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The Troubador Concert Series

A series of free concerts will be held this month in Georgetown…but will only be open to individuals who have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

A 500-seat tent has been set up at Cardome in Georgetown and the concerts will be free of charge with no need for masks or social distancing.

Organizer Michael Johnathan says the musicians participating are eager to be back on stage without limitations.

MSU Athletics

The longest tenured assistant coach for Morehead State men's basketball has been elevated to Associate Head Coach. Jonathan Mattox, who began his Eagle coaching career as graduate manager before rising in the ranks, is the new Associate Head Coach with Preston Spradlin.

Rowan County Board of Education

The Rowan County Board of Education's Summer Feeding Program is underway for students in the district needing a meal.

The program is open to anyone up to age 18 and will run through June 25th.  Glen Teager is the Finance Officer and Food Services Director for the Board.  He says programs like these can go a long way for many students who typically rely on meals they receive throughout the school year.

Meal pick-up will take place at the new Viking Complex between the Rowan Middle and High Schools from 11:30am to 1:30pm Monday through Friday.  No sign-up is necessary.

Hunger Crisis Continues to Take Toll on Military Families, Vets

Jun 2, 2021
Dandkmotorsports

Advocates for military families and veterans say many are going hungry.

A report by the hunger-fighting group MAZON:A Jewish Response to Hunger found food pantries operate on or near almost every military base in the country.

The House Rules Committee recently held a roundtable highlighting persistent food insecurity in the military and among veterans.

Liza Lieberman, director of communications for MAZON, said service members typically do not call attention to their situation because of shame, stigma, and even fear of retribution.

Amazon

Chris Cain – Raisin’ Cain (Alligator)

Tia Carroll – You Gotta Have It (Little Village)

Curtis Salgado – Damage Control (Alligator)

Skylar Rogers – Firebreather (Independent)

Shemekia Copeland – Uncivil War (Alligator)

Alastair Greene – The New World Blues (Whiskey Bayou)

Steve Cropper – Fire It Up (Provogue)

Kim Wilson – Take Me Back (M.C.)

Special People

Jun 1, 2021
National Endowment for the Arts

A Time For Tales

Program #437 (May 30 at 3:00 p.m.)

“Special People”

Program performers:

Sheila Kay Adams

Guy Davis

Elizabeth Ellis

Dr. Rex M. Ellis

Kevin Kling

Syd Lieberman

Jennifer Munro

MSU Athletics

Morehead State baseball freshmen Jackson Feltner, Ryley Preece and Luke Helton have been honored with postseason all-conference awards with Feltner earning the program's first-ever Freshman of the Year accolade.

In addition, Feltner was tabbed the OVC's top first baseman, earning First-Team honors as well as a nod to the All-Freshman Team. Preece and Helton were also selected to the All-Freshman Team.

National Capital Industries

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will temporarily close part of US 60 east in Rowan County on Tuesday, June 1,  for nearly two weeks to replace a deep culvert under the highway.

Beginning June 1 and continuing through June 12, contractors will close US 60 just west of Glenwood Hollow Road (about a mile from the county line at milepoint 16.22) to excavate the highway, remove a deteriorated concrete culvert, pour concrete to build a new culvert, then backfill and rebuild the road.

Time Magazine, Getty

On this special program of The Golden Age of Radio, Paul Hitchcock offers a reflection on World War II and The Battle of Normandy, when more than 150,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on a fifty mile stretch of beach in France’s Normandy region. Through vintage audio and rare news reports, an historical perspective on D-Day, which began on June 6, 1944.

Morehead State University

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University is proud to announce the 2023 class members.  

Sixty-nine 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.  

Morehead State University

Morehead State University has announced that Dr. Antony Norman, dean of the Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education, will transition into the role of provost and vice president for academic affairs.  

As dean of the Volgenau College of Education, Norman led the college to partner with the National Rural Education Association and the Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC).

Bridge Hunter

On Friday at Elliott County High School, Gov. Andy Beshear presented a $989,445.60 ceremonial check for a state project to restore and reopen the historic Old Laurel Gorge Bridge on Little Sandy River.

The steel truss bridge, opened in the 1930s, has been a gateway to the scenic Laurel Gorge for generations of fishermen, kayakers and other recreation lovers.

Lexington Herald-Leader

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Gov. Andy Beshear’s request for individual assistance for 22 more Kentucky counties following severe flooding Feb. 27 to March 14, 2021.

“There will now be more resources available for Kentuckians and Kentucky communities to rebuild after the historic flooding,” Gov. Beshear said of FEMA’s Thursday evening approval. “We acted quickly to request federal assistance and appreciate FEMA quickly approving our request as our fellow Kentuckians continue to recover from the severe storms.”

cartalk.com

Imagine that it is 1955, you are driving around in a fine automobile, with no particular place to go, and nothing better to do than listen to Grant Alden's Field Notes.

For two glorious hours.

It is the birth of rock 'n' roll, that moment before Elvis was King, when Little Richard was still finding his voice, and George Jones had his first hit. It's the golden age of gospel, the blues have gone electric, and the air is rich with possibilities.

St. Claire HealthCare

St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) announces the addition of Wendy Lykins, APRN, to its medical staff. Wendy is now accepting new patients at the St. Claire Family Medicine Sandy Hook location where she joins Aaron Banks, DO, and Megan McDowell, APRN.

