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  • School board considers tax increase

     

    Oldham County homeowners could see another increase in their property taxes if a recommendation by Oldham County Schools is approved by the Board of Education at a special meeting Sept. 11.

    OCS Superintendent Will Wells plans to recommend a “four percent” increase, referred by that number because it represents the amount of increased revenue that would be raised by the school district. It is the highest amount the board can approve without the tax being subjected to a recall, OCS spokeswoman Tracy Harris said.

  • CityPlace ready for first event

    After months of work, the new CityPlace center in downtown La Grange will open next weekend with a Dedication Concert featuring the Louisville Philharmonia and Louisville Chorus.

    The Sept. 13 show will begin at 7 p.m. and feature joint performances by the two groups, as well as solo performances from each, administrator Karen Greenwell said.

    “The concert itself will be a really good mix of pop and other stuff,” she said. “This is not just a La Grange event, it’s an Oldham County, a regional event.”

  • Fiscal Court honored for cooperation

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court is joining five other county governments who were honored for their participation in Kentucky Connected, a public-private partnership focusing on education, transportation and economic development in the region.

    The group received the 2014 Spirit of Kentucky award and was honored at the annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference in Louisville last week. Gov. Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder presented the award.

  • Races offer student early training for Marines

     

    As many teenagers jump in their new cars and speed off to the big football game on Friday night, 16-year-old Alden Sachs is most likely training for his next military marathon.

    Sachs, a junior at South Oldham High School, has had the dream of being a Marine since the third grade, but because he is too young to enlist, he decided to show his dedication to his country in a different way.

  • 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.