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Government

  • Pass the salt, please

    Directing two tons of metal through treacherous conditions sounds like a nightmare for most, but for Andy Rankin, it’s just another day on the job.

    Rankin sits behind the wheel of truck 38 as a four-year veteran of the Oldham County Road Department. This winter, he and the department have gone out to salt or plow five times to head off wintery conditions on county roads, Rankin said.

    “It’s not a hard job, it’s just tedious,” Rankin said. “Your mind has to be in the game.”

  • Center takes used Christmas trees for recycling

    The Oldham County Recycling Center will be giving new life to local Christmas trees. The center will be accepting trees to chip into mulch that will be used by the county.

    “It’s something the judge and fiscal court approve of because it’s environmentally friendly,” Director of Oldham County Solid Waste and Recycling Linda Fountain said.

  • Election 2014 filings Jan. 9
  • News briefs Jan. 9

    Group gets tax status

    The group Friends of Pewee Valley officially received their 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service. This status makes them an official tax exempt non-profit organization. Mayor Bob Rogers announced at January’s city council meeting that the Friends applied for the status in February of 2011 and just recently received notification of acceptance.

    Comprehensive plan passed

  • Childers named county employee of the year

    Jessica Childers, a county jail employee for 19 years, has been selected by Judge-Executive David Voegele as Oldham County Employee of the Year. Voegele made the announcement during a recent awards ceremony at the John W. Black Community Center.

    Childers, who began at the jail as guard, worked her way up through the years to her current position as administrative assistant to Jailer Mike Simpson.

  • Election 2014 filings Dec. 26
  • Commitment to quality

    The Technology Transfer Program of the Kentucky Transportation Center is proud to announce that 124 Roads Scholars and 120 Road Masters have completed the 2013 Kentucky Roads Scholars/Road Masters Training Program.

    To honor their outstanding efforts and commitment to quality roads in Kentucky, graduates were honored Dec.11 at Rough River Dam State Resort Park in Falls of Rough, Ky

    The following recipients, who consented to this announcement, joins the 2,326 Roads Scholars and 1,660 Road Masters who have already completed the program.

  • City of Pewee Valley officially starts fight against cell tower

     

    The city of Pewee Valley has taken its first step in the battle against a proposed cell tower.

    The city unanimously voted at its December meeting to “actively and rigorously oppose the location” of a wireless telecommunications facility, according to documents provided by the city attorney, John Singler.

    The tower would be constructed at 209 La Grange Road, behind the Salem Assembly of God church.

    “We are going to jump into the fight against this with both feet,” Pewee Valley Mayor Bob Rogers said.

  • Election 2014 filings Dec. 19

    Several candidates for local offices have filed their paperwork to run in the 2014 election. If you would like to see a photo printed in the Era of a candidate filing for office, please send a photo and a brief description to news@oldhamera.com.

  • Paul talks economic zones, health care during La Grange visit

     

    Standing in one of the wealthiest counties in Kentucky, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul pitched his latest policy initiative last week that aims to help impoverished areas pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

    Paul, a Republican who has expressed an interest in running for president in 2016, is promoting the idea of economic freedom zones for struggling cities and counties across the U.S.

    It’s an idea first proposed by former Congressman Jack Kemp, who also ran for president and vice president as a Republican, but slightly modified by Paul.