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Beshear announces limited service reopening of regional driver licensing office in Morehead

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regional driver’s licensing office in Morehead will reopen for limited services starting Wednesday (June 10). It is part of Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative to safely reopen essential Executive Branch offices and services that were closed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019. Gov. Andy Beshear“We are gradually...

As cash-strapped rural hospitals are forced to make dramatic choices, will federal help arrive in time?

By Liz Carey Special to KyForward Two weeks after St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead furloughed a quarter of its staff, the hospital was caring for its first COVID-19 patient. Cutbacks during a national health care crisis are counter-intuitive, but administrators say the cuts are necessary. In rural areas across the country, as well as in some urban areas, hospitals are laying off or furloughing...

Beshear awards nearly $3 million in grants for improvement projects in Eastern Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear visited four Eastern Kentucky communities to present grants, support legislation to help miners and discuss key issues affecting Kentucky families including education and health care. In collaboration with the Department for Local Government (DLG) and the Transportation Cabinet, Beshear announced nearly $3 million for community improvement projects in Morehead, Sandy Hook and Louisa....

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence names Angela Yannelli as new Chief Executive Officer

The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence has announced that Angela Yannelli is its new Chief Executive Officer. Yannelli, who worked at KCADV from 1997 to 2012, is returning after serving for seven years as a Senior Family Violence Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. She has worked to end intimate partner violence for more than 22 years,...

Sunrise Children’s Services announces closure of two facilities in effort to optimize program structures

Sunrise Children’s Services announced this week the closure of two programs, both of which will be effective in early March. The programs being closed are Morehead Center, a 12-bed residential treatment facility for females ages 12-18, and an office in Florence that supported community-based programs. The closures affect nearly 20 Sunrise jobs across both programs. “We are seeing shifts in funding...

Born with rare congenital disease, Morehead girl defies every expectation to prove doctors wrong

By Hilary Brown Special to KyForward Though she be but little, she is fierce. From the moment she was born, Audrey Armstrong defied every expectation. Born in Morehead at 41 and a half weeks, Audrey immediately began having difficulties with bowel movements. Her parents brought her to the NICU at Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) where she was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease, a congenital...

Ivanka Trump to join Gov. Bevin in tour of Kentucky’s mountain region Friday, to explore workforce issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Ivanka Trump is scheduled to tour Kentucky’s mountain region on Friday, visiting three bright spots in a region that long has been caught in the grip of economic woe.

 Gov. Matt Bevin will accompany the president’s daughter for stops in Paintsville, Prestonsburg, and Morehead.

 They will also participate in a roundtable discussion with state and local officials,...

Constance Alexander: Conflict and compromise come alive on Western Kentucky History Day

For the fourth year in a row, students from elementary, middle, and high schools in Western Kentucky made the past come alive on History Day. The annual event, sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society, brought approximately seventy-five youngsters to Murray State University’s Crisp Center in Paducah last week, where they competed for opportunities to showcase their history projects at a statewide...

Bivens to present plenary session at Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Creative Industry Summit

Retired Brig. Gen. Nolen Bivens will present the plenary session at the Kentucky Arts Council’s fourth annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit on Dec. 5 in Morehead. Bivens’ presentation, titled “Building an Arts and Military Community, Health & Wellness Ecosystem,” will focus on national efforts to promote opportunities for artists, arts organizations and communities interested in supporting...

Five Eagle basketball players pick up honors for excellence off the court

(Photo provided)   Morehead State’s Drew Kelly, Chad Posthumus, Kareem Storey, Jordan Percell and Karam Mashour have been named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for academic achievement.   The Honors Court recognizes juniors or seniors who own a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 and have been enrolled at their current school at least...

See KY: Find your way to Morehead and find plenty of adventure from lakes to outer space

Cave Run Lake (Photo from Ky Tourism)   By Kathy Witt Special to KyForward   Find your way to Morehead, an Eastern Kentucky town tucked within Daniel Boone National Forest, and you’ll find plenty of adventure.   Fun-filled activities abound like hiking, mountain biking, boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, swimming, camping, fishing – whew! – and even the latest craze...

Flags ordered to half-staff to honor sacrifice
of Morehead man who died in Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Daniel Fannin (Photo from WKYT) Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He ordered flags at all state office buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Fannin’s interment, for which arrangements are pending.   According to the Department...

Tony Pence: Don Rigsby’s ‘high lonesome sound’ makes this music man worth a listen

Don Rigsby (Photos provided)   This is the first in an occasional series about the musical heritage of the Appalachian foothills and the impact the region’s songwriters, pickers and singers have on music today.   It’s about a 30-minute drive from Morehead to Sandy Hook winding along the narrow, curvy and tenacious road that is Kentucky Route 32 – a familiar stretch of highway...