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  • North Oldham Fire officials warn of recent mulch fires

    While everyone loves a well-manicured lawn, firefighters are cautioning against one common landscaping element — mulch.

    Crews from the North Oldham Fire Department have responded to two mulch fires this summer, according to Assistant Chief Don Dahl.

    Dahl said mulch, which is a constant state of decay, builds heat inside the pile. 

    In many instances, a cigarette or landscape light causes the mulch to ignite — but fires can also occur without an ignition source. 

  • Car leaves roadway during teen's seizure

    Monday was a lucky day for Layne Whitaker.

    "At least he didn't end up in the pond," responders from Oldham County police and EMS said repeatedly.

    Whitaker, 18, had a seizure while driving his Buick sedan near Abott Lane and Ky. 22 Monday afternoon.

    A witness saw the car leave the roadway and called 911. Police, EMS and South Oldham Fire responded to the scene.

    Whitaker's car travelled about 200 feet down a hill before coming to a stop in a group of trees, missing a nearby pond by about 15 feet.

  • Firefighters save historic building in Goshen

    A historic structure in Goshen remains standing after firefighters responded to a fire there at 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

    The house, used as a farm office at the Mason Lane Farm, is about 100 years old. 

    Don Dahl, assistant chief at the North Oldham Fire Department, credits an "ad-hoc" sprinkler system for preventing more damage from occurring.

    Heat from the fire caused a rupture in the plumbing, which caused a leak that kept the fire in check until it was discovered, Dahl said.

  • State to fund crossing gates in Pewee Valley

    The Pewee Valley town council had a guest on Monday night, and he came bearing gifts. 

    State Sen. Ernie Harris presented a $219,000 check from the state transportation cabinet to fund safety improvements at railroad crossings in Pewee Valley.

    Planned improvements include large crossing gates at Central Avenue and Muir Lane and standard crossing gates at Wooldridge Avenue. 

  • Crestwood Supermarket sold, closed until Friday

    Crestwood’s sole grocery store is now under new ownership, but the new owners are quite familiar with the store. 

  • Bullets strike cars on I-71 in Oldham County

    Police are warning drivers headed northbound on Interstate 71 that two vehicles were hit by bullets Wednesday.

    No injuries have been reported.

    According to police, one driver reported that he thought a small rock hit his vehicle while traveling near Buckner.

    But when he arrived at his destination in La Grange, the driver discovered a bullet hole in the bed of his truck.

    Police recovered fragments of a bullet from his truck.

  • Former bike ordinance expanded, traffic disruptions and safety are focus of proposed event ordinance

    A proposed event ordinance for the county will be voted on by fiscal court members next month.

    The previously-named “bicycle ordinance” now includes all events utilizing public right-of-ways, not just cycling events. Public safety committee members approved the ordinance Tuesday and presented it for a first reading at fiscal court that afternoon.

  • Under construction: Renovations in full swing at several Oldham schools

    While students and teachers are enjoying summer break, construction crews are battling the heat to finish projects at several Oldham County schools before August.

    At least nine schools are getting renovations this summer, from a complete renovation at Centerfield Elementary to smaller tasks like new bleachers, door hardware and lighting at other schools.

    The renovation at Centerfield Elementary will finalize work that has been done there over the past two summers. 

  • Hatfields, McCoys feature local actor

    If last week’s Hatfields and McCoys miniseries on the History Channel has sparked your interest in the feud, you’re not alone — more than 13.9 million people tuned into the series’ debut.

    The story has attracted interest for decades, with dozens of books and films published on the subject. There are at least nine historic sites in Kentucky and at least as many in West Virginia, most open to the public.

  • Five crashes in four hours

    While Oldham County may be a great place to live, work and play, it was certainly not a good place to drive Tuesday morning.

    Five unrelated vehicle crashes occurred across the county in less than four hours, including several injuries.

    The first wreck proved to be the most serious, with four people transported to local hospitals.

    Kevin Nuss, Oldham County Emergency Management Director, said local dispatchers received their first call just after 4 a.m.