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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

Pet of the Week: 2/10/21

Ranger is a twelve-week-old male Great Pyrenees mix. He’s the sweetest little guy and needs a home to call his own. Ranger’s $75 adoption fee to an approved home 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 … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: The death of Stella Kinney

Robert Frazier’s story didn’t seem to add up from the start. Though he had injuries of his own, cuts on and about his wrists and hands as well as evidence of having been struck on the head, officials were suspicious. And his niece, Stella Kinney, was dead.  The girl, who had serious wounds to her … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Nintendo’s twisting road

Nintendo fans are a unique breed. That’s a good thing, I suppose, because Nintendo is a unique company. They’ve always done just fine following their own path.  Up through the GameCube this included supporting and hosting the same sort of AAA titles from other publishers that could be found on their competitor’s consoles, as well … Read More

Extension Notes: Ways to improve hay quality

If you raise livestock, you know it is very important to feed your animals nutritious hay to keep them healthy. You can take many practical steps to improve your hay quality. You must first get and maintain a good forage stand. Making sure your soil has adequate nutrients is key to getting good stands. A … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Improving the city a never-ending job

It seems you can hardly go to a city council or fiscal court meeting without seeing someone asking for improvements to their neighborhood or community. Fiscal court gets requests for paving or gravel on roads. Grayson and Olive Hill get requests for streetlights or speed bumps or road signs. It should come as no surprise … Read More

Pet of the Week: 2/3/21

Hensley is a one-year-old male shepherd mix. He’s a sweet, lovable boy and would love a home to call his own. His $75 adoption fee to an approved family 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 … Read More

Camil Adventures, Carter County outdoor recreation group, presents check

By: Camila Haneyfor Carter County Times Hi, I’m Camila Haney from CAMIL ADVENTURES recently retired from First National Bank, Grayson, after 48 years of service.  CAMIL ADVENTURES is an acronym for Connecting Avid Meanderers in Lightsome Adventures. In April 2019 we attended the Carter Caves Wildflower weekend, and from there we were off to hikes … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Up, up, down, down…

Reflecting on the impact of Konami and their code If you played games in the 80s, or if you spent any time really geeking out about gaming at all, you’re probably familiar with the Konami code. The code – up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start (or Select) – is practically … Read More

Extension Notes: Online learning opportunities abound

The Cooperative Extension Service is continuing to provide numerous opportunities for farmers, gardeners, and homeowners to learn new knowledge and skills. The offerings may not be the traditional field days, meetings, and events that we are used to, but now you can watch the virtual offerings for free from the comfort of your couch. You’ll … Read More

Pet of the Week: 1/27/21

Joe-Joe is a two-year-old male shepherd mix. He’s a quiet, sweet boy that 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: Flying and the changing English language

Last week we talked about the “Flying Fultzes” and wondered if the term “flying trip” meant what it seemed to mean. If it did then it certainly didn’t match the history books, which show the first powered flight in Kentucky didn’t take place until 1908, when Olive Hill’s Matthew Sellers flew his quadplane for the … Read More

Late to the Games: Hunting the Witch of Hanoverton with STM

Most ghost hunting shows are pretty formulaic. They give you a brief background, with the most popular version of the story, a quick tour of the location, and then spend the rest of the episode chasing bumps and shadows. Occasionally they will debunk something, for credibility’s sake. So that you believe all the bumps and … Read More

Extension Notes: Extension office accepting plant orders

The Carter County Extension Office is currently accepting orders for apple and pear rootstock and strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry plants.  Orders may be placed for M7A apple and pear rootstock for spring grafting. All rootstock is $1.50 each. Orders will be taken until February 1st or until sold out.  Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries orders must … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: The Flying Fultz Family

Were there airplanes zipping around the skies of Carter County in 1905? Everyone is familiar with the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright. They had their first powered airplane flight in 1903. By 1905 they had developed their Wright Flyer III, and in 1908 carried their first passenger.  Folks in Carter County will also be … Read More

Pet of the Week: 1/20/21

Shiloh is a seven-week-old Great Pyrenees mix. He’s a very sweet, playful boy. Shiloh has a $75 adoption fee that 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 Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday … Read More

Extension Notes: Don’t give firewood insects a winter home

Each time you bring a load of firewood inside this winter, you could be opening the door for wood-infesting insects to make your home their home. Most insects brought into the home on firewood are harmless, and you can greatly reduce their numbers by following a few simple steps from the entomology department at the … Read More

