Paul Hitchcock

General Manager

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and holds a Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. He serves on boards for the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, Kentucky Public Radio Network, MSU Staff Congress, Morehead Tourism Commission and Rowan County Christmas. He is the host of "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8PM-12AM) and "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" (Sun., 11PM-12AM). Paul and his wife Rebecca have four children and three grandchildren. 

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Agriculture
4:07 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Governor Beshear Signs Bills Supporting Farmers and Food Banks

Credit Wales Online

Governor Steve Beshear today (Sept. 15) joined state officials and community leaders to recognize two bills that support the state’s farm families and food banks.

In particular, the budget bill provided funding for the Farms to Food Banks initiative.  A second bill designed to support landowner rights in protecting their crops and livestock from nuisance wildlife also has beneficial impacts for food banks.

Gov. Beshear ceremonially signed House Bills 235 and 448 at the Harrison County Extension Office in Cynthiana.

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Transportation
9:39 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Dry Creek Road Closed in Rowan County

Credit Eatonville News

Emergency crews and utility workers have closed KY 1167, Dry Creek Road, on the KY 519 end near Sharon Drive to remove utility lines and other debris following an early-morning crash. 

The road is likely to remain closed to all thru traffic the remainder morning, possibly into the early afternoon. Motorists should take alternate routes, and local traffic may use KY 3317 and KY 32 to detour through Morehead.

Story provided by the Kentucky Department of Transportation

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Arts/Culture
10:43 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Kentucky State Parks to Celebrate National Public Lands Day

Greenbo Lake
Credit Panoramio

Kentucky State Parks will be participating in National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27, 2014, a day set aside to recognize the importance of parks and encourage volunteer work.

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Last year, some 180,000 volunteers worked in every state. The purpose of this day is to keep the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps alive and to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.

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Business
11:39 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Kentucky To Offer Industry Partnership Grants

Mitsubishi Electric in Maysville (KY)
Credit The Ledger Independent

The Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment is now accepting proposals for Industry Partnership Grants ranging up to $50,000 each.  These grants are designed to encourage Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBs), local employers and system stakeholders to plan for the expansion and/or start-up of industry-led, sector-focused and business-driven partnership projects.

The deadline to submit proposals is Nov. 7, 2014.

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Government/Politics
11:05 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Governor Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Charlann Carroll

Credit Fire Department

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, Sept.13, 2014, in honor of former Kentucky First Lady Charlann Carroll.

“Jane and I were saddened to learn of Charlann Carroll’s death.  Although she spent decades in the public eye as her husband served in the state legislature and the Governor’s mansion, she always remained graceful, approachable and deeply committed to her family,” said Gov. Beshear.

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Arts/Culture
5:15 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Dave Valentin on Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Credit Nippertown

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 36 (September 14 at 11pm)

Dave Valentin, who has recorded over 15 albums for GRP Records, combines together the influence of pop, R&B, and Brazilian music with Latin jazz to create a slick and accessible form of crossover jazz.

At age nine, Valentin enjoyed playing bongos and congas. He played at Latin clubs in New York from age 12 and it was not until he was 18 that he seriously started studying flute. Valentin's teacher, Hubert Laws, suggested that he not double on saxophone because of his attractive sound on the flute.

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Area News
4:58 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Kentucky AmeriCorps Members Package Meals to Fight Hunger

Credit AmeriCorps

More than 400 AmeriCorps members helped to package 63,762 vitamin-fortified meals on Thursday (Sept. 11) as part of the national AmeriCorps 20th anniversary celebration and the annual 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (9/11 Day).

The service project was organized by Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) and by Kids Against Hunger-Louisville.

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Education
4:43 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Governor’s Task Force Takes on Bullying

Credit NEA

For thousands of Kentucky students, going to school can mean bracing for a run-in with a bully.

More than one in four Kentucky students aged 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school in 2011, and the Kentucky Department of Education recorded 15,520 incidents of bullying in Kentucky during the 2012-13 school year. That’s one reported bullying incident every four minutes of every school day.

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Environment
9:48 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Extended Teal Season To Benefit Waterfowlers

Blue-Winged Teal
Credit PBase

Kentucky waterfowl hunters now have additional days in September to pursue teal.

A teal-only season that is new for 2014 runs from Sept. 22 through Sept. 25. A combined wood duck and teal season opens Sept. 17 and closes Sept. 21. Hunters may harvest up to six teal a day during the experimental teal-only season.

