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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By C. Josh Givens Hancock County Fiscal Court has approved a project to replace the county’s outdated emergency communications system with a “gold standard” digital system which will cover the entire county.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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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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McCormick files in Hawesville mayoral race

By C. Josh Givens City Councilman Robert “Rob” McCormick has filed to seek the office of mayor of Hawesville. McCormick – who was appointed to council in December 2021 – said he is seeking the office with a plan to build more community involvement and seek infrastructure grants to grow city resources. “The current administration…

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