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Updated: Thursday, June 3, 2004 10:20 AM EDT

Kentucky State parks damaged in storms

If you're planning a getaway to a Kentucky state park, better make sure it's still there. Some parks were damaged by the recent storms.

At heavily hit Paintville State Lake Park in Eastern Kentucky, the marina, boat ramp, picnic shelters and campgrounds are all closed. At nearby Jenny Wiley State Resort Park the lodge, marina, golf course and campgrounds are closed. The theater remains open.

At Fort Boonesborough south of Lexington, the pool is closed, but campgrounds are open. At Natural Bridge, near Red River Gorge, only the pool is closed.

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Parks are expected to be back to normal within a week. For the latest news on park conditions: 800-255-7275

Kentucky park reservations go online

Reservations for cabins, cottages and lodge rooms at Kentucky parks can now be booked online. The state has signed VIP International Inc. of Canada to a one-year, renewable contract to take room reservations for Kentucky State Parks. VIP will be paid $5 for every reservation booked online, a fee that will be paid by the state, not park guests. To view the parks and to make reservations: www.parks.ky.gov.

Kentucky home prices outpace Ohio, Indiana

Good news for Northern Kentucky homeowners. Their home state ranks ahead of neighbors Ohio and Indiana in the latest statistics on house-price appreciation, announced Tuesday (June 1) by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.

Kentucky is No. 37 on the list, with an average price increase of 4.3 percent over the past 12 months. Ohio is 43, posting an increase of 3.7 percent. Indiana is 50, with an increase of 2.8 percent.

Not surprisingly, tropical paradise had the edge, as Hawaii came in first, posting an increase of 15.2 percent. Utah, without a lagoon in sight, came in dead last at 52, with a rise of only 2 percent.

Larry Nager

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