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In recognition of these challenging times and to keep all our future Eagles safe, Morehead State University is offering our Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) sessions online.  

Over the past two months, MSU SOAR sessions have taken place online, answering a variety of questions from prospective students and their families while providing valuable information in the safest way possible. 

The Louisville Zoo

The popular Wild Lights: Asian Lantern Festival Presented by T-Mobile has been extended and will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from July 9 – August. 28. 

Wild Lights is one of the largest Chinese lantern festivals in the nation and our community’s first-ever outdoor Chinese lantern festival.  The event was previously postponed due to COVID-19.


Mistie Cook Spicer, 61, of Portsmouth, died Sunday, July 5, 2020. Spicer was the WMKY news director from 1988 to 1989.

Obituary for Mistie Lynette Spicer

Mistie Lynette Spicer, 61, of Portsmouth, died Sunday, July 5, 2020, at home. She was born May 26, 1959 in Kileen, Texas, a daughter of Alice Kuhner (Dan), of Bradenton, Florida and her father Gary Cook (Linda), of Lucasville.

The Sumter Item

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continued efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

“I hope everyone’s Fourth of July weekend was filled with safely celebrating the founding of our great nation,” the Governor said. “As we face the unprecedented challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s comforting to know Americans have faced great threats in the past and have passed the test of humanity. Now is our time to do the same.”

The Lane Report

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University is proud to announce the 2022 class members.  

Seventy-two students from across the Commonwealth were chosen to attend the Craft Academy, located on the campus of Morehead State University.

The students live in Grote-Thompson Hall and earn dual credit as they complete their final two years of high school at the academy while also taking college-level courses.   

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources

Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will join law enforcement agencies across the nation for Operation Dry Water during the July 4 holiday weekend.

Operation Dry Water is a national campaign designed to educate the public about the danger of boating while impaired. Kentucky will increase its law enforcement presence around the state’s lakes and rivers from July 3-5 as a reminder not to boat under the influence.

Impaired boating is a leading contributor to recreational boating deaths.

Kentucky Tourism

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continued efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

This Independence Day weekend, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind drivers that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.”

Unfortunately, this summertime celebration creates dangerous road conditions when drivers choose to drive while impaired.


The Fourth of July holiday offers opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. However, these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive.

As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly. To protect yourself, your family, and friends from foodborne illness during warm-weather months, safe food handling when eating outdoors is critical.

TEBCO of Kentucky

Truck Equipment & Body Co. of Kentucky Inc. this week began a $2 million project renovating and equipping a facility in Stanton to establish a 43-job custom dump truck body and truck equipment manufacturing operation.

Appalachian Road Show

Appalachian Road Show Tribulation Special

Fri., July 3 at 8:00p.m. and Sat., July 4 at 3:00p.m.

Host Paul Hitchcock presents the music, history and tradition of Appalachia and featuring the Appalachian Road Show.

Performing music from their 2020 release entitled “Tribulation” on Billy Blue Records, members of the band include Barry Abernathy, Todd Phillips, Zeb Snyder, Jim VanCleve and Darrell Webb.

Joining the award-winning lineup are special guests Shad Cobb, Stuart Duncan, Shawn Lane, Ron Stewart and Bryan Sutton.

Danilo Perez

Jul 3, 2020

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #288 (July 5 at 8:00 p.m.)

Born in Panama in 1965, Danilo Pérez started his musical studies when he was three years old with his father, a bandleader and singer. By age 10, he was studying the European classical piano repertoire at the National Conservatory in Panama.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in electronics in Panama, he studied jazz composition at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While still a student, he performed with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi and Paquito D’Rivera.

Final Election Results in Rowan County for last week’s primary were released Tuesday morning.

5, 140 residents cast a ballot by absentee or in Person for the election, bringing the voter turnout to 33.3%.  

President Donald Trump, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, US Representative Hal Rodgers, and State Representative Richard White overwhelmingly won their primary races in Rowan.  On the democratic ticket, Joe Biden won the presidential nomination and Amy Mcgrath beat Charles Booker by 524 in race for US Senate. 

Safety & Health Magazine

In an effort to help businesses and their employees be better prepared for the unexpected, the Kentucky Chamber has announced a partnership with The Standard to offer members accident and critical illness insurance for their employees.

Critical illness insurance gives employees a choice of affordable options for easing the financial burden that can come with a serious illness. Accident insurance can enhance benefits packages and offer employees a valuable safety net to help pay the bills that medical insurance won’t cover.

MSU Athletics

After posting the highest team spring semester (3.91) and 2019-20 academic year (3.82) grade point averages, Morehead State women's golf adds five Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars to the team's list of academic achievements during the 2019-20 season.

Message Media

Work continues this week on a $1.4 million Transportation Cabinet seven-bridge improvement project in northeast Kentucky as contractors begin resurfacing today on a Flemingsburg Bypass (KY 32) bridge in Fleming County.

