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Government

  • Merger will happen for NOFD and Countryside-River Bluff

    It looks like Countryside-River Bluff Fire Protection District and North Oldham Fire Protection District have put aside their differences and have decided to go ahead with a merger.

    As per a public notice in the Era, the trustees of Countryside-River Bluff and NOFD have filed a Joint Merger Petition with Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele to move Countryside with and into NOFD.

    The board of trustees of NOFD approved the merger on March 23 and the board of Countryside-River Bluff approved it on Feb. 23.The merger will take place June 1.

  • Board of Elections cracks down on voter intimidation

    From the Office of the Kentucky Secretary of State

    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, is notifying the public that the State Board of Elections has approved and filed an emergency administrative regulation prohibiting electioneering within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling place on Election Day. The emergency administrative regulation, which is effective immediately, does not apply to private property.

  • Voter registration at an all-time high in Kentucky as 2015 governor’s primary approaches, online voting available

    From the Office of the Kentucky Secretary of State

    Voter registration record broken

    Nearly 3.2 million Kentuckians appear on the voter rolls ahead of the May 19 Primary Election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced recently.

    The total number of registered voters – 3,175,905 – constitutes a new record, beating the 3,147,157 registered for the General Election held in November 2014.

  • Teacher pensions still in danger as legislature nears end of session

    Approximately 50 percent of Kentucky’s 40,000 public school teachers are already eligible to retire. If all--or even most--retire this year, they might not have a pension to retire on. The state’s public school teachers aren’t allowed to draw Social Security when they retire. Nor are they allowed to draw their spouse’s Social Security if their spouse dies.

    When the pension money runs out, many of the teachers who spent their lives and careers educating generations of Kentucky families could have no income to live on.

  • Oldham County Right to Work bill tabled for later discussion

    After high controversy ensued over the enacting of a county-level law, the Oldham County Fiscal Court tabled the proposed Right to Work local ordinance during their Mar. 17 meeting in La Grange. Oldham is the first county in Kentucky to table a Right to Work proposal.

  • Countryside-River Bluff to vote on North Oldham Fire Dept merger

    After much deliberation, it looks as if Countryside-River Bluff Fire Protection District has decided that it will not sever contractual ties with North Oldham Fire Department and will soonn merge with the department.

    Countryside-River Bluff, which serves about 400 Oldham County homes near Prospect, has contracted to provide emergency services with both NOFD and Harrods Creek Fire Department in the past, but decided that pending an audit and additional vote they could merge.

  • Student receives honor

    Senator Ernie Harris (R-Prospect) welcomed Emma DuVall to the Capitol. Emma served in the Senate as a Legislative Page. She is a fifth grade student at LaGrange Elementary School.

  • Bevin seeks support from Oldham Co. GOP women

    During what has become a neck and neck race for the nomination among Republican would-be’s for the Kentucky governor’s mansion, the Oldham County GOP Women’s Club heard from candidate Matt Bevin on Tuesday.

    Bevin joined the group to discuss his position on families, military service, Right to Work legislation, and women’s issues.

    “This War on Women argument is an unfair argument,” he said, accusing the press of manufacturing gender inequality in Republican party politics.

  • Right to Work moves forward in Fiscal Court

    Right to Work legislation may have failed in Kentucky’s state legislature but advocates of the measure are pushing for local level passage in Oldham and other counties across the state.

    Just as vocal advocates of the bill were given opportunity to show their support during a previous meeting, voices opposing the measure got their chance to speak out At the Mar. 3 meeting of the Oldham County Fiscal Court.

  • Metro United Way heads to state Capitol for Live United Day