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10:59 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

KCTCS President Visits Maysville Campus During Listening Tour

KCTCS President, Dr. Jay Box
Credit Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

Kentucky Community and Technical College System's President Jay Box was in Maysville on Tuesday (March 31) to learn more about what community leaders, staff, faculty and students need from the KCTCS system in the future.

Box has been conducting his listening tour across the state and will visit all 16 colleges in the KCTCS system by the end of April. The purpose, he said, is to get input on the local level for the system's 2016-2022 strategic plan.

"This feedback is the primary source of information for the plan," he said. 

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Area News
10:48 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Clothing Donations Needed For Displaced Children

Blue pinwheels, representing April as Child Abuse Prevention month, sparkle in the sun Tuesday near the Mason County Justice Center.
Credit Cody Evans, The Ledger Independent

A clothing drive to benefit children removed from their homes is being sponsored by the Department of Children Based Services with help from CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Donations of new clothing are being sought for children of all ages and both sexes from newborn up to the age of 18. All clothing must have a sales tag attached and used clothing is not accepted.

CASA Executive Director Shanda Hamilton said all sizes of clothing are needed from newborn sizes up. Hamilton said items needed include undergarments, socks, shoes, pants, shirts and outerwear.

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Transportation
10:21 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Public Meeting Planned to Discuss Mountain Parkway Expansion

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The public is invited to learn more about plans to extend the Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky.

Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and its consultants will discuss alternatives to develop a four-lane, high-speed route along the KY 114 corridor between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.

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Area News
10:09 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Hillside Brush Fire Near Rodburn Hollow

  

Be advised of a hillside brush fire in the Rodburn Hollow area of Morehead/Rowan County. Traffic is limited in the area. Fire and emergency crews are on the scene.

Health Matters
3:47 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

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Health
10:59 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Ashland Considers Creating a 'Walkable Community'

Credit Portland Pedal Power

Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles says he and city commissioners need to develop strategies to make Ashland a more “walkable community."

He says that requires a comprehensive approach beyond additional and better sidewalks.

“We need to start thinking about getting our people walking. Some neighborhoods have actually reduced the speed limits so they could make a bicycle lane within those communities. I think we just need to be open-minded on everything we do to try to get our citizens healthier.”

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Economic
10:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

'Complete Streets' Gaining Traction in Kentucky

The idea of complete streets, where all forms of transportation, including biking and walking, are taken into consideration when building a road, is getting the backing of health advocates.
Credit Greg Stotelmyer

Health advocates are pointing to what's happening in Grant County as an example of how an inclusive transportation network can lead to a healthier community.

The idea is known as complete street, where all users of the roadway, including walkers and bikers, are considered during planning and renovations.

Marsha Bach, health promotion manager with the Northern Kentucky Health Department, says Williamstown has made that part of its master plan, while Corinth and Dry Ridge have passed complete streets resolutions.

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Environment
10:10 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Report Shows Public Lands Contributing to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A new accounting of greenhouse gas emissions finds oil, gas and coal extracted from federal lands accounts for more than 20 percent of carbon pollution emissions in the entire United States.
Credit Greg Stotelmyer

A new accounting of greenhouse gas emissions shows more than 20 percent of emissions in the United States are the result of oil, gas and coal extracted from federal lands.

The report from The Wilderness Society and Center for American Progress calls for a full inventory of those sources, and strategies to reduce emissions.

Joshua Mantell, government relations representative at The Wilderness Society, says the federal government has made great strides through efficiency programs.

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Business
6:15 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

New High-Tech Business in Morehead to Partner with MSU's Space Science Center

Credit Morehead State University

Nearly 30 new jobs are coming to Rowan County thanks to Morehead State University’s Space Science Center.

Rajant Corporation says it will invest nearly 800-thousand dollars in a project with MSU to create wireless networks in space that have commercial and military applications.       

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was in Morehead on Monday (March 30) to make the announcement.

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Business
2:04 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Rajant Corporation to Locate in Morehead; Nearly 30 Jobs Created

Credit Battelle Ventures

More jobs are coming to eastern Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers joined company and community leaders today (March 30) to announce that Rajant Corporation will establish a facility in Morehead.

Rajant, a pioneer in providing multi-frequency wireless solutions, plans to create 28 jobs and invest $762,000 into the project.

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Economic
12:49 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

St. Claire Foundation Establishing Endowment in Memory of Bertha Ross Hough

An endowment is being established through the St. Claire Foundation to honor the nurses and aides who cared for the late Bertha Ross “Poage” Hough during the final year prior to her passing in January 2013.

