Tanner Boyd

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Better Life Church Subsplash Page

Motions to add a plaintiff and set a trial date are being made this week in the civil suit against Better Life Church and its former youth pastor.


As COVID-19 restrictions ease across the country, restaurants are dealing with massive employee shortages.  WMKY’s Tanner Boyd takes a closer look at how that issue is affecting Morehead businesses.

Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce

A ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Morehead business is set to take place this morning.

The Eastern kentucky Hemp Company first opened its first location in Grayson in 2018.  Since then they have expanded to Olive Hill and Huntington, West Virginia with additional locations expected to open in the near future.  Co-owner Mark Deney says as the business expands, he hopes individuals continue to see the benefits of the products they sell.

The Eastern Kentucky Hemp Company's Morehead location will operate Monday through Saturday from 11:00am to 7:00pm.

Rowan County Judge-Executive Harry Clark facebook page

Some residents in Rowan County are believed to be the victims of a form of criminal harassment called “Swatting.” 

Swatting is falsely reporting an emergency to public safety for the intent of getting a S.W.A.T. team response to a location where no emergency exists.

Justice 4 North Fork Facebook page

Organizers are preparing to hold a rally prior to Morehead's regular monthly City Council meeting this evening.


An area folk musician who hosts a nationally syndicated radio program is hoping to share a story through another medium. WMKY's Tanner Boyd reports...


An area folk musician who hosts a nationally syndicated radio program is hoping to share a story through another medium.  WMKY's Tanner Boyd Reports.

More information on the project can be found by clicking here.

Sawstone Brewing Co. Facebook Page

The Sawstone Brewing Company in Morehead will be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day this year with a bottle release of a new beer.

Called Finley’s Irish Stout, the brew is barrel aged and will be available in 22 ounce bottles beginning Wednesday.  Derek Caskey is one of the owners of Sawstone.  He says the release is one of several things that will be going on that day.

Downtown Morehead, Inc. Facebook Page

As the vaccine rollout moves forward in the Commonwealth and virus numbers continue on a downward trend, Morehead officials are discussing the potential return of some popular events later in the year.

Morehead, Kentucky City Government Facebook Page

A special meeting of Morehead City Council was held Monday Evening.

The meeting conducted over zoom contained the annual audit report for the municipality:  a matter addressed in January during a typical year.  The firm Kelley Galloway Smith Goolsby conducted the audit for fiscal year 2020.  Budget irregularities were noted due to various projects and operations being suspended due to the pandemic, but the city otherwise received a clean bill.

Tanner Boyd

Governor Andy Beshear made a stop in Morehead Tuesday to tour AppHarvest’s flagship greenhouse.

The visit was Beshear’s first to the facility, saying he had wanted to drop by sooner, but delayed the trip several times to reduce travel during the pandemic. 

After receiving a tour of the greenhouse, the Governor highlighted the fact the Morehead location has already shipped more than one-million pounds of sustainably grown tomatoes across the Eastern seaboard.

Rajant Corporation Facebook Page

The Rajant Corporation will be expanding its Morehead operations in the coming months.

The telecommunications company closed on the purchase of a new 48,000ft facility in the MMRC Industrial Park late last month, paving the way for increased employment and production to begin later this year.  The company originally expanded to Morehead in March 2015.

Morehead State University

A member of Morehead State University's faculty is being inducted into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame.  WMKY's Tanner Boyd has the story.


After opening its flagship indoor farm in Morehead late last year, AppHarvest is sending out its first-ever harvest of beefsteak tomatoes this week.

Company officials made the announcement during a virtual press conference held Tuesday morning.  AppHarvest’s produce will first be available in select national retailers such as Kroger, Publix, Walmart, Food City and Meijer. 

KYTC Highway District 9 Facebook Page

Crews are continuing with the cleanup following a landslide on a section of KY 801 in Rowan County earlier this week.

The landslide occurred Tuesday morning just north of the Billy’s Branch picnic area, leaving both lanes of traffic closed since.  Allen Blair is spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 9th District.  He says drivers will need to continue to avoid the area for at least the remainder of the workweek.

Kentucky Community and Technical College System Youtube Channel

A Kentucky musician is helping promote a scholarship program available to students at universities all across the commonwealth.

Rapper B. Stille with the group Nappy Roots appeared in a virtual press conference Tuesday alongside officials with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  Together they were raising awareness for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program.

Stille discussed how higher education has long been a major part of his life and how he wanted to promote opportunities for others in the state.

City of Morehead Police Dept. Facebook Page

Construction is underway for the City of Morehead’s new Police and 911 center.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the facility was held last week with work on the project scheduled to begin today.  Morehead Police Chief Derrick Blevins addressed city, county and state officials during the ceremony saying the project has been decades in the making. 

