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  • County opens cable franchise

    For the first time since 1996, Oldham County Fiscal Court is advertising for a new cable franchise agreement.

    The court approved the advertisement at its meeting last Tuesday after receiving a short presentation from county financial officer Stan Clark.

    Clark said the county had contracted with Insight Communications for nearly 20 years ago for the franchise, but it had recently lapsed with Time Warner Communications, which bought Insight.

  • Pewee Valley museum lets woman see family history for first time

     

    There’s not much Gin Chaudoin hasn’t seen in her 93 years.

    Last week, though, the lively born-and-raised Pewee Valley resident saw her family’s historical artifacts on display for the first time.

    Chaudoin is the granddaughter of infamous town blacksmith Jacob Herdt, who started a family business with Jacob and Son Blacksmith Shop. It eventually turned into a wagon shop, a Ford dealership, an automotive repair center and is now known as the Herdt Motor Co. building.

  • Butterflies and Backpacks

    It’s a few days before the first day of school and Craig Wallace isn’t sleeping well.

    The fact is Wallace usually doesn’t sleep well this time of year. He didn’t as a teacher or an as associate principal. It’s just too exciting to sleep. To Wallace, the first day of school is unrivaled, like a trip to Disney World or the night before a big holiday.

    “It’s like going to bed on Christmas Eve,” he said of his feelings the night before the first day.

  • Challenge hopes to raise water awareness

    Eager to highlight the county’s various creeks and watersheds, county government is partnering with several conservation groups to launch the first ever Amazing Watershed Challenge.

    The event, set for Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is “loosely based” on the hit show The Amazing Race, organizer Carolyn Cromer said. It will take place at Sherwood Acres Farm, 3001 Ballard School Road in La Grange, she said, and feature various stations with conservation information.

  • Dog days turn into playtime for local canines

     

    The dog days of summer will end with an annual tradition in Oldham County: reserving the last open day of the pool for local canines.

    The John W. Black Aquatic Center is closing its doors to the public Sept. 6, but the pool will host one last summer celebration with the 16th annual Puppy Party on Sept. 7.

    The park invites dogs, owners and kids to swim and jump off the diving board for an afternoon of family fun, Laura Feese, aquatic director, said.

  • Goshen to install speed bumps

     

    Vehicles hoping to speed their way down a popular Goshen road will soon be facing speed bumps to slow them down.

    The Goshen City Commission decided last week at their monthly meeting that adding speed bumps to Harmony Landing Road would be the best defense against future traffic violators.

    The road is currently a 20 mph speed zone, but many travelers disregard signs, said Harmony Landing residents who were present at the meeting.

  • County ACT scores stay steady, AP scores improve

    Students in Oldham County Schools continue to outpace state and national averages for achievement on Advanced Placement exams, according to 2014 results presented to the board of education on Aug. 25.

    “It’s great to see gains,” Brent Deaves, Interim Secondary Level Director, told the board. Deaves showed data that the district not only had more students take exams and had more exams given, but more students also received scores high enough to earn college credit.

  • Multiple students receive Green award for college

    Seventy-five students from Oldham County have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree.

  • Oldham Humane Society celebrates 25 years

    The Humane Society of Oldham County is turning 25 this year and is throwing a party for the community to celebrate.

    The society, which is separate from the Kentucky Humane Society and other entities, will hold the event on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2417 Hwy. 53 next door to the Cherry House Furniture Store.

  • Rolling out the red carpet

     

    A pounding heart and sweaty palms are usually expected with the first day of school experience, but not for East Oldham Middle School students as they skipped down a red carpet from buses into the front door.

    Uplifting Disney song “Be Our Guest” blared through speakers while teachers and administrators cheered eagerly as the students headed into the building on the steamy Wednesday morning.

    “We just want to make a great first impression,” Principal Jim Ross said.