Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between April 2017 and April 2018, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.   

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.7 percent. It was followed by Campbell, Oldham and Shelby counties, 2.9 percent each; Fayette, Scott and Spencer counties, 3 percent each; and Boone, Kenton, Marion, Warren and Washington counties, 3.1 percent each.

Pest World

With spring now in full swing, people are taking advantage of the warmer weather and spending more time outside.

This also is the time when tick activity increases across Kentucky.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Department for Public Health are reminding people to take precautions against tick bites, which can transmit serious and potentially deadly illnesses.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Offering the cleanest safe havens for road-weary motorists driving on the Commonwealth’s interstates, two I-64 facilities in northeast Kentucky received the Best Maintained Rest Area Award recently at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 19th annual recognition ceremony.

The Carter County Eastbound I-64 Rest Area and the Rowan County Westbound I-64 Rest Area tied for the award, which is based on state inspection reports.

Morehead State University

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is offering four unique summer camps this year designed to spark students' interests in space science, engineering, aeronautics and the arts.

"Take Flight: an FPV Drone Racing Camp" will be held June 21 and 22 and is open to incoming eighth and ninth grade students. During the two-day non-residential camp, students will learn to build, fly and race FPV drones. The cost of the camp is $250 and includes lunch, snacks and camp materials.

The winner of Rowan County's most watched primary is now looking forward to November's general election.

Elwood Caudill will vie with Republican Kim Davis after winning the Democratic nomination for County Clerk on Tuesday. Caudill's main challenger in the primary was David Ermold, a gay man who was denied a marriage license by Davis in 2015. The case, which went to federal court, made national news.

Caudill easily defeated Ermold, even though his opponent had $201,000 in his campaign war chest, much of it from sources outside Kentucky.


May 23, 2018 -- Thomas Hood was an English poet, author and humorist, best known for poems such as "The Bridge of Sighs" and "The Song of the Shirt". Hood wrote regularly for The London Magazine, the Athenaeum, and Punch.

Carter County Election results

May 22, 2018

Unofficial election results in Carter County are as follows:

United State Representative 5th District (Republican)
Harold “Hal” Rogers 1,625
Gerrardo Serrano 270

State Representative 96th District (Republican)
Jill York 1,240
Charles Clark 816

County Judge/Executive (Republican)
Mike T. Malone 1,044
Tommy Thompson 492
Hobert Allen McGlone, Jr. 311
Mary L. Sparks 187

Sheriff (Republican)
Jeffrey May 1,743
Randy L. Phillips 308

Rowan County Primary Results are as follows:

County Judge Executive
Lincoln Caudill 1516
Joe Gagliano 297
Harry Clark 1595
Benjamin Heckman 49

Circuit Clerk:
Anthony Caudwell 377
Melissa Powers 1462
Kim Barker-Tabor 1609

Carter County Detention Center

A former volunteer firefighter has been arrested for arson in Carter County.

29-year-old Anthony Ramirez was arrested early Tuesday morning after being indicted for 1st Degree Arson – a Class A felony.

The indictment alleges that Ramirez started a fire on March 21st at the Shangri-La Apartments, which he knew to be inhabited. 

Grayson police Sergeant Travis Steele says at the time of the incident, Ramirez held a position of trust.

Human Development Institute

In a ceremony on May 15, Gov. Matt Bevin signed Executive Order 2018-328 to add Kentucky to the growing list of states with Employment First policies for people with disabilities. The University of Kentucky's Human Development Institute (HDI) will play a pivotal role in carrying out this order.

Senior Advice

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today the Eastern State Hospital Long Term Care Facility will be closed due to state budget constraints. The facility currently serves 14 residents with acquired brain injuries (ABI) or geriatric residents with long-term care needs.

Eastern State Hospital, a state-owned psychiatric facility, is managed by UK HealthCare and primarily serves patients with acute mental health needs. The current action impacts only the long-term care facility, and all other services will remain intact.


Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand (Alligator)

Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf)

Nick Moss Band – The High Cost Of Low Living (Alligator)

Various – Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James (Sylvan Songs)

Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)

Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (Highjohn)

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – No Mercy In This Land (Anti)

Tommy Castro & Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground (Alligator)

Winchester Sun

East Kentucky Power Cooperative plans to demolish the powerhouse of a decommissioned power plant in Clark County, Ky.

The powerhouse and stacks of Dale Station, located in southern Clark County on the Kentucky River, will be torn down and removed over the next year.

The plant ceased operations in early 2016. Since that time, the powerhouse, which houses the plant’s generating units, has been unused and is beginning to deteriorate.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

May 22, 2018 -- Mary Stevenson Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker. She was born in Pennsylvania, but lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists.

