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  • Mayor ‘sorry’ for killing of geese

     

    After weeks of community uproar, La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein apologized for the killing of 22 geese in Wilborn Park on July 22 and created an ad-hoc committee to deal with the park’s geese issue at this month’s city council meeting.

    A larger than normal crowd attended the meeting to make their opinions heard on the issue of the park, which is overrun with geese, city officials said. The geese aren’t fearful of people and their droppings are a health hazard, Lammlein said.

  • Hamming it up

     

    Owners of a 15-month-old, 180-pound Vietnamese Pot-bellied pig from La Grange are trying their best to get their pet to the land of blockbuster motion pictures, red carpets and shining stars with the help of their local community.

    Oink, Oink, the mini pot-bellied pig who is far from being small, was brought to owner Mo Thomas of La Grange, when the animal was five months old and several months later he’s become part of the family.

    “He minds better than the kids,” Thomas said.

  • Effort to allow expanded alcohol sales in Oldham County begins

    A vote to expand alcohol sales in the county is forthcoming, after the Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development confirmed to county leaders they would spearhead the effort.

    Chamber Executive Director Deana Epperly Karem said her organization is targeting a March 2015 special election for county voters to decide whether to allow package alcohol sales throughout the county. An educational campaign will take place from August until October, before a petition drive to get the initiative on the ballot starts in November.

  • Crestwood man pleads guilty to escape charge, co-defendant pending

     

    An Oldham County Jail inmate that was charged with escaping July 7 to buy alcohol and tobacco plead guilty in his district court hearing earlier this week.

    Dallas Dennison, 19, of Crestwood was sentenced to three months for facilitation to commit escape and five months for violation of probation.

  • Greenhouse providing new opportunities for Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

     

    Visitors to Yew Dell Botanical Gardens are used to seeing green, but a new greenhouse is doubling past efforts of the organization.

    In April, Yew Dell opened a new horticulture center, including the Mary Peabody and Henry Fitzhugh Greenhouse and Preston T. Ormsby Horticulture Building, allowing them to greatly expand their research, education programs and more, director Paul Cappiello said.

  • Superintendent to request property tax increase

    Facing an additional $3.5 million in expenses over the next two fiscal years, Oldham County Schools Superintendent Will Wells signaled his intention to ask the Oldham County Board of Education for another property tax increase this year.

  • Courthouse sidewalk to undergo renovations

    A portion of Main Street in front of the county courthouse is getting a historic look, thanks to donations and money from the Oldham County Fiscal Court.

    The project, initially approved by the Fiscal Court last week, will double the width of the sidewalks, as well as provide more landscaping and seating in the courthouse square section of Main Street in La Grange.

  • Lightning sets Goshen home ablaze

     

    Saturday’s storms may have spared most of the region from severe weather, but not every home came away unscathed.

    The North Oldham Fire District responded to a call around 10:34 p.m. Saturday after lightning struck a Fairway Lane home in Goshen.

    Firefighters arrived at the home around 10:45 p.m. to find an already well-involved fire with low visibility, according to Assistant Chief Don Dahl.

    The family who lived in the home was at the scene at the time of the fire but was able to escape the home without injury, he said.

  • Prospect resident dies in Interstate 71 crash

    A two-vehicle accident on Interstate 71 last Thursday has claimed the life of a Prospect resident.

    Zarifa Malawi, 77, was pronounced dead late Thursday night, after the Chrysler minivan she was a passenger in apparently rear-ended a tractor trailer around mile marker 14 on I-71 southbound.

    The driver of the tractor trailer, Joshua Roth, 28, of Sidney, Ohio, was uninjured in the accident.

  • Pageant kicks off county fair