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A vote for reading: Olive Hill approves library funding and board members

 Olive Hill Council, masked and spread around the room at different tables, accepted an email report from Carter County librarian Christy Boggs during their regular meeting last Tuesday, which was … Read More

Fighting fires: Olive Hill council adds fire to paid departments

 The city of Olive Hill has opened the door to adding paid staff to the fire department in the future. City council approved a municipal order last Tuesday, adding the … Read More

Bank announces lobby restrictions

Staff ReportCarter County Times The Commercial Bank of Grayson and First National Bank have announced new lobby restrictions aimed at helping curb the spread of COVID-19 over the holiday season. … Read More

Carter County goes for Trump: McConnell takes majority of Senate votes

 The results of the election may not be known on a state and national level until all absentee ballots, mail-in ballots and other early voting results are added with the … Read More

Welcoming visitors: Chamber discusses welcome center with Olive Hill council

 When the Olive Hill depot building was purchased by the city there were a few stipulations. One was that the building must be maintained as a historical structure, meaning no … Read More

Books, bridges and landing pads: Fiscal court meets in special session

 The Carter County Public Library was at the top of the agenda when fiscal court met in special session last week.  The future of the library has been in question … Read More

Service that speaks for itself: Ramey-Easterling touts success under her tenure

 During the six years she’s served on the Carter County School Board, Lisa Ramey-Easterling said she has only missed one meeting, and that was when her mother passed away. Ramey-Easterling, … Read More

BLM in Olive Hill: Louisville group holds protest march and rally in park

 A Black Lives Matter rally, organized by Dee Garrett, took place in Olive Hill on Sunday. Protesters, most of whom bussed in from Louisville, marched from the Save A Lot … Read More

McGrath visits Carter Caves: Senate candidate talks with locals and discusses platform

 “I married a lifelong Republican,” Amy McGrath told the crowd who came out to Carter Caves to hear the Democratic candidate for senate speak. “But we’re Americans first.”  That message, … Read More

Helping families: Derrick Willis wants your vote for family court judge

 Derrick Willis, candidate for family court judge, started focusing on family law after working as an assistant county attorney.  “In 2010 I came to Grayson to work as an assistant … Read More

Trails and tourism: Flannery hopes to create new opportunities for region

Patrick Flannery says as state representative he’d work to create new opportunities for Carter and Lawrence Counties and champion conservative values that he feels the region believes in and incumbent … Read More

Running on her record: Hinkle seeks re-election as state representative

Kathy Hinkle is seeking re-election to the role of state representative for the 96th district, and she is running on her record since her election to office two years ago. … Read More

Writing it in: Brammell runs as write-in candidate in third educational district

“I don’t think our people are being represented very well,” explained Trish Brammell when asked what motivated her to run for Carter County Board of Education as a write-in candidate.  … Read More

Fighting for life: Ralph’s Foodfair raises over $18,000 for American Cancer Society

 It takes a lot of fudge and raffle tickets to raise over $18 thousand, but that’s exactly how Ralph’s FoodFair raised the $18,530.66 they presented to the American Cancer Society … Read More

Keeping COVID numbers down: School board discusses East Carter High School quarantine

 Contact tracing is working. That’s the takeaway from the recent news that some students at East Carter High School might have been exposed to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Superintendent of … Read More

Ready to play: Sports park will host games next spring

 Fencing, gates, and grass are three of the top issues that Grayson Sports Park manager Grant Harper is working to address, but he promised Grayson Mayor George Steele the park … Read More

Gov. Beshear provides update on COVID-19

FRANKFORT – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).  “We’re going to get through this together, what appears … Read More

Being best: Carter City Elementary recognized as Blue Ribbon school

 Carter City Elementary has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School – one of only five in the entire state of Kentucky to earn the distinction this year.  Carter City … Read More

Paying their due: Tourism board sees potential for resolving hotel tax issue

The Grayson Tourism Board has had ongoing issues with collecting on taxes they are owed by local hotels. These taxes, which are charged on every hotel room rented in the … Read More

