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  • Man of the Hour: Oldham Countian of the Year Awarded

    For 47 years, the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development has recognized one person annually for going above and beyond their commitment to the county.

    Those people are honored as Oldham Countian of the Year, and the list grew on Tuesday.

    "This year, our honoree is someone that is not in the mainstream of politics, business or chamber work," said Deana Epperly Karem, executive director of the chamber, but who has a passion for the county that is "deeply ingrained in all that he does and stands for."

  • County collects nearly 18,000 tires

    Oldham County's solid waste and recycling department coordinated a three-day tire amnesty event recently that yielded 17,500 to 18,000 tires.

    Linda H. Fountain, director of Oldham County Solid Waste & Recycling, said the contractor hired to haul tires from the recycling center in Buckner left with eight truckloads of tires.

    The event took place Oct. 13-15.

  • Grand jury to hear Claggett case

    "This is a very unusual and bizzare case," said Judge Janice Martin Wednesday, after spending the better part of two hours trying to unravel the time line of Donna Claggett's life.

    Claggett, of Goshen, was charged in August with theft by deception by the Oldham County School system.

    She is accused of owing the county $24,000, because someone else enrolled their child at Liberty Elementary in 2004 and used her address.

  • Three more parents charged with false school enrollment

    Charges against three additional parents were filed in Oldham County District Court Tuesdays as the county's fraudulent enrollment cases pile up. Investigations for the 2011-12 school year currently number 43 families with 63 children. As of Wednesday evening warrants had not been served to the three defendants.

  • Man charged with sex abuse

    A Louisville man pleaded not guilty Monday to numerous counts of sodomy, rape and sexual abuse.

    Denver Hawkins, 55, is accused of abusing a female family member who was under 12 years old when the abuse began. 

  • Roll-back to another era: Walmart offers layaway

    It wasn’t Black Friday, or even Friday at all, but Walmart shoppers were nonetheless lined up Monday morning — waiting for something even better to some than a half-off television: layaway.

    Walmart is bringing Christmas layaway back this season, to the delight of numerous shoppers who were already lined up before the program’s 9 a.m. launch. Store manager Gordon Haymaker said the line had been steady — at least a half-dozen people were waiting in line with big-ticket items at noon on Monday.

  • Several cats poisoned in La Grange

    Most of the residents at La Grange’s Anchor Avenue apartments like the cats that live around the buildings — but at least one person doesn’t.

    Six cats have died from what Oldham County Animal Control believes is antifreeze poisoning, and director Barbara Rosenman said she suspects there may be more casualties. 

  • Truck rear-ended on Ky. 53

    A white Ford Ranger was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on Ky. 53, south of La Grange as the pickup truck attempted to make a right turn on Moody Lane.

    The Ranger was pushed into the guard rail at the corner of Moody Lane at approximately 6 p.m. tonight. Oldham County Police officers Michael Rittenhouse and Sarah King responded to the scene, along with Oldham County EMS and Ballardsville Fire Department. The driver of the pickup truck was sent to Baptist Northeast Hospital for minor injuries.

  • Heated school district meeting delays state funding for Brownsboro school

    Planning and Development Director Jim Urban became the voice of Oldham County on Thursday.

    Well, at least to those residents who complain the school board doesn’t listen, moves forward on projects regardless of the community’s feelings and generally does what it wants.

    Urban is a member of the Local Planning Committee for the school district. The committee met Thursday to vote on changing the priority level of the Brownsboro school, which would allow the district to use nearly $2 million in state funds for the project.

  • Former stylist owes Great Clips $14,500 for sly accounting

    An Eminence woman owes the owner of a La Grange hair salon more than $14,500 that she took during a 14-month period.
    Tracy Foree, 41, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking from her former employer, Zip Clips Inc., doing business as Great Clips hair salon in the Kroger shopping center in La Grange.
    According to court documents, Foree took money from the salon from October 2008 to February 2010.
    She was indicted by an Oldham County grand jury in August 2010.