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Local 9423 president, schools officials react to Century curtailment

By C. Josh Givens While it is early on following Century Aluminum’s announcement last week that it will curtail operations at the Hawesville Smelter by the end of August, local government and union officials are already considering the potential impacts to employees and families, and the community. Century informed employees through a letter and WARN…

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Fourth activities set at Vastwood Park

A full day of activities are in store at Hancock County’s Vastwood Park for the 246th anniversary of the American colonies declaring their independence from the United Kingdom on July 4, 1776. In addition to the fireworks show at 9 p.m., which is sponsored by Fiscal Court and overseen by Pyro Shows, the day will…

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Fiscal Court approves $3.2-mil emergency communications project

By C. Josh Givens Hancock County Fiscal Court has approved a project to replace the county’s outdated emergency communications system with a “gold standard” digital system which will cover the entire county. The approval took place at Monday’s meeting of Fiscal Court Judge/Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts said the current system is not reliable in several…

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What I learned from dying: More bad news

By Dave Taylor I got the results from my most recent CT scan Monday and it was pretty much all bad news. All of the cancer spots we compared from the last scan in May to this one, were not just bigger, but much, much bigger. Most spots doubled in size and one new metastasis…

Hancock District Court Records – June 21

The following cases had action taken before the bench of the Honorable District Court Judge John M. McCarty on June 21 at the Hancock County Judicial Center: Probate Estate of William H. Lyles, continued to July 19. Estate of Dortha M. Roberts, signed informal. Estate of Lonnie David Seaton, accepted informal. Estate of Michael Keith…

Circuit Court records – June 28

The following cases had action taken before the bench of the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Tim R. Coleman on June 28 at the Hancock County Judicial Center: Civil Cavalry SPV I, LLC v. John J. Reid, default judgment. Hoosier Accounts Service v. Toby Parker, default judgment. Kristie Melton v. Byron Hatton, continued. Rock Creek Capital…

Century Aluminum will layoff 628, curtail operations up to a year

By C. Josh Givens Century Aluminum – Hawesville Smelter notified employees at the plant on Wednesday the company plans to temporarily “curtail” smelting operations for 9-to-12 months due to rising energy costs in wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The operational pause will result in the layoff of 628 employees, including 504 members of…

Swimming with snakes: Woman tells of encounter and bitten while swimming in a lake

By Donn Wimmer Here’s a story from a June 1990 Clarion that tells a tale that is horrifying. Edith Troutman who was an EMT at that time said she still had nightmares of the snake encounter that happened on a hot day in June. It is rare to hear of anyone getting snake bitten. I…

Getting to Know You: Greg Franzman

By Jennifer Wimmer Greg Franzman, professional drummer and therapist, moved to Hawesville in 1969. He finished his eighth grade year at Hawesville Elementary School, and graduated from Hancock County High School in 1973. When he arrived in Hancock County to live with his uncle, the late Clay Quinn, and his wife, Shirlene, there were a…

What I learned from dying: I’m missing

By Dave Taylor “I miss that smile,” she said after I sent her an old picture of me. That’s not what I was going for. I was trying to show my wife how much thicker I was back when I was still way sicker. Then I said something about how my current smile makes me…

Lewisport woman dies after being struck by vehicle

      The legal guardian of a 62-year-old woman who died May 24 after being struck by the mirror of a passing vehicle on Kentucky Highway 657 (Fourth Street) in Lewisport May 16 has expressed concerns as to why the incident was not reported publicly by local media or police officials. Tracy Cassaday, guardian…

Area Obituaries

Donald Potts

Donald Potts, 83, of Maceo, died on July 1, 2022 surrounded by the warmth and love of his family at Deaconess Hospital in Newburgh, IN. Donald was born on September 4th, 1938 in Hancock County to Leroy and Hazel Sipes Potts. Donald graduated from Daviess County High School in 1956 and went on to join…

Terry Joe Griffin

Terry Joe Griffin, 63, of Hawesville went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday June 30, 2022 at Oakwood Health Campus with his family by his side.  Terry was born on April 17, 1959 in Tell City, IN to the late Nancy Smith Griffin.  He was a member of the Lewisport Baptist Church…

Rilda D. Hatfield

Rilda D. Hatfield, 65, of Whitesville, passed away on June 25, 2022 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.  She was born in New Albany, IN on October 22, 1956 to the late Arthur and Etta Myrle Beatty Haycraft.  Rilda was of the Baptist faith and was a caretaker of Daviess County Fish and Game for 9…

Robert “Brooks” Young

Robert “Brooks” Young, 84, of Lewisport, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at his home under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky.  Brooks was born in Hancock County on June 1, 1938 to the late Melvin Earl and Sadie Brooks Roberts Young.  He was a member of Lewisport Baptist Church and retired from…

Sue Geneva “Pauline” Sutherland

Sue Geneva “Pauline” Sutherland, 74, of Hawesville passed away after a short issue with cancer at the Oakwood Health Campus in Tell City, IN. Sue was born in Hancock County to the late Waldo and Mary Alberta Carol Tindle on June 20, 1947, part of a large family. She loved quilting, gardening and about any…

Mary JoAnne Alig

Mary JoAnne Alig, 62, of Lewisport, passed away on May 24, 2022 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.  She was born in Indianapolis, IN on March 14, 1960.  Mary was adopted when she was 3 years old, she claimed her close friends as her family.  She greatly enjoyed fishing, going root digging and an avid UK…

Christine Mullins

Christine Mullins, passed away June 8, 2022 at Perry County Memorial Hospital.   She was born in Cleveland, TN, March 23, 1949, daughter of Oscar and Annie (Jackson) Smith.   Christine loved being with her family and listening to them play music.  She could be a little hard headed at times, loved her Dr. Pepper…

James “Jim” Fuller

James “Jim” Fuller , 62, of Bardstown, Kentucky passed away Tuesday June 7, 2022 at his residence in Bardstown with his family by his side. James was born November 5, 1959 in Breckinridge, County to the late Joseph Harold, and Ruby Clarine Smith Fuller. In life James occupation was at Spalding & Fuller tool and…

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