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  • Oldham residents have two options for recycling

    Oldham residents have two options to start recycling their household items – contract curbside service from Industrial Disposal and a self-service dropoff center in Buckner maintained by Oldham government. 

    For $4.50 a month, ID offers curbside removal of recyclables every other week. 

    LaVerne Howze, ID’s customer service manager, said the company has completed two of five phases within the county to get residents signed up. Residents should receive a postcard with information about purchasing the service. 

  • North Oldham gym opens at last

     No more practices until 10:30 p.m. No more playing neutral site games against in-county rivals. No more middle school gym. And, finally, no more waiting.

    The new gym at North Oldham High School is complete. North Oldham athletes and coaches christened it Friday with cheers and speeches. They recognized the senior athletes who didn’t have a chance to play in the glistening new facility. Former NOHS and current Bellarmine University player Kevin Allen sank a ceremonial first basket.

  • Contract nurse charged with trying to smuggle contraband into prison

    A contract nurse working at the Kentucky State Reformatory was recently arrested after she allegedly tried to smuggle drugs and other contraband into the institution.

    Lisa Evans, 40,  of Louisville, is charged with first and second-degree promoting contraband. The contraband included five pounds of tobacco, an ounce of marijuana, a large quantity of pornographic DVDs, four cellphones and a lighter. 

  • Pewee’s stormwater fee is $3 per month, billed by LWC

    This summer, residents of Pewee Valley will notice a new charge on their Louisville Water Co. bill. 

    The fees will fund management of storm water runoff quality within city limits.

    Over the past six months, city council members have worked to create their own storm water management district separate from the county’s. A system for managing runoff quality throughout the county is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

  • OCPD officer terminated

    A patrol officer employed by Oldham County Police since 2002 has been terminated.

    Effective May 25, Tom P. Douglas is no longer employed by OCPD.

    OCPD Lt. Col. Billy Way said he could not provide details related to Douglas’ termination. Douglas has 10 days to appeal the decision to the OCPD Merit Board.

    Douglas worked as a patrol officer assigned to second shift. 

  • County collects $780K in storm water fees; 15 percent still unpaid

    Though the Oldham County Storm Water Management District budget was approved in January after the fiscal court set the $41.16 per year rate, on Tuesday members of the Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the budget through June 30, 2010. 

    Art Henson, a member of the Storm Water Management District Board said about 15 percent of the storm water bills sent out a few months ago are still unpaid. 

    The district has collected about $780,000 in fees. 

  • City budget includes $50K donation to school

    Members of the La Grange City Council heard a second reading of the city’s annual budget at their meeting on Monday. Since its first reading, at the council’s meeting in May, there have been some line item changes.

    Revenues and expenses for the 2009-10 budget each total $4,481,290. 

    Council member Jason Taylor said those line items changed are in areas that are already “well-padded and well above what has actually been spent in those areas the past few years.”

  • Four $1,500 paramedic training scholarships now available

    The Community Foundation of Louisville is now accepting applications to the Brian Jennemann Memorial Scholarship Fund, a perpetual endowment fund created by Brian’s parents to honor his life and commitment to helping others. 

    On July 20, 2001, Brian died after a brief battle with meningococcal meningitis. Brian was an emergency medical technician employed by Jefferson County EMS and known for his love of the profession. 

    His mother, Debbie Newton, lives in Crestwood.

  • La Grange City Council meets regarding city's historic district

    While some say the city’s historic district ordinance is undermining property values in La Grange, others say the ordinance is the city's only hope for preservation. Guidelines for new or renovated property in the historical district include restrictions regarding work to awnings, cornices, decks, doors, fencing, gutters, brickwork, porches, driveways, sidewalks, retaining walls, roofs, siding, signs, skylights, and windows.

  • New community brand revealed

    The Oldham County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Oldham County Fiscal Court, Oldham County Tourism Commission and The Oldham Era unveiled a new community brand Tuesday. The new brand is expected to be recognized throughout Oldham County and utilized on community and business letterheads, public signage, economic development, tourism and other community marketing materials.  More than 100 slogans/logos were submitted through a contest facilitated by the 2007 and 2008 classes of Leadership Oldham County.