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  • Take a hike, bikes?

    When Butch Farrell visited La Grange in January, he brought his family — and his bike.

    But he might not return to Oldham County if a county bicycle ordinance is passed.

    The ordinance, still a draft in the public safety committee, would require permits for all commercial bicycle events or non-commercial rides with more than 50 participants. Event organizers must pay for police traffic control and advertise the event.

  • Oldham Reserve needs $5 million

    Local officials have continued discussions about how to move forward on development of Oldham Reserve business park. 

    Members of the Oldham-La Grange Development Authority met with officials from the city of La Grange and fiscal court to discuss the development’s history and plans to move forward.

    The Oldham Reserve project began eight years ago when the county and city governments jointly purchased 1,000 acres off New Moody Lane in La Grange.

  • Wells named new superintendent

    With many of his family members and colleagues in the audience, William Wells received the nod for Oldham County Schools superintendent at the school board’s meeting Monday.

    Wells, 45, is currently the assistant superintendent for instruction for Oldham County Schools.

    He will replace Paul Upchurch, who will retire in late June after serving seven years as superintendent and 28 years in the Oldham County school district.

  • Burn ban begins May 1

    Open burning is prohibited in Oldham County from May 1 through Sept. 30 due to being designated by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency as “non-attainment” air quality for ozone and particulate matter because pollution levels have exceeded those permitted by the Clean Air Act.

    All questions concerning open burning should be addressed to the state Division of Air Quality at 1-888-BURN LAW or at www.air.ky.gov.

  • Sobering reality: Simulation at North Oldham High School teaches teens the dangers of drunk driving

    A North Oldham High School student is taking steps to keep her fellow students safe.

    Senior Haley Howard is organizing Project Horsepower to raise student awareness about safe driving.

    Howard said the death of a former NOHS student in July motivated her to develop the project.

    John Powell died in a car crash on U.S. 42, just weeks after graduation. Two other students were severely injured in the crash.

  • Sheriff’s office to collect expired, unused medication Saturday

    In partnership with the DEA, the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office will host a Drug Take Back Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at La Grange Fire Department Station 2, 3637 W. Ky. 46 in Buckner.

    Take this opportunity to empty medicine cabinets of unused or expired medication. Waterways are polluted when potentially harmful drugs are flushed into toilets and poured into sink drains.

    Place liquids in leak proof containers. Remove personal information from all prescription labels. Needles will not be accepted.

  • Lanes of I-71 in Oldham County closed Monday, portion of Tuesday

    Four miles of Interstate 71 through Oldham County will be closed today and a different section - and direction - will be closed Tuesday.

    The Department of Highways District 5 Office advises motorists that the right lane will be closed Monday on southbound Interstate 71 between miles 13 and 17. 

    This lane closure is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will allow for pavement repairs.
     
    In addition, the left lane of northbound Interstate 71 in Oldham County will be closed at the Ky. 329 overpass (mile point 14.4). 

  • Prospect Kroger to expand

    After a lengthy process, members of Prospect City Council gave Kroger officials the go-ahead to expand its Prospect Village location at a meeting Monday.

    Officials proposed the expansion about 15 months ago but had to rezone property and receive waivers and an ordinance change from city council. 

    Kroger officials are now waiting approval from Louisville Metro City Council because part of the property is not within Prospect city limits.

  • Concert to benefit Ind. tornado victims

    An internationally-known composer is lending his talent to help support victims of a tornado that destroyed Henryville, Ind., in March.

    Eric Genuis, a Simpsonville resident, will perform a benefit concert April 24 at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center.

    “I’m excited about using the music I compose to bring awareness to the need in Henryville,” he said.

    Often, support pours into a community immediately following a natural disaster, but wanes before the need is filled, he said.

  • EMS accepts bids for management

    Proposals for managing Oldham County EMS are now being accepted after the agency’s board of directors voted to release the request for proposal April 9.

    The proposal seeks to find a private company to manage Oldham County EMS while retaining current employees and programs.

    Board members released a draft of the RFP in March to solicit public input.