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4:06 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

MSU adds SOAR program on Aug. 7

Morehead State University will offer a Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program Friday, Aug. 7, on the first floor of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC) in preparation for the 2015 Fall Semester.

This is a walk-in SOAR program as students can come anytime from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.

New first year and transfer students will register for their fall semester classes during this event.

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Arts/Culture
3:58 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Nashville gallery to showcase the works of LaVon Williams

Sky's Place by LaVon Williams.

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has worked with The Arts Company in Nashville, Tennessee, to curate and present a major exhibition of works by Kentucky folk artist LaVon Williams.

The exhibition opens at The Arts Company located at 215 5th Avenue of the Arts, North, in downtown Nashville on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 6 until 9 p.m. The show will run through Sept. 10.

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Health
3:53 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Journey of Hope cycling team visits MSU

Morehead State University hosted the 2015 Journey of Hope Trans-America cycling team Tuesday, July 28. The group of cyclists is comprised of college men from across the United States who are members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

This year’s event featured 19 cyclists and nine crew members.

The Journey of Hope is a program of The Ability Experience, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity that raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities.

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Environment
7:11 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games Coming This October

Credit Wikipedia

The Bluegrass State’s many outdoor recreational activities will be highlighted this October during a series of competitive events called the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games, First Lady Jane Beshear announced today (July 28).

The 13 events will be held in locations across the state and include fishing tournaments, archery, paddling, mountain biking and more.

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Arts/Culture
6:58 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center Hosting Lego Exhibit

Claire Pollitt, 7, and Johnathan Pollitt, 9, play with Legos Tuesday at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center. Claire and Johnathan are visiting from Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Credit Cody Evans, The Ledger Independent

An exhibit featuring Legos, colorful interlocking plastic building bricks, at the Kentucky Gateway Museum has been attracting families from all over.

KGMC Curator Sue Ellen Grannis said since the exhibit opened in late June, there have been several families and children come to the museum to see the artwork created by Legos.

"We had one child create an entire Christmas scene," Grannis said. "We had the London bridge, a Harry Potter set, a theater. It's fun for the children."

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Economic
9:50 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Red Cross Volunteers Assist Flood Victims in Morehead, Olive Hill

Red Cross volunteers help to clean out debris from a flooded home.
Credit IFRC

Crews from the American Red Cross were in Morehead, Olive Hill and Paintsville over the weekend helping flood victims with damage assessment and cleanup, and they’re going to have a presence in all three communities for some time.

That’s the word from the executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Chapter Joanna King.

“We will be continuing to be in every area that’s affected. Most of the volunteers that are out working right now are local volunteers, as well as we have a lot from other states and other counties that have come in to help.”

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Arts/Culture
12:16 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Nothin' But The Blues Top 20 (July 2015)

Credit Amazon

Kentucky Headhunters w/Johnnie Johnson – Meet Me In Bluesland (Alligator)

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King – Fat Man’s Shine Parlor (Blind Pig)

Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks (J & R Adventures)

Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (Blind Pig)

Sugaray Rayford – Southside (NimoySue)

Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues (Provogue)

Carolyn Wonderland – Live Texas Trio (Bismeaux)

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MSU Sports
9:07 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Women's Basketball Team Headed to The Bahamas

Credit MSU Athletics

While many NCAA basketball teams are idle right now, Morehead State's women have been practicing for the past several days. It's all in preparation for a trip to the Bahamas next week. MSU will spend six nights in Freeport and play two exhibition games.

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Transportation
10:59 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

KY 1167 Reopens in Rowan County

Kentucky state highway crews have reopened KY 1167 today (July 25) after replacing a damaged culvert under the roadway in the Craney Creek area of Rowan County near Morehead. Recent storms washed-out the culvert and part of the road. Rowan County maintenance crews used new steel pipes as a temporary fix until a permanent concrete structure can be installed. Crews finished roadway repairs this afternoon, although motorists should note that travel will be on rough surfaces until permanent repairs are complete. Previous detours have ceased. (story provided by the Kentucky Dept.

Business
2:54 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

Belle of Cincinnati to Visit Maysville

The Cincinnati Belle passes under the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge during a previous visit to Maysville. The vessel will be in town July 29-30 for three touring/dinner cruises.
Credit Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

The Ohio River has been a resource for commerce travel for centuries; it has also been an entertaining, adventure venue for riverboat travel customers.

In May 1980, the first BB Riverboat excursion was launched and the next 35 years has seen the Cincinnati based company grow.

On July 29-30, a variety of cruise activities will be available from Maysville on BB Riverboats flagship the Belle of Cincinnati.

