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  • Independent audit finds problems with customer service at LG&E and KU

    An independent review ordered by the Kentucky Public Service Commission has found numerous problems with customer service operations at Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co.

    In a report issued by the PSC, an outside consultant noted that the two utilities – the largest in Kentucky – are regularly failing to meet their own internal performance standards. The report makes specific recommendations to correct the shortcomings.

  • Akebono announces plant expansion in Glasgow

    Gov. Steve Beshear last week joined community leaders and officials from Akebono Brake in Glasgow to unveil a major expansion at its Barren County facility. The $20.6 million project, which added 60,000 square feet to its existing facility, is expected to result in 224 new jobs in the Commonwealth.

  • IGA Express on Greensburg Street closes

    The IGA Express on South Greensburg Street closed its doors Tuesday, Sept. 6.

    Suppliers for the store, including the Lottery, Coca Cola and Blockbuster, were loading up equipment Wednesday morning, employees were taking inventory and posters announced the convenience store was closing “permanently.”

    Spokesman Bob Miller said the store is closing due to “failing fuel equipment that is very costly to repair.”

    “In these stressful economic times, difficult decisions have to be made,” he said.

  • LG&E honored by NEED

    From kids teaching kids about energy sources to students facilitating energy education workshops – teachers and students across Kentucky have been enriching classroom curriculum and introducing energy education to their peers, teachers and community leaders, thanks to support from Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company.

  • Payday loan industry is changing, thanks to Internet

    You might have been tempted by one of the many ads for check advance or payday loans.
    You have probably heard them called deferred deposit checks, cash advance loans, payday loans, or post-dated check loans. Whatever they are called, these loans always share certain features. They are all for a short term (usually 14 days), for a small amount (maximum $500), and have a high service fee. They are the most expensive type of loan available and should be used only as a last option.

  • LaRue's jobless rate is 10th lowest in state

    Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between July 2010 and July 2011, while 18 county rates increased and three counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  
    LaRue County recorded the 10th lowest jobless rate in the state at 8.2 percent. It was an increase from 7.5 percent the previous month but down from 9.8 percent a year ago.
    Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate at 7.3 percent.

  • Bobby Jack Murphy joins Big Cat

    Bobby Jack Murphy has joined the staff of Big Cat 105.5.

    The deejay can be heard 6-10 a.m. daily.

    Cale Tharp will move to the news director chair with eight local newscasts daily, according to Renee Bell, general manager at WLVK. Sunny Stephens moves from nights to afternoons and Leesa Mitchell will switch from morning to evening.

    The station will hold a reception 5-7 p.m. Sept. 15 the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

  • LaRue boasts low jobless rate

    Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between July 2010 and July 2011, while 18 county rates increased and three counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

    LaRue County recorded the 10th lowest jobless rate in the state at 8.2 percent. It was an increase from 7.5 percent the previous month but down from 9.8 percent a year ago.

    Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate at 7.3 percent.

  • Employers, youth benefit from internship program

  • Reception planned for retiring FSA employees

    Judy Berry and Cindy Heady, long-time employees of the Elizabethtown Farm Service Agency, are retiring.

    Berry began working for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office as a temporary employee in 1987. She left in 1991 to take a position with the Park Service but returned to ASCS in 1993.

    The ASCS was merged with other agriculture agencies in 1994 to create the FSA office.

    Heady began working at the office as a temporary employee in 1987. She became a permanent employee in 1987.