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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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Governor receives broadband expansion bill, vital to rural areas

Kentuckians residing in underserved, rural areas of the state could soon be on the receiving end of a massive expansion of broadband internet service, should Governor Andy Beshear sign House Bill 315 which passed on March 31. The bill – sponsored by Rep. Brandon Reed of Hodgenville – will simplify the process by which electric…

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Ice storm expected to impact state and local region

Hancock County government was busy Wednesday preparing for an ice storm warning issued by the National Weather Service for areas across Kentucky by the Paducah and Louisville offices. Judge/Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts said Wednesday emergency management and Road Department officials were following the forecast closely, and attempting to prepare the best they could “It is…

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Emergency communications discussed by Fiscal Court

Hancock County Fiscal Court received a briefing from Mike Badgett of B&E Electronics of Jackson, Tenn., Monday evening about the company’s technical proposal and quote regarding a much-needed upgrade the county’s emergency communications system. Badgett told magistrates at the regular court meeting the company had created a proposal for a system which will serve the…

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