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The Reader’s Notebook
10:03 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of Mar. 30, 2015

Reader’s Notebook Archives: Week of Mar. 30, 2015

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Environment
9:26 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Public Feedback Needed on Kentucky's Wildlife and Forest Management

Ruffed Grouse
Credit Kentucky Angling

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking additional public input about forest management and restoration of woodland species such as grouse.

A recent series of public meetings on the topic included a survey for attendees to complete afterward. The department has placed this survey online to gather more input from those who were not able to attend the public sessions.

The survey is located on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at: http://fw.ky.gov

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Health
11:38 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Accidental Poisoning Can Be Prevented

Credit St. Louis County

Whether an infant or a senior, it doesn't matter the age - poisoning is the leading cause of injury-related death.

Local experts are reminding Kentuckians of ways to respond to and prevent poisonings.

Alysha Behrman with the Drug and Poison Information Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center says 90 percent of all poisonings occur in the home, and it's crucial to act fast.

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Economic
11:24 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Fleming County Water Line Project Begins

Credit HMB Professional Engineers

The Crestview Water Line project is under way in Fleming County.

Mayor Marty Voiers said work on the project began late last week and is expected to continue until early to mid-August.

According to Voiers, the project will consist of upgrading the water lines running through the Crestview area, as well as adding two fire hydrants.

"We've had a lot of issues with lines breaking or low water pressure over the last several years," Voiers said. "We knew it was time to upgrade them."

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Government/Politics
11:08 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

27th District Special Election Costs Released

Credit Unfair Movie

Last Monday, newly elected 27th District State Senator Steve West (R-Paris) was sworn into office into the Kentucky Senate, becoming the 27th member of the Senate Majority Caucus.

“It was an extremely exciting day for my family and me,” West said. “I am humbled to have been given such significant committee assignments and I truly look forward to serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

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MSU Sports
10:42 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

MSU Track Teams Establish More Personal Bests at Cincinnati

Juniors Clay Dixon (left) and Erica Parks
Credit MSU Athletics

Several Morehead State track and field athletes established personal bests this weekend as the Eagles competed at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati.

On the women's side, junior Alex Morris took third place in the 1,500-meter run with a personal-best time of 4:42.11. Her mark is the eighth-best time in the Ohio Valley Conference so far in the outdoor season.

Junior Erica Parks also set a personal-record in the 1,500-meter event, crossing the line in fifth place at 4:47.58.

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MSU Sports
10:41 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Eagle Baseball Erupts for 20-6 Victory in EKU Series Finale

Senior Kane Sweeney after a three-run home run.
Credit MSU Athletics

The Morehead State baseball team erupted for season highs in runs and hits en route to a 20-6 victory over Eastern Kentucky in the finale of an Ohio Valley Conference series Sunday at Allen Field.

Morehead State (13-13, 5-7 OVC) pounded out 23 hits, including eight of the nine batters in the lineup registering multi-hit days. It was the highest run total since notching 22 in the season finale at Jacksonville State in 2013.

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MSU Sports
11:44 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Robinson's Walk-Off Hit Propels Eagle Baseball to 11-10 Win

Senior Chris Robinson
Credit MSU Athletics

Senior utility man Chris Robinson hit a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning Saturday as the Morehead State baseball team put the skids on a six-game losing streak with an 11-10 triumph against Eastern Kentucky at Allen Field.

Robinson, who was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple, lifted a one-out line drive that dropped into right centerfield to score sophomore centerfielder Ryan Kent. Kent led off the last frame with a double off the wall in deep left center.

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Arts/Culture
7:45 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Joe Lovano

Joe Lovano
Credit International Review of Music

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #64 (March 29 at 8:00PM)

Lovano is the son of the respected Cleveland saxophonist Tony "Big T" Lovano. Joe started playing alto sax as a child, taught by his father, who also introduced him to jazz. In his youth, Joe would hear many of the prominent jazz artists who passed through town, including Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

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Arts/Culture
7:36 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Nothin' But The Blues Top 20 (March 2015)

Credit Mississippi Heat

Mississippi Heat – Warning Shot (Delmark)

Linsey Alexander – Come Back Baby (Delmark)

JJ Grey & Mofro – Ol’ Glory (Provogue)

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane (New West)

JW Jones – Belmont Boulevard (Blind Pig)

Marcia Ball – The Tattooed Lady and The Alligator Man (Alligator)

Jorma Kaukonen – Ain’t In No Hurry (Red House)

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

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MSU Sports
7:32 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

MSU Softball Scores Doubleheader Sweep at Rival EKU

Freshman Mackenzie Grossmann
Credit MSU Athletics

Freshman right-hander Mackenzie Grossmann picked up the victory in game one and save in game two as the Morehead State softball team registered a 7-4, 6-5 doubleheader sweep of Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at Hood Field.

