Fleming-Mason Airport Grant

Aug 5, 2013
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The chairman of the Fleming-Mason Airport Board says a federal grant worth more than half a million dollars will help make landings safer at the facility. John Sims says the money will be used to buy property at the west end of the airport to expand a safety area…

"If an aircraft would overrun the end of the runway, you will have a 1000 feet protection zone to run out into grass area...not just drop off or hit trees. It's a major thing today to have that…just for protection." - John Sims


A Bath County boy has been found safe after being reported missing Thursday. An Ashland Blazer graduate has been tapped by President Obama to become the next commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service…and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says it’s not likely the current Congress will pass any major reforms to the federal tax code.

Under the Dome Show

Aug 5, 2013

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Remember – August is Hair Loss Awareness Month. Health Matters does not endorse any hair replacement product or technology. We do worry about West Nile virus, falling life expectancy in Eastern Kentucky, and tall women developing cancer. We will explain why this week.

Tip: We believe that municipal mosquito control efforts will need to be intensified in order to avoid outbreaks of West Nile virus infections.


Historic Mason County Cabin to be Moved

Aug 5, 2013
Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

One of May’s Lick’s most notable citizens is about to be recognized nearly a century after his death through restoration of his log cabin and a possible military promotion. 

Colonel Charles Young was the third African-American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point and be commissioned as an army officer.  He died serving in Nigeria in 1922. Mason County judge executive “Buddy” Gallenstein says Young lived a life devoted to military and diplomatic services, but because of his skin color, he never achieved a higher rank than colonel…

Rowan Judge-Executive Jim Nickell says it’s a project that could bring a lot of jobs to his county.

He’s talking about a proposal that he recently received from Cave Run Energy LLC of Boulder, Colorado to build a hydroelectric power generating station at the Cave Run Lake Dam. It’s an idea that Nickell likes…

Grayson Rural Energy Saving Programs

Aug 5, 2013

The president of the Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative says the utility is trying to help its customers reduce their consumption of energy, as well as their bills, through audits and home weatherization programs. Carol Fraley says that’s especially important since so many of the households it serves are economically disadvantaged…

Fatal Accident in Rowan County

Aug 5, 2013

A multiple vehicle accident in Rowan County Saturday claimed the life of a Jessamine County woman.

47-year old Betty Mullins of Nicholasville was traveling eastbound on Interstate-64 near the 143-mile marker when she drove her SUV off the road's shoulder, over corrected into the west bound lane of traffic and struck a tractor trailer driven by 52-year old Vicky Johnson of Silver Bay Minnesota, and then hitting a SUV operated by 41-year old Bart Taylor of Oakland, Illinois.

Mullins was pronounced dead at the scene by Rowan County Coronor John Northcutt.

"Cockeyed" Opens at Pioneer Playhouse

Aug 5, 2013
Pioneer Playhouse/Central Kentucky Entertainment

The Pioneer Playhouse production of ‘Cockeyed’ begins Tuesday night on the Danville stage.  It’s a romantic-comedy about a philosophy major who turns accountant.  Joining the cast is a theater professor from Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU’s Steven Higgonbotham sees his work in Danville as clearing a path for his theater students.

Fancy Farm Showdown

Aug 4, 2013

The 133rd Fancy Farm Picnic was held this weekend in Graves County. Up until just a few weeks ago, many would have expected an off-year for the political event. But with high profile entrances into the 2014 U.S. Senate race, it can perhaps be said now there are no “off-years” at Fancy Farm.Under the massive bingo tent at the Fancy Farm Picnic, a victory is clear-cut. The first person to mark off five numbers in a sequence yells out “Bingo!” and is declared the winner. In the political arena just a few feet away, a win is far more difficult to call.

Lexington YMCA Hosts Back To School Rally

Aug 2, 2013
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This Saturday (August 3), Lexington’s YMCA will once again host its citywide Back to School Rally.  Volunteers will distribute some 8000 backpacks of school supplies at 18 different locations around Lexington.  Spokeswoman Julie Balog says that while children are the primary focus, the event is designed to engage the whole family.

