Things like PPE, COVID test and vaccines and lost revenue amid a global pandemic were never on any government leaders’ radars when 2019-2020 fiscal year budgets were set. But the coronavirus came and the financial toll was overwhelming. Now local governments across the state are about to get a return on money lost as they battled COVID-19.On Thursday Governor Andy Beshear announced that more than 360 cities in Kentucky will be sharing over $157 million in ARPA funds. Beshear said “To all our cities out there…check’s in the mail.”

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Culvert repairs on US 60 east of Morehead in Rowan County will restrict part of the highway to one-lane traffic in the coming weeks.

On Monday, July 26, Kentucky Department of Highways crews will start concrete repairs at a deteriorated culvert that carries Schoolhouse Branch Creek under the highway about four-tenths of a mile east of Christy Creek (KY 32) near Morehead.

Interesting Engineering

On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear celebrated the grand opening of a $14.7 million technology center that will serve high school and technical college students and provide training for displaced workers seeking new career paths.

Gov. Beshear joined Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Jason Glass, Senate President Robert Stivers, Senator Brandon Storm, Dr. Koffi Akakpo, President of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), and local leaders from Estill and Powell counties for the ribbon cutting.

Several state attorneys general are in favor of a $26 billion opioid settlement against three of the nation’s largest drug distributors and opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. It would put an end to thousands of lawsuits.

But West Virginia will opt out in hopes of local governments being able to pursue lawsuits on their own, the attorney general said Wednesday.

Governor Andy Beshear said the delta variant is serious even among vaccinated Kentuckians and the state has seen three straight weeks of increasing cases. Kentucky’s current positivity rate has also jumped to 5.45%. It was just below 4.5% on Friday. The spread of cases is clear on the statewide map, there were eight red zone counties as of Monday, up from five on Friday. Clusters of cases are also being reported from gatherings such as camps, concerts and sporting events. There have been at least 34 since May 31st in the Commonwealth.

Driven by the delta variant, Kentucky is seeing COVID-19 cases at rates not seen since this past March and Governor Andy Beshear said we are on track to have four straight weeks of surging case numbers. Most cases are in people who have not gotten vaccinated. Governor Andy Beshear said, “From March 1 to July 21st, this is about the time when a whole lot of people had the opportunity to be vaccinated, 95% of all positive cases were among unvaccinated individuals.” The other statistics laid out by the Governor… of the 61,000 new COVID cases between March first and yesterday, 92% of hospitalizations and 447 deaths were unvaccinated Kentuckians.

JP Harris

Jul 22, 2021
JP Harris

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #253 (July 23 at 8:00pm and July 24 at 3:00pm)

Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1983, JP Harris doesn’t fancy himself so much a musician as he does a carpenter who writes country songs. After finishing the eighth grade, he boarded a Greyhound in the middle of an early summer night, and scarcely looked back.

He traveled the country, often alone, hitchhiking and hopping freight trains while making his living as a farm laborer, shepherd, woodsman, and carpenter, among many other titles.

All Music

Live From The Jazz Lounge

Program #60 (July 25 at 8:00pm)

Allen Farnham - Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Vol. 41 (1994)

Pianist Allen Farnham recorded live at the Maybeck Recital Hall in Berkeley, California on June 12, 1994.

Morehead State University

Whether you are an undergraduate student with plans to continue your education or a college graduate intent on going back, Morehead State University’s commitment to success starts when you enroll and continues throughout your life. MSU’s Graduate School will hold an Online Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 29.     

The online event will allow those interested in continuing their education at MSU to chat with Graduate School advisors. Those who attend the event will receive a promotional code to waive the $30 application fee.       

Morehead State University

Dr. John Calvin Philley, 85, of Morehead, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021. He was born on Oct. 17, 1935, in Indianola, Mississippi. He was the son of the late J.W. and Mary Philley. 

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Lou (Davis) Philley; children, Dave Philley (Karen), Leigh Taylor, and Melissa Clauson (Will); brother J.W. Philley, Jr. and sister Marsha Collins (Allan); grandchildren Jacob, Calvin and Jonah Philley and Jordan Philley Saylor (Josh), Will Taylor, Lilly and Sam Clauson. 


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