There's still a shortage of houses on the market across Kentucky.

Kentucky REALTORS said last week that the inventory is at a near-record low of 3.5 months -- the time it would take to sell them if no other homes came on the market.

But April was still a good month for home sales, the report said.

A total of 4,581 homes were sold across the state that month.

That's up from 4,552 a year ago.

Rip Phillips, president of Kentucky REALTORS, said, "Kentucky needs to experience an increase in new construction."

-- Blake Henry has been named manager of Louisville's newly reopened Kentucky International Convention Center.

He was general manager of the Owensboro Convention Center from February 2017 to March 2018.

Henry left Owensboro to become general manager of the Cross Insurance Center Arena and Convention Center Complex in Bangor, Maine.

-- SIP Owensboro, the wine bar at 3830 Kentucky 54, is adding a downtown location.

The business is applying for drink licenses for 101 Frederica St.

That's Jack Well's Enclave building that's nearing completion.

-- German American Bank has scheduled a grand opening of its new branch at 3264 Kentucky 54 for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and other refreshments will be served.

All local German American branches will be serving refreshments that day as part of Customer Appreciation Day.

-- Hartz Construction picked up a permit last week to build a 6,488-square-foot medical office building at 4505 Lucky Strike Loop.

Cost was estimated at $1.14 million.

-- Paxton Media Group, which owns the Messenger-Inquirer, has bought three Tennessee newspapers -- the Lebanon Democrat, Mount Juliet News and the Hartsville Vidette.

All three will be printed in Owensboro.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301,

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