Shayla Menville for The Morehead News

There’s been some contention surrounding critical race theory in recent months, with 29 states filing legislation mandating how it’s taught, or even banning it altogether.

The academic movement has also come up in discussions throughout local communities in the Commonwealth, with some parents of school children recently voicing their concerns at the state capitol.  Also weighing-in on the topic is the Superintendent of Rowan County Schools.

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Morehead State Professor of Veterinary Science, Dr. Philip Prater, recently traveled to Haiti to train veterinary technology students. 

Prater spent July 4-11 in Haiti providing animal health training to 20 Haitian veterinary technical students. The students were working toward their certification as veterinary agents in Haiti, where they will provide the bulk of veterinary medical care for companion animals, livestock, horses and poultry. 


Today, Gov. Andy Beshear said in response to the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant and recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, he will require the following via an executive order:


A member of Morehead City Council wants to re-examine the tourism partnership with the County.

The topic was brought up during the closing minutes of the regular August meeting of Council held last night.

Councilmember Jan Bishop cited an issue with the funding model for Morehead-Rowan County Tourism.  Here she is speaking with Mayor Laura White-Brown.

Carter County Fair in Full Swing

Aug 10, 2021
Carter County Fair Board

The Carter County Fair is hosting a “Roaring Back to Life” event this week through Saturday, August 14th.

Activities include carnival rides, a petting zoo, contests, a “Dino-Roar Show” and “Carter County Collision” F-T-C pro wrestling.

Jill York is the Carter County Fair Promotions Manager. She says safety guidelines will be followed.


The City of Morehead is set to receive $1.9-million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Governor Andy Beshear announced $157-million in funds were being given to city governments across the commonwealth late last month.  They are being distributed by the Department for Local Government.

Mayor Laura White-Brown discussed the matter during the regular monthly meeting of Morehead City Council last night, saying she recently sent out a memo to department heads seeking feedback.


(Editor’s note: The following provided by NPR to Best of Car Talk public radio affiliates)


We wanted to share an update on The Best of Car Talk – after nearly 35 years, we will discontinue on-air broadcast distribution this fall.

Thanks to your partnership and efforts, Car Talk was, and will always be, a landmark program for public radio. We’re grateful to your station and your listeners for helping us build the show, and for bringing so much joy to so many people for so long.

Office of the Rowan County Judge Executive

With 37 new positive Covid-19 cases last week, officials in Rowan County are expecting to move into the red zone this week.

The community has a 42-percent vaccination rate, but the Delta Variant has been causing breakthrough cases throughout the region.

Judge Executive Harry Clark says he expects to see an increase, because Rowan is one of just a handful of counties in the region not currently in the red.

Health officials are continuing to report an increased rate for COVID-19 vaccination.

The news comes as the number of infections more than doubled in the Gateway District in a week.  The health department district includes Bath, Elliott, Menifee, Morgan and Rowan Counties.  49 new cases of the virus were reported there July 29th.  The update Thursday reported 128 new cases, with Elliott and Menifee now in the red designation.

Kentucky Center for Traditional Music

Sounds of Our Heritage: Program #4 (Weekend of August 7, 2021) 

A weekly feature of traditional music presented by faculty and students from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.

Western Clippings

  • Amelia Earhart Speech (Future of Women in Flying)
  • Junior Miss
  • 1937 Santa Anita Handicap
  • Hollywood Star Time (Riders of The Purple Sage)  

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Morehead State’s Star Theater is undergoing significant changes with the hiring of a new director and upgrades to its technology. 

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One member of Morehead State's faculty is gaining recognition for her research exploring the different facets of healthcare finance. 

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As the son of the late MSU art professor Deeno Golding, Milo Golding is receiving worldwide recognition for his work while honoring his father's legacy.

Milo, a 16-year-old 11th grader at Lexington Christian Academy, was named the winner of the 2021 Doodle for Google competition. Now in its 13th year, the competition involves accepting submissions from K-12 students for their rendition of the Google Doodle, creative versions of its logo featured on the search engine's home page.   

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Morehead State University Students will be required to wear masks when they return to campus.

In an email to the campus community Thursday, University officials outlines two levels of protocols. 

In the first, effective immediately, non-vaccinated individuals are required to wear masks in indoor spaces. Level one will be in effect through next Thursday.

Maysville Community and Technical College is among a select few institutions to be selected to take part in a project to strengthen STEM education.

Project Vision is supported by the National Science Foundation.  The goal of the 5-year project is to catalyze submissions of proposals from 45 two-year colleges not previously associated with Division of Undergraduate Education programs. 

