Paul Hitchcock

General Manager

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 30 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music, he currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am) and "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" (Sun., 8pm-9pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales," "Shaping Appalachia," "Sin Fronteras" and "The Reader's Notebook."

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Government/Politics
11:32 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Honors Fallen Employees

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

In observance of National Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is honoring employees who lost their lives while on the job.

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock and Assistant State Highway Engineer Bob Lewis joined KYTC Employee Safety and Health Branch Manager Rob Hecker and KYTC graphic designer Shannon Martin to hang a memorial print in the KYTC Central Office lobby in Frankfort.

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Government/Politics
11:27 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Absentee Voting For May Primary Open Across Kentucky

Credit Virginia Voters Alliance

In many Kentucky counties, eligible voters may already cast absentee votes for the Kentucky’s May 19, 2015, Primary Election in their county clerks’ offices. All counties will allow eligible voters to cast in-person absentee ballots at least 12 working days before the election.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by in-person absentee ballot include:

• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens who are absent from the county on Election Day

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Arts/Culture
11:59 am
Mon April 27, 2015

New Book Examines Life of Jesse Stuart

Jesse Stuart
Credit Jesse Stuart Elementary School

The Jesse Stuart Foundation is pleased to announce the release of Dr. James Gifford’s latest book, “Jesse Stuart:  Immortal Kentuckian.”

The new biography examines the life of the late Poet Laureate of Kentucky in broad historical context and explains that Stuart immortalized himself though enduring influences on the people who read his books and the people who knew him personally.

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Arts/Culture
11:49 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Florence Crittenton Site to Receive Historical Marker

The Florence Crittenton Home, previously served single pregnant women and girls in Lexington.
Credit Kentucky.com

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker in Lexington to honor an organization’s long-term efforts to help women in need.

The ceremony will take place May 9 at 10 a.m. at 519 W. Fourth St., site of the former Florence Crittenton Home.

The facility opened in 1894 as the House of Mercy to provide a home for single pregnant women. In 1921 it became affiliated with Florence Crittenton Homes, a national organization that businessman Charles Crittenton founded in memory of his daughter.

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Arts/Culture
11:01 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Ray Obiedo

Ray Obiedo
Credit Enigmaterial

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #68 (April 26 at 8:00PM)

Smooth jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo was born and raised in Richmond, California, where as a child he frequently traveled to nearby San Francisco to take in free concerts by the likes of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream. Obiedo also gained considerable influence from acts including James Brown, Miles Davis, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

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Health
10:33 am
Mon April 27, 2015

BSCTC Receives Grant to Implement Tobacco-Free Policy

Credit Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) has received a grant from the American Legacy Foundation to help it implement a 100% Tobacco-Free college policy.

Effective July 1, 2015, all BSCTC campuses will be 100% tobacco-free. 

John Herald, director of facilities at BSCTC, said the policy will enhance the health and wellness of students, employees and visitors to the college.

“The college supports healthy lifestyles and understands that this policy may provide difficulty to some of our employees, students and visitors,” said Herald.

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Business
10:23 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Kentucky Equine Group Appoints Executive Director

Joe Clabes
Credit Kentucky Equine Education Project

Joe Clabes has been appointed Executive Director of Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), it was announced by the Board of Directors of the Lexington-based organization.

Clabes represented KEEP during the recently completed Kentucky 2015 legislative session and has worked in equine policy on the state and federal level for over 15 years. Along with his lifelong involvement in the horses industry, he has served as an independent government affairs consultant for the past nine years.

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Arts/Culture
11:32 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

George Ella Lyon Inducted as Kentucky's Poet Laureate

Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon strums a washboard, accompanying her poem “Creed” on April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.
Credit Kentucky.gov

Joined by fellow writers, friends, students, teachers and state dignitaries on Friday (April 24), George Ella Lyon was inducted by Gov. Steve Beshear as the Kentucky poet laureate for 2015-17 in the Capitol Rotunda.

April 24, the birthday of Kentucky native and the nation’s first poet laureate Robert Penn Warren, is annually celebrated as Kentucky Writers’ Day. Kentucky’s poet laureate is selected biennially and is inducted on Writers’ Day.

Lyon, a Harlan County native who now lives in Lexington, was effusive in her remarks to the audience that filled the Rotunda.

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Employment
5:36 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Documentary to Outline Impact of Coal Industry’s Decline

Credit Politico

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) and its 16 owner-member electric cooperatives have released a second documentary film examining the effects of Eastern Kentucky’s declining coal industry on the region’s residents.

The film, “The People At The End Of The Lines,” documents the impacts on laid-off coal miners, local schools and people struggling to pay household bills.

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Arts/Culture
6:31 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Oliver Nelson

Oliver Nelson
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #67 (April 19 at 8:00PM)

Oliver Nelson was a distinctive soloist on alto, tenor, and even soprano, but his writing eventually overshadowed his playing skills.