McConnell Says Tax Reform Unlikely

Aug 2, 2013

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell does not expect any major tax reform legislation to pass in the current Congress. The Kentucky Republican accuses Democrats of pushing the issue to generate extra revenue for the federal government…

“Well, I honestly don’t see how we get there. Back in the 80’s, there was a bi-partisan agreement between President Reagan and Speaker Tip O’Neill that the whole purpose of comprehensive tax reform was to make the country more competitive, not to raise revenue for the federal government.” – Sen. Mitch McConnell

MCTC Bans Tobacco

Aug 2, 2013

Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) has become the latest school to adopt a tobacco-free policy. Jessica Kern is Director of Marketing and Public Relations at MCTC. She says this change reflects a growing desire among students and visitors…

Ashland Blazer Grad Tapped For IRS Post

Aug 2, 2013

President Obama’s nominee to head the Internal Revenue Service is a graduate of Ashland Blazer High School. 74-year-old John Koskinen is widely recognized as a corporate restructuring expert. He most recently served as chairman of mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. Koskinen was also deputy director for the federal Office of Management and Budget.

In an August, 2011 speech before the Chautaqua Institution in Washington, Koskinen talked about economic and housing policy. He also took questions from the audience…


Fleming County will hold a 4-H Rally Day August 6th for youngsters interested in competing for prizes in horticulture, arts and crafts and photography and sewing. A co-owner of the Proctorville Flea Market has been sentenced to prison on charges that he sold stolen items there…and an official with the Kentucky Department of Education thinks too many local school districts are neglecting capital projects to cover operational expenses.

Martin County High School Closed

Aug 2, 2013
Sheldon Clark High School - Martin County Schools

The doors of the only high school in Martin County will remain closed this school year.

WYMT reports the school board voted Thursday night to close Sheldon Clark HS after concerns were raised that nearby blasting was too dangerous. Officials say it was not an easy decision, and it is getting mixed reactions from people in the community. Hundreds of people came supporting their school and supporting their kids.

Fort Campbell Trims Military

Aug 2, 2013
Fort Campbell

The former commander of Fort Campbell is back on post this week preparing to help the Army slim down. He says some who thought they’d make a career of the military will have to leave. 

The Army is already marching its numbers down to fewer than 500,000 in uniform. And further budget cuts being considered could chop another 100,000 from the ranks at the post on the Tennessee/Kentucky line. Gen. John Campbell says being in the military is a privilege, not a right…

ARC Approves Grant To MSU For Dental Education

Aug 2, 2013
UK College of Dentistry

The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved a $400,000 grant to Morehead State University to launch the Appalachian Rural Dental Education Partnership Program. It’s a joint effort with the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and will increase awareness and support for dental careers among K-12 students in eastern Kentucky.


Chuck Mraz speaks with Health Matters host Dr. Tony Weaver.

PSC Approves Grayson Rural Hike

Aug 1, 2013
Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a request by Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative for a rate increase that will allow the utility to maintain its financial stability. The PSC authorized Grayson to raise rates to generate an additional 1.9 million dollars in annual revenue. The commission, however, termed the increase "problematic." It said the utility has been aware since 2010 that lower energy sales and rising costs were causing its financial position to deteriorate but waited until late last year to seek a rate adjustment.

Megabus Expands Lexington Service

Aug 1, 2013

A bus ride from Lexington to northern Ohio should be quicker and cheaper.  Megabus is launching a new connector service to Cleveland.

Catching a Megabus at Lexington’s downtown transit center can start you on your way to Cincinnati.  It’s there, where connectors are available for trips to Chicago, Cleveland, and Buffalo.  Cut rate tickets, which are sold over the internet, can be as low as a dollar.  Megabus spokesman Mike Alvich says low fares are available, if travelers plan ahead…

The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close KY 161 in southern Mason County on Monday, August 5 for a drainage pipe replacement. The work, and road closure, will take place approximately from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 5, 2013 between Flat Fork Road and KY 324. Motorists may detour using KY 324 and KY 170. Road work schedules are dependent upon weather. Motorists should heed all warning signs, and drive carefully by remaining aware of workers and construction equipment at all times.

