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Hancock Fiscal Court hears plans to upgrade emergency readiness

Hancock County Fiscal Court met on Monday morning, January 9th, 2023. This was the first meeting for the 2 newly elected magistrates, Gary Baker (representing District 4) and John Garner (District 1). Those two seats were previously held by L.T. Newton and Wayne Hodskins. HC EMA Update      Hancock County Emergency Management Director Kyle Veach provided…

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Hancock County Chamber Breakfast; State of the County Meeting

The Hancock County Chamber of Commerce held their first meeting of the year on Tuesday morning, January 10th at the Lewisport Library – a Chamber Breakfast and a State of the County meeting. Judge/Executive Johnny Roberts, Lewisport Mayor Chad Gregory and newly elected Hawesville Mayor Robbie McCormick spoke about their plans for this year. Judge…

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Hancock County Sheriff Dale Bozarth receives Life Saving Award

The Kentucky Sheriff’s Association awarded Hancock County Sheriff Dale Bozarth with a Life Saving Award at their annual conference and dinner in Owensboro on Thursday evening, December 8th. “They gave me an award for helping Mr. (Lin) Buchanan in his time of need. I was glad to help him, but there were other people there…

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Tommy Keown

On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, Tommy Keown, loving husband and father of three sons, passed away at the age of 72.  He passed peacefully at home with family by his side after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Tommy was born on August 6, 1949, in Owensboro, KY to Tom and Vivian Keown. He graduated Hancock…

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Job seekers have several opportunities coming up

By C. Josh Givens In light of the June announcement by Century Aluminum that the company will lay off 628 employees throughout July and August in advance of a 9-to-12-month curtailment of production, there have been several recent hiring events in Hancock County and the surrounding area. The Clarion learned this week Century has begun…

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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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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…

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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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