Bear Hunt: Olive Hill and Grayson Turn Out Their Teddy Bears

Appearing alone and in small clusters, Teddy bears have been displayed at area homes and businesses as part of an ongoing community effort during this time of social distancing.

"A Sunday Drive: Grayson to Old Town": by MICHELLE BRAND

 There is something both inspiring and relaxing about a Sunday Drive. Sundays in our family are a day for worship, dinner, naps and then a nice Sunday drive. A drive can be different things for different people.


Drive-By Style: Carter County Camera In A Car Window (multiple photos)

High winds early Sunday (March 29, 2020) eventually calmed and ushered in another warm, sunny afternoon in Carter County.


Grayson: Drive-In Fellowship (more than 40 photos)

 Local Pastor Kyle Burchett and others shared a small trailer stage beneath the old "Ralph's" sign Sunday (March 29, 2020) as a crowd of worshipers nearly filled the parking lot to enjoy a drive-in worship service on a sunny day.

For The Children: Bears Everywhere! (multiple photos)

Keep your eyes wide open - there are bears hiding throughout Carter County.

Play Nice!: Grayson Mayor Cautions Sports Enthusiasts

Grayson Mayor George Steele has issued a cautionary notice to local residents regarding public gatherings for recreational activities.


Camera From A Car Window: Carter County Residents Finding Ways To Cope (10 photos)

In this time of social distance and self isolation, it does not hurt to have a sense of humor.

UK Forage Extension YouTube videos can help producers work through issues this spring: by Katie Pratt

The KYForages YouTube page has more than 250 educational videos to help forage and livestock producers improve their operations, particularly during this time of social distancing.

Family Gardens Encouraged by Kentucky 4-H

Raised beds gardens like these at The Arboretum's Kentucky Children Garden are ideal for beginning gardeners.  Photo by Matt Barton, UK agricultural communications.

Raised beds like these at The Arboretum's Kentucky Children’s Garden are ideal for beginning gardeners. Photo by Steve Patton, UK agricultural communications.


SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW By Senator Robin L. Webb

FRANKFORT — The coronavirus outbreak across the state and country has taken its toll on all aspects of everyday life. I want to remind everyone of the seriousness of the situation and emphasize the importance of following guidelines set by national and state public health officials. We are ALL in this together, and we will persevere.

Ralph's Food Fair Team Steps Up For Customer Safety

Nearly 100 members of the local Ralph's Food Fair team are pulling together to do everything they can to keep the local supermarket safe for their shoppers, as well as themselves and their own families.

More Than 38 Years - Diana Phillips To Retire

First National Bank announces the retirement of Dianna Phillips.

Grow Your Own: Seed, Chickens In Demand at Kee's Farm Service

Last year, people bought garden seeds by the packet.
This year, they're buying by the pound, and adding a few chickens to the order.
Business is booming at the local farm supply store.


ACTC extends remote instruction through end of semester Spring Commencement postponed

As Ashland Community and Technical College continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19, based on direction from state and national health experts, the college will continue to provide only online/remote classroom instruction through May 2.

Old Barns Of Carter County XIV

 "I think I have the owner's blessing to photograph this barn," I thought as I approached the tall structure visible from both US 60 and I-64 in Carter County. "He may have been talking about the one across the road. I hope I'm not trespassing."

Walker's: On The Run In Olive Hill (five photos)

 Running from the front door to customers waiting in cars parked on Railroad Street in downtown Olive Hill, the staff at Walker's Family Restaurant had lots of orders to fill and deliver curbside Friday (March 25, 2020).


Traffic Advisory: Repairs to close KY 7 north of Grayson on Tuesday

FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (March 25, 2020) – The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close part of KY 7 in Carter County on Tuesday, March 31, for embankment repairs.

ACTC makes protective masks for health care workers

Tyler Stevens, coordinator for the ACTC’s Computer Aided Drafting and Design program, and Chris Boggs,

ACTC Staff Supporting Students

While Ashland Community and Technical College’s classes have gone remote, so have most of its student services.


Dolf Fischer: Time For Interior Tasks While Waiting To Open

Unable to open at his new office space in the former longtime location of Dugout Video, Chiropractor Dolf Fisher decided to work on the new surroundings Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Racers Food Mart: Taking Precautions - Full-Service Fuel Coming For Seniors

"We are open for business just have cut back a few hours to get through this mess," Racers Food Mart Owner Steve Sharp said today (March 24, 2020), while explaining teams at stores in Grayson, Olive Hill and Cannonsburg are taking action.

