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A Rowan County Judge has been summoned to court on misdemeanor charges and a special judge has been assigned to preside over the case.

District Judge Willie Roberts was involved in a March 10th hit-and-run accident on interstate-64.  According to the criminal summons, Roberts is accused of leaving the scene of an accident after rear-ending a woman on the east bound I64 off ramp in Morehead. 

Rowan County Schools

Even with three schools on the Target Support and Improvement list, Rowan County’s school district met or outranked the state’s cut scores in all areas.

The Kentucky Department of Education released student assessment scores for all public schools on Wednesday.

District Assessment Coordinator Allison Matthews says results in certain sub groups caused one elementary school, as well as the middle and high schools, to receive the T-S-I designation. 

The family of the 9-year-old Morehead boy who died after being swept away by floodwaters has announced funeral arrangements.

Bryce Combs will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. on Friday at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel. Visitation will take place from 3-9 p.m. Thursday.

Combs was found Sunday after a week-long search. The coroner's office confirmed on Sunday his remains were found in Triplett Creek nearly two miles from where he first entered the water.

Human remains have been found in a creek near Morehead.

Rowan County Coroner John Northcutt confirmed Sunday that a volunteer who was searching the creek bank alerted authorities to the remains. The volunteer was looking for Bryce Combs, the 9-year- old boy who was swept away by flood waters on September 9th in downtown Morehead.

First responders entered the creek behind an apartment complex in the Pretty Valley area of Clearfield.  It took just over an hour after the call was made for crews to remove the body. 

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Search crews and around 150 volunteers are looking for an 8-year-old boy who was swept away by flood waters in Morehead on Sunday.

Community members gathered at the County Courthouse Tuesday morning and were assigned to teams and search areas along Triplett Creek and down to the Licking River.

Emergency Management Director Ronnie Day told the volunteers that the search would not be easy.

Day said crews are ready to respond immediately if the boy’s body is found. The name of the victim has not been released.

Dan Markwell

Officials in Morehead Say a natural gas smell poses no threats to residents. 

People who live near Triplett creek began to notice a natural gas smell as flood waters rose in Rowan County Sunday. 

Rowan County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Day says flooding infiltrated a tank in town.

Day says while the smell may cause some people to feel sick, there is no risk of fire or poisoning.  

Wiley Tanner

Rowan County Students will soon have the opportunity to get a third meal each day at the district’s high school.

Starting September 4th, a meal will be served from 3:15 to 4 p.m. each day.

Superintendent John Maxey says the program will be for all students in the county- but will probably be utilized by those participating in after school activities at Mcbrayer Elementary, and the district’s middle and high schools.

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The new Rowan County Detention Center is operational…and the project’s management team is working to make sure everything is working as it should.

Officials with Trace Creek Construction spoke to the Rowan County Fiscal Court today (Tuesday) about the four-year, $19-point-7 million dollar project.

David Milam is a senior project manager with the Trace Creek.

Milam says the construction superintendent is meeting weekly with the jailer to make sure all concerns are met. 

Morehead State University’s counseling and Health Services department is offering Hepatitis A vaccines to students, faculty and staff.

The U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Kentucky had the worst outbreak of the virus in the nation in June. 

Jennifer Trent is a registered nurse who works at the M-S-U campus Clinic.  She says everyone should get the vaccine.

Trent says the state now requires school aged children to get the Hep-A vaccine, but most college students remain unvaccinated.

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.

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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.