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White hired as county’s ag investment program administrator
The Shelby County Agriculture Development Board has hired Waddy dairy farmer Judy White to serve as its new administrator for the County Agricultural Investment Program or CAIP.
CAIP, formerly the Phase I program, offers cost-share dollars to farmers undertaking projects on their farm who can choose from 11 investment areas. Funds for CAIP come from Tobacco Settlement dollars distributed to counties to help farmers diversify their operations. The county’s 2012 share of CAIP funds is just over $325,000. If approved, farmers can receive 50 percent of the cost of a project from CAIP up to a maximum of $5,000.
As administrator, White will oversee the application process, and she said farmers could expect applications for this year’s CAIP funds to be ready by late September to early October. White advised farmers interested in applying for CAIP funds to watch the newspaper or extension office’s newsletter for more information about when the applications are ready.
“I’m excited to be in the position to help farmers in Shelby County and look forward to meeting and assisting CAIP applicants,” White said.
A former 4-H agent, White and her husband, Darrell, have operated a dairy farm in the Waddy area for 22 years. She is also the treasurer of the Shelby County Farm Bureau’s board of directors, a member of the Extension District Board and is the 4-H Dairy Club leader.
Neal honored on legal lists
Gregg Y. Neal, a partner in the Neal & Davis PLLC law firm on Main Street in Shelbyville, has been chosen for inclusion on the 2012 Kentucky Super Lawyers list, which designates lawyers who have shown excellence in their practices. Only 5 percent of the attorneys in Kentucky qualify for the list.
Neal also has been selected for America’s Most Honored Professionals in its inaugural list by the American Registry. To earn this list, a lawyer must be part of the top 10, top 5 or 1 percent of the most recognized professionals in America and have been recognized continuously for excellence in the past 5 years.
Fannin headed to KDE
Kerry Fannin, director of secondary schools for Shelby County Public Schools, will return to the Kentucky Department of Education starting Wednesday to work in the Office of District 180. Fannin had been a “Highly Skilled Educator” for three years before coming to Shelbyville four years ago. In his new role, he will be the educational recovery leader for Perry County Central High School.
Shelby Energy recognition
Shelby Energy Cooperative has recognized 6 employees that have advanced their on-the-job educations. Line Technicians Benji Bohannon, James Crume and Gary Warford have completed 5-year programs for the TVPPA certification for line technicians. Lead Line Technicians Neil Raizor and Chip Wheeler and Crew Leader Mike Clark completed 3-phase programs for the TVPPA Foreman’s Academy.
Republic posts strong 6-month report
Republic Bancorp, which operates a bank in Shelbyville, reported a net income of $92.1 million for the first six months of 2012, a 15 percent increase from that period in 2011. Earnings per share increased to $4.38.
“We are pleased with the second-quarter results as we continue to experience solid organic loan growth while maintaining our conservative lending standards and strong capital base,” Republic President and CEO Steve Trager said in a release announcing the earnings report.
Bits & bytes
The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. The Sentinel-Newswelcomes Briefcase items. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.