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MOREHEAD, Ky.---The MSUCorps AmeriCorps Program and its partners are gearing up for their seventh annual Morehead Build-A-Bed Project to provide beds to children who are living in homes with not enough beds or none at all.

The goal is to give beds to children PK-12th grade who are forced to sleep on floors, couches, or in beds with multiple other children or family members. This regional Build-A-Bed Project has provided more than 700 beds to children in Eastern Kentucky since it began in 2010. This year the committee set a goal to build 185 beds.

Each child receives a brand new bed and mattress along with a bedtime bag containing sheets, a pillow, blanket, stuffed animal, book, alarm clock or nightlight, and a hygiene kit.

The beds will be built on Saturday, April 29, at the Peddler’s Mall. Recipients are expected to pick up their beds on the day of the build.

The project is currently accepting applications from Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Harrison, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Pike, Powell, Robertson, Rowan and Wolfe counties.

Applications can be found at The applications must be submitted by March 10 for consideration.

MSUCorps has partnered with outreach groups including: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Center for Adult Education and College Access (AECA), Center for Regional Engagement (CRE), Gateway House Homeless Shelter, Frenchburg Job Corps CCC, Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs.

Any donation is appreciated. Checks may be made to Build-A-Bed and sent to MSUCorps, Morehead State University, 201 Education Services Building, Morehead, Kentucky, 40351. Each bed costs approximately $150.

Details about how to help Build-A-Bed and application materials can be found at the website:

Additional information is available by contacting Mary Claire Williams, program director, at 606-783-2719 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2017) — Kentucky students who attend private or home schools have free access to Individual Learning Plans from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

KHEAA works with Career Cruising, which provides the ILP the state uses in all public schools, to give private and home school students in grades 6 through 12 the same planning tool.

ILPs let students explore careers, set up education plans, create résumés and establish personal goals to become college and career ready.

A private or home school student who wants to set up an ILP should log in on Private schools that want to set up accounts for their students should contact their regional outreach counselor. Contact information can be found behind the Counselors tab at by selecting KHEAA Outreach Services, then Outreach Counselors.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses.

For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.


Scholarship program includes tuition assistance, summer work and employment upon graduation


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2017) - Continuing one of the Commonwealth’s most attractive postsecondary education opportunities, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year for students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology degrees. Interested students must apply by the Feb. 1 deadline.

As many as 20 competitive civil engineering scholarships will be awarded for students to attend the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University or Kentucky State University. In addition to gaining tuition assistance, scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to work during the summers and are guaranteed post-graduation employment.

“As a former KYTC scholarship recipient, I benefited from this program, which launched my career in transportation – now spanning 27 years,” said KYTC State Highway Engineer Patty Dunaway. “I spent my college summers gaining invaluable hands-on experience in two highway districts while earning a degree from the University of Kentucky. The Cabinet is invested in equipping the future workforce of Kentucky, and I am an example of the meaningful impact this program can have in a person’s life.”

Freshmen and sophomores receive $6,200 per semester, while juniors and seniors receive $6,600 per semester, to complete a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Students agree to work one year for KYTC for each year of scholarship assistance.

Complete information is available at

Additionally, KYTC and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) teamed to develop an associate degree program in civil engineering technology at two campuses – Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg.

The Cabinet will award up to 10 scholarships for participating students, who can choose to attend either campus. Each scholarship student will receive $3,000 per semester plus the opportunity of a summer job and full-time placement with KYTC upon graduation.

As with the civil engineering scholarship program, the technology scholarship program requires students who receive civil engineering technology scholarships to complete one year of work with KYTC for each year of school.

Complete information on the civil engineering technology program is at

The application deadline for both scholarship programs is Feb. 1. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April.

For more information about either program, contact Cherie Mertz, scholarship coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 502-782-4794.

By Major (RET) Siembor

(Jan. 27, 2017) The first semester of the school year is complete and traditionally it is time for promotions in the Bulldog Battalion. 

LCHS JROTC parade squad has also been active this school year.LCHS JROTC parade squad has also been active this school year.

Although all cadets are eligible traditionally about 30% of the upper class (LET II – LET IV) meets the standards to get promoted.  Four of the nine officers have meet the criteria and they are;


*  Shelby Taylor and Aaron Roberts both being promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel. 

*  Shane Skeens was the only senior ranking NCO position; from Sergeant Major to Command Sergeant Major. 


All Three of those cadets hold significant positions in the Bulldog Battalion and have distinguished themselves above their peers to be promoted. Two other officers met the difficult requirements to get promoted. 

*  Brady Crockett, and Westin Hardin were promoted from 2LT to 1LT.  


So a hardy congratulations goes out to these fine individuals, Shelby “Double Tap” Taylor, Aaron “Batman” Roberts, Shane “Robin” Skeens,  Brady “Reverend” Crockett, and Westin “Hoops” Hardin (fear the beard).

Meeting the difficult challenges of making the grade and getting promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant are; 

*  Derek “Qlts” Murphy, “Hop-a-long” Cassidy Coburn, and Danny “Dough” Ramey.  

The last of the upper LET level promotions are;

*  Sebastian “Trace” Adkins, Aaron “Soup” Campbell and Illene “Forward” Newsome.  These three were promoted from Corporal to Sergeant.     

The promotion criteria for upper cadets are as follows; NCO promotions the cadet must meet high academic standards in JROTC, wear the uniform correctly when required and score a 240 or above on the physical training test.  To be promoted to 1SG and CSM one must have high academic standards, wear the uniform correctly when required and score a 265 or above on the physical training test.  And to be promoted as an Officer you must maintain the highest academic standards (top ten percent of the class), wear the uniform correctly when required, and score a 275 or above on the physical training test and must perform your staff job in a satisfactory manner.

So if you see any of the above students pat them on the back and congratulate them on a job well done, for they accomplishment more than their peers. 

Double Hooah to all.