Each climate-controlled deck of the ship includes a full bar, dance floor and elevator matching the Victorian décor of the ship.

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Government/Politics
2:43 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

It's Business As Usual For Most Gateway Region Clerks

Marriage Licenses are kept in bound volumes at the Mason County Clerk's office.
Credit Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

It has been nearly a month since the United States Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

Since that time, there have been reports of protests and clerks throughout the commonwealth refusing to issue licenses to any couple, citing religious objections to same sex marriage.

The refusal to issue licenses has led couples to seek marriage licenses outside of their home counties and even prompted a lawsuit against the Rowan County Clerk.

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Arts/Culture
6:26 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Big Band Vocalists

Lena Horne
Credit The Red List

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #80 (July 26 at 8:00PM)

Patti Page & Lou Stein Orchestra – Glory Of Love

Jimmy Rushing & Count Basie Orchestra – Sent For You Yesterday

Cab Calloway – Some Of These Days

Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher

Frank Sinatra & Harry James Orchestra – All Or Nothing At All

Lena Horne & Lou Bring Orchestra – Stormy Weather

Helen Forrest & Carmen Dragon Orchestra – I’m In The Mood For Love

Little Jimmy Scott & Lionel Hampton Orchestra – I Wish I Knew

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Employment
4:11 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Kentucky's Jobless Rate Falls in 118 Counties

Credit Business Insider

Unemployment rates fell in 118 Kentucky counties between June 2014 and June 2015, but rose in Hancock and Russell counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent. It was followed by Fayette, Owen and Shelby counties, 4.1 percent each; Boone, Oldham and Scott counties, 4.2 percent; Spencer County, 4.3 percent; and Anderson, Campbell and Jessamine counties, 4.4 percent each.

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Crime/Police
3:58 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Gov. Beshear Issues Executive Order Relating to Protection of Kentucky National Guard

Credit Kentucky National Guard

(Editor's Note: The following statement was released through Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office)

“As a result of the tragic events in Chattanooga, many states took some measure of action to increase the protections for their National Guard members in the area of weapons. In Kentucky, we had already anticipated these scenarios and had in place the protections that these other states recently created. 

First, guard members are permitted to carry weapons when they are on duty.

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Arts/Culture
3:34 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center Introduces New Director

Michael Pack
Credit Wendy Mitchell, The Ledger Independent

The new director of Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Michael Pack, is settling in to his position these days.

Pack, who started as director July 1, comes to the job with a keen interest in genealogy and a background in personnel management, he said.

Loving genealogy research, Pack can trace his own heritage back to the 16th century.

"I am really interested in World War II history," Pack said. "The job sounded like something that I could use my experience to do."

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Arts/Culture
12:16 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo
Credit Wamfest

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #42 (July 24 at 8:00PM)

Alejandro Escovedo’s began his music career with the Nuns, a mid-'70s punk band based in San Francisco. He co-founded the pioneering cowpunk band Rank and File in 1979, which moved to Austin, Texas in 1981 after a stint in New York City. The band released Sundown on Slash Records in 1982, but shortly after, Escovedo left to form the True Believers with brother Javier.

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Environment
12:15 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Conservationists Push for Legislation as Kentucky Explores Deep-Well Fracking

As the amounts of water used for hydraulic fracturing increase across the country, some Kentuckians are are urging the state to update its oil and gas regulations in case the deep well boom digs into the Bluegrass.
Credit Greg Stotelmyer, Public News Service

The amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing is increasing across the nation, with the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in neighboring Ohio and West Virginia among the most active.

New findings from the U.S. Geological Survey show the average horizontal gas well consumed more than 5 million gallons of water in 2014, up from around 177,000 gallons in 2000.

While the deep well boom hasn't reached Kentucky yet, conservationists are urging the state to continue updating its regulations to address concerns over high-volume hydraulic fracking.

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Environment
12:07 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Native Walleye Return to Kentucky River

Walleye
Credit Kentucky Awake

Fisheries employees with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources stocked more than 25,000 native southern strain walleye in the three forks of the Kentucky River above Lock and Dam 14 near Beattyville. The walleye, measuring 2-3 inches, went into the river last month.

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Government/Politics
5:53 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Gov. Beshear Tells County Clerks to Fullfill Their Duties or Resign

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear
Credit Think Progress

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he respects the religious convictions of county clerks who say they can’t issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. However, the Democrat says, now that the Supreme Court has declared that gay marriage is legal across the country, the issue has been decided.