(Photo by Yoko Nogami, for the Carter County Times)

Weaving a better life: Carter County man hopes to preserve textile tradition

Anthony Carter tried his hands at several different programs with the Appalachian Artisan Center (AAC) before he discovered weaving. Sometimes life, and weaving, are like that, he explained, you make false starts and then have to back them out and start again.  He started with the luthiery workshop and learned to make dulcimers and ukuleles, … Read More

Late to the Game(s): A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Star Wars Battlefront II this week’s free Epic Store game

There have been other Star Wars games that let you play from the point of view of the Sith. But if you’ve ever wondered about the duties and moral conflicts of an Imperial officer, you’re in luck. Starting tomorrow on the Epic Game Store you can download Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration Edition, on PC … Read More

Pet of the Week: 1/13/21

Sam is a ten-month-old Australian shepherd mix. He’s a very friendly energetic boy. Sam’s $75 adoption fee 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 Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday by appointment.

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: No place like home

When I was in college at Shawnee State in Portsmouth, Ohio, and shortly afterward, there was a running joke that the area was a “black hole” that sucked everyone back in. We watched friends finish school, pack up, leave for a job in another state or region, and a short while later turn around and … Read More

Dan and Mindy Click present awards at a past Grayson Gallery F!nal Fr!day event. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Grayson Gallery seeking submissions for virtual show

By Dan Click For the Carter County Times As we prepare for the coming year and continue to work around the health issues and rules for gathering, the Grayson Gallery & Art Center (GGAC) will present another virtual exhibit via photos of your original artwork for the January 29, F!nal Fr!days’ “opening” at 6 p.m. … Read More

The art of quilting: Appalachian Artisan Center announces call for artists

 There are few heirloom items more treasured than a good, quality quilt. A good quilt doesn’t just keep you warm in the winter chill – though they do that spectacularly – they can also connect you to deep family roots and provide a sense of belonging and place that is often missing in the modern … Read More

The Humble Bundle offerings have expanded beyond games since their inception. (Screen capture, Carter County Times)

Late to the Game(s): Beyond Games – Humble Bundles offer digital variety

Back when the Humble Bundle site was first launched, they focused on games. Specifically, indie games, or games offered by developers working outside of the big studios and publishers. It was a great way for these indie developers to get attention and sales, and the Humble Bundle model – pay what you want, starting with … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Smoky Valley feuding

One of the more interesting aspects of old newspapers are the types of notices that would not grace the papers of today.  These include notices of visitations, both to communities and from communities to other locations, messages about who was calling on whom in order to court (dating in modern parlance, but much more formalized), … Read More

Extension Notes: Winter water reminders for livestock

As temperatures get colder, most producers begin to focus their attention on getting stored forages to their animals. It’s also a good time to remember available water for livestock in the winter is critical to health and survival. Winter brings challenges of battling frozen waterers and frozen plumbing. Another factor is that animals may consume … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Digital disappointment

The downside of foregoing physical discs Over the holidays I read a review about an older game – Dragon’s Dogma – that I was sure was in my collection, but I’d never finished. I couldn’t remember starting it, though I was sure I had at one point and sat it aside based on what I … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Continuing a long tradition – Thank you for allowing us to be your news source

The local news business has never been an easy, or especially profitable, endeavor. Those who publish papers don’t have any illusions about growing fat off their subscribers and advertisers. But they try their best to meet the needs of the communities they serve, and to keep them well informed of what their city and county … Read More

Extension Notes: Order apple and pear rootstock now from the extension office

Most fruit trees that can be grown in Kentucky do not come true from seed. For example, a tree grown from a Golden Delicious apple seed will produce an apple tree, but the fruit will have different characteristics than Golden Delicious in color, taste, and shape. This is why fruit trees are reproduced by asexual … Read More

In the Shadow of War: A book excerpt from a new fiction project

By: Keith Kappesfor Carter County Times  (AUTHOR’S NOTE – Welcome to the first chapter of “In the Shadow of War”, a novel I wrote over the last three years. Some national book publishers have rejected this exciting, 40-chapter love story about an unlikely couple thrown together as World War II is about to erupt in … Read More

