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Business briefcase: Feb. 15, 2013

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By The Staff

Check-out week celebrates when food costs are earned

Kentucky Farm Bureau is celebrating national “Food Check-Out Week,” starting Sunday, which commemorates the time of year when the average American has earned enough income to meet his or her annual cost of food. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty have a proclamation in celebration of the week.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimatesthat Americans spend just 10 percent of their disposable income on food each year, and the average American earns enough to pay for his or her annual food costs by the seventh week of the year.

According to researchconducted by the Tax Foundation, that same person would have to work for 107 days (or until approximately the middle of April) to earn enough to pay for annual taxes.

“Americans work significantly longer to pay for federal taxes than for our food,” KFB President Mark Haney said in a release announcing the week. “Food Check-Out Day is a good reminder of the affordability, quantity and quality of the food that our farmers bring to market year-round.”

Now in its 15th year, check-out week also is designed to keep the nation’s fluctuating economic conditions in mind. Farm Bureau volunteers in Kentucky and across the country prepare supermarket demonstration stations for consumers with the primary goal of helping shoppers increase their knowledge of how to stay on a budget while purchasing healthy food for their families.

“We want to help people in these tough economic times be able to buy lots of good, nutritious food and still stay within budget,” said Terry Gilbert, chair of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and KFB board member. “While we’re engaging with people and talking about the food they purchase, we’re also talking with them about what we do on our own farms and why we do it. We’re there to honestly answer any questions or concerns they have about what we do to grow fruits and vegetables or raise our livestock.

“The whole thing is a great way of opening the door to a conversation that puts a face on agriculture.”

 

Shelburne adds 2nd location

Shelburne Pet Center LLC has expanded from its original facility at 353 Kentucky Street to a new location at 731 Mount Eden Road in Shelbyville, where it will offer a wider variety of services to pet owners.

In announcing the expansion, owner Ashley Shelburne officials said 50 homeless dogs belonging to over 10 different rescues and individuals are being housed at Kentucky Street.

The new facility will offer boarding, grooming, training and day care to privately owned pets. The facility services Shelby and surrounding counties and can be reached at 633-4944.

 

Southern States launches FFA program

The Southern States store on south 7th Street in Shelbyville is supporting the National FFA Organization by selling FFA emblems for $1, starting Monday and continuing through March 24. Proceeds go to support FFA on a local, state and national level.

“We are deeply appreciative of Southern States and their assistance to raise financial support for FFA and heighten community awareness about our organization,” Rob Cooper, executive director of the National FFA Foundation, said in a release announcing the program. “Funds raised through the sale of the FFA emblem at Southern States stores will support FFA at the local, state and national level and ensure that we’re able to continue to develop students’ leadership, growth and career success potential.”

Customers who buy emblems can sign their names or the names of FAA members. The emblems will then be displayed in the store. Proceeds are split between the local FFA chapters, the state FFA association and the National FFA Foundation.

 

Bulletin board

  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have a business after hours event at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at McDaniel Insurance Agency
&
Holland Financial Group,
602 Main St. in Shelbyville.
  • The Shelby County Board of Realtors will have its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the conference room at Commonwealth Bank & Trust’s branch at 1501 Mount Eden Road. RSVP to ShebyvilleBoardofRealtors@gmail.com by Monday.
  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2013 Community Showcase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 at Shelby County High School. For more information, contact Johnna Maier at 633-1636 or Johnna@shelbycountykychamber.com or visit http://business.shelbycountykychamber.com/Events/details/2013-community-....
  • HJW Career & Financial Literacy Institute, Inc. of Shelbyville, in partnership with Metro United Way, will be hosting the volunteer income tax assistance/tax counseling for the 2013 tax year in Shelby and Oldham Counties. This program is to assist families with free income tax preparation that meet the requirements for receiving the earned income tax credit. For tax year 2012, this amount is generally $50,000 and below. Also tax preparation is free for the elderly, aged 60 and older. The sites will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and certain Saturdays until April 15. For more information, call 647-3027 or 558-0762.

 

Bits & bytes

  • Frederick “Chip” Hancock, senior vice president of private banking with Republic Bank, has been honored as one of this year’s recipients of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor a Boy Scout Council can bestow upon its volunteers for extraordinary service to youth.
  • The 713,000 people that hunt or fish in Kentucky in 2001 spent $1.9 billion with a ripple effect of $2.8 billion and supported 35,003 jobs in the state, according to data released today by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.
  • Servpro Industries, Inc., the cleanup and restoration franchise company, which has an outlet in Shelby County, has been named No. 1 in the cleanup and restoration industry for the 10th consecutive year. The company also placed in the top 10 overall of the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 rankings for the third year in a row.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 7.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61 as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.55, according to GasBuddy.com.

 

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.