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Did you miss Monday's special meeting about the new Splash Pad in Morehead?  Listen to the full meeting here: 

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The Morehead City Council voted Monday to accept a revised bid for installation of the new Splash Pad. 

The Company GameTime has bid the project at just over $389-thousand dollars.   The work includes excavation of the bathroom and mechanical room site, compaction and filling of the unsuitable ground on the site, concrete work, and the installation of the Splash Pad equipment.

Morehead Mayor Jim Tom Trent told the council that the state ruled that an accessible bathroom must be operational before the splash pad can be opened – which added to the cost of the project.

A community group is planning a vigil in downtown Morehead this Wednesday.

The "Confronting Corruption and Defending Democracy" vigil will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fountain Park, the corner of Main St. and Flemingsburg Rd., across from Wendy’s.

Organizers says the vigil is in response to recent government decisions, including state cuts in Medicaid dental and vision coverage, and new federal policies splitting up or jailing immigrant and refugee families.  Voter suppression and gerrymandering are also concerns.

There's No Place Like Home Photography

A Rowan County woman is helping babies in need.  WMKY’s Leeann Akers has the story.

Morehead State University

The Morehead State University Board of Regents passed the budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year Thursday.

The plan totals $147.3 million dollars, which is a $4. 9 million dollar decrease from the 2017-18 year.

The budget reflects a decrease in revenue of  $6.7 million dollars – due to decreased state funding and declining enrollment.

Chief Financial Officer Teresa Lindgren says the university cut $9.6 million dollars in personnel cost.

The Morehead Community Recycling Center has been awarded around $67-thousand dollars from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management.

Grant dollars from the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is generated by a $1.75 fee for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills, are financing the 78 grants, which total just under $5 million for different entities across the state.

Center Director Collin Alexander says the bulk of the money will be used for an automatic bailing system.

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.

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.

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. 

The Morehead News

The residency of Rowan County’s Circuit Clerk is being challenged in court.

A motion was filed by Sam King in Rowan Circuit Court on Monday, questioning Kim Barker-Tabor’s qualifications to run the Clerk’s office. 

Barker-Tabor says she isn’t sure why the motion was filed ahead of the May 22nd primary election…

Barker-Tabor was appointed to the position in January after her father, Jim Barker, retired. She faces two opponents in the primary race. 

Rowan Candidate Forum Audio

Apr 26, 2018
Ashley Adkins

Democrats vying for judge-executive, district-four magistrate, circuit court clerk and county clerk took questions during a political forum at the Morehead Conference Center on April 24th.

Audio provided by WIVY 96.3 FM.


A special prosecutor is investigating a Morehead Judge for leaving the scene of an accident.

Authorities say Judge Willie Roberts is accused of rear-ending a vehicle on the off ramp of interstate -64 on march 10.  Roberts allegedly left the scene of the crash after the victim indicated she was calling for police assistance after the accident.

Morehead Police Captain Kyle Callahan says the woman and a small child were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Rowan County Detention Center

A Hillsboro woman accused of stealing from a Morehead doctor’s office will be arraigned on Friday.

Authorities say 39-year-old Lori Back worked at Morehead Primary Care for several years before the alleged theft was discovered. She is accused of taking over $240,000, which is a Class-C felony.

Back was arrested last week and released on a $15,000 partially-secured cash bond.

Megan Smedley / The Morehead News

Rowan County has been honored by the Kentucky Travel Industry with the Economic Engine Award.

Officials were on hand Friday to present the award, which is given to counties that have had a significant economic impact on the local economy from tourism. Rowan County was recognized as one of the highest tourism revenue generating and tourism job creating counties in the state.     

A new business in downtown Morehead is focused on healthy living.  W-M-K-Y’s Payton Stewart files this report. 

School officials say a second student at Rowan County High School is being investigated for terroristic threatening.

Superintendent Marvin Moore says the sophomore was taken into custody Monday evening after students reported a perceived threat during school last week.

