Neeper, Nelson and Russell take on new roles at MSU

Jul 18, 2018

Morehead State University has announced several administrative changes to both the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology and the Caudill College for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Leeann Akers


         As construction draws to a close on the new Rowan County Detention Center, local officials are getting ready for opening day.

            Rowan County Jailer Wes Coldiron spoke to the Fiscal Court during its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.  Coldiron is looking forward to the event.

            Coldiron adds inmate transportation to the new facility will begin July 23rd.  Morehead State University is slated to take control of the old jail facility on July 31st. 

Morehead State University

Morehead State University welcomed 23 girls to campus July 6-14 for SpaceTrek, an annual residential summer camp that encourages young women to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The camp was open to girls entering their sophomore year of high school with interests in space science and engineering. It is a collaborative effort between MSU's Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, the MSU Space Science Center and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). 

KY Moms: U.S. Should Not Discourage Breastfeeding

Jul 17, 2018

Some parents are still reeling from word of the United States' opposition to a global resolution supporting breastfeeding. According to a New York Times article, the U.S. wanted to water down a World Health Assembly resolution promoting and protecting breastfeeding around the world.

Alex Turpin with the Le Leche League of Louisville said she is worried about threats to the scarce breastfeeding resources that are available. She said a lot of parents are not able to get the support they need.

The Morehead News

Some popular Morehead events could face funding issues this year.  

That’s according to Tony Pence, the Executive Director of Downtown Morehead, Inc.  Pence spoke before the Fiscal Court during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Pence says recently announced cuts from the Morehead Tourism Commission mean his organization will be looking for alternative funding sources for events like the annual antique mall and hometown holidays.


The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (NE KY AHEC) was presented with the Center of Excellence Award in Distribution at the National AHEC Organization’s biennial conference, held July 8-11 in Arlington, Va.

The Distribution award recognizes an AHEC program that is improving health care workforce distribution throughout the nation, particularly among rural and underserved areas and populations. Other Center of Excellence awards were given in Diversity and Practice Transformation.

AA Roads

Motorists should watch for temporary lane closures on I-64 for bridge inspections this week in Bath, Rowan and Carter counties.

Beginning Tuesday, July 17, contractors will inspect bridges on I-64 between Mt. Sterling and the Rowan County line in Bath County around mile markers 118, 120, 122 and 129.

On Wednesday, July 18, contractors will inspect bridges in Carter County near Olive Hill at mile marker 161.

Did you miss Monday's special meeting about the new Splash Pad in Morehead?  Listen to the full meeting here: 

Leeann Akers

The Morehead City Council voted Monday to accept a revised bid for installation of the new Splash Pad. 

The Company GameTime has bid the project at just over $389-thousand dollars.   The work includes excavation of the bathroom and mechanical room site, compaction and filling of the unsuitable ground on the site, concrete work, and the installation of the Splash Pad equipment.

Morehead Mayor Jim Tom Trent told the council that the state ruled that an accessible bathroom must be operational before the splash pad can be opened – which added to the cost of the project.

A community group is planning a vigil in downtown Morehead this Wednesday.

The "Confronting Corruption and Defending Democracy" vigil will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fountain Park, the corner of Main St. and Flemingsburg Rd., across from Wendy’s.

Organizers says the vigil is in response to recent government decisions, including state cuts in Medicaid dental and vision coverage, and new federal policies splitting up or jailing immigrant and refugee families.  Voter suppression and gerrymandering are also concerns.

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Kentucky program connects kids with diabetes

Jul 15, 2018
Richmond Mom

A diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming, especially for a child. And a Kentucky program is working to provide emotional support for kids with Type 1 diabetes and their families.

The "Family Link" program is a collaboration of the American Diabetes Association in Kentucky and the UK HealthCare's Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center. Dr. Laura Hieronymous, associate director of education and quality services at the center, said patients have a lot to figure out when they're first diagnosed, including how to use insulin and properly monitor blood-glucose levels.

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Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #212 (July 15 at 8:00pm)

An assemblage of some of Cuba's most renowned musical forces, Buena Vista Social Club's origins lie with noted American guitarist Ry Cooder, who in 1996 traveled to Havana to seek out a number of legendary local musicians whose performing careers had largely ended decades earlier with the rise of Fidel Castro.

Paul Cauthen

Jul 13, 2018

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #146 (July 13 at 8:00pm; July 14 at 3:00pm)

Paul Cauthen has kept the fires of old-fashioned outlaw country, spiking his sinewy swagger with an undercurrent of gospel.

The Independent

Due to low water levels, the Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will limit recreational boat lockage on the Ohio River.

Effective immediately and until conditions abate, navigation locks on the Ohio, which includes Willow Island Locks, Belleville Locks, Racine Locks, R.C. Byrd Locks, Greenup Locks and Meldahl Locks, will only lock recreational craft through on even-numbered hours (2, 4, etc.).

