Beshear outlines bridge construction measures

Gov. Steve Beshear addresses a group of city and University officials who gathered at Calloway County High School Wednesday to dedicate a citywide sidewalk initiative allowing those high school students easier access to downtown Murray. || Kylie Townsend/The News

Gov. Steve Beshear visited the Lyon County Riverport Authority in Eddyville, Ky., Wednesday to discuss details regarding repairs to the missing span of the Eggners Ferry Bridge.

The Delta Mariner ocean vessel, struck the bridge on Jan. 26., demolishing a 322-foot portion of the bridge.

The site in Eddyville, Ky., will play host to the assembly of the steel truss, which will be used for a replacement span to temporarily repair and reopen the bridge.

Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. crews are fabricating the steel at the company’s main site in Louisville, Ky., and will ship them to the Lyon County Riverport for assembly.

Once completed, the truss will be transported by barge to the bridge and attached via crane.

The contracting agency has a deadline of May 27. Beshear reiterated his emphasis on the deadline to assure traffic was restored for the summer tourism season in western Kentucky. Continue reading “Beshear outlines bridge construction measures”

University celebrates retiring faculty with annual banquet

With more than ten faculty members recognized for their years at Murray State now coming to an end, the annual Faculty Banquet last Thursday hosted, awarded and honored many faculty and staff within the University community.

Bonnie Higginson, vice president of Academic Affairs, introduced the faculty retirees for the 2012 year over a meal in the Curris Center’s Ballroom.

The retirees for this year are Jeffery Anderson, Linda Bartnik, Stephen Brown, professors of humanities and fine arts, Head Coach Donald Delaney of the equestrian team, Larry D. Guin, professor of business, Steven Jones, chair in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, William Koenecke, assistant professor in the College of Education, Ann Landini, associate professor in the department of journalism and mass communications, Alysia Ritter and Camille Serre, professors in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and Brenda Wilson, associate professor of business. Continue reading “University celebrates retiring faculty with annual banquet”

Local business works toward sustainability

Issues regarding sustainability and a greener planet have arisen with the arrival of Earth Week, which is observed annually in Murray from April 22 until tomorrow.

In 1990, Earth Day spread across the globe, and along with a boost in worldwide recycling efforts.

One local organization contributing to a greener planet is Angel’s Attic Thrift Store.

Mike Crook, who has been the manager for one and a half years, explained the different ways Angel’s Attic contributes to recycling and sustainability, as well as efforts to give back to the community.

Crook said the store was founded in July 2002 by St. John’s Episcopal Church with the goal of helping the needy.

“Over time it morphed into a store where the raised funds go to Angel’s Community Clinic,” Crook said.

Angel’s Community Clinic is a healthcare clinic for uninsured individuals in Calloway County.

Crook explained the various ways Angel’s Attic is able to help the environment by recycling and taking on sustainability projects. Continue reading “Local business works toward sustainability”

City seeks funds to build shelter

Wendy Lovett, coordinator of the Gentry House, said there were seven families on the waiting list, who had no place of their own to stay. || Chris Wilcox/The News

With tornado season in full swing, some citizens of Murray are expressing concern because the city does not have a designated tornado shelter.

At a city council meeting on April 12 Bill Call, Calloway County emergency management director, addressed this issue.

Call said the National Weather Service in Paducah, reported Calloway County has more tornadoes occur from the surrounding counties.

“We have a fair amount of tornadoes,” Call said. “They can be deadly.”

He said there are safe places for people to go to, but the fact remains there is not an established shelter to keep citizens safe.

People do have the option to go to Racer Arena when severe weather strikes, but it is only open from 6 a.m. to midnight. Continue reading “City seeks funds to build shelter”

Registration up, freshmen numbers may vary

Preliminary data from the Enrollment Management Department at Murray State shows increases in transfer and freshman applications, undergraduate acceptance and summer orientation registration as compared to this time last year.

