Business briefcase: Jan. 10, 2014

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By The Staff

Gas prices rise a bit

but mostly ‘in a freeze’

Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.34 per gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville.

This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.30.

Including the change in gas prices in Louisville during the past week, prices yesterday were 7.6 cents per-gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 9.9 cents per-gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 5.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“While the cold weather is about the lock the country into a deep freeze, we're also seeing a bit of a freeze in the national average," GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said. "For much of the week ahead, we may see the freeze at the pump continue, as oil prices have recently shed some of their gains from late December. January and February see some of weakest demand for gasoline in the year, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the average move slightly downward in the next couple weeks," DeHaan said.

GasBuddy operates LouisvilleGasPrices.com and more than 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at over 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.


Free smoking cessation course

Jewish Hospital Shelbyville is again offering a free community Smoking Cessation class, with weekly classes 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 15. This 12-week class will conclude in early April.

A recent assessment of Shelby County indicated that 25 percent of adults continue to use tobacco products. Smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times, stroke by 2 to 4 times and lung cancer by 13 to 23 times.

Smoking is responsible for approximately one in five deaths in the U.S.

Participants will discuss a variety of science-based, proven methods to smoking cessation, which include education, skills training and social support. Relapse prevention and support is also free after the class has concluded.  For more information or to register for the program, contact Jackie Herrell, RN, facilitator at 647-4021.

“Despite the dangers of smoking, getting people to quit is no easy task,” Herrell said in a release announcing the class. That’s why it’s important to reach out for help.  Take your first step to quit by calling to register for the class.”

There is no charge for the classes, but participants are responsible for the purchase of any nicotine-replacement products which are suggested in the program.


McDonald’s offering scholarships

McDonald’s restaurants in Kentuckiana are offering a Black History Makers of Tomorrow scholarship program, which distributes $15,000. Deadline is Jan. 31.

The scholarship program honors outstanding students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, leadership, character and community service. The Black History Makers of Tomorrow scholarship is offered to outstanding high school seniors, with at least one parent of African-American or Black Caribbean descent.

McDonald’s will help 10 students pay for college tuition with $1,500 scholarships. The winners will be honored at a ceremony at Louisville Metro Hall on Feb. 28.

Applications are available at www.mcstate.com Interested students may also consult their high school guidance counselor.

For more information, contact Jenny Howard at 502-589-7711 or jhoward@bch.com.

Bulletin board

  • Rev. Dean Bucalos will speak to the Shelbyville Rotary Club on Tuesday. Rotary meets at the Centenary United Methodist Church located at the corner of Washington and 5th streets in Shelbyville. Meetings are open to the public, but there is a moderate charge for the meal.
  • The Shelbyville Board of Realtors next monthly luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Dominion’s model home in Cloverbrook Farms, 228 St. Regis Drive in Shelbyville. RSVP by Jan. 13.
  • The Louisville, Kentucky Home Improvement Expo returns to the Kentucky International Convention Center today through Sunday. Show hours are 2-6 p.m. today, 11-5 Saturday and 11-4 Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 18 and younger. For more information, visit http://www.homeshowcenter.com.


Bits & bytes

  • Jeffrey Clark, general manager of the McDonald’s restaurant on Hubbards Lane in Louisville has been named a recipient of the prestigious Ray Kroc Award for 2013, which is an annual performance-based award that recognizes the top 1 percent of McDonald’s restaurant managers in the country. 
  • The Lexington Visitors Center welcomed a record 25,000 visitors in 2013. The proximity of the location to downtown hotels and the Lexington Convention Center, as well as a street level location in a high foot-traffic area contributed to the increase. This record visitation represents a 100 percent increase over the prior year and is triple the previous location on Vine Street.  
  • Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received national certification to offer the STAR Program (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation), a nationally recognized program focused on caring for cancer survivors. The goal of the STAR program is to minimize the side effects of cancer treatments.



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.