Local News

  • Teacher admits to having sex with students

    A former high school teacher and La Grange resident arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students is unlikely to serve jail time. 

    Shannon Hirchert, a special needs teacher at Shelbyville’s Martha Layne Collins High School in 2010-11, pleaded guilty Monday to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter.

    Hirchert, 43, reached a plea agreement with Shelby County prosecutors. 

  • Club withdraws land donation for park, library

    A plan to donate land for a new Goshen park and library by the North Oldham Lions Club has unravelled after dissension amongst the club’s leadership.

    Following a board meeting Monday, club president Carol Hublar said the offer is being withdrawn.

    Since December, club board members have disagreed on specifics for donating the 24-acre park currently owned by the club on U.S. 42.

    The land is part of a park donated to the NOLC in 1971 by Edith Belknap in honor of her husband, William.

  • Local GOPs host candidate forum

    Republican candidates for congress and local offices addressed voters at The Oldham Debates April 25.

    The Oldham, Henry and Trimble county Republican parties hosted the debate at Oldham County High School, with more than 350 in attendance.

  • Creativity is key for Relay fundraising

    Fundraising efforts for Relay for Life are on track for a successful year, according to event organizers.

    The fundraising goal for this year’s Oldham County event, scheduled May 11 and 12, is $100,000. 

    So far, almost $22,400 has been collected, but event chair Tony Cotten said many donations are typically turned in closer to the event.

  • Take a hike, bikes?

    When Butch Farrell visited La Grange in January, he brought his family — and his bike.

    But he might not return to Oldham County if a county bicycle ordinance is passed.

    The ordinance, still a draft in the public safety committee, would require permits for all commercial bicycle events or non-commercial rides with more than 50 participants. Event organizers must pay for police traffic control and advertise the event.

  • Oldham Reserve needs $5 million

    Local officials have continued discussions about how to move forward on development of Oldham Reserve business park. 

    Members of the Oldham-La Grange Development Authority met with officials from the city of La Grange and fiscal court to discuss the development’s history and plans to move forward.

    The Oldham Reserve project began eight years ago when the county and city governments jointly purchased 1,000 acres off New Moody Lane in La Grange.

  • Wells named new superintendent

    With many of his family members and colleagues in the audience, William Wells received the nod for Oldham County Schools superintendent at the school board’s meeting Monday.

    Wells, 45, is currently the assistant superintendent for instruction for Oldham County Schools.

    He will replace Paul Upchurch, who will retire in late June after serving seven years as superintendent and 28 years in the Oldham County school district.

  • Burn ban begins May 1

    Open burning is prohibited in Oldham County from May 1 through Sept. 30 due to being designated by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency as “non-attainment” air quality for ozone and particulate matter because pollution levels have exceeded those permitted by the Clean Air Act.

    All questions concerning open burning should be addressed to the state Division of Air Quality at 1-888-BURN LAW or at www.air.ky.gov.

  • Sobering reality: Simulation at North Oldham High School teaches teens the dangers of drunk driving

    A North Oldham High School student is taking steps to keep her fellow students safe.

    Senior Haley Howard is organizing Project Horsepower to raise student awareness about safe driving.

    Howard said the death of a former NOHS student in July motivated her to develop the project.

    John Powell died in a car crash on U.S. 42, just weeks after graduation. Two other students were severely injured in the crash.

  • Sheriff’s office to collect expired, unused medication Saturday

    In partnership with the DEA, the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office will host a Drug Take Back Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at La Grange Fire Department Station 2, 3637 W. Ky. 46 in Buckner.

    Take this opportunity to empty medicine cabinets of unused or expired medication. Waterways are polluted when potentially harmful drugs are flushed into toilets and poured into sink drains.

    Place liquids in leak proof containers. Remove personal information from all prescription labels. Needles will not be accepted.