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  • Openrange Gun and Paintball awarded national five-star status

    The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently awarded five-star status to Openrange, a status shared nationally with only 14 other firearm ranges.

    CEO Barry Laws said Openrange is thrilled to represent Kentucky as a leader in the shooting sports and be recognized for their dedication to safety and innovative entertainment.

  • Ollie Bell ‘Cissy’ Smith, 79

    Ollie Bell “Cissy” Smith, 79, of La Grange, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at her home. 

    She was a member of Westport Baptist Church and a retired bookkeeper for PNC Bank.  

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond and Emma (Snowden) Taylor; two brothers, James Taylor and Edmond Taylor; and one sister, Patricia Higgins.

  • Former OCHS runner killed in Ky. 1817 crash

    Police say the driver in a fatal crash on Cedar Point Road had been traveling at a high speed as he followed a fellow Oldham County High School grad.

    Devon T. Willingham, a 2008 graduate of OCHS, died at the hospital after his vehicle collided with a tree about 8 p.m. Dec. 1 along Cedar Point Road (Ky. 1817) in Buckner.

    The crash left Willingham, 20, and his passenger, Timothy A. “Timmy” Shain of Buckner, trapped inside.

  • Utility rates may increase

    Water rates for customers of the La Grange Utilities commission may be on the rise. 

    Members of the La Grange City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance Monday to raise rates from $1.22 to $1.70 per 1,000 gallons – a 39-percent hike. 

    According to LUC officials and the ordinance, a rate increase of at least 20 percent is necessary to recover the  increasing cost of purchasing water from the Oldham County Water District. 

  • Parents Day Out registration nears

    The Oldham County YMCA is now accepting registration for the last session of Parents’ Day Out for 2009. 

    This program provides a playgroup for children and break time for parents to shop, run errands, have an extended lunch or just relax. Children can learn a lot from regular play dates with friends including social skills, sharing, communication and how to deal with separation issues. 

    The Parents’ Day Out program will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from Dec. 14 to Dec. 30 for children ages 2 to 5. 

  • Blood drives planned Monday and Tuesday

    The Oldham County chapter of the American Red Cross will host a blood drive 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Ballardsville Baptist Church, 4300 S. Ky. 53, Ballardsville.

    A second  blood drive is scheduled 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at  La Grange Baptist Church, 1139 Commerce Parkway, La Grange.

  • A semi-blocked crossing

    A stalled semi halted traffic earlier this month — annoying motorists and delaying trains when it became stuck on a steep-graded crossing at Railroad Avenue near Ky. 146 in Crestwood.

    It’s common for over-sized vehicles to get stuck there, said Matt Cornell, a spokesperson for the Oldham County Police Department.

    Cornell couldn’t provide immediate figures, but many recall when a locomotive crunched a stalled limousine after it bottomed-out on the tracks a number of years ago.

  • Census workers needed for 2010

    The time has come for the next U.S. Census - conducted once every 10 years to determine the country’s population. The official year kicks off in March and at Monday’s meeting of the La Grange City Council, a U.S. Census Bureau representative urged residents to be sure to fill out the forms.

  • Irish Rover Too to host souper supper series

    The Oldham County History Center and the Irish Rover Too will host several evening programs during the winter months.

    All programs take place at the Irish Rover Too on 117 E. Main St. in La Grange.

    From Leather to Linen and Appraisal Fair

    6 p.m. Jan. 13

    This event includes special tips for taking care of family heirloom pieces” featuring special guest Jan Jasper.

  • Meth lab found in Crestwood

    Police discovered a meth lab Dec. 2 in Crestwood while responding to a domestic disturbance.

    According to police, officers visited a home in the 4800 block of Harvest Drive to conduct a well-being check on residents at the home.

    OCPD Lt. Col. Billy Way said officers have visited the home numerous times in the past for well-being checks when callers have reported yelling at the residence.