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  • 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.

  • La Grange mulling over new code enforcement board

    The City of La Grange is once again exploring the possibility of creating a code enforcement board.

    At a meeting of the ordinance committee last week, Mayor Bill Lammlein brought up the idea of creating the new board after the last attempt six years ago was never finalized.

    Lammlein opened his pitch to the committee members by saying the only recourse the city has with unpaid fines and violations is to drag violators into court.

  • Rising to the top

    Oldham County’s only Catholic school is joining some of its neighbors as an honoree of a national award.

    St. Aloysius, located in Pewee Valley, was recently honored as a National Blue Ribbon School. The award is given to schools with high “academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps,” according to the U.S. Department of Education.

    Only 50 private schools were honored with the designation this year and St. Aloysius was one of four grade schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville’s school system to be awarded this year.

  • Academy helps parents prepare preschoolers

    A partnership with Toyota and United Way is helping prepare incoming students to La Grange Elementary for their first day of school.

    The United Way Born Learning Academy, driven by Toyota, is starting its first year at La Grange, with 33 similar academies set up across Kentucky.

    The program is set up for children five years old and younger to attend workshops with their parents to help develop early learning techniques, Graham Reynolds, the coordinator of the La Grange academy, said.

  • Endicott takes plea, wraps up alledged gang cases

    Nearly one year to the day of their initial court appearance, the last of eight individuals originally charged with gang activity plead guilty to lesser chargers.

    Casey Endicott, 19, of Shelbyville, plead guilty to possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. A charge of unlawful transaction with a minor was dropped.

    As part of the plea deal, the jail time associated with the charges was conditionally discharged for two years. If Endicott breaks the conditions of the release, he’ll serve up to one year in prison.

  • La Grange man charged with murder in DUI case

    A La Grange man has been arrested and charged with murder in relation to a drunk-driving crash in Trimble County last week.

    Nicholas Mendenhall, 29, was charged with murder, DUI and five counts of wanton endangerment, as well as theft by unlawful taking, auto, after he hit the car of a person who stopped to help his mother with a stalled vehicle.

  • Pewee Valley changes sign law

     

    After its first reading in September, the Pewee Valley City Council voted to amend a city ordinance regarding street signs last week.

    Five years ago, the ordinance section dealing with special event signage was drafted so that it wouldn’t require a sign permit for an event. According to the city council, in the last few years it has become very common and effective to submit a sign permit request for special events signage.