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Government

  • La Grange chicken ordinance ready to roll

    After weeks of debate, things could get a little fowl-minded at the next council meeting for the city of La Grange.

    The council will take up two ordinances for possible passage, one allowing chickens in the city limits and the other codifying a rule about feeding geese at Wilborn Park.

  • 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.

  • Fiscal Court honored for cooperation

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court is joining five other county governments who were honored for their participation in Kentucky Connected, a public-private partnership focusing on education, transportation and economic development in the region.

    The group received the 2014 Spirit of Kentucky award and was honored at the annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference in Louisville last week. Gov. Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder presented the award.

  • County opens cable franchise

    For the first time since 1996, Oldham County Fiscal Court is advertising for a new cable franchise agreement.

    The court approved the advertisement at its meeting last Tuesday after receiving a short presentation from county financial officer Stan Clark.

    Clark said the county had contracted with Insight Communications for nearly 20 years ago for the franchise, but it had recently lapsed with Time Warner Communications, which bought Insight.

  • Pewee Valley museum lets woman see family history for first time

     

    There’s not much Gin Chaudoin hasn’t seen in her 93 years.

    Last week, though, the lively born-and-raised Pewee Valley resident saw her family’s historical artifacts on display for the first time.

    Chaudoin is the granddaughter of infamous town blacksmith Jacob Herdt, who started a family business with Jacob and Son Blacksmith Shop. It eventually turned into a wagon shop, a Ford dealership, an automotive repair center and is now known as the Herdt Motor Co. building.

  • Challenge hopes to raise water awareness

    Eager to highlight the county’s various creeks and watersheds, county government is partnering with several conservation groups to launch the first ever Amazing Watershed Challenge.

    The event, set for Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is “loosely based” on the hit show The Amazing Race, organizer Carolyn Cromer said. It will take place at Sherwood Acres Farm, 3001 Ballard School Road in La Grange, she said, and feature various stations with conservation information.

  • Goshen to install speed bumps

     

    Vehicles hoping to speed their way down a popular Goshen road will soon be facing speed bumps to slow them down.

    The Goshen City Commission decided last week at their monthly meeting that adding speed bumps to Harmony Landing Road would be the best defense against future traffic violators.

    The road is currently a 20 mph speed zone, but many travelers disregard signs, said Harmony Landing residents who were present at the meeting.

  • McConnell, Grimes spar over policy

    After he’s spent 30 years in Washington, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes no longer believes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the best candidate for Kentucky’s farmers.

    “Never has a senator been paid so much for doing so little for the people in Kentucky,” Grimes said at Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Measure the Candidates” forum, held at its headquarters in Louisville on Wednesday.

  • Ambulance board wants to build new EMS station

    The Oldham County Ambulance Taxing District is looking to build a new substation for Oldham County EMS. They just don’t know where yet.

    Members of the taxing district’s board looked at several potential substation sites on and around the Baptist Health La Grange campus last week. Baptist Health manages the county EMS in a partnership with the taxing district.

  • Grimes promotes military voting bill

    With the backdrop of “Military Monday” at the Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes championed a law she got passed to make voting for Oldham County’s veterans and active service member more seamless.

    Called the Military Heroes Voting Initiative, the state law allows active duty members to electronically request and receive absentee ballots, register to vote and change voter registration information. The 2013 law also extends special election time frames for local elections for service men and women.