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Workforce report alarming; local recruiting challenging

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has released an alarming report – “20 Years In The Making: Kentucky’s Workforce Crisis” – which outlines the decline of the workforce participation rate among the state’s working age men and women from 2000 to 2020. Kentucky’s workforce participation rate in 2000 was 63.5 percent, declining to 56.3 percent in…

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Small Biz Saturday a success, one owner encourages local support

The Hancock County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Saturday and Market Days at the Lewisport Lions Community Center were a success this past weekend. Joanne Shiver, who operates JJ’s Pizza in Lewisport, said it is important for local citizens to support small businesses, and even that businesses support one another. “We have always gotten good…

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Chinese power shortages could mean boost for American aluminum producers



China is facing an energy crisis. The global industrial power produces about 56 percent of its electricity through thermal production methods, utilizing coal, much of which is imported from Australia. The energy shortage has resulted in significant impact to China’s manufacturing sector in the three main industrial provinces – Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong – as…

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Getting to know you; Hugh Ogle

The first fire I went on, I rode on the back of the old pumper we had then, all the way out there. They had been spraying water and they said, ‘o.k., we are going to draft water from the pond,’ and I put on hip boots and went into the pond and held the…

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Miraculous recovery of Lin Bucanan

Lin Buchanan, who grew up in Hancock County, is recovering well from his car accident that occurred on Tuesday, September 21. He had been having heartburn, indigestion and another warning sign of heart attack that day, that he wasn’t previously aware; his jaw was hurting. He was driving home from his work at Century Aluminum…

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Sen Rand Paul meets with Century on importance of military grade aluminum

Dr. Senator Rand Paul met with Century Aluminum employees, local industry leaders from Domtar Paper Mill, Commonwealth Rolled Products, Southwire and Hancock County’s leaders on Thursday. The primary purpose of Senator Paul’s visit was to meet with Century Aluminum and key leaders of Hancock County regarding issues facing the aluminum industries.  Hancock County has an aluminum…

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Gillespie & Powers, Inc., signs five year lease in Hancock County

As the global economy recovers from the pandemic shutdown, Hancock County’s economy, namely its industry, is not only rebounding, but in some ways it is getting stronger with another new company locating and the existing ones returning to pre-COVID form. “We’ve come through 14 months of a pandemic and our business community is still relatively…

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