Dead on Dyes

 Dead on Dyes’ Auston Brown and Ashley Osborne didn’t realize what they were getting into when they did their first tie-dyed shirts. They were just looking for a fun date-night activity when they bought a kit at WalMart, Brown explained. They didn’t know that a year later they would be making custom designs for folks … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Here there be Dragons

Picking up Dragon Age: Origins a decade later Dragon Age: Origins might be my favorite game of all time. This introduction to the world of Dragon Age delivers everything I want in a role playing game (RPG) – a compelling story, engaging companions, decisions that truly make a difference in how the game progresses, and … Read More

Extension Notes: Mistletoe – From tree thief to holiday tradition

Once autumn leaves have fallen, mistletoe becomes highly visible on large trees throughout Kentucky. Phoradendron, the scientific name for this parasitic plant, means tree thief. These small, leafy plants are commonly found on twigs and branches of many hardwood species in the southern United States. Mistletoes extract water, mineral elements and food from tree hosts; … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: The rise and fall of Peoples Bank

Reclaiming a beautiful facade Peoples Bank was founded in Olive Hill in 1913, according to local historian Francis Nash. Five years later, in September of 1918, the Carter County Herald reported on the construction of their new building on Railroad Street, across from the Depot.  “We are reliably informed by M.S. Qualls that the entire lot … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Whoa, oh, oh, it’s Magic (The Gathering)

Playing collectible card games on the computer I graduated high school in 1993, the same year Magic: The Gathering was released, and I’ve been intrigued by the collectible card game ever since. I bought some of the cards – though I didn’t really have anyone to play with back then – read some of the … Read More

Extension Notes: Bring your garden inside

If the thought of facing a long winter without straight-from-the-garden freshness makes you sad, weep no more. It’s easy as tomato pie to grow your own produce indoors. There are a number of indoor gardening systems on the market today. They range in price and require anything from two square feet in space all the … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Have a dolly, jolly Christmas

Olive Hill woman’s tree reflects her passion for culture and dolls One of the wonderful things about Uncle Jack’s scrapbooks has been the peek they’ve given us into the Carter County of 100 years ago. But the Carter County of 35 years ago can be just as intriguing. The year 1985 isn’t that far back … Read More

Decking the halls: City crews decorate for the holidays

 You ever wonder what goes into decorating your town for the holidays? You may have seen a workman in a cherry-picker, hanging illuminated poinsettias or snowflakes from streetlights. It’s a bit more than just hanging decorations though. It’s a big job that can take a complete work crew several days to complete. Damon Robinson, with … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Pillars of Eternity

Modern old-school RPG free on Epic store this coming week Obsidian entertainment are hardly neophytes in the gaming industry. The studio has worked on a number of licensed RPG (role-playing game) properties since opening its doors in 2003, including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II and Neverwinter Nights 2, both sequels of BioWare … Read More

Extension Notes: Gifts that brighten the dreariest day

Some of the most popular presents during this season of gifting and receiving are blooming houseplants. Not only are they economical, but they promise to brighten a dreary winter day. A poinsettia is probably the first plant that comes to mind when we think of the holiday season. What we call “flowers” are really the … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: In praise of selflessness

Neighbors helping neighbors during 1918 pandemic We can’t help but compare the Carter County of 1918 to the Carter County of 2020 when we come across articles about the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic. Both illnesses made a huge impact on the county. Both impacted old and young, wealthy and poor. Both led to lost work … Read More

Here we come a wassailing: Christmas carols to replace Christmas on the Hill

 The Olive Hill Center for Arts & Education’s annual Christmas on the Hill show is a beloved event in the community. It’s a chance to visit with neighbors, share a meal, and enjoy the sounds of the holiday season. But with current restrictions on large indoor gatherings, there was really no responsible way for the … Read More

Keeping it local: Small business Saturday good for area shops

 Stores in Grayson and Olive Hill did brisk business this past Saturday, as local shoppers turned out to support their towns’ small business owners on Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday, the local answer to the large retailers’ post-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales, has grown in popularity over the last ten years, and shop owners in … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Getting the most out of Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is a popular service. Between the included television shows and movies, access to e-books, and – of course – free shipping on Amazon orders it’s something a lot of folks will sign up for at the holidays. Even if you don’t keep it all year, signing up for the free trial around Christmas … Read More