The Eagles improve to 11-13 overall, 3-3 in league play and 3-4 on the road with their seventh win in 10 contests. The Colonels slip to 13-18 overall, 4-4 in conference action and 2-4 at home. MSU will aim for its first three-game OVC sweep since April 26-27, 2014, on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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Education
6:46 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

MSU's Space Science Exhibit at Highlands Museum Nears Completion

Credit Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

Highlands Museum and Discovery Center Director Carol Allen says the second phase of a new space science exhibit at the Ashland facility will be completed next week.

She says the floor is being painted and NASA materials will be hung on the walls to prepare the area for the educational workshops it will soon be hosting for middle and high school students.       

Allen says Dr. Eric Thomas of Morehead State University’s Space Science Center has designed the workshops around a “Mystery Planet” theme.

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Education
3:36 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Shaping Appalachia (3/27)

Host: Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, President, Morehead State University; Guests: Jared Arnett; Topic:  Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) 

Moderator: Jason Blanton

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Area News
2:03 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Teenager Injured at Fleming County High School Returns Home

Credit Fleming County School System

A Fleming County teenager has returned home after being hospitalized with an injury inflicted during a stunt in the Fleming County High School parking lot.

According to Fleming County Sheriff Gary Kinder, the teenager, who's name is not being released, was in the parking lot of the high school with friends on Monday afternoon when he jumped on the hood of one of their cars as it was pulling out.

The friend slammed his break, causing the teenager to fall and hit his head on the pavement.

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Arts/Culture
12:12 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

24 Kentucky Artists Selected For Governor’s Derby Exhibit

"Eastern Bluebird and His Nest" by Ann Olson
Credit Ann Olson

Twenty-four artists from across the state will show their work in the 2015 installment of the Governor’s Derby Exhibit coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council, part of the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in Frankfort.

The Governor’s Derby Exhibit runs from March 30-May 4 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capitol Ave. The building is open 8 a.m-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday, May 2, during the Derby Celebration. The exhibit is open to the public.

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Education
5:48 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

MSU Selects Inaugural Craft Academy Students

The inaugural class for Morehead State University’s new Craft Academy for Academic Excellence in Science and Mathematics is now set for the fall. He says the school received more than 100 applications.

MSU President Dr. Wayne Andrews says 60 gifted high school juniors have been chosen to attend the academy.

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Drugs/Alcohol
5:33 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Lewis County Conducts Historic Drug Bust

Credit Haaretz

Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens says “Operation March Madness” began early on Thursday (March 26) with a goal of busting drug dealers all over the county. He says the raids have been conducted in conjunction with Vanceburg police and the FADE Drug Task Force. 

Bivens says some 30 suspects are being rounded up in the county.

“Without a doubt, when all is said and done, this will be the largest drug sweep in the history of Lewis County. You know, our purpose for this operation is obviously to enforce the laws and our mission is to save lives.”

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MSU Sports
5:17 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

MSU Offers Special Promotions For Spring Sports

Credit MSU Athletics

Ranging from tweeting contests to free ice cream, Morehead State has announced special promotions for the remainder of the 2015 baseball and softball seasons.

A special baseball ticket package is available for five Friday games. Families can purchase four tickets and receive four $4 concession stand vouchers for only $25. The family pack is available March 27, April 3, April 17, May 1 and May 15.

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MSU Sports
5:11 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Three Rifle Shooters Named Scholastic All-Americans

(L to R) Junior Taylor Johnson, senior Jumell Wilson and freshman Joe Fischer
Credit MSU Athletics

Junior Taylor Johnson, senior Jumell Wilson and freshman Joe Fischer from the Morehead State rifle program have been tabbed as Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Scholastic All-Americans after posting 3.2-or-better grade point averages during the fall semester.

"Taylor, Jumell and Joe are well-rounded student-athletes," Head Coach Alan Joseph said. "They are the type of people we want in our program. We want individuals who can compete at a high level, but also young men and women who have good character and take their academics seriously."

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