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  • Park it and TARC it

    The pale fluorescent lighting illuminates a lady knitting. A man reading. Another person with work files open. Another napping.

    All while a Transit Authority of River City express bus rolls down Interstate 71 south, heading to downtown Louisville.

    The knitter is Janet Honican, who refers to the other riders as her “bus family.” A typical trip takes about 45 minutes from end-to-end, and Honican said it’s easy for her to tell if the bus is on schedule.

  • Updated: Evridge re-arrested after violating conditions of release

    The 57-year-old Westport resident who claims he shot two women in self-defense Dec. 18 spent Christmas weekend in Oldham County jail on unrelated charge and was taken back into custody Wednesday afternoon. 

    Oldham County Police arrested Ronnie Evridge for a probation violation for a misdemeanor offense Friday. Evridge remained in custody through Tuesday evening.

    Judge Diana Wheeler granted Evridge a medical furlough Tuesday evening relating to treatment for the laceration Evridge sustained during the incident.

  • i-Librarians can help with new gadgets

    The Oldham County Public Library will be offering to assist customers who need a little help getting to know their new Christmas digital items. 

    Visit the reference desk at the Main Branch of the Oldham County Library and a friendly and knowledgeable “i-brarian” can show you how to use various models of e-readers, MP3 players, notebooks and tablets — and how to locate the free e-book collection available from the library.  

  • Kids give back to kids this Christmas

     The 3-year-old class at Kids Haven By Sandy, a child development center in La Grange, learned what giving to those less fortunate about you means this holiday season.

    The students created a "Giving Tree" this Christmas decorated with new gloves and hats for children. They bagged them up last week and delivered them to the American Red Cross chapter in Buckner for distribution to families in need.

    Pictured are the students and and their teachers, Jamie Ely and Rita Smith.

  • Same case, different place

    The county’s only wildlife rehabilitation center continues to fight efforts to shut down the facility, including a civil lawsuit filed in November.

    Attorney Steve Emery filed a motion Dec. 14 to dismiss the lawsuit against Second Chances Wildlife Center’s owners, Bruce and Brigette Williams.

  • CAT FIGHT: Struggle over stray cat lands neighbors in court

    A calico cat will return to its original owner after a district court judge’s ruling last week.

    “Just because you feed it doesn’t mean you can keep it,” Judge Diana Wheeler said at the conclusion of a two-hour bench trial.

    Fraught with vocal allegations of lying, objections and hearsay, the case involved two families on Harvest Drive in Crestwood. 

    Both families claim to own the cat, which answered to “Safari” on one block and “Jasmine” on the next.

  • Educators see suspensions drop after altering treatment options for drug, alcohol offenders

    After a major spike in drug-and alcohol-related suspensions three years ago, Oldham County school officials developed a plan to reduce those numbers — and it’s working.

    Projections for this school year estimate the number of student suspensions will be half what they were in the 2008-09 school year, the year before the plan’s implementation. This school year there have been 23 suspensions, compared to 53 at the same time last year.

  • Campbellsburg puppy mill owner found dead

    The owner of a large puppy mill raided by authorities in rural Campbellsburg last week has died.

    Kentucky State Police found the body of Kenneth Smith around 1 p.m. Tuesday at his home on Allyson Lane in rural Campbellsburg.

    Terri and Kenneth Smith faced 218 counts of second-degree animal abuse in connection with a puppy mill raid by Henry County animal control officers Dec. 12.

    During the raid, crews confiscated 240 animals, including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and hermit crabs, as well as a screech owl and a hybrid wolf.

  • Prison program pairs puppies and perps

    Building 7A at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange isn’t a typical prison 
dormitory. It is home to the prison’s only single-cell wing. Out of nearly 1,000 inmates, only 12 have single-bunk cells to themselves.

    Well, not to themselves. They still have to share their cell — with a dog.

    The inmates are handlers in Luther Luckett’s Camp Canine program, which trains dogs from the Oldham County Animal Shelter.

  • Police identify two young women found dead near Westport; injured man claims they attacked him

    Two young women are dead and one man suffered knife wounds after a shooting Sunday in Oldham County.

    Oldham County Police are releasing few details about a shooting that took place in a two-story barn in the 5400 block of 18-Mile Creek Road Sunday afternoon.

    The victims, identified as Heather Faulkerson and Sandy Allen, both of Louisville, died at the scene from gunshot wounds.

    Family members say Faulkerson, 21, was pregnant and Allen, 24, has a 5-year-old child.