“I’ve always really enjoyed helping people, so I’ve always known I wanted to be a nurse,” says Wendy. “I remember telling my mom early on that I wanted to be a nurse. I’m really happy that I stuck with that decision.”

NBC Sports

Operation UNITE will offer in-person Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball skills camps for youth throughout southern and eastern Kentucky on Monday, June 7 in Magoffin County and Thursday, June 10 in Boyd County.

Former University of Kentucky point guard and four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson, part of the 2011-12 National Championship squad, will conduct these free three-hour camps.

All school-age youth are invited to participate in the camps, to be held from 4  pm to 7 pm at Magoffin County High School (June 7) and Boyd County High School (June 10).

Morehead State University

The Morehead Writing Project at Morehead State University will offer an online summer journalism camp, “Power Your Story,” June 21-July 2.  

Students in eighth grade through graduating seniors will be guided through the process of crafting a long-form news story for publication while developing the comprehensive literacy and communication skills essential for college and professional success. The camp is also open to middle school writers. 

MSU among Kentucky Public University Lawsuits

May 27, 2021
Morehead State University

Universities across the country are facing lawsuits from students claiming the education and experience they received was not what they were promised once pandemic protocols were put in place.  Now all eight of Kentucky’s public universities, including Morehead State University, are facing similar cases.

The class-action lawsuits claim the schools unlawfully kept tuition, mandatory fees and other monies paid for services related to the Spring 2020 semester that were not provided, saying the actions are a breach of contract. 

SHRM

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between April 2020 and April 2021, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.            

Cumberland and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the commonwealth at 2.8% each. They were followed by Carlisle, Green, Oldham, Scott, Taylor and Todd counties, 2.9% each; and Logan and Washington counties, 3% each.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is joining law enforcement around the commonwealth for the annual Click It or Ticket campaign, encouraging motorists to buckle up and stay safe.

The federally funded campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) high-visibility seat belt enforcement effort running May 24 – June 6.

MSU Athletics

Morehead State Rifle has added an eight-time All-American and former Olympian Thrine (pronounced TREE-nah) Kane as a volunteer assistant coach.

"I am pleased to announce that Thrine will be joining the rifle program as assistant coach," said head coach Alan Joseph, who coached Kane at Xavier. "She will add a wide depth of experience to the program."

Amazon

Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #58 (May 30 at 8:00pm)

Paul Desmond & Modern Jazz Quartet – Paul Desmond & The Modern Jazz Quartet (1971/1983)

Paul Desmond and the Modern Jazz Quartet recorded live at the Town Hall Theatre in New York City on December 25, 1971.

Performers include:

Paul Desmond – alto saxophone

Modern Jazz Quartet:

Percy Heath – bass

Milt Jackson – vibraphone

Connie Kay - drums

John Lewis - piano

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Motorists should expect one-lane traffic each direction on US 23 at Russell for continued overhead bridge work on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s KY 244 viaduct replacement project in Greenup County.

Contractors are installing bridge components above the highway at the new KY 244 overpass just north of the Ironton-Russell bridge intersection. While working overhead, crews will shift traffic on US 23 below into one lane northbound and one lane southbound to protect motorists.

Reuters

On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,006,742 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.

“When you look at this, it is just a miracle,” said Gov. Beshear. “Fifteen months after the first case of COVID-19 in Kentucky, not only do we have effective vaccines, but we have 2 million people vaccinated. It’s really exciting.”

Oil Refineries' Benzene Pollution a Concern in Eastern KY

May 24, 2021
Bloomberg

A Marathon oil refinery in eastern Kentucky is emitting benzene into the air at levels higher than what the federal Environmental Protection Agency says require action to curb.

Benzene is a well-known carcinogen that can cause leukemia. According to a report from the Environmental Integrity Project, benzene readings at the Boyd County refinery jumped 233% between 2019 and 2020.

Ilan Levin, associate director at the group, said last year's levels were 11% above the EPA action level.

Washington Post

Despite growing diversity in Kentucky’s workforce, Black and Asian employees still face massive income disparities when compared to white peers, even after earning a superior college degree.

That’s one of several findings released today as part of a new research brief from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The analysis shows that, on a median basis, Black, Asian and Hispanic workers in Kentucky continue to earn less than white counterparts do over a lifetime. In many cases, the gaps are severe.

80/20 Wellness Plan

People with Type 2 diabetes face an increased risk of severe illness if they become sick with the coronavirus, and in eastern Kentucky, community health workers urged people with the condition to consider getting their shots.

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved to prioritize all Americans living with diabetes for COVID-19 vaccination.

St. Claire HealthCare

St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) is proud to announce the addition of emergency medicine physician Benjamin Mattingly, MD, to its medical staff.

Growing up in Morehead, Dr. Mattingly never planned to become a doctor. He had considered becoming a professor like his father, but medicine certainly wasn’t in his plans.

“I didn’t really like hospitals growing up … I didn’t like the way they smelled,” he said.

Bay Area Radio Museum

  • Norman Corwin’s Fourteen August (Orson Welles)
  • CBS Live Remote Broadcast (1945)
  • Early Years of Radio Station KQW  

Visit Frankfort

The Kentucky National Guard's annual Memorial Day observance will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st at 10 a.m. EST at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial located at the entrance to Boone National Guard Center (100 Minuteman Parkway) in Frankfort, Ky.

The event is free and open to the public with COVID precautions such as social distancing observed. The ceremony will last approximately 45 minutes.

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