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Government

  • McConnell lays out legislative agenda in La Grange

    The next leader of the U.S. Senate made a stop in Oldham County this week to update business leaders on his legislative agenda come January.

    U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, fresh off re-election as Kentucky’s senior senator and recently selected again as leader of the soon-to-be Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, spoke to a joint meeting of the La Grange Rotary and Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development groups at the John Black Community Center on Tuesday.

  • Local group retires old flags with ceremony

    A local organization is hoping to properly retire old American flags throughout Oldham County with a new ceremony.

    Members of the fourth degree of the Knights of Columbus held the first such flag disposal ceremony on Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in La Grange.

    The group, known as the patriotic degree of the Knights, retired more than 140 worn, torn or older flags during the ceremony with the help of a local Boy Scout troop.

  • County Fiscal Court approves new cable franchise with Time Warner

    After weeks of negotiations, the Oldham County Fiscal Court has once again awarded the county’s cable franchise agreement to Time Warner Cable.

    The court opened up its franchise agreement months ago, in hopes of securing a better agreement with Time Warner or another cable provider. But with a non-exclusive agreement and a near monopoly on cable lines, there wasn’t much negotiating, County Judge-Executive David Voegele had previously said.

  • Veterans Affairs office sets up hours in La Grange

    Veterans and their families seeking benefits assistance in north central Kentucky will now be able to find help and advice in La Grange.

    Beginning today, Angela Worley, the veterans benefits field representative (VBFR) for Oldham, Trimble and Henry Counties, will provide assistance in La Grange. This will allow Worley to help veterans and their families more effectively from this central location closer to residents than her main office in Louisville.

  • Davenport elected La Grange Mayor

    La Grange will have its third mayor in as many terms come January, but a familiar face will occupy the office.

    Longtime councilman Joe Davenport defeated Brian Oerther, 57 to 42 percent, to take the helm of Oldham County’s largest city, with 84 percent of the city turning out to vote in the race.

    The race was a referendum on several recent city council votes, including the occupational tax, which Oerther opposed. But voters decided to stick with Davenport over Oerther, who pegged himself as “outside the box” when it came to ideas for the city.

  • County alcohol vote delayed until June

    A proposed countywide alcohol vote will be pushed back until the end of June, proponents of overturning the ban on alcohol sales, said.

    Scott Whitehouse, the chair of a committee stemming from the Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development organization, said conflicts with Oldham County Schools and poll workers is the reason for pushing back the vote from its original March date.

  • GOP sweeps all three local State House races

    Rep. David Osborne, a Prospect Republican, has represented House District 59 since 2005 and will keep his seat, which includes mostly western Oldham County, after Tuesday’s election.

    Osborne faced off against the head of the Oldham County Democratic Party, Jim Ewen, a Goshen resident who decided to run because of his dislike of national Republican policies.

    Osborne defeated Ewen with 73 percent of the vote.

  • Changes to Wilborn Park recommended by geese committee

    Changes could soon be coming to Wilborn Park in La Grange, which has come under scrutiny because of a problem with geese.

    For critics, the park is uninhabitable or nasty, due to the large amount of geese droppings. In an effort to control the problem, La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein authorized the shooting of some of the geese, after obtaining a federal permit to do so.

    But that move caused even more controversy, eventually leading Lammlein to create an ad-hoc committee to come up with solutions to the geese overpopulation and droppings.

  • Paul wants to tackle corporate tax rate, justice system in 2015

    With multi-state travel, especially to states that vote first in a presidential primary, it’s no secret that U.S. Senator Rand Paul is on the forefront of possibilities for president in two years.

    In recent weeks, Paul has traveled to Iowa, North Carolina and Michigan, mostly to campaign with U.S. Senate candidates in those states. And he’s been pegged the “most interesting man in politics” by Time magazine and grabbed headlines for a wide-ranging foreign policy speech.

  • County awarded for pedestrian bridge over Interstate 71

    Oldham County’s new pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Interstate 71 has been named ‘Project of the Year’ in the Greenways category by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

    Greenways for Oldham County President, Leann Komer, along with Kevin Dant and Greg Groves, project engineers with URS; and Belinda Dimas, representing Oldham County Fiscal Court, were present in Owensboro last week (October 15th) to receive the award.