Blood needed


What is the most crucial decision you have made today? How to successfully complete a school or work project? Maybe the best way to juggle the family budget? Perhaps what to do about a troubled teen or an elderly parent in declining health? All are unquestionably important decisions.

What if you had to decide which patients should receive the limited blood supplies in the hospital blood bank? When supplies are critically low, as in the case of Type O negative and B negative blood following the holiday season, this possible life or death question may not be as far-fetched as you might think.

Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be transfused to any patient in an emergency. Yet just seven percent of the population has Type O negative blood – and they must receive Type O negative blood if they need a transfusion.

Every two seconds, someone in our country needs a blood transfusion. And too many among us assume that adequate blood supplies will always be there when we or someone we love needs a transfusion. This can only happen with the community’s support.

Although eight out of 20 people may be eligible to donate blood, only one in twenty actually donates each year. Of those who donate, most give just once a year. Yet many can donate blood every 56 days.

We urge you to make the vitally important decision to help patients in need by donating blood.

For more information, call (800) GIVE LIFE or visit


James E. Starr, CEO

American Red Cross Blood Services, Greater Alleghenies Region

Contact: Jim Starr (814) 262-2500 or Marianne Spampinato, Regional Communications Manager, (814) 262-2813



I have a question, how do teachers teach our children to respect others, to get along with others, when they don’t respect or get along with others themselves?

I have a daughter who attends OHES and I recently had to be there at 7:30 a.m. for a meeting with her teacher. When I came back out to get into my car to leave, one of the teachers had parked her large truck behind me, blocking me in.

If this teacher had respect for others, wouldn’t she have parked in one of the two empty parking spots beside me, instead of blocking me in.

I didn’t know parents who pay school taxes couldn’t park on the school parking lot. I was told this is the teachers’ parking lot, you’re supposed to park over in the gravels by the graveyard, or just off to the side somewhere.

This is not the kind of person I want teaching my child, you can’t teach respect if you have none yourself.

Janet Duncan

Olive Hill

Carter County Dispatch


The mayors are wanting to go to the State Police for dispatch services, which will take the money out of the county. OK, you advertise on the "Local" Radio Station all the time for the citizens to shop Carter County, keep your money in Carter County, and then we have our "Leaders" who want to take our tax dollars out of the County. Does this make any sense? I guess it goes back to what I have heard all of my life, "do as I say and not as I do". I was just wondering if they have thought about that. Something I have always heard and have found that it works pretty good is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

Milberta McKinney

Grayson, KY 41143

More on dispatching


I read with interest the article “Olive Hill mulls KSP dispatching offer” in a recent edition of the Daily Independent.

Emergency services and community development for Carter County is as good if not better than any county in the Commonwealth. Here’s why:

In years past, the fiscal court has nurtured and helped both cities of Olive Hill and Grayson by approving, shared financing and grant acquisition of projects for volunteer fire departments, community development and transportation grants, municipal road aid, water line construction and coal severance money. Without the cooperation of the fiscal court, both cities would not be able to secure as much financing for various projects the cities presently enjoy.

The Carter County Fiscal Court has been good to Olive Hill and Grayson. To put things in perspective, when the Olive Hill Historical Society was first organized, we applied for some large grants to finance the rebuilding of the Old Olive Hill High School. Being a non-profit organization, we had to have a governmental body to sponsor the granting process and grant administration, so naturally we approached the City of Olive Hill to be the sponsoring agency since it was our hometown.

Unfortunately, the City of Olive Hill refused to help because they said it would involve extra “work” for City Clerk Cheri James. There were also comments that ran along the line of “Why are you trying to save that old building. It needs to be torn down”.

The Olive Hill Historical Society had one other option. They could ask Judge Executive Charles Wallace and the fiscal court to be the sponsoring agency. Fortunately, the Carter County Fiscal Court welcomed the Olive Hill Historical Society with open arms and did a fine job of grant administration for the Old High School at no cost.

If preservation of the Old Olive Hill High School had been left up to the City of Olive Hill, the old building would have most likely been condemned by the City of Olive Hill and torn down to the ground leaving behind 104 steps leading to nowhere.

By having a positive thinking fiscal court and judge executive, the community of Olive Hill now enjoys a wonderful building with preserved memories and the ability to host many good programs such as the Ton T. Hall Legend Homecoming Show and Children on the Hill.

As far as the fees charged for dispatching being double taxation, one could pick away all the way from the federal level on down on this issue so this point isn’t valid. One example is that the City of Olive Hill charges a fee to use the taxpayer-owned and paid for shelter at the Olive Hill City Park. Is this double taxation?

It would cost the City of Olive Hill three times as much to do their own dispatching so the fees charged by the 911board are not at all out-of-line. Olive Hill and Grayson already have representation on the 911 boards with their duly elected magistrates. The only difference is that the present 911 board members are elected by the people instead of being appointed by the mayors.

Comments made by some of the city officials in the Jan. 16th fiscal court meeting reveals much truth. City officials have proposed of up to $5 as well as putting an extra surcharge to the individual citizen for every call made to 911. This would be a dramatic increase over the current $1.56 charge, which would be a hardship on the people of Carter County.

Connect this effort to raise the 911 rate with Olive Hill Mayor Sparks comments of “we are struggling (financially) like everyone else” paints the real picture. It appears he sees the 911 board as another way to receive additional taxation to salvage an out-of-control spending spree the City of Olive Hill has embarked for the last several years.

Jim Short

Olive Hill

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