Plan To Increase Kentucky’s Tourism

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear on Thursday released a plan aimed at making Kentucky a bigger tourism destination as a way to build economic growth.Beshear’s plan calls for a new marketing campaign focused on attracting tourists from nearby states. Those marketing efforts, he said, should emphasize Kentucky’s scenic attractions and promote itself as a world-class destination.

Kentucky Halts Real ID Distribution

Kentucky is backing away from its plan to have circuit court clerk’s offices distribute new driver’s licenses that eventually will be needed for domestic air travel.The state started a pilot program in Franklin and Woodford counties to distribute Real ID licenses in circuit court clerk’s offices. The Transportation Cabinet says the program resulted in unsustainable increases in staffing and workload in those offices.”Staffing is an issue, time is an issue, it’s just a lot slower. It’s not the fault of the equipment it just takes longer to do it,” said Greg Helton with the Kentucky Circuit Clerks Association.

Bronze Medal Awarded To Local Man

The U.S. Army awarded a Bronze Star Medal to WWII Private First Class Homer L. Davis.Davis is a Morehead native and was honored for his performace of duty during armored combat on March 6, 1945, while serving with Company E, 32d Armored Regiment in Cologne, Germany.Davis’ family was presented with the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device during a ceremony Wednesday at the WWII Memorial on the National Mall.

New Elder Scams Warning Issued

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a scam alert to warn of an increase of mail scams targeting senior citizens.Beshear said in a release, seniors in Boone, Franklin and Greenup counties sent $85,000 in cash to scammers posing as a computer repair technician, a family member in jail and a government official awarding grants.The scammers told each victim to send $30,000, $29,000, and $26,000 in cash using FedEx, UPS and United States Postal Service.Two other potential victims in Harlan and Jefferson counties reported that a scammer claimed to be a family member who needed help after a car wreck.

Local Burn Bans Issued

The recent dry spell is causing concerns for local county officials. Some parts of the state are in a moderate drought, and some counties are already dealing with forest fires. Estill, Floyd, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Lincoln, Magoffin, Perry, Pike, Rockcastle, Whitley and Wolfe Counties all issued burn bans this week.

Naming the New Elephant

The Louisville Zoo welcomed an African elephant calf at the Kentucky facility six weeks ago, but he still needs a name.The zoo is holding a contest and is seeking name suggestions for the male elephant through Sept. 29. Elephant zoo keepers will choose the finalists, and voting will be held online and at the zoo for a donation. Proceeds from the contest will support the zoo.The winner will be announced the week of Oct. 21, and the person who submitted the winning name and finalists will receive prize baskets.

National Park Service Names New Superintendent

The National Park Service has named a new superintendent at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in central Kentucky.The News-Enterprise reports Catherine Bragaw will start in the position on Nov. 10.National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Robert A. Vogel said in a statement that Bragaw’s passion for political science, public history and civic engagement will help her manage how the park interprets the early years of the nation’s 16th president.

Local Burning Ban Issued Includes Jackson County

The recent dry spell is causing concerns for local county officials. Some parts of the state are in a moderate drought, and some counties are already dealing with forest fires.Floyd, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Lincoln, Magoffin, Pike and Whitley Counties issued burn bans on Monday. Jackson County issued a ban on Sunday. Knott County joined the others on Tuesday.The ban will remain in effect until the county gets enough rainfall to mitigate the fire hazard.

Early Flu Cases In Laurel County

Laurel County Health Department officials say flu activity has been seen in other parts of the country early this year.Officials say there have already been reported cases and deaths. Those reported numbers only include lab-confirmed cases.Those cases came early this year, as the official flu season does not start until September 26th, and cases are usually seen from October through May.

Enerblu Lawsuit Goes Forward

A lawsuit filed against Enerblu executives asks that the failed battery manufacturing plant pay $30 million in compensatory and punitive damages, the Lexington-Herald Leader reports.The lawsuit was filed by Dapco LTO Investment, LLC., an investor group from Florida, and calls Enerblu “a bogus Eastern Kentucky battery plant that was never more than drawings on a piece of paper.”The group gave $3 million to Enerblu back in 2018. The suit says the now-bankrupt company said its executives paid themselves and took useless trips overseas.