November 23, 2015

All Murray High School alumni, fans and community leaders are invited to attend Murray High School’s National Blue Ribbon Celebration at 12:25 this afternoon at the Murray High School Gym. A celebration ceremony will be held to recognize students’ test scores that led MHS to being named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, the only Kentucky school being recognized. During the ceremony a celebration of the Murray Independent School District’s past, present, and future will be showcased.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was among four Senators sending a latter last week to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging the USDA to clarify that industrial hemp research programs are eligible for existing federal research dollars. The letter was signed by a total of 12 Senators and 37 members of the House of Representatives. The Senators said it appears that USDA has the authority to award competitive grants for the development of industrial hemp, but the USDA has provided conflicting information regarding whether the agency is willing to exercise its authority to do so. Industrial hemp is used throughout the world in thousands of products, including paper, fabrics, lotions, canvas, rope, and construction material. Under the Agricultural Act of 2014, institutions of higher education, including Murray State, and state departments of agriculture are permitted to launch industrial hemp research pilot programs if certain conditions are met. Twenty-six states have authorized industrial hemp pilot studies or production.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital announced last week that Dr. Christopher Stanczyk has joined the hospital as its newest urologist and will be practicing at Murray Urology beginning December 1. Specializing in general and adult urologic care, he will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions regarding the bladder, kidneys, prostate and urinary tract. Murray Urology is located in the Medical Arts Building in Suite 107 East.

Beginning today, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will embark on a two-day tour across Kentucky to participate in a series of town hall style events. Today, Senator Paul will begin in Northern Kentucky, then head to Ashland, and end the day in Pikeville. Tomorrow, Senator Paul will speak at coal forums on both sides of the state – in Hazard and Sturgis – then head to Owensboro, and finally finish his day in Fulton at 2:30 pm at the Pontotoc Community Center. Additionally, Sen. Paul’s casework staff will be holding office hours on-site at the Fulton Town Hall Meeting to review and discuss any specific federal agency related issues.

The Murray State University Alumni Association and the Student Government Association are holding a submission contest to decide the 2016 Homecoming theme. The contest started last week and will end on December 7. All MSU students and alumni are welcome to submit ideas for the 2016 Homecoming theme, which will take place Halloween weekend of 2016. The Murray State Alumni Association and SGA believe student and alumni contributions will lead to a successful theme. All submissions will be considered and decided after the deadline. You can submit Homecoming 2016 theme ideas to