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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.

Provost to step down

Nov 30, 2017

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Morehead State University announced Wednesday that he intends to step down at the end of June 2018.

Dr. Steve Ralston says he is proud of the work his team has done to improve academics at the university. He says the creation of the winter session and a new master’s degree program in nursing are particularly exciting.

Ralston says he spoke with MSU President Jay Morgan about his wishes to step down just before the thanksgiving break. 

Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Ye Olde Madrigal Feast November 30th and December 1st.

This is the 14th year for the medieval style banquet.  Organizers of the event are hoping Morehead State University alumni who once performed in the festivities will once again attend.

Dr. Greg Detweiler directs the choral music for the event. He says the evening will close with a beautiful arrangement of “Silent Night.” 

The health clinic on the campus of Morehead State University is not in any danger of closing. 

MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan says the clinic is one of many units being evaluated as the university is preparing a new strategic plan while anticipating the changes that come with performance based funding. 

Morgan says discontinuing student services has never been an option. 

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Kentucky State Police are investigating a deadly house fire in Rowan County.  

Jon Smith, 31, was killed in the blaze while his fiancee, Tierra Maze, was treated for burns at Saint Claire Healthcare.  

Firefighters responded to the scene of the fire off Mcbrayer Road in Clearfield around  1 a.m. Thursday morning.  A KSP Arson Investigator was called to the scene, and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.  

Kentucky State Police said in a press release that no foul play is suspected in Smith's death.  


Sign ups for Rowan County Christmas are open through November 15th. Leeann Akers has more...

More Changes at MSU

Sep 29, 2017

The Morehead State University Board of Regents asked the new president to make personnel and operating adjustments of approximately 7 and a half percent of MSU's current year budget by Jan. 1

The Board unanimously voted to make the request so the university will be well-positioned to meet the changing environment within higher education in Kentucky.

President Jay Morgan says the charge was to reposition the dollars into scholarships and areas for performance funding.

Beginning Oct. 1, WMKY will be accepting essays and commentary from the community.

The locally produced pieces will be aired on our afternoon show, Mountain Edition, and can cover a verity of topics. 

You can find the guidelines for submission, as well as the agreement, on our website, WMKY.org under the about MSPR tab.

L. Hamm

Morehead natives living in southwest Florida are waiting to hear about the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on their home. Leeann Akers has the story...

Kentucky Power

Crews with Kentucky Power are helping restore services to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

95 KP employees and contractors left Kentucky on Saturday to assist the company’s sister organization, AEP Texas.

Corporate Communication Manager Allison Barker says the trip took longer than expected.

Kentucky Power is part of a mutual assistance agreement with AEP Texas -- that company sends crews to Eastern Kentucky when winter weather disturbs service in the region.

Members of the Public Pension Oversight Board heard findings and recommendations from an audit performed by the PFM Group on Monday about what can be done to fix the pension crisis in Kentucky. Leeann Akers has the story....

Feature: Eclipse Party

Aug 22, 2017
Morehead State University

Hundreds of people gathered for an eclipse party on the lawn of the Space Science Center at Morehead State University. Leeann Akers was there... 


The Rowan County fair kicks off today west of Morehead. Leeann Akers has the story...

Morehead News

The Morehead Writing Project has received a $20,000 grant that will help students in four school districts prepare for college. Leeann Akers has the story...


The annual county fair kicks off Monday at the Carter County Fairgrounds. Leeann Akers has the story...