STATE PARKS SEEKING TO PRIVITIZE GOLF COURSE

MARSHALL COUNTY– The Kentucky Department of Parks is seeking information to help develop a proposal that would allow vendors to bid on operating its golf courses, which would include the 18-hole, par 72 course at Kentucky Dam Village in Gilbertsville and 9-hole par 3 at Kenlake in Aurora.  A “request for information” has been issued that allows interested parties to provide information about the operation and leasing of 12 eighteen-hole courses and six nine-hole courses operated by state parks. 

The information gathered from this request will be used to develop a formal “request for proposal” in the state bidding process. The request for information is due by Aug. 18. The request is posted on the Finance Cabinet’s website at http://eprocurement.ky.gov/ It will also be advertised in Kentucky newspapers. One of the recommendations in the Kentucky State Parks strategic plan is to reduce the costs of golf operations. Since golf is traditionally a private-sector business, the state parks are proposing to have a concessionaire operate the courses. Parks plan to issue a request for proposal around the end of September.

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From the Marshall County Tribune Courier Newspaper - 04.13.2010 - 
MEETING ON AURORA'S FUTURE DISCUSSED BY COURT

A meeting at Kenlake State Resort Park will be held on April 19 to discuss the future of Aurora.  "Its about the future of the Aurora-Kenlake area," Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller said.  "What can we do, what steps can we take as a community to spur business.  We will take part in that focus group."

Miller said he and other members of county government will be going to listen and discern if they can help spur any business activity in the area.  "They're working on several things," said commissioner Bob Gold.  "They're looking at a Farmers Market around the visitors center.  They're going to have a car show on the last Saturday of the month.  They're trying to get some folks to move on back to Aurora and see what's going on."


From the Marshall County Tribune Courier Newspaper - 04.30.2010

Bob Metzger and JW Davis were present at the Fiscal Court meeting to update the court on the progress organizations in the Aurora area have made in adopting programs for encouraging economic development.  Representing the Kentucky Lake Economic Development Council, Mr. Metzger outlined to the court the organizations goals for promoting both tourism and economic growth in the lakes area.

The Farmers Market in Aurora, which is opening in May, is one such program which has been developed to help bring in more people into the Aurora area.  Mr. Davis is directing the Farmers Market and Open Air Trade Market that will be held on May 7 & 8 and thereafter each Friday and Saturday through October.
From the Marshall County Times newspaper - 05.21.2010  
SECOND KENLAKE-AURORA ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION MEETING HELD

Aurora, KY - The second meeting of the Kentucky Lake Economic Development Council was held on Monday, May 17, 2010 at the Kenlake State Park Hotel.  Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller, Sheirff Kevin Byars and First District County Commissioner Bob Gold attended the meeting along with Aurora business owners and leaders as well as the Jonathon Aurora Action Committee (JAAC) President.  Other members of the JACC organization also attended.  Also attending the meeting was George Sholar, Chairman of the Friends of Cherokee Park, John Rittenhouse, Manager of Kenlake State Park, JW Davis, Marshall County Farmers Market Organizer and Market Manager, Randy Newcomb, Marshall County Tourism Director, as well as Rory Brewer, candidate for County Commissioner in the First District.

Martin "Bob" Metzger, chairman of the Marshall County Farmers Market and Outdoor Open Air Trade Market MC'd the event.   The meeting started off with an introduction of the 27 attendees going around introducing themselves.

Discussion moved into the Nuisance Abatement Law currently in place in Marshall County. Sheriff Kevin Byars discussed with the audience on future efforts to upgrade the current law in placeto give the county more "teeth" to enforce properties that are abandoned, littered with trash and debris and left in ruin.  Metzger discussed that to properly move forward with economic development in the Kenlake-Aurora area, these types of properties must be cleaned up.

The meeting moved forward with those in attendance marking ballots choosing between six major revitalization projects out of 23 projects that they felt were the most important to concentrate in the Kenlake-Aurora area.

The six most important projects chosen were: 1. Reopening the Kenlake Beach area, 2. Additional Kenlake Marina Boat Ramp/Construction/Upgrade, 3. It was a tie between more signs being installed on Hwy 80/68 with information of whats in Kenlake-Aurora area, more Rallies, Fishing Tournaments 7 Festivals being held in the area, and eliminating empty vacant buildings by enforcing the county nuisance ordnance, 4. was a tie between upgrading the Kenlake Amphitheater and upgrading the Tennis building into a Convention Center, 5. was a tie between better accomodations and deals for fishermen attending tournaments, upgrading and facelifting the Aurora downtown area with streetlights and sidewalks as well as upgrading the sewer system, cleaning up ice storm damange to Cherokee Park, more business development in the Kenlake-Aurora area, promoting the area better through the Chamber of Commerce, monitoring the finish of the new Barkley Lake and Kentucky Lake bridges over the water and obtaining a mini-mall to the area, 6. building a new Aurora/Ross Fire Station with an ambulance or EMS service located at the new fire station, including a new fire boat for Kentucky Lake in this district, keeping the bank in the area, and changing the Aurora County Festival date so it does not conflict with other festivals in the region.

Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller spoke about the possibility of the Marshall County Farmers Market expanding over time and growing and about the positive aspect of these various projects moving forward. 

The last part of the meeting centered on the creation of the Kentucky Lake Economic Development Council.  

Metzger explained this council and the Kenlake-Aurora Economic Revitalization project was born as a result of the opening of the Marshall County Farmers Market and a greater desire by business owners and county officials to develope teh Kenlake-Aurora region into an area that would attract more tourismand business to the region.

Many attendee's signed up to be on the council.  The council is looking for other interested business owners, area leaders and officials to join the organization if interested.
The next meeting of the council will be at the Kenlake State Park Hotel on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm.

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JULY 6, 2012...Evansville Courier & Press – (Kentucky) Kentucky issues ‘WATER SHORTAGE WATCHwater’ for 27 counties. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet July 6 announced a “water shortage watch” for 27 counties in the commonwealth,  According to a news release issued by the agency, such a watch is issued when “drought conditions have the potential to threaten the normal availability of drinking water supply sources. Officials at the Kentucky Division of Water study rainfall amounts, reservoir levels, streamflows, the Palmer Drought Index and the Drought Monitor when determining drought status,” the news release stated. Most of Western Kentucky is in an extreme drought, with some areas more than a foot of rain below the annual average. The agency said counties listed in the watch should “be prepared to reduce water use upon request by their local water supplier.” Source: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2012/jul/06/kentucky-issues-water-shortage-watch-27-counties/
KENTUCKY GETS RELIEF, RAIN AFTER RECORD HEAT 

ASSOCIATED PRESS / NEWSWIRE WORLDWIDE SERVICES...MONDAY JUNE, 9, 2012

Kentucky finally got a welcome splash of relief from a sweat-soaked stretch of record heat that sagged crops, sent water use surging and made conditions miserable.

Temperatures were in the 80s Monday across much of the Bluegrass state, a reprieve from triple-digit conditions that settled in for more than a week. Mixed in with the moderate temperatures was a round of rainfall in some drought-stressed parts of the state.

In western Kentucky, mired in a severe drought, some areas received more than an inch of rain Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said. A cold front responsible for the lower temperatures also produced strong winds and hail that battered parts of southern and western Kentucky on Sunday, downing some trees. More rain is possible throughout the week, forecasters said.

The rain was welcomed by farmers who watched their prospects for the fall harvest drop while temperatures soared.

In Caldwell County, some areas got up to an inch of rain Sunday, but the county average was just under a half inch, said Shane Bogle, the local agricultural extension agent. But corn and soybean crops were still suffering in the western Kentucky county, he said.

"It did help, but not enough to make any of our yields back as of yet," he said. "But at least it sustained the life of some of these plants."

Statewide, crops continued to suffer last week.

Nearly three-fourths of Kentucky's corn crop is in poor or very poor condition, according to the latest weekly report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service's field office in Kentucky. Only 23 percent of the crop was rated fair, 5 percent good and the rest poor or very poor. Sixty-two percent of the state's soybean crop was rated poor or very poor, with 30 percent fair and 8 percent good.

Meanwhile, people started venturing back outside after spending much of the last week close to air conditioning.

Stacey Chevalier of Bardstown took her three young sons to the Louisville Zoo along with a friend and her children. They had planned the outing for a month, but had worried that the heat wave might force a cancellation.

"We just really got lucky," Chevalier said as her sons gawked at a bear exhibit. "Who knew the heat was going to break on the day we had already planned on coming. We were going to cancel if it was still 100 degrees. But this is a perfect day."

Zoo spokeswoman Kyle Shepherd said daily attendance dropped as much as 50 percent during the heat wave.

Forecasters said high temperatures will be mostly in the 80s across Kentucky this week.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Schoettmer in Louisville said Monday that the just-ended stretch of extreme heat hadn't been endured in decades. Louisville has had six days of temperatures reaching 100 or higher so far in July, with about three weeks left in the month. The last time Louisville had six July days of triple-digit heat was in 1954. In 1936, the city had triple-digit heat nine days in July.

"We've basically approached what folks saw back in the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s," he said.

Louisville tied or broke daily heat records on eight of nine days from June 29 through July 7, Schoettmer said.

In Bowling Green, heat records were set or tied on six out of 10 days from June 28 through July 7, he said. In Lexington, record highs were tied or set on seven of eight days from June 30 to July 7, he said.

In Paducah in far western Kentucky, it was 100 degrees or more every day except for one from June 28 to July 7, said Dave Purdy, with the weather service there. During the first six days of July, the city broke heat records every day except one, he said.