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  • At home on the range

    Last in a three-part series.
    Part one | Part two | Part three.

    It’s a Saturday morning, and 40 people are squeezed into a classroom. 

  • Third time’s the charm for Oldham Icon winner

    After three years of trying, one local singer finally nabbed the Oldham Icon crown.

    Brandy Neelly, a North Oldham High School junior, won the annual singing contest with her rendition of “Up To The Mountain.”

    Judges evaluated 30-second acapella auditions Friday night and 16 singers returned for Saturday’s final round of competition.

    Neelly, 17, competed in the past two competitions and finished second last year.

  • The guy who built a hornet’s nest

    Human cicadas have landed in two Buckner trees. Perched high above the ground on Barkwood Drive, the cicada shell seems to be hanging from the tree.

    Despite sparking the curiosity of a school bus driver, the shells are — obviously — not human skin.

    They’re a combination of plastic wrap, packing tape and fiberglass.

    Contemporary artist Todd Smith created the pieces for the sculpture show at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens last summer.

  • EMS may outsource

    After a tumultuous year, Oldham County EMS employees could see their worst fears realized.

    OCEMS Interim Director Jim Carman that board members are considering outsourcing management duties.

    Employees are worried the change could result in longer response times and a different system for prioritizing medical emergencies versus transports. 

    “We want to be here for Oldham County residents,” said Jennifer Jones, an EMT and member of an employee committee formed to work with administration.

  • Runner found dead along Old La Grange Road

    Police discovered the body of a runner Sunday afternoon along Old La Grange Road in Crestwood.

    Kenneth "Kenny" Durr Gilliland III, 44, of Crestwood, was pronounced dead on the scene when police and the coroner arrived at 4:30 p.m.

    Foul play is not suspected, said Mike Head, Oldham County Police Department spokesman.

    Gilliland appears to have died from natural causes.

    He is survived by his wife, Terra; and two daughters, Alexandra and Abigail Gilliland. He was a U.S. Army reservist.

  • Fiscal court news — March 6 meeting

    County purchases land in Buckner

    Oldham County officials have signed a contract to purchase the former Oldham County Lumber on Quality Place in Buckner.

    The land recently became available and was identified by Judge-Executive David Voegele and Deputy Judge-Executive John Black as a potential location for the new road department facility.

  • Swappin' stories

    If you want to hear a good story, this Briar Hill resident has plenty. 

    Tune to 91.9 WFPK Wednesday nights and you can listen to the adventures of his walking group, his two-week protest walk or whatever other mayhem he’s encountered recently.

    Even better, once a month you can watch the show live.

  • Vote could change golf course liquor laws

     A special election is set to tee off in La Grange next Tuesday.

    Residents of the La Grange precinct surrounding Eagle Creek Golf Course will vote to permit the golf course to serve alcoholic beverages by the drink.

    City officials hope the alcohol sales will increase revenue at the city-owned golf course.

    The change could also help decrease the amount of alcohol brought illegally into Eagle Creek.

  • Oldham sees surge in concealed carry permits

    Second in a three-part series.
    Part one | Part two | Part three.

    Conceal and carry deadly weapon permits are hotter than a $2 pistol right now, and not just in Oldham County.

  • Weekend weather fuels criticism

    It’s been a long weekend for members of the Oldham County Schools’ administration.

    Severe weather at the end of the school day Friday and late Sunday evening forced district officials to face multiple tough decisions about having schools open.

    Tornados touched down in Kentucky and Indiana Friday, killing at least 34 people and causing major damage to several towns.