He became a professional early on in 1947, playing with the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra and with St. Louis big bands headed by George Hudson and Nat Towles. In 1951, he arranged and played second alto for Louis Jordan's big band, and followed with a period in the Navy and four years at a university.

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Environment
6:14 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Kentucky's Spring Turkey Season Opens Saturday

Credit My Hunting And Fishing

The wait is almost over for turkey hunters in Kentucky. A calendar shift pushed the state’s 23-day general spring wild turkey season back this year to the third weekend in April. It opens Saturday, April 18 and runs through May 10.

Last spring, hunters in Kentucky reported taking 29,943 turkeys.

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Education
6:07 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

CPE Approves Tuition Increases

Credit MBA School Authority

At its meeting Friday at Morehead State University, the Council on Postsecondary Education approved among the lowest tuition and mandatory fee rate increases in more than a decade for students attending Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky.

CPE President Bob King said, “We commend the campuses for staying within the guidelines established last year by the Council and for continuing their efforts to keep tuition as low as possible.”

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Arts/Culture
9:50 am
Mon April 13, 2015

NEA Chairman Jane Chu Visits Kentucky

NEA Chairman Jane Chu
Credit In.gov

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu is visiting Kentucky today and tomorrow to learn how the arts are creating livable communities and contributing toward economic and community development in the state.

“At the NEA we know the power of the arts to transform communities and revitalize local economies,” Chu said. “I look forward to learning more about Kentucky’s rich artistic heritage while also seeing firsthand how organizations are integrating the arts into their efforts to strengthen their communities.”

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Transportation
7:19 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Traffic Advisories in Greenup and Rowan Counties

Northeast Kentucky motorists are advised to watch for the following traffic restrictions on state highways in Rowan and Greenup counties.

--KY 3306 (Tunnel Branch Road) in southeast Greenup County is one lane at mile marker 2.0, about halfway between Hunnewell and KY 1 in Carter County, due to an embankment failure.

--Part of KY 3138 (Clay Lick Road) in Rowan County near Cave Run Lake is one lane with an 8-foot width limit due to an embankment slip adjacent to the roadway.

Arts/Culture
2:21 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui
Credit Mim Music Theater

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #66 (April 12 at 8:00pm)

Fusion/new age keyboard player Keiko Matsui grew up in Tokyo and took her first piano lesson at the age of five.

Influenced by Stevie Wonder and Rachmaninov as well as early fusion masters Maurice Jarre and Chick Corea, Matsui began composing while in junior high but studied children's culture at the Japan Women's University (Nihon Joshidaigaku). She moved to the Yamaha Music Foundation in Tokyo after graduation and formed Cosmos, recording four albums with the new age group.

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Environment
1:35 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Carter Caves Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend is April 17-19

Crested Dwarf Iris at Carter Caves State Park
Credit Flickr

The hills come alive every spring at Carter Caves with blooms of many shapes and colors decorating the forest floor. Guests can experience the beauty of the area during wildflower and wildlife walks, van tours and canoe trips throughout the weekend of April 17-19.

Admission to field trips and workshops is $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 6-12). Guests will sign up for programs at the park Friday night or Saturday morning. Evening programs will also be scheduled. Registration is required since space is limited.

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Arts/Culture
1:22 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Appalachia Proud Expo Today at Morehead Conference Center

Jamie Breeze, Director, Morehead Conference Center

Appalachia Proud Expo featuring Kentucky Proud products, vendors and more! Today (April 11) until 6pm at the Morehead Conference Center, First Street in Morehead. Free admission, door prizes and nearby parking.

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Transportation
9:34 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Rock Slide Forces Detour on US 60 and US 52 in Ashland

Credit WSAZ

Heavy traffic is expected in the Tri-State area today as a massive rock slide has closed the four-lane US 52 in Ohio just across Ashland's twin bridges, detouring Ohio traffic through Kentucky.

While Ohio Department of Transportation crews and officials are working to clear debris and reopen US 52, Kentucky Department of Highways crews are taking measures to reduce congestion on state highways in Ashland resulting from US 52 detour traffic, thusly:

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Government/Politics
3:17 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Absentee Voting Now Open for May 19 Primary Election

Credit Military.com

Eligible voters may begin casting mail-in absentee ballots in Kentucky’s May 19, 2015, Primary Election.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include:

• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens

• Students who temporarily reside outside the county

• Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers)

• Voters who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted

• Voters whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open

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Arts/Culture
3:09 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Kentucky Arts Council Awards Grants to Morgan and Breathitt County Schools

Lexington Ballet Company
Credit Kentucky.com

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded grants to five Kentucky schools to pay for transportation to and from arts-related field trips for students through the popular TranspARTation Grant.

The TranspARTation Grant is awarded quarterly by the arts council. The program is now in its third year. Grants are based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary.

