May 10, 2018 -- John Wilkes Booth was the American actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.

Morehead State University

Family, friends, and supporters unable to attend Morehead State University’s Spring Commencement in person will be able to watch the ceremonies live on their computer or most mobile device.

MSU will stream live video from the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. events on Saturday, May 12. The live video feed will be available via the link approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of the ceremonies.

The link for the video stream is http://ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=6603.

“I enjoyed the spring more than the autumn now. When does, I think, as one gets older.” (Virginia Woolf). The joy of spring is present each year, but there is a special joy for those in healthcare after a harsh influenza season. The earth renews itself, and we must as well. This show failed to launch, and I mostly blame Rick. We talk about Royal babies, electric cars and pacemakers, cancer and coffee, and marijuana.


May 9, 2018 -- Sir James Matthew Barrie was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

Braidy Impact Begins

May 9, 2018

There’s already been a ripple effect caused by Braidy Industries’ decision to build a $1.3 billion, high-tech, aluminum rolling mill in Greenup County.

In preparation for the factory’s 2020 opening, Ashland Alliance President and CEO Tim Gibbs says Braidy recently acquired Massachusetts-based, Veloxint Metals…which will construct a supplier plant near Braidy’s planned facility in the East Park Industrial Center.

Gibbs believes that action is just a small indicator of the great effect Brady will have on the area’s economy…

The Morehead News

The residency of Rowan County’s Circuit Clerk is being challenged in court.

A motion was filed by Sam King in Rowan Circuit Court on Monday, questioning Kim Barker-Tabor’s qualifications to run the Clerk’s office. 

Barker-Tabor says she isn’t sure why the motion was filed ahead of the May 22nd primary election…

Barker-Tabor was appointed to the position in January after her father, Jim Barker, retired. She faces two opponents in the primary race. 


May 8, 2018 -- Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American female poet. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America.

A Morehead State student was struck by a vehicle and killed in Chicago early Sunday morning. W-K-Y-T reports Anan Albalawi, 27, was one of five people hit by a vehicle after the cab they were in broke down. Albalawi was pronounced dead at the scene. The other four were taken to area hospitals. Albalawi was a junior international student and engineering major. He was reportedly the only MSU student in the group. Illinois State Police said the vehicle did not stop and that they have a female driver in custody.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will host its second graduation Saturday, May 12, at 5 p.m. in Button Auditorium.

A total of 52 students representing 33 counties from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be recognized at the ceremony.

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics opened in August 2015. Joseph and Kelly Craft of Lexington initially pledged $4 million in support of the Academy, which was the single largest cash gift in the history of the University.

Morehead State University

The Golding-Yang Art Gallery was officially dedicated Friday, May 4, to honor the late Deeno Golding, his wife Yanya Yang and brother in-law Neng Yang. The ceremony was held at the Claypool-Young Art Building.


May 7, 2018 -- George Francis "Gabby" Hayes was an American actor. He began as something of a leading man and a character player, but he was best known for his numerous appearances in B-Western film series as the bewhiskered, cantankerous, woman-hating, but ever-loyal and brave comic sidekick of the cowboy star.  


  • Amazing Mr. Tutt (Advice to Young Lawyers)
  • Al Trace & His Silly Symphonists
  • The Washingtonians featuring Duke Ellington  

Carter County is stepping up its fight against those who illegally dump trash into creeks, streams, and along back roads.

The Carter Fiscal Court has given Solid Waste Coordinator Mike Brammell permission to place trail cameras in locations around the county where illegal dumping is at its worst.   Those caught in the act will be charged with a crime and will face potential fines of up to $500.

Judge-Executive Mike Malone says Carter County’s problem with illegal dumpers is a severe one that needs to be fixed…

Rowan County's incoming superintendent said he will be taking over a district that is in solid financial shape, despite years of state funding cuts.

John Maxey will replace the retiring Marvin Moore on July 1.

Maxey credits good planning by Moore and the Rowan school board for allowing the district to keep as many of its programs and jobs as possible in place.

Maxey will be working alongside Moore and the board over the next two months to plan the Rowan school system's 2018-19 budget.


April 27, 2018 -- Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. Coretta Scott King helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She was an active advocate for African-American equality.


  • Little Orphan Annie (Annie and Joe Building a Radio Transmitter)
  • Aladdin Lamp (Heaven Only Knows)
  • Cloak and Dagger (Direct Line to Bombers)  

Red Mitchell

Apr 27, 2018
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Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #204 (April 29 at 8:00pm)

A talented bassist who was always in great demand, Red Mitchell was originally a pianist and he doubled on piano on an occasional basis throughout his career. He switched to bass when he was a member of an Army band in Germany.

