Spokesman Review

With this year’s 50-Mile Yard Sale along KY 52 in Breathitt, Estill, and Lee counties approaching on Friday and Saturday, July 2-3, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is again urging motorists to use caution during the annual event.


A clean, safe and inviting rest area on the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Rowan County today was announced as the “best maintained” in Kentucky for 2020.

“One thing that all travelers appreciate is a well-run, well-maintained, easily accessible rest area where they can stop, relax and enjoy a respite from the road,” said Jim Gray, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, which annually presents the Best Maintained Rest Area Award.

Morehead State University

Adam Nicholas Yungbluth, 39, of Vernon Circle, Morehead, Kentucky, husband of Melissa Lee Yungbluth, passed away Saturday afternoon, June 12, 2021, at home.

Born Nov. 8, 1981, in Mason, Ohio, he is the son of William John Yungbluth Jr. and Joy “Cookie” Schell Yungbluth; brother of Amanda Hatter; brother-in-law of Adam Hatter, all of Mason, Ohio; and son-in-law of Tommy and Pamela Lee of Mineral Bluff, Georgia.


Some displaced residents of North Fork Mobile Home Park are suing the City of Morehead.

City of Morehead Facebook Page

The June meeting for Morehead City Council saw many items on the agenda.

In their last regular gathering before the start of the new fiscal year, Council heard updates from Downtown Morehead, Inc. and the Morehead Utility Plant Board.  Representatives with Packs + Walker, the company constructing the new police and 911 facility, were also present.  That project is still around six weeks behind due to weather, but progress is continuing to become more visible.

Home Theater Forum

  • Adventures of Maisie (Honeymoon Suite Mix-up)
  • 5 Minute Mystery (Carnival Murder)
  • Dr. Tim Detective (Guest in Number 2)  

Sonoma Magazine

On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear marked his final regularly scheduled COVID-19 briefing by thanking Kentuckians for their hard work and sacrifices that saved countless lives in the commonwealth.

MSU Athletics

Having a solid year on the football field and a solid career in the classroom can indeed earn one a prestigious honor.

Morehead State senior linebacker Cameron Barrett is one of just 54 student-athletes who have earned spots on the 2021 Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. He is one of only five selected among the 54 from the Pioneer Football League.

Editor’s note: Provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9.

Contractors have reopened US 60 east in Rowan County today after a culvert replacement. The highway remains one lane at Glenwood Hollow (mile marker 16) with traffic controlled by temporary signals. Motorists should expect delays and use caution in the work zone.

Editor’s note: The following provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9:

The Kentucky Department of Highways has reopened US 60 where it crosses Tygarts Creek at Upper Tygart (milepoint 4.1) in Carter County after contractors repaired a section of pavement damaged by Wednesday's flash flooding.

All detours have ceased. However, motorists are reminded that the area remains a construction zone for an adjacent bridge replacement project, and drivers should use caution.

Morehead State University

Morehead state University announced return to pre-pandemic practices Friday. 

In an email to faculty and staff, President Dr. Jay Morgan said that masks, social distancing, and capacity restrictions were no longer necessary after a review of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and state leaders.

Morgan says the university is planning for a relatively normal fall semester, but he expects some new normal behaviors going forward.

Morehead State University

Dr. Ronald D. Morrison, professor of English at Morehead State University, has published a new book "Thomas Hardy: A Companion to the Novels." The volume appears in the McFarland Companions to 19th Century Literature series, published by McFarland & Company. 

Thomas Hardy is best known for his realistic portrayal of English rural life in the later part of the 19th century in works like "Far from the Madding Crowd" and "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." Hardy also wrote 14 novels, including an early detective novel, a historical romance and an experimental satirical fable. 

Melissa Yungbluth, Morehead State University

A group of five recent graduates from Morehead State’s Department of Art and Design recently painted a mural at the City of Morehead Don Greenhill Park.  

Students who worked on the mural were Madison Anderson from Hagerhill, Abby Caines from Ashland, Nancy Lewis from West Liberty, Sam Neal from Morehead, and Kaylee Thornsberry from West Liberty.

All of the student artists graduated in May.  

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9

(Editor’s note: The following statement provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9)

The Kentucky Department of Highways has closed US 60 where it crosses Tygarts Creek at Upper Tygart (milepoint 4.1) in Carter County after flash flooding washed out the roadway at a bridge construction site. The road is closed between the Flat Fork (KY 1662) and Dry Branch (KY 1626) intersections.

Crews and contractors are making repairs as soon as possible, but US 60 will remain closed overnight. It will likely be into the day Thursday, or later, before it can be reopened.

Leftover Salmon

Jun 9, 2021
Bender Jamboree

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #247 (June 11 at 8:00pm and June 12 at 3:00pm)

Very few bands stick around for 30 years. Even fewer bands leave a legacy that marks them as a truly special, once-in-lifetime type band. And no band has done all that and had as much fun as Leftover Salmon. 

Innovative Readiness Training

A service operation in five Eastern Kentucky counties, Operation Gateway Kentucky Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) Medical Mission will provide free, general medical, dental and optometry services to approximately 1,800 uninsured or underinsured Kentuckians.

