The eastbound I-64 rest area in Rowan County at mile marker 141 will be closed to all tractor trailer and other commercial traffic beginning Monday, Feb. 15.

Concrete pavement repairs require the truck parking area behind the rest area facilities to be closed for several days, or until repairs are complete. The passenger car access and parking area in front of facilities will remain open, but cannot accommodate tractor trailers, buses and similarly sized vehicles.

Message boards have been placed on the interstate to alert traffic.

The Frank Sinatra

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #108 (February 14 at 8:00PM)

Though he might have been ranked second at any given moment to Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, or Harry James, Tommy Dorsey was overall the most popular bandleader of the swing era that lasted from 1935 to 1945. His remarkably melodic trombone playing was the signature sound of his orchestra, but he successfully straddled the hot and sweet styles of swing with a mix of ballads and novelty songs.

Improper Politics

In a statement released today, Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball has announced her support for Governor Bevin’s budget proposal.

"As the State Treasurer, my office knows more than most about the importance of fiscal responsibility,” Treasurer Ball said. “I believe the Governor’s proposal is fair and it addresses the very real budgetary issues the Commonwealth is facing.”

Earlier this week, Treasurer Ball appeared in front of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance and Public Protection and discussed the Treasury’s budget.

Yellow Door Law

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 22 counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

MSU Athletics

Morehead State men's basketball forced 25 turnovers in its 61-50 win over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night at Johnson Arena.

Morehead State moved their record to 13-11 overall and 7-5 in OVC play. The win against the Colonels concludes a season sweep of its rival for the first time since 2011-12. EKU fell to 14-13 and 5-7 in the conference.


Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #63 (February 12 at 8:00PM)

Mercury Records was formed in 1945 in Chicago, Illinois. During the record company’s first ten years, they were an early pioneer in jazz, blues, rhythm and blues and country music.

Performers who recorded for the label included Dinah Washington, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Johnny Otis, Lightnin’ Hopkins, , Memphis Slim and many others.

LRC Public Information

Two identical bills that have one goal – helping a Pike County boy and as many as 200 other children who have been denied the same health benefit – cleared a major hurdle today when separate House and Senate committees unanimously approved the legislation within minutes of each other.

Senate Bill 146, which is sponsored by Senate Democratic Floor Leader Ray S. Jones II, and House Bill 353, which House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed, call on insurance companies to cover a special type of formula needed by those whose medical condition precludes them from eating most foods.


Diverse musical sounds ranging from world music to Kentucky bluegrass will fill the air March 5-6 at the Lexington Convention Center on the Kentucky Stage during Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

Now in its fifth year as part of The Market, the Kentucky Stage brings to Lexington a selection of the best performing acts in the Commonwealth. Sixteen acts will perform during the two-day event. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided for all Kentucky Stage performances.

St. Claire Regional Medical Center

Applications for the St. Claire Regional (SCR) Foundation’s 2016 Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship and Sister Mary Jeannette Wess, S.N.D. Scholarship are now available.

The Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship is a $1,000 award issued annually to a college student from Appalachia pursuing a health sciences degree. It is funded by an endowment that was established in memory of the father of Gregory Bausch, PharmD, SCR Vice President/COO.

Health Matters Caucus Show

Feb 10, 2016

The word caucus either comes from an Algonquian word for “counselor” or from egg record for “drinking cup”. Do you gain knowledge from wise elders, or from beer? Well, you won’t gain knowledge from Health Matters. We talk about snow shoveling and heart disease, drug prices, and the new CRISPR method for altering human DNA.

Tip: Sometimes blood-pressure medicines, called ace inhibitors, can cause a cough. These are very good blood-pressure medicines, and 30% of the time changing brands will solve the problem.


The annual observance of Black History Month will be celebrated at Morehead State University, through various programs and educational opportunities to engage in important conversations about past, present and future issues related to the African American Community in the United States.

MSU's celebration is comprised of programs sponsored by The Black Student Union, Student Programming Board, Multiculturalism and Inclusion and First Year Programs.

Morehead State University

The MSUCorps AmeriCorps Program and their partners are gearing up for their sixth annual Morehead Build-A-Bed Project to provide beds to children who are living in homes with not enough beds or none at all.

The goal is to give beds to children PK-12th grade who are forced to sleep on floors, couches, or in beds with multiple other children or family members. This regional Build-A-Bed Project has provided more than 500 beds to children in Eastern Kentucky since it began in 2010. This year the committee set a goal to build 160 beds.

Morehead State University

The 17th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center in Prestonsburg. The theme of this year’s conference is “Laugh, Change, Conquer” and will feature two keynote speakers.

The morning address, “Circuitous Routes to Success” will be delivered by Dianne Leveridge, and certified speaking professional Sally Baskey will present the afternoon address, “Laugh, Change, Conquer.”

Tower of Power

Feb 7, 2016
Jazz Matrix

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #107 (February 7 at 8:00PM)

The renowned horn-driven funk outfit Tower of Power have been issuing albums and touring the world steadily since the early '70s, in addition to backing up countless other musicians. The group's leader since the beginning has always been tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo, who was born in Detroit but opted to pursue his musical dreams in Oakland, California.


Jimmy Burns – It Ain’t Right (Delmark)

Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts Of Love (Alligator)

Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar (RCA)

Tommy Castro & Painkillers – Method To My Madness (Alligator)

Andy T & Nick Nixon Band – Numbers Man (Blind Pig)

Danielle Nicole – Wolf Den (Concord)

Albert Cummings – Someone Like You (Blind Pig)

Colin Linden – Rich In Love (Stony Plain)

Fleming County Hospital Upgrades to Benefit Patients and Doctors

Feb 6, 2016
The Ledger Independent

Fleming County Hospital recently had $4.2 million in equipment upgrades.

