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Monday 12/09/2019
James Colgan repurposed a California hobby into a Kentucky business
Posted: December 09, 2019 - 8:00 am

James Colgan has found a way to repurpose his California hobbies into a jewelry-making business in Kentucky almost six years after living in three states across the country.

Sunday 12/08/2019
Morehead's Christmas parade restored by Fannin
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 1:30 pm

Jeff Fannin took it upon himself to restore Morehead’s Christmas parade nearly a decade ago.

Saturday 12/07/2019
Gallery of 2019 Christmas Parade
Posted: December 07, 2019 - 9:05 pm

The annual Christmas Parade took place Friday, December 6 on Main Street in Morehead. Below is a gallery by Sarah Mitchell.

Hometown Holiday celebrates 20 years
Updated: December 07, 2019 - 10:06 pm

For two decades Morehead has celebrated Hometown Holidays.

Friday 12/06/2019
Ashland's Festival of Trees grows
Updated: December 06, 2019 - 9:56 am

Over 16,000 people traveled to Ashland, Ky. to see the various exhibits and new category at Festival of Trees and Trains at the Paramount Arts Center.

Thursday 12/05/2019
Rowan Co. High to participate in inaugural parade
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 2:10 pm

The Rowan County Senior High School band will be featured in the inaugural parade in Frankfort for the first time since 1995.

Wednesday 12/04/2019
Lori Dobson collects suitcases for foster children
Updated: December 04, 2019 - 8:34 pm

Lori Dobson created a program to collect suitcases for foster children.

Tuesday 12/03/2019
Gallery: KCTM Semester Finale Concert
Updated: December 03, 2019 - 9:28 pm

Photos from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music's semester finale concert at the Morehead Conference Center on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 

Turkey Trot raises money for Helping Hands
Updated: December 03, 2019 - 10:00 pm

Before feasting on Thanksgiving turkey, over 500 people helped give back to the community in a 5k run.

Monday 12/02/2019
Alumni Tower evacuates for circuitry repair
Posted: December 02, 2019 - 3:46 pm

Alumni Tower residents evacuated the building Monday morning due to an issue with the circuitry controlling their power in the basement.

Sunday 11/24/2019
Horse riding became a lifestyle for Reed
Updated: November 24, 2019 - 1:56 pm

Audrey Reed continued to pursue the competitive lifestyle of horse shows alongside her teammates despite an accident earlier in life.

Saturday 11/23/2019
Wildfire Designs opens in Morehead
Updated: November 23, 2019 - 2:47 pm

What started as a hobby, is now a dream for one woman and her husband.

Friday 11/22/2019
"People are Animals, Too"
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 10:49 am

An invitation from a Morehead State University teacher brought guest speaker, Dr. Allison Thornton, all the way from Alabama to MSU. 

Wednesday 11/20/2019
Stephanie Willoughby raises awareness for diabetes
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 12:33 pm

Stephanie Willoughby has used her love of pageants to bring awareness to diabetes, a disease which affects around 29 million Americans each year.

Saturday 11/16/2019
Students get into the holiday spirit with ornament decorating
Updated: November 16, 2019 - 8:06 pm

Morehead State University students were in the holiday spirit at an ornament decorating party on Friday night. 

Tenth Annual Masters Spelling Bee helps bring books to disadvantaged kids
Updated: November 16, 2019 - 7:54 pm

Master spellers of Morehead tested their skills as they competed to give books to disadvantaged children at the tenth annual event on Friday.

Friday 11/15/2019
Unifying high schools in Kentucky
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 2:49 pm

East Carter High School and Special Olympics Kentucky hosted seven other regional high schools Friday at the Morehead Conference Center to encourage them to become Unified Champion Schools.

Thursday 11/14/2019
Teaching brings Dr. Brock home
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 8:45 pm

One Morehead State University professor found her way back home with the same profession that made her leave the area.

Learning ethics in the medical field
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 11:29 am

Learning and thinking about ethical concerns within the medial field is what two students are doing in the philosophy internship program with St. Claire HealthCare.

Wednesday 11/13/2019
A gathering of singers: Morehead State University’s choral festival
Updated: November 13, 2019 - 5:41 pm

Over 300 high school students from across Kentucky and parts of Ohio came together for Morehead State University’s 60th annual Choral Festival for High School Singers.

Tuesday 11/12/2019
"This is My Heart for You" takes the stage
Updated: November 12, 2019 - 1:49 pm

Exploring the conflict between traditional Appalachian culture and the LGBT community will be the theme of the most recent production at Morehead State University.

Monday 11/11/2019
Alexa Potts excels on and off the range
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 5:20 pm

A quiet bang. The smell of gun powder. The sound of a bolt racking a new bullet into place.

Kris Cox and her journey to the Morehead Police Department
Updated: November 11, 2019 - 2:04 pm

Kris Cox joined the Morehead City Police Department as the first female cop on the force in the last 30 years. 

Saturday 11/09/2019
Truetones perform at CoffeeTree Books
Updated: November 09, 2019 - 11:20 pm

A highly educated barbershop group took stage at CoffeeTree Books.

Sparking interest for girls in STEM
Updated: November 13, 2019 - 2:25 pm

Girls in Engineering Math and Science (GEMS) return to Morehead to host their fifteenth annual event.

Allyson Cox Taylor speaks about human trafficking
Posted: November 09, 2019 - 1:16 pm

The National Human Trafficking Hotline has had over 34,000 reports in the United States over the last twelve years, 490 of which were cases in Kentucky.

Friday 11/08/2019
Dreaming of snow: Sean Corbin shares his poetry
Updated: November 08, 2019 - 2:52 pm

Morehead State University alum Sean Corbin’s first poetry reading drew a good crowd to Coffee Tree Books in Morehead Thursday evening.

