Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

When Kentucky’s 2018 deer season opens Sept. 1, a number of new regulations will be in place.

Deer hunters should note the following changes for the upcoming season:

•The modern gun deer season has been lengthened in Zones 3 and 4 and will now be 16 days across all zones, opening Nov. 10 and continuing through Nov. 25, 2018.

•The statewide and youth deer permits now allow for the harvest of up to four deer. While the harvest allotment for statewide and youth deer permits has increased, the one-buck rule remains in place statewide.

St. Claire Healthcare

Three eastern Kentucky students with aspirations of working in healthcare are the recipients of scholarships from the St. Claire Foundation.

Hannah Skaggs of Salyersville has earned the $750 Sister Mary Jeannette Wess Scholarship. Skaggs is a junior at the University of Pikeville and a pitcher on the U-Pike softball team. She has a perfect 4.0 grade point average and plans to attend medical school.

Jim Widner Big Band

Aug 24, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #218 (August 26 at 8:00pm)

A sought-after jazz musician and clinician, bass player Jim Widner enjoyed a storied career on stage with the likes of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Buddy DeFranco before he pursued his true passion – jazz education.


The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (NE KY AHEC) is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Through this year-long (Aug. 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019) project, the NE KY AHEC will work to establish a regional Opioid Crisis Response Network in collaboration with St. Claire HealthCare, Pathways Inc., Sterling Health Solutions, and the Gateway District Health Department.

Poetry Foundation

August 24, 2018 -- Malcolm Cowley was an American writer, editor, historian, poet, and literary critic. He is best known for his first book of poetry, Blue Juniata (1929), and his lyrical memoir, Exile's Return (1934; revised ed. 1951), as a chronicler and fellow traveller of the Lost Generation, and as an influential editor and talent scout at Viking Press. 

Morehead State University

The closing reception for the Bluegrass Biennial juried art exhibit will be Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Golding-Yang Art Gallery in the Claypool-Young Art Building.

Hilarie Spangler

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) will host a Night of Appalachian Storytelling at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 8 at the Gearheart Auditorium (One Bert T. Combs Drive) on the Prestonsburg campus of BSCTC.

The event is presented by Gearheart Communications and Appalachian Wireless.  Admission is $5 for adults and children under the age of 12 are free.  The event is family friendly.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development will co-host the J.B. Blakeman Memorial Golf Scramble with Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Chi Omega Sorority on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Eagle Trace Golf Course. 


August 23, 2018 -- British poet, critic, and editor who in his journals introduced the early work of many of the great English writers of the 1890s.

Wiley Tanner

Rowan County Students will soon have the opportunity to get a third meal each day at the district’s high school.

Starting September 4th, a meal will be served from 3:15 to 4 p.m. each day.

Superintendent John Maxey says the program will be for all students in the county- but will probably be utilized by those participating in after school activities at Mcbrayer Elementary, and the district’s middle and high schools.

Berlin Wall Memorial

August 22, 2018 -- Ida Siekmann was a German nurse who became the first known person to die at the Berlin Wall, only nine days after the beginning of its construction. 

Morehead State University

Morehead State Public Radio has debuted Open Mic, a half-hour talk show at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. every Friday. During the show, host Leeann Akers will visit with newsmakers, artists, authors, politicians and public servants and discuss the issues that are critical to our region.

MSPR’s mission is to provide regional programming that is educational, informative and entertaining. MSPR offers regional news, public affairs and documentary programming as well as a variety of regional music programs.

Leeann Akers

The new Rowan County Detention Center is operational…and the project’s management team is working to make sure everything is working as it should.

Officials with Trace Creek Construction spoke to the Rowan County Fiscal Court today (Tuesday) about the four-year, $19-point-7 million dollar project.

David Milam is a senior project manager with the Trace Creek.

Milam says the construction superintendent is meeting weekly with the jailer to make sure all concerns are met. 

The New York Times

August 21, 2018 -- The theft of the most famous painting in the world on 21 August 1911 created a media sensation.

Morehead State University

Wilma Grote, of Morehead, died on Aug. 18, 2018, at her home.  

Wilma grew up in Illinois and was a teacher of gifted elementary-school children, high school social studies, college English, and was an ESL tutor. She met her future husband, C. Nelson Grote, as a freshman at Eastern Illinois State Teachers College in 1945. They were married in 1949 and enjoyed 69 years of marriage. Dr. Grote became president of Morehead State University in 1987, and Wilma was his steadfast partner in many university activities.  