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Environment
3:10 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

EKPC To Remove Coal Ash Near Kentucky River

Dale Station Power Plant (Clark County, Kentucky)
Credit Wikipedia

As East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) prepares to deactivate Dale Station power plant in Clark County, Ky., in 2015, the cooperative is planning to remove coal ash stored at the plant site and transport it to a permitted coal ash landfill at another Clark County power plant.

Beginning in 2015, EKPC plans to excavate the ash and transport it by truck to Smith Station, a 3,270-acre power plant site in Trapp, Ky., in southeastern Clark County.

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Arts/Culture
12:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kentucky Arts Council Offers Master Class on Kentucky Performers

Kentucky Wild Horse
Credit Garrard County Tourism

Some of Kentucky's most successful and sought-after performers and groups working in the Commonwealth today will come together in October to offer a unique and exciting learning opportunity about working with and presenting Kentucky talent.

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Environment
11:06 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Olive Hill to Host Heritage Trail Ride

Credit Kentucky Horse Council

Olive Hill will be celebrating its third annual Heritage Trail Ride Sept. 12-14. 

The event begins Friday, Sept. 12, with a guided trail ride and evening festivities. The remainder of the weekend will feature more rides, musical entertainment and evening meals and socializing at the Depot Trailhead. On Sunday, there will be the first Fun Show, a family-oriented horse show, at Shriner’s Park. 

Free camping is available at the Depot Trailhead for the event. There is also lodging and camping available nearby at Carter Caves State Resort Park. 

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Transportation
10:51 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Carter County Receives $215,500 for Slide Repairs

The Carter County Fiscal Court has been granted $215,500 by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid to repair slides on eight roads.

The money is from the County Road Aid Emergency Fund. The repairs will make each roadway safer for cars, school buses and other vehicles.

The slides are located on:

·         Dry Fork Road

·         Aden Road

·         Fultz Road

·         Square Lick Road

·         Cory Road

·         Steward Branch Road

·         Evermans Creek Road

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Economic
4:12 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Emergency Management Seeks Federal Help for Flooded Counties

Middlesboro, Kentucky
Credit Middlesboro Daily News

After a back-to-back wallop of severe thunderstorms in eastern Kentucky last month, Kentucky Emergency Management officials said the damages are severe enough to warrant investigation by federal agencies to determine possible assistance to homeowners and businesses.

Beginning August 18, torrential rains resulted in flash flooding and mudslides in Knott, Pike, Floyd, and Johnson counties.  The storms caused power outages, road closures, and widespread damage to businesses, public infrastructure and private property.

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Education
3:36 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Teaching Art Together Grant Applications Now Accepted

Credit Ravalli Republic

Teachers interested in working with professional artists to offer hands-on arts experiences to their students can apply for funding support through the Kentucky Arts Council's Teaching Art Together grant. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1.

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Government/Politics
3:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Conway Urges FCC to Allow Call-Blocking Technologies

Credit Naija Tips

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow phone companies to utilize call-blocking technologies that would better protect consumers from unwanted calls and scams.

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Arts/Culture
3:06 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

KHS Publishes Second Volume of Unique Civil War Diary

Credit Amazon

The Civil War experiences of Bowling Green native Josie Underwood were like those of other young Southern women, yet also very different.

Like others, Josie experienced the loss of home and friendships, strained family relationships and life in a war zone. But unlike her contemporaries, she also spent part of the war out of the country while her father served as U.S. consul to Glasgow, Scotland.

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Business
10:49 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Fillies Pace First Day of Keeneland September Yearling Sale

$1.1 million Curlin filly
Credit Keeneland

Increases in average and median prices and the sale of two fillies for more than $1 million apiece marked a robust opening session of the 71st Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

“I think the first day went very, very well,” Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said. “There was very strong, competitive bidding, a good cross section of buyers and a good cross section of prices. The figures reflect that it was a very competitive day.”

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Transportation
4:40 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Lane Closure For KY 36 In Menifee County

Credit Kentucky Department of Transportation

Lane and width restrictions are now in effect on KY 36 in Frenchburg in Menifee County as a bridge replacement project begins.

Temporary signals are in place to control traffic at the bridge crossing Beaver Creek at milepoint 6.1. These temporary signals will be in use until sometime next spring as the project proceeds.

During the project, the route will be restricted to vehicles less than 8 feet wide. Vehicles wider than 8 feet will need to find an alternate route around the project.

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Arts/Culture
4:34 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Ashland Marine Part Of Honor Flight

Private First Class Jack Nuckols, from Ashland
Credit Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative

Grayson RECC and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are joining with the Bluegrass Chapter of the Honor Flight Network to sponsor an Honor Flight for veterans from Kentucky who served during World War II or the Korean War.

