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Government

  • Most county races decided in primary

    Oldham County voters will have a chance to select nominees for federal and local offices when they head to the polls in one week.

    Voters will select the two nominees for U.S. Senate, as well as a host of countywide offices. In the U.S. Senate race, the two main GOP hopefuls are challenger Matt Bevin and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. On the Democratic side, the nominee is likely to be Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

  • Twenty vie for La Grange council

    While many county offices will effectively be decided on May 20, the election fun will just be beginning for those running for elected offices in La Grange.

    Thanks to a 20-person council primary and a 3-person mayoral primary, candidates for council and mayor will be whittled down to 16 and 2, respectively, this primary election day.

  • Many precincts moved for 2014 election

    For many voters this primary, heading to the same polling place they always have will be a wasted trip.

    That’s because many precincts have changed locations, while four new precincts were created in Oldham County as a result of redistricting and the 2010 Census, County Clerk Julie Barr said.

    Both magisterial districts and state House lines are redrawn every 10 years after new census results come in, Barr said. After both of those lines are drawn, it’s up to the clerk to make sure precincts line up with the new maps.

  • Candidate for Judge-Executive dies unexpectedly

    An Oldham County Police officer who was also running for County Judge-Executive has passed away due to natural causes.

    David Howley, 51, died last Wednesday night, OCPD Major Jim Laytham, said. Howley died of a natural causes, Laytham said.

    Howley had been involved in public service in Oldham County for more than 25 years as a fire fighter, emergency technician and most recently with OCPD. Howley also served with the La Grange Police Department, as well as with Louisville Metro Police. He spent the majority of his time with OCPD.

  • Fiscal Court replenishes road salt, accepts Lashley resignation

    The process to find a new county road superintendent is officially underway.

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court accepted the resignation of former superintendent Lance Lashley at its May 6 meeting. Lashley resigned on April 25 amid an investigation into the misuse of materials at the road department.

    In the meantime, Mark Husband, formerly an assistant superintendent, has been approved as the acting superintendent until a new one is hired. The Fiscal Court approved a raise in pay for Husband due to his new responsibilities.

  • La Grange Council takes first step for bond refinancing

     

    The La Grange City Council has taken the first step in refinancing its part of the bonds owned for the Oldham Reserve development.

    At a busy meeting Monday night, the council unanimously approved a resolution entering into an interlocal agreement with the Kentucky Bonding Corporation, which would allow it to pool its new bonds with other cities to get a better deal, Mayor Bill Lammlein said.

    “Since we can no longer go to the open market and sell our bonds because of our bad rating, we have to pool,” Lammlein told the council.

  • La Grange to offer bus service on primary Election Day

    The City of La Grange is pleased to announce that Oldham Public Bus will have a special bus run on Election Day, May 20, so people without transportation and the physically impaired can to go the polling places to cast their votes.

    The bus will serve the following precincts: C-102 and D-106 at the La Grange Fire House, C-103 and C-106 at La Grange Elementary School and D-101 and F-101 at La Grange Baptist Church.

  • Highway 524 reopened

     

    A crucial highway leading into Westport has been re-opened after the state transportation cabinet shut it down for repairs.

    Highway 524 was closed on April 21 so construction crews could repair the deteriorating road, install cross-drains underneath the road and fill in the bordering ditches with rock to prevent future erosion of the highway.

  • Road director resigns during investigation

    The county’s road superintendent has resigned in the midst of an investigation into the misappropriation of materials during his tenure, Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele announced.

    Lance Lashley resigned last Friday, Voegele said in a statement, after being put on paid leave on April 2 after allegations arose that Lashley had misappropriated materials from the road department.

    Voegele asked Oldham County Police to investigate and the matter is still ongoing, Voegele said.

  • Public gives input on La Grange parkway project

    La Grange residents got a renewed look at the proposed La Grange Parkway at a public information meeting held Monday night.

    The parkway, formerly called Ring Road, will connect the currently under construction overpass over Interstate 71 with Highway 53 south of La Grange and the Eagle Creek Golf Course.

    The road is currently designed to be four lanes, with sidewalks on each side. The road eventually will connect all the way to Highway 146, acting as bypass of traffic-clogged areas.