Combating COVID: EMS implements decontamination programs

 Carter County EMS are performing decontamination steps between each run; doing wipe-downs with disinfectants to combat the possible spread of COVID-19 between patients, just in case they’ve transported someone who … Read More

Slowing down: Fiscal court has first reading of speed limit ordinance

 If you’re used to driving 55 miles per hour on county roads, you might want to start slowing down. Fiscal court had their first reading of a new ordinance on … Read More

Grayson’s Genesis Recovery Center among facilities eligible for grant funding

Funds help support safe, stable housing for those recovering  FRANKFORT – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced $2.8 million for 14 Recovery Kentucky centers across the commonwealth to help ensure … Read More

Smoothing things out: Fiscal court approves use of state road and bridge funds

Fiscal court approves use of state road and bridge funds.

Pleasant Valley Cemetery Flag Pole Raising

 Army National Guard members from the 201 Olive Hill National Guard hoisted the first flag over the Pleasant Valley Cemetery on Saturday. Garrett Nickoson, Donald Palowich, Joshua Gulley, Chase Hall, … Read More

One-Day Closure of KY 773 Monday at New Bridge Project in Carter County

Closed at Bucksaw Junction, 7-7 FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2020) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will temporarily close KY 773 near Grayson on Monday, Oct. 12, for road work at the Little … Read More

Preserving the past: Malone discusses doughboy statue

 Vol  Carter County Judge Executive Mike Malone had a special project on the agenda of fiscal court’s special session last Wednesday; repairs to the courthouse doughboy. Malone asked the court … Read More

Honoring the victims: Justice and Hope holds memorial service

 National Justice and Hope for Victims of Crime held a memorial service earlier this month to honor those friends and family members lost to violent crime. The event opened with … Read More

Building the next generation: Carpenters’ union makes donation to woodshop program

Jerry Yates is passionate about creating good job opportunities here at home, so young adults don’t have to leave the area for work unless they want to. Yates, Senior Representative … Read More

St. Claire Healthcare and NE KY Substance Use Response Coalition awarded $200,000 planning grant project

The Northeast Kentucky Substance Use Response Coalition was recently awarded a $200,000 planning grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. This Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning III project will … Read More

Urgent care services available one hour earlier

ASHLAND, Ky. – King’s Daughters is pleased to announce its Urgent Care Centers in Ashland and Grayson, Ky., and Burlington and Ironton, Ohio, will be opening an hour earlier, beginning … Read More

What should county taxes cover?

Grayson mayor believes it should be more  Grayson Mayor George Steele has been chaffing at what he has called “double taxation” of city residents by the county for some time. … Read More

Guns in the city: Olive Hill has first reading of firearms ordinance

 The city of Olive Hill held the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit the discharge of firearms within city limits, except under certain situations. The ordinance, if passed, … Read More

Board approves limited return to school

 Students in Kindergarten, Sixth and Ninth grades can return this week  Superintendent of schools, Dr. Ronnie Dotson, spoke with the school board last Thursday about the possibility of a “soft … Read More

Ethics and annexation: Grayson changes definition of family for nepotism rule

 Changes to the Grayson code of ethics ordinance were approved at the last regular meeting of city council, paving the way for acting chief of police Travis Steele, the son … Read More

Cable woes: Residents voice complaints about Suddenlink

 What was meant to be a public hearing on Suddenlink’s cable television franchise in the city of Grayson turned into an airing of grievances that encompassed not only the company’s … Read More

Building a playground: Kiwanis Legacy of Play contest now active

 The Carter County Kiwanis club wants to help the Grayson Sports Park get a new, state of the art, inclusive playground that all kids can enjoy, regardless of their mobility, … Read More

Heading up Hog Branch: Property owner registers complaint about gate on county road

County roads aren’t allowed to be gated. Even those who gate private roads, on private land, have to provide access to cemeteries on the other side of those gates, or … Read More

Gearing up for Fall, Y’all: Olive Hill Chamber plans for October event

 We may still be a few weeks away from autumn, but the Olive Hill Chamber of Commerce has already been gearing up for their annual fall festival. The It’s Fall, … Read More