Russ Ward is the Interim President of MCTC.  He discussed the matter during the August Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.

The Flatlanders

Aug 5, 2021
Jay Blakesberg

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #255 (August 6 at 8:00pm and August 7 at 3:00pm)

National Capital Industries

Work will take place on the Grayson spur of the AA Highway (KY 9) in Lewis County this month as part of a $746,000 pavement preservation project.

Beginning the week of Aug. 16, contractors will apply a thin layer of microsurface – a polymer-based blacktop –to eight miles of the Grayson spur from KY 10 (AA) near Vanceburg to the Lewis-Carter county line to preserve the asphalt pavement underneath.

MCTC to Require Masks

Aug 5, 2021

Maysville Community and Technical College will require masks inside all campus buildings effective Friday.

Officials say they want to start off the semester with a safe environment in order to keep in-person learning as an option.

Russ Ward is the President and CEO at MCTC.  He says masking in addition to vaccination will help prevent future outbreaks.

  Ward says leaders of the state organization made the decision together.

Rowan County Board of Education

The Rowan County Board of Education passed back-to-school guidance in a special called meeting Wednesday evening.

The District will continue to do screening for symptoms at the door, practice social distancing and sanitizing of hands and surfaces, and require masking in all buildings.  

Superintendent John Maxey says the guidance was created based on the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control, Kentucky Department of Public Health and the Kentucky Department of Education.  

Poole College of Management

Gov. Andy Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians drawing federal pandemic unemployment insurance benefits to rejoin the workforce before those programs expire Sept. 6.

“With a surging economy and job opportunities available throughout the commonwealth, there isn’t a valid reason why any Kentuckian who wants a job shouldn’t be able to find one,” the Governor said.

Bridge Hunter

The Goddard Covered Bridge in Fleming County will be closed for the next seven to 10 days for maintenance.

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Kentucky Department of Highways structures crew will make timber repairs and do other work at the historic bridge off KY 32 at Goddard. Work will take about 10 days, or until Friday, Aug. 13, to complete.

During construction, the bridge will be closed day and night to all traffic. Motorists may detour using the nearby Goddard Road Bridge.

Bus Boss

As students return to school, Kentucky drivers are being reminded of the laws that apply to keep students safe.

The first thing is to note the reduced speed in and around schools. School zones are designed to slow drivers down when children are likely to be present and drivers should heed posted speed limits.

The next thing drivers should be aware of is the laws that exist when approaching a school bus. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) have teamed up to help educate the public regarding school bus passing laws.

In a letter to staff Wednesday morning, officials with St. Claire Healthcare announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will now be required for all staff as a condition of employment.  The mandate will go into effect on Thursday.

Katie Jo Paschall

The Rowan county board of education will meet in special session on Wednesday to discussing reopening plans as cases of COVID-19 are pushing many counties in the area back to the red zone.

Last week National and State Health Leaders said everyone should be masked indoors, regardless of vaccination status, due to the more-contagious Delta Variant of the Virus.

Superintendent John Maxey says The Board will talk about recommendations from the C-D-C, state department of education, and the department of public health.  

Morehead State University

Sounds of Our Heritage: Program #3 (Weekend of July 31, 2021) 

A weekly feature of traditional music presented by faculty and students from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.

Google Street View

Those still in need of a COVID-19 vaccine in Rowan County can choose the shot they would like to take.

There has been an increase in the vaccination rate in the Commonwealth, with over 40,000 Kentuckians getting an injection in the past week alone.  Still, health officials say the rate is not where it needs to be.

Laura Harney is the Nursing Coordinator at the Rowan County Health Center.  She says if anyone has a preference about which shot they would like to take, they are able to make that decision.


Students in Carter County were scheduled to return to class Thursday…but that date has been pushed back due to an increase of COVID-19 cases among school-aged children.

The announcement was made via social media yesterday, saying the recommendation was made by the Carter County Health Department.  The update comes less than two weeks after the district announced they would not implement a mask mandate.


All That Jazz

Big Band Boulevard

Program #32 (August 8th, 2021 at 8 p.m.)

Big Band and swing tunes with selections from Gene Krupa, Fletcher Henderson, and Charlie Barnet. Also a live concert with Lionel Hampton recorded at The Opera RTBF Belgium on February 17th, 1958.


The Rowan County COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard had not been used since mid-May, but the County’s top official has brought it back.

Judge-Executive Harry Clark made the announcement Thursday, saying the updates would be made on a weekly basis as cases continue to see an increase.  The Gateway District Health Department covers Bath, Elliott, Menifee, Morgan and Rowan Counties.  49 new infections were reported in the area this past week, compared to just seven in early July.