KDDD News 7-20-21

Barriers in the north and southbound lanes of US 87/US 287 have begun to be set down near County Road I, yesterday.

This part of US 87/US 287 north of Dumas, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the next two to three months while phase one of the rehabilitation project is under construction.

In addition to concrete paving, this project will include storm sewer, curb and gutter, traffic signals, signing, and striping. Sidewalks will also be included on both sides for pedestrians and the existing on-street parking in town will remain.

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Cases of COVID-19 have tripled over the past three weeks, and hospitalizations and deaths are rising among unvaccinated people. While the rates are still sharply down from their January highs, officials are concerned by the reversing trendlines and what they consider needless illness and death. And cases are expected to continue to rise in coming weeks.

The rising numbers are being driven by large pockets of infection among the more than 90 million eligible Americans who have yet to get shots. Just four states with low vaccination rates made up 40% of new cases last week, and nearly half of them came from Florida alone.

Moore County once at a high of over 60% with vaccinations, has now dropped into the low 30’s.

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Money in economic stimulus funding for Moore County is going into running new fiber optic cable throughout Moore County, including Sunray and Cactus.

The Moore County News Press reports, that the county commission voted to spend the money, working with Plains Internet, to provide strong internet for residents of the county.

The total project will cost 12.4 million dollars.