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  • U.S. Postal Service reorganization skips Oldham locations – for now

    The Issa-Ross Postal Reform Act could bring with it significant changes to the postal service. 

    The bill was introduced by California Republican Darrell Issa in June, and is current in the house rules and house oversight and government reform committees.

  • Maryland police arrest Oldham father

    A 2-year-old child was returned to Oldham County after the child’s father violated a court order and fled to Maryland with the child.

    Brett Ward Jr., who lives near La Grange, was supposed to return the child to its mother on Sunday. 

    After La Grange Police were alerted that the child was not back, Chief Kevin Collett said Ward “stalled for quite some time” about his location.

  • 43 families investigated by Oldham County school district

    The crackdown on fraudulent enrollment continues in Oldham County this week, as the school district plans to file at least three more complaints with district court on Wednesday.

    More cases may be filed this week if school officials are ready, according to Dan Orman, assistant superintendent of student services. As of Monday, two Jefferson County families and one from Henry County will be charged later this week.

    "Superintendent Paul Upchurch and the Board of Education are supportive and want us to investigate every case," Orman said. 

  • Brownsboro Elementary priority change draws fire

    An upcoming Oldham County Board of Education meeting has drawn protests from residents, but Superintendent Paul Upchurch said they are unfounded.

    The Local Planning Committee meeting, scheduled for Oct. 13, has one item on its agenda: raising the priority of the planned Brownsboro elementary school.

    Upchurch said the change will make available approximately $1.9 million in state funding previously restricted because of the prioritization. That state funding will keep the school system from using taxpayer money for a bond issue, he said.

  • Second floor of EMS building still closed

    When Oldham County EMS veteran EJ Mike fell on the stairs at the Crestwood substation nearly six weeks ago, he continued to work because he “enjoys helping people.”

    Besides, he said, he helped start OCEMS more than 20 years ago as one of three founders.

    Now, though, Mike has to take time off. Despite physical therapy three times a week since the incident, the injuries to his hand and wrist haven’t healed. 

  • Lack of sewer capacity halts development until 2013

    Plans for expanding La Grange Utility Commission wastewater treatment continue with a public hearing on Oct. 10.

    After the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet identified several violations in June 2010, the LUC signed an agreed order to significantly increase the volume of waste water handled per day.

  • Developers sought hefty tax discounts

    For four years, appeals have been filed back-and-forth between the Oldham County Property Valuation Administration and developer Bob Jones.

  • A Perfect Patch

    The Great Pumpkin is alive and well in Oldham County this season, despite shortages across other pumpkin-farming states.

    Pumpkin crops in many northeastern states were devastated by Hurricane Irene, which flooded fields in August. Even before that, heavy rains in the northeast delayed plantings, setting back the Halloween-timed main harvest.

    In Oldham, however, pumpkins had a good season, according to several area farmers. 

  • Education Briefs: Sept. 29, 2011

    First month student enrollment exceeds projection

    Data for the first month of the school year showed 57 more students enrolling in Oldham County schools than projected. Enrollment at elementary and middle schools is slightly down this year compared to last year, but high school enrollment is up.

    Michael Williams, director of pupil personnel, said the increase in high school enrollment is due to the size of this year's ninth grade class.

  • Neighbors protest barn

    Residents of Barrickman Lane have learned a lot of lessons lately, thanks to a barn, a lawsuit and a lot of confusion.

    At the heart of the issue is the two-story duplex-style barn at 2900 Barrickman Lane in Goshen.