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Unemployment Rates Rise 12.8 Percent in Clay

Unemployment rates fell in 114 Kentucky counties between November 2010 and November 2011, while six county rates increased, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 15.1 percent. It was followed by Fulton County, 14.2 percent; Magoffin County, 14 percent; McCreary County, 13.9 percent; Meade County, 13.5 percent; Clay County, 12.8 percent; Bell County, 12.7 percent; Lee County, 12.4 percent; Menifee County, 12.3 percent and Wayne County, 12.2 percent.

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Gilbert Named FNB Interim-President

First National Bank of Manchester is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Interim-President, Lynda Gilbert.

Gilbert has worked at First National Bank for 40 years, and says she’s excited to be serving the community through her official capacity at the bank. Prior to being named Interim-President, Gilbert has served as CEO for the bank since 2005.

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Businessman and Philanthropist Jim Rose Passes


James Lawrence “Jim” Rose, age 73, died in Lexington, KY, on December 19, 2011, of complications from a recent heart attack.

Rose was a well known businessman and philanthropist from Clay County.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy Sizemore Rose, and by his son, James F. “Jamie” Rose (and his wife, Kris) and by his daughter, Sonya Rose Hiler (and her husband, Ken), all of Lexington, KY.

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Sheriff Warns of Fake Home Alarm Reps

Individuals going door to door in some neighborhoods could be casing homes to see if they have dogs or an existing alarm system, says Sheriff Kevin Johnson.

Johnson says while there could be some legitimate companies who use door-to-door as a sales technique, homeowners should be wary of whom they let inside.

“Some criminals do pretend to represent a company in order to gain access to people’s homes. We’ve had several complaints about individuals who have been described as appearing to be dressed unprofessional but having an ADT card, asking homeowners questions about their alarm systems. One home owner reported that the person has approached their home more than twice,” says the Sheriff.

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Investigation Leads to Jail Drug Smuggling Arrest

Police Chief Says More Arrests Are Pending

An inmate at the Clay County Detention Center has been busted for smuggling drugs into the jail through the work release program.

A two-week investigation led to charges being brought against Joshua Lawson, 27, of Manchester, according to Manchester City Police Chief Chris Fultz.

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