Health Matters Radio Show

Although numbers are subject to interpretation, we look at the experience with Covid 19 around the world. While we are cautious in our interpretation of numbers, it is telling that our experts want us to be more like South Korea or Iceland, rather than many of the European nations whose healthcare systems we admire. It appears that Covid 19 is capable of wrecking and overwhelming any healthcare system. Our best weapons are not ventilators, but handwashing and avoiding crowds.

MSU Athletics

Following a freshman campaign that saw her capture three individual top-10 finishes while leading her team to four top-five placements, Morehead State women's golf's MacKenzie Neal garnered postseason honors from the Ohio Valley Conference.

Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Summer-like temperatures have arrived in Kentucky and many families will be headed to their favorite lake during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 23-25.

“Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of recreational boating season in Kentucky,” said Maj. Shane Carrier, assistant director of law enforcement for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Officers will be monitoring the waterways and encouraging social distancing. This goes for those in the water or out of the water.”

Moth Stories

May 21, 2020
The Moth

A Time For Tales

Program #406 (May 24 at 3:00 p.m.)

"Moth Stories"

Program Performers:

Robinah Babirye

Leah Haydock

Henny Lewin

Michael Vonallman

Morehead State University

Morehead State alum Hanna Gabbard (19) has been named as the digital media coordinator with Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR). 


The reopening of the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge in downtown Maysville has been delayed for several weeks as additional work is needed to complete an emergency repair project.

The 1930s-era bridge, which carries US 62 across the Ohio River between Maysville and Aberdeen, Ohio, closed late last year when inspectors found extensive corrosion damage to several suspender cables – the vertical cables extending from the main suspension cable that support the bridge’s driving surface.

Morehead State University

Morehead State offers several options to allow you to continue your education throughout the summer.  

All of MSU’s summer classes are offered online, letting you conveniently learn at home.

Classes are condensed, allowing you to earn credits in a shorter amount of time than during the standard academic year. You can earn up to 12 undergraduate credit hours each summer semester or six graduate hours.   

Summer session is from June 8 to Aug. 31. Summer I takes place from June 8 to July 2 and Summer II takes place from July 6 to Aug. 31.  

Soccer Blade

With the future of sports in limbo, so are some coaching contracts for the next school year.

Upon recommendations and guidance regarding next school year’s athletic programs from the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, extra-pay letters of non-renewals have been sent in some school districts.

Colemire chosen as interim MCPL director

May 17, 2020
The Ledger Independent

Alexa Colemire has been named interim director of the Mason County Public Library.

Colemire will be filling the position recently vacated by Director Steve Parrott, according to MCPL Board of Trustees President David Hord.

Hord said Colemire, who has been with the library for five years, was selected as interim director after Parrott announced his tentative resignation in March.


Editor’s Note: The following provided by the Office of the Rowan County Clerk

May 6, 2020

Today, the Rowan County Board of Elections met to discuss the upcoming June 23, 2020 Election.

Based on the Executive Order set forth from Governor Andy Beshear and Sec. Michael Adams, a postcard will be mailed to you by May 22.

This is how the Primary Election will be conducted in Rowan County:


Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said Kentuckians are defeating the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) with compassion and resilience.

“Let’s remember to keep reaching out to one another, asking how others are doing and if they need help,” Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians yesterday. “One of the reasons that we’re here today in a better position than most is because we truly care about each other.”

Kentucky State Parks

Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that as part of the Healthy at Work initiative the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet will reopen tourism in an effort to generate revenue to boost the state’s economy and offer Kentuckians opportunities to explore the commonwealth through in-state travel.


Morehead State University recognized the academic excellence of the more than 1,000 graduates of the Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 9.  

The MSU Spring Commencement Program is online at: http://bit.ly/3fIKe8W


Two weeks after announcing that the Judicial Branch had formed three task forces to determine how to gradually resume in-person court services, the Supreme Court has released its reopening plan.

“Our priority is to implement a limited, phased reopening that will allow greater access to the courts while keeping court personnel and the public safe through social distancing and other precautions,” Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said in an email today to the justices, judges, circuit court clerks and court personnel who serve the Judicial Branch.

MSU Athletics

Despite an unorthodox semester with a majority of academic work from home online, Morehead State student-athletes performed exceptionally admirable for the spring 2020 semester and for the entire 2019-20 academic year.

Fifteen (15) teams had combined team grade point averages at 3.0 or better for the spring, while 13 achieved team GPAs of 3.0 or better for the entire year. Morehead State's overall department GPA was 3.43 for the spring semester and 3.28 for the year.


Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reminded Kentuckians to keep up the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth.

“When people write the history about this point in time, they will say the people of America, but specifically the people of Kentucky, came together, did what it took, and protected one another and took on a global pandemic better than we have ever seen anybody do it,” the Governor said.

Kentucky Court of Justice

With state revenues dropping sharply due to the pandemic, the Judicial Branch is reducing expenses now in an effort to mitigate possible furloughs and layoffs in the coming months.

Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. announced today that the court system will implement a statewide hiring freeze and suspend all out-of-state travel, effective May 15, 2020.

St. Claire HealthCare

In early April, St. Claire Regional Medical Center announced it was suspending visitation for hospital patients in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much like Governor Andy Beshear’s phased approached to reopening the state, St. Claire is now taking a phased approach to loosening restrictions on hospital visitation.


In times of need, people come together to support one another. The American Red Cross is asking for healthy individuals to step up to help patients experiencing health crises by donating blood or platelets.

As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be thinking about blood donation. But blood and platelets are needed daily to help patients battling disease and facing the unexpected. Donating blood is an easy way to care for each other and ensure hospitals have the blood products patients rely on.

Kentucky will receive $4.8 million from FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to assist nonprofits that are helping residents who are experiencing hunger and homelessness.  The money allocated to Kentucky combines the EFSP’s annual funding with funds designated for food and shelter support under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.


Morehead State University

Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Manny Caulk has announced that Morehead State University alumnus Donte Tichenor (13) will be the new principal at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Lexington.  

Appalachian Impact Fund

Eight organizations have raised and distributed more than $450,000 in private funding to support more businesses and nonprofits in rural and mountainous areas of Eastern Kentucky, an area among the hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing.

The funding has helped more than 150 small businesses and organizations across 23 Eastern Kentucky counties representing a mix of restaurants, unique retail, amusement, personal services and others active in the broader downtown and tourism ecosystems. 

MSU Athletics

Morehead State University recognized the academic excellence of the more than 1,000 graduates of the Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 9.

The MSU Spring Commencement Program is online at http://bit.ly/3fIKe8W

Since MSU's Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University invites you to participate in a special ceremony to recognize and honor their achievement later this year.

This event will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.

Tri-City Herald

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday said Kentuckians need to be resilient, resourceful and resolute in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), even as warmer weather brings new opportunities for gatherings – and virus transmission.


Kentucky Blood Center is reminding Kentuckians of the importance of donating blood, especially as elective surgeries resume this week at the 70 hospitals KBC serves across the state. 

Science News for Students

Offering more evidence that higher education matters, the benefits of an engineering degree will continue to climb in Kentucky over the next decade thanks to growing demand in the job market and competitive salaries, a new report shows.

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) released the analysis today, projecting that engineering jobs will increase more than 11.2% in Kentucky by 2029, outpacing the national average of 10.8% and driving the need for more college degrees.

Morehead State University

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State will hold a virtual graduation ceremony for its seniors on Saturday, May 16. 

Students, staff, the graduation platform party and registered distinguished guests will attend a Zoom event at 11 a.m.

The event will be recorded live, and a video of the ceremony will be made available to parents and family members.

Distinguished guests who wish to attend the live recording must RSVP by emailing craftacademy@moreheadstate.edu by May 13. 

Kentucky coal miner gives thoughts on coronavirus

May 9, 2020
Taylor Johnson, The Trail Blazer

Harlan County, Kentucky Former coal miner Jerry Mcknight is concerned of what the coronavirus could mean for those with black lung.

Mcknight said he thinks the virus is something to worry about, especially in an area where there are a lot of retried coal miners.

“Black lung is very bad in this community and it could hurt a lot of us old timers if we got it,” said Mcknight.

Statesman Journal

On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear outlined the requirements to begin reopening major segments of the economy and society including houses of worship, manufacturing, construction, government offices and agencies, retail and funeral services.

Also on Friday, the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Kentucky Council of Churches voiced their support for the Governor’s guidelines to reopen places of worship on May 20.

The full plans for those entities to reopen is posted online at http://healthyatwork.ky.gov

Morehead State University

Wayne (68) and Brenda (68) Judy have been long-time supporters of Morehead State University. Their commitment to student success continues today as the family plans to leave a sizeable planned gift to the University to establish the Judy-Craig Family Endowment, a fund to benefit MSU students.