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Business

  • County's jobless rate up in November

     Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between November 2011 and November 2012, while 20 county rates increased and one stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s rate increased from 6.5 percent to 6.9 percent between October and November 2012, according to the report. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in November 2011.

    Of an estimated 6,914 civilian labor force, 6,439 people were employed.

  • Natural gas rates going up

     The Kentucky Public Service Commission last week approved the unanimous settlement agreement reached by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company and all of the parties  in the base rate cases. The ruling lowers the late payment charge, extends the time period for paying customer bills, gives the company responsibility for natural gas service lines, and provides for additional charitable giving.

  • PHOTO: Durham speaks to Chamber

     Patrick Durham, owner of The Sweet Shoppe & Dessert Cafe in Hodgenville, was guest speaker Wednesday at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Durham shared his plans to expand the shop by using the kitchen in the Wrolen Pin building next year. Durham began his business in that location several years ago. The Wrolen Pin will close this month, according to the owners.

  • PHOTO: Hosparus speaker

     Jamie Disselkamp, manager of community outreach for Hosparus, gave a presentation Wednesday at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Hosparus works with families as they make end-of-life decisions.

  • PHOTO: Kevin Morris wins $20,000 from Tatum

  • TSC supports 4-H programs

     The Kentucky 4-H Foundation is distributing more than $14,000 to 45 County 4-H Councils as part of the Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Campaign. The TSC Paper Clover Campaign is a nationwide, in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming at the local, state, and national levels. 

  • A-Z Varieties offers 'buy, sell and trade'

     Customers at A-Z Varieties are invited to “buy, sell and trade.” 

  • Hazel Hinton joins Herald staff

     Hazel Hinton has joined the staff of The LaRue County Herald News.

    The LaRue County native has been handling front desk duties for about a year on a temporary basis. Her full-time title is administrative assistant.

    She assists customers with subscriptions, newspaper delivery and bookkeeping questions.

    She is married to Eric Hinton. They have a son, Jeremy; a daughter-in-law, Joanna; and two grandchildren, Jacob and Joslyn. 

  • Horse Cave market finds warmth without the costs

      HORSE CAVE – As the temperatures drop, many people are wondering how they can reduce winter energy costs, and one Hart County producer may have it figured out.

    Paul Dennison, a grower of various horticultural crops and tobacco in Horse Cave, hopes to eliminate an energy bill this winter after installing a biomass gasification boiler this past spring at his farming operation.

  • PHOTO: So long, Pamida - hello, Shopko

     Hodgenville’s Pamida offered 95 percent savings on its remaining inventory prior to its closing Saturday. The general merchandise chain merged with Shopko – and will re-open as Shopko. Left, Misty, Madison and Tommy Wilmoth and Eddie Arcaro pushed a full cart to their vehicle. Misty, a 4-H agent, stocked up on green folders for 2 cents each. In the background, workers began painting a new sign on the building. The pharmacy remains open as the building’s interior is refurbished. The Hodgenville store opened in 1999.