• Jobless rates improve

    Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between October 2013 and October 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. This is the third consecutive month that Kentucky has seen a year-over-year drop in all counties.

    LaRue County’s jobless rate was 4.7 percent in October 2014, down from 5.2 percent in September, and down from 7.1 percent a year ago. Of a 6,637 available workforce, 310 are unemployed.

  • Military job fair planned for Dec. 11

     CivilianJobs.com, where America’s military connects with civilian careers, is holding a job fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Saber & Quill, 1118 Chaffee Ave., Fort Knox. Seventy military-friendly companies will be present including a mix of Fortune 500 and local companies. The event is sponsored by the Fort Knox Soldier For Life: Transition Assistance Program.

  • Lincoln National to merge with Kentucky Home Bank

    Lincoln National Bank, a subsidiary of HAMBAC, Inc., has announced its plans to merge with Kentucky Home Bank, a subsidiary of Kentucky Home Bancshares, Inc. The merger is contingent upon regulatory approval and the approval of KHB’s shareholders.

  • Shopko Hometown collecting signatures for school donation

    For every signature Shopko Hometown in Hodgenville receives before Dec. 24, the Shopko Hometown Foundation will make a $1 donation to LaRue County Public Schools (up to $2,000 per store) as part of its Help Us Give Back initiative, a program that is being run in all 178 store locations across the country. Customers can sign-up once a day, every-day and show their support; no donation or purchase is required.

  • Ireland honored by NNA

    Linda Ireland, editor of The LaRue County Herald News, was honored by the National Newspaper Association for her entry in the NNA’s Better Newspaper Contest.

    Ireland received honorable mention for a serious column, “Five years later, my friends help me remember,” for daily and non-daily newspapers with circulation of 3,000-5,999.

    She had the only winning entry from Kentucky.

  • Local studio offers ‘Photo with Santa’ for the price of a toy

    Photographer Melanie Wells is using her skills with a camera to assist a community charity during the holidays.

    Wells is participating in the LaRue County Holiday Open House promotion with several other businesses. During that time, Nov. 21 and 22, she will offer customers the chance to have their photo taken with Santa – for the price of a toy.

    The gifts should be unwrapped and can be for a boy or girl, from toddler to pre-teen. All items will be donated to Snookie Morrison’s Santa Bus program.

  • The Shoebox Shop teaches vintage skills to new class of students

    If you love old cars, you’ve probably already heard of the Shoebox Shop.

    Owned by Jim and Patricia Hornback, the Shoebox Shop, located on Old Elizabethtown Road, started as a hobby and eventually grew into much more.

    Jim gained an affinity for cars from his first boss, and from there, he’s made it a career. The shop has been the couple’s full-time job for about 20 years. They focus on the restoration of classic automobiles.

  • Fort Knox Federal Credit Union among 'healthiest'

     Fort Knox Federal Credit Union was named to the 2014 edition of the Top-200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America that DepositAccounts just released. Fort Knox FCU stood out in all of the primary evaluation categories, including Texas ratio, deposit growth and capitalization.

    FKFCU was 137th on the nationwide list. The credit union is based in Hardin County with branches in Hodgenville, Campbellsville and other area communities.

  • Aguilar honored by Nationwide Uniform

     Veronica Aguilar has been selected as the September Employee of the Month for Nationwide Uniform.

    She has been employed with Nationwide since September 2013 and is under the supervision of Charie Glenn in the trouser department.

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

  • Cobb named Employee of the Month

     Shirley Cobb has been selected as the October Employee of the Month for Nationwide Uniform.

    She began employment in November 1980 and has been most recently been under the supervision of Debra Coursey in the trouser department.