Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

May 22, 2013

The closing bell: Hundreds say goodbye to Carter school

May 22, 2013 — It was a hot, bittersweet evening Saturday as former students, teachers, and administrators gathered to say farewell to the old Carter school building.

The native stone building has served the small community since 1939 and the elementary students who last occupied it will move into a new building this fall.

School board member David Jesse was on hand for the celebration. He was instrumental in keeping the new school in the community and also is a graduate of CES.

“You remember your first day in this building when you walk in the doors,” Jesse said as he addressed the crowd of more than 300. “I remember my first basket in this gym and losing my first tooth in Miss Kiser's class. She was my first teacher. It's a sad day and great day at the same time.”

Baxton McGlone, who served as a teacher, coach, and principal at Carter, shared some of his memories with the crowd.

“I could have filled a 1,000-gallon water tank with my memories here,” McGlone said. “I used to walk three miles to the bus stop and I remember thinking this place was way too big for me after attending a one-room school. I am grateful for the opportunity I had in education, which started here. Where would we be if we hadn't come here?”

James Kiser, a former basketball standout at old Carter High School, told a story which showed the essence of a community.

“I went to work cutting and housing tobacco but one of my friends told Coach Harold Holbrook I might be a pretty good basketball player,” Kiser said. “If Coach hadn't contacted me, I wouldn't have finished high school or gone on to college. Through him, I got a college scholarship.”

After 74 years of service, the old school building will no longer serve the students of Carter City. Its fate is uncertain but the community will continue to thrive in the new school location, just a short walk down the road.

Leeann Akers can be reached at or by phone at 474-5101.

Text Only
Local News
  • wreck.JPG US 60 closed

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Olive Hill water line breaks

    August 14, 2014

  • Teen killed in Wednesday crash

    August 13, 2014

  • Fiscal Court seeks to borrow $1.5 million for roads

    Carter Fiscal Court met last Tuesday night to consider borrowing money for a massive road resurfacing project.

    August 13, 2014

  • Nikki Lewis.JPG Lewis named CCA administrator

    School kicks off today at Carter Christian Academy at Hitchins. The private school is welcoming a new administrator, Nikki Lewis.

    August 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grayson emergency.jpg Grayson’s emergency help now on the air

    When future emergencies require volunteers to assist first responders in Grayson, no one should be out of communications, thanks to help from the Carter County Community Fund (CCCF).

    August 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • brooke.jpg Local girl featured in Reba McEntire video

    Brooke Seagraves didn't think she stood much of a chance of appearing in Reba McEntire's latest music video but that didn't stop her older sister from entering her name.

    August 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dive 1.jpg Dive training a success

    They owe it all to community support. The Grayson Fire Department's Rescue and Recovery Dive team is seeing huge improvements, thanks to a community that is behind them 100 percent.

    August 13, 2014 3 Photos

  • Family Fun Night

    The Family Fun Night project began as a Relay for Life fundraiser. As the leadership class continued, I realized that the event could be more than a simple outdoor movie- and that it would need to be more than a simple fundraiser to truly be successful.

    August 13, 2014

  • PA Richards.JPG Richards serving as interim fire chief

    The Olive Hill Fire Department is still facing friction with City Council over ongoing budget concerns. However, the newly appointed interim chief is ready to move forward.

    August 13, 2014 1 Photo