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Rowan County Community Fund Board of Advisors announced the creation of the Morehead-Rowan County COVID-19 Response Fund this week.

The charitable fund will provide grants to nonprofit organizations in Rowan County with strong experience delivering services related to food, healthcare, childcare, transportation and the elderly. 

Community Fund Board Chair Ryan Neff says the Community Fund is an endowment, limiting the amount of grant money that can be awarded.   

An executive order was signed by Rowan County’s Judge Executive on Friday limiting the number of people allowed in essential businesses. 

Beginning Saturday, only one person per household was allowed to enter in grocery and hardware stores.

Judge Executive Harry Clark says he had been observing stores each day, and seeing many people ignoring social distancing.

Parks in Morehead have been closed after officials say residents ignored c-d-c guidelines.

Mayor Laura-White Brown signed an executive order on Sunday closing Don Greenhill City Park and Rodburn Park to the public.

White-Brown says the athletic fields and playground areas have been closed for some time.

Rowan County Fiscal Court

Rowan County Judge Executive Harry Clark has signed an executive order with some new steps to help Rowan County fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On Friday, Clark spoke to residents via facebook, calling on individuals to stay home, continue social distancing and practice good hygiene. 

Clark says only essential travel should take place in Rowan County.  Beginning Saturday, only one person per household will be admitted to local essential businesses.  There is an exemption for single parents who have no childcare available and for those who need assistance. 

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The Morehead City Council met virtually Thursday to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on local businesses. 

The city leaders explored options for providing financial relief for small businesses with the city limits.

Councilman Glenn Teager says many of the businesses in town, like salons and boutiques, have been forced to close down completely, while others have been reduced to limited curb side services. 


The Morehead City Council will discuss local business relief efforts during their special called meeting Thursday.

Like most government entities in the state, Morehead is looking at sustaining both businesses and services through a global pandemic.

The Council will discuss putting city funds into a grant fund for local small businesses…an idea Mayor Laura White Brown says isn’t necessary since the small business association is giving billions of dollars in forgivable disaster loans to small businesses nationwide.

Saint Claire Healthcare

St. Claire Healthcare is making some changes to operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The organization closed its Family Medicine north location on Tuesday, and visitors have been restricted at the hospital’s main campus. 

Saint Claire President Donald Lloyd says SCH is following the Center for Disease Control guidelines.   

Morehead State University

Morehead State University is closing its campus to the general public, and moving instruction online for the remainder of the semester. 

In a release from the President’s office Tuesday night, officials outlined a plan to keep the campus community informed and protected. 

From Monday, March 23 through the remainder of the spring semester, all course instruction will remain in online or distance format. 

The offices on campus will remain open with limited staffing to serve students from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Morehead State University

A discussion on the Coronavirus with WMKY News Director, Leeann Akers. Guests include Laura White-Brown, Morehead Mayor; Harry Clark, Rowan County Judge Executive; and John Maxey, Superintendent of Rowan County Schools.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University Theatre is presenting one of Shakespeare’s most beloved tragedies this month.  

“Hamlet” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7; and at 2 p.m. on March 8 at The Lucille Caudill Little Theatre in Breckinridge Hall. Tickets are $11, $6 for seniors and non-MSU students, and free with ID to MSU students.  

Richard White has won the special election in Elliot, Lewis and Rowan Counties for the vacant 99th district Kentucky House Seat.

White will replace longtime Representative Rocky Adkins, who resigned his seat when appointed as Senior Advisor to Governor Andy Beshear.

With 100% of precincts reporting White won with 4,750 votes to Redwine’s 3,731.

Redwine won Rowan County, 2,549 votes to White's 2,040 votes

White has won in Lewis County by a vote of 2,056 to 394.

Redwine won Elliott county 788 to 654.

The Morehead News

Officials in Morehead are gearing up for a special election on February 25th. 

Residents of Elliott, Lewis and Rowan counties will be choosing a replacement for Rocky Adkins, who served in the 99th House District for decades before being appointed as a Senior Advisor to Governor Andy Beshear.

Rowan County Clerk Elwood Caudill, Jr. says officials are expecting a 10-percent voter turnout in all three counties.

Tim Holbrook / Morehead State University

The Morehead State University Board of Regents met for its quarterly meeting Thursday at the Adron Doran University Center.

Performance-based funding dominated much of the meeting as officials try to meet metrics they call unfair to students and regional institutions.

Jill Ratliff, Assistant Vice President, Planning, Performance and Effectiveness, reported on the current state of the institution in regards to meeting the state-mandated metrics.   Ratliff says M-S-U is currently meeting 8 of 20 targets. 

Rowan County Detention Center

A Georgia man was arrested on Saturday when he allegedly came to Rowan County to meet a minor for sex.

Kentucky State Police charged 46-year-old Eric Elmore with five counts of distributing obscene matter to a minor, prohibited use of electronic communication to procure a minor, and conspiracy to commit rape.

Rowan County Superintendent John Maxey says his district conducts programs that help keep students safe.

Elmore is being held on a 50-thousand dollar bond. He will appear in court on December 4th.

Morehead State University

The power on Morehead State University's campus will be shut off on Wednesday from 6 A.M. to 4 P.M.

The outage is being requested by Kentucky Utilities to conduct annual maintenance and checkups.

Kim Oatman is the Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Operations at MSU. He says students are encouraged to go home if they can but not worry if they stay...

Morehead State Public Radio will be on its holiday schedule but will otherwise be unaffected by the power outage.

Morehead Rebranding

Nov 18, 2019
The Lane Report

Officials with the city of Morehead are considering a long term marketing campaign.

A meeting was held last week about building a community brand in the same way that individuals think of Unbridled Spirit and Kentucky Proud. 

Morehead Mayor Laura White-Brown says she hopes the idea will help organizations in the region collectively.

Brown says the marketing and rebranding project is in the very early stages, and she hopes more organizations will be interested in taking a seat at the table.

The Morehead News

The search for a new director for the Community Recycling Center in Morehead began this week. 

Collin Alexander, who has served in that position for the last three and half years announced his resignation on Friday via Facebook.

Chris Merrit is the chair of the recycling center’s advisory board.  He says

The search for a new director for the Community Recycling Center in Morehead began this week.