Keeneland Predicts Increased Sales

Aug 1, 2013

Keeneland will see an increase in the number of yearling thoroughbreds in the sales ring this September.  Its catalogue, which was released this week, lists three-hundred more horses than were auctioned-off last September.  Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson says the increase comes despite the smallest crop of foals in North America in modern times...

“We figured that we would probably be down somewhat but, we’re happy to be up and I think it’s just a higher percentage of the people are putting their horses on the market this year.” --Walt Robertson

Feature: Kentucky's Energy Future

Aug 1, 2013

It's no secret that Kentucky's coal industry has been hurting in recent years, and renewed pledges from the federal government to curb carbon emissions pose even more challenges...but as MSPR's Joshua Grandison reports, Kentucky may still have a fighting chance in energy...

Fleming County 4-H Rally Day

Aug 1, 2013
Fleming County 4-H

The cancelation of the Ewing-Fleming County Fair does not mean 4-H youngsters from Fleming County will be prevented from entering projects at the Kentucky State Fair…So says Fleming’s Extension Youth Agent Staci Thrasher.

She says 4-H members used to qualify for the state fair by winning ribbons during the week-long county fair but the termination of the local event left them without a venue to display their projects. Now, says Thrasher, they’ll have that opportunity with Fleming County’s first 4-H Rally Day on August 6th…

Health & Family Services Impacted by Sequester

Aug 1, 2013

Programs operated by Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services have been impaired by the federal budget sequester imposed earlier this year…That’s according to the Cabinet’s Executive Director for Policy and Budget Beth Jurek. She says the Congressional stalemate that triggered the cuts reduced funding to the Cabinet by about five percent…

School Funding Change Urged

Aug 1, 2013

A top official with the Kentucky Department of Education believes the state legislature should prohibit local school districts from spending capital outlay funds for operations. Hiren Desai is the department’s associate commissioner of administration and support…

"I am concerned about continuing to allow school districts to use capital outlay funds, through the budget bill, for operating funds…there are six districts who have used some capital funds for salary type expenditures, which is a huge concern of mine." - Hiren Desai


An official with the Federal Aviation Administration says it could be several months before the cause of Monday’s helicopter crash in Breathitt County is determined. Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes tells a Lexington audience Kentucky needs a new US senator because the incumbent has been an obstructionist for nearly three decades…and the US Army Corps of Engineers is hosting an open house at Grayson Lake Saturday. 

Minority Business Expo

Jul 31, 2013

Efforts to diversify the kinds of businesses working with the city of Lexington are showing some success.  The 11th annual Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo takes place Thursday and Friday (August 1-2).  The expo’s designed to help spur business for companies owned by women and minorities.  Expo Co-Chair Marilyn Clark also works in purchasing for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.

Free Health Screenings

Jul 31, 2013

Kings Daughters Medical Center has obtained a federal grant to conduct free health screenings in Morehead on August 21st. KDMC’s Outreach Specialist Tracy Woods says a mobile unit will be stationed outside the Rowan County Public Library beginning at 10 a.m:

“They get a total cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, pulse oxygen…they get all of those results there on the spot. We also do an E-K-G. The E-K-G is actually brought back to our cardiologist to read and we call people back if they have an abnormal.”

Budget Cuts Reach Lewis County Programs

Jul 31, 2013

A reduction in the size of a federal grant distributed through the Kentucky Department of Education has forced the suspension of all programs and services offered by the Lewis County Boys and Girls Club…that’s according to the chairman of the club’s advisory board Kevin Duff.

Duff says the club has been told there have been cuts to the 21st Century Community Learning Grant, which funnels money into Lewis County for free after-school programs that benefit hundreds of youngsters between the ages of 6 and 18.  Duff says a fundraising effort is underway to try to salvage the club: