The coal industry has done a lot for central Appalachia. It’s created jobs, and it’s helped many families afford college. Coal has also created a  very strong sense of pride. But as jobs in the coal industry have declined, so have the opportunities in Central  Appalachia. On this episode of Inside Appalachia, we explore one of the legacies of of the industry: crumbling water infrastructure.


Gov. Matt Bevin and the Department for Local Government (DLG) selected 21 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) projects for funding up to $1.3 million.  This grant assists in maintaining and developing Kentucky’s vast network of recreational trails. RTP is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is administered by DLG.

“Outdoor recreational opportunities enhance the quality of life for all Kentuckians,” said DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo. “The investment in these projects today will yield benefits long into the future.”

Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR announced the length of each segment for its new stage-based race format at all the tracks including Kentucky Speedway. The races will consist of three stages with championship implications in each stage. Kentucky Speedway’s segments, like the other tracks, will vary based on the race length.

The breakdown will be as follows:

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts:

Stage 1 - ends at lap 80 (120 miles)

Stage 2 - ends at lap 160 (240 miles)

Stage 3 - ends at lap 267 Checkered Flag (400 miles)

Tourism opening Visitor Center at Depot

Feb 20, 2017

The new Morehead Visitor Center will open to the public on 2/20/17 offering visitors a glimpse of the many adventures available in Morehead and Rowan County.

Morehead Tourism will become a new resident in the Depot located at 150 East First Street.  The Depot also houses the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce and another organization soon to be announced.

Kentucky Folk Art Center Opens New Exhibition

Feb 20, 2017
Kentucky Folk Art Center

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has announced its upcoming exhibition, “Joe Sartor: Morehead Mind Games.”

The opening reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The exhibition presents four dozen of the artist’s paintings which draw inspiration from the people, places and landscapes of the local area. Many works will be offered for sale.

Baseball Wins Behind One-Hitter From Humphreys and Calderon

Feb 20, 2017
Morehead State Athletics

Senior righthander Luke Humphreys and junior righty David Calderon combined t

Morehead State Athletics

Coming off its worst road loss since Nov. 30, Morehead State women's basketball (19-8, 9-5 Ohio Valley Conference) heads to Cookeville for a matchup with Tennessee Tech (10-17, 7-7 OVC) on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.


  The Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) announced this week that 39 participating communities reported cumulative investment of $109,741,515 in their commercial downtown districts in 2016, a number that includes $75,070,029 of private investment matched by $30,920,494 in public improvements. This total was up significantly from the $76 million of cumulative investment reported by 44 communities in 2015.


  Second-year students in the Respiratory Therapy program at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) got hands-on experience with pediatric patients this past week as part of their Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care course. 


Students practiced patient assessments on children ages eight months to 12 years old.  Following the assessments, the children learned about Respiratory Therapy and its role in the healthcare field.


Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Although we’ve seen many warm fronts this winter with temperatures in the 60s just this past weekend, the water in our highland reservoirs is still cold.

Water temperatures are in the high 40s in Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow and Laurel River Lake. Once water temperatures drop below 50 degrees for extended periods, threadfin shad begin to suffer from the cold water.


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Health Matters focuses on the health care needs of the mountain region. The weekly program is a co-production of MSPR and the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center.