the 2021 recipient of the Deborah’s Porch Scholarship. She is the daughter of Scott and Lisa Burnett and plans to attend Morehead State University in the fall. This award was established in 2016 by the Combs family to provide a scholarship to a … Read More

Extension Notes: Mulch mushrooms and other fascinating organisms

Mulches provide numerous benefits in our landscapes, including conserving soil moisture and suppressing weeds, as well as providing a pleasing background to highlight landscape plantings. However, mulch can also provide a perfect growing medium for a diverse group of fungi and slime molds. While gardeners may be alarmed when they see an abundance of mushrooms … Read More

Pet of the Week 9/8/21

Eddie is a one-year-old male Malinois mix. He’s a friendly, happy boy who would love to come home with you. Eddie’s $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: Making our own music

One of the things that has always struck me about the folks of Carter County is how willing they are to create their own entertainment and celebrate their own artists.  When they wanted to see paintings, the people of Carter County supported the Grayson Gallery, and the Gallery brought us paintings, sculptures, photography, and art … Read More

Michelle Wilhoit is Carter County’s newest State Farm agent. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Like a good neighbor…: Wilhoit opens State Farm Agency

 How does one end up running their own insurance agency? For Michelle Wilhoit, it started with feeling like she’d accomplished what she could working for others, and deciding the next move was to strike out in an entirely different direction while building something new.  “I think I hit a ceiling at (my old job),” Wilhoit … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Exploring the worlds of Elder Scrolls Online

The MMO Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) had a free-to-play period recently. Unfortunately, that event ended just as my internet came back on Monday morning, but I had enough time in game to get a good feel for it, I think.  If you’ve played Skyrim, or any of the other games in the Elder Scrolls franchise, … Read More

Late summer is the best time to establish cool-season forages

PAGE  The period from late summer into early fall is the best time to establish common cool-season grasses such as orchardgrass, tall fescue, timothy and bluegrass for pasture or hay in Kentucky. These four grasses make up 95 percent of our pasture acreage. Many years of research have shown this period provides the best chance … Read More

Pet of the Week: 9/1/21

Eddie is a one-year-old male Malinois mix. He’s a friendly, happy boy who would love to come home with you. Eddie’s $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: Hidden Treasures

The first of our Uncle Jack notebooks reaches back to 1902, with the Olive Hill Dispatch, “the pioneer newspaper of Olive Hill, the most promising town in Eastern Kentucky.” By 1905 it would be overtaken by the Olive Hill Times, which would be replaced by the Progressive and then the Herald.  But history in Carter … Read More

Top finishers in their age and group, from left to right, Tyler Rupert, Gavin Brock, Michael Short, men’s overall winner A.J. Barker, women’s overall winner Riley Brown, Joe Alcorn, Ryann Brown, and Autumn Egleston. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Running for kids: Kiwanis holds 5K

 The Carter County Kiwanis Club’s first annual 5K event brought more than 50 runners and walkers to Grayson’s Sports Park this weekend. Organizer Willis Johnson said they weren’t sure exactly how much money they had raised on the morning of the event – the 51 adult runners paid $25 each to participate in the event…

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Final Friday at the Gallery: Featuring music by Blue Sky

Continuing 2021 summer events with an “open to all” art show & sale, the Grayson Gallery & Art Center will host their free monthly F!nal Fr!day opening reception for artists and the public on August 27. Sponsored by local businessman Larry Doucet of Blue Sky Telecom, doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show…

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Extension notes: Horse hoof care 101

Hoof care is important to keeping your horses comfortable and healthy. Proper hoof care can help ensure that you enjoy your horse for a long time.  Farriers and veterinarians are the experts when it comes to horse hoof care. It is important for you to have a good working relationship with both. They can help…

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Pet of the week: 8/25/21

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. She has a FREE adoption to an approved home, has her rabies vaccination, and has been spayed. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet her or call 475-9771 for more…

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Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Vaccine mandates nothing new

Smallpox epidemics led to quarantines and vaccines Many comparisons have been made between COVID-19 and the Spanish Influenza epidemic that followed WWI. But a look at public policy related to smallpox outbreaks can also tell us a lot about the restrictions communities have sometimes made on individual liberties to protect the larger community.  For instance,…

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Late to the Game(s): Turok and me

Before I started collecting comics on my own, I had a few of my dad’s old comic books he gave to me. Among them were some 1960s Turok, Son of Stone comics from Gold Key. I read them over and over, taking great care not to damage them.  The premise of the comic was that…

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Araneidae Orb Weaver (submitted photo)

Extension notes: Welcome garden spiders

For some of us, the thought of a spider makes us run for a big shoe. Stop before you do that. Most spiders in Kentucky will not harm you, and in fact, spiders play an important role in a healthy ecosystem, controlling insect pests that raid our gardens.  You may notice the large, intricate webs…

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Pet of the Week: 8/18/21

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. She has a FREE adoption to an approved home, has her rabies vaccination, and has been spayed. Stop by the Carter County Animal Shelter and meet her or call 475-9771 for more…

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Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Of course it will!