Mitchell played with Jackie Paris (1947-1948), Mundell Lowe, Chubby Jackson's big band, and Charlie Ventura (1949); toured with Woody Herman's Orchestra (1949-1951); and was a member of the popular Red Norvo Trio (1952-1954).

Frankie Lee Sims

Apr 27, 2018

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #138 (April 27 at 8:00pm and April 28 at 3:00pm)

A traditionalist who was a staunch member of the Texas country blues movement of the late '40s and early '50s (along with the likes of his cousin Lightnin' Hopkins, Lil' Son Jackson, and Smokey Hogg), guitarist Frankie Lee Sims developed a twangy, ringing electric guitar style that was irresistible on fast numbers and stung hard on the downbeat stuff.

Shayla Menville for The Morehead News

The Rowan County school system has a new Superintendent.

Assistant Superintendent John Maxey was named Wednesday night by the Rowan County School Board to replace Marvin Moore, who retires June 30th.  Maxey was chosen over three other finalists for the post, and board chairman Rick Whelan believes the transition into his new role will be a seamless one…

Maxey has worked for the Rowan school district since 2009 when he started as its technology director. He later worked his way into the Assistant Superintendent’s role.

Rowan Candidate Forum Audio

Apr 26, 2018
Ashley Adkins

Democrats vying for judge-executive, district-four magistrate, circuit court clerk and county clerk took questions during a political forum at the Morehead Conference Center on April 24th.

Audio provided by WIVY 96.3 FM.


April 26, 2018 -- Frederick Law Olmsted was an American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He is popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University announced last week its plans to freeze tuition for the 2018-19 school year.

Dr. Jay Morgan, MSU president, has added that housing rates will be the same for next year (with the exception of Andrews Hall).

“This is another example of how Morehead State University is working for students and their families. In these uncertain times, MSU is doing its very best to make the Eagle experience an affordable value,” said Morgan.

The rates are tentative until the MSU Board of Regents approves them at the June meeting.

Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its spring public auction of surplus and confiscated items May 7 at department headquarters in Frankfort.

Surplus auction items include a Schaffer 16-foot aluminum boat, Mercury and Johnson boat motors, four-wheel-drive Chevy, Ford and Dodge trucks, a generator, office equipment and more. Bidding on surplus items is open to everyone.

Chronicle Herald

As the May primary election nears, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds candidates and property owners that campaign signs, as well as other non-official signs, are not allowed on state highway rights of way.

The Community Advisory Board for Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) will conduct its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the MSPR studios, located in Breckinridge Hall on the Morehead State University campus. Meetings of the board are open to the public.

Morehead State Public Radio broadcasts 24-hours a day from the MSU campus. WMKY (90.3 FM) serves as the flagship station for the network. MSPR serves more than 20 counties in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

Addie Hogan for The Morehead News and The Trailblazer

Rowan County’s Democratic candidates for County Clerk are preparing for potential national media interest in the race.

The candidates discussed the possibility of media attention and protests similar to the 2015 controversy involving current County Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to sign marriage licenses.

David Ermold spoke at the Democratic primary forum on Tuesday…

Ermold says the county should work on promoting a positive message. His opponents, Elwood Caudill and Jamey Jessee, echoed his sentiments.


April 25, 2018 -- Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719. The first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents.

Cindy Cross - https://livingnewdeal.org/projects/old-post-office-morehead-ky/

A Morehead police official says he can’t wait until his department gets into its new facility.

It’s hoped the MPD, along with the city’s fire department, will move into their combined structure as early as next year. Morehead officials are currently trying to secure the site for the $4,000,000 project.

According to MPD Captain Kyle Callahan, it will be nice for his officers to work in a modern facility after spending the last several years in a deteriorating building that was constructed in the 1930’s and used for several decades as the town’s post office…

Saving The Animals of Rowan

Rowan County’s fiscal court won’t be turning over operation of the Tri-County Animal Shelter to the group “Saving The Animals of Rowan.”

Saying it thought it could do a better job of running the facility, STAR officials recently asked the court for permission to manage it.  Judge-Executive Walter Blevins says he and the magistrates nixed that idea after being informed last week of planned improvements to the shelter by its board chairman, Scott Templeton…

This show salutes the late theoretical physicist, hero of today’s youth, Stephen Hawking. Hawking was able to link certain behaviors of black holes to an explanation of how the universe was born. He described the characteristics of a black hole, and predicted that it would emit radiation. Health Matters talks about coffee, and prescription and recreational drugs during pregnancy.