Roads & Taxes: Fiscal court approves tax rates

Carter county fiscal court met in special session last Thursday to discuss employee issues, discuss road equipment, and approve property tax rates in the county.  The only property tax rates … Read More

Gov. Beshear Announces Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund Website

 FRANKFORT – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the launch of the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund website, teamkyhherf.ky.gov, where Kentuckians now can visit and apply for assistance.  “As we … Read More

Saying goodbye to a superhero: Community celebrates life of Vinnie Osborne- Brown

 “How do you say goodbye to a real life superhero?”  That was the question Vinnie Osborne-Brown’s parents, Elizabeth and Johnny Brown, and all his friends had on their mind last … Read More

Expanding the city: Olive Hill passes ordinances in special sessions

 After canceling their regular August meeting, the city of Olive Hill held two special meetings. The first to approve items on the original meeting agenda, and the second to approve … Read More

Justice & Hope: Group seeks closure for victims and families

  “When your input is valued, it makes a difference,” said Marsy’s Law for Kentucky Director of Outreach Emily Bonistall Postel, while speaking at a National Justice & Hope for Crime Victims … Read More

Building playgrounds: Kiwanis works with park board on grant

 The Carter County Kiwanis are doing their part to help make sure the children of Grayson will have a nice playground when the Grayson Sports Park opens its gates. The … Read More

Small Business Association accepting pandemic related loan applications

Grayson Chamber of Commerce president Michelle Wilhoit shared information from the U.S. Small Business Association about COVID-19 related funds and loans that may be available for businesses suffering during the … Read More

Gallery news and updates: Video art tour set for September

By: Dan Clickfor Carter County Times The Grayson Gallery & Art Center, Inc. (GGAC) has been presenting virtual art shows on Facebook since March, 2020 due to the restrictions imposed … Read More

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Part of KY 1661 in Carter County Closed Friday for Pipe Replacement

All through traffic must detour, 8 am – 3 pm FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. – Kentucky Department of Highways crews will temporarily close part of KY 1661 near Leon in Carter County … Read More

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Part of Fultz Road in Carter County Closed Thursday for Bridge Inspections

Traffic detoured, 9 am – Noon FLEMINGSBURG, Ky.  – The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close part of Fultz Road in Carter County on Thursday morning for bridge inspections. From about … Read More

A carving for Grayson

Porter works on oak stump  You may have noticed that when several old oak trees along Carol Malone Boulevard had to be removed recently, one extra large stump was left … Read More

School board discusses sports and technology

 By the time the Carter County Board of Education met last Thursday, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) had already made their decision on sports for the school year. … Read More

Buying and selling: Fiscal court purchases new road equipment

Carter County fiscal court met in special session Thursday morning to approve sells and purchases that could speed up road repair and maintenance in the county. Among items approved were … Read More

Council split on tractor purchase: Mayor breaks tie

Grayson City Council met in special session on Tuesday evening to discuss a single issue for approval, the purchase of a Case road tractor, at a cost of $20,000, plus … Read More

Changing the law: Grayson police ask for amendment to nepotism rules

 Police officers representing the City of Grayson Police Department came out for the August meeting of Grayson City Council to ask the city to consider amending their rules to allow … Read More

Another calm weekend: Conversation and dialogue continue

 Dee Garrett was back in Grayson – and wearing body armor – on Sunday, but despite the controversial organizers return to town the peaceful atmosphere fostered the previous weekend continued. … Read More

Will we keep a library?

Grayson council decision could threaten library’s future  It isn’t just local funding that is suffering from the city of Grayson’s decision not to fund their share of the Carter County … Read More

School system provides clarification on digital learning

 Following questions from the parents of students on just what digital learning would entail, Carter County Schools have provided some clarification on the online requirements for classes and how often … Read More

Olive Hill city official receives training award

Chimila Hargett, City Clerk/Treasurer/ABC Administrator for the City of Olive Hill was among 87 city officials from across the state who the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) recognized this year … Read More

County hears requests to remove and take roads into system

Carter County fiscal court met in regular session on Monday evening and heard requests to take roads into, and to remove them from, the county road system. The first request … Read More

Back to positive: BLM demonstrators reach out to counter-protesters

 Black Lives Matter rally organizer Denorver “Dee” Garrett was not in Grayson this past Sunday. Garrett had been arrested in Louisville late Saturday night on a number of charges, including … Read More

New COVID scam uses contact tracing claims to scare targets

 There are reports circulating on social media of a new COVID-19 related scam targeting those who might not be sure how contact tracing works. The way the scam works is … Read More

Will Davis completes Kentucky Master Agriculture Teacher program

West Carter High School agriculture teacher Will Davis was recognized during last week’s state agriculture teachers’ virtual conference for completing the Kentucky Master Agriculture Teacher Program.  KMAT, as the program … Read More

Ambulance board raises tax rate: Increases by 0.4%

The Carter County Ambulance Board moved to raise their tax rate across the county by a small amount during their regular meeting on Monday. The raise, the maximum amount the … Read More

School year to begin with virtual classes

Carter County Public Schools released the following statement about the beginning of the school year on Tuesday morning:  Following the recommendation from Governor Beshear, Carter County Schools will begin the … Read More

BLM rally more subdued, despite physical attack

Temperatures, and tempers, were still hot this past Sunday, but – with the exception of a brief altercation at the beginning of the march – neither seemed nearly as hot … Read More

Olive Hill PD plans for new station

 It will likely be next year before they get to move in, but the Olive Hill Police Department is looking forward to new digs that, according to police chief Bobby … Read More

Here they grow again: Galaxy Project plans for new youth and community center

 If you see someone knocking on your door in a Galaxy Project t-shirt in the coming days, don’t fret. They aren’t trying to sell you anything, and they will respect … Read More

Loud and ugly: BLM rally draws armed protests and racist hecklers

 There was no NFAC militia. There were no Bloods nor Crips. No New Black Panthers. What Grayson did see on Sunday, however, were a whole lot of white faces with … Read More

Board moves school start date back: Teachers will start August 11, students August 26

The Carter County School Board met in special session on Friday with one item on the agenda, the start date for classes in Carter County. The board voted unanimously to … Read More

Budgets, boards, grass and trailers: Olive Hill takes action on Code Enforcement Board and 2020 budget

 Among the next steps for the City of Olive Hill will be creating a new code enforcement board, and approving a 2020-2021 budget. Council took action last Tuesday to repeal … Read More

Board gives teachers extra prep time: Students will return to school on August 10

The Carter County School Board has made some adjustments to their original planned start date, but it isn’t the push back to late August that some parents and faculty feel the … Read More

Grayson says “no” to library: Approves budget and pay raises for city personnel

The city of Grayson approved their budget during their regular meeting last Tuesday, including pay raises of $2 per hour for all police personnel and a total police budget in … Read More

Olive Hill votes to fund library

City looking at CARES, LIHEAP and other funding sources The city of Olive Hill took action in a special session budget meeting to help keep the Carter County Library running … Read More

Libraries, grants, and trash

Fiscal court issues run the gamut at Monday meeting Carter County Fiscal Court handled a mixed bag of issues on Monday night, but, as always, roads were a central component.  … Read More

Finishing up the park: Park board discusses utility right-of-way and finishing work

The COVID-19 pandemic may have shut down the tournaments that the Grayson Sports Park hoped to host if they had gotten to open this spring as originally planned, but it hasn’t … Read More

Returning to normal: As runs increase EMTs encountering more coronavirus cases

Carter County EMS executive director Rick Loperfido reported to the EMS board on Monday that, while the service was “still down about 300 runs” for the year to date, they … Read More

County reports first COVID-19 death

 Health Department reports highest one day jump on Sunday  The Carter County Health Department reported on Monday that the county has experienced their first COVID-19 related death.  “It comes with … Read More

Old Time Farm Machinery & Antique Association cancels September show

Grayson’s Old Time Farm Machinery & Antique Association has canceled their 39th annual Farm Machinery Show, originally scheduled for September 11 and 12 of this year, due to concerns about … Read More

Going back to school: School board moves forward with plans for August 6 start date

While many other school districts around the state are looking at taking advantage of changes to the KRS that may allow a later start date, Carter County plans to go … Read More

Deputies test positive for COVID-19: Boggs says jail following procedures to keep inmates safe

 Carter County Health Department director Jeff Barker updated the county’s COVID-19 numbers last Thursday to include two new cases, bringing the county’s total number of infected at that time to … Read More

Masks, Sashes and Tiaras: Miss Grayson’s Outstanding Teen champions face coverings for charity

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus may have changed the way that many organizations and events are occurring, but the pandemic has also given Miss Grayson’s Outstanding Teen Jasmine Webb a novel … Read More

Waiting for the count: Absentee ballots put election results on hold

Carter County Clerk Mike Johnston’s office counted the ballots returned last Tuesday from the four polling places open in the county, along with absentee ballots they had already received, but … Read More

Vacating roads: Fiscal court removes portion of Campbell and Bailey Cemetery Road

Bailey Cemetery Road Number One and a portion of Campbell Road were removed from the county road system in a special session on Monday, following a public hearing on plans … Read More

Keep it in your yard: Grayson amends yard sale ordinance

By: Jeremy D. WellsCarter County Times Grayson City Council met in special session last week to discuss employee retirements, budgets, and ordinances amendments. It was the amendments to the city’s … Read More

Board plans for new school year

By: Jeremy D. WellsCarter County Times Carter County parents who are anxious to know what the new school year will bring for their children can expect to start receiving phone … Read More

Growing Olive Hill

City council approve corridor annexation along Rt. 2 By: Jeremy D. WellsCarter County Times The city limits of Olive Hill took steps to grow a little bit bigger last Tuesday, … Read More

Improving care and saving cash

New jail medical contract already paying dividends Carter County Jailer RW Boggs has worked tirelessly to not only save money for the county, but to make the Carter County Detention … Read More

Cutting the sewage bills

Council approves new spigot meter policy By: Jeremy D. WellsCarter County Times If you are tied into the city of Olive Hills municipal water and sewage system, you pay bills … Read More

Hitting zero: Emergency ambulance board pleased with Loperfido’s work

By: Jeremy D. WellsCarter County Times If the reaction of the ambulance board is any indication, Rick Loperfido is doing a bang up job in his role as the executive … Read More

Looking past quarantine

Carter County Tourism Board discusses events after COVID-19 It’s been a strange summer for the Carter County Tourism Board and the businesses and events they support. Most of the county’s … Read More

Sheriff releases property tax numbers

Counties share of more than $7 million is $808,468 Carter County Sheriff Jeff May released the numbers for property tax settlements and unmined coal settlements during Carter County Fiscal Court’s … Read More

Slip repairs, like this one completed along Gregoryville Road lasat year, are among the types of projects covered by FEMA that may take the county more than a year to to reimbursed for.

Smoothing out the rough spots

County borrows money to meet road repair needs Carter County Judge Executive Mike Malone told the fiscal court last week that, at least when it comes to the money available … Read More

Giving it Teeth

Grayson considers revision to nuisance ordinance Grayson city council began their regular June meeting by swearing in new councilman Jerry Yates, but then it was straight down to business. Yates, … Read More

Bring on the books: Carter County Public Library announces reopening plan

New Carter County librarian Christy Boggs came on at an unusual time. Shortly after she accepted the position, the library board voted to close Carter County’s two library branches to … Read More

Porter bags murder suspect

Olive Hill officer made arrest Wednesday evening Olive Hill Police got more than just another suspected drug dealer when they picked up Daniel L. Swanner for trafficking in a controlled … Read More

Paving funds decrease

Carter County Judge Executive Mike Malone told the court that he expected to see $150,000 to $160,000 awarded to paving projects in the county this year.

Out of the mouths of babes

“No bullying black people,” admonished Elizabeth, age 6. “We have to be nice to other people.” This simple wisdom from the lips of a tiny wisp of a girl couldn’t … Read More

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