Extension Notes: Overwinter dahlia tubers with care

Dahlias, with their lush, vivid blossoms, are a garden favorite and often take front and center at county and state fair competitions. Unfortunately, they are semi-tropical plants and will not overwinter in Kentucky’s climate. Don’t worry, though. With a little effort in storing their tuberous roots properly, you can enjoy your dahlias year after year—and … Read More

A thank you from the Olive Hill Chamber of Commerce

On Saturday, October 24 the Olive Hill Area Chamber of Commerce held our 4th Annual “It’s Fall Y’all!” Vendor & Craft Festival. I want to take a moment to thank everyone who was involved in making it a huge success!  First, I would like to thank all our volunteers who worked so hard! This festival … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Riding the rails – Remembering the trains in Olive Hill

It’s no secret that Olive Hill holds her railroad legacy near and dear. Though no trains have run through the city in many years, the name of Railroad Street, the beloved Depot, and the caboose setting on Tom T. Hall Boulevard all bear witness to the city’s once flourishing love affair with the rails.  Back … Read More

Carter Caves raises $7,000 for hungry children

 fundraising efforts hard across the board. This was no different for the Carter Caves backpack program than it has been for any other charitable effort. But park manager Chris Perry and the crew at Carter Caves weren’t going to let the pandemic stop them from helping feed hungry children in the community.  Perry apologized to … Read More

Poetry Society announces annual contest winners

 The Carter County Poetry Society announced the winners of their annual poetry contest in an online poetry reading event via Zoom teleconference last week. First place winners, who took home cash prizes, included: Sandy Litteral, Private Bouquet, in the Grand Prix category Von S. Bourland, What a Catch, in the Prose Poem category Von S. … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Holiday gaming game plan

Grab some free games for everyone in the family If the chilly weather keeps you indoors this long holiday weekend, and the pandemic keeps you off the road, you can always hunker down with a free PC game from the Epic Game Store to pass the time.  If you jump online early, you can still … Read More

Extension Notes: Ways to deter black vultures

Black vultures are native to Kentucky. As a result, they are present here year-round, but you may be seeing more of them now for a few reasons. Their overall populations have increased in the state in the past couple of years. They are also a migratory species with a recently expanded range that stretches from … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Letter from Leone

Great grandniece seeks to set family feud straight This week we’re going forward – to 1986 – in order to take a step back into the past to 1878. We’ve spent a lot of time looking at articles from the end of the First World War, and the Carter County of 100 years ago. But … Read More

Out of this world opportunities: Cosmic Athletic Center reaches out to community

 “We’re wanting to try to help you understand what happened to us as a gym,” Cosmic Center founder Amy Greene told the Olive Hill Chamber of Commerce during a special meeting last Thursday.  Greene was referencing a legal problem with a former employee who left the business on bad terms. She didn’t want to linger … Read More

Mark of the Bell Witch: Small Town Monsters film explores legend

The Small Town Monsters films are all treats. Director, writer and producer Seth Breedlove has made some spectacular films on a wide range of topics, from Bigfoot (The Minerva Monster, Beast of Whitehall) to Mothman (The Mothman of Point Pleasant, the Mothman Legacy) to crashed and recovered UFOs (Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, the Flatwoods Monster) … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Celebrating the holidays

A look at the ghosts of Christmases past Spirits were on the minds of folks following Christmas 1917, but not the kind found in a Charles Dickens novel. Instead the spectre of impending Prohibition – still two years away – was on the minds of the Carter County Herald staff, who were openly on the … Read More

Extension Notes: Order beef cattle minerals now

The Northeast Area Livestock Association is taking orders for the winter group mineral order. Hinton Mills won the bid and will be providing two minerals to choose from. Spring calving operations should choose the UK IRM Basic Cow/Calf Mineral containing High Magnesium ($16.70 per 50-pound bag) to help prevent grass tetany. Fall calving operations should … Read More

Ready for a change: A Center 4 Change and Jenkie’s Journey bringing hope to Olive Hill

 Before A Center 4 Change held their ribbon cutting a couple of weekends ago, they held a QA event where they took community questions about what the counseling center would offer in their new Olive Hill location. But before they took questions from the community, they did a couple of activities with staff – some … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Mad about Mahjong

I usually like games with a story line of some sort. It’s why most first-person shooters aren’t my cup of tea. (That and the fact that I’m really bad and get frustrated when nine-year-olds are owning me.) It’s the same reason that I’m not into other competitive online games like the MOBAs (multiplayer online battle … Read More

