Business Briefcase April 9, 2010

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By The Staff

 Hargadon named top manager

Pat Hargadon, Shelby County agency manager for Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance, has been named 2009 Agency Manager of the Year for District Three.

Hargadon contracted as an agent in Shelby County in 1986 and then became agency manager in 2000.  Hargadon is an active civic leader and recipient of numerous awards for his community service and volunteerism.

He currently serves as a director of the Shelby County Industrial Foundation, Farm Credit Advisory Committee, Shelby County Community Theatre, Citizens Union Bank and is a commissioner of the U.S. 60 Water District. 

Hargadon is active in Boy Scouts, serves as chairman of the Pioneer District and is program chair for the Lincoln Heritage Council.  In February 2010 he was awarded the Silver Beaver, scouting’s highest award for adult volunteers, and recently received the “Friend of Education Award” from the Kentucky School Board Association. 

He and his wife, Theresa, reside in Waddy on a 457-acre family-owned beef cattle farm.

The award was presented last week at the Kentucky Farm Bureau 55th Annual Sales Conference at the Galt House in Louisville. It recognizes excellence in overall sales production, satisfactory loss-ratio, service to policyholders and an affirmative attitude. 


Masonic Home honors employees

Masonic Home Kentucky honored several employees of its facility at Shelbyville during its annual Above & Beyond Employee Appreciation Celebration. 

Maintenance Director Donald Carey and Supply Manager Carol Sanford were honored for 30 years of service, Certified Nurse Aide Naomi Goodman received a pin for 20 years and Certified Medical Technicians Shirley Pinkie and Brenda Reynolds were awarded 15-year service pins.

Also, four employees – Dining Services Cook Jerry Cavanaugh, Certified Nurse Aide Judy Cook, Staffing Coordinator Bonnie Crafton and Supply Manager Carol Sanford-were honored for perfect attendance during 2009.


Food prices decline in Q1 

The latest Marketbasket Survey, conducted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation in March indicates that retail food prices in supermarkets across the state declined in the first quarter of the year. According to the survey, the total cost of 40 basic grocery items was $103.62 – down by $1.66, or approximately 1.6 percent, from the same list of items reported in the fourth quarter of 2009.

There were 27 items that experienced minor increases in average price, but the composite average price dropped because of major dips in cost found in the 13 items that decreased.

This quarter’s average price of Marketbasket items is the lowest it has been since the numbers reported in the third quarter of 2009, reflecting the downward trend of food costs that Kentucky consumers have enjoyed for the last nine months.

Of the six food groups recorded in the survey – beef, dairy, fruits and vegetables, grain, pork, and poultry – the beef category showed the greatest total decline with an average price drop of 9.5 percent. Fruits and vegetables made the largest jump with an average price increase of 6.3 percent.

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation has conducted the Marketbasket survey for four decades as a tool to reflect retail food pricing trends and their relationship to what farmers receive for their raw commodities. On average, the farmers’ share of the retail food dollar is around 19 cents. 


Real estate open houses

Real estate agents across Kentucky and the country are holding a coordinated weekend of open houses to give buyers and sellers time to make decisions before the end of the homebuyer tax credit on April 30. Local associations are encouraging agents to open the doors to their listings and blue balloons will be used on signage to indicate an open house as part of this event.


Trade expo fair at Whitney Young

The Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center in Simpsonville is sponsoring an Industry Advisory Council Trade Expo Fair and Go Green Initiative event on April 22. The center invites its business partners to meet its trade instructors and students and view displays of their hands-on skills and talents. Businesses or companies involved in green initiatives are invited to set up booths to display those initiatives and to provide networking opportunities. The event will be noon to 2 p.m. in the gymnasium. RSVP deadline is Friday. Call 722-3561 to make a reservation or for more information.


Shelby Prevention networking summit

Shelby Prevention is sponsoring its 2010 Spring Networking Summit at 9 a.m.-noon April 13 at the Shelby County Extension Office on Frankfort Road. The event will have sessions on collaboration, Latino outreach and the media. To register or for more information, contact Shelby Prevention.


Bits & bytes

§       Century 21 announced last week a sweepstakes in which eligible home sellers who list their homes with one of its agents will be entered for a chance to win $8,000.

§       Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare has been named Most Improved Healthcare Provider (Invoice Growth) in the GHXcellence Awards for achievements in improving supply chain performance. The winners were honored last week at the 10th Annual GHX Supply Chain Summit in Orlando.

§       Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 11.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.81 per gallon today. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.85, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.


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