A shortage of houses on the market continues to plague Kentucky Realtors.

The state organization says that if no more houses were placed on the market, the current supply would be exhausted in 3.1 months.

A healthy housing market should have a six-month supply, Kentucky Realtors said in a news release.

The shortage of houses on the market means higher prices for the ones available.

The median price of homes sold statewide in May was $140,813 -- up from $133,923 just 12 months earlier.

Kentucky Realtors said sales in May were up 5.6% -- from 5,064 to 5,346 houses.

That was the second-highest May sales number on record, the news release said.

• Azzip Pizza will be opening its new Owensboro restaurant in The Shoppes at 3800 Frederica -- the former Texas Gas property -- on July 14.

And a news release says that every customer will receive a free 8-inch pizza that day.

The Owensboro location is the Evansville-based company's eighth restaurant.

• McAlister's Deli will be opening its new Owensboro restaurant in the new strip center at 2065 E. Parrish Ave. on July 15, according to its Facebook page.

• And a Moe's Southwest Grill is under construction in the same center, according to local building permits.

• The Kentucky Department of Revenue has set the state's property tax rate for this year at 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value.

That's the same rate as last year.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com

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