Gov. Andy Beshear was in Morehead this morning to award the city with a $250,000 Recreational Trails Program grant to update the Triplett Valley Trail in the Morehead Memorial Tree Walk Park.

Beshear, along with his senior advisor Rocky Adkins, made the announcement at the Maysville Community & Technical College Rowan Campus Friday, Feb. 14.

The city will use the funding to resurface the trail to make it more accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and add a bridge, connecting the park to Morehead State University and local businesses, the governor said.

Mayor Laura White-Brown expressed gratitude for the funding.

“We are thankful to have such hardworking citizens and community agencies like our Gateway ADD who are always the first to help us navigate our way through grand opportunities. Thank you to Gov. Beshear for this recognition and we assure you these funds will make you proud as we use them to better our community and state.”

The Clyde A. Thomas Regional Airport also was awarded two aviation grants totaling $2.4 million.

The grants will replace the outdated runway and taxi lighting, and repair buckling pavement.

Bruce Mattingly, airport board member, said he appreciated the state’s support of the airport.

“It’s a real driver of economic development,” he said.

The governor also announced funding for projects in Sandy Hook, Louisa and Pikeville.

“As long as I am his senior advisor, rural Kentucky will have a seat at the table,” Adkins said. “We’re going to bring hope and opportunity back to this community.”

He also encouraged local and federal officials and the public to talk to legislators about Beshear’s “education first” budget.

“This is a good budget,” Adkins said.

“Gov. Andy Beshear gets it,” he added. “The regions that need help the most will get special attention. We have somebody in the governor’s office who understands these needs.”

“I believe our people and our communities come first,” Beshear said. “Helping our Kentucky families improve their wages, access and afford health care, receive a high-quality education and protect their retirement while setting a positive and helpful tone in Frankfort is critically important to my administration. Every day, we are working as one team – Team Kentucky – to ensure we are building a bigger, brighter future for all our communities.”

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