Business briefcase: Nov. 1, 2013

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By The Staff

PSC predicts gas prices to increase by 19 percent

The Public Service Commission said Thursday that the price of natural gas will cost more this winter than it did in 2012-13 but will remain well below its peak prices of 2008.

On average, customers in Kentucky can expect to pay about 19 percent more this November. A total gas bill for 10,000 cubic feet – including base rates – is projected at $101.61.

That is down nearly $49 – or 32 percent since November 2008. Lower prices of gas have offset increases in base rates during that time.

“Natural gas prices have rebounded from last year’s abnormally low levels, but this year’s prices are still quite low,” PSC Chair David Armstrong said in a release announcing the price forecast. “Demand is up because more natural gas is being used to generate electricity and the overall economy has improved.”

Wholesale natural gas costs this year are, on average, about 35 percent higher than last year, the PSC said. Only one of Kentucky’s five, large, natural-gas-distribution companies has received a base rate increase in the past year.

Church part of USDA program

Shelbyville Community Church announces participation of Family Day Care Homes in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Kentucky Department of Education. The program prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities). If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found at http://www.ascr.usda.ogv/complain_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or calling 866-632-9992 to request the form.

For more information or questions regarding the program, contact Bonnie Burgin at 633-6757.

HoneyBaked needs to hire

HoneyBaked, which on Tuesday will open a pop-up store in the Kroger on Boone Station in Shelbyville, will be looking for seasonal workers. The company said that between Thanksgiving and Jan. 1 it anticipates serving more than 1 million customers nationally, which will require 200 percent additional employees at its 400 stores. Last year, there were 401 workers hired in Kentucky alone.

HoneyBaked prepares custom orders for hams and turkeys for families and catering, and the pop-up stores facilitate those orders.

Anyone interested in seasonal work can apply at their nearest HoneyBaked location or visit honeybakedforyou.com to learn more.

Bulletin board

  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Day at the Races at Churchill Downs is next Friday. Tickets are $40 per person and cover the cost of admission, reserved seating, a race program and a buffet lunch. A cash bar will be available. Register at www.shelbycountykychamber.com.
  • The chamber’s next business after hours will be at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension, at
1117 Frankfort Road in Shelbyville.
  •   The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 annual meeting and awards luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. Featured guest will be retired Army Col. Walter Herd. Reservations are required, with ticket price of $25 per person, and the deadline is Nov. 8. For more information or reservations, contact Johnna Maier at 633-1636 or johnna@shelbycountykychamber.com.

Bits & bytes

The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired Rosanne Mastin as senior assistant for the convention development department and Taylor Lockard as services assistant in the bureau services department.

  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 1.3 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 fallen 5.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.30. Including those increases, prices were 6.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are  unchanged versus a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 26.4 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.