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  • Board denies employee allegations

    The LaRue County Board of Education has denied several allegations of a former employee who filed a civil suit after being terminated from her position.

    Melissa Enlow, a LaRue County Middle School lunchroom supervisor, was terminated June 15, according to court records. Her suit claims violation of Kentucky’s Whistleblower Statute, which protects public employees from reprisals if they divulge information of a suspected law violation.

  • Robocalls no longer allowed

    Prerecorded commercial telemarketing calls to consumers will be prohibited beginning this month unless the telemarketer gets a written approval from consumers who want to receive the calls.

    The new requirement regarding robocalls is part of amendments to the Federal Trade Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule that were announced a year ago. After Sept. 1, sellers and telemarketers who transmit prerecorded messages to consumers who have not agreed in writing to accept such messages will face penalties of up to $16,000 per call.

  • Schools being ‘proactive’ against H1N1

    The H1N1 virus, sometimes referred to as swine flu, reached Kentucky several weeks ago.

    The disease, so far, is a “not any more dangerous than regular seasonal flu,” Department for Public Health Commissioner William Hacker, M.D., said Wednesday in a telephone briefing.

    “… but still that’s a concern because seasonal flu can be quite serious. I’m concerned, but I’m not alarmed.”

  • LaRue’s unemployment rate hits 14.3 percent

    Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between July 2008 and July 2009, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s rate rose from 12 percent to 14.3 percent in that timeframe. In July 2008, the unemployment rate was 7.5 percent.

    Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 8.2 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 8.6 percent; and Boyd and Calloway counties, 8.8 percent.

  • Officials stress prevention, hygiene during flu season

    On June 11, the World Health Organization announced the first pandemic in 41 years. The causative agent? The Novel A H1N1 Influenza virus, also known as the swine flu. This virus has quickly spread worldwide as countries from across the globe are preparing to protect their population from a potential devastating illness. Since the media has stated that the H1N1 Influenza is predicted to cause more than normal flu-related deaths, the cause for pandemic concern is legitimate.

  • Lincoln Days cutting expenses after loss of corporate sponsor

    The loss of a $2,500 corporate sponsorship means cutbacks for the Lincoln Days festival.

    For the last four years, Rumpke, the city’s trash hauler, has donated $2,500 to the annual festival in partial sponsorship of the pioneer games on Creekfront. That funding ended when Rumpke negotiated and signed a new contract with the city Aug. 26.

  • Classified ad customers should be aware of bogus calls

    An attempt to falsely obtain credit card and checking account information has been aimed at classified advertising customers.

  • State issues drunken driving warning

    The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety will join law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation in the “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest” crackdown on impaired driving, which continues through Labor Day.

    Drunken driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. More than 13,000 people are killed nationwide each year in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol  concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or  higher.

  • Park to host Labor Day program

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park will host a Bicentennial celebration on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

    Music will be provided by Anne Milligan. Living history presentations will be provided by costumed interpreters from Frazier International History Museum at 11 a.m. by Eric Franz; and 2 p.m. by Zoe Jackson.

    Franz portrays Lincoln, reflecting on his life up to his election as an Illinois State Representative.

  • Downtown businesses may be added to National Register

    The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will consider nine nominations for listing in the National Register of Historic Places during its next meeting 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Perkins Building on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond.

    Nominations to be considered include an expansion of Hodgenville’s Commercial Historic District, three Greek Revival houses in Taylor County and a Queen Anne residence in Middlesboro.