The KY 32 bridge, which spans Fleming Creek about a mile east of KY 11-Mt. Sterling Avenue (towards Morehead) at Flemingsburg, will be one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals for about the next 30 days.

The Lane Report

CPE President Aaron Thompson and Vice President Travis Powell will hold part two of the Education: A Catalyst for Systematic Equity discussion, scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

In this installment, they will focus on Kentucky diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to close achievement gaps. They will also introduce Kentucky's strategies for increasing cultural competence on the states campuses.

Leeann Akers

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell visited Saint Claire Healthcare on Friday, thanking healthcare workers who have worked the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The republican announced a new distribution of more than $7.8 million for the facility. According to a press release from a McConnell spokesperson, it is specifically because of its work to treat patients regardless of their ability to pay.

McConnell said it is important to reopen the economy and get back to normal, but that it is really important for everyone to wear a mask. 

Morehead State University

Fayette County Public Schools has named Eric Hale (05) as the newest principal of Bryan Station High School in Lexington. He will officially assume his duties next month. 

Originally from Ashland, Hale is a first-generation college graduate and a three-time MSU alumnus. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2005. He later went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2008 and a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree with an emphasis in instructional leadership in 2010.  

Blind Raccoon

Rev. Shawn Amos & Brotherhood – Blue Sky (Put Together Music)

Lisa Mills – The Triangle (Melody Place)

Jimmy Johnson – Every Day Of Your Life (Delmark)

Albert Cummings – Believe (Provogue)

Sass Jordan – Rebel Moon Blues (Stony Plain)

Roomful Of Blues – In A Roomful Of Blues (Alligator)

Whitney Shay – Stand Up! (Ruf)

Robert Cray Band – That’s What I Heard (Nozzle)


Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on the commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

“Since we first started fighting this virus nearly four months ago, Kentuckians have risen to the challenge,” said Gov. Beshear. “We still have a long way to go, but our progress shows the enormous strength and resilience of our people.”

Gibraltar Cable Barrier System

With work complete on new median cable barrier along 10 miles of I-64 in Boyd County, contractors have moved cable installation to eight miles of Rowan County interstate.

Work zone signs and barrels are in place now on I-64 from mile marker 129 near the Bath County line to mile marker 137 at the Morehead exit, and crews are installing new median cable barrier there.

The Weather Channel

On Friday, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack warned Kentuckians that air quality in the state may be poor this weekend and into next week. An enormous cloud of dry and dusty air that originated over the Sahara Desert will move across the southern United States over the next three to seven days.


Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between May 2019 and May 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Carlisle County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.4 percent. It was followed by Clinton County, 6.4 percent; Hickman County, 6.5 percent; Lyon County, 6.7 percent; Monroe County, 6.8 percent; Pendleton County, 7.2 percent; Todd and Woodford counties, 7.4 percent each; Crittenden County, 7.5 percent; and Robertson County, 7.6 percent.

Gift of Life Foundation

A new online system will help child care providers and schools process staff background checks faster, expediting the process while ensuring the safety of Kentucky’s children.

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), an agency of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), has launched its Child Abuse/Neglect (CAN) Payment and Verification online portal, which allows users to request a check of the CAN Registry electronically instead of via paper forms.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University responded Wednesday to a racist chain email allegedly sent by the former bowling coach, Larry Wilson.

Last week, Wilson forwarded the email which was received by a prospective student and bowling prospect. According to WCPO, the email included a common racist theme, blaming African Americans for high rates of crime and sexually transmitted diseases.


Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday announced $383 million in state and federal dollars for 54 rural hospitals by settling a 13-year-old dispute regarding Medicaid funding rates.

The settlement negotiated by Gov. Beshear, with support from Senate Majority Leader McConnell, successfully convinced the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer funding in combination with the state’s liability of $93.9 million. The previous administration had budgeted an estimated $425 million in state funding to settle the case.


The Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has announced 10 recipients of more than $220,000 in Local Records Program grant funds to help preserve and manage local government records.

The Local Records Program helps to protect and make available records with continuing archival value and assists local agencies with records management through direct services, training and grant support.


17 organizations signed an agreement Wednesday morning which calls for a series of research programs, construction of a center of excellence and the building of additional private infrastructure similar to AppHarvest’s farm that opens this fall in Morehead.

In the agreement, the group committed to opening a Dutch representative office in Kentucky to spur investment in the state by Dutch companies, which are recognized as the world’s AgTech leaders.

Rowan County officials expected a record turnout for Tuesday’s primary since the COVID-19 pandemic expanded absentee voting and a single polling station was open in each county. 

As of Tuesday night’s closing of the polls, 5,063 ballots were cast, with 883 people voting in person during Election Day.  Rowan County Clerk Elwood Caudill, Jr. says mail in ballots postmarked June 23rd will be counted as they arrive by mail over the next few days, and final results will be posted on June 30th.