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  • Officials discuss response to H1N1

    Representatives from emergency services and other officials met recently to discuss how local agencies are handing the H1N1 virus.

    Dory Livy of the Oldham County Health Department explained what many already know about the virus " H1N1 cases are reported throughout the U.S., state and Oldham County. She said no specific age group has been significantly affected.

  • Refinance plan avoids sewer rate increase

    County officials approved a general obligation bond ordinance Tuesday allowing the Oldham County Sewer District to refinance $7.4 million of its debt.

    According to the ordinance, by refinancing through a general obligation bond, the county is avoiding another rate increase for OCSD customers.

    In addition, OCSD will agree to provide revenue to the county to make principal and interest payments.

    Public response to the ordinance has been mixed and several spoke up at the public hearing after receiving a flier from Magistrate Scott Davis.

  • I-71 crash with parked semi leaves La Grange man dead

    A fiery crash on I-71 in the wee hours of Sept. 30 left a La Grange man dead. 

    Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-71 north near milemarker 13 at 3:18 a.m. Sept. 30. Witnesses told police a red 1992 Ford Explorer traveling northbound swerved into the right shoulder, striking a parked semi and causing the Explorer to burst into flames. The driver of the vehicle, 36-year-old Terrance Klein, of La Grange, died at the scene. 

  • Partial burn ban recently expired

    A partial burn ban for the county expired earlier this month. According to the Kentucky Division of Forestry, though there is no local ban in place, outdoor burning is illegal from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. “in or within 150 feet of any wood land or brush land through Dec. 15.

    For information about fire hazard seasons, outdoor burning laws and safe burning practices, visit forestry.ky.gov.

  • November fiscal court meeting date changed

    The regularly scheduled fiscal court meeting Nov. 17 has been moved to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. 

    The court voted on the meeting date change due to a Kentucky Association of Counties Conference taking place Nov. 17 that several magistrates and Judge-Executive Duane Murner will be attending. 

  • Residents recommended for openings on tourism commission

    Judge-Executive Duane Murner gave first-step recommendations for Cheryl D. Sabin and James F. Zimmerman for the tourism commission at Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting. The two would take the place of Liska Coggeshall and Kay Webb, who each asked to be relieved of their positions. The court will vote on the recommendations at their next regular meeting, Oct. 20.

  • Officials consider nuisance rules

    La Grange officials are once again considering a nuisance ordinance to kick garbage cans back from the curb.

    City officials heard a first reading Monday night of a nuisance ordinance tabled in December 2007. 

    The ordinance aims to limit accumulation of debris and abandoned or unused objects or equipment. 

    The ordinance outlines examples of that equipment and provides that garbage containers left on the street either 24 hours before or after scheduled pickup will be declared a nuisance. 

  • Shooting threats prompt new protocols at NOHS

     Students, teachers and staff at North Oldham High School noticed an increased law enforcement presence at the school Monday amid the threat of a shooting at the school. 

    A student discovered a written threat last month in a girls’ restroom at NOHS warning of a shooting Oct. 5. 

    Another student discovered a similar threat in a boys’ restroom a few weeks earlier warning of a shooting Sept. 21. 

  • Officials approve bond releases for subdivisions, roads in county

    Oldham officials voted to release several bonds for roads and subdivisions throughout the county at their meeting Tuesday.

    Among the bonds released are:

    • Summerfield by the Lake Section 2, erosion control bond for $31,200;

    • Sycamore Run Section 1B, performance bond for $12,330;

    • Heritage Hills, performance bond for $48,000;

    • Kentucky Acres Section 4-2, erosion control bond for $14,500 and performance bond for $25,950;

    • Crystal Lake Lot A3, erosion control bond for $2,500;

  • County’s emergency management agency hires assistant

    The Oldham County Emergency Management Agency has hired a second employee.

    After the state increased EMA Director Kevin Nuss’ stipend per year, he requested fiscal court allow him to spend $5,000 per year to name an emergency management assistant. Nuss requested the appointment of Keith Smith of La Grange Fire and Rescue to assist Nuss and also to step in when Nuss is unavailable.

    In addition to helping Nuss with his current responsibilities, Smith will also help rewrite the emergency plan for the county.