Curb Service: Bayso's Sports Pub Will Bring It Out To You

The Bayso's Sports Pub team continues to offer curb service for call-in orders.

The Day's Last Doughnuts - The Drive-In

Customers chose from the day's last doughnuts at The Drive-In's food truck Monday afternoon.

CVA & Veterans BINGO: Meals For Veterans And Seniors

A team of volunteers spent their Monday cooking and delivering meals to 117 local veterans and seniors, then went to work preparing and cooking baked spaghetti meals for more than 150 people to be delivered today.

Old Barns Of Carter County: XIII

This distinctive barn's once fresh paint reminded folks to enjoy Mail Pouch brand chewing tobacco and "TREAT YOURSELF."

Extension Notes: Try a Small-Scale Garden This Year - by Rebecca Konopka Carter County Extension Office

People living in town might not think they have the space to garden, but that is not the case. A University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service publication, ID-248: Gardening in Small Spaces, shows you how you can garden in a small area.


Safety project coming to AA Highway’s Grayson Spur intersection in Lewis County

Work to add ‘exit’ lane, updated flashing beacons

FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (March 20, 2020) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will add a right-turn “exit” lane and update flashing beacons on the AA Highway (KY 9) at the Grayson Spur intersection in Lewis County this year as part of a Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) project.

SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: By Senator Robin L. Webb

FRANKFORT — The General Assembly continued legislative work despite calls for closures across the state due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As of this week, schools, local businesses, and public-facing workplaces that cannot comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing temporarily ceased all in-person operations as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.

A Moment In The Sun

A pair of local business owners took a few minutes away from their kitchens to enjoy the afternoon sunshine and trade notes about plans for continued operations.

Grayson: Curb Service At Lucid Vapor

Frances Messer of Lucid Vapor is providing curb service to her customers at 206 Robert & Mary Avenue in Grayson.

Grayson Lake Family Fishing Fun: by Michelle Brand

A warm spring day recently brought out people of all ages to Grayson Lake for fishing.

"Forest Therapy is Healing Therapy" by MICHELLE BRAND

What in the world is Forest Therapy (also called Forest Bathing)?



ACTC cancels all in-person classes

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, Ashland Community and Technical College is cancelling all in-person classes and instruction through March 27. This includes all in-person technical courses and labs that were scheduled to resume on Wednesday.


First National Bank Closing Lobbies

To ensure the health and safety of their employees and customers, First National Bank is temporarily closing its lobbies beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

"We have never been closed.": Bayso's Sports Pub - "I mean, why do you think they call it The Storm Shelter?"

Grayson alcohol enforcement official Wiilis Johnson hand delivered notices to each of the city's restaurants Monday. 
Served with official notice to shut it down and get out by 5 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2020 staff members at Bayso's Sports Pub in Grayson could not help but be a bit stunned at the history of the moment.

Commercial Bank Lobbies Closed (six photos)

Commercial Bank of Grayson employees ended their day with a conference call Monday (March 16, 2020) as part of the bank's plan to close all lobbies and offices Tuesday.

The Last Happy Hour Begins: Bayso's Sports Pub Patrons Share Final Drink For Awhile (15 photos)

Patrons of Grayson's Bayso's Sports Pub convened at 3 p.m. Monday for what will be the last "Happy Hour" until officials again allow dine-in activity at local restaurants.


Local Businesses Keeping Vigil Against Virus

Brad Simpkins was one of several employees helping tend to sanitizing duties at Dixie Lanes and ZZ's Bar & Grill Sunday afternoon in Grayson.

Big 4 Store Up For Sale: Donnie Howard Says Time Is Right (more than 50 photos)

At a generally quiet intersection in the Stephens community, Donnie Howard has built up a genuinely unusual general store - The Big 4 Store.

Public Announcement: Carter County GOP Mass Meeting Set

The Carter County GOP will have its county mass meeting at the Courthouse/Fiscal Courtroom at 5:30 p.m. March 23, 2020 to select delegates to the Fifth District Convention.

