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  • The mystery of the purple boxes

    Wondering about those purple boxes hanging from trees throughout the county? Well, they’re like big boxes of fly paper, but instead of trying to catch flies — which they do anyway — they’re designed to catch emerald ash borers. The borers are emerald green beetles that dine on Ash trees until the trees die.

  • Ironman and the cost of competition

    Athletes from around the world will venture to Oldham County next month for the Ford Ironman Louisville competition. 

    Yet some Oldham residents would prefer if the athletes and spectators just stayed home.

    The event is a triathlon encompassing Jefferson and Oldham counties.

    Ironman includes swimming for 2.4 miles, biking for 112 miles and running for 26.2 miles, all in succession. The top two finishers for each age group will qualify for the October world championship in Kona, Hawaii.

  • Oldham County Day is this weekend

    Courthouse Square will be filled with fun Friday and Saturday as residents gather to celebrate Oldham County Day, a decades-old tradition sponsored by the Project Guild of La Grange. 

    Friday festivities include a 5K run/walk starting at 7 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist Church and a city-sponsored street dance with live entertainment in downtown La Grange. 

    Saturday is packed with fun for all ages, including a pancake breakfast, parade, booths and games for children.

  • Gish announces candidacy

     

    And the race is on.

    Oldham County Deputy Judge-Executive Paula Gish is first to formally announce candidacy in the 2010 Oldham County judge-executive’s race. 

    Gish made the announcement July 8 during a backyard barbecue at her Goshen home to a group of supporters, including many from county 

    government. 

  • Pewee to pave Central Avenue sidewalk

    During the next year workers will lay $20,000 worth of sidewalk in Pewee Valley and stop when the money runs out, however far that is.

  • Hiatus ends for ‘new business’ in La Grange

     La Grange Mayor Elsie Carter said she removed new business from city council agendas after what she called an “ambushing” by council members.

    Yet despite differences, the familiar item returned to their meeting Monday after a three-month hiatus.

    New business will be included in La Grange City Council meeting agendas until further notice following a June 29 meeting between Council members Jason Taylor, Tom Goldsmith, Melanie Woosley and Carter.

  • Historic schoolhouse spared

    Following wind and ice storms in the past year, Kathy Hockersmith found her aging barn on the verge of a collapse. Determined to keep the barn, Hockersmith worked tirelessly to repair it. 

    “It should have been on the ground,” Hockersmith said, due to the severe damage the barn endured during the storms. “But it has withstood all the tests that nature has given it and it’s destined to be something great.”

  • OCSD spending $25K with hopes to secure $1.5M in grant funds

    Oldham County Sewer District will pay grant writers nearly $25,000 to write grant applications for necessary funding.

    Sewer District board members held a special meeting Monday and approved allowing grant writers from two different companies to handle grant applications in hopes of securing more than $1.5 million in funds.

    Rob Nicholas, a representative of Veolia Water, which oversees Oldham County’s sewer system, said the grant writers will be paid between $20,000 and $25,000.

  • Sheriff’s reports

    Arrests

    Jess Deckel, 23, 407 Oakview, La Grange, arrested by OCSO July 9, fourth-degree assault.

    Christopher M. Westmoreland, 33, Roederer Correctional Complex, La Grange, arrested by OCSO July 10. 

    Christopher Meadors, 24, Luther Luckett, La Grange, arrested by OCSO July 10, Jefferson County warrant. 

    Marcia J. Kelly, 51, 14001 Harbour Place, Prospect, arrested by OCSO July 9, failure to appear. 

  • Extra police cruised into town for sheriff’s meeting

    Many eyebrows rose last week as numerous law enforcement vehicles ventured through Oldham County. But no one was in trouble.

    Instead, the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office and the Louisville Metro Police Department hosted a multi-state law enforcement conference providing interview and interrogation training for law enforcement investigators at the John Black Community Center June 30 through July 2.