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Government

  • Four seek circuit clerk’s position

    The four Republican candidates for Oldham circuit court clerk all have one thing in common – a lengthy career in various public service roles. 

    In recent weeks, the candidates, Steve Greenwell, Steve Kaelin, Suzette Kimbell and Rick Rash, have participated in two candidate forums in order to meet voters. 

    Some of the most interested voters are those who currently work in the Oldham County courthouse.

  • Residents petition for special election to expand liquor sales

    Alcohol sales in La Grange could expand, depending on the outcome of a special election this summer.

    More than 400 people signed a petition requesting the special election, which will allow La Grange voters to decide if they want to make the city “wet.”

    The special election is set for July 24.

  • Oldham EMS chooses finalist for management outsourcing

    Oldham County EMS board members voted Monday to formalize a contract with Baptist Health Affiliates, Inc. to outsource OCEMS management duties.

    Baptist Health Affiliates is part of the Baptist Health Care system, which also operates Baptist Northeast in La Grange.

    A team of six evaluators considered the five responses received after the board released a request for proposals April 9.

    The evaluators reviewed the submissions independently, and board member Stan Clark, also the county's CFO, said evaluators agreed Baptist stands out as the best fit.

  • Seven seek GOP nod for 4th district seat

    With seven Republican candidates vying for the 4th Congressional District seat, the primary election May 22 is as important as the fall general election.

    Only two Democrats are running for the congressional post currently held by Rep. Geoff Davis, Williamstown attorney Bill Adkins and Corinth businessman Greg Frank.

    The crowded Republican field includes two Oldham County residents, Brian Oerther and Walt Schumm.

    Northern Kentucky is the most populous area in the district, which includes Covington, Florence, Newport and Fort Thomas.

  • Local GOPs host candidate forum

    Republican candidates for congress and local offices addressed voters at The Oldham Debates April 25.

    The Oldham, Henry and Trimble county Republican parties hosted the debate at Oldham County High School, with more than 350 in attendance.

  • Take a hike, bikes?

    When Butch Farrell visited La Grange in January, he brought his family — and his bike.

    But he might not return to Oldham County if a county bicycle ordinance is passed.

    The ordinance, still a draft in the public safety committee, would require permits for all commercial bicycle events or non-commercial rides with more than 50 participants. Event organizers must pay for police traffic control and advertise the event.

  • Oldham Reserve needs $5 million

    Local officials have continued discussions about how to move forward on development of Oldham Reserve business park. 

    Members of the Oldham-La Grange Development Authority met with officials from the city of La Grange and fiscal court to discuss the development’s history and plans to move forward.

    The Oldham Reserve project began eight years ago when the county and city governments jointly purchased 1,000 acres off New Moody Lane in La Grange.

  • Burn ban begins May 1

    Open burning is prohibited in Oldham County from May 1 through Sept. 30 due to being designated by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency as “non-attainment” air quality for ozone and particulate matter because pollution levels have exceeded those permitted by the Clean Air Act.

    All questions concerning open burning should be addressed to the state Division of Air Quality at 1-888-BURN LAW or at www.air.ky.gov.

  • EMS accepts bids for management

    Proposals for managing Oldham County EMS are now being accepted after the agency’s board of directors voted to release the request for proposal April 9.

    The proposal seeks to find a private company to manage Oldham County EMS while retaining current employees and programs.

    Board members released a draft of the RFP in March to solicit public input. 

  • Fire and EMS task force hires consultant for $9,500 assignment

    After discussing the status of Oldham County EMS for more than an hour, members of the Fire and EMS task force decided to drop the organization from its mission statement.

    Judge-Executive David Voegele spoke to the task force at its March 28 meeting and said the OCEMS financial situation necessitated immediate action.

    The task force had only focused on the fire departments since its first meeting in August but planned to incorporate OCEMS after collecting fire department data.