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Government

  • Voegele champions no tax increases at Chamber forum

    County Judge-Executive David Voegele is hoping four years of no tax increases and steady financial management will earn him another four years in the county’s top office. Speaking during the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development and Oldham Era’s candidate’s forum Tuesday night, Voegele said the best indicator of a possible second term is to view the record of his first term.

  • Candidates make their primary pitches at forum
  • Bevin spends day in La Grange

    With roughly a month left until primary election day, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin was hitting the La Grange pavement hard last week in search of votes.

    Bevin, a Republican running against current U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell for the Republican nomination in May, held several events in the city last Friday.

    But he also spent a lot of time shaking hands and talking to voters up and down Main Street in downtown La Grange, mostly in front of Karen’s Book Barn.

  • County road director Lashley suspended with pay

    The head of Oldham County’s Road Department has been temporarily suspended pending an internal investigation of operations.

    Lance Lashley, director of the department, was recently placed on leave, Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele confirmed last Wednesday.

    Voegele declined to provide details of the allegations against Lashley, citing the open investigation.

    “Oldham County Police are looking into it,” Voegele said. “We’re waiting for the investigation to be complete.”

  • Construction continues for two major road projects

    State highway officials are encouraging drivers in Oldham County to slow down and be safer on the roads while two main infrastructure projects progress.

    Construction crews have started work on an overpass to connect New Moody Lane and Commerce Parkway in La Grange, as well as to build a pedestrian crossing at Exit 17 in Buckner.

    The projects coincide with the state’s Work Zone Safety Week, which is April 15 – 19 this year.

  • La Grange Utilities Commission awaiting ordinance changes

    A search for a new director for the La Grange Utilities Commission is slightly delayed while the commission waits for a new ordinance to be passed by the La Grange City Council.

  • La Grange mayor presents city budget with ‘adequate revenue’

    For the first time in eight years, La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein said the city has been presented a budget that does not put the city in further into debt.

    Lammlein presented the budget at the monthly meeting of the La Grange City Council Monday night. It is now up to the council to tweak, amend or pass the budget as presented before the new fiscal year starts July 1.

    The balanced budget is thanks largely to two new revenue streams, Lammlein said, the recently passed occupational tax and revenue from the tax on licenses allowing the sale of alcohol.

  • Brownies help homeless

    Brownies from Girl Scout Troop 2221 donated gently used items to Good News Homes. Good News Homes helps to provide transitional housing for families that are homeless. Currently GNH has 13 housing unites across Oldham and Trimble Counties and receives between 150 and 200 housing requests a year, Program Director Stephanie Skeens said.

  • County candidates to speak at Chamber forum

    Candidates for county positions ranging from property value administrator to county judge will take part in a candidate forum as the 2014 primary inches closer.

    The forum, hosted by the Oldham Chamber and The Oldham Era, will feature candidates vying for county attorney, sheriff, PVA, coroner, magistrate and county judge-executive.

    Deana Epperly Karem, executive director of the chamber, said the candidate forum is important for an informed voter base.

  • After long winter, county solicits bids to restore road salt levels

     

    At the end of a long winter full of snow and ice, the Oldham County Fiscal Court would like someone to pass the road salt.

    The court has advertised to buy 4,500 tons of road salt, after this past winter depleted its resources, Judge-Executive David Voegele said.

    “We’re pretty well all used up,” he said.

    According to county Road Superintendent Lance Lashley, road crews have plowed or salted 16 times this winter and used more than 3,000 tons of salt to clear county roads.