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Arts/Culture
11:34 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Kentucky Writers’ Day and Poet Laureate Induction is April 24

Kentucky author George Ella Lyon
Credit Carmichael's Bookstore

“Then you step out into footlight’s / dazzle all hope and high hearts.”

Those two lines from Lexington writer George Ella Lyon’s poem “Debut” are appropriate as she steps into the spotlight to be inducted as Kentucky’s poet laureate at 10 a.m. April 24, in the Capitol Rotunda as part of Kentucky Writers’ Day.

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Business
9:23 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Three Development Projects Approved For Tourism Incentives

The Old Taylor Distillery at Millville in Woodford County near Frankfort was built in 1887 and has been essentially abandoned since the early 1970s.
Credit Tom Edlen and Kentucky.com

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority today approved incentives for a Covington hotel project and two bourbon-related projects in Louisville and Woodford County.

The approved projects are:

-638 Madison LLC, developer of Hotel Covington, a boutique hotel being developed in the former Covington city hall. The hotel will have 114 rooms and a restaurant. Developers plan to spend $20.3 million and can qualify for up to $5.08 million in tax rebates over a 10 year period.

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Government/Politics
3:11 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Voter Registration Deadline for May Primary Election is April 20

Credit County Wire

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 19 Primary Election is Monday, April 20.

County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 20.

Grimes also reminds Kentuckians of several important voting laws:

• To be eligible to vote, you must:

Be a U.S. citizen,

Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election day,

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Economic
10:46 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Gov. Beshear Declares Statewide Emergency After Heavy Rains and Flooding

US 32 near Walmart and Community Park in Morehead (KY)
Credit Topix

In response to heavy rains and flash flooding in many counties across the Commonwealth, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency effective April 3 to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.

“We have reports of heavy damage in some areas of the state already, but the threat of thunderstorms and further flooding has not cleared Kentucky yet,” said Gov. Beshear.

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Arts/Culture
10:18 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Manhattan Transfer

Manhattan Transfer
Credit Dallas News

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

(Program #65 (April 5 at 8:00PM)

Riding a wave of nostalgia in the 1970s, the Manhattan Transfer resurrected jazz trends from boogie-woogie to bop to vocalese in a slick, slightly commercial setting that balanced the group's close harmonies.

Originally formed in 1969, the quartet recorded several albums of jazz standards as well as much material closer to R&B/pop. Still, they were easily the most popular jazz vocal group of their era, and the most talented of any since the heyday of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross during the early 1960s.

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Agriculture
4:36 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Morehead Conference Center to Host Kentucky Proud Expo April 10-11

Credit Morning Ag Clips

Kentucky Proud vendors will introduce their products to an eastern Kentucky audience in a new event April 10-11 in Morehead.

The inaugural Kentucky Proud Expo will run from 5-8 p.m. EDT April 10 and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 11 at the Morehead Conference Center. The expo will bring together some two dozen producers, many of whom are members of Appalachia Proud, a Kentucky Proud brand for eastern Kentucky.

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Transportation
10:27 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Public Meeting Planned on KY 7 Improvements in Elliott and Morgan Counties

Credit Marks Ride

A second public meeting for a KY 7 highway improvement project in Elliott and Morgan counties will take place Thursday, April 16, in Sandy Hook.

The Transportation Cabinet project will reconstruct 10 miles of KY 7 from the southern city limits of Sandy Hook to the KY 711 intersection at Wrigley in Morgan County.

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Arts/Culture
10:02 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Kentucky Arts Council Selects West Liberty Photographer as Featured Artist

Kentucky nature photographer Dean Hill at his studio in Moon, Kentucky (Morgan County).
Credit Tim Webb

West Liberty artist Dean Hill has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council's featured artist for April.

Hill works full time out of his gallery, Gallery of the Hills, in eastern Kentucky, producing fine art photographs on both photo paper and canvas. Along with his photography, Hill’s work includes two self-published photographic books, “Spirit of Appalachia Kentucky” and “Appalachia – Spirit of the Seasons.”

Hill says his goal is to capture the essence of his home region.

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Transportation
11:36 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Improvements to Flemingsburg Bypass (KY 11) Begins April 6

Aerial view of Flemingsburg Bypass (KY 11) reconstruction from Maysville Road (KY 11) and West Water Street to Mt. Sterling Avenue (KY 11X).
Credit Kentucky Department of Transportation

Contractors will begin a $3.3 million Kentucky Transportation Cabinet improvement project next week, the week of April 6, along three miles of the Flemingsburg Bypass (KY 11) at Flemingsburg.

The project will rebuild part of the older section of the Flemingsburg Bypass between the Maysville Road-West Water Street intersection north of downtown past the hospital and Elizaville Road area to the KY 11 Business (Mt. Sterling Avenue) intersection south of downtown.

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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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