Rowan County Schools

Even with three schools on the Target Support and Improvement list, Rowan County’s school district met or outranked the state’s cut scores in all areas.

The Kentucky Department of Education released student assessment scores for all public schools on Wednesday.

District Assessment Coordinator Allison Matthews says results in certain sub groups caused one elementary school, as well as the middle and high schools, to receive the T-S-I designation. 

We were invited to speak on lung cancer, but the brochure unfortunately had us speaking on lunch cancer. “Lunch cancer” is my new favorite term for obesity. This show discusses Rick’s worst day in PE class, and treating cholesterol in the elderly.


September 26, 2018 -- Edmund Gwenn was an English actor. On film, he is perhaps best remembered for his role as Kris Kringle in the Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe Award.

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Morehead State University prides itself on student success and providing a great college experience for students of diverse backgrounds. MSU’s Eagle Diversity Education Center (EDEC) is organizing a month-long series of events for Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place through Oct. 15.

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MSU’s Annual Tubafest, starts Tuesday, Oct. 2, on the patio at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Morehead.

Tubafest is an annual concert series featuring instruments of the tuba family. Tubafest concerts are held through each fall semester. 

You are cordially invited to attend recitals and concerts on:

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MSU retiree Dr. Jeffrey "J" Clarke Marshall, 63, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 after a battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 14, 1955, to Adam and Joane Marshall in Grand Forks, North Dakota, he retired as the executive director of the Center for Regional Engagement (CRE) in December 2017, where he’d worked since 2008. He had nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, with a focus on servant-leadership, transformative leadership and community engagement.

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Former MSPR News Director Chuck Mraz is very busy enjoying his retirement. Chas Jenkins has more...


September 24, 2018 -- Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson was an American blues and gospel singer, songwriter, and musician. He was one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s and has been called the "Father of the Texas Blues".

Feature: Sardis Church Rebuilt

Sep 20, 2018
Julianna Leach

A 19th century church in Rowan County has been rebuilt. Trail Blazer Managing Editor Julianna Leach has the story...

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Morehead State University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance opens an exciting 2018-19 theatrical season with an extraordinary tale of a tragic true-life adventure.

MSU’s talented students and faculty will present “Terra Nova” from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30, and Oct. 4 through Oct. 7, at the Lucille Caudill Little Theatre.

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September 20, 2018 -- Sylvester J. Pussycat Sr., usually called Sylvester, is a fictional character, a three-time Academy Award-winning anthropomorphic, 40, 50, or 60-Inch tall Tuxedo cat in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.

Supreme Court of Kentucky

There will be several ways for the public to view oral arguments when the Supreme Court of Kentucky hears the state employee pension case at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 20.

The case is Matthew G. Bevin, In His Official Capacity as Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Et Al. V. Commonwealth of Kentucky Ex Rel. Andy Beshear, Attorney General, Et Al.

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Morehead State University has opened plenty of doors to opportunities for Eagles through its excellent academic programs and resources geared toward student success.

This fall, future Eagles will get a glimpse of what the authentic MSU experience is like through MSU Open House events.

MSU’s Office of Enrollment Services will host Open House programs on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 3, in Button Auditorium on Morehead campus.


The public is invited to a regional community forum Friday, Sept. 21, in Salyersville to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system.

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in the region are hosting the forum. The forum will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. ET at the Magoffin County Extension Office at 15 Rockhouse Road.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District announces that it will hold a 50th Anniversary celebration, Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Grayson Lake Dam Site Recreation Area from 1-5p.m.

This is a free event and open to the public with family and children activities and local entertainment. It will also include several prominent speakers and the establishment of a time capsule that will be opened on the dam’s 100th anniversary.

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Senior forward Dani Wilson netted a penalty kick with three seconds remaining in the game to propel the Morehead State soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Ohio Valley Conference foe SIUE on Sunday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

Wilson, who now has made five game-winning goals in her career, was fouled by an SIUE defender as she tried to take a shot. The Elizabethtown, Ky., native's penalty kick shot found the back-left corner of the goal for her third goal of 2018. Wilson has now converted 5-of-6 penalty kick attempts in her career.

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In conjunction with National Library Card Sign-Up Month, Morehead State Athletics and the Rowan County Library have partnered for limited edition "One Town One Team" library cards to promote community engagement, literacy and the use of public libraries.

The family of the 9-year-old Morehead boy who died after being swept away by floodwaters has announced funeral arrangements.