This year’s cooperative-sponsored flight to Washington, D.C., takes place on Thursday, October 2.

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Transportation
10:03 am
Mon September 8, 2014

I-65 Expansion Planned

Credit Kentucky Roads

Governor Steve Beshear has announced that Kentucky has taken a significant step toward realizing a long-held goal of a six-lane Interstate 65 from the Ohio River to the Tennessee line.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) awarded a $138.48 million contract to rebuild 17 miles of the interstate in Hart, LaRue and Hardin counties, widening it to six lanes – three in each direction – from four lanes.

The project area stretches from mile point 64.9 in Hart County, near Munfordville, through LaRue County to mile point 82.2 in Hardin County, near Sonora.

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Business
6:17 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Kentucky Awarded Grant To Boost Small Business Exports

Credit Getty

Kentucky’s small businesses are getting more help to take their products global.

The Small Business Administration has announced that the Commonwealth will receive a $300,000 State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) grant, designed to encourage and boost international trade among the Commonwealth’s small businesses.

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Environment
5:13 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Salato Wildlife Center To Host National Hunting And Fishing Day Celebration

Rainbow Trout
Credit Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources invites folks of all ages to participate in a celebration of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Activities and demonstrations will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission into the center is free during this event.

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Arts/Culture
12:23 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Steve Turre

Steve Turre
Credit Jazz Chicago

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program 35 (September 7 at 11pm)

Steve Turre, one of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and seashellist, was born to Mexican-American parents and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he absorbed daily doses of mariachi, blues and jazz. While attending Sacramento State University, he joined the Escovedo Brothers salsa band, which began his career-long involvement with that genre.

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Arts/Culture
5:18 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

New Symphony Season Opens Sept. 21

Soo H. Han, conductor
Credit Cave Run Symphony Orchestra

The second season of the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra opens Sunday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. at the Morehead Conference Center.

Guest conductor Soo H. Han will present a program entitled “American Music”. Han is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is director of orchestras and department chair of performing arts at Carmel High in Carmel, Indiana.

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Arts/Culture
11:45 am
Thu September 4, 2014

September Named Kentucky Archaeology Month

Credit Kentucky Heritage Council

Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Kentucky Archaeology Month, to commemorate the contributions made through the professional practice of archaeology toward the public’s understanding of – and appreciation for – the Commonwealth’s rich cultural heritage.

The designation also recognizes the success of Living Archaeology Weekend (LAW), Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event, which has taken place since 1989 in Red River Gorge. The 26th annual event will be Sept. 19-20 at Gladie Visitor Center.

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Business
11:39 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Keeneland Sale Ale Unveiled

Credit Keeneland

Keeneland and Country Boy Brewing will unveil the new Keeneland Sale Ale, a small-batch beer produced by the local brewery designed to promote and celebrate Keeneland’s world-renowned September Yearling Sale in the Central Kentucky community.

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Health
10:59 am
Thu September 4, 2014

St. Claire Regional Staff Members Recognized As Outstanding Preceptors

Mike Montes and Jean Jones, MS, RD, CDE, MLDE, Manager, Clinical Nutrition Services
Credit St. Claire Regional Medical Center

Jean Jones, MS, RD, CDE, MLDE, Manager, Clinical Nutrition Services and Mike Montes, Director, Food Services, were recently voted Outstanding Clinical Preceptor and Outstanding Food Service Management Preceptor by UK’s Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition for their roles in facilitating and mentoring UK Dietetic students during rotations at St. Claire Regional.

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Arts/Culture
10:25 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Pine Mountain State Park To Host Dulcimer Convention

Credit Wikipedia

Dulcimer players from far and near will gather Sept. 26-27 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park at Pineville for a music festival devoted to dulcimers, the 2014 Great American Dulcimer Convention.

The Appalachian dulcimer is a sweet-sounding string instrument played on the lap. Similarly named but unrelated is the many-stringed hammered dulcimer, which dates back to ancient times. Both types are spotlighted in the convention’s concerts by professional musicians and in workshops, open stage opportunities and jams open to all.

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Arts/Culture
10:13 am
Thu September 4, 2014

23rd Annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival To Be Held In Bardstown

Credit Volida

The Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown, Ky., will host its 23rd annual celebration of America’s native spirit, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Sept. 16-21. 

The six-day festival filled with everything bourbon features more than 40 major events and attractions. Events range from the Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala, a black tie soiree, to the World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay. Along with enjoying free live music, tours and various competitive events, festival-goers can also learn about bourbon mixology and cooking with bourbon.

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