Business briefcase: Jan. 11, 2013

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By The Staff

Farm Bureau members head to annual meeting


A group of volunteer leaders – some 500 members – from Kentucky Farm Bureau is headed to the 94th annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation, which runs Sunday through Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.

The group will help to shape Farm Bureau’s national policy agenda for 2013, take in numerous seminars and compete for some of the country’s top agricultural honors in a variety of contests. About 8,000 attend from the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Twenty-six Kentuckians will serve as voting delegates – none of them from Shelby County – during the business session of the annual meeting. They will join their counterparts from across the nation in debating and adopting policies on key national issues. Kentucky’s priority issues include the federal government’s fiscal policy, a national farm bill, environmental regulations, and farm labor reform.

Boyle County’s Terry Gilbert, chair of the AFBF women’s committee and a member of both the state and national Farm Bureau boards, will preside over a variety of women’s activities at the annual meeting.

Several of Kentucky’s state-level winners will also vie for top honors against competitors from around the country.

For additional information regarding the AFBF annual meeting in Nashville, visit annualmeeting.fb.org.

Reichert joins Baptist East group

Family physician Dr. Mary Lou Reichert, a resident of Simpsonville, has joined Baptist Medical Associates’ location at Baptist Eastpoint, 2400 Eastpoint Parkway near Anchorage.

Dr. Reichert is a 1980 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, in 1983. She is board certified in family medicine.

Dr. Reichert is accepting new patients. Her office can be reached at 502-253-6630. For more information, including insurances accepted and a map, visit baptistmedicalassociates.com.

Bulletin board

  • Martinrea Heavy Stamping will host a Shelby County Chamber of  Commerce “business after hours” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1000 Old Brunerstown Road. Refreshments will be served and chamber networking and a tour of the facility will begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Johnna Maier at 633-1636 or Johnna@shelbycountykychamber.
  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have a Learn Over Lunch program on workplace safety and injury prevention at noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Shelby County Extension Office on Frankfort Road. The program, conducted by Dr. James Stapleton and Dr. David Dahlkamp, is free to chamber members and $10 for potential members. Reservations are requested by sending an E-mail to Johna@shelbycountykychamber.com.
  • 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 between Jan. 22 and April 15. For more information, call 647-3027 or 558-0762.

Bits & bytes

  • Jewish Hospital Medical Center East, part of KentuckyOne Health, this month celebrates 10 years of service to the eastern Louisville community. The center has served more than 700,000 patients since opening on Jan. 2, 2003 at 3920 Dutchmans Lane.
  • Woodford Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night to approve a proposal that would allow the CastlePost to open a restaurant to the general public. Since it opened near the Fayette County line in 2008, CastlePost has been open only to overnight guests or to those who attend charity fund-raisers there. Tom Post, the lawyer who owns the castle and developed it into a luxury bed-and-breakfast, has wanted to open the U.S. 60 landmark to more people.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 5.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.27 per gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average of $3.26 that has not moved  in the past week. Prices on Sunday were 16 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 7.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 9.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 6.8 cents per gallon lower 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.