A Noah’s Ark biblical theme park planned for northern Kentucky could collapse without more bond buyers. Bloomberg News reports about $29 million in unrated municipal bonds need to be purchased by February 6 in order to make the park a reality.
An email sent to supporters by the head of the Christian non-profit group Answers in Genesis said that construction funding will fall short unless the proceeds are found.
The same group behind the northern Kentucky Creation Museum is hoping to build the Ark Encounter theme park, complete with a 510-foot wooden ark.
Bloomberg says industrial-development bonds are considered the riskiest municipal debt because they lead to the highest proportion of defaults in the municipal market.
Wind chills have plunged well below zero across Kentucky as a blast of arctic air forced schools to cancel classes Monday.
Temperatures dropped into the low single digits across the state early Monday, and wind chills plummeted to 19 below at Louisville and minus-14 in Lexington and Bowling Green.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews report highways were generally in better condition than expected Monday morning as wind overnight helped to dry pavement surfaces. Still, motorists are urged to use extreme caution due to the threat of black ice forming where moisture remains on the pavement.
A new federal grant is designed to help Kentucky reduce the major risk factors leading to obesity and chronic disease.
The goal of the five-year, $1.7 million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant is to promote improved physical activity and nutrition, reduce obesity, and prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Kentucky could use the help. According to the 2012 edition of America’s Health Rankings from United Health Foundation, the commonwealth is at or near the bottom of nearly every major health indicator, ranking the 44th least healthy state overall.
Kentucky has the highest smoking rate in the U.S. and has the most preventable hospitalizations of any state in the country.
Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Stephanie Mayfield says part of the grant focus will be on partnering with schools to help children make better health decisions.
Funeral arrangements have been announced for Margaret Mary Ryan Huddleston, the Warren County Circuit Family Court Judge who passed away Friday after a battle with cancer.
A funeral mass for Judge Huddleston will begin at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Bowling Green with burial to follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the J. C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel.
Visitation will continue on Wednesday in the Pentecost Room at Holy Spirit Catholic Church from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Margaret Ryan Huddleston Scholarship Fund, c/o Independence Bank, 1950 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104 or to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Central KY, Inc., P.O. Box 867, Bowling Green, KY 42102.