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Government

  • 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.

  • 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)