Local News

  • SOHS grad killed in Sunday morning crash on I-64

    A 2007 South Oldham High School grad died Sunday morning while traveling to Louisville with friends.

    Kiara Hinkle, 21, of Louisville, died at the scene of a crash on I-64 in Franklin County.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Hinkle's vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday in the westbound lanes of I-64 near milemarker 58.

    Hinkle and her four passengers are all students at the University of Kentucky.

  • Oldham jailer, police chief both hospitalized in Louisville

    Oldham County's police chief and jailer are both under doctors' care in Louisville hospitals.

    Chief Michael Griffin is recovering after suffering a heart attack early Sunday morning.

    Lt. Col. Billy Way said Griffin was transported to Baptist Hospital East hospital by Oldham County EMS about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, where surgeons completed a successful angioplasty to open a blocked artery.

    A second vein has a 60 percent blockage, and another vein has some blockage, Way said.

  • Corbin woman indicted for newborn’s death

    An Oldham County grand jury has indicted a 20-year-old Corbin woman who told police she doesn’t recall giving birth while visiting a La Grange prison or allegedly concealing the infant’s body in a restroom trash can.

    Police say Ashley Nicole Cox gave birth to a 6 pound, 5 ounce healthy baby girl March 7 in a visitor’s restroom at Roederer Correctional Complex before stuffing the infant’s mouth with toilet paper and concealing the body in a trash can.

  • Driver leaves scene after his passenger is ejected

    A Carrollton man faces charges of second-degree manslaughter after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident March 28.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Esteban Valasquez, 25, lost control of a 2002 Ford Explorer while traveling south on I-71 and struck a pillar supporting an overpass at mile-marker 34.

    Police believe alcohol is a contributing factor, and Valasquez is charged with driving under the influence.

    The crash ejected a 27-year-old male passenger from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Clerk’s office releases voter info for elections

    The May primary is fast approaching, and officials from the Oldham County Clerk’s Office are reminding voters to be prepared.

    For the 2010 election season, voters are reminded to verify their party affiliation, address and precinct by contacting the clerk’s office prior to election day. For information, call 222-0047.

    Absentee voting will be conducted at the clerk’ s office in La Grange beginning April 21.

    Those eligible to vote by machine starting on that date include:

    • voters who will be absent from the county on election day;

  • E.ON U.S. launches online map for power outages

    A new online map launched by E.ON U.S. will show power outages in real-time for E.ON customers.

    According to a press release from the company, the online outage map shows outages across service territories of Kentucky Utilities, Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Old Dominion Power.

    The map is accessible by smartphone.

    Regardless of storms or clear days, officials said the map will be available online year-round and a tutorial is offered to navigate the system.

  • Debate about the debate continues

    A representative from Insight Communications advised members of Oldham fiscal court Tuesday that broadcasting a political debate on Insight Channel 25 is possible, but risky.

    Keith Hall, senior vice president and deputy general counsel for Insight, detailed the partnership between Insight and county government. Oldham County’s franchise requires one channel – Insight Channel 25.

  • Debates important for voters as well

    There’s nothing more revealing about the abilities of candidates than their participation in a good, well-run and fair debate.

    Debates are an important part of any campaign. They can give voters a balanced picture of where the candidates stand on similar issues raised through debate questions. By many counts, they can truly help voters decide which person to support when they step up to cast their ballots on Election Day.

  • News Briefs

    Green Thumbs Garden Club meets Monday

    The Green Thumbs Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 12 at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, located at 12501 Harmony Landing Lane, Goshen.

    Tavia Cathcart will lead a discussion on wildflowers.

    For information, call the Oldham County Extension Office at 222-9453.

    History center hosts spring lunch series

    The Oldham County History Center will host “It’s About the Hat!” at noon Saturday.

  • Dollar General CEO to present leadership seminar in Oldham

    The retired chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corp. will visit Oldham County later this month to speak during a leadership seminar in Crestwood.

    Cal Turner Jr., who served as CEO from 1977 to 2002, will host “Lessons in Leadership” scheduled April 20 at Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center.

    Turner’s father and grandfather started the business in Scottsville in 1939 as a dry goods wholesaler. Under his leadership, the company grew to more than 6,000 stores and $6 billion in sales.