Iron Hill Memories: Class of 1942 Stitched In Time (more than 30 photos)

A pair of perfectly preserved, hand-stitched quilts on display inside a downtown Grayson business are sure to spark memories for people with connections to the Iron Hill community.
In 1942, students of teacher Mary Enna Davis at Iron Hill Elementary stitched their names into individual blocks of each quilt.

Pack-A-Thon: First Baptist & Friends Exceed Half-Million Meal Mark (more than 40 photos)

An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the First Baptist Ministry Center in Grayson this week for a "Pack-A-Thon" event with the ambitious goal of hitting the half-million-meals mark since the program began in 2012.


Olive Hill:Lucid Vapor & The Eastern Kentucky Hemp Company Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Guests, family, friends and members of the Olive Hill Chamber of Commerce stepped into a chilly breeze Saturday (March 14, 2020) morning for a ribbon cutting at the new shop cooperatively owned by Lucid Vapor & The Eastern Kentucky Hemp Company.

Olive Hill: Shoppes On The Hill Open Again (more than 20 photos)

 Shoppes On The Hill part of the old Olive Hill High School campus, has reopened after a winter break with a selection of collectibles, art, antiques, handmade jewelry and soaps, refurbished furniture and more offered by multiple vendors including five FEAT members and a dozen others.

ACTC Moves To Online Instruction For Lectures: Technical Programs Continue Classes In Person

Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) is committed to maintaining the health and well-being of its students and employees. As a precautionary response to the COVID-19 crisis ACTC is cancelling all in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17 to allow faculty time to prepare for remote/alternative delivery of instruction, which is scheduled for the March 18-March 27 time period. During this time, in-person lecture classes, nursing labs and surgical technology labs will go online.

Free Concert Tonight: New Wilson Fitness Location In Olive Hill

Owner Allen Wilson and his team welcome the public to join a celebration starting at 6 p.m. today (March 14, 2020) including a free concert by Brandon Logan and his band.
"They play a mix of Bluegrass, Country, Rock and Southern Rock, They're really good," Wilson said earlier in the day as he and the Wilson Fitness staff welcomed visitors during their open house.

Transportation Cabinet Issues Emergency Order for Commercial Drivers Assisting in COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Temporary hours of service restrictions expedite delivery of goods and services

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 13, 2020) – In keeping with Gov. Andy Beshear’s declaration of emergency and safety focus for Kentuckians, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray today signed an emergency order temporarily suspending certain regulatory restrictions on motor carriers engaged in delivering goods and services to assist with COVID-19 relief efforts.


CORRECTION: Carter County Corona Concerns: with Katrina Barker APRN-BC

Katrina Barker helps a lot of local people take care of their health.
After seeing her final patient of the day Tuesday (March 11,2020) she offered a few of her thoughts about concerns and precautions about the corona virus with the Carter County Post.

SOAR - "Be aware, not afraid": SOAR's Jared Arnett Advises Virus Precautions

As a precaution to protect the safety and well-being of our communities and our team, who are scattered throughout Appalachia Kentucky, SOAR is suspending non-essential travel, moving our team to remote working for the next two weeks, and postponing all events for the remainder of March.

SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: By Senator Robin L. Webb

FRANKFORT — Governor Andy Beshear confirmed the first case of the infectious novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kentucky late last week. Since then, he and cabinet officials have done an excellent job of supplying information to the legislature and updating citizens on the unfolding situation.


Carter County Corona Concerns: with Katrina Barker APRN-BC

Katrina Barker helps a lot of local people take care of their health.
After seeing her final patient of the day Tuesday (March 11,2020) she offered a few of her thoughts about concerns and precautions about the corona virus with the Carter County Post.

Coming Soon to Grayson: Walgreens

A sign crew was spotted at work this morning (March 12, 2020) installing the sign of a new store brand - Walgreens.


Radiation Treatments Completed: Julia Steele-Collier's Cancer Battle

Nearly one year after hearing her breast cancer diagnosis, Julia Steele-Collier has completed radiation therapy and reports she is ready to "get back to life" as she faces further therapies and surgery.

"I'm pretty good right now. I'm tired and have like a sunburn under my arms - other than that, I don't have any pain. I have no eyebrows. I'll learn to draw those suckers on if it kills me!"

Inflation Station: "A Leap Of Faith" For Paul & Bobbi Sloas

The decision to invest in a family-fun center was "a leap of faith," according to owners Paul and Bobbi Sloas.