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Government

  • Part of Walker case resolved with settlement

    An agreement to settle some of the legal issues between the City of La Grange and a local construction businessman has been reached, freeing up any more delays in the Courthouse Square Boulevard project.

    Earl Walker, as both an individual and through his business, Earl Walker Concrete Construction, had been sued by the city in regards to non-payment of a city business license fee from 2012. The city had been successful in getting stop work and restraining orders on Walker, culminating in a one-hour hearing last week before Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad.

  • Contractor questioned over role in courthouse square project

    A contractor for the Courthouse Square Boulevard project has come under more scrutiny for its relationship with Earl Walker, a businessman in a legal dispute with the city of La Grange over the city’s business license fees.

    During a hearing on whether Walker violated stop work and restraining orders from Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad as a result of not paying the licensing fees to the city since 2012, Walker’s role with L and E Construction, one of several contractors on the Courthouse Square project, was called into question.

  • La Grange Council approves changes to Wilborn Park

    With more than half the members not returning for a new term in January, the La Grange City Council had a quick, but busy, final meeting of 2014, capped off with expenditures to help reduce the geese problem in Wilborn Park.

    On a voice vote, with no audible no responses, the council approved more than $8,000 in expenses to enclose parts of the park to help combat aggressive geese and their droppings all over the park.

  • Pewee Valley ready for Yule Log

     

    The City of Pewee Valley will host the annual Yule Log Celebration this Sunday to ring in the holiday season.

    The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Town Square and will include a bonfire, caroling and a visit from Santa Claus.

    Also at the event, the Pewee Valley Women’s Club will be serving cookies and hot chocolate, which was announced at the Pewee Valley City Council Meeting earlier this week.

  • Lammlein gives ‘final remarks,’ new council members sworn in

    Five new members of the La Grange City Council were publicly sworn into their new posts on Monday, in anticipation of their duties officially starting Jan. 1 at 12:01 a.m.

    Led by current mayor Bill Lammlein, who did not seek re-election to that office but chose to run for city council instead, four others were all sworn in at the city council’s last meeting of the year.

  • McConnell lays out legislative agenda in La Grange

    The next leader of the U.S. Senate made a stop in Oldham County this week to update business leaders on his legislative agenda come January.

    U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, fresh off re-election as Kentucky’s senior senator and recently selected again as leader of the soon-to-be Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, spoke to a joint meeting of the La Grange Rotary and Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development groups at the John Black Community Center on Tuesday.

  • Dispute spilling into Courthouse Square project

    A lawsuit over a business license from the city of La Grange has spilled its way into the county’s Courthouse Square project.

    The conflict is between Earl Walker, head of Earl Walker Construction, and the city of La Grange, over the city’s business license fee for 2012-2013, City Attorney Steve Emery said.

  • Cable franchise passed to Charter, pending merger of current operator

    Two weeks after approving a new franchise agreement with Time Warner Cable, the Oldham County Fiscal Court voted to transfer that agreement to Charter Communications.

    The vote comes as Time Warner is in the middle of a merger with Comcast Communications and in the process, Comcast has decided to spin off several of the markets it’s acquiring to another cable operator.

    That operator is Charter Communications, who will take Time Warner’s position as the second largest cable operator in the U.S., if the Time Warner-Comcast merger takes place.

  • Local group retires old flags with ceremony

    A local organization is hoping to properly retire old American flags throughout Oldham County with a new ceremony.

    Members of the fourth degree of the Knights of Columbus held the first such flag disposal ceremony on Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in La Grange.

    The group, known as the patriotic degree of the Knights, retired more than 140 worn, torn or older flags during the ceremony with the help of a local Boy Scout troop.

  • County Fiscal Court approves new cable franchise with Time Warner

    After weeks of negotiations, the Oldham County Fiscal Court has once again awarded the county’s cable franchise agreement to Time Warner Cable.

    The court opened up its franchise agreement months ago, in hopes of securing a better agreement with Time Warner or another cable provider. But with a non-exclusive agreement and a near monopoly on cable lines, there wasn’t much negotiating, County Judge-Executive David Voegele had previously said.