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  • New ways to sweat

    American athletes earned more Olympic medals than any other team this year, yet the United States still has a higher rate of obesity than any other country.

    Local fitness instructors hope to change that.

    But from Astanga yoga to Zumba, Oldham County residents can find a wider variety of workouts than ever before, thanks to local classes and instructors.

  • Tacks pop tires at Ironman

    More than 2,500 athletes passed through Oldham County Sunday during the Ironman Louisville triathlon.

    Although police say the event went without major incident, they’re investigating tacks on U.S. 42 that left several cyclists – and others – with flat tires. 

    Oldham County Police Maj. Jimmie Laytham said data is still be compiled from the event but that it appears to have been “extremely well-managed and successful.”

  • Two-thirds of AP students in Oldham Co. pass exams

    Oldham County students passed more than 1,500 advanced placement exams in 2012, making them eligible to earn college credit before graduating high school.

    Students passed two-thirds of the 2,287 tests issued with a 3 or higher on the AP exams’ five-point scale.

    Most Kentucky public universities will accept a 3 or better for college credit.

  • Crash course: Hit-and-run reported at high school; vehicle strikes Crestwood Elem.

    There are fewer bricks in the wall after a vehicle struck the front of Crestwood Elementary School on Saturday afternoon along Ky. 146.

    Joshua Swartz, 20, was driving eastbound on Ky. 146 about 12:30 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of a 1998 GMC Jimmy, according to Oldham County Police spokesperson Sarah King.

    The SUV left the roadway, striking a tree before hitting the building.

  • Crestwood Festival is Sept. 8

    A full day of family-friendly entertainment is planned Sept. 8 for the Crestwood Festival.

    The Maples, a sprawling property between Ky. 22 and Ky. 146 near Dairy Queen in Crestwood, will bustle with vendor booths, games and live performances, including featured bands Hog Operation and The Monarchs.

    High-flying pancakes will kick off the festival as John Young brings his Chris Cakes equipment to serve breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Oldham's graduation rates slip

    Oldham County Schools graduation rates fell last year, according to a report released last week by the Kentucky Department of Education.

    But district administrators said the number doesn’t accurately reflect graduation rates because of a change in the way rates are calculated.

    Oldham County’s district-wide graduation rate for 2010-11 fell to 85.6 percent — falling nearly 3 percentage points from 2009-10.

  • Fender-benders on First

    If you’ve ever been scared to turn left from Ky. 53 in La Grange, you’re not alone.

    The half-mile stretch of road between Yager Avenue and New Moody Lane is admittedly dangerous — more than 100 vehicle crashes happened there in the past 12 months, according to police records.

    Sometimes there are multiple accidents, like Aug. 3, when there were at least four just on Ky. 53 and several more on nearby side streets.

  • Pendleton man indicted for rape, sodomy of juvenile

    Troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 5 have arrested a Henry County man after he was indicted on charges of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse.

    Dwayne Whitman, 54, of Pendleton, was arrested by Tpr. Barrett Brewer at 12:53 a.m. on Aug. 20 at 502 Brownsboro Road in Sulphur, Ky.

    Whitman was indicted by the Henry County grand jury Aug. 9.

    The indictment came after an investigation by KSP Det. Tim Moore found that Whitman allegedly raped, sodomized and sexually abused a juvenile over a period of six months.

  • Officials open new North Camden bridge

    Just in time for the new school year, county and state officials  gathered Tuesday to dedicate a new bridge on North Camden Lane.

    Previously, the bridge had a 3-ton weight limit and was 14 feet wide. It is now 24 feet wide and can hold 43 tons. Two cars will be able to pass side-by-side — before, drivers had to take turns crossing.

    The project cost $225,000, including $160,000 from state funds.

  • City employees will pay more for insurance

    The city of La Grange could save more than $30,000 after city council voted to change insurance benefits Aug. 6.

    About 24 full-time city employees previously paid 5 percent of their premiums, but will now pay 10 percent, doubling their monthly expense.

    While many workers across the country have faced rising healthcare costs, La Grange employees pay less than national averages, according to council member Jason Taylor.