August 20, 2018 -- Horror fiction author H.P. Lovecraft wrote short stories, novels and novellas, including "The Call of Cthulhu" and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

Morehead State University’s counseling and Health Services department is offering Hepatitis A vaccines to students, faculty and staff.

The U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Kentucky had the worst outbreak of the virus in the nation in June. 

Jennifer Trent is a registered nurse who works at the M-S-U campus Clinic.  She says everyone should get the vaccine.

Trent says the state now requires school aged children to get the Hep-A vaccine, but most college students remain unvaccinated.

Landing on the farm

Aug 19, 2018
Julianna Leach, The TrailBlazer

While some students go to Florida, or travel overseas or panic through an internship for summer break, agricultural student Kaden Martin worked through the summer heat trying his hand at farming. 

Martin began his journey at Morehead State University as a Space Science major while also jumping headfirst into marching band and rushing a fraternity. He tried many things before settling on a home at the university’s Derrickson Agricultural Complex. 

Barsotti & Manley, PLLC

As the Labor Day weekend approaches, families and friends are making plans to celebrate the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for motorists, as many impaired drivers get behind the wheel.

For this reason, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) and local law enforcement agencies are joining officers across the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. 

St. Louis Public Radio

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning business owners to be wary of websites that charge for services that are provided for free by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Beshear said an aspiring Kentucky business owner has reported a suspicious website, which mimics IRS.gov, but advertises services to help business owners obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for a $250 to $300 fee, when it is free through IRS.gov.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The public is invited to learn more about the state’s ruffed grouse management plans during a community meeting hosted by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at 7 p.m. (Eastern) Friday, Aug. 24, at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park near Prestonsburg.

Experts from the department’s Wildlife Division will discuss plans for upcoming projects to help restore grouse in Kentucky. Biologists will be available to answer questions from the audience and outline long-term goals for the program.

The meeting is open for the public.

Dr. Billy Taylor

Aug 17, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #217 (August 19 at 8:00pm)

Pianist Billy Taylor was such an articulate spokesman for jazz, and his profiles on CBS' Sunday Morning television program (where he was a regular beginning in 1981) were so successful at introducing jazz to a wider audience, that sometimes one could forget what a talented pianist he was for over half a century. While not an innovator, Taylor was flexible enough to play swing, bop, and more advanced styles while always retaining his own musical personality.

USA Today

The great American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, her representative has said. She was reported to have been gravely ill with her family at her bedside.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” Franklin’s family said.


August 16, 2018 -- American author of the enormously popular novel Gone With the Wind (1936). The novel earned Mitchell a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and it was the source of the classic film of the same name released in 1939.


August 15, 2018 -- Napoléon Bonaparte was a French statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars.

The Business Journals

Gov. Matt Bevin has signed an Open Investment Proclamation recognizing the significance of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Kentucky’s economy.  Approximately 7.4 percent of the state’s total employment is a result of FDI, and FDI is responsible for employing over 117,000 workers in the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will conduct a special called meeting Aug. 17 in Frankfort to consider the fiscal year 2019 budget and other items.

The special called meeting will start at 1 p.m. EDT and will follow the Commission’s regular committee meetings, which are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

The committee meetings and special called meeting will be held at the Arnold Mitchell Building on the campus of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources headquarters in Frankfort.

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) General Manager Paul Hitchcock (88) has been named to the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD). 

The mission of the CCDD is to strengthen education, inclusion and advocacy efforts for people with developmental disabilities to increase their involvement and engagement with the community. 
Hitchcock said he’s excited to start working with the council to improve the lives of those with developmental disabilities in Kentucky. 

MSU Athletics

Morehead State volleyball sophomore Lauren Rokey has been named Preseason All-OVC, the league announced Tuesday (Aug. 14)

The Eureka, Ill., native ranked among Ohio Valley Conference leaders in kills, ranking sixth in kills per set (3.13) and 10th in total kills (310). Rokey also ranked eighth in the league in points per set with 3.64 and 10th in total points with 360.5.

Mountain Parkway Expansion

This periodic report includes highlights about work underway on the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could affect planned activities.

Morgan County Segment

Throughout this approximately 8-mile section through Wolfe, Morgan and Magoffin Counties, workers are continuing clearing, excavation and construction with minimal impacts to traffic on the Mountain Parkway.