Government shutdown hurting the bottom line of some Kentucky businesses

10/09/2013 09:33 AM

CAVE CITY — As the government shutdown rolls into its ninth day, it’s no longer just furloughed federal workers and Washington, D.C.-area businesses feeling the pain.

Many of the hotels, tour companies and other businesses around the closed Mammoth Cave National Park in southern Kentucky are taking a hit at a crucial time in their year. The park’s shutdown coincides with fall break for many students and the end of what had been a healthy tourism season.

The result: reservations have been canceled, workers have been sent home and stores and hotels are like ghost towns, which has a ripple effect on the local economy in Hart, Edmonson and northern Barren counties.

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Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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