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  • Water plants honored for producing high quality product

     Forty-nine water treatment plants in Kentucky have been recognized by the Energy and Environment Cabinet for their demonstrated success in producing drinking water in 2011 that consistently met or exceeded state water quality standards.

  • Jobless rate down in April

     Unemployment rates fell in 110 Kentucky counties, including LaRue County, between April 2011 and April 2012, while nine 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’s rate was 7.6 percent in April, down from 8.3 percent in March 2012 and in April 2011. Of a 6,876 workforce, 6,351 were employed.

    Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.1 percent.

  • Dairy Dog opens in Sonora

     Sonora’s newest restaurant, Dairy Dog, opened its doors last week and owner/operator Chris Smith said he sold the first hot dog at 10:45 a.m.

    The hot dog and ice cream stand is on East Western Avenue in the former Hardin Pharmacy building next to The Cecilian Bank.

    Smith and his fiancee, Lisa Price, recently moved to Sonora and wanted to get to know their new neighbors and help the local economy.

    “That’s what sparked the idea,” Smith said, “And we’re following that dream.”

  • Bluegrass Cellular introduces wireless emergency alerts

     Bluegrass Cellular last week announced the introduction of “Wireless Emergency Alerts,” a system that allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deliver warning messages to wireless carriers. Bluegrass Cellular Motorola Milestone X2 customers will be among the first to receive the service.

  • Hodgenville man a winner in Buck$ for Bright Ideas program

     The 13 winners in the 2012 Buck$ for Bright Ideas program are one step closer to making their business dreams a reality.

     “We will be meeting with each winner to determine their needs and we will tailor the award to meet those needs,” said Doug Rohrer, Associate Vice President for Research and Development at Western Kentucky University and Executive Director of the Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center.

  • Several honored by Chamber of Commerce

    A former mayor and school superintendent was honored posthumously Thursday at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting held at First Baptist Church in Hodgenville.

    Outgoing president Stefanie Rock presented the President’s Award to the family of Roger L. Truitt, in honor of his many contributions to Hodgenville and LaRue County. Truitt died in April while vacationing with his family.

    Truitt’s wife Ann, while accepting the award, said Hodgenville was important to her late husband.

  • Office of Employment and Training receives grant

     Kentucky’s Office of Employment and Training will receive a grant of $299,382 from the U.S. Department of Labor to implement the Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment initiative for Kentuckians receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits to help them find a job.

    Kentucky is one of 42 states that will receive about $65 million in grants to implement or continue the REA initiative. According to recent evaluations of existing programs, the use of REAs expedites the re-employment of UI claimants.

  • ECTC offers small business workshop

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center are joining forces to provide information about exporting, procurement and landing those government contracts.

    "Your Fair Share: Government Contracting and Exporting" will be 8:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 4 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The agenda covers exporting and procurement, including Fort Knox procurement, lunch and breakout sessions.

  • Better Business Bureau warns of Amazon.com scam

     BBB is warning online shoppers to beware. The latest email phishing scam looks just like an order cancellation notice from Amazon.com. Be sure to double check suspicious emails you receive from the online retailer before clicking on any links.

    The scam email comes from an Amazon.com email address, such as order-update@amazon.com, and contains the subject line "Your Cancellation" and an order number. The email tells the recipient that "your order has been successfully canceled" and provides a summary of the order.

  • Curves offers free 30-day membership

     Curves of Hodgenville will give a free 30-day membership to any non-member who visits the club during regular operating hours throughout National Women's Health Week, May 13-19.

    This annual awareness week, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office on Women’s Health, begins each year on Mother's Day and brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health.