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  • More tea cups, please

    Unused tea cups rattling around in your cabinet or attic can help benefit women with ovarian cancer.

    The tea cups are needed for the fifth annual Blue Hydrangea Tea sponsored by downtown La Grange merchants.

    The tea benefits Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky, a Louisville-based group which educates individuals and healthcare professionals about the subtle signs of the cancer. 

  • These are your neighbors on drugs

    The statewide fight against prescription drugs hit close to home on Monday. 

    Just days after Attorney General Jack Conway spoke to North Oldham High School students about the dangers of prescription drugs, police raided a La Grange home suspected of trafficking.

    La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett said the number of prescription drug-related crimes has dramatically increased in the past five years.

  • Park’s limited infrastructure is a hurdle in tough economy

    Despite seven years of standing nearly empty and no I-71 exit in the near future, Oldham Reserve officials believe its time to move the park forward.

    Deana Epperly Karem, Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development executive director, said infrastructure is key to bringing businesses to Oldham Reserve.

  • Police searching for third suspect after drug raid yields two arrests

    Police raided a house Monday in La Grange and made two arrests on drug charges. 

    The raid follows a joint investigation by La Grange Police, Oldham County Police, the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 

    Information investigators obtained about narcotics trafficking kept leading to a house on Monroe Street, said La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett.

    Police found two people in the house, but did not locate the a third resident, Ronnell Trice. 

  • Judge-exec under fire for 911 calls

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    The county judge-executive is drawing fire this week after several 911 calls he made to the county’s dispatch center in 2011 became public. 

  • La Grange teen found dead at friend's house

    Police are investigating the death of a La Grange teenager this weekend.

    La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett said a 16-year-old La Grange girl died Sunday while sleeping at a friend's house.

    Emergency crews were called to a home at 502 Monroe St. in La Grange on Sunday morning after a resident found Summer Leigh Williams unresponsive and not breathing.

    A coroner pronounced Williams dead at the scene. Police are awaiting a medical examiner's report to determine the cause of death. 

  • SOMS students possibly exposed to whooping cough

    According to a public health advisory sent out Friday, students at South Oldham Middle School may have been exposed to Bordetella pertussis — whooping cough — by a sixth-grade student at the school.

    Most children are protected from severe sickness by the tetnus/diptheria/pertussis, or TDAP, shot. However, the shot does not protect them from catching them germ and spreading it to others.

    Children who are behind on the TDAP series are at a higher risk for severe illness.

  • From Prestonsburg to Frankfort, walk protests mining

    Many people participate in charity and awareness walks to promote a cause — but most of them aren’t 160 miles long.

    Briar Hill resident Bob Thompson is doing just that, though. As part of the Footsteps to Peace annual event, Thompson will join others in walking from Prestonsburg to Frankfort to protest mountaintop removal mining.

    The event started several years ago and leads up to the “I Love The Mountains” celebration in Frankfort on Feb. 14.

  • Pyramid Awards fund innovative teaching ideas

    Twenty-one Oldham County School teachers are being recognized for innovative and engaging ideas during the 2011 Pyramid Awards.

    The awards are given by the Oldham County Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to bridge the gaps in classroom funding.

  • Veggies sprout in cafeterias

    School lunches have a bad rap in popular culture — cartoon lunch ladies serve up mystery meat, jiggly masses of who-knows-what and make it all look pretty unappealing.

    But in school cafeterias across Oldham County, students are served whole grains, roasted vegetables and lots of home-style cooking. 

    The school district is the county’s most prolific food franchise, with 17 locations.