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  • Judge-exec under fire for 911 calls

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    The county judge-executive is drawing fire this week after several 911 calls he made to the county’s dispatch center in 2011 became public. 

  • La Grange teen found dead at friend's house

    Police are investigating the death of a La Grange teenager this weekend.

    La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett said a 16-year-old La Grange girl died Sunday while sleeping at a friend's house.

    Emergency crews were called to a home at 502 Monroe St. in La Grange on Sunday morning after a resident found Summer Leigh Williams unresponsive and not breathing.

    A coroner pronounced Williams dead at the scene. Police are awaiting a medical examiner's report to determine the cause of death. 

  • SOMS students possibly exposed to whooping cough

    According to a public health advisory sent out Friday, students at South Oldham Middle School may have been exposed to Bordetella pertussis — whooping cough — by a sixth-grade student at the school.

    Most children are protected from severe sickness by the tetnus/diptheria/pertussis, or TDAP, shot. However, the shot does not protect them from catching them germ and spreading it to others.

    Children who are behind on the TDAP series are at a higher risk for severe illness.

  • From Prestonsburg to Frankfort, walk protests mining

    Many people participate in charity and awareness walks to promote a cause — but most of them aren’t 160 miles long.

    Briar Hill resident Bob Thompson is doing just that, though. As part of the Footsteps to Peace annual event, Thompson will join others in walking from Prestonsburg to Frankfort to protest mountaintop removal mining.

    The event started several years ago and leads up to the “I Love The Mountains” celebration in Frankfort on Feb. 14.

  • Pyramid Awards fund innovative teaching ideas

    Twenty-one Oldham County School teachers are being recognized for innovative and engaging ideas during the 2011 Pyramid Awards.

    The awards are given by the Oldham County Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to bridge the gaps in classroom funding.

  • Veggies sprout in cafeterias

    School lunches have a bad rap in popular culture — cartoon lunch ladies serve up mystery meat, jiggly masses of who-knows-what and make it all look pretty unappealing.

    But in school cafeterias across Oldham County, students are served whole grains, roasted vegetables and lots of home-style cooking. 

    The school district is the county’s most prolific food franchise, with 17 locations.

  • Officials eligible for 3 percent pay raise

    The county’s finance committee voted to recommend magistrates accept only a 1 percent increase for 2012, keeping in line with the committee’s recommendation to other county agencies.

    Magistrates and some other elected officials are eligible for a 2.96 percent raise based on the consumer price index and accommodating increasing in the cost of living.

    The CPI raise is the only way salaries can be raised after being capped at $7,200 in the state constitution.

  • I'd pay to save time and money on groceries

    Grocery shopping is my personal form of torture.

    I'll gladly dash into Thornton's for milk. And I'm overjoyed to make a Target run. However, when it comes to "we need eggs, trash bags, yogurt, bananas, pancake mix" and so on, I feel like the luckiest wife on the planet that my husband is willing to go after work on weekdays with a curious almost-2-year-old in tow.

  • Locals earn awards from Kentucky Heritage Council

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Heart of Danville was the big winner during presentation of the 2012 Kentucky Main Street Program Awards, which took place Wednesday at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort. In addition to established categories, the Award for Excellence in the Main Street Four-Point Approach® for 2012 was created by the awards committee specifically for Danville, in recognition of its successful implementation and integration of each of these revitalization strategies – promotion, organization, design and economic restructuring.

  • Health officials say birds not an immediate illness concern

    Oldham County health officials say there is little risk of disease from the flocks of birds gaining national attention this week.

    Chad Lynch, public information officer for the Oldham County Health Department, said the department doesn't see the birds as a major health concern at this time.

    Histoplasmosis, the most common form of bird-related disease, only spreads in dry conditions.

    The largest concentration of birds are in La Grange off Jericho Road, where they are feeding on nearby cornfields.