Speaking at a press conference in Frankfort on Tuesday (July 21), Beshear says clerks who won’t comply with the law should resign.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Survey Shows Support For Endangered Species

: A new poll shows that the Endangered Species Act has a 90 percent approval rating with voters. Of the 46 species on the list in Kentucky, four are bats.
Credit John MacGregor, Kentucky Bat Working Group

The Endangered Species Act turns out to be popular among voters, and in a positive way, according to a recent survey.

Ninety percent of those polled say they support the act, according to a survey conducted by Tulchin Research for Defenders of Wildlife and Earthjustice. In addition, nearly three-fourths of those polled say decisions about listings should be made by biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not politicians.

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Economic
4:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

SOAR Announces High-Capacity Broadband Project Plans

Credit Nextgov

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, co-chairs of SOAR, announced a groundbreaking date for the high-speed, high-capacity broadband project, KentuckyWired (also known as the Super I-way) that will bring access to every county in the Commonwealth upon completion.

Plans are underway for a celebration planned for August 31, 2015.

The broadband initiative is one of the most significant aspects of SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region). Once completed, Kentucky’s network will be one of the fastest, highest-capacity networks in the nation.

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Economic
12:04 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Rowan County Arts Center Awarded Partnership Grant

Rowan County Arts Center
Credit Rowan County Arts Center

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $1.2 million in operating support to 91 arts organizations across the Commonwealth for the 2016 fiscal year through its Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) program.

The KAP program provides nonprofit arts organizations with unrestricted operating support to ensure that year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky.

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Transportation
11:54 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Public Meeting Planned on KY 2498 Improvements in Morgan County

Credit Millennium Highway

Residents of Morgan County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a project to improve KY 2498 in West Liberty.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 28, from 5-7 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the West Liberty City Hall. This will be an “open house” format meeting with no formal presentation.

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Economic
5:46 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Cleanup Continues in Flood Damaged Rowan County

Credit Daily Mail

Volunteers from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief organization are working in northern Rowan County to help clear flood-damaged furniture and debris from homes.

Bruce Bay is coordinating the effort in the Hayes Crossing area.

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Economic
5:18 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Rowan County Flood Relief Center Now Open

Credit Red Dot Buildings

Tracy Williams, Director of the Morehead/Rowan County Chamber of Commerce says contributions to “Operation Donation: Rowan County Cares” have been a little slow coming in since the effort to help local flood victims began last Friday (July 17).

Williams says the needs are great because the flood damaged more than just homes.

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Government/Politics
4:54 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

ACLU Issues Statement on Rowan County Lawsuit

Credit Washington Times

(Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued by the ACLU of Kentucky).

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning heard additional testimony today in the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky’s lawsuit against Rowan County and Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses to any eligible couple, in an attempt to keep same-gender couples from obtaining them.

The ACLU of Kentucky is representing four couples, two gay and two straight.

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Arts/Culture
10:37 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Carter Caves State Resort Park to Host Pioneer Life Week

Pioneer Week activities at Carter Caves will include black powder gun demonstrations.
Credit Examiner

You can experience what Kentucky was like more than 200 years ago during Pioneer Life Week, July 20-26, at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill.

This annual event allows visitors to see how pioneers and Native Americans lived. Most events are free to the public. The pioneer encampment near the park campground is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 26.

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Arts/Culture
3:04 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Frank Vignola

Frank Vignola
Credit Folk Alley

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #79 (July 19 at 8:00PM)

An extremely versatile jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola has demonstrated that he is capable of playing everything from fusion and commercial pop-jazz to hard bop, post-bop, and swing.

The native New Yorker has a wide variety of influences; everyone from Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Pat Metheny to Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian has affected his playing in some way.

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Breaking
2:52 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Donation Center Opens in Rowan County to Assist Flood Victims

Credit DGH Online

(Editor's Note: The following information was provided by the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce)

Operation Donation-Rowan County Cares has been called to action by the recent flooding in Rowan County. In cooperation with Rowan County Emergency Management and the Red Cross, we will be operating a donation center with specific drop off times and specific requests of items. 

Donations will be accepted at the Old Rowan County Middle School, located on KY 32 and Sun Street in the Cafeteria Area.

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Employment
2:37 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Ashland Alliance Focusing on Work-Ready Certification

Credit Fabricating & Metal Working

The president of the Ashland Alliance is hoping to get Boyd and Greenup Counties certified soon as “Kentucky Work Ready Communities”. 

Tim Gibbs heads the business organization that promotes commerce in the two communities.

Gibbs says the step is critical in sending a message that the region is committed to producing the skilled workforce that companies need.

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