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Government

  • La Grange mayor candidates focused on economy

    The two men hoping to become the next mayor of La Grange say their most important priority is economic development, they just disagree on how to go about it.

    Current councilman Joe Davenport will face off against Brian Oerther on Nov. 4 to replace the outgoing Bill Lammlein as mayor. Davenport has spent 19 years on the city council, while Oerther is running for the mayor’s office for the second time.

    The two men were the top vote getters in the May primary, which former mayor Elsie Carter also ran in.

  • La Grange mulling over new code enforcement board

    The City of La Grange is once again exploring the possibility of creating a code enforcement board.

    At a meeting of the ordinance committee last week, Mayor Bill Lammlein brought up the idea of creating the new board after the last attempt six years ago was never finalized.

    Lammlein opened his pitch to the committee members by saying the only recourse the city has with unpaid fines and violations is to drag violators into court.

  • Rematch for family court judge

    It will be a flashback to 2006 as two candidates vie for the position of Family Court Judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit.

    Incumbent Judge Tim Feeley will be up against long-time family law attorney Michael Pate for the same position Feeley won by nearly 7,500 votes in 2006.

    Feeley has been Family Court Judge for Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties since 2005, but before that he was a Major in the U.S. Army. He served seven years as Assistant U.S. Attorney and nine years in private law practice in Oldham County.

  • Senate race headlines Oldham ballot

    There’s no denying who is at the top of the ballot in Kentucky this fall: U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, who is battling for re-election against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

    But after that marquee match-up, Oldham County faces a mixed bag of intriguing races for federal and state offices.

    After the U.S. Senate race, Congressman Thomas Massie, a Republican, is hoping for his first re-election, running against Democrat Peter Newberry. The race is for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District, of which Oldham is a part.

  • County offices already decided

    Several county offices will be on the November ballot, but voting for the candidates running for those seats won’t matter much.

    Of the eight countywide offices, all eight have candidates unopposed in the general election, making them the de facto office holders since the May primary.

    Current County Judge-Executive David Voegele will be elected to another four-year term in November, since no Democrats filed for the seat.

  • 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.