Local News

  • Educators see suspensions drop after altering treatment options for drug, alcohol offenders

    After a major spike in drug-and alcohol-related suspensions three years ago, Oldham County school officials developed a plan to reduce those numbers — and it’s working.

    Projections for this school year estimate the number of student suspensions will be half what they were in the 2008-09 school year, the year before the plan’s implementation. This school year there have been 23 suspensions, compared to 53 at the same time last year.

  • Campbellsburg puppy mill owner found dead

    The owner of a large puppy mill raided by authorities in rural Campbellsburg last week has died.

    Kentucky State Police found the body of Kenneth Smith around 1 p.m. Tuesday at his home on Allyson Lane in rural Campbellsburg.

    Terri and Kenneth Smith faced 218 counts of second-degree animal abuse in connection with a puppy mill raid by Henry County animal control officers Dec. 12.

    During the raid, crews confiscated 240 animals, including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and hermit crabs, as well as a screech owl and a hybrid wolf.

  • Prison program pairs puppies and perps

    Building 7A at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange isn’t a typical prison 
dormitory. It is home to the prison’s only single-cell wing. Out of nearly 1,000 inmates, only 12 have single-bunk cells to themselves.

    Well, not to themselves. They still have to share their cell — with a dog.

    The inmates are handlers in Luther Luckett’s Camp Canine program, which trains dogs from the Oldham County Animal Shelter.

  • Police identify two young women found dead near Westport; injured man claims they attacked him

    Two young women are dead and one man suffered knife wounds after a shooting Sunday in Oldham County.

    Oldham County Police are releasing few details about a shooting that took place in a two-story barn in the 5400 block of 18-Mile Creek Road Sunday afternoon.

    The victims, identified as Heather Faulkerson and Sandy Allen, both of Louisville, died at the scene from gunshot wounds.

    Family members say Faulkerson, 21, was pregnant and Allen, 24, has a 5-year-old child.

  • U.S. Marshals arrest Kenneth and Terri Smith

    U.S. Marshals have arrested a couple suspected of operating a large puppy mill in rural Campbellsburg.

    Terri Smith, 51, was arrested at a trailer park in Bullitt County at 7:30 a.m., according to Chief Deputy Brian Parrish. She was initially booked at the Oldham County Detention Center and thentransferred to Carroll County Detention Center later in the morning, Parrish said.

  • Police investigating vehicle break-ins in Prospect, Goshen

    Prospect and Goshen area residents are victims of a string of burglaries in recent weeks. 

    During a Prospect city council meeting Monday, the mayor and police chief discussed the crimes. 

    According to police, 12 vehicle break-ins took place Nov. 5 and 6. Items reported taken had a total value of $7,200. 

    Another vehicle break-in took place Nov. 7. 

  • Upchurch announces retirement

    After 28 years in the Oldham County school district, Superintendent Paul Upchurch has announced he will retire in June.

    Upchurch announced his decision Monday during the board of education meeting.

    Upchurch became superintendent in 2005 after seven years leading the Elizabethtown Independent School District. Prior to Elizabethtown, Uphurch was both a teacher and principal for Oldham County Schools.

    One major factor in the timing of his retirement are the changes coming with Kentucky Senate Bill 1, Upchurch said. 

  • Restaurant adds a new flavor to La Grange

    On a scale of one to 100, the owner of La Grange's newest restaurant hopes customers will give it a 119.

    One Nineteen West Main opened the day before Thanksgiving and already has some regulars, said owner Jason Kinser.

    The menu is "American and new Southern," Kinser said, with items like a Kentucky "Haute" Brown, a catfish reuben sandwich, fried pickled okra and a black-and-bleu burger.

  • Task Force ‘like a boat without a rudder’

    After three meetings, members of the Fire and EMS Task Force remain unsure of their purpose.

    “We’re like a boat without a rudder,” said committee member Albert Harrison. 

    Judge-Executive David Voegele formed the committee in July and tasked members with determining if the current fire and EMS models are the most effective and efficient.

  • Inmate labor fuels county government

    They’re behind the scenes, staffing the recycling center, cutting grass and stringing Christmas lights. They’re polite, hardworking and hard to miss in their orange shirts.

    These county jail inmates do a lot of work around Oldham County as part of the jail’s work detail program. Inmates logged more than 29,700 hours of work from January to August this year.