Thursday 11/07/2019
Handmade dreams at Renee's Bridal
Posted: November 07, 2019 - 12:57 pm

MT. STERLING Renee Cunningham went from working out of the trunk of her car to designing luxurious wedding dresses fit for any bride at Renee's Bridal. 

Wednesday 11/06/2019
SGA helps family in need
Updated: November 08, 2019 - 1:59 am

The Student Government Association passed a bill to give money to a family in need and discussed a partnership beginning this weekend with Morehead Cinemas 6.

Cheering from Japan to Kentucky
Updated: November 06, 2019 - 2:27 pm

A love for her favorite sport brought her from Japan to the United States, specifically to Morehead State University.  

Tuesday 11/05/2019
It's community first for the Riggsbys
Updated: November 07, 2019 - 12:12 pm

HALDEMAN A former military couple turned their soap making business into a central feature of the community. 

Saturday 11/02/2019
Moore helps teach his high school band to state finals
Updated: November 06, 2019 - 12:36 pm

His high school marching band hadn’t been to state in 27 years, but a Morehead State freshman helped get them to the top three in the finals over the over the weekend.

Echoes from the Courthouse: a Historical Documentary
Updated: November 02, 2019 - 12:05 am

The auditorium of the Rowan County Arts Center was standing room only Friday evening to hear the chaotic history of the former courthouse.

Friday 11/01/2019
Gallery: Just Say Boo To Drugs
Updated: November 01, 2019 - 3:57 pm

Children in Rowan County had a safe place to trick or treat away from the weather at "Just Say Boo To Drugs" Halloween night at the Laughlin Health Building on Morehead State's campus.

Thursday 10/31/2019
Art department screens Rocky Horror Picture Show
Updated: October 31, 2019 - 8:15 pm

Morehead State students did the time warp again Wednesday night for the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Wednesday 10/30/2019
Students learn about bats in a talk at the Camden Carroll Library
Updated: November 01, 2019 - 3:55 pm

Students learned the importance of bats during a talk at the Camden Carroll Library for Halloween.

Woodstock comes to Morehead
Updated: October 31, 2019 - 8:06 pm

The music of the peace and love generation rocked the Morehead Conference Center Tuesday night as students and faculty of Morehead State University music department rocked their tribute to Woodstock’s 50th anniversary.

Monday 10/28/2019
The superbowl of barbecue: 'The Jack'
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 7:30 pm

LYNCHBURG, TN The smell of smoke and tangy barbecue filled the air as Pitmaster Jason Boggess stood over the smoker just an hour away from the final turn-in. 

The Beat of Morehead State University
Posted: October 28, 2019 - 5:19 pm

The Baird Music Building was booming with activity during Morehead State University’s Percussion Ensemble concert Sunday afternoon.

A Haldeman Halloween
Updated: October 28, 2019 - 1:21 pm

Laughter flooded the Haldeman Community Center Saturday as children and their families kicked off the Halloween season at the 10th annual Halloween fundraiser on Saturday.

Saturday 10/26/2019
The felines of story time
Updated: October 26, 2019 - 7:05 pm

Meows and squeals of joy could be heard from CoffeeTree Books Saturday morning during Sunny’s Storytime.

Thursday 10/24/2019
Bluegrass music led Bradleigh Culp to the KCTM
Updated: October 25, 2019 - 9:27 pm

One girl would have never found the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music and a love for everything that comes with it if it were not for her mother.

Wednesday 10/23/2019
Doves of Gateway honor those lost to domestic violence
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 8:24 pm

In the past year, 30 individuals have lost their lives due to domestic violence in Kentucky.

Freeland came for the job, stayed for the community
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 7:37 pm

One retired Morehead State University professor has published several books, including historical fiction, biographies and textbooks. 

Drag as a story of self acceptance
Updated: October 24, 2019 - 10:52 am

A young drag performer shared his story Tuesday about self acceptance and his love for the art form.

Former university employee indicted for fraudulent purchases
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:27 pm

A former Morehead State University employee has been indicted for allegedly using a University credit card to purchase more than $167-thousand dollars in merchandise, goods and services.

A Rowan County Grand Jury handed down the 12-count indictment on Friday which claims 51-year-old Sherri Ward made the fraudulent purchases between December 2017 and July of 2019.

Ward served as an Academic Specialist with the Department of Art and Design.  She was hired at the University in 2000.

According to the indictment, Ward also used a rubber stamp to forge the signature of a University professor, to request transfer of funds from the Morehead State University Foundation. The transfer amounts varied from just under $500 dollars to more than $11-thousand dollars over an 18-month period.  

She is charged with one count of fraudulent use of a credit card, which is a class C felony in this case, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.  Ward also faces 11 counts of second degree forgery, which is a Class D felony and punishable by up to 5 years.

Ward will appear in Rowan Circuit Court on January 17th for a status hearing.  

Saturday 10/19/2019
Gallery: Homecoming
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 8:47 pm

The Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 19, 2019 along Main Street. 

Friday 10/18/2019
Morehead Theater Guild raises the dead
Posted: October 18, 2019 - 9:38 pm

The Morehead Theatre Guild raised the dead by telling their history at the Old Town Cemetery.

Morehead State faces possible upcoming debt crisis
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 12:24 pm

Morehead State is facing major debt issues if action isn’t taken in the next 12 to 24 months, according to President Dr. Jay Morgan at the October board of regents meeting.

Thursday 10/17/2019
Basketball players prepare for upcoming season
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 5:04 pm

Morehead State University men and women basketball teams hosted the annual Media Day which previewed the Eagles’ upcoming season that’s just around the corner.