Business briefcase: Nov. 16, 2012

-A A +A
By The Staff

Burk honored by Hosparus for helping patients, families

Judy Burk, a licensed social worker from Shelbyville, has been honored by Hosparus with the Sister Marilyn Spink Service Award.

Burk received the honor at an event last weekend. She joined Hosparus in 1988.

The award recognizes her for “consistently going far above and beyond for our patients and families.”

“I have worked with Judy for 14 years both as her supervisor and a professional friend and colleague.  Her compassion, practice wisdom and social work skills have benefitted so many dying people and their families in our communities.  She has served as  role model to others and I am forever grateful to her,” said Ellen Green, senior director of counseling at the Hosparus Grief Counseling Center.

Burk formerly served as clinical manager for Hosparus’ office in Shelbyville, served as the social work department manager and most recently served as a social worker at the Hosparus Inpatient Care Center.

She is married to Duvall Burk and is the mother of Austin Hays of Shelbyville and Christus Finley and Shelley Barger, both of Tampa.


Dorman in USDA food program

Dorman Preschool Center in Shelbyville has announced its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, as administered by the Kentucky Department of Education. This program provides meals at no separate charge to qualifying children in its participating facilities.

Providers who want to enroll in the program are required to complete an application for free or reduced-price meals. The USDA approves those applications.


Republic issues special dividend

Republic Bancorp, Inc., which has branches in Shelby County, announced that its board of directors has approved a one-time special cash dividend of $1.10 per share on Class A common stock and $1 per share on Class B common stock. The special cash dividend will be payable Dec. 21 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 30.

In addition, the board also declared the company’s regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.165 per share on Class A common stock and $0.15 per share on Class B common stock. The regular quarterly dividend payment will be payable Jan. 18 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 21.

“As we approach the end of back-to-back record years, I am extremely pleased to reward our loyal shareholders with a special cash dividend in addition to our regular quarterly dividend,” Republic Chairman and CEO Steve Trager said in a release. “This special dividend is not only a reward for our past successes but also represents our confidence in the company’s future prospects.

“Given our strong capital levels and the possible significant increases in tax rates for 2013 as we approach the U.S. government’s ‘fiscal cliff,’ it is an opportune time to provide this special dividend distribution to our shareholders. After this special dividend, our capital ratios will continue to be very strong, and the company will remain well-positioned to support continued organic balance sheet growth and expansion through acquisitions, should opportunities arise.”


O’Brien participates in fundraiser

O’Brien Ford of Shelbyville joined more than 2,000 dealerships across the country on Thursday for a “Go Further with Ford Night” fundraising event to benefit numerous community organizations and nonprofits around the nation. For each person who visited O’Brien, the dealership donated $10 – up to a total of $500 per dealership – to a local charity. Ford hoped to raise $1 million in one night.


Bulletin board

  • Shelby Development Corporation’s board of directors will meet 8 a.m. next Friday at the Cardwell House.


Bits & bytes

  • Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, dedicated art galleries on four patient floors at its downtown Louisville facility through a new program, Healing Art, inspired by a former patient.  
  • Kosair Children’s Hospital and University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics officials announced a “No Hit Zone” policy and program to help maintain a calm, safe and caring patient care environment for children, patients, families, staff and guests. Kosair Children’s Hospital is now one of only about 30 children’s hospitals nationwide to implement the No Hit Zone program.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 4.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.24 per gallon as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.46, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices in Louisville during the past week, prices were 7.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 49.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 32.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. The Sentinel-News welcomes Briefcase items. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.