Pet of the Week 11/4/20

Kane is a two-year-old male pit mix. He’s a very friendly boy who needs a family to call his own. Kane has a reduced adoption fee of $25 to an approved home. 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

Pet of the Week 10/28/20

Max is a three-year-old male pit mix. He’s a sweet, friendly boy that needs a home of his own. Max has a reduced adoption fee of $25 to an approved home. 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

Extension Notes: Bird feeding

Fall is the time many of us start to think about feeding the birds. While some folks provide birds with food all year, others only feed during the colder, food-scarce months. For many people, watching birds through their windows is a fun way to while away a dreary winter.  The food and feeders you choose … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Booze, lies and politics

It’s election season again, and while we know attack ads are nothing new, the special supplement to the Carter County Herald from July 24, 1919 takes rumor, innuendo, and repudiation to levels that – while undoubtedly serious at the time – may strike us as humorous today.  Dr. J.H. Hughes wished to run for Representative on … Read More

Extension notes: Ways to prevent prussic acid poisoning in livestock

Each fall, prussic acid poisoning is a real concern for Kentucky livestock producers, especially those who grow and graze their animals on sorghum-based forages like forage sorghum, sorghum-sudangrass, sudangrass and johnsongrass. By taking proper precautions, you can prevent prussic acid poisoning in your animals.  Prussic acid poisoning occurs when livestock graze sorghum-based pastures shortly after … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Wet, dry and moist: Kentucky’s patchwork alcohol laws are nothing new

The Kentucky legislature voted to make the entire state dry in November 1919, a full two months before the Volstead Act led to nationwide prohibition in January 1920. But Kentucky was a patchwork of wet and dry counties before that, and in 1918 the state legislature made it illegal to carry alcohol into a dry … Read More

Pet of the Week 10/21/20

Max is a three-year-old male pit mix. He’s a sweet, friendly boy that needs a home of his own. Max has a reduced adoption fee of $25 to an approved home. 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

Extension Notes: Mums make the fall garden pop with color

This is the time of year when farm stores and garden centers tempt us with big and little pots of fall mums, drawing our eyes to their bright yellow, gold and burgundy flowers. Mums are an easy way to bring new life to the fall garden or spruce up your front porch.  Mums are a … Read More

Late to the Game(s): Celebrating Sega’s 60th anniversary with free Sonic the Hedgehog

Some of our favorite video game companies of today have very interesting roots. Nintendo, for instance, started out as a manufacturer of playing cards. Sega, beloved by thousands of Gen X gamers for their Genesis, Saturn, and DreamCast consoles – consoles that some considered ahead of their time, especially the DreamCast – started out as … Read More

Uncle Jack Fultz’s Memories of Carter County: Standing the test of time

One of the fixtures of my youth was Wrigley’s chewing gum. My mom always kept a pack in her purse. Her go-to flavors were Spearmint or Double Mint, and there were many Sunday mornings when she would rip two sticks in half, distributing a half each to me, my two younger sisters, and herself as … Read More

Pet of the Week 10/14/20

Douglas is a two-year-old male lab mix. Douglas has a FREE adoption fee to an approved home. 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 by appointment.

Family traditions: Farm supply keeps Rayburn family connected to their roots

 Running a farm store wasn’t necessarily what Jennifer Owens or her brother, Roger Rayburn, planned on doing. But when the opportunity to purchase Globe Farm Supply presented itself earlier this year, they couldn’t pass it up. The store, after all, is built on their family’s land and adjacent to their father’s farm.  “Our dad, years … Read More

Extension Notes: Time-lapse videos help producers see impact of proper pasture management

Fall is a good time to renovate cool-season pastures and plan for the future of your pasture management program. If you have ever wondered how forage specialists develop their recommendations for certain pasture management practices, you can see the results of various techniques firsthand through time-lapse videos developed by the University of Kentucky’s forage extension … Read More

Late to the Games: Undersea Exploration with Abzu

If you’ve ever wanted to swim with whales, explore Atlantean style undersea ruins, or try your hand at hide and seek with a shark, this week’s free game on the Epic Games store might be right up your alley.  Abzû is an under water exploration adventure game with a gorgeous art style. If you’ve played … Read More