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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.

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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...

Feature: Storm Cleanup

Jul 25, 2017

Two Kentucky counties are working to clean up flood and wind damage after Saturday night's storms. Leeann Akers has the story...