The locks on the Kanawha River, London, Marmet and Winfield Locks, will continue normal operations.

(provided by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Kentuckians head to Ohio to fight for their retirement

Jul 12, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

Hundreds of Kentuckians are in Columbus, Ohio this Thursday fighting to preserve their pensions.

They're joining thousands of other retirees to rally at the Statehouse, a day before a congressional committee meets to discuss how to solve a pension crisis.

The retirement of the baby boomer generation, the recession and corporate bankruptcies are testing the solvency of 130 multi-employer pension funds.

And Joseph Holland, president of UMWA Local 1605 in western Kentucky, will be among those at the rally with a message for policymakers.

Summer blood donors needed in Kentucky

Jul 12, 2018
Kenny Holston, Flickr

With the busy July 4 holiday week over, emergency officials are hoping Kentuckians have some time to help save lives in their community.

The Kentucky Blood Center serves 90 counties and provides blood to over 70 hospitals. However, the center's vice president of marketing, Martha Osborne, says maintaining an adequate supply during the summer months is challenging.


Dr. Kristin Williams has been named chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) effective August 16.

She is no stranger to the system. Williams currently is president of Henderson Community College, has served as interim president of Hazard Community and Technical College and was chief academic officer at Hopkinsville Community College. Prior to joining KCTCS, she was vice president at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida.

Cabins of Birch Hollow

A highway project that begins July 11 on KY 77 and KY 715 in the Red River Gorge in Menifee, Powell, and Wolfe counties will cause traffic delays until the project is completed by the end of August.

The work will take place on KY 77 between the north end of the Nada Tunnel in Powell County and mile marker 2 in Menifee County, and on KY 715 between the KY 77 intersection in Menifee County and Pine Ridge in Wolfe County.

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JoAnna Oldfield and James Moore practiced together for about two years before starting to perform live in May 2016. That perseverance paid off for the Americana duo, known as JOANNA~JAMES, as they became one of four Americana music acts adjudicated into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory.

Splash Pad Hits Snag

Jul 11, 2018

The city of Morehead’s proposed splash pad at the Don Greenhill City Park could be delayed.

The city moved forward with getting bids on the project after receiving engineer estimates during its meeting Monday.

Councilman Tom Carew says the bids weren’t what was expected.

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Morehead State University

Morehead State University will offer an extra Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program Wednesday, July 18, in preparation for the 2018 fall semester.

First-year and transfer students will register for their classes during these events.

Students also will have their photographs taken for the University’s identification card, the EagleCard, and meet with representatives from financial aid, student housing, food services, and accounting and financial services.

Campus tours will be available.

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Steven Middleton, instructor of mass communication and Kentucky filmmaker, is featured in the July 2018 issue of Kentucky Living Magazine.

Kentucky Living outlines Middleton’s new film, "Map Dot Kentucky," that begins to air this month on the KET family of networks.

"Map Dot Kentucky" chronicles Travel Blogger Corey Ramsey and his explorations throughout Kentucky one small map dot at a time.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

One important aim of the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium (EKSC) is to promote STEM in our community, and this was part of the message that Susan Scott, EKSC Staff Instructor, shared when she presented at the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative (KGSC) 11th annual conference at the University of Kentucky on June 21st, 2018.

Representing her role as a mentor in STEM education at the EKSC, Scott spoke on the importance of engaging children in meaningful science programs through fun and enriching experiments. 

Morehead State University

MSU Farmer's Market is open today from 10am to 2pm. The market is located at the Bell Tower in front of the Camden-Carroll Library.

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Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the creation of the Economic Opportunity Commission, which will be attached to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED).

The new Commission combines the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and the Governor’s Minority Employment, Business Affairs and Economic Development Council.

The Economic Opportunity Commission will consist of 12 voting members appointed by the Governor, with the Lieutenant Governor serving in an ex officio capacity.

MSU Athletics

Samantha Jones, who played in an NCAA Super Regional as a student-athlete and who has extensive coaching experience, has been chosen to lead the Morehead State softball program.

Jones takes over the Eagle program following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Miami University. Prior to her time with the RedHawks, Jones was the head coach at Asbury (Ky.).

Bridge Hunter

Work expected to start this week on a $900,000 bridge deck restoration project to improve seven bridges in northeast Kentucky has been rescheduled.

The project will instead start next week, Monday, July 9, when contractors plan to close the KY 1661 bridge over the Little Sandy River (milepoint 1.6) near Grayson in Carter County. The road will be closed at the bridge for 10 days for a pavement overlay and other work.

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This summer’s not only bringing high heat, but also nearly $8 million in new blacktop and other state highway repairs to northeast Kentucky.

In May and June, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded 18 contracts for road and bridge work in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties totaling $7,628,196.55.