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Business

  • Jobless rate down from a year ago

     Unemployment rates fell in 97 Kentucky counties between July 2011 and July 2012, while 18 county rates increased and five 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 jobless rate fell from 8.8 percent to 8.3 percent in that time period. However, it jumped from 7.7 percent to 8.3 percent between June and July 2012. Of a 7,042 workforce, 6,457 people were employed.

  • The business of vintage

     Nancy Lincoln Inn, adjacent to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, might be a mecca for both today’s kids and their grandparent baby boomers looking for games made before the advent of high tech entertainment.

    “We’ve got jacks, Pick-up-Sticks, and even wooden tops that they can spin,” said Jennifer Harris, site supervisor of the business which, since May is under the management of Eastern National, a not-for-profit “cooperating association” that supports the National Park Service.

  • Flea market bringing in customers

    LaRue County’s only flea market has met with moderate success since it opened in May at the LaRue County Fairgrounds on Greensburg Street.

    As many as eight bargain booths have been utilized on Saturdays, according to fair board members Tom and Phyllis Smith who organized the event.

    The flea market is located at the old horse barn.

    Saturday, about six people had a variety of items at their booths ranging from toys to antiques.

  • LaRue's unemployment rate falls again

     Unemployment rates fell in 108 Kentucky counties between June 2011 and June 2012, while 12 county rates increased, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

    LaRue County’s rate fell from 7.8 percent in May 2012 to 7.7 percent in June 2012. It decreased from 7.9 percent in June 2011.

    Of 7,050 eligible workers in the civilian workforce, 6,507 had jobs according to Kentucky Labor Force estimates.

  • LTADD to survey local businesses

    The Lincoln Trail Area Development District (LTADD), along with several other employment organizations, is about to embark on the largest employer outreach and workforce survey ever undertaken in the region.

  • McDowell's success based on hard work and service

    Several hundred people attended the open house and anniversary celebration of McDowell’s Farm Machinery Saturday at the LaRue County Fairgrounds.
    At least 300 people stopped by to congratulate owner Donald McDowell on his business success, feast on hamburgers catered by the LaRue County Beef Producers and look over a dozen or so Mahindra tractors parked on the grounds.
    Customers from several counties, employees, bankers, county officials, friends and family were part of the crowd.

  • Bank of Buffalo named tops in nation

     Bank of Buffalo has been named the nation’s top performing community bank in its class by the American Banker’s Association. According to the monthly “ABA Banking Journal,” banks are segregated by asset size and corporate status.

  • Two businesses announce expansions on Lincoln Boulevard

    Two Hodgenville businesses, Family Dollar and Physical Therapy Associates, are planning to expand on Lincoln Boulevard.
    Representatives of the companies announced their intentions to the LaRue County Board of Adjustments Monday in a special called meeting.
    Adam Levitt, a development project manager for The Hutton Company, said the company plans to build a new store at 876 S. Lincoln Blvd., beside McDonalds.
    Hutton will then sell the building to Family Dollar, Levitt said.

  • Chamber begins search for new director as Davis seeks other opportunities

    The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce is in the hunt for a new director after current director Jessica Davis resigned this month.
    Davis’ husband is finishing his degree at Western Kentucky University, where he has to take six classes during the upcoming semester. Moving to Bowling Green, where WKU is located, was something the couple and their daughter “just needed to do,” and Davis will pursue other career opportunities there.

  • Hardin County Water District #2 wins award

     The American Water Works Association Kentucky-Tennessee Section has presented the 2012 Award of Excellence for Distribution System Operations to Hardin County Water District No. 2.

    The award was presented at the Water Professionals Conference in Memphis, Tenn. on July 10. This was the first year that AWWA considered distribution systems for the Award of Excellence distinction.