Poetry Foundation

May 21, 2018 -- John Peale Bishop enjoyed a successful career as a writer and critic, though he is perhaps more known today for the friends he made during his lifetime. A poet, critic, and the author of both a novel and a collection of short fiction, Bishop travelled in circles that included Robert Penn Warren, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Allen Tate, and Edmund “Bunny” Wilson, whose contributions to North American literary criticism have become almost legendary.


May 21, 2018

A Montgomery County Woman hopes to raise awareness about a disorder that affects her son.  WMKY’s Leeann Akers has the story. 

Greg Jenkins

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM) will take a nostalgic trip back to the past with a new program exploring the 'golden years of radio.'

Leon Smothers is the creator, writer and host of “That Was Radio.”

In addition to providing an overview of radio programs from the 1930s through 1950s, “That Was Radio” will go behind the programs to explore the personalities and events that inspired and shaped those programs. Along the way, the series will examine how the shows were made, and discuss their importance and impact on radio.

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will celebrate Free Fishing Weekend June 2-3.

Free Fishing Weekend, an annual event since 1992, offers residents and non-residents the opportunity to fish Kentucky waters without a license or permit. Limits on the size and number of fish that anglers may keep still apply. Additionally, anglers may keep trout without possessing a trout permit during free fishing weekend.

St. Claire Regional Medical Center

The community is invited for a rockin' good time at the St. Claire Foundation's Signature Event. "Rockin' & Rollin' on Railroad Street” is scheduled for Friday, June 15 at the Morehead Conference Center.

Kick off your evening on Railroad Street with the opening reception at 6 p.m., featuring hors d'oeurves and an open bar offering a variety of beers, wines and bourbons. Enjoy an amazing dinner prepared by St. Claire's Aramark at 7 p.m., followed by musical entertainment, dancing and a live auction! A cash bar begins at 7:30 p.m.

St. Claire Regional Medical Center

Do you know a child who struggles with day-to-day interactions such as initiating conversation and reading social cues? Learning appropriate social skills can help children function better at home, school and in the community.

St. Claire HealthCare will offer FREE Social Skill Builder camps this summer to help rising preschooler through 6th graders with their social skills. SCH’s licensed occupational therapists

Kentucky State Parks

Kentucky is a hidden gem of Southern fare, featuring one-of-a-kind restaurants and chefs specializing in local ingredients and distinctive cuisine.

With the newly announced Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative, nine regional signature meals, culinary trails and hosting of the upcoming season of Top Chef, Kentucky continues to grow as a must-visit destination for all food lovers.

The Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative encourages guests to learn about the unique cultural aspects of each region that in turn contribute to their signature dishes.

Spokesman Review

When trying to catch a glimpse of an eagle in its nest, Kate Slankard reminds people to keep their distance and make visits brief.

“It’s natural to be excited when we see an eagle in the wild,” said Slankard, an avian biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ non-game division. “But we don’t want to stay so long that we disturb them.”

Researchers have documented more than 150 pairs of nesting eagles in Kentucky this season.

Dr. Kip Guy show

May 16, 2018

Growing up in rural Mississippi, Kip Guy decided he wanted to do scientific research. He headed to the West Coast, began working on a more environmentally friendly way to make the cancer drug Taxol, and developed collaborations all across the country.


May 16, 2018 -- American stage and film actor who appeared in more than 90 films over six decades and created quintessential American heroes known for their integrity.

Barker-Tabor residency case dismissed

May 15, 2018

A special judge dismissed a civil case against the Rowan County Court Clerk Tuesday which questioned her residency.

Sam King filed the case against Kim Barker-Tabor, who was appointed to the position in January after her father retired.

Barker-Tabor said King filed no proof in the case. She believes it was filed simply to distract her.

The Woodsheep

A Morehead indie-folk band released their second album last week. WMKY's Arlo Barnette reports...

The hearing for a civil case against the Rowan Circuit Court Clerk will be held in Greenup County Tuesday.

Morehead-area resident Sam King filed a motion to contest Circuit Clerk Kim Barker-Tabor’s qualifications to run for re-election last week.  King claims he has proof that Barker-Tabor hasn’t been a resident of the county long enough to legally for run for the office.  She was appointed to the position in January after her father retired.


May 14, 2018 -- Otto Nossan Klemperer was a Jewish German-born conductor and composer, described as "the last of the few really great conductors of his generation."


May 11, 2018 -- Foster Brooks was an American actor and comedian most famous for his portrayal of a lovable drunken man in nightclub performances and television programs.

Think Progress

The Health Care Taskforce at Morehead State has recommended several spending changes to the University’s Board of Regents.

In a report during today's special meeting, Task Force Chair and Human Resources Director Howard Nally offered several ideas. Nally says the changes would save MSU around $1.6 million dollars, which is the same amount that MSU spent on offsetting health care costs to employees during the 2017-18 year.