Chuck Mraz

News Director

Chuck Mraz has been an employee of MSPR (WMKY) since 1986. As News Director he recruits and trains employees for MSPR's News Department and supervises the morning operations of the station. Chuck hosts "Front Page," a local news and information show and is the local news voice for inserts in NPR's "Morning Edition." He has received numerous state and national awards for his work in sports reporting.

WMKY Feature Reports
3:47 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Feature: MSU Walk On

Jared Ravenscraft

While the life of some college basketball players can sometimes be glamorous...for others, the road to stardom is a little rockier. Chuck Mraz reports...

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Front Page
9:30 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Fall Career Fair / Dining With The Dead (10/3)

October 3rd -- Fall Career Fair / Dining With The Dead

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Economic
2:49 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Rowan County Budget Adjustment

The Rowan Fiscal Court has adjusted its 2014—15 budget after getting a one-million dollar community development block grant from the state.

Judge-Executive Jim Nickell says the county will be a “pass-thru” agency for the cash, which will be given to the Morehead-Rowan County Economic Development Council, which will turn around and lend it out immediately…

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Education
1:55 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

MSU May Consider Workforce Reduction

MSU President Wayne D. Andrews
Credit MSU

In pointing Morehead State University toward…what he calls ”a sustainable future”…MSU President Wayne Andrews says the school needs to reduce its workforce.

Since he arrived in Morehead nearly 10 ten years ago, Andrews says MSU has annually had between 1,100 and 1,200 full-time employees…

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Business
1:48 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Maysville Plant Closing

Credit Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

Maysville is losing 157 jobs.

Federal Mogul has announced it will be close its automotive parts’ distribution center in the city at the end of next June. The company reports its making the move in conjunction with an effort to reduce costs and realign its motorparts division.

Maysville Mayor David Cartmell says he first learned of Federal Mogul’s decision at 1pm Tuesday. He calls the news disappointing…

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Economic
4:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Morehead Forum Will Focus On Rural Health Care

Credit Think Progress

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelin will be in Morehead next week as he conducts one of ten statewide hearings on the fiscal health of the state’s rural hospitals, and the president and CEO of St. Claire Regional Medical Center admits he is looking forward to Edelin’s visit.

Mark Neff says some of the federal Affordable Care Act’s new requirements are hitting facilities, like his very hard.

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Education
2:00 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Morehead State Reviewing Buyout Program

Credit Morehead State University

Morehead State officials are still analyzing the success of the university’s spring voluntary employee buyout program.

Vice President Beth Patrick is MSU’s Chief Financial Officer. Patrick says of the jobs vacated, the school is attempting to determine which of them need to be refilled, the salary level required and if some of those duties can be divided among other employees.

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Crime/Police
10:43 am
Thu June 26, 2014

All Five Rowan Suspects Arrested

Credit WKYT

All five suspects wanted in connection with a homicide in Rowan County are now in custody. 

Two 18-year-olds…Marcus Stewart and Demario Powell were arrested Tuesday night (June 24). Kentucky State Police say 20-year-old Julius Kolowitz and 19-year-old Jaque Abrams, both of Elizabethtown, and 19-year-old Anthony “Rell” Payson of Hodgenville were arrested earlier today (June 26).

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Economic
10:01 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Fleming Co. Gas Line Project

Martin L. Voiers, Mayor
Credit flemingsburgky.org

The city of Flemingsburg is making change to a gas line project.

After reaching an agreement with the Fleming County School District in January, the line was initially supposed to cross part of the high school’s property. 

However, Mayor Martin Voiers says the city recently decided to move the line because it was uncertain if, and when, the State Board of Education might sign-off on the project…

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Crime/Police
9:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Rowan Man Shot in Home Invasion Passes Away

Credit WKYT

The man shot during a weekend home invasion in Rowan County has died. 

Kentucky State Police have identified him as 20-year-old Bo Otis of Owingsville. Otis suffered a single gunshot wound to the back of the head at a mobile home located on Rose Road in Clearfield.  He died Monday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

KSP trooper Joe Veeneman says the shooting happened at around 1pm Sunday…which is an unusual time of day for that type of incident…

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Education
2:19 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

MSU Spring Convocation Address

Credit MSU

Morehead State University President Dr. Wayne D. Andrews delivers his address at the 2014 Spring Convocation in Button Auditorium.

