Fundraising efforts for the 2012 United Way Campaign are moving along quite nicely.
A mid-report luncheon was held this afternoon at the War Memorial Building with members of each division involved in the campaign announcing their fundraising efforts so far.
The Professional Division announced raising $55,624 of their $128,000 goal.
The Commercial Division reported raising $146,653.66 of their $186,700 goal.
The Education Division announced raising $36,795 of their $52,378 goal.
The Government Division reported raising $69,523.37 of their $90,000 goal.
The Industrial Division announced reported raising $159, 932.76 out of their $220,00 goal.
The Residential Division raised $16,230 out of their $26,750 goal and the Latham Society raised $91,092 so far in the campaign.
Campaign Co-Chair Henrietta Kemp says she was impressed with each of the division’s efforts.
Thousands of 101st Airborne Division soldiers are expected to deploy for their next rendezvous with destiny in Afghanistan and military leaders want to ensure the families of soldiers are taken care of and their children understand the importance of their parents job.
Two soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team will be visiting 3rd grade students whose parents are deployed this week.
The soldiers will be going to South Christian Elementary School located in Herndon Friday morning and will provide insight for a classroom of third grade students who have a deployed father or mother.
Post officials say the discussion session between soldiers and children of deployed soldiers is a great opportunity to highlight the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s priority to keep family members resilient and informed while their soldiers are deployed.
Soldiers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team recently visited Holiday Elementary students who offered their poems and drawings to the local soldiers over the summer.
Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Kentucky continues to show improvement in job creation.
According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Current Employment Statistics, Kentucky ranked second in the nation for job growth over the past year.
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary, released Friday, shows Kentucky’s net job growth from September 2011 to September 2012 was 2.6 percent, compared to North Dakota’s 5.6 percent job growth.
Governor Beshear stated this ranking is an extraordinary accomplishment for the state and outstanding workforce.
From September 2011 to September 2012, 47,000 jobs were created in the Commonwealth.
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes commented that the numbers also show the Commonwealth is heading in the right direction.
The Cadiz Police Department has been awarded two grants totaling over $8,500 to go towards the purchase of new body armor vests.
Chief Hollis Alexander was quoted as saying that the grant money will allow the department to equip each officer with the new gear.
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security awarded Cadiz Police $6,050 for the purchase of the body armor and the U.S. Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest Partnership awarded the department a $2,500 grant for the purchase of 11 new ballistic vests.
Chief Alexander said the department expects to have the officers equipped with the new armor in about a month.
The department has also received an $18,133 grant to purchase new mobile data computers.
In addition, the department recently received a $9,300 grant from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety to continue their successful traffic safety program.
In all, the Cadiz Police has been awarded nearly $36,000 in state and federal grant money this fiscal year.
A Hopkinsville factory has been recognized for its efforts to improve the health of its employees.
Riken Elastomers was presented with the SHARP Certification from the state Labor Cabinet for taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety and health of its employees.
A news release quotes Labor Cabinet Secretary Mark Brown as saying the award recognizes companies who are committed to making safety for employees a priority and that he is delighted to recognize the Hopkinsville plant.
Riken is implementing injury prevention, safety and health awareness programs to become the 17th company in Kentucky to receive the SHARP award. Statistics show Riken only had one accident last year and none in 2010.
Riken Elastomers is a manufacturer of high performance plastics compounds for use in the automotive industry.