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Government

  • Construction on bridge over I-71 begins this week

    Work on a long-awaited bridge over Interstate 71 near La Grange has finally begun.

    The bridge will connect New Moody Lane and Commerce Parkway in La Grange over the interstate roughly one mile south of Exit 22 on I-71.

    “This project will improve connectivity as well as reduce delay and congestion on adjacent roadways,” Matt Bullock, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways Office 5, said. “The bridge will also reduce response times for emergency vehicles and improve the safety of the roadway network in Oldham County.”

  • Election 2014 filings Jan. 30
  • 2014 Oldham County Candidates

    Congress

    R - Thomas Massie*

    D - Peter Newberry

    State Senate

    R - Ernie Harris*

    State House 33rd

    R - Ron Crimm*

    State House 36th

    R - Jerry T. Miller

    D - Debbie Barber

    State House 48th

    R - Bob Deweese*

    D - Gretchen Hunt

    State House 59th

    R - David Osbourne*

    D - James Ewan

    Ky. Supreme

    Court

    Michelle Keller*

    Teresa Cunningham

    Court of Appeals

    Allison Jones* (1st)

  • Raise a Glass: Voters approve alcohol at Yew Dell

    It will be easier for patrons of a popular Crestwood event center to consume alcohol, thanks to the results of a special election.

    The election, held Tuesday at the South Oldham Fire Station on Old La Grange road, will now allow Yew Dell Botanical Gardens to sell alcohol by the drink during events. The change was passed by an 87 percent margin.

    Yew Dell is host to many business events and weddings year-round, but previously could only make alcohol available by hiring a licensed caterer to provide it.

  • New Fiscal Court districts in effect

     

    A new map laying out magistrate districts passed by the Oldham County Fiscal Court in 2011 will finally go into effect this year.

    Every 10 years, the maps that dictate district boundaries for elected officials, from Congress down to local governments, are reviewed and revised as needed. The process usually takes place six months to a year after the latest U.S. Census data is released and goes into effect during the next election cycle.

  • With one week left, only one candidate for La Grange mayor

    With less than a week until the filing deadline, only one person has filed to run for mayor in the City of La Grange.

    Joe Davenport, a longtime member of the city council, has officially filed his paperwork to run for mayor after telling the Era he would do so two weeks ago.

    Only one current member of the city council has filed for re-election, Tad Humble, as of Monday. Hugh Blair joins Charles Turner Sr., as two challengers who have filed for the council.

  • Election 2014 filings Jan. 23
  • Election 2014 filings Jan. 16
  • La Grange commission looking at historical guidelines

     

    After 10 years with no changes, La Grange’s Historic Commission is updating its guidelines.

    At a special meeting on Wednesday, the commission reviewed part of the guidelines, changing some wording to make the guidelines easier to use. The review also serves as a way to update or omit guidelines that are unclear, unfeasible or obsolete.

    “They are guidelines, it’s not a one size fits all,” commissioner Tom Clemons said.

  • Work approved for I- 71 bridge

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court has been working with the Kentucky Department of Transportation to begin construction on a new four lane bridge over I-71 which will link Commerce Parkway with New Moody Lane. The bridge is intended to help alleviate traffic congestion related to Oldham Reserve. Recently, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet gave permission to Gohmann Construction Company to begin work as soon as possible. The bridge is expected to open in 2016.

    Several companies submitted bids to the bridge work. Gohmann Construction’s winning bid was $9,129,000.