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  • Waterlogged

    • Pewee Valley fire fighters closed traffic on Central Avenue after a tree fell across the roadway.    • Torrential rain flooded Ash Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

  • Tree limb, train cause weekend power outage in Buckner

    A tree limb and a train conspired to knock out power to about 1,400 Oldham County homes during the weekend. 

    About 5 p.m. Saturday a branch fell on power lines near the train track in Buckner, blowing a transformer, Oldham County Dispatch Second Shift Supervisor Tom McCain said. A few minutes later a train came along and dragged the power lines, ripping them down, taking out power to about 1,400 homes.

    McCain said LG&E returned power to all but 135 homes in about two hours. The others came back online that night, he said.

  • La Grange officials set tax rate

    Members of the La Grange City Council heard the first reading of the proposed ad valorem tax rate at their meeting Monday. 

    The proposed tax rate is 22 cents per $100 of real property and 26 cents per $100 of personal property. According to the ordinance, if passed, any resident who pays the tax bill before Oct. 20 would receive a 2-percent discount and any bill paid after Nov. 20 will be subject to a 10-percent penalty.

    The second reading of the ordinance will take place at the council’s next meeting, Sept. 7.

  • Acute care hospital at Baptist Northeast set to close

    After three years of being unable to fill the beds, a unit within Baptist Hospital Northeast will close within the next few weeks.

    Oak Tree Hospital will close around the beginning of September after three years of operation, administrator Dennis Johnson said.

  • Council decides fate of city’s $11K sign

    After months of controversy regarding a sign in front of the James T. Beaumont Community Center in La Grange, city officials have voted to approve it. 

    The city spent $11K on the sign, only to learn post-construction that it doesn’t comply with the city’s historic guidelines. 

    The sign reads, “James T. Beaumont Community Center” and is internally illuminated.

  • Fatal crash kills triathlete, Pewee man a passenger in vehicle

    The Latest: A triathlete died Saturday morning after a drunk driver struck the cyclist with his car. 

    The cyclist, John Carr, 47, of Owenton, was competing in the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Triathlon, riding his bicycle down Chamberlain Lane when he was killed. 

    Police say the driver, Kenneth Yates, 25, of the 13000 block of Sure Fire Lane, Louisville, continued driving after his vehicle struck the cyclist.

  • La Grange Utilities will relocate to former hardware store

    A need for more space and a central location have prompted officials from the La Grange Utilities Commission to find a new location. 

    Director John Bennett said the commission plans to purchase a building on Ky. 146 – the old Ace Hardware building in La Grange. He said he hopes the moving process will be complete by the end of the year. 

  • Officials study Pewee Valley properties prone to flooding

    Oldham officials approved a contract Tuesday for engineers from DLZ Kentucky Inc. to study drainage in Pewee Valley.

    Engineers will examine drainage on Ky. 362, including flooding issues along Ash Avenue and Ashbrooke and Village Green subdivisions in the past several years.

    The study will be paid for with a $200,000 Kentucky Infrastructure Authority grant. The company will perform a study and analysis of the issues and host public meetings to come to a solution to the problems.

  • Scam involves payment for classified ads

    Consumers who have purchased classified ads in newspapers could be targeted by scam artists and should not give out personal information over the phone.

    Attorney General Jack Conway said the state’s consumer protection hotline has received complaints that someone claiming to be from a newspaper is contacting advertisers asking for credit card and Social Security numbers.

    Newspapers across the Commonwealth are asking advertisers not to respond to these calls and not to give out personal information over the telephone.

  • Court appoints residents to local posts

     Members of the Oldham County Fiscal Court made the following personnel changes at their meeting Tuesday:

    • Accepted the resignation of Lori Brown at Animal Control, effective July 31.

    • Appointed Laura Bohne for full term on planning commission, to expire Aug. 6, 2013.