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  • ‘A genuine, 
honest person’

    By Wesley Robinson
    News Intern, The Oldham Era

    Prospect Councilman Mike Scott, a resident of the Hunting Creek neighborhood, died suddenly July 12.

    Scott had served on Prospect’s City Council since November 2008, having been re-elected in 2010 and 2012. He was a licensed investigator and insurance consultant. He also served as a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee and the Prospect Ethics Commission.

  • Second reading Aug. 5 for new La Grange tax

    A special meeting of the La Grange City Council has put a new compensation tax on the fast track. A new version of the controversial proposed tax could be passed after a second reading at the next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5.

    The proposed tax, one of six new ordinances having a first reading Monday, would take 1 percent of salary or hourly wages paid to anyone working within La Grange city limits.

    Mayor Bill Lammlein said last week he was going to try to get the tax up for a vote as soon as possible.

  • Clean water for China

    For some teachers, summer break means time to relax or go on vacation. For a group of teachers from East Oldham Middle School, summer meant working in rural China.

    The group was overseas finishing a fund-raising project started during the school year by the seventh-grade class at EOMS. That grade has raised money for water purification systems for the past seven years.

    The systems are sent to poor, underdeveloped countries struggling to get clean water to remote areas.

  • Oldham County 
Property Transfers

    Landmark Custom Homes LLC to Julia and Dimtriy Zilberman, lot 113, Longwood, 1701 Wellington Lane, Goshen, $328,335

    Terese Halton to Marjan Keener, lot 4, Locust Run, 4706 Three Lakes Road, Crestwood, $188,800

    Misty McNichols to Paul and Donna Kerr, lot 277, Orchard Grass Hills, 9308 Apple Orchard Place, Crestwood, $152,500

  • Prospect council selects Evans to serve as mayor

    By Wesley Robinson
    News Intern, The Oldham Era

    It took less than 20 minutes for the Prospect City Council to pick its new mayor during a special-called meeting Monday night.

    John Evans was unanimously appointed mayor and will serve out the remainder of the term, which became vacant when Ken Corey resigned July 1. Evans’ term ends Dec. 31, 2014.

  • Fiscal court approves appointments to several boards

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court approved various board appointments during its regular meeting Tuesday, July 16.

    Two men were assigned to the Ballardsville Fire Protection District. Mark Osborne has been reappointed and Douglas Wingert will replace Eugene Satterwhite. Both terms expire June 30, 2016.

    Judge-Executive David Voegele also appointed Tom Emanuel to the Oldham-La Grange Development Authority board for a term ending June 30, 2017.

  • Fire departments in need
 of dedicated volunteers

    By Wesley Robinson
    News intern, The Oldham Era

    The South Oldham Fire Department wants you.

    The department is holding an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 27, at its department at 6310 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood.

  • OC schools in no rush to raise dropout age

    Oldham County Schools Superintendent Will Wells said the district is in no hurry to implement a new state law raising the age students can drop out of high school.
    Senate Bill 97 raised the legal age for dropouts from 16 to 18 earlier this year. The new law was a voluntary mandate until it was adopted by 55 percent of the state’s school corporations. Last week, 96 school corporations adopted the law, which means it will be effective in every district by the 2017-18 school year.

  • Mayor to put tax plan back on table

    While the proposed compensation tax for people who work in La Grange was defeated three weeks ago by city council, a wage tax may not be dead yet.
    The city’s ordinance committee met Thursday, July 18, to discuss new ways to borrow money, after Moody’s Investