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  • Fruit of family’s labor destroyed

    Owners of Reardon’s Fruit Market are eager to get back in business after a fire destroyed their business Aug. 5.

    They’re waiting for the go-ahead from LG&E before they can raze the remnants of the building and begin construction on a new building.

    Firefighters responded to heavy flames at the business about 3:30 a.m., South Oldham Fire Department public information officer Kevin Parker said. 

  • Tour of Remodeled Homes is this weekend

    The 24th annual Tour of Remodeled Homes will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  The event is presented by Bonnycastle Appliance and TV and Insight, sponsored by PC Building Materials and produced by the Home Builders Association of Louisville.  There will be 22 homes, remodeled by remodeling members of the HBAL featured on the tour.

    Tickets are $10 per person, $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Start at any home. Tickets are available at all locations. For information visit www.hbal.com.

  • IRONMAN: Bike shops cater to local triathletes

    Crestwood seemed like a good place to open a bike shop in 2007, with a preponderance of bikers but no shops to service them.  

    Within months, everything changed  for  Bluegrass  Bicycles and owner Bob Clifford. The Ironman competition series announced a race in Louisville coming within miles of his new shop.

    So Clifford set to work immediately, reforming his product line to cater to triathletes. Now he estimates more than a quarter of his business comes from triathletes. 

  • Tour of new Norton hospital is Sunday

    The public is invited to tour the new Norton Brownsboro Hospital from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

    In addition to tours of the new facility, the event will include refreshments, giveaways, health screenings and games for the kids.

    Norton Brownsboro Hospital opens Aug. 26. It is the first new hospital to be built in Jefferson County in more than two decades and the only full-service hospital in northeastern Jefferson County. 

  • North Oldham Lions: Support or lose Belknap Park

    Support or lose it. That’s the message the North Oldham Lions Club is sending the community about Belknap Park in Goshen.

    A small group of Lions, about 15 to 30, have been supporting the park without a viable fundraiser for the last five years or so, board member Carol Hublar said.

    And frankly, they’re getting a little tired.

    The prospect of selling the park comes up regularly, if not seriously, at Lions Club meetings, she said.

    “Are we so tired we don’t want to do this any more?” they sometimes ask.

  • Landmark fruit market destroyed by fire

    A fire destroyed Reardon's Fruit Market early Wednesday morning. Firefighters saved much of the flowers and produce, but the building will have to be razed.

    The family-owned business has been a South Oldham institution for 30 years, since owner Kevin Reardon and his late father started it as something to make a little extra money in the summer. It's been in its current location for about eight years.

    Reardon's wife, Tracy, said they are just waiting to get started again, probably with a temporary structure at first.

  • Waterlogged

    • Pewee Valley fire fighters closed traffic on Central Avenue after a tree fell across the roadway.    • Torrential rain flooded Ash Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

  • Tree limb, train cause weekend power outage in Buckner

    A tree limb and a train conspired to knock out power to about 1,400 Oldham County homes during the weekend. 

    About 5 p.m. Saturday a branch fell on power lines near the train track in Buckner, blowing a transformer, Oldham County Dispatch Second Shift Supervisor Tom McCain said. A few minutes later a train came along and dragged the power lines, ripping them down, taking out power to about 1,400 homes.

    McCain said LG&E returned power to all but 135 homes in about two hours. The others came back online that night, he said.

  • La Grange officials set tax rate

    Members of the La Grange City Council heard the first reading of the proposed ad valorem tax rate at their meeting Monday. 

    The proposed tax rate is 22 cents per $100 of real property and 26 cents per $100 of personal property. According to the ordinance, if passed, any resident who pays the tax bill before Oct. 20 would receive a 2-percent discount and any bill paid after Nov. 20 will be subject to a 10-percent penalty.

    The second reading of the ordinance will take place at the council’s next meeting, Sept. 7.

  • Acute care hospital at Baptist Northeast set to close

    After three years of being unable to fill the beds, a unit within Baptist Hospital Northeast will close within the next few weeks.

    Oak Tree Hospital will close around the beginning of September after three years of operation, administrator Dennis Johnson said.