Fleming County Hospital Interim Chief Executive Officer Michael Clark said the upgrades were necessary for the safety of the patients and the efficiency of procedures being completed inside the hospital.

Mays Lick Farmer to Plant Industrial Hemp

Feb 6, 2016
Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

The first thing Joe Collins wants to make clear is this -- its industrial hemp, and its usefulness as a recreational drug is zero, zip...zilch...nada.

Beginning this spring, Collins will be planting an experimental industrial hemp plot on his farm near May's Lick, as part of the Kentucky Agriculture Department's Pilot Hemp Program.

While in the same family, industrial hemp contains only about 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinoids, the intoxicating ingredients, while marijuana contains about 5- 10 percent or more THC.

Proposed State Budget Cuts to Reduce Family Resource Programs

Feb 6, 2016
Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

With proposed budget cuts by Gov. Matt Bevin, school districts across the state could lose or be forced to reduce, Family Resource and Youth Service Center services.

The governor's proposed budget will cut out 4.5 percent of funding for the current school year, with 9 percent cuts projected for the next two years.

Mary Robinson-Griffey, FRC coordinator at Mason County School District said Friday the 4.5 percent cut this year would mean a return of more than $3,000 to the state from her office, which employs four people.

Columbia Magazine

A stretch of mild weather that loosens winter’s grip is an alarm bell for stream smallmouth anglers fed up with being stuck indoors. For many, wade fishing a cold stream for bronzebacks is a surefire way to melt away the winter doldrums.

This is a laborious style of fishing. Hours spent casting and retrieving at a painstakingly slow pace may produce just a few bites. Soldier through and the payoff could be your biggest stream smallmouth of the year.

Bloodshot records

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #62 (February 5 at 8:00PM)

The Executioner’s Last Songs from Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, is a collection of Americana and roots-based blues songs about murder, death, and dying. The three volume collection was recorded to benefit the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

The Big Shorts Show

Feb 3, 2016

“The Big Short” is a critically acclaimed movie exploring the 2008 housing market crash.  “The Big Shorts” is a clinically deranged show exploring the Zika virus, the dangers of hoverboards, and the problem with Lumosity.  Don’t get them confused.  See the good one, and then listen to Health Matters.

MSU Athletics

Morehead State University women’s basketball great, Chynna Bozeman will be recognized by the Ohio Valley Conference during the OVC Basketball Tournament as she was named to this year’s OVC legends.

The OVC began a new tradition in 2015 with the recognizing of men’s and women’s basketball legends from each of its member institutions. The OVC legends will be recognized through signage, P.A. announcements and a game program feature story during the event.

MSU Athletics

Powered by a school record-tying smallbore total, the Morehead State rifle team eclipsed the 4,600 mark for the second time this season, shooting the second best aggregate score in program history Saturday at Jacksonville State.

The Eagles fired a 2,295 smallbore total, and that effort led to a 4,605 aggregate total - just two points shy of the school record set last season at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships. The host Gamecocks won the dual match, notching a 4,638 total.

BTADD Board Member Files Lawsuit Against Maysville Mayor

Jan 31, 2016
The Ledger Independent

A member of the Buffalo Trace Area Development District Board of Directors has filed a lawsuit in Mason Circuit Court accusing Maysville Mayor David Cartmell of making "malicious and derogatory statements," concerning his tenure on the board.

The lawsuit, styled William M. Boggs vs. David Winn Cartmell was filed Friday, according to court records, and evolved from a recent election for a BTADD board position.

Fleming-Mason Energy Customers Warned Against Pay Websites

Jan 31, 2016
The Ledger Independent

Fleming-Mason Energy is warning customers against using third-party websites to make payments.

Fleming-Mason Energy Director of Member Services Mary Beth Nance said some customers have been using the website “” to make their electric bill payments.

The problem, however, is the website does not immediately send the payment to Fleming-Mason Energy.

Steve Oliver

Jan 30, 2016
Wallpaper Abyss

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #106 (January 31 at 8:00PM)

Playing sideman to Rick Braun, Larry Carlton, Gato Barbieri, the Neville Brothers, and many others introduced guitarist/vocalist Steve Oliver to smooth jazz fans, but it was with Steve Reid's band that Oliver found a following.

MSU Athletics

In front of a ruckus crowd of 3,900 at McBrayer Arena, juniors Xavier Moon and DeJuan Marrero helped lead Morehead State to a 70-67 win over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night.

MSU (12-9, 6-3) has won back-to-back contests and three of its last four games, while EKU (12-12, 3-6) suffered its first three-game losing streak of the season.

With 1:57 left to play in the second half and the game tied at 62, senior Brent Arrington drained a three from the right wing to give the Eagles a 65-62 lead.

MSU Athletics

Junior guard Brianna McQueen played the role of hero to force the game into overtime for Morehead State women's basketball, but Eastern Kentucky prevailed in the extra period, 100-93, at McBrayer Arena on Saturday night.


Shaping Appalachia is a public affairs radio program discussing current issues facing eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region.

Hosted by Dr. Wayne Andrews, president of Morehead State University and moderated by Jason Blanton.

Topic: MSU Admissions and Financial Aid

Guests: Tim Rhodes, Denise Trusty

GreenTree Forest Products

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has announced that GreenTree Forest Products Inc., an Appalachian hardwoods producer in Wallingford, will add 10 full-time jobs with a $2.2 million investment for equipment upgrades at its Fleming County facility.