Business Briefcase, 12-14-2012

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By The Staff

Gajdzik’s named to leadership committee of Farm Bureau


Matthew and Amanda Gajdzik, Shelbyville were named to the 13-member Young Farmer Committee during the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting last week in Louisville.

The Gajdziks are part of a group of young farmers that is comprised of both singles and couples, and they were Shelby’s only representation during KFB’s elections and appointments.

Pulaski County farmer Mark Haney was re-elected president, along with Webster County’s Eddie Melton as first vice-president and Hart County’s J. Fritz Giesecke as second vice-president. They comprise KFB’s Executive Committee along with Executive Vice President David S. Beck.

Leadership for two of KFB’s key advisory committees were announced. Jason McGlone of Grayson is the new chair of the Young Farmer Advisory Committee, and Phyllis Amyx of Campton was re-elected chair of the Women's Advisory Committee.

With nearly 500,000 member families statewide, Kentucky Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Approximately 1,700 members attended the convention in Louisville.

Also at the meeting, KFB adopted a condensed list of legislative priorities for 2013. KFB will:

  • Oppose any attempt to freeze the state real property tax rate and support preserving the current law, which limits annual revenue from property taxes to no more than a 4 percent hike, plus new growth.
  • Ensure the state sales tax exemption for production agriculture is not impacted by any tax reform package. Additionally, it has policy to extend the exemption to production items used in the equine industry.
  • Support for the state’s career and technical education programs.
  • Support effective wildlife management that will reduce the wildlife population in an effort to alleviate continued crop and livestock losses, automobile accidents, human injuries and loss of life.
  • Support addressing the national budget deficit “with the goal of reaching a balanced budget.”
  • Support a permanent repeal of the estate tax and further reductions of capital gains taxes and reforming the H-2A farm worker program to make it more reliable, economical and accessible.

Dentist Whitsett launches botox treatments

Christina Whitsett, a dentist at Main Street Dental in Shelbyville, is introducing a popular treatment – botox – for something other than smoothing wrinkles.

She said botox is a being applied to patients who frequently have headaches, neck tension and general muscle soreness. Those problems can cause patients to grind their teeth, which causes several dental problems, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.

The FDA approved in February 2011 the use of botulinum toxin as treatment for chronic migraine.

“In my training from the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, I have learned how to utilize botox to reduce the contractile strength of specific muscle groups in the head and neck thereby reducing the pain and soreness that accompany repetitive strong contraction of these muscles,” Whitsett said. “Applying Botox to certain orofacial muscles will lessen the ability to grind and clench the teeth as forcefully.  This helps to protect teeth and restorations (fillings, crowns) from the effects of bruxism (grinding) and clenching.”

She said botox applications typically last up to three months, and the full effect is realized after about two weeks from application.

For more information, visit www.botoxcosmetic.com.

New U Salon & Spa hires 2

·       Jennifer Smith joined New U Salon & Spa as a licensed massage therapist, and she is looking forward to helping the residents of Shelby and the surrounding counties to feel relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Smithlives in Shelbyville with her husband and two children.Call 633-3318 for hours and rates.

·       Karen Asay Stivers has joined New U Salon and Spa after working at Fantastic Sam's for six months. She graduated from Paul Mitchell School in Louisville with honors. Stivers lives in Shelbyville with her husband and children. For an appointment, call Stivers at 633-3318.

Kentucky part of $42.9 million Pfizer settlement

Attorney General Jack Conway’s office Wednesday announced that it has joined 32 other Attorneys General in reaching a $42.9 million settlement with Pfizer Inc. to resolve allegations that the drug company unlawfully promoted its drugs Zyvox and Lyrica.

The Attorneys General allege that Pfizer engaged in unfair and deceptive practices in its promotion of Zyvox by making misleading and unsubstantiated superiority claims that broadened the indications for Zyvox, an antibacterial agent approved to treat certain types of infections, MRSA and other complicated skin and skin structure infections due to MRSA. Moreover, the Attorneys General allege that Pfizer engaged in unfair and deceptive practices in promoting Lyrica for off-label uses.

“My office remains committed to cracking down on pharmaceutical companies that put profits ahead of patients,” Conway said. “I believe this agreement sends a strong message to Pfizer and other big drug companies that deceiving the public and medical community is not tolerated.”

SBA seeks nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for the 2013 Small Business Person of the Year as well as four Small Business Champion awards for Kentucky. The Kentucky SBA District Office designates a team to select the 2013 SBA Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year.

That individual will attend the national celebration in Washington, DC to compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award with winners from across the country.

Small Business Champion of the Year award categories are for those who promote small business, including volunteering time and services to small business interests and groups. Small Business Champions may or may not be small business owners.  Those categories include:

  • 2013 SBA Kentucky Financial Services Small Business Champion of the Year.
  • 2013 SBA Kentucky Minority Small Business Champion of the Year.
  • 2013 SBA Kentucky Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year.
  • 2013 SBA Kentucky Women in Business Champion of the Year.

Nomination packages must be received at the SBA Kentucky District Office in Louisville, by Jan. 3. Each nomination package should also include the SBA Form 3300. Both forms, are available at www.sba.gov/ky under the “What’s New” category.


Bits & bytes

  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 8.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.32 per gallon as of Sunday.. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices in Louisville during the past week, prices were 14.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 7.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 12.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 5.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.


Briefcase is compiled from press releases and other information submitted to The Sentinel-News. The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.