March 14, 2012 —
The night of Feb. 25, 2012 was tragic for the town and those that those that lost their livelihood. It could have been so much worse for my family. My father was one of three people living above Parker's Carpets on the night of the fire. It was about an hour from the time I learned of the fire until I was finally assured that my father, Bob Cartee, was safely out of the building.
That is when the enormity of the situation started to sink in.
My father, at 80 years old, had lost everything but the clothes on his back. As I prepared to leave my home on Monday morning to travel to Olive Hill, my mind was spinning with all that had to be accomplished in the coming days. I knew that Dad had a bed to sleep in for the short term, thanks to Steve and Frieda Parker. I knew that he would be able to start replacing clothes and personal need items, thanks to the American Red Cross. From there, I didn't know what would happen. I really shouldn't have worried so much. By the time I reached Olive Hill around noon, 2 days after the fire, things were quickly falling into place.
My sincere thanks to Paul D. Hensley and Freda Evans, along with the other staff of Hydreco. An apartment was ready for him to move into. As we started to gather furniture and other household items, the outpouring of generosity from the community was overwhelming. I can't even start to mention everyone by name but know that every hug, kind word or gesture was deeply appreciated. A special thanks to Dr. Kevin Jordan and his staff.
I hear lots of talk about Olive Hill dying. I sincerely hope that everyone takes a moment to realize how very special it is to live in a small town with such a big heart.
Lisa Cartee Parker
March 14, 2012 —
- Letters to the Editor
Be careful of those you trust
I would like to respond in answer to Charles Wallace's pitiful letter to avenge himself against the “stuff told” by the Health Department in the Eastern KY Voice this Friday. Folks, it’s simple. He has lost two major battles against us “girls” here at the Health Department and we were in anticipation of the third battle starting.
Olive Hill Health Department: Raising questions
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.
Legislators consider minimum wage needs
I commend these four legislators, Rep. Jill York, Rep. C.B. Embry, Rep. Dwight Butler, and Rep. Jim Stewart by voting yes on the Minimum Wage Bill.
Encouraging colon cancer screenings
March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and an opportunity to bring attention to potentially lifesaving actions people can take. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates 136,830 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the U.S.
Get involved with your local chamber
Are you involved with your local chamber of commerce? Chambers of Commerce are a great way to make business contacts, and even friends.
Alcohol sales would hurt Olive Hill
I am 64 years old and I have lived in the city limits of Olive Hill my entire life. I have seen Olive Hill when it was prosperous and I have seen it when it was not so prosperous.
Against liquor sales in Olive Hill
Along the roadways of our little town, we see signs urging us to vote YES for legal liquor sales in Olive Hill. Sadly, we see no signs urging us to vote NO!
In appreciation of Pastor Barrell
Some members of the Lower Grassy Church of Christ, in my opinion, should hang their heads in shame. On February 23, 2014 a wonderful man of God and their Pastor Larry Barrell was dismissed from preaching.
Thanks for contributing to Operation Christmas Child
I’m writing to thank Grayson residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas.
Seeking ancestry information
I am searching for relatives from the Olive Hill and Grayson area in the 1800s and early 1900s.
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