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Ron Daley: Beshear is a listening governor who can revitalize Eastern Kentucky, rural areas

Gov. Andy Beshear’s ability and willingness to listen is just what Eastern Kentucky and the rural areas of the Commonwealth need to in order to advance economically. Not all political leaders have the inclination to listen to the people, but instead desire to speak and pontificate on their own agenda. Over the past four years I have had the opportunity to observe Beshear interact as a listener with...

Morehead State’s MSUCorps accepting donations, applications for Build-A-Bed program until Feb. 14

The MSUCorps AmeriCorps Program and its partners are gearing up for their 10th annual Morehead Build-A-Bed Project to provide beds to children who are living in homes with not enough beds or none at all. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 2-Feb 14, 2020. Applications can be found at www.moreheadstate.edu/buildabed. Applications can be submitted online or in paper form. The MSUCorps AmeriCorps...

Eastern Kentucky middle school students hope to start businesses, help build their communities

Students from seven Eastern Kentucky middle Schools participated in the 2019 Regional Entrepreneurial Competition held in Knott County last month (Pnoto provided) By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Eastern Kentucky middle school students demonstrated their entrepreneurial and creative abilities during the 2019 Regional Entrepreneurial Competition held in Knott County last month showing their potential...

Morehead State men’s basketball schedule features 15 home games, Hall of Fame Classic appearance

By Matt Schabert Morehead State Athletics Fifteen regular-season home contests, three of which are against foes who made appearances in national postseason tournaments a season ago, and games in the Hall of Fame Classic highlight Morehead State’s 2019-20 men’s basketball slate. “The opportunity to play 15 games this year in front of our fans, who have been near the top of the (Ohio...

Regional university partnership offers new options for students in Southeastern Kentucky

EKU President Michael Benson and Somerset Community College President Carey Castle sign a memorandum of agreement. (EKU photo) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s regional public universities have now joined forces to offer classes at the new University Center of Southern Kentucky, located on the campus of Somerset Community College. The University Center of Southern Kentucky, or UCSK,...

Governor’s Scholars Program recognizes 1,024 high school students, representing 118 counties

The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program has recognized 1,024 outstanding Kentucky high school students, representing 118 counties, for completing the 37th Governor’s Scholars Summer Program. The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students focused on enhancing Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders through educational and...

Kentucky Folk Art Center wins Main Street Partner Award for Appalachian Holiday Arts and Craft Fair

Morehead State’s Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) recently won the Main Street Partner Award from the Kentucky Main Street Program (KMSP). Tammy Stone, left, administrative coordinator of KFAC, accepted the Main Street Partner Award from Kentucky Main Street Coordinator Kitty Dougoud. (Photo from KFAC) KFAC won the award for hosting Morehead’s annual Appalachian Holiday Arts and Craft Fair, an...

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents IdeaFestival day for juniors; Astronaut Story Musgrave to speak

Famed NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, who holds one of his several graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, returns to Lexington to headline IdeaFestival (IF) Student Day on April 16 for nearly 1,000 Fayette County Public School juniors. Presented by Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the program is designed for students to focus on the next step into their...

Mark Johnson named Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero by Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Mark Johnson as the 2019 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 1-7). Johnson received his Master of Science in...

Ashland SBDC to host Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards breakfast May 9

Morehead State’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Ashland office will host the 2019 Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards to honor and recognize small business owners, small business champions and young entrepreneurs (under age 40) in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, and Lawrence counties on Thursday, May 9. This year’s small business award categories include New Business (operating...

Ivanka Trump ‘inspired’ by her tour in eastern Kentucky, visiting Morehead’s aerospace program

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today MOREHEAD, Ky. (KT) – Ivanka Trump came away “illuminated’’ with what’s happening in eastern Kentucky after a Friday tour of workforce development programs. She called it an “inspiring,’’ giving plenty of credit to Gov. Matt Bevin, who she said was a “champion of workforce development.” Bevin escorted Trump and her team to three different sites beginning...

MSU, UK students named winners of two Equine Scholarships from Kentucky Horse Council

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the recipients of two Equine Scholarships for the Fall 2018 semester, Morehead State University student Brittany Rust and University of Kentucky student Morgan Dailey. The Equine Scholarship is awarded to student members of the Kentucky Horse Council currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an equine-related major or a horse-related program,...

Lexington Art League announces hiring of Matt Collinsworth as interim executive director

The Lexington Art League Board of Directors announces the hiring of a new interim executive director, Matt Collinsworth. His hiring is a key component of the Lexington Art League’s budgetary and strategic planning processes, which will include input from key stakeholders across the community and conclude in March 2019. Collinsworth is a familiar figure to many artists and art collectors in Lexington,...

Eastern Kentucky forage tour on Sept. 6 to highlight fall, winter forage preparations

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Forage and livestock producers can see the latest research in action and get tips on fall and winter forage preparations during an Eastern Kentucky Field Day on Sept. 6. The free field day will be at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex at Morehead State University. The field day is a partnership between forage specialists in the University of Kentucky College...

KY universities partner with State Treasurer to support empowerment for teachers, students

Economic educators across the state  have joined with State Treasurer Allison Ball to launch the Coalition for Financial Literacy in the Commonwealth (CFLC). Ball Partners include Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University. The CFLC was formed to combine resources to teach personal finance, entrepreneurship...

IdeaFestival Student Day for middle, high school students coming to Norton Center on March 29

IdeaFestival Student Day is returning to the Bluegrass Region March 29, highlighted by the unique Career Maker Faire which focuses on helping students with their college and career awareness. IF Bluegrass will take place at the Norton Center for the Arts, presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, an initiative of Bluegrass Tomorrow.  IF Bluegrass, a one-day festival, is free to middle...

Lexington Legends 2018 promotional schedule includes discounts, free kids tickets and more

Lexington Legends fans can look forward once again to a summer of fun, stachetastic new promotions at Whitaker Bank Ballpark during the 2018 season. The 70-game home schedule begins Thursday, April 5. The Legends, Class A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, have planned a wide variety of promotions, theme nights and discounts throughout the season and much more for fans in Central Kentucky.  A full...

Morehead’s growing aerospace industry focus of visit by NASA administrator Lightfoot

NASA’s acting administrator visited the Morehead State Space Science Center this week to learn about the growing aerospace industry in Morehead. Robert Lightfoot was joined by Congressman Harold Rogers and MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan for a private tour of the Space Science Center Wednesday morning. Their visit was to learn more about Kentucky’s number one export: aerospace technology. NASA acting...

Life Experience: At 60, new teacher at Tates Creek looking toward new challenge, not retirement

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward With a 60th birthday coming up in October, some people would be eagerly looking toward retirement. But Lowell Outland is simply turning a page to the next chapter – this time, as a teacher at Tates Creek High School. “It’s overnight success that took 40 years. It’s amazing how life will change on you,” he said good-naturedly as he prepared for the start...

Coming on heels of a 21-win season, Morehead State gives women’s basketball coach Todd an extension

Following a 21-win season and the program’s first ever trip to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, Morehead State women’s basketball head coach Greg Todd has had his contract extended through the 2020-21 season. “I would like to thank Brian Hutchinson and Dr. Wayne Andrews for their continued support,” said Todd. “An extension helps with current recruits...