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Officials consider OLDA, OCEDA board nominations
At the fiscal court’s meeting on Tuesday, Judge-Executive Duane Murner asked the magistrates to consider nominations for a position on the Oldham County Economic Development Authority Board.
Blake Haselton currently serves in the position, but also serves on the Oldham-La Grange Development Authority Board.
When his term ends with OCEDA, he will continue to serve on the OLDA board.
Murner also gave a first-step nomination for Annice Johnston to serve on the OLDA board.
The court also accepted a resignation from OCPD detective Ted Spegal, effective Nov. 16. Spegal will join the Jeffersontown Police Department. Spegal said he wants to return to the area where he grew up.
Lashbrook named new GM for The Oldham Era
Kevin Lashbrook will serve as The Oldham Era’s new general manager beginning Monday.
Lashbrook began his newspaper career as a sales representative for the Pharos Tribune in Logansport, Ind.
In 1991, he was named advertising director of The Herald Journal in Monticello, Ind. He most recently served as publisher of The Herald Journal in Monticello, Ind.
Lashbrook has served as a board member and president of the Hoosier State Press Association. He studied marketing/sales management at the University of Vincennes.
He is married to Patti and has two children Samuel, 17, and Isaac, 5.
American Legion Post No. 39 will host Veterans’ Day program
Oldham County American Legion Post No. 39 will host a Veterans’ Day program at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the John Black Community Center in Buckner.
The program will include the Oldham County Band, directed by Brad Rogers. The guest speaker will be Army LTC (Retired) Brian Corneilson. Everyone is invited. Anyone who would like to display military memorabilia may set up by 6:30 p.m.
For information, call Commander Bernie O’Bryan at 241-9701.
Heating program begins Monday, register by last initial on designated day
The state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program began Monday. Registration days are scheduled as follows by last initial:
• C, Monday and Wednesday; D and E, Thursday; F and G, Nov. 17;
• H, Nov. 18 and 19; I and J, Nov. 20; K and L, Nov. 24;
• M, Dec. 1; N,O and P, Dec. 2; Q and R, Dec. 3; S, Dec. 4 and 8;
• T, Dec. 9; U, V and W, Dec. 10; and X, Y and Z, Dec. 11.
Applications are accepted at 1015 Dispatchers Way, Buckner.
Applicants should bring the most recent heating bill or verification from a landlord that heating expenses are included in rent, plus a Social Security card or Green Card for everyone in the household.
Call 222-1349 for details.
OCEDA officials report findings from visioning trip
Members of the Oldham County Economic Development Authority recently took a visioning trip to Hanover County in Virginia – an area with many similarities to Oldham County, including a train running through their downtown historic district.
Jim Kramer, chairman of OCEDA’s board of directors presented information to fiscal court on Tuesday about the trip.
He said some of the things the members enjoyed included the area’s regional partnership with Richmond and surrounding areas, the county’s communication and five-year plan.
Ashland, the county’s downtown historic district showed similarities with La Grange, Kramer said, and said the county also has an airport.
He said lessons learned from the trip include a need for both internal and external communication – both being on the same page and moving in the same direction. He also said members learned regionalism, marketing and branding are important areas to look at as well.
The next step for OCEDA, he said, is to create a five-year plan of their own, develop infrastructure funding options and complete a restructuring discussion.
Infant, toddler home alone while grandmother leaves to buy cigarettes
Police arrested a La Grange woman early Sunday morning for allegedly leaving her grandchildren – an infant and toddler – unattended while she left to the house to buy a pack of cigarettes.
Angela Walker, 45, 1400 block of Fendley Mill Road, La Grange, is charged with endangering the welfare of minors.
Oldham County Police visited Walter’s home at 10:30 p.m. after an anonymous caller reported two young children left unattended in the home.
Police found a 3-month-old and an 18-month-old child at the home, and officials from the Cabinet for Health and Family Resources took the children into temporary custody.
More than two hours later, Walter returned to the home intoxicated and called police to report her grandchildren were missing.
According to police, Walter is the primary caregiver for the children.
Walter was arrested and taken to the Oldham County Jail. She posted 10 percent of her $2,500 bail.
Police earn grant to fund additional traffic patrols
The Kentucky Department of Transportation announced for the 10th consecutive year that the Oldham County Police and the La Grange Police departments have received a state grant to help cover overtime pay for officers to reduce traffic crashes and the associated deaths, injuries, and property damage caused by speeding, driving while intoxicated, and the failure to buckle up.
The Transportation Department has awarded a $15,000 grant which requires a 50 percent match, with Oldham County providing $12,000 and the La Grange Police Department providing $3,000.
Police arrest armed man after Briarhill standoff
Oldham County Police arrested an armed suspect in a domestic dispute after a standoff Tuesday night.
At 6:05 p.m. police officers responded to a complaint of a domestic dispute on Perrin Drive in Crestwood, officer David Howley said.
Officers met with the parents of an 18-year-old male at a location away from the residence.
Police would not release his name, but Oldham County Jail employees confirmed him as Samuel Harper.
His parents told police their son became violent with them and pointed a semi-automatic pistol at them. The parents left the house and called the police, Howley said.
Officers went to the house, but Harper would not come to the door. Four OCPD officers and two Oldham County Sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter around the house.
“Any time you know you’re approaching a suspect with a gun, it’s a little tense,” Howley said.
As officers went around the rear of the house, they saw Harper crawling out from under the rear deck. They arrested him without further incident, Howley said.