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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, "Monday Morning Quarterback," a sports discussion program 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 news and sports reporting.

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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.

Braidy Impact Begins

May 9, 2018

There’s already been a ripple effect caused by Braidy Industries’ decision to build a $1.3 billion, high-tech, aluminum rolling mill in Greenup County.

In preparation for the factory’s 2020 opening, Ashland Alliance President and CEO Tim Gibbs says Braidy recently acquired Massachusetts-based, Veloxint Metals…which will construct a supplier plant near Braidy’s planned facility in the East Park Industrial Center.

Gibbs believes that action is just a small indicator of the great effect Brady will have on the area’s economy…

Carter County is stepping up its fight against those who illegally dump trash into creeks, streams, and along back roads.

The Carter Fiscal Court has given Solid Waste Coordinator Mike Brammell permission to place trail cameras in locations around the county where illegal dumping is at its worst.   Those caught in the act will be charged with a crime and will face potential fines of up to $500.

Judge-Executive Mike Malone says Carter County’s problem with illegal dumpers is a severe one that needs to be fixed…

Shayla Menville for The Morehead News

The Rowan County school system has a new Superintendent.

Assistant Superintendent John Maxey was named Wednesday night by the Rowan County School Board to replace Marvin Moore, who retires June 30th.  Maxey was chosen over three other finalists for the post, and board chairman Rick Whelan believes the transition into his new role will be a seamless one…

Maxey has worked for the Rowan school district since 2009 when he started as its technology director. He later worked his way into the Assistant Superintendent’s role.

Cindy Cross - https://livingnewdeal.org/projects/old-post-office-morehead-ky/

A Morehead police official says he can’t wait until his department gets into its new facility.

It’s hoped the MPD, along with the city’s fire department, will move into their combined structure as early as next year. Morehead officials are currently trying to secure the site for the $4,000,000 project.

According to MPD Captain Kyle Callahan, it will be nice for his officers to work in a modern facility after spending the last several years in a deteriorating building that was constructed in the 1930’s and used for several decades as the town’s post office…

Saving The Animals of Rowan

Rowan County’s fiscal court won’t be turning over operation of the Tri-County Animal Shelter to the group “Saving The Animals of Rowan.”

Saying it thought it could do a better job of running the facility, STAR officials recently asked the court for permission to manage it.  Judge-Executive Walter Blevins says he and the magistrates nixed that idea after being informed last week of planned improvements to the shelter by its board chairman, Scott Templeton…

Rowan County’s Magistrates, two other officials, and 90 county employees are in-line for pay raises in the next fiscal year.

Members of the Fiscal Court this week voted to increase the annual salaries for Magistrates from $13,000 to $19,000. County Attorney Cecil Watkins will receive a 25% raise, while Coroner John Northcutt will get a $3,000-$4,000 pay bump. 

County workers will get 50-cent an hour increases, with some members of the road crew scheduled for other salary upgrades.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University is doing an about-face regarding its policy to take away sick leave credit for those retiring after June 30th.

For the last several years, MSU has been averaging-in up to six months of an employee’s unused sick days to the top three years of that person’s salary when the state computes their annual retirement payment.  However, due to budget concerns, school officials earlier this year decided to stop that practice at the end of June.

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A recent compensation study will result in several employees of the Morehead Utility Plant Board getting pay increases.

General Manager Holly McGrath-Rosas says the MUPB hired the company Hanna Resources to examine its compensation scale. It found that the agency was paying many of its workers at below market value.

McGrath-Rosas says the Morehead Utility Plant Board will spend $67,000 in raises to 17 workers to get their salaries up to a fair market value. The agency will offer the pay hikes next year based on longevity of employment.

While Morehead and Rowan County will partner on the building of a $600,000 splash pad this summer, local residents continue to express hope that the area will one day have another municipal pool.

The city closed and demolished its pool at the Greenhill City Park in 2014 because of dangerous structural problems.

Parks and Recreation Director David Morris says it's possible a new pool will be built next to the splash pad on the land the city bought last year across from the park.

The process of finding a replacement for retiring Rowan County School Superintendent Marvin Moore continues tonight.