Bryce Combs will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. on Friday at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel. Visitation will take place from 3-9 p.m. Thursday.

Combs was found Sunday after a week-long search. The coroner's office confirmed on Sunday his remains were found in Triplett Creek nearly two miles from where he first entered the water.

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Family and friends of MSU students got a taste of life in the Eagle Nation this weekend during the 40th Annual Family Weekend, Sept. 14-16.

Activities included family fun at the Recreation & Wellness Center, a movie night in Button Auditorium on Friday and the Eighth Annual Morehead Arts and Eats Festival on Saturday.

“Family weekend has been amazing we’ve had great weather and an opportunity to spend time with the faculty and the students here. It’s been a great experience for all of us.” Susan French-Epps, mother of an MSU student said.

“Stupid is what gives us our power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” (Obi-Wan Kenobi, paraphrased).

A coworker commented, “I feel like I’m working in a cloud of stupid”. And that was all it took. This show is dedicated to foods with liquid nitrogen (which literally produce a cloud of stupid), the lack of benefit of aspirin for healthy people trying to prevent disease, flu vaccinations, and smartphones.


September 18, 2018 -- American vocalist and actor best known for his chart-topping songs in the mid-1950s and early 1960s and as the star of youth-oriented beach movies.

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The annual Browning Orchard Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. at the orchard, located at 10955 Wallingford Road in Fleming County. 

The event will feature family-friendly activities, music from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, hayrides, pony rides, a kids’ hay-maze, pig roast and concessions. 

MSU’s Department of Agricultural Sciences will have items from the MSU Farm and Kentucky Proud products for sale at the festival, including apples, mums, cider, pumpkins and much more. Apple sales begin at noon. 


September 17, 2018 -- William Carlos Williams was an American poet and physician closely associated with modernism and imagism. In addition to his writing, Williams had a long career as a physician practicing both pediatrics and general medicine.

Human remains have been found in a creek near Morehead.

Rowan County Coroner John Northcutt confirmed Sunday that a volunteer who was searching the creek bank alerted authorities to the remains. The volunteer was looking for Bryce Combs, the 9-year- old boy who was swept away by flood waters on September 9th in downtown Morehead.

First responders entered the creek behind an apartment complex in the Pretty Valley area of Clearfield.  It took just over an hour after the call was made for crews to remove the body. 

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Thirteen marching bands from high schools across the Commonwealth will come to Morehead State to compete in the Blue and Gold Championship of Marching bands on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Jayne Stadium.

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In the highest scoring game in Jayne Stadium history, Morehead State football went back-and-forth with 23rd ranked Austin Peay before falling 78-40 on Saturday evening.

The Governors scored the game's opening points on their first drive and completed a successful two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead. Redshirt sophomore Aaron Turk wasted little time answering, returning the following kickoff 92 yards for six points. The Eagles were unsuccessful on their two-point attempt.

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Senior right-side hitter Jordan Jones smashed a season-high 17 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Lauren Rokey added 15 kills as Morehead State volleyball drops their West Virginia Classic finale against Wake Forest.

The Eagles (9-4) captured set one from the Demon Deacons (5-6) 25-16 before Wake Forest outlasted Morehead State in three close sets, 25-27, 24-26, and 23-25. The Eagles forced extra points in both the second and third set before ultimately dropping the sets.

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The Morehead State soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Illinois on Friday night at Jayne Stadium.

The Panthers' Lexi Ketterhagen found the back of the net in the 85th minute to finish off a goal created by passes from Angela Corcoran and Sarah DeWolf. Ketterhagen shot across the goal from left corner of the goalie box to beat the Eagles' redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Eva Helgadottir.

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         Morehead City Council voted to move forward with plans to construct a fiber optic network Friday, though some were concerned with an increase to the cost of the project.

   The Kentucky Wired Project would provide the capacity for high-speed broadband internet in the city. The council voted to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Kentucky Communications Network Authority.

   Councilman Tom Carew was the lone dissenting vote. He says the over $275,000 price tag is too steep an increase from estimations earlier this week…

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The Morehead Conference Center displayed the work of over 90 visual artists who came to Rowan County to document the faces of Morehead, among them were three of Morehead State’s own students. 

The 42nd annual Mountain Workshops, hosted by Western Kentucky University, gave convergent media majors Addie Hogan, Jacob Lindberg and Julianna Leach the opportunity to work with fellow journalists on photo editing and data reporting.