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Burglar startles homeowner, flees as shots are fired

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By The Staff

A local homeowner followed an intruder from his home and discharged several shots into the air as the intruder fled from the home early Sunday morning.

According to Oldham County Police, a burglar allegedly awakened the homeowner and the homeowner followed the intruder out the back door in the 5000 block of Winding Springs Circle. As the intruder fled the property on foot, the homeowner discharged several gunshots in the air.

Police said they recovered jewelry allegedly taken from the house strewn in yards throughout the neighborhood.

The burglar is described as a 5-foot-4 white male wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call OCPD at 222-1300.

The sound of sirens

The early warning sirens for the Oldham County Emergency Management and Dispatch sounded Tuesday.

Emergency management director Kevin Nuss said many residents are unaware sirens are tested monthly at 10:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month.

There are seven early warning sirens located in Oldham County, including sirens at North Oldham Fire Department on Ky. 1793 in Goshen; Westport Fire Department on Fourth Street in Westport; Pewee Valley Town Hall on Mount Mercy Drive in Pewee Valley; Ballardsville Fire Department on Ky. 53; La Grange Fire Department on Main Street in La Grange; former La Grange Fire Department on Ky. 146 in Buckner; and the former South Oldham Fire Department on Railroad Avenue in Crestwood.

LFRD buys Ky. 53 land with plans for expansion

With an eye to the future, the La Grange Fire Protection District has purchased land for a new main fire station.

The district closed the deal March 19 on three tracts of land totaling 5.278 acres east of Ky. 53 across from Sauer Alley.

Jim Williamson, attorney for the district, said the cost was $390,000. The fire district levies taxes separate from the city of La Grange.

La Grange Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Chief Adrian Doleman said LFRD’s main station is landlocked. Acquisition of land allows LFRD to build a station to accommodate a 24-hour department, with sleeping, shower and cooking facilities.

“The county’s growing, obviously. We’re growing with it,” Doleman said.

He said the construction of the new station could be several years down the road, but it was important to purchase land within the city while it was still available and

affordable.

Doleman said the plot of land is centrally located within the city and fire protection district to provide for the fastest possible response times.

KPA to sponsor journalism boot camp

The Kentucky Press Association will host a five-day journalism boot camp July 7-11 in Frankfort.

The cost is $100 per person. Classes will emphasize writing and reporting skills and will be geared toward people without formal journalism training, who might already work for community newspapers, would like to or want to free-lance.

The boot camp is limited to 15 participants. The deadline for registration is June 20, unless the 15 slots are filled before then.

Veteran journalists will serve as guest lecturers. Boot campers will also attend a public meeting. There will be daily writing assignments and a focus on proper newspaper style. Libel law, open meetings and open records laws will also be covered.

For information, visit www.kypress.com and click on the journalism boot camp link. Or call David Greer, KPA member services director, at (502) 223-8821 or e-mail him at dgreer@kypress.com.

Norton Commons hosts farmers’ market

Norton Commons announces the opening of a farmers’ market at 8 a.m. May 10.

The Norton Commons Farmers’ Market will include vendors selling certified organic produce, certified organic chicken, grass-fed beef, eggs, mushrooms, herbs, fresh fruit, cut flowers, firewood, country sorghum and more.

The market is located on the village green in the town center at the corner of Norton Commons Boulevard and Meeting Street. It will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through October. Every Thursday evening during the summer, nearby Karem’s Pub and Grill features an outdoor grill and live music.

The average domestically-raised supermarket vegetable travels 1500 miles before it is sold to the family who will eat it. Often it’s picked too early to reach maximum flavor, and loses nutrition and flavor during the four to seven days it travels to its final destination, according to a press release from Norton Commons.

Foods sold close to home are often picked just before they are sold, so they tend to have better texture, more flavor, and often more nutrients.

All the producers who sell at Norton Commons live south of Columbus, Ind.. and within the boundary of Kentucky.