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  • Kelley case could get a trial date

    The case of a Pewee Valley woman accused of murdering her boyfriend with a hatchet could receive a trial date, even if lab results aren't in.

    At her latest pre-trial conference, an attorney for Gail Kelley told Circuit Judge Karen Conrad she was still awaiting lab results before the case could proceed. Conrad countered that setting up a trial date could speed along the lab process. But a date was not set last week.

  • La Grange searching for new utilities director

    A shake-up at the La Grange Utilities Commission led to emergency legislation being passed by the city council Monday night.

    The commission is currently without a director, after La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein fired former director John M. Bennett. Lammlein said he let Bennett go because he didn’t feel like Bennett was good for the commission going forward.

    “I didn’t feel like he was the person to move the utilities in the direction we needed to go in,” Lammlein said.

  • A never-ending battle

    A sleepy, blue-eyed three-year-old takes a small musical recorder and holds it close to his mouth.

    His hair is thin and he’s a little weary, but he takes a breath and blows into the recorder anyway. Sebastian Edelen is officially awake now. And so is everyone else.

    Good thing it’s 3 p.m. on a Thursday.

    Moments later, Sebastian is playing his own tune, practicing to become an amateur photographer and squealing like a normal little boy.

  • Paws and listen: Canines help children read

     

    Doc isn’t your average librarian. Upon entering the library he is greeted with excited but confused faces. A quick stroll over to the circulation desk ends in wet-nosed greetings and a wagging tail.

    Doc is one of six therapy dogs the Oldham County Public Library utilizes for their PAWs to Read program. The program allows readers of all levels to sit with a trained therapy dog and read aloud to build literacy skills.

  • Plugged in: Pewee residents create new event space

    When it comes to event space, one of the region’s best-kept secrets is sitting in plain sight in Pewee Valley.

    The space, 314 Exchange, is located in Pewee Valley right next to the town’s city hall. The dark brick building has been a staple in the area for decades. It was originally a railroad station, then a telephone exchange, before it’s recent revival as a premium event space.

    The building’s time as a telephone exchange is reflected in its name and use of the original façade, owners Laura and Kevin Hall said.

  • Board approves new member districts

    The Oldham County Board of Education has officially approved new boundaries for its members’ districts.

    The board took up the proposed modifications, which have no big changes, at its monthly January meeting. It approved the new maps unanimously with no debate.

    Also at the meeting, the board approved a draft budget for the upcoming year and discussed a potential calendar for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Oldham does well with organ donation

    More than 65 percent of Oldham County residents are registered organ donors, according to the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life.

    Oldham County Circuit Court Clerk Rick Rash said county residents donated $9,630 to the Kentucky Organ Donor Program in 2013 and 2,082 residents signed up for it.

    “I am proud of the generosity of our community and appreciate your support of this life-saving program,” he said.

  • AND THEY’RE OFF! 2014 Candidates select their ballot positions

    The primary ballot for Oldham County has been officially set.

    Candidates lined up for the ballot draw last week at the county clerk’s office to select their positions on the 2014 primary ballot.

    Sixteen county offices, including constable races, will be on the ballot for the primary.

    Additionally, there will be a primary for La Grange mayor and for city council. As of the draw, the number of those running for council was 20. Keith Simpson and Linda Ballard Hall withdrew from the city council race before the ballot draw.

  • Cleaning company lends a hand to those with cancer

     

    Household chores like dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing the bathtub are hard to fit into a busy schedule. Add a serious illness, like cancer, to the mix and those chores become an afterthought.

    One local cleaning company is offering a helping hand to cancer patients.

  • County middle schools, students perform well in academic competitions

    Middle school students showcased their intellectual prowess at academic team district competitions in recent weeks.

    North Oldham Middle finished first overall in District 37, which also includes Oldham County Middle and South Oldham Middle. OCMS finished third and SOMS fourth.

    And, despite weather delays causing the competition to be rescheduled twice, East Oldham Middle finished third in District 38.