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It’s both encouraging and reassuring to see Greenup County and Lawrence County fairs receive help through grants. The grants, which come from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, supply a boost to and pump some optimism into county fairs, in general.

One particular type of journalism has become so omnipresent and cliche in the last three years, it’s like a bingo category.

Kentucky, as everyone knows, is a mecca when it comes to producing country music superstars. Kentucky is a national treasure when it comes to country music. Watching the recent Ken Burns documentary on PBS about country music only reaffirms this. Episode after episode an artist from Kentucky…

Reporter Jeremy D. Wells penned an interesting story last week on the need for Carter County to get caught up on flood control maintenance in the creek bed of Little Sinking Creek.

We state the obvious today in noting those who vandalized construction equipment at the Carter County Sports Park Complex are quite pitiful. We also state the obvious in noting they should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if the perpetrators in question can be identified.

The Grayson Tourism & Convention Commission has put its grants on hold as they wait for the funds to come in from unpaid hotel taxes.

A recent report by the The Washington Post — and localized by our sister paper The Daily Independent in Ashland — detailed the flow of pain pills through the Tri-State region from 2006 to 2012.

We usually don't use our editorial space to write about matters from the criminal justice beat but we feel the need to today in addressing two recent incidents in Carter County that warrant attention. The first event was a very serious apartment fire and the second was the filing of a murder…

This is a big week for Carter County and the region with the start of Rudy Fest. The festival runs from Wednesday through Saturday in a show organized by Carter County residents.

There were some excellent developments reported out of Rowan County this past week. They are important not just to Rowan County taxpayers, but to Carter County residents and, for that matter, all residents of Eastern Kentucky.

A very nice story appeared in last week's paper that chronicled the pleasant surprise JoAnn and Gary Back recently discovered in the attic of the old Garvin Diner in the Globe community.

Carter County Fiscal Court was the recent recipient of a full report from Compass Municipal Advisors. Compass took a complete look at the county's financial picture, including expenses, revenues, retirement contributions and credit analysis.

As many teachers know, being an educator in Kentucky is an incredibly rewarding profession. It is also very challenging and demanding, requiring immense sacrifice — usually of one's own time, emotions and money beyond the average work day. All of it is aimed at bettering the lives of our youth.

If you scroll through the Carter County Health Department's Facebook page you'll get a quick glimpse into the important work the Health Department does for this community every day.

Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative — which has customers in our coverage area — recently received permission from the Kentucky Public Service Commission to raise rates.

If you aren’t a regular watcher of the television news show ‘60 Minutes’ you likely missed a very interesting story recently about a new business coming to Eastern Kentucky, located just down the road a bit.

Some quality information was offered by the Olive Hill Chamber of Commerce recently when they hosted Mark Murphy of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Morehead State University.

Carter County had the second highest unemployment rate in Kentucky at 7.8 percent during December, according to a report issued last week by the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

After “remember in November” turned out to be basically a hollow threat, Gov. Matt Bevin recently felt comfortable enough to take another swipe at teachers and the Kentucky Education Association.

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