• Small businesses play big role in local economy

    LaRue County Businesses (rounded figures)

    * 83 percent have fewer than 20 employees

    * 7 percent have 20 to 99 employees

    * 3 percent have 100 to 499 employees

    * 8 percent have 500 or more employees

    – University of Kentucky Small Business Development

    We can’t overemphasize the importance of shopping local, particularly in rural communities with few major employers.

  • Judell Nunn named employee of the month

    Judell Nunn has been selected as the December Employee of the Month for Nationwide Uniform.

    She has been employed with Nationwide since May 1979 and is under the supervision of JoAnn Pearman in the trouser department.

    She will receive a special award for her service.

  • Jerry's Restaurant closes

    Classic rock ‘n’ roll Christmas music played Wednesday at an iconic Elizabethtown restaurant, but no tables and chairs were set for customers.

    Two moving trucks were parked outside Jerry’s Restaurant as two men loaded the remainder of the dining room chairs into one of them. A “closed” sign written on a scrap sheet of paper in orange marker hung on the door.

    The restaurant closed following breakfast service Wednesday after five decades in operation.

  • Jobless rates improve

    Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between October 2013 and October 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. This is the third consecutive month that Kentucky has seen a year-over-year drop in all counties.

    LaRue County’s jobless rate was 4.7 percent in October 2014, down from 5.2 percent in September, and down from 7.1 percent a year ago. Of a 6,637 available workforce, 310 are unemployed.

  • Military job fair planned for Dec. 11

     CivilianJobs.com, where America’s military connects with civilian careers, is holding a job fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Saber & Quill, 1118 Chaffee Ave., Fort Knox. Seventy military-friendly companies will be present including a mix of Fortune 500 and local companies. The event is sponsored by the Fort Knox Soldier For Life: Transition Assistance Program.

  • Lincoln National to merge with Kentucky Home Bank

    Lincoln National Bank, a subsidiary of HAMBAC, Inc., has announced its plans to merge with Kentucky Home Bank, a subsidiary of Kentucky Home Bancshares, Inc. The merger is contingent upon regulatory approval and the approval of KHB’s shareholders.

  • Shopko Hometown collecting signatures for school donation

    For every signature Shopko Hometown in Hodgenville receives before Dec. 24, the Shopko Hometown Foundation will make a $1 donation to LaRue County Public Schools (up to $2,000 per store) as part of its Help Us Give Back initiative, a program that is being run in all 178 store locations across the country. Customers can sign-up once a day, every-day and show their support; no donation or purchase is required.

  • Ireland honored by NNA

    Linda Ireland, editor of The LaRue County Herald News, was honored by the National Newspaper Association for her entry in the NNA’s Better Newspaper Contest.

    Ireland received honorable mention for a serious column, “Five years later, my friends help me remember,” for daily and non-daily newspapers with circulation of 3,000-5,999.

    She had the only winning entry from Kentucky.

  • Local studio offers ‘Photo with Santa’ for the price of a toy

    Photographer Melanie Wells is using her skills with a camera to assist a community charity during the holidays.

    Wells is participating in the LaRue County Holiday Open House promotion with several other businesses. During that time, Nov. 21 and 22, she will offer customers the chance to have their photo taken with Santa – for the price of a toy.

    The gifts should be unwrapped and can be for a boy or girl, from toddler to pre-teen. All items will be donated to Snookie Morrison’s Santa Bus program.

  • The Shoebox Shop teaches vintage skills to new class of students

    If you love old cars, you’ve probably already heard of the Shoebox Shop.

    Owned by Jim and Patricia Hornback, the Shoebox Shop, located on Old Elizabethtown Road, started as a hobby and eventually grew into much more.

    Jim gained an affinity for cars from his first boss, and from there, he’s made it a career. The shop has been the couple’s full-time job for about 20 years. They focus on the restoration of classic automobiles.