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  • Annual jobless rate down slightly

     Annual unemployment rates were lower in 51 Kentucky counties in 2013 than in 2012, while 57 county rates went up and 12 counties had the same annual rate for both years, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in 2013, compared to 7.6 percent in 2012. Of a 6,935 civilian labor force, 6,424 were employed in 2013; compared to a 6,924 civilian labor force with 6,398 working in 2012.

  • PHOTO: Dollar General moving

    Dollar General Store in Lincoln Plaza closed early April 14 so employees could move inventory to the new location on Lincoln Boulevard. Above, employees Brenda Slaughter and Tiffany Franklin waited on some of the day’s last customers. The newly-constructed store opened Tuesday morning. The old store had been in Lincoln Plaza since the 1970s.

  • Seward named Employee of the Month

    Mary Seward has been selected as the April Employee of the Month for Nationwide Uniform.

    She has been employed with Nationwide since November 1977 and is under the supervision of JoAnn Pearman in the trouser department.

    She will receive an award for her dedication and service.

  • LaRue businesses contribute to United Way

     United Way of Central Kentucky wrapped up its annual campaign with its third consecutive year of record fundraising thanks to the generous support of local individuals and businesses. UWCK’s five-county region of Hardin, Breckinridge, Grayson, LaRue and Meade raised $1,256,868.78, representing a more than 6 percent increase over last year’s total.

  • Fruit of the Loom plant closing in Jamestown

    By Larry Rowell
    Casey County News

    Steve Burchell shakes his head in utter disbelief as he talks about the news he received at work on Thursday.

    “I’m shocked. There were people crying when they told us,” Burchell said, referring to Fruit of the Loom COO Tony Pelaski informing 601 employees that the textile plant in Jamestown was closing by Dec. 31. Layoffs will be scheduled in phases, beginning June 8, according to a letter given to employees.

  • PHOTO: New AC at Rite Aid

     A large crane placed a new air conditioning unit on the roof of Rite Aid last week.

  • Job Fair planned for April 17

     The Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail, the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, KYJOBS.net, and the Elizabethtown chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management are hosting the 14th Annual Regional Job and Career Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17 at Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown.

  • The Sweet Shoppe and Dessert Cafe featured in Kentucky Monthly

    Kentucky Monthly Magazine featured The Sweet Shoppe and Dessert Cafe in Hodgenville in its February issue.
    A full page photo and nearly a page of text is devoted to owners Patrick and Paula Durham, and their children, Forrest and Maria.
    The Sweet Shoppe, which opened 11 years ago, sells about 33,000 pounds of fudge each year, locally, at festivals and on the Internet. 

  • Hintons named certified farm market

     Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market in LaRue County is one of the 104 certified farm markets across the Commonwealth recently accepted into the 2014 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program.

    In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market has committed to offering quality products and service to their customers.

  • PHOTO: Shopko makes donation to schools

     Shopko’s Assistant Manager Debbie Godby presented Superintendent Sam Sanders a check for $1,250 to the LaRue County Schools.