Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Letters to the Editor

April 2, 2014

Olive Hill Health Department: Raising questions

April 2, 2014 — The editor:

During the last health department meeting, information was provided to employees regarding the closing of the Olive Hill Health Department branch, which I had previously asked about.

They informed me they did not have the revenue to keep it open. If the health department was not closed in Olive Hill it would be hundreds of thousands of dollars in the red.

I told the employees to try to keep it open until May to see where the money was in the budget. Employees presented this to the board and it was voted on to close Olive Hill Branch. I was the only board member that voted to keep it open.

The employees got mad at me because I didn’t vote with the board to close it. I have had dozens of people calling from Olive Hill asking why the Olive Hill Health Department was closing? As a taxpayer, I have the right to ask questions. We did not have a meeting for three months. At the March 2014 meeting we were told that we had $53,000 of surplus money. At the 2013 October and November meeting we were told that we were going to be in the red hundreds of thousands of dollars. How many people were involved in falsifying the figures where it went from $53,000 of surplus to hundreds of thousands of dollars in the red?

One employee said the budget was wrong. Another told me and Elliott County Judge-Executive Carl Fannin the numbers had been changed to make it look good.

If someone falsified figures and it was presented to the Fiscal Court in June for Fiscal year 2013-14, the court accepted it at what was presented. Was this wrong?

The people of Olive Hill need to express their opinion. I will do everything I can to re-open the Olive Hill branch.

Charles Wallace

Carter Judge-Executive

Editor's note: The questions raised in this letter to the editor were addressed in the March 26 edition of the Journal-Times.

Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • The Standard of Excellence

    This summer has been a very busy time for the schools in Carter County. Hundreds of students participated in numerous activities geared toward literacy, humanities and leadership.

    July 30, 2014

  • Thanks for supporting church yard sale

    The people at Smith Chapel Church wish to thank each one that bought at their yard sale and also the ones that gave a donation.

    July 16, 2014

  • Thanks for gifts to Hydreco tenants

    Hydreco Village and Hydreco Apartments would like to thank the students of the FCS Club (Fellowship of Christian Students) at West Carter High School.

    June 25, 2014

  • Students may be disappointed by change in prize

    I am writing you today concerning Carter Elementary PTO. I have a daughter who has perfect attendance this year. She has gone all year thinking if she had perfect attendance she would be getting the $100 prize like they gave out last year.

    May 28, 2014

  • Kids should have fair play

    I am just wondering, after attending a few East Carter baseball games, why the kids sitting on the bench never get to play?

    May 28, 2014

  • Thanks for supporting CCA golf scramble

    Carter Christian Academy would like to recognize the following hole sponsors, donors, and golf teams for your contribution in this year's golf scramble held at Hidden Cove Golf Course.

    May 28, 2014

  • Responding to allegations about jail budget

    I would like to respond to the “endorsement” that road foreman Larry McDavid ran in last week's Journal-Times. I would like to clarify and/or point out the obvious errors within that advertisement.

    May 14, 2014

  • Pleasant Valley Cemetery in need of funds

    Once again we are in need of help from everyone who owns or have loved ones buried in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

    May 14, 2014

  • Exchange student's experience is unforgettable

    My name is Eva Olsen. I’m an exchange student from Norway, completing my senior year at East Carter High School. It’s been one of my dreams to go abroad to a different country and learn a new culture. I wanted new experiences and to improve my English.

    May 14, 2014

  • Political signs being taken down

    I have a word for that person or persons who ever is taking down the signs of other candidates for the upcoming primary election. You think that no one sees you?

    May 14, 2014