A Morehead business is hosting a Community Christmas Gathering this weekend with hopes of raising money for a couple different causes.

When the doors open at The Venue Saturday evening, patrons can relax as they play board and card games, watch the University of Kentucky game on the big screen and have some free pizza to accompany their drinks.

Owner Damon Ballinger says there will also be a couple of donation jars out.  One will be for Rowan County Christmas, and…


(Editor’s Note: The following editorial is provided by Harry Clark, Rowan County Judge-Executive.)

Fleet Feet

The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet (TAH) is partnering with the Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) for a special holiday promotion highlighting small businesses in Main Street communities across the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Main Street works to encourage downtown revitalization and economic development through preserving historic buildings. KYMS features 29 participating local programs that support restaurants, art spaces and retail unique to Kentucky.

City of Morehead

City of Morehead Statement:

The City of Morehead Don Greenhill Park will close the outdoor basketball courts, skate park and playground equipment to the public effective Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 at 8 a.m.

This change is related to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 numbers in the City of Morehead and Rowan County.

For specific questions about Parks and Recreation please call 606-784-8686.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

There Is A Future

Kentucky continues attracting new business investment as Rajant Corp., the provider of Kinetic Mesh® wireless networks, plans a $2 million relocation and expansion project in Rowan County expected to create 26 additional full-time jobs in the coming years.

Gold Coast Little League

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the spring 2020 sports season in Morehead is canceled.

This includes baseball, softball, coach’s pitch and t-ball. The City has made this difficult decision to protect the best interest of our league players, families and volunteers. The City Summer Day Camp Program will not take place this summer. The Sheltowee Falls Splash Pad will be closed during 2020.  


Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)’s Appalachian Leadership Institute is hosting a Facebook live roundtable discussion on the COVID-19 response across Appalachia.

The discussion, moderated by Bruce Decker of Collective Impact, will include the following Institute fellows: Luke Glaser, Beau Harbin, Josh Sawyers, Denny Wayne Robinson, Jesse Turner, and Laura White-Brown.

City of Morehead

In the wake of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Morehead City Hall will be open to the public by appointment only beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

City Hall employees will be available by calling 606-784-8505. All employees will report to work, but following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is best to limit interaction with the public to keep all services functional.


Transforming communities through vision and planning was the theme of the Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) winter meeting Feb. 10-12 in Frankfort, which culminated with the presentation of annual awards.

Presented in the Capitol Rotunda, the awards recognized outstanding programs and volunteers, innovative projects, and initiatives that generate economic vitality and encourage local preservation and beautification.

Seniors get "wicket" at croquet tournament

Sep 9, 2019
Randi Morgan Vanover, The TrailBlazer

The senior games in Morehead got a little "wicket" Thursday.

Kent Freeland, a croquet player and former Morehead State University professor, said when he was a kid he would play in his backyard and didn’t play again for almost 50 years.

After he heard of the opportunity to meet new people and compete in his hometown, he was very excited.

“This is the first tournament we’ve had in a long time, but it’s big in other parts of the nation,” said Dean Rowland, who helps guide the tournaments.

Concert raises awareness and money for children

Sep 9, 2019
Marie Roberts, The TrailBlazer

Children in Kentucky who need care were brought a little relief Saturday with a little music from a nationally touring musician.

Sunrise Children’s Services, an organization that cares for abused and neglected children, is celebrating 150 years of activity this year. The program arranges foster care for tens of thousands of commonwealth’s children, from foster care to residential facilities and independent living programs.

CoffeeTree Books

Will Oldham is a songwriter and actor who lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Performing as himself, Palace Brothers, or Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Oldham has released more than twenty studio albums, along with EPs, singles, and music for film and television.

As his book SONGS OF LOVE AND HORROR is released, he will be reading and performing on stage at CoffeeTree Books on Thursday, September 12, from 6-7pm.

New brewhouse causes a buzz

Aug 28, 2019
Celene Dorsey, The TrailBlazer

Three long-time friends and beer connoisseurs have opened Morehead’s first and only brewhouse.

Blake Nickell, Nicholas Hollan and Derek Caskey are the founders and owners of Sawstone Brewing Co. on Main Street. The trio have hosted several soft openings in early August to give the community a sample of the brews they offer, which include but are not limited to local, Kentucky-made and in-house brews.

First women-only recovery center opens in Morehead

Aug 28, 2019
Julianna Leach, The TrailBlazer

A new women-only addiction recovery center has opened in Morehead.

Hearing laughter in the house for the first time and reuniting kids with their families is what drives The Blue Sky Recovery Center director Cassey Jones in the journey of transforming lives. 

“If you’ve worked in this field you know what it’s like to hear a recovering addict get their laugh back,” said Jones. “It’s something special.”

The house has been open for 30 days but Jones considered the ribbon cutting on August 28 as their official grand opening.

Morehead State University

Morehead has been named the third best college town in the nation to start a career.

Grand Canyon University compiled the list, and it was published in Business Insider magazine. The list was compiled using data from the U.S. Census, Yelp, Indeed, official government climate reports, and measured factors such as job markets, local culture and infrastructure.

Daniel Boone Rails to Trails

Proposed Morehead trail seeking funding

Apr 24, 2019
Scott Davidson, The TrailBlazer

A newly proposed Morehead trail would offer students the ability to walk from campus all the way to Buffalo Wild Wings.

The trail will lead from the Memorial Tree Walk in City Park and travel alongside Triplett Creek until its end at the shopping plaza that contains the Morehead Cinema and Buffalo Wild Wings. A total of only 1.1 miles if a student began walking at ADUC, the trail would offer a 12-15 minute walk from campus to the shopping plaza.

Kentucky Arts Council

State arts leaders gathered Feb. 22 for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s arts community and the vital roles it plays in the state’s livelihood.

The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky Arts Council.

Sen. Steve West presented Rowan County Arts Center with a check for $1,673, a Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) grant awarded by the arts council in July 2018.

5 things to do for fall-fun in Morehead

Sep 11, 2018
The Trail Blazer

With fall quickly approaching, there’s no better time to see what Morehead and neighboring areas have to offer. We’ve compiled a list of fall-fun activities that will help get anyone into the fall spirit.

August 19- October 31: Gloria Sue Cookies’ Fall Menu

While Morehead and Rowan County will partner on the building of a $600,000 splash pad this summer, local residents continue to express hope that the area will one day have another municipal pool.

The city closed and demolished its pool at the Greenhill City Park in 2014 because of dangerous structural problems.

Parks and Recreation Director David Morris says it's possible a new pool will be built next to the splash pad on the land the city bought last year across from the park.

Independent Stave Company

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced barrel manufacturer Independent Stave Co. will create 220 jobs for Kentuckians with a new $66.5 million cooperage in Morehead.

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.

STAR proposes taking over Tri-County Animal Shelter

Apr 2, 2018

Saving the Animals of Rowan has proposed taking over the Tri-County Animal Shelter.

At last Tuesday's Rowan County Fiscal Court meeting, STAR officials expressed their interest in contracting with the county to take over the shelter.

STAR has many ideas it wants to implement, and feels taking over the facility could be good for the county.

STAR president Jackie Matthews said it is not a new concept that a rescue or humane society would run a county or state animal shelter.


Attorney General Andy Beshear, the Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky today announced upcoming child sexual abuse prevention trainings in Morehead for organizations that serve children.

The April 5 trainings at the Rowan Public Library, 175 Beacon Hill Drive, focus on helping daycares, summer camps, churches and other youth-serving organizations evaluate their programs and offer strategies to strengthen protocols and policies to safeguard children from sexual abuse.

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council will host the fourth annual Creative Industry Summit, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Morehead Conference Center, 111 E. First St. in Morehead.

Since the inaugural Summit in 2014, the gathering has become the largest training opportunity for artists, arts advocates and business and civic leaders in the state.


The Department for Local Government (DLG) approved funding for a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the City of Morehead for the Morehead Inspiration Center.

The Trail Blazer

The Department for Local Government (DLG) selected Rowan County for an award of $75,000 from the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for Don Greenhill Park. 

The proposed funding will go to construct a dog park, resurface the basketball court, and replace the existing playground equipment, originally installed in 1992.

Morehead Tourism

The Morehead Tourism Commission, Morehead Conference Center and the GFWC Morehead Woman’s Club have partnered together to add another trail stop to Main Street. 

Located behind the Morehead Conference Center, the trail stop features a table, trail information kiosk and two designated parking spaces for trail users. 

GFWC Morehead Woman’s Club donated funds raised during one of their recent Charity Balls to support the trail town efforts.  Morehead Tourism and Morehead Conference Center matched their donation for the project. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Arrows will point the way to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet traffic changes in the Morehead area this week.

On Cranston Road (KY 377) approaching the KY 32 intersection, crews have installed new arrow markings on the pavement to create dual left-turn lanes.


In celebration of Earth Day, Downtown Morehead, Inc. and the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a community cleanup day on Friday, April 22.

The cleanup efforts will focus on Main Street, First Street and Second Street and include trash pickup, general cleaning and debris removal.

Any businesses on these streets may dispose of large items for free pick up that day, but will need to call in advance to schedule.

Businesses are also offered additional cleanup help with door painting, window cleaning, etc. This also must be scheduled in advance.