Paramount Arts Center

The Paramount Arts Center in Ashland is excited to announce the return of the popular 'Jazz Alley' series.

These events are unique in that they take place entirely on the Paramount stage.

Limited seating, beverages and snacks, all on the stage together, make for an intimate experience unlike anything else done at the theater.

This Friday, June 11th the series kicks off with ‘Queen City Vintage Vibe’ at 8pm.

Morehead State University

The Upward Bound (UB) program is returning to the Morehead State campus for its 55th year. 

UB has two distinct programs, UB Classic and UB Math and Science, serving students from 18 schools in 17 Eastern Kentucky counties including Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Harrison, Johnson, Lawrence, Lewis, Magoffin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan. The programs seek to engage low-income and potential first-generation college students and equip them with the skills to prepare them for college.


Big Band Boulevard

Program #30 (June 13, 2021 at 8 p.m.)

Big Band and swing tunes with selections from Bobby Sherwood, Jimmie Lunceford, and Harry James. Also a Big Band Remote with Earl Hines and His Orchestra, recorded live at The Grand Terrace, Chicago, IL on August 3, 1938.

Kentucky Broadcasters Association

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM) staff and students took home a total of 13 awards in the 2021 Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA) Impact Broadcast Awards. The awards recognize the best in television and radio journalism for the calendar year of 2020.

The awards were announced for both professional and college entries.

Downtown Morehead, Inc. Facebook Page

The return of the Fazoli’s Freedom Fest in downtown Morehead is set to take place in a couple of weeks.

Scheduled for July 3rd, the Independence Day festivities will get underway at 4:00pm.  Food and beverage vendors will be present. 

Executive Director of Downtown Morehead Incorporated Tony Pence says there will also be live music played at all corners of the festival.

The day will also mark the grand re-opening of the Morehead History and Railroad Museum, which will be open 11:00am-9:00pm. 

Morehead State University

Steven Middleton (Class of 2004 and 2008) has spent most of his documentary film career capturing the unique stories, places and people of the Bluegrass State. Now, viewers will have the chance to see his latest film project on a Kentucky candy icon. 

"History of Sweetness: 100 Years of Ruth Hunt Candy" will debut on the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) family of networks this month. It will premiere on KET at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13. Subsequent airings will occur on KET 2 and KET KY throughout the summer. 

Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team

As temperatures continue to rise and the summer season gets in full swing, individuals should keep the potential for heat-related illnesses in mind.

While heat rash, cramps and sunburns also fall within the category, the symptoms for heat exhaustion and heat stroke should be a familiarity for those planning outdoor activities over the next few months.  Organizations like the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team respond to numerous calls of individuals experiencing these illnesses on hiking trails each year.

Morehead State University

Sommai Purintun LeBron-Cooke (92) has a passion for philanthropy, education and economic and social justice. Through the creation of a scholarship endowment with the MSU Foundation, she can support these causes that are important to her. 

Lebron-Cooke grew up in Morehead and graduated from Rowan County Senior High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in philosophy from MSU in 1992. She also holds a certification in sports philanthropy from The George Washington University School of Business. She now resides in the San Francisco Bay area.

Grace Pettis

Jun 4, 2021
Reverb Nation

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #246 (June 4 at 8:00 p.m. and June 5 at 3:00 p.m.)

Grace Pettis epitomizes the term singer/songwriter. As a singer, her voice is both powerful and beautiful, and she uses it like a fine arts painter to color and craft her songs.

Steve Erquiaga

Jun 4, 2021
Last fm

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #329 (June 6 at 8:00pm)

A San Francisco Bay Area native, guitarist/composer Steve Erquiaga's career has touched many areas of the music world. He has recorded and toured with such varied artists as Bobby McFerrin, Joe Henderson, Les McCann, John Scofield, David Byrne, The Turtle Island String Quartet, Paulo Bellinati, Jim Nichols, Andy Narell, and Paul McCandless.

Fast Cast Rods

Try your hand at fishing in Kentucky at no charge June 5-6, 2021 during free fishing weekend.

With summer nearly here, the first weekend of June is a great time to grab a fishing pole and enjoy spending time with family and friends at the state’s beautiful lakes, streams and rivers.

Whether you are visiting from outside the state or you live in Kentucky, free fishing weekend is open to all. You won’t need a fishing license or a trout permit, but make sure you still follow the size and number limits on what you catch.

MSU Athletics

Sporting 250-plus career victories, four National Tournament appearances and one Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year honor, Cayla Petree has been tabbed to head the Morehead State women's basketball program.

Morehead State University

The Morehead State University community is mourning the loss of retiree and professor emeritus Dr. Earle Louder, who died Wednesday, May 26, at age 88.  

Louder began his career at MSU in 1968 as a music professor, specializing in euphonium and tuba. In 1987, he was awarded the MSU Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award and the Kentucky Music Education Association's Teacher of the Year Award, which he would win again the following year. In 1994, he was named a lifetime member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA), of which he was a founding member. 


FEMA staff will be available to meet in person with Kentucky survivors affected by the severe storms and flooding to answer questions and help with their disaster assistance applications at Individual Assistance (IA) Registration Support Centers in Breathitt, Johnson and Powell counties June 5, 7 and 8.