Blevins says things eventually came to a peak during a discussion with Mayor Laura White-Brown after the current police station flooded in 2019.

City of Morehead Facebook Page

Police in Morehead have made an arrest in regards to some Christmas decorations stolen from the city.

Some pieces went missing from the Holidays in the Park display around the time it was first constructed late last month, with more going missing this week.  Wednesday night, Mayor Laura White-Brown made an announcement on social media that an investigation was underway.   She announced the arrest Thursday morning.

The identity of the individual arrested has not yet been released.

City of Morehead Facebook Page

Thieves have once again made off with some items that were part of a city holiday lighting display in Morehead.

The municipality put up the ‘Holidays in the Park’ display at the Don Greenhill City Park late last month.  Three pieces of décor were taken around that time, and now additional decorations and some electrical cords are missing.

In a video posted to Morehead Mayor Laura White-Brown’s Facebook page Tuesday evening, the mayor expressed some frustration over the incidents.

Morehead, Ky City Government Facebook Page

A project long in the works for the City of Morehead will get underway early next year.

The property for Morehead’s new police and dispatch center was purchased last year, and now construction is set to begin in a matter of weeks.  The topic was discussed during the city’s regular monthly city council meeting Monday night. 

Mayor Laura White-Brown announced a groundbreaking ceremony for the project just before the end of the meeting.

McBrayer Elementary facebook page

While there hasn’t been in-person learning for many weeks, teachers and staff at McBrayer Elementary in Morehead are hoping to make the holidays feel a little more normal for their students.

A drive-thru holiday display is planned at the school for this coming Thursday called Navigator North Pole.  The display will feature seasonal decorations and music from the staff as they greet students and their families. 

Better Life Church Live-stream Service 12/6/20202

Better Life Church has responded to its organization and former youth pastor being named in a civil lawsuit last week.

Court documents filed Tuesday included multiple complaints against the church and former Youth Pastor Jacob Steagall, including sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, retaliation and negligence.

Lead Pastor Daniel Lucas was served on behalf of BLC in the suit.  He discussed the matter just before the close of Sunday’s live-streamed service, maintaining the church’s effort to lead their ministry with transparency.

Rowan County Sheriff's Facebook Page

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Department is warning local businesses and residents to be on the lookout for over the phone scams.

Reports have been received of a local business losing hundreds of dollars through one such scam.  The con artist contacted a store employee over the phone claiming to be with the sheriff’s department, eventually convincing the employee to purchase gift cards with store money and giving the card information to the scammer.

Better Life Church Subsplash Page

Better Life Church and its former youth pastor are the subject of civil suit regarding alleged sexual misconduct.

Court documents show three plaintiffs have come forward in the suit seeking punitive damages.  It alleges several complaints, including sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, retaliation and negligence.  The former youth pastor, 28-year-old Jacob Steagall, was charged in September for indecent exposure:  a Class B misdemeanor.

Downtown Morehead Inc.

Downtown Morehead Incorporated is continuing to promote local businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization is currently in the midst of the 2020 Shop Small Morehead Holiday Raffle.  Along with some donations, DMI purchased gift certificates from several Morehead businesses, which will be raffled off as prizes starting next month. 

Morehead, Ky City Government Facebook Page

A longtime public servant in Rowan County was honored during Monday’s Morehead City Council Meeting.

Rowan County Board of Education

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Commonwealth and Rowan County, Rowan school officials are unable to say when students may be able to return to in-person classes.

Gateway District Health Department
GDHD Facebook Page

Now months into the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials are reminding individuals of the current accepted contagion protocols for the virus.

Guidelines for exposure say if a person was within six feet of an individual with the virus for a cumulative of 15 minutes in an hour, that person must now quarantine for 14 days to see if the exposure results in developing the virus themselves. 

Tanner Boyd

These are the pending results for the 2020 General Election in Rowan County.  Election results will not be final until after all ballots are counted, including those mailed before 6 p.m. on election day. 

Additional mail in ballots that were mailed before 6 pm today will be counted once they are received by the Rowan County Clerk.

President and Vice President of the United States

Donald Trump/Mike Pence:  5,989

Joe Biden/Kamala Harris:  3,873

Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy Cohen:  137

Kanye West/Michell Tidball:  31

Rowan County Board of Education

The Rowan County School District is moving forward with plans to return to in-person learning this month.

Rowan Superintendent John Maxey says he’s been in several meetings with teachers, principals and administrators in preparation for the 21st.  In addition to work on the district’s end, Maxey says the new organizational dashboard developed between the Rowan County Fiscal Court, Saint Claire Healthcare and the Gateway District Health Department will go a long way as students make their way back to school buildings.