Leeann Akers

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Rowan County teachers Niki Cornett and Bethanie Henry have been selected by the Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM) as a Kentucky Math Teacher Leader (KyMTL)! The group of passionate teachers were selected for the program after completing a rigorous application and interview process.

These select mathematics leaders were brought together by the KCM to collaborate with like-minded educators from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky to hone and expand their skills in leadership, mathematics content and pedagogy.

Final Election Results in Rowan County for last week’s primary were released Tuesday morning.

5, 140 residents cast a ballot by absentee or in Person for the election, bringing the voter turnout to 33.3%.  

President Donald Trump, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, US Representative Hal Rodgers, and State Representative Richard White overwhelmingly won their primary races in Rowan.  On the democratic ticket, Joe Biden won the presidential nomination and Amy Mcgrath beat Charles Booker by 524 in race for US Senate. 

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell visited Saint Claire Healthcare on Friday, thanking healthcare workers who have worked the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The republican announced a new distribution of more than $7.8 million for the facility. According to a press release from a McConnell spokesperson, it is specifically because of its work to treat patients regardless of their ability to pay.

McConnell said it is important to reopen the economy and get back to normal, but that it is really important for everyone to wear a mask. 

Morehead State University

Morehead State University responded Wednesday to a racist chain email allegedly sent by the former bowling coach, Larry Wilson.

Last week, Wilson forwarded the email which was received by a prospective student and bowling prospect. According to WCPO, the email included a common racist theme, blaming African Americans for high rates of crime and sexually transmitted diseases.


17 organizations signed an agreement Wednesday morning which calls for a series of research programs, construction of a center of excellence and the building of additional private infrastructure similar to AppHarvest’s farm that opens this fall in Morehead.

In the agreement, the group committed to opening a Dutch representative office in Kentucky to spur investment in the state by Dutch companies, which are recognized as the world’s AgTech leaders.

Rowan County officials expected a record turnout for Tuesday’s primary since the COVID-19 pandemic expanded absentee voting and a single polling station was open in each county. 

As of Tuesday night’s closing of the polls, 5,063 ballots were cast, with 883 people voting in person during Election Day.  Rowan County Clerk Elwood Caudill, Jr. says mail in ballots postmarked June 23rd will be counted as they arrive by mail over the next few days, and final results will be posted on June 30th. 

Morehead State University

The Morehead State University Board of Regents voted unanimously to decrease the annual budget by $4.9 million during its quarterly meeting Thursday.

The $135.4 million dollar budget was planned while considering the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, pension costs, and the economic climate.  $3.8 million has been cut from personnel costs, down 5.4% from the 2019-20 fiscal year. 

Vice President of  Fiscal Services Mary Fister-Tucker says the university has increased the expenditures for instruction by .4%

Rowan County Detention Center

A man who tried to incite violence at a Black Lives Matter event in Morehead last weekend was arrested early Thursday morning.

61-year-old Marty Horton can be seen in videos from the protest standing on the sidewalk in front of Veterans’ Square, yelling racist slurs and using obscene hand gestures.   Although Horton did approach several of the protestors and members of the press in an aggressive manner, the event remained peaceful. 

Frontier Housing

A local affordable housing organization had to reimagine a community event planned for this week due to Covid 19.

Frontier Housing participates in NeighborWorks Week, gathering volunteers to help families complete their home construction in order to cut down cost. This year, they'll be socially distancing and working in family units instead.  

Frontier Housing President Tom Manning-Beaven says NeighborWorks has more than 240 members nationwide.

For more information on Frontier Housing, or to volunteer, visit frontierky.org.  

Rowan County School District

Officials with the Rowan County School System are preparing for kindergarten registration next week.

The two week event will be held in a very different way than previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carol Blair is the Director of Pupil Personnel for the district.  She says right now the plan is for parents to remain in their vehicles for a scheduled appointment. 

National Reentry Week

May 1, 2020

  • Kristin Tiedeman - Program Manager, North East Kentucky Reentry Grant, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center
  • Amy Samples - Director of Culture  at AppHarvest
  • John Bowman - Lumber Grader, Harold White Lumber  

Goforth Arrested

Apr 21, 2020
Laurel County Detention Center

A former republican candidate for governor and State Representative was arrested early Tuesday morning on Domestic Violence charges. 

According to the Laurel County Detention Center, 44-year-old Robert Goforth was booked into the detention center around 4 am. 

He faces one charge of first degree strangulation, one county of 4th degree assault, domestic violence and one count of third degree terroristic threatening. 

Goforth was arrested by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department.  He is currently being held on a $25,000 cash bond. 

Morehead State University

Universities in the Commonwealth are pushing for higher student performance and funding.   Morehead State University officials are reporting record success in student retention and fundraising for scholarships.

Beginning in 2017, the Commonwealth of Kentucky began utilizing a higher education performance funding system to determine funding levels for universities, of which MSU began implementing. Within the formula, student success measures were required.

Associated Press

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) staff and students took home a total of 16 awards in the 2020 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters (KAPB) competition. The awards recognize the best in television and radio journalism for the calendar year of 2019.

The awards were announced for both professional and college entries.

Rowan County Emergency Management

With Rowan County’s first case of Covid-19 confirmed on Thursday, community leaders are hoping residents will do more to follow C-D-C guidelines.

Kentucky is under an executive order that allows just one person per household to enter essential businesses at a time.

Rowan County Judge Executive Harry Clark says local retail outlets are working hard, reminding shoppers of the executive orders. 

Morehead State University

Morehead State University announced the “Commitment to the Commonwealth” initiative on Friday. 

Nearly 85% of the students MSU serves are Kentuckians and many alumni have stayed to work and live in Kentucky.

The University plans to freeze tuition and fees for the next academic year and waive the standardized test scores for general admission for the 2020 fall semester.

Saint Claire Healthcare

Saint Claire Healthcare began offering drive through covid-19 testing Thursday.

Individuals have to be symptomatic, meaning they are running a fever of 100.4 or above and have a cough or shortness of breath. Priority will be given to symptomatic healthcare workers and first responders along with those at a high risk of complications from COVID-19

SCH President and CEO Donald Lloyd says the organization is also seeing many patients through zoom and telemedicine.

Saint Claire Healthcare has changed their visitation policy in order to comply with CDC guidelines.

On Saturday, the Morehead facility restricted hospitalized patients to receive only essential visitors.

SCH President and CEO Donald Lloyd says the hospital has submitted around 65 tests for individuals who have symptoms that are potentially related to COVID-19.