That’s when the screening committee, which is reviewing applications for the position, will meet again.  The group initially began with 16 resumes to consider.

School Board Chairman Rick Whelan heads the screening committee and says the panel is working to have a list of finalists for the post after its meeting next Tuesday…

  Rowan County Judge-Executive Walter Blevins is keeping his fingers crossed that state legislators won’t pull the plug on the “Kentucky Wired” initiative.

 Kicked off in 2014, the aim of Kentucky Wired has been to run three-thousand miles of fiber optic cable across the state to improve high-speed internet access.  However, 230-million dollars later…only 708 miles of the cable is in-place….and many lawmakers are worried about its final cost.

Alleged shooters caught

Mar 29, 2018
BCDC

Two men accused in connection with an incident where shots were fired at an Ashland police officer are now in custody.

Frank Joliff Jr.  of Catlettsburg and Danny Halley of Ashland were arrested yesterday by the APD and members of the US marshals service.  Police Chief Todd Kelley says city police want to know which one of them fired two shots at an officer during a foot pursuit following a traffic stop early Sunday morning in a residential area of Ashland…

Ashland Police Department

Ashland Police Chief Todd Kelley says his department is working to locate a man they believe was connected to a recent incident in which shots were fired at an officer.

Authorities are talking to those who know 28-year-old Frank Joliff Jr., who Kelley says was one of two men in a car that was pulled over early Sunday morning.  According to the chief, Joliff and the other man fled the scene on foot with shots being fired at an APD officer…

Curtis Hammond

A 58-year-old man remains in critical condition at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington following an accident last Friday that tied up traffic for hours on the route-32 connector in Morehead.

City Police Captain Kyle Callahan says it happened just before 11:30am as William Vest of Morehead began piloting his car north on 32…

A 58-year-old man remains in critical condition at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington following an accident last Friday that tied up traffic for hours on the route-32 connector in Morehead.

A state transportation cabinet official says crews in northeast Kentucky are ready for anything that old man winter might throw at them in the coming months.

According to Allen Blair, the preparations for potential battles to keep snow and ice off area roads began a number of months ago.

Blair says the District-9 office of the State Department of Highways has 24-thousand tons of road salt stored in sheds across Rowan, Fleming and the eight other counties in its service area.

NC State University

The president of Morehead State University and Kentucky’s other university chiefs don’t mind if there’s a performance-based component to the next state budget for higher education.

In fact, Dr. Wayne Andrews (MSU President) says the Council on Postsecondary Education has suggested such a provision but would like to see it limited to new funding from the legislature.

The CPE is asking lawmakers to restore half the money they’ve cut from colleges and universities since the recession hit in 2008.

MSU

The convenience of an online education has become a huge selling point for many universities, including Morehead State. Carly Sanders from the office of Communication and Marketing, tells us how the MSU English Department is helping to set the national standard in virtual learning.

Rowan County Approves New Budget

Jun 18, 2015
Dauphin County

Rowan County Fiscal Court has approved a new budget for 2016. The budget calls for a spending plan of just over nine million dollars.

Rowan County Judge Executive Walter Blevins says the county begins the new fiscal year in better financial shape than anticipated.

“We got about a five hundred and ninety thousand dollar check that we weren’t expecting. Well, we were expecting some but this is pretty high and it’s from the payroll tax. So, it’s an additional five hundred and ninety thousand dollars that we didn’t know we were ‘gonna have this year.” –Walter Blevins

Kentucky Court Report

The Rowan County Fiscal Court has selected a location for a new regional jail. Rowan County Judge Executive Walter Blevins says the site is ideal for their needs.

“It’s the old tobacco warehouse, the one on (U.S.) 60 and it’s the one closest to town so it’s next to Caudill Seed. It’s about a six acre site. We think it’s the best location we could find. We’ve looked all over and we’ve looked at about thirty-some different locations and we’ve looked at those versus this one and we think we’ve got the best site.” –Walter Blevins

MSU

Morehead State University President Dr. Wayne D. Andrews delivers his address at the 2015 Spring Convocation in Button Auditorium.

Feature: MSU Walk On

Dec 18, 2014

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...

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

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…

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…

Maysville Plant Closing

Jul 16, 2014
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…

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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