We just finished fair week, so of course it was a wet, rainy, and humid one. It almost wouldn’t seem right to have a fair with, well, fair weather.  It’s projected to stay wet and rainy right on through this week and weekend as well. Carter County and eastern Kentucky stay fairly wet anyway. Carter…

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Late to the Game(s): Streaming with Stadia

Stadia isn’t new. The streaming service has been around for a while, but I hadn’t found any compelling reason to check it out. I have games on PC through retail and publisher services from Steam, EA’s Origin, Epic’s game store, GOG, Humble Bundle, Blizzard-Activision, Ubisoft, and Microsoft’s Xbox, among others. If I wanted to play…

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Extension notes: Using wheat for grazing

It may surprise you that producers use as much as 25% of Kentucky’s wheat crop for forage or cover crops rather than harvesting it for grain. Wheat is a very attractive option to forage and livestock producers because it is winter hardy, planted later in the fall and adapted to most soils in Kentucky. Livestock…

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Pet of the week: 8/11/21

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…

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Grayson Gallery issues call for artwork

So, you haven’t been to the Grayson Gallery in a while? Now is your chance to share your original artwork with others across the region! We have two upcoming dates and times to submit work in any medium or any subject. Please make plans to pick up any work still on hand in the gallery…

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Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Competition for Old King Coal

It wasn’t just limestone and firebrick to come out of these hills. While Carter County wasn’t blessed with abundant seams of coal like some of their neighbors to the south, there was some speculation about gas and oil pockets in the early days of the 20th century. Oil deposits were being found at Lawton and…

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Wheeling, dealing, and making a killing at RT. 60 Yard Sale

The Route 60 Yard Sale drew a more modest, but enthusiastic crowd over the weekend. A vendor who identified himself only as “Top Hat” (top right) sold a variety of antique and collectible items, from fencing masks to old pop bottles and furniture.  The Barker family (bottom right) load a large screen floor model television…

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Singing songs and telling tall tales: Front Porch Pickin’ & Poetry is new monthly event at Depot

 Tom T. Hall and other local singers, songwriters, and storytellers feature prominently in displays at the new Olive Hill Welcome Center inside the historic Depot building on Railroad Street. But Chamber President Lisa Messer Conley sees the Welcome Center as more than just a repository of music history. The Depot, Conley believes, can also serve…

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Adventures in reading: Stamper cuts ribbon on second Little Free Library

 Olive Hill now has its second Little Free Library. This new location, at J.A. “Skinny” Raybourn City Park, joins the first location, behind Olive Hill Elementary School.  That first Little Free Library was secured with grant funding from the Tri-State Foundation. This new location was funded by an Impact Grant from the Little Free Library…

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Late to the Game(s): Poetry and pop culture

We can’t just watch monster movies, read comics, and play video games all the time. Sometimes we need something different. Sometimes we need other art – ugly, beautiful art. To see it. To hear it. To feel it. And sometimes that art needs to be poetry.  Or maybe that’s just me.  I think it’s fair…

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Extension notes: Help your garden weather a heatwave

If you think you’re hot, ask your plants (not literally). They can suffer under high summer heat, too.  Most vegetables and native plants can withstand a periodic heatwave, but once the soil dries out in the top few inches, all plants can feel the stress. Some vegetables like beans and tomatoes may delay producing fruit…

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Pet of the week: 8/4/21

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…

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Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Of legal booze and moonshine stills

Alcohol wasn’t made illegal on a national level until January 1920, but the temperance movement had been going for quite some time at that point, and illegal moonshine stills were being raided and destroyed long before Prohibition became the law of the land.  Then, though, as today and during much of Prohibition, the problem with…

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Summer fun: Grayson Lake plans seasonal events

 Grayson Lake State Park has some summer events coming up they want visitors to the lake to be aware of – one that’s tailor made for night owls and another that’s gone completely to the dogs.  If your pup loves the water as much as you do, The Dog Days of Summer is an event … Read More

Late to the Game(s): An end of “git gud” culture

There is a certain toxic element to gaming culture. These gamers, who usually consider themselves “hardcore,” not only think the way they play the game – often on levels of difficulty that border on masochistic – is the best way to play the game, if you can’t play the game at that level they don’t … Read More

Extension Notes: Protect yourself from ticks

Kentucky is an ideal environment for ticks as we have forests, humidity and a large deer population. It is important to take precautions to prevent tick bites, especially if you spend a significant amount of time outdoors. Ticks do not discriminate on location, and we find them in urban, suburban and rural environments.  The three … Read More

Pet of the week: 7/28/21

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: Something about the Ohio River

There must be something about the Ohio River that leads to odd behavior – at least as far as folks from Carter County are concerned. There are no shortage of strange stories surrounding the Ohio River and the Ohio River Valley. But two oddities in particular from towns on the river, one related to a … Read More

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