Murray Ledger & Times


The chairman of Youngstown State University’s board of trustees says the board wants Murray State University President Dr. Randy Dunn to start his new job on the Youngstown, Ohio campus as soon as possible. On Friday, the YSU trustees voted 8-0 to authorize the board's chair and vice chair to negotiate and execute an employment contract with Dunn to start as YSU’s next president. In an emailed statement Monday, Dunn said he and his wife, Dr. Ronda Dunn, hoped to get started at YSU in about two months. Read more...


The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to offer the position of president to Murray State University President Dr. Randy J. Dunn. The appointment is not final until contract terms can be reached. Dunn would replace Cynthia E. Anderson, who is retiring June 30 after three years as president and 34 years with the university.

Two spans of the Eggner Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake collapsed Thursday night after being struck by a cargo ship carrying aviation parts, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said. Officials said the bridge was closed to traffic, causing vehicles needing to cross the Kentucky Lake reservoir and the Tennessee River to be detoured for dozens of miles. Robert Parker, 51, of Cadiz, said he and his wife were traveling northbound on the highway after leaving his stepson’s house in Murray. They were driving in the rain along the darkened bridge about 8 p.m. when they suddenly noticed a missing 20-foot piece of the bridge, which at that section stands at least 20 feet above the water. “All of a sudden I see the road’s gone and I hit the brakes,” he said. “It got close.”

Greg Travis / Murray Ledger & Times

An early-morning fire Tuesday reportedly damaged much of the Ellis Popcorn building in Murray. According to at least one offical, the building may be a total loss. The state fire marshal has been contacted, and an investigation will continue, it was reported. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Monday marks the beginning of a nationwide
highway safety initiative known as "Click It or Ticket." The Kentucky State Police will join hundreds of local law enforcement officials, highway safety representatives and safety advocates nationwide who have vowed support of the annual highway safety mobilization.