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Government/Politics
9:58 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Rand Paul on Government Funding

Credit The Washington Post

Rather than forcing another government shutdown, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says Republicans should use rhetoric to shame President Obama into cutting spending when the two sides meet to negotiate an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling and discuss another continuing funding resolution before the January deadline.

Paul says most Americans are concerned about the amount of debt that Uncle Sam is racking-up and want to see that practice end. He adds that reducing federal government spending is not a complicated problem…

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Area News
2:26 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Judge-Executive Defends Rowan Jail Size

Credit kcjea.org

Rowan Judge-Executive Jim Nickell is defending the county’s plan to build a 250-to-300 bed jail.

Nickell points out that the current lockup, which opened in 1990, has only 78 beds…but holds well over a hundred prisoners each month…

Nickell says the county needs to make sure that its not in a similar situation in a decade or two by building a detention center that’s too small to meet Rowan County’s needs.

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Government/Politics
2:14 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Morehead Sewer Project

Mayor David Perkins says Morehead officials know a major project will need to be dealt with sooner or later.

They are trying to figure out how to get the city’s 80-year-old storm sewer system renovated. Every time a heavy downpour hits the area, the system gets backed-up and floods Morehead’s streets. 

According to Perkins, the city doesn’t have the cash for upgrading the storm sewer system…an effort that he believes would cost at least one million dollars…

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Government/Politics
11:47 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Morehead Fairness Ordinance

Even though it wasn’t on the agenda for this week’s Morehead city council meeting…Mayor David Perkins says the panel will likely hear the first reading of a proposed “Fairness Ordinance” next month.

Perkins says the city’s attorney has been working with the Kentucky Human Rights Commission to finalize the wording and details of the legislation. He believes that crafting the proposed ordinance should not be that difficult…

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Crime/Police
7:55 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

KSP To Hold Citizens Police Academy In West Liberty

Credit SurfKY.com

Morehead’s Kentucky State Police Post 8 is gearing-up to host its fifth annual Citizens Police Academy.

KSP Trooper Joe Veeneman says the eleven week program is designed to give members of the community an inside look at the day-to-day operations of the Kentucky State Police.

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Crime/Police
10:07 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Rowan County/Morehead Tomorrow Mediation

Credit kcjea.org

Rowan Judge-Executive Jim Nickell believes the county and Morehead Tomorrow are close to resolving a dispute over who will take possession of $75,000 in funding that had been stolen from the agency.

Former Executive Director Terri Alderman recently repaid the money to Morehead Tomorrow after she admitted taking it. She’s now serving a five-year prison term.  Moth MT and the county have laid claim to that cash and went through a mediation session in late July in an effort to work out their disagreement.

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Environment
8:54 am
Mon August 19, 2013

AK Steel Coke Plant Cleanup

Credit WSAZ-TV

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is asking the federal EPA to allow Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet to take responsibility for the cleanup of AK Steel’s former coke plant in Ashland. The firm shut down the facility in 2011 because it was considered "non-compliant" with the Federal Clean Air Act.

McConnell says Ashland officials are anxious to market the site to other businesses but can’t do that until environmental remediation takes place. The Republican believes that would happen sooner if the state was in charge…

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Drugs/Alcohol
9:56 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Proposal to Drop FIVCO Area Drug Enforcement Task Force Undercover Agent

The Olive Hill City Council will look at a proposal to get rid of the city’s FIVCO Area Drug Enforcement Task Force undercover agent at its meeting next Tuesday night.

The town is facing a $60,000 budget shortfall and Councilman Allen Stapleton says dumping the FADE officer will save between $40,000 and $45,000. Fellow council member Glenn Meade disagrees with the plan…saying it would send the wrong message in a city with a serious drug issue.

Meade says Olive Hill needs to keep its FADE officer and that across-the-board cuts be used to balance the budget…

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City/County Disagreement
12:40 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

'Morehead Tomorrow' Money Dispute

A dispute between an organization charged with promoting downtown Morehead and Rowan County is still simmering.

