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Government

  • Magistrate: Tax dollars shouldn’t go to charities

    Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court frequently vote unanimously on various issues – but not when it comes to the county’s non-profit donations.

    Magistrates voted 6-3 to approve grants for five local agencies totaling $15,000 at their Nov. 20 meeting.

    Magistrates JD Sparks, Michael Logsdon and Bob Dye voted against approving the grants, brought forth by members of the human resources committee.

  • ELECTION 2012: Oldham County results

    With a nearly 69 percent voter turnout in Oldham County, polls remained busy throughout Election Day Nov. 6. When the votes were tallied, all four school board incumbents retained their seats and Courtney Baxter earned the Commonwealth's Attorney role. Baxter is the first female to hold the position in the 12th Judicial District, which includes Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties.

    For results, download the PDF file below. 

  • MEET THE CANDIDATES

    As listed in The Oldham Era's Nov. 1 edition and submitted by candidates:

    Oldham County Board of Education, Division 1

    Donna Marie Claggett

    47, owner and operator, Skylight Country Store

    Goshen

    Husband: Tony Cash; son Matthew Claggett, graduate of OCHS; daughter, Brooke Claggett Asher, graduate of NOHS and Bellarmine University; stepson, Justin Cash, a freshman at the University of Louisville.

    Education/degrees: Graduate, Portland Christian.

  • Oldham’s elected officials lead the Commonwealth

    In an event as rare as horse racing’s Triple Crown, three Oldham County elected officials are serving as presidents of their respective state organizations.

    Julie Barr, county clerk, takes office as president of the Kentucky County Clerks Association in November. Already in office are Mike Simpson, jailer, and Steve Sparrow, sheriff.

  • Judge rejects plan for Village of Brownsboro

    A heated battle that caused rifts in the Brownsboro community is over — for now.

    A special-appointed judge ruled against proposed incorporation of the Village of Brownsboro Sept. 27, just hours after hearing the case in Jefferson circuit court.

    In his ruling, Senior Judge Martin McDonald ruled against the petition to incorporate for what he called “four independently sufficient reasons.”

  • City strapped for $8.2M business park debt

    With the debt repayment for Oldham Reserve looming large, La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein has called a special city council meeting to address the situation.

    Lammlein said the meeting will focus on ways the city can generate revenue to pay the $8.2 million debt.

    In 2005, the city and county governments issued $10 million bonds to purchase Oldham Reserve, a 1,000-acre business park in La Grange.

  • City calls special meeting to discuss revenue

    With the debt repayment for Oldham Reserve looming large, La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein has called a special city council meeting to address the situation Sept. 17.

    Lammlein said the meeting will focus on ways the city can generate revenue to pay the $8.2 million debt.

    In 2005, the city and county governments issued $10 million bonds to purchase Oldham Reserve, a 1,000-acre business park in La Grange.

    The debt includes interest and payments already made.

  • 4 of 5 school board seats are contested in November election

    Presidential and congressional candidates are dominating the airways this election season, but expect to see signs cropping up for candidates for local offices as the Nov. 6 election approaches.

    The deadline for candidates to file for the general election was Aug. 14.

    Four of the five Oldham County Board of Education seats are contested, and no candidate is running unopposed.

  • La Grange police crack down on street parking

    Park your car on La Grange streets and you may find surprise waiting when you return — a ticket, courtesy of city police.

    La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett said officers hope to reduce the number of illegally-parked vehicles lining city streets by issuing more parking tickets. 

    According to city regulations passed in 2011, vehicles must be parked in driveways or pull-off areas unless no space is available.

  • City employees will pay more for insurance

    The city of La Grange could save more than $30,000 after city council voted to change insurance benefits Aug. 6.

    About 24 full-time city employees previously paid 5 percent of their premiums, but will now pay 10 percent, doubling their monthly expense.

    While many workers across the country have faced rising healthcare costs, La Grange employees pay less than national averages, according to council member Jason Taylor.