Commonwealth Journal

Local News

June 5, 2014

What’s up in Burnside?

Major state park lodge project may be back on the front burner

Burnside —

Dormant plans and hopes for a lodge at General Burnside Island State Park may be back on the front burner. Optimistic rumors are making the rounds. Just maybe. There is no confirmation.
  “We are aware of the interest in General Burnside Island State Park and we are studying the potential for development at General Burnside Island,” said Gil Lawson, communications director for Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
That’s all Lawson would say. He wouldn’t address rumors of a major announcement next month involving a possible lodge and other developments at the local state park.
With General Burnside Island once again an island, completely surrounded by waters of a normally operating Lake Cumberland, a reporter raised a question if the once-dead project could be revived. The lodge idea died during seven years while the lake was kept low to facilitate repairs to Wolf Creek Dam.
Lawson refused comment about rumors of a big announcement July 7 concerning General Burnside Island.  “I’m not aware of that,” Lawson said.
A lodge at General Burnside Island State Park has been a subject of discussion since 2006. Requests For Proposals (RFP) were issued by the Kentucky Department of Parks for the lodge and attendant facilities to be developed on a 22-acre site on the north end of the 430-acre island.
Both The Webb Companies of Lexington and Mike Czerwonka, president of Czerwonka and Associates, Louisville, submitted proposals to build and operate the facility. The proposals were turned down. Lawson essentially told the Commonwealth Journal last year the lodge project was dead.
 During the height of the lodge discussions, J.T. Miller, then commissioner of the Department of Parks, said the lodge would be located on a “peak” on the northern point of the island. The area is just north of the campground and Miller said a part of the campsites would be affected by the development. The lodge would be on the highest elevation of the island and overlook Lake Cumberland and Burnside Marina.

Text Only
Local News
  • Rift over firefighter pay finally history

    Somerset officials are closing the books on a years-long disagreement between the city and the state labor cabinet over overtime pay and other benefits for firefighters and EMS workers. 

    July 31, 2014

  • eubank school1.jt.jpg New cafeteria coming soon to Eubank Elementary

    Students at one elementary school in northern Pulaski County will be taking their lunches in the classroom for a bit while construction to its cafeteria continues. 

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • BURNSIDE LODGE-TURNER FOTO.jpg Turner to meet with commissioner on Burnside Island

    A state representative unhappy over secrecy surrounding possible privatization of General Burnside Island State Park said he will respond positively to an invitation to meet with Elaine Walker, commissioner of Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Ca

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Derek Kissee.jpg Science Hill man charged in Rockcastle County beating

    A Science Hill man has been accused of beating and leaving another Pulaski County man for dead in an abandoned Rockcastle County rock qu

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kingsford Fire 07-29-2014 KS 09.jpg No injuries, minimal damage at Kingsford Plant

    A normal production day at the Kingsford Charcoal Plant in southern Pulaski County was halted for a few hours while firefighters worked to put out a small blaze at the plant. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 020313 SCC Rogers BLdg-0286.jpg SCC tabbed as one of top places to work

    A national publication dedicated to all things secondary education has named Somerset Community College one of the best in the nation to work for. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Warning: Robo phone scam targeting local residents

    Authorities are warning local residents of a possible phone scam.

    July 28, 2014

  • Baskin Robbins Reopens 07-29-2014 JT 17.jpg Baskin Robbins is back in Somerset

    Even with two Dairy Queens, a new Orange Leaf and an ice cream truck, Somerset residents have still been screaming for more ice cream.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DOWNTOWN SIDEWALK FOTO.JPG Heated sidewalks provide sparks for workers
    A heated sidewalk to melt snow and ice was “quite the thing” a half century ago in a small town like Somerset. This town’s first and only electrically warmed sidewalk was installed facing Fountain Square alongside First and Farmers National Bank when the bank’s downtown headquarters building was constructed in 1963-64.
    As snow fell, the warm sidewalk melted a walkway about 2 feet wide alongside the bank. It was the talk of the town; quite a gimmick.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 021614 Citizens 11 Boyd randolph.jpg Somerset Schools will fight ruling

    The recent hearing regarding the conflict with county schools over non-resident students might not have gone Somerset’s way, but that doesn’t mean they’re done fighting.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

News Live
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks