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May 6, 2014

New finance company coming to Louisa; longtime Lawrence County insurance and loan manager to supervise office...

Louisa, KY -- A new finance company is due to open June 2 in Louisa at the former location of Radio Shack at Yatesville Crossing shopping plaza next to Walmart.

First Financial Credit is a finance company that specializes in small loans.  

Paul Hayes, a life long resident of Lawrence County, who has been in loans and insurance sales for many years, will be the manager of the Louisa office for First Financial Credit.  Tonya Hayes, Paul's sister-in-law, will be the Customer Service Representative. Tonya has been most recently employed with People's Security Bank in Louisa.

"I have over 15 years experience in management and loans ," Hayes said. "Tonya has over five years experience in customer service."

Hayes said First Financial Credit is a small loan company, making mostly personal loans.  He said they will also be offering financing for local furniture companies such as Kelly's Furniture.

"We want to be everyone's source for small loans in the area" Hayes said.  "We want to invite all our former clients and everyone else to come see us."  

He also encouraged anyone who has loans with other finance companies to visit them.  

"Let us offer you a consolidation loan and lower your payments" said Hayes.

First Financial Credit operates seventeen offices throughout central Kentucky and offers personal and other loan services to individuals seeking new opportunities to rebuild their credit and financial history.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Tourism Economic Impact in Kentucky Reaches $12.5 Billion in 2013;

Accounts for 175,746 jobs in Kentucky in 2013 

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky amounted to more than $12.5 billion in 2013, Governor Steve Beshear and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Bob Stewart announced today.

The economic impact figure is a 2.6 percent increase from 2012. 

“Our tourism industry continues to grow because Kentucky has stunning natural beauty, interesting and exciting attractions, and world class hospitality that make our visitors want to come back over and over again,” Gov. Beshear said.  “Its growth is also evidence of the hard work of tourism businesses and the professionals who work hard each and every day to make Kentucky the great destination it is.” 

The release of the figures coincides with National Travel and Tourism Week, celebrated May 3-11 this year. 

“The continued popularity of bourbon and a steady uptick in the meetings and conventions sector will be important for our ability to attract even more visitors to Kentucky this year,” Stewart said. “The opening of the new convention center in Owensboro; the reopening of Kentucky Kingdom later this month; the return of normal water level at Lake Cumberland and the fact we are hosting the PGA Championship, which brings with it tremendous television coverage, all point to a great opportunity for growth this year.”  

The annual survey also showed that tourism was responsible for 175,746 jobs in Kentucky in 2013 – an increase of 1,740 jobs from the previous year. These jobs generated more than $2.8 billion in wages for Kentucky workers, an increase of nearly $72 million from the previous year.  Tourism generated $1.3 billion in tax revenues for local and state governments in 2013, an increase from $1.23 billion in 2012.  Seven of the nine tourism regions showed gains for 2013. The report was produced by Certec Inc. of Versailles.  For more details about the economic impact study, including county-level expenditures, visit www.kentuckytourism.com/industry and click on “research.” To learn more about Kentucky tourism, visit www.kentuckytourism.com

May 1, 2014

New Ky. voter registration record set as May 20 Primary approaches; Both parties gain, Republicans gain more...

More Kentuckians than ever will appear on voter rolls in the Primary Election on May 20. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that the total number of registered voters – 3,105,349 – beats the previous record of 3,037,153, set during the 2012 General Election. The difference is an increase of more than 68,000 voters, or 2.2%, over 18 months.

 

“I am excited to see that more and more Kentuckians are answering the call to register to vote. I hope the increase in registration translates to greater turnout for the May 20 Primary Election,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official.

Each of the political parties has seen an increase in registered voters since the November 2012 General Election. Democrats have added 6,811 voters, growing 0.41% from 1,665,853 to 1,672,664. Republicans have grown their ranks by 3.90%, or 44,852 voters, from 1,151,331 to 1,196,183.

The number of voters registering as “Other” continues to trend upward. “Other” registration has increased by 16,530 voters, or 7.51%, from 219,969 to 236,499 since the 2012 General Election, after growing more than 13% between the 2010 and 2012 General Elections. In comparison, “Other” registration grew about 1.6% between the General Elections of 2008 and 2010.

The electorate is comprised of approximately 53% women and 47% men, which is consistent with recent years.  Democrats now make up 53.86% of Kentucky voters while 38.52% are Republicans. 7.62% of voters are identified as “Other.” For Democrats, the figures represent a decrease in percentage of voters since November 2012, with a change of -0.99%; Republicans and “Other” increased their relative representation by 0.61% and 0.37%, respectively.

“Now that the registration books are closed, I hope as many Kentuckians as are registered will exercise their right and responsibility to vote in our Primary Election,” said Grimes. “The Commonwealth provides various methods for its citizens to vote, including going to the polls on May 20, voting in county clerks’ offices before Election Day, or casting a mail-in absentee ballot.”

Voters may access the Voter Information Center (VIC) on the State Board of Elections’ website to confirm their voter registration status, view sample ballots, and locate their polling place.

For complete registration statistics, additional election information, or to access the VIC, visit elect.ky.gov.

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