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Business

  • Unemployment rate drops to 4.3 percent

    Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between December 2013 and December 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. This is the fourth time in the last five months that Kentucky has seen a year-over-year drop in all counties.

    LaRue County’s rate dropped to 4.3 percent in December 2014, down from 6.8 percent in December 2013. The rate was 5.1 percent in November 2014.

  • Extension Council presents leadership awards

    The LaRue County Extension Council presented leadership awards at its annual banquet Jan. 26.

    The LaRue County Herald News, Scotty and Robin Lee, and Nancy Raine were the recipients of the 2015 Bobby McDowell Award of Excellence in recognition of their leadership and community service in the county.

    n The LaRue County Herald News is the oldest continuously operating business in the county, with its roots in a monthly paper called the Public Advertiser.

  • Smith named Employee of the Year for Nationwide

    Carol Rae Smith was selected as Employee of the Year for 2014 by Nationwide Uniform.

    She has been employed with Nationwide since Sept. 23, 1969. She works in the trouser department.

    She received an award for her dedication and service at the company’s annual Christmas program on Dec. 23, 2014.

  • England named Employee of the Month for Nationwide

    Carolyn England has been selected as the January Employee of the Month for Nationwide Uniform.

    She has been employed with Nationwide since August 2014 and is under the supervision of Charie Glenn in the trouser department.

    She will receive a special award for her dedication and service.

  • Howell retires from Sunrise

    Betty K. Howell, longtime accountant at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home, retired Jan. 30, 2015, after more than 30 years of service.

    Howell’s job title changed to business office manager after Signature Healthcare took over management of the facility.

    She is active at Saint James Catholic Church in Elizabethtown, where she serves on the bereavement and social committee. She also volunteers for Relay for Life and the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk.

    Howell and her husband, Fred, live in Elizabethtown. She has a son, Matt.

  • Carolyn England honored by Nationwide

    Carolyn England has been selected as the January Employee of the Month for Nationwide Uniform.

    She has been employed with Nationwide since August 2014 and is under the supervision of Charie Glenn in the trouser department.

    She will receive a special award for her dedication and service.

  • Carol Rae Smith named Employee of the Year

    Carol Rae Smith was selected as Employee of the Year for 2014 by Nationwide Uniform.

    She has been employed with Nationwide since Sept. 23, 1969. She works in the trouser department.

    She received an award for her dedication and service at the company’s annual Christmas program on Dec. 23, 2014.

  • Lincoln National is a 5-Star bank

    Lincoln National Bank has been recognized as one of the strongest banks in the nation.

    The bank has earned BauerFinancial’s highest 5-Star rating for strength and stability.


    A 5-Star Superior rating indicates that The Lincoln National Bank is one of the strongest in the nation, excelling in areas of capital, loan quality, profitability and more.

  • Magnolia Bank earns 5-Star rating

    Magnolia Bank has been recognized as a 5-Star Superior bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm since 1983.

    A 5-Star rating indicates that Magnolia Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation. To earn the designation, the bank must excel in capital quality, asset quality and profitability.

    Magnolia Bank has earned the 5-Star rating for the last seven consecutive quarters and a recommended rating of 5-Stars or 4-Stars for the latest 101 consecutive quarters.

  • Long returns as CUB’s market president

    Jim Long is returning to Citizens Union Bank in Elizabethtown as market president for CUB’s central Kentucky market. He will lead commercial, business banking and consumer lending efforts, according to a news release from CUB’s board of directors in Shelbyville.

    Long will continue to serve as senior Vice President of Special Assets for the Bank as well.