Business Briefcase May 7, 2010

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By The Staff


McCracken joins Abbot Realty

Brenda McCracken has joined the Century 21 Abbot Realty & Auction team. She is a graduate of World Academy of Realty and has been a licensed agent since 1996. She will specialize in singe family residential, farm and vacant land properties. She resides in Shelbyville with her husband, Lawton.


Kovacs joins Kentucky chamber

Beth Ann Kovacs of Shelbyville has joined the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as membership development manager and will cover the central Kentucky region. She previously served as vice president of business development/project manager at Citizens Union Bank in Shelbyville. She is a 2008 Leadership KY graduate, Business First 40 under 40 award recipient, and she says she enjoys supporting local communities through active participation on many non-profit committees/boards.

New doctor in general surgery

Dr. Erich Ernspiker has joined Surgical Associates PSC as a general surgeon. Originally from Shelbyville, Ernspiker returned last July from East Tennessee State University, where he completed his surgical residency.  He is the son of Billy and Paula Ernspiker of Bagdad. His wife Jessica’s parents,  Ray and Kathy Marion, also live in Bagdad.  Surgical Associates is located at 30 Stonecrest Court, suite 104, in Shelbyville.


New member of KFB board

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Board of Directors appointed Shane Wiseman, current president of Clark County Farm Bureau, as its newest director during the April executive meeting. Wiseman’s term is effective immediately, filling the remainder of the term for the board seat left vacant from the recent passing of John C. Hendricks, former District 9 Director and First Vice President. At the 2009 Kentucky Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Wiseman and his wife, Stephanie, were honored as the second-place recipients of the Outstanding Young Farm Family.


Hosparus seeks volunteers

Hosparus needs volunteers in Shelby and surrounding counties and will host free training, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 18 at its office at 540 Main St. in Shelbyville. Training preregistration is required.  To register or for more information, contact Char Kostolnik at 719-4155 or ckostolnik@hosparus.org. Those interested in volunteering who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Kostolnnik about future training opportunities.


Ex-reporter honored at Campbellsville

Former Sentinel-News reporter Stan McKinney, who teaches journalism and photography at Campbellsville University, was honored last week with the university advancement board's 18th annual Excellence in Teaching Award for tenured faculty at the university's annual honors and awards day.

The award is given annually to a faculty member who has excelled.

“Stan is a beloved professor who values his students and who follows their careers and keeps up with their successes," board member Sara Curry said.

McKinney was given the award by Curry, chair of the CU Advancement Board, who has worked on several boards with McKinney over the years. McKinney served 20 years as the chair of the Campbellsville Fourth of July Celebration, and Curry worked with him on the board.

"I'm shocked. It's a great honor to be a member of the Campbellsville University faculty," said McKinney, who received a Distinguished Professor stole and a check for $3,000.


Bits & bytes:

§       Because of rising flood waters, Buffalo Trace Distillery suspended its tours until further notice.  The hope is to resume as soon as soon as possible.  

§       Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 7.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.85 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.90, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.

§       The first Learn to Fly Day is being held nationwide on May 15 at more than 300 flight schools and organizations. As part of that, Elizabethtown Flying Service Inc. is opening its doors on May 15. The seminar will consist of a 30-to-40-minute information session on learning to fly along with a tour of the school. To find and register at a flight school near you, visit www.LearnToFlyDay.com. 

§       Successful Strategies for Unlimited Possibilities is the theme for the Kentucky Tourism Council’s 21st annual Tourism Development Symposium scheduled for May 19-20 at the Opera House in downtown Winchester. This 2-day event is expected to draw tourism industry representatives from all across the state. To register or find out more information, contact the Kentucky Tourism Council at (502) 223-8687.

§       The Norton Healthcare Office of Church and Health Ministries is holding an “Introduction to Health Ministries and Faith Community Nursing” course on May 21-22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Norton Healthcare Pavilion, 315 E. Broadway. Continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m. This course is for nurses and others interested in beginning or enhancing a faith community wellness program. Registration is required, and there is a $75 fee; $40 for Norton Healthcare employees. Register by May 14 by calling (502) 629-1234 or visiting NortonHealthcare.com/CHM.


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