Moore says that all threats to students have to be taken seriously.

Kentucky State Police are investigating a threat posed to Rowan County Schools this morning.

The district notified parents around 10:45 that a threat had been made- and authorities began an investigation at the high school.   Students were on lock down within the school for about 45 minutes before being allowed to resume classes. 

Superintendent Marvin Moore says a student posted a photo of himself with a B-B gun on social media. Within 12 minutes, police had the student in custody.  

The local arts group is hosting a “Restore KY Arts Funding Arts Advocacy Event” at CoffeeTree Books today from 4 to 6 p.m.  WMKY’s Leeann Akers has the story…


A beloved baseball coach was inducted into the Rowan County Alumni Hall of fame.  Leeann Akers was there and files this report...

Johnson found guilty

Jan 26, 2018
Rowan County Detention Center

An Elliottville man accused of shooting his daughter’s boyfriend in the back will serve 10 years in prison.

61-year old Teddy Johnson, was accused of murdering 24-year old Jimmy Adkins, of Emerson, in august of 2016.  The two were reportedly involved in a domestic argument, which led to Adkins’ death.

A Rowan County jury deliberated until 11 p.m. on Wednesday night before finding Johnson guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree Manslaughter, a Class C felony.

Masters Indicted

Jan 24, 2018
Rowan County Detention Center.

A Morehead man accused of racially charged vandalism has been indicted.   

20-year-old Jeffery Masters was indicted for first-degree criminal mischief on January 19th.

The charge stems from a September incident in which Masters allegedly spray painted swastikas on the home of two black Morehead State University Students.  He is also accused of vandalizing a boat and setting fire to a set of tires near a home on McClure circle in downtown Morehead.

Rowan County Detention Center

The trial of an Elliotville man accused of murdering his daughter's boyfriend began today in Morehead.

61-year old Teddy Johnson, is accused of shooting 24-year old Jimmy Adkins, of Emerson, in august of 2016.

Commonwealth Attorney Ronnie Goldy told the jury of 10 women and 3 men about the incident during his opening statement.

The attorney for Johnson argues that the accused shot Adkins in self-defense.  The trial is expected to last 3 days. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The ice and snow that hit the region this week kept many people in their homes...and that affects local businesses. Leeann Akers files this report...

Moore to retire

Jan 19, 2018

After 49 years working for the school district, Rowan County’s Superintendent has announced his intent to retire later this year.

Marvin Moore was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation.  He was hired to run the district in 2005.

Moore told the Board of Education Thursday that his last day will be June 30th.

Moore said it was costing him money to come to work every day – and that was a big factor in his decision to retire. 

The Director of the Kentucky Folk Arts Center in Morehead was not surprised to hear his facility was on Governor Matt Bevin’s chopping block.

The Governor announced cuts to 70 different programs and facilities across the state during his State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night in Frankfort. 

KFAC director Matt Collinsworth says being a separate line item in the Morehead State University Budget made the facility more vulnerable.

Eagle Outreach

Jan 3, 2018

Morehead State University is working to increase enrollment with a remix for its early college program and a new outreach program.  WMKY’s Leeann Akers files this report.

Morehead State University will sell three unused properties.

The MSU board of regents voted Thursday to sell the 200 acre Sunnybrook golf course property, the former Corby Ellington American Legion building, located in downtown Morehead, and a four acre parcel of land on Old Cranston road.

Vice President of Administration Beth Patrick says the land could be very valuable on the market.

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A man who sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015 has registered to run against her.

David Ermold was denied a marriage license when gay marriage was legalized in 2015. He announced his intentions to run for the office Wednesday) in Morehead. 

Ermold said even before the 2015 controversy, he was interested in serving in political office. 

Ermold says he has an obligation to help the county move forward and change the national perception of the area.

Vivaldi's Gloria

Nov 30, 2017

The Morehead Community Choir will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria this Sunday at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Morehead.   Leeann Akers files this report.