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Government

  • Grimes campaigns in Henry County, promoting women and farmers

    By Brad bowman

    LANDMARK NEWS SERVICE

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes came to Henry County Monday and told local officials, farmers and attendees she will make prosperity her priority for women and Kentucky farmers.

    Accompanied by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), the first female senator in Michigan, Grimes spoke with a bit of wit and grit about her vision if elected as Kentucky’s first female senator, and her opponent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

  • Judge-executive candidates spar over issues at FOP forum

    The 2014 election season has just begun, yet the race for County Judge Executive has already gotten off to an interesting start.

    Current County Judge-Executive David Voegele and challenger David Howley faced off in their first forum at the John W. Black Center Monday night. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 62 hosted the event.

    Candidates for sheriff, coroner, county attorney and La Grange mayor also spoke at the FOP forum, which the public was invited to attend but not allowed to submit questions.

  • FOP endorses most sitting incumbents after forum

    Oldham County’s Fraternal Order of Police have endorsed many current incumbents for the 2014 elections.

    FOP Lodge 62 held a forum Monday night to help inform their membership and the public, before lodge members voted on potential endorsements.

    Candidates for sheriff, coroner, county attorney and La Grange mayor all spoke at the forum, as well as candidates for judge-executive.

    County Clerk Julie Barr and County Jailer Mike Simpson also addressed the group and received the FOP’s endorsement, despite being unopposed in 2014.

  • Massie celebrates hemp amendment in Farm Bill

    As Congress slowly starts back up in 2014, Congressman Thomas Massie has a few key issues on his plate.

    The two most important for Massie, who represents Oldham County and all of Northern Kentucky, is the inclusion of an industrial hemp amendment in the Farm Bill and reforming the practices of the National Security Agency and its wiretapping.

    In a conference call with reporters last week, the first term congressman celebrated the industrial hemp inclusion, which will make it legal for hemp to be grown for university research and for state pilot projects.

  • Bevin pushes back on latest McConnell attack

    In his latest stop in Oldham County, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin pushed back against attacks by the man he hopes to replace: U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

    Bevin, who has made several trips to Oldham and surrounding counties since announcing his campaign against McConnell, spoke Tuesday to the Oldham County Republican Women’s Club.

    In an hour-long speech and question-and-answer session with the club, Bevin pushed back on a few key attack lines McConnell’s campaign has latched onto, including its claim he falsified his resume.

  • La Grange searching for new utilities director

    A shake-up at the La Grange Utilities Commission led to emergency legislation being passed by the city council Monday night.

    The commission is currently without a director, after La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein fired former director John M. Bennett. Lammlein said he let Bennett go because he didn’t feel like Bennett was good for the commission going forward.

    “I didn’t feel like he was the person to move the utilities in the direction we needed to go in,” Lammlein said.

  • AND THEY’RE OFF! 2014 Candidates select their ballot positions

    The primary ballot for Oldham County has been officially set.

    Candidates lined up for the ballot draw last week at the county clerk’s office to select their positions on the 2014 primary ballot.

    Sixteen county offices, including constable races, will be on the ballot for the primary.

    Additionally, there will be a primary for La Grange mayor and for city council. As of the draw, the number of those running for council was 20. Keith Simpson and Linda Ballard Hall withdrew from the city council race before the ballot draw.

  • FOP lodge hosts forum

    The Oldham County FOP Lodge 62 will be hosting a political forum.

    The forum will take place Monday, Feb. 10 6:30 p.m. at the John Black Center. This forum is open to the public but there will be no public questions accepted. Candidates running for County Judge Executive, County Attorney, Sheriff, Coroner and La Grange Mayor will be asked predetermined questions pertaining to law enforcement and emergency services.

  • Cell tower no longer an issue in Pewee Valley

     

    Concerned citizens of Pewee Valley can rest easy as telecommunications tower will not be installed in their town, according to the pastor of the church where the proposed tower would have been located.

    Salem Assembly of God Pastor Dan Collard said AT&T notified him approximately two weeks ago that they had not chosen the lot behind his church to erect a new telecommunications tower.

    “It’s over, it’s done and I’m sure its nothing these folks will have to worry about again,” Collard said.

  • Familiar names to square off for La Grange mayor

    One out of a trio of familiar names hopes to become the next mayor of La Grange.

    Former mayor Elsie Carter, city councilman Joe Davenport and resident Brian Oerther all have filed to run for mayor this year. Current Mayor Bill Lammlein, who’s keeping a promise to serve only one term as mayor, is vacating the seat.

    And while he’s leaving the mayor’s office, Lammlein doesn’t plan to stay away from city council meetings after his term ends, because he’s one of 22 who filed to run for La Grange city council.