Fall 2012 freshmen and transfer undergraduate applications for admission are up 4.15 percent over this time last year, while fall 2012 freshmen and transfer acceptances are up 5 percent. Freshmen registered to participate in summer orientation is up 4 percent.

Fred Dietz, executive director of Enrollment Management, said early indications in registration looked promising for University enrollment and high school students are taking advantage of early scheduling by registering ahead for summer orientation.

The first summer orientation for next year’s freshman was held this past weekend and was one of the largest orientations to date with 434 students completing registration.

“Students like to take advantage of early scheduling,” Dietz said. “The remaining summer O dates are in June and July and are filling up nicely.” Continue reading “Registration up, freshmen numbers may vary”

Council recognizes men’s basketball team

Mayor Bill Wells presents the three seniors of the Murray State men’s basketball team with a plaque, acknowledging their record-setting season. || Chris Wilcox/The News

The Murray City Council recognized the Murray State men’s basketball team on April 12 for their record-breaking season.

City Mayor Bill Wells gave plaques of recognition to Allen Ward, director of Athletics, Head Coach Steve Prohm, Neal Bradley, sports commentator known as the “Voice of the Racers” and members of the Murray State men’s basketball team.

When addressing Ward, Wells said he could not be more proud of the Racer Nation and their success this season.

Ward said he was honored by the recognition.

“This has been a very special year,” Ward said. “It doesn’t happen without good people, which we are surrounded by at Murray State.” Continue reading “Council recognizes men’s basketball team”

Graduate student wins fellowship

A graduate student within the College of Science, Engineering and Technology was awarded a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation on March 30.

Scot Peterson, who was awarded the fellowship researches the biodiversity of degraded western streams.

He will be conducting experiments that will allow land managers to better restore the stream and the surrounding watershed.

The High Lonesome Ranch in Dubuque, Colo., where the research is being conducted, Murray State’s Watershed Studies Institute and CSET fund his work.

The fellowship, which is only awarded to 10 percent of applicants throughout the country, will provide Peterson with three years of financial support, including salary and tuition. Continue reading “Graduate student wins fellowship”

Herpetology Society hosts annual festival

An 11-foot albino python was one of the many species of snake showcased at the Herpetology Showoff last Friday. This particular snake was found in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area on April 4, and was brought to the University designated as a no-kill facilty. || Kylie Townsend/The News

The Murray State Herpetological Society hosted the 10th annual Herpetological Showoff for the students on April 20.

Snakes, turtles and other species adorned the Carr Health East Gym as students enjoyed getting a glimpse into the creatures that surround Murray State.

Tim Johnson, vice president of the Herpetology Society, said the showcase was a great way to introduce the creatures native to the region. Continue reading “Herpetology Society hosts annual festival”

University hires retention director

The University’s new director of retention is finally on campus after being hired in January.

Jamie Mantooth, director of student retention, assumed his position on April 11. The search for the position as director of retention began after Carmen Garland’s retirement. Don Robertson, vice president of Student Affairs, was interim co-chair on the President’s Commission on Student Retention until Mantooth was hired.

Mantooth has spent the last 11 years at Auburn University in Alabama, directing various programs such as Greek life, student affairs and parent organizations. His purpose at Murray State is to help improve student retention.

Mantooth said 25 to 30 percent of Murray State students don’t return after their first year at Murray State and he wants to find out why. Continue reading “University hires retention director”

County, city search for shelter funds

A single mother with three young children will not have a place to sleep tonight.

This mother cannot afford to pay the monthly rent at the apartment complex where she has been living. When her children get out of school, they will have no place to call home. Her only option is to seek help from local non-profit agencies.

Tonia Casey, director of Needline, a local food bank, said being faced with situations like this is just another day at the office for her.

Casey’s options and resources are limited since there is no full-time, obligation free homeless shelter in Murray. She can either send the family to a shelter in one of the surrounding counties or have them stay at a hotel for a few days. Both options can be costly. Continue reading “County, city search for shelter funds”