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  • On the other side of the story

    While I drearily stood in the grass near a train car early Saturday morning, South Oldham Fire Department Sergeant John Fekete placed his hand on my shoulder and smiled.

    “So you’re gonna be the victim, huh?”

    Dumbfounded by his question, I politely smile and nod.

    “Yep, that’s me,” I say. “The victim.”

    Little did he know how little I knew of the situation I was getting myself into.

  • Golf cart owners want green light for road use

    Cautiously creeping up to the intersection of Ky. 146 and Third Street, La Grange Mayor Elsie Carter looks to each direction before crossing the street.

    “Yee haw!” she yells as she firmly presses the gas pedal of her E-Z-Go golf cart – a $4,000 investment she made a year ago, which includes padded seats, flames on the side, chrome wheels, two tall orange flags and no seat belts.

    “You oughta get yourself a golf cart because it’s fun,” Carter said, chuckling. “You see things you never see when driving a car.”

  • Residents appointed Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court made the following appointments at their meeting May 19:

    • George Chapman, appointed to Assessment Appeals Board, three-year term;

    • Chris Haunz, currently an alternate, appointed to Code Enforcement Board, one-year term;

    • Stephen Moss, first-step recommendation to be alternate on Code Enforcement Board; and

    • Steve Shultz, re-appointed to Oldham County Ethics Commission, three-year term.

  • Property Transfers

    Crestwood

    Francis and Agnes Gladwin to James and Shannon Howell, lot 242, Kentucky Acres, 3113 Setting Sun Court, Crestwood, $238,000.

    Christine Wheeler and Asa Kemplin to Kristin and Robert Wilson, lot 12, Moody Heights, 1201 Amy Ave., Crestwood, $157,000.

    Kevin and Kelly Markle to Scott and Tammy Blevins, tract 30, Borowick Farms, 4200 Evergreen Road, Crestwood, $251,000.

    Pamela Sample, executrix for Alice Povey to Darrell and Theresa Oldham, 2601 Povey Lane, Crestwood, $60,000.

  • OLDA near deal with The Hocker Group to develop Oldham Reserve

    Members of the Oldham-La Grange Development Authority are close to reaching an agreement with The Hocker Group to develop a portion of Oldham Reserve.

    Don Basham, OLDA chairman, said OLDA met this past Thursday and approved some changes to the agreement, which they then sent back to The Hocker Group.

    Negotiations stopped last year between the two, mainly due to the state of the economy, Basham said, and some infrastructure improvements associated with Oldham Reserve. 

  • Court reduces fees for alarm ordinance

    Members of the Oldham County Fiscal Court heard a first reading of an ordinance to rescind an ordinance passed in March that requires home and business owners to register their alarm systems with local police.

    The new ordinance eliminates an annual charge – $20 for a residence, $40 for a business – associated with registering the alarm systems with local police. 

    A permit is still required for alarm users and permits must be updated or renewed only if the property changes hands.

    Fines associated with false alarms still stand.

  • Budget includes raises for county employees

     Oldham County’s $19 million budget for 2009-10 includes raises for county employees at the end of 2009.

    Chief Financial Officer Shawn Boyle calls it a “maintenance budget,” meaning there’s no significant growth or reduction, and officials are maintaining county services. 

    The county went to a high-deductible health care plan, which Boyle said allows county government to maintain the rates at a level of zero growth. 

  • Oldham girls dominate
  • Council will host public hearing on sign

    The fate of an $11,000 city sign that doesn’t meet the city’s historic district commission guidelines is still up for debate.

    Members of the La Grange Historic District Commission met May 21 to discuss a sign outside La Grange City Hall and community center.

    The sign, which reads, “James T. Beaumont Community Center,” is internally illuminated and members of the historic commission say it doesn’t comply with guidelines.

  • Shakespeare behind bars

    Prison inmates bring personal experiences to the tale of ‘Macbeth’ Every year, dozens of groups perform Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” But few, if any, actors understand the lead role at the level of Ron Brown.  Unlike other actors portraying the murdering Macbeth, Brown knows what it’s like to feel the weight of a man he murdered.