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Government

  • GOP sweeps all three local State House races

    Rep. David Osborne, a Prospect Republican, has represented House District 59 since 2005 and will keep his seat, which includes mostly western Oldham County, after Tuesday’s election.

    Osborne faced off against the head of the Oldham County Democratic Party, Jim Ewen, a Goshen resident who decided to run because of his dislike of national Republican policies.

    Osborne defeated Ewen with 73 percent of the vote.

  • Changes to Wilborn Park recommended by geese committee

    Changes could soon be coming to Wilborn Park in La Grange, which has come under scrutiny because of a problem with geese.

    For critics, the park is uninhabitable or nasty, due to the large amount of geese droppings. In an effort to control the problem, La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein authorized the shooting of some of the geese, after obtaining a federal permit to do so.

    But that move caused even more controversy, eventually leading Lammlein to create an ad-hoc committee to come up with solutions to the geese overpopulation and droppings.

  • Davenport elected La Grange Mayor

    La Grange will have its third mayor in as many terms come January, but a familiar face will occupy the office.

    Longtime councilman Joe Davenport defeated Brian Oerther, 57 to 42 percent, to take the helm of Oldham County’s largest city, with 84 percent of the city turning out to vote in the race.

    The race was a referendum on several recent city council votes, including the occupational tax, which Oerther opposed. But voters decided to stick with Davenport over Oerther, who pegged himself as “outside the box” when it came to ideas for the city.

  • County awarded for pedestrian bridge over Interstate 71

    Oldham County’s new pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Interstate 71 has been named ‘Project of the Year’ in the Greenways category by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

    Greenways for Oldham County President, Leann Komer, along with Kevin Dant and Greg Groves, project engineers with URS; and Belinda Dimas, representing Oldham County Fiscal Court, were present in Owensboro last week (October 15th) to receive the award.

  • Paul predicts GOP wins on Election Day

    Kentucky’s junior senator is predicting victory for his political party, not only in his home state, but also across the U.S. on Election Day.

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said President Barack Obama is weighing down Democrats across the country, thanks to his unpopular policies. And that is especially true in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race between U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, according to Paul.

  • Residents question Goshen park move

     

    Several residents are questioning the Goshen City Commission’s recent purchase of property and possible move of the city’s playground equipment.

    It was an unusually packed room at the October meeting of the commission, where many were sitting to hear more about possibly moving the equipment, which is presently at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.

  • La Grange mayor candidates focused on economy

    The two men hoping to become the next mayor of La Grange say their most important priority is economic development, they just disagree on how to go about it.

    Current councilman Joe Davenport will face off against Brian Oerther on Nov. 4 to replace the outgoing Bill Lammlein as mayor. Davenport has spent 19 years on the city council, while Oerther is running for the mayor’s office for the second time.

    The two men were the top vote getters in the May primary, which former mayor Elsie Carter also ran in.

  • Rematch for family court judge

    It will be a flashback to 2006 as two candidates vie for the position of Family Court Judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit.

    Incumbent Judge Tim Feeley will be up against long-time family law attorney Michael Pate for the same position Feeley won by nearly 7,500 votes in 2006.

    Feeley has been Family Court Judge for Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties since 2005, but before that he was a Major in the U.S. Army. He served seven years as Assistant U.S. Attorney and nine years in private law practice in Oldham County.

  • County offices already decided

    Several county offices will be on the November ballot, but voting for the candidates running for those seats won’t matter much.

    Of the eight countywide offices, all eight have candidates unopposed in the general election, making them the de facto office holders since the May primary.

    Current County Judge-Executive David Voegele will be elected to another four-year term in November, since no Democrats filed for the seat.

  • Senate race headlines Oldham ballot

    There’s no denying who is at the top of the ballot in Kentucky this fall: U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, who is battling for re-election against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

    But after that marquee match-up, Oldham County faces a mixed bag of intriguing races for federal and state offices.

    After the U.S. Senate race, Congressman Thomas Massie, a Republican, is hoping for his first re-election, running against Democrat Peter Newberry. The race is for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District, of which Oldham is a part.