Both Morehead Tomorrow and the county claim they should get the $75,000 former M.T.  Executive Director Terry Alderman stole from the agency but has since paid back.  Efforts to resolve the matter through arbitration at the end of July failed after Rowan Judge-Executive Jim Nickell reportedly said he didn’t have the authorization to make a final decision regarding any proposed solutions.

Mayor David Perkins sits on the Morehead Tomorrow board…

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Explore Morehead
11:19 am
Tue August 13, 2013

“Explore Morehead” Campaign to be Organized

Credit Morehead Tourism

A new campaign is being started to encourage more people to patronize Morehead’s businesses.

Main Street Manager, Tony Pence, says he’s working with Tourism Director Joy Brown and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tracy Williams on the effort, which will be called “Explore Morehead”…

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Move-in Day
9:22 am
Tue August 13, 2013

MSU Ready for Freshmen Move-in Day Traffic

Credit MSU

Morehead State’s Police Chief Matt Sparks expects things to go smoothly when hundreds of the university’s newest students hit campus Thursday for “Freshmen Move-in Day”.

Sparks says it takes a lot of pre-planning to make sure that traffic patterns work the way they should that day…but he adds the event has generally gone well during his five years as MSU’s top cop, outside of a few issues last year at one of the school’s landlocked dorms…

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Education
11:52 am
Mon August 12, 2013

MSU Record Freshmen Enrollment

Credit MSU

Morehead State University is looking at another record enrollment this year for first-time freshmen.

According to the school’s Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services, Jeffrey Liles, MSU expects 1700 newcomers to show up for the fall semester…up from last year’s total of 1649.

Liles says a lot of people on campus can take credit for the continued rise in freshmen enrollment…

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Back to School Traffic
11:21 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Superintendent Moore on Rowan School Traffic

With classes for the fall semester starting Thursday, the Rowan County School District is gearing-up for the expected traffic backups that will encircle its facilities.

Superintendent Marvin Moore and other district officials spent today talking about the situation with leaders of the Morehead Police Department, the Rowan Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky State Police.

According to Moore, their assistance should help get the district’s traffic problem solved quickly…

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Cave Run Lake Dam
10:18 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Cave Run Power Project

Rowan Judge-Executive Jim Nickell says it’s a project that could bring a lot of jobs to his county.

He’s talking about a proposal that he recently received from Cave Run Energy LLC of Boulder, Colorado to build a hydroelectric power generating station at the Cave Run Lake Dam. It’s an idea that Nickell likes…

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Rowan County Government
11:48 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Rowan Judge-Executive Discusses Government Changes

Jim Nickell
Credit kcjea.org

According to Rowan Judge-Executive Jim Nickell…local residents are in for some major changes in their county government.

Nickell says he’s one of several officials who will be retiring from office when their current terms in office end next year…

"The jailer...I can't speak for the sheriff, but he's indicated that he's retiring, as well as the county clerk...and there may be a couple of magistrates seeking other offices or not running. You may have one of the largest ballots this county has ever seen with candidates" - Rowan Judge-Executive Jim Nickell

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Library Taxes
10:06 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Library Tax Lawsuits

Rowan County library officials are keeping a watchful eye on lawsuits taking place in Anderson and Montgomery counties that seek to roll-back local library taxes. 

The suits claim the library districts in both counties have violated state law over the year by increasing tax rates without voter approval.  One suit filed seeks to return Anderson County’s library tax rate to what is was in 1967, while the one filed in Montgomery would move that county’s rate back to its 1980 level.

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Rowan Detention Center
12:43 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Hall Disappointed In Not Accomplishing Goal

Don Hall

Rowan County’s Jailer is disappointed he’ll leave office next year without accomplishing one of his key goals.

When he retires after his current term ends, Don Hall says Rowan’s new 300-bed detention still won’t have been built.   The county and the State Department of Corrections are still in the planning stages for the project.

According to Hall, when he won re-election three years ago, he figured construction for the facility would be nearing its completion by this point in time…

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