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  • La Grange man says seventh-grade ‘gang’ leader likely set Wilborn Park playground fire

    LA GRANGE — A juvenile could be in custody as early as Friday for allegedly igniting a fire that downed power lines and destroyed a city playground earlier this month, according to reports from the La Grange Police Department. 

    Maj. Frank Conway said officers initially questioned a kid after they recovered  his cell phone at the scene of a June 17 fire at Wilborn Park. The kid is a person of interest, Conway said, but not the main suspect.

    Police said they couldn’t comment further about suspects while the case is being investigated.


    A two-year wage freeze for county workers won’t thaw soon under this year’s fiscal budget. It’s indefinite when raises for municipal workers — including office clerks, county law enforcement and fire officials — will be reinstated.

    “We are asking employees to forgo a full year now,” Judge-Executive Duane Murner said. “It’s the second time we’ve had to do this. I’m hoping we don’t have to again.”

    The spending moratorium will save the county about $92,000, he said.

  • Sheriff's reports

    Warrant arrests

    Tommy J. Burgin, 33, 4706 Harvest Drive, Crestwood, arrested by OCSO July 21, failure to appear.

    Steven W. Bloomfield, 2107 N. U.S. 12, Ashland City, Tenn., arrested by OCSO July 28, failure to appear.

    Richard W. Bolin, J., 38, 3822 N. Camden Lane, Crestwood, arrested by OCSO July 26, failure to appear.

    Victor W. Burba II, 35, 2476 N. Ky. 393, La Grange, arrested by OCSO July 26, fugitive from justice.

    Timothy L. Cundiff, 43, 3707 Sumerlin Drive, Buckner, arrested by OCSO July 28, failure to comply.

  • Courtney Baxter named interim county attorney

    Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Courtney Baxter was sworn in Tuesday as interim Oldham County Attorney, replacing John Fendley who died June 28 on his Buckner Farm.

    Baxter is also an attorney for Berry, Floyd & Baxter in La Grange.

  • City of Goshen commission to swear-in new member

    When the city of Goshen meets Monday, they’ll do so with a new commissioner.

    John Blumenschein of Goshen will be sworn in at the city’s July meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the North Oldham Fire Department.

    Blumenschein will fill the seat vacated by Michael Reeves, who resigned in June after almost four years on the council.

    Blumenschein and his wife, Paula, have been residents of the area since 1995. They have three children.

  • New Digs

    A new home planned for La Grange Fire and Rescue will be more spacious and energy-efficient than the department’s current La Grange station and is less than a mile away.

    Officials broke ground Saturday on a $4.1 million fire station at 309 N. First St. in La Grange. Construction is expected to take a year.

    The new facility boasts 26,000 square feet, including four “pull-through” bays and eight dorm rooms – two features missing from LFRD’s current Station No. 1 at the corner of Main and Second streets facing the Oldham County courthouse.

  • Public Records

     Sheriff’s reports

  • Oldham Grand jury indicts nine


  • Crestwood Elementary among ‘greenest’ in nation

    Crestwood Elementary School earned a perfect 100 score from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR rating system for its superior energy efficiency, according to reports from school officials and energy auditors. 

    Designed by McCulloch Associates Architects and CMTA Inc. Engineers, this is the first school in Kentucky to receive a perfect rating. 

    Locust Grove Elementary designed by Scott-Klausing and Company, Inc. and CMTA Inc. Engineers, received a score of 99.

  • River Daze planned Saturday

    Westport will be buzzing with activity Saturday with the annual River Daze festival.

    The day starts early with 5K run and 1K walk at 7:30 a.m.

    The Ky. 524 loop will have many locations for the annual community yard sale that runs from 8 a.m. to noon.

    The parade down Main Street kicks off the festivities at 10 a.m. with fire departments, Antique Iron club tractors, horse riders and more.

    Parade Grand Marshall for 2010 is Glenn Watson, long time Westport resident, community leader and volunteer.