Rowan County


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

Twitter, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Routine repairs to the KY 799 overpass on I-64 in Rowan County will require temporary traffic restrictions this month.

Beginning this week, contractors will reduce westbound I-64 to one lane at the KY 799 overpass near mile marker 146 for concrete patching of bridge piers.

Motorists should expect one-lane traffic to start shortly after the weigh station, and will remain in place during daytime work hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for several days. (No work or traffic restrictions will take place during the Christmas holiday, or weekends.)

Rowan County Fiscal Court

Editor’s note:

The following provided by the office of Harry Clark, Rowan County Judge/Executive.

Attached are two executive orders rescinding the April 4, 2020 orders limiting foot traffic to Lockegee Rock and limiting one (1) shopper per household in public stores in Rowan County.


Editor’s Note: The following provided by the Office of the Rowan County Clerk

May 6, 2020

Today, the Rowan County Board of Elections met to discuss the upcoming June 23, 2020 Election.

Based on the Executive Order set forth from Governor Andy Beshear and Sec. Michael Adams, a postcard will be mailed to you by May 22.

This is how the Primary Election will be conducted in Rowan County:

Morehead News

Editor’s note: The following statement provided by the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.

On March 6, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order 2020-215 declaring a state of emergency regarding COVID-19.  

Effective April 6, 2020, the Rowan County Clerk’s office will no longer receive work Via drop box in the front lobby of the courthouse.  We will only process mail-in, web and renewals by phone.

No vehicle transfers will be processed. 

Please call for information regarding marriage licenses.

Pink News

The Rowan County Clerk's office will be closed to the public beginning, Tuesday March, 17 and will remain closed until further notice.

Staff will continue to process mail, online transactions, drop offs and prepare for the Primary election on June 23rd,  2020.

Automobile Registration and Title Transfers

Renewals' can be placed in drop off box and mailed to address provided. Online renewal is available for most vehicles at http://drive.ky.gov

Casting for opportunities

Aug 28, 2019
Nacogdoches Miller, The TrailBlazer

Rowan County High School students are casting for opportunities.

Going into its second year, the Rowan County Bass team is a growing opportunity for those who have a passion for fishing and the outdoors.   

“You just got to have the love to be out there on that water and you’ll get good at it,” said Steve Caudill, head coach for the Rowan County Senior High School bass fishing team.

Trace Creek Construction

Rowan County Judge Executive Dr. Walter Blevins, Rowan County Jailer Wes Coldiron and the Rowan County Fiscal Court cordially invite the public to an open house for the new Rowan County Detention Center located at 1075 South Tolliver Street in Morehead.

The open house is planned from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 9th. Tours of the new facility will be conducted by detention center employees.

(provided by Rowan County Fiscal Court)

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.

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.

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.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Expect new traffic patterns in next week or two with much of KY 519 now rebuilt between Clack Mountain and KY 801 in Rowan County, contractors expect to open parts of the new highway this month and move toward final completion of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet improvement project.

In the next week or two, traffic will be switched onto new pavement beginning near Clack Mountain. As work progresses, other sections of the KY 519 project will open between there and the KY 801 intersection.


Motorists should watch for lane closures on KY 32 at the I-64 overpasses in Rowan County next week as part of a highway improvement project.

Beginning, Tuesday or Wednesday, March 7 or 8, depending on weather, crews will remove old, loose concrete on the interstate overpass bridge piers alongside KY 32 at Morehead to safeguard passing traffic and prepare the piers for future concrete patching. There are no structural issues with either of the interstate overpasses or the support piers.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that scheduled road closures to a portion of KY 1167 at Craney Creek in Rowan County have been extended by one week to allow maintenance work to replace a culvert.

KY 1167 will be closed temporarily through Friday, Nov. 18. Work was projected to be complete the week of Nov. 7 but equipment delays extended the project timeline.

Morehead State Public Radio

The National Park Service (NPS) recently approved 11 Kentucky sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of historic and archaeological resources deemed worthy of preservation.

Protests Continue at Rowan County Courthouse

Aug 15, 2015
Beaumont Enterprise

Protestors outside the Rowan County Courthouse say they’re not waging a personal battle against Clerk Kim Davis.

Members of the Rowan County Rights Coalition say they just want Davis to comply with the federal court order and begin issuing marriage licenses to all eligible couples.

The clerk suspended the practice following the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same sex marriage.

Davis cited her religious beliefs in opposing gay marriage in doing so. However, she stopped giving licenses to all couples, saying she didn’t want to discriminate against anyone.

Rowan County Clerk's Office Continues to Deny Marriage Licenses

Aug 13, 2015
Pink News

The Rowan County Clerk’s Office refused to issue marriage licenses to two same-sex couples on Thursday (August 13), acting in defiance to an order from a federal judge.

Judge David Bunning ruled on Wednesday (August 12) that Rowan Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to all couples, despite personal conflicts stemming from her religious beliefs.

Deputies in Davis’s office turned away two gay couples one day after that ruling.

Davis was not on-hand for Thursday’s license refusals. Deputies in the Rowan office say the clerk is “on vacation.”

Think Progress

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he respects the religious convictions of county clerks who say they can’t issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. However, the Democrat says, now that the Supreme Court has declared that gay marriage is legal across the country, the issue has been decided.

Speaking at a press conference in Frankfort on Tuesday (July 21), Beshear says clerks who won’t comply with the law should resign.

Cleanup Continues in Flood Damaged Rowan County

Jul 20, 2015
Daily Mail

Volunteers from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief organization are working in northern Rowan County to help clear flood-damaged furniture and debris from homes.

Bruce Bay is coordinating the effort in the Hayes Crossing area.

Rowan County Flood Relief Center Now Open

Jul 20, 2015
Red Dot Buildings

Tracy Williams, Director of the Morehead/Rowan County Chamber of Commerce says contributions to “Operation Donation: Rowan County Cares” have been a little slow coming in since the effort to help local flood victims began last Friday (July 17).

Williams says the needs are great because the flood damaged more than just homes.

Tom Lewis

Storms caused extensive damage in northeast Kentucky as Rowan County was hit hard. Some 70 homes were damaged by flash flooding in the eastern part of Rowan County. 

County officials say there were also some trailers washed off their footing and some water rescues were also necessary. There are also some roads in the area that have been washed out or are mud-covered.

Ronnie Day, Rowan County Emergency Management Director, says the damage is extensive throughout the county.

Judge Delays Decision on Rowan County Marriage Case

Jul 14, 2015
John Flavell

(Editor’s note: The following is a press release issued by ACLU of Kentucky)

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning heard testimony on Tuesday (July 13) in the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky’s lawsuit against Rowan County and Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses to any eligible couple, in an attempt to keep same-gender couples from obtaining them.

CBS News

Kentucky Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman says he’s not surprised that same sex marriage is still a hot-button issue in the Commonwealth, even after the Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have a right to marry.

Hartman appeared Thursday (July 9) on CN2’s Pure Politics.

He says some elected officials in Kentucky believe opposing the decision is good politics. However, Hartman contends they’re ‘swimming against the tide.’


Demonstrators are still protesting outside the Rowan County courthouse, expressing different opinions on Clerk Kim Davis’s decision to withhold marriage licenses from same-sex and heterosexual couples.

Mount Sterling minister Penny Stinnett is backing the Rowan County Clerk. She says people have traveled from all over the state to support “Biblical marriage.”

Commercial Appeal

Congressman John Yarmuth thinks county clerks in Kentucky who refuse to issue marriage licenses following the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage are shirking their responsibilities.

The Louisville Democrat made the comment in an interview with CN2’s Pure Politics.

“It’s kinda like, if you were a police officer, you join the police force and then you say, oh by the way, I’m a Quaker, I don’t want to carry a gun or a baton because I don’t believe in violence. They wouldn’t remain in the police force very long.”


A disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been opened in Rowan County.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Rowan County center is located at 314 Bridge St. (Morehead City Administration Building) in Morehead.

Specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced that the filing deadline for the March 3, 2015, special election to fill a vacancy in the 27th Senate District is January 13, 2015.

Pursuant to KRS 118.770, the deadline for Republican and Democratic candidates nominated by their party and independent candidates to file their certificates, petitions and declarations with the Secretary of State is January 13, 2015, at 4 p.m.

Write-in candidates must declarations of intent to be write-in candidates no later than February 3, 2015, at 4 p.m.

Medic 911

Emergency communications in Rowan County and eastern Kentucky in general are better than they were more than two years ago when a powerful tornado swept through the region. However, retiring Rowan Judge Executive Jim Nickell says there’s room for a lot of improvement.       

Nickell wrote to the Federal Communications Commission expressing concerns about the situation shortly after the March, 2012 twister that caused massive destruction in Morgan and Menifee Counties. He says Rowan County was able to secure some grants for new technology to upgrade its systems.        

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers and consultants will share plans to improve two miles of KY 32 (Flemingsburg Road) in northwest Rowan County at a public information meeting next week at Morehead.

The meeting, scheduled for 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday, July 15, at Rowan County Middle School, will feature maps that outline proposed changes to KY 32 between Viking Drive and Park Hills Drive, such as widening, reducing hills and curves, and other improvements.

Veterans Museum Open On Saturdays

Jun 10, 2014

The Rowan County Historical Veterans Museum is now open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. 

Curator of the facility Charles Gilley says it’s the first time regular hours have been scheduled at the facility.

“We always try to open it on special days, you know Flag Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and things like that. Hopefully, some people will come down and see it. We’ve got a lot of artifacts in there of war memorabilia. I think people would enjoy it.” –Charles Gilley