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Government

  • County Democrat chair challenges Osborne for 59th

    A nearly 10-year incumbent will face the head of the Oldham County Democratic Party for a chance to represent the vast majority of the county come January.

    State Rep. David Osborne, a Republican from Prospect, has represented House District 59 since 2005, but only recently did his mostly western Oldham County district change to include the entire county except parts of Crestwood and Pewee Valley.

    Osborne will face off against Democratic Party challenger Jim Ewen, head of the local party and a Goshen resident.

  • New lease allows museum to expand

    A railroad museum tucked on the outskirts of La Grange is ready to grow in a big way.

    The La Grange Railroad Museum is currently located in the basement of the building at 412 E. Main Street and operated by the Ohio Valley Railroad Historical Foundation. But thanks to a new lease agreement with the Oldham County Fiscal Court, what is now a basement museum will take over the entire building.

    A new five-year lease will give the museum use of the entire facility, which was previously shared with the Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development offices.

  • La Grange to allow chickens

    After being banned for roughly 15 years, chickens will once again be allowed in the city limits of La Grange.

    The La Grange City Council voted 5-2 to pass an ordinance allowing chickens to be raised in the city limits, with councilmen Joe Davenport and Tad Humble voting no. Councilwoman Debbie Pollard was absent from the meeting.

  • Louisville Councilman up against healthcare professional in House 36 race

     

    A Louisville anesthesiologist is trying to be a true political contender when she runs against a Louisville Metro councilman for election to the 36th House District.

    The 36th District was formerly a seat located in Eastern Kentucky, but the seat now makes up most of eastern Jefferson County and a portion of southwestern Oldham County, including Pewee Valley.

  • LG&E thanks emergency responders for gas pipe help

     

    The explosion of a gas line in Goshen weeks ago was a difficult situation made smoother with the close cooperation of Oldham County’s emergency departments, an LG&E employee said.

    Tom Reith, director of Gas Operations for LG&E, described the rupturing of a gas line in Goshen in September as a “tough situation” at a Local Emergency Planning Commission meeting held last week.

  • Fresh face vs. experience in district new to Oldham County

    Voters in southwest Oldham County will choose between a fresh face with experience as a non-profit attorney and a former doctor and 22-year veteran of the Kentucky House of Representatives when they hit the voting booths this fall.

    Thanks to redistricting, a handful of precincts in Briar Hill, Orchard Grass Hills and surrounding areas are now represented by House District 48, which encompasses mostly northeast Jefferson County.

  • Courthouse Square project begins quickly

    A historic re-do of part of the courthouse square is already underway.

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the Courthouse Square Boulevard Project last week, including spending $107,000 out of the county’s parks budget to complete the project.

    The project will widen the current sidewalk closest to Main Street in downtown La Grange, as well as include brick pavers and new hardscape seating, County Judge-Executive David Voegele said.

  • Republicans fire up faithful at multi-county rally

    The Republican focus for the 2014 general election was made abundantly clear at a regional GOP rally in Henry County over the weekend.

    “The No. 1 priority is to keep Mitch McConnell in office, and not as minority leader, but as majority leader,” said Kentucky State Senator Paul Hornback, of Shelbyville. “We’ve got to recover this country because it’s not going in the right direction.”

  • Fiscal Court selects construction firms for new regional jail

    After months of waiting for a monetary dispute with the state to be resolved, the Oldham County Fiscal Court is once again taking steps to build a new regional jail facility.

    The dispute over whether the state will pay for engineer services for the new Oldham County Regional Detention Center is still unresolved, but that didn’t stop magistrates from approving an architect and construction manager for the project.

  • La Grange council approves changes to business licenses law

    The La Grange City Council has amended its business licensing ordinance after the Kentucky Attorney General said some recent changes were out of line.

    Months ago the council amended the ordinance to include attorneys or other businesses who did business within the city limits to apply for a license. At the time, city attorney Steve Emery said the law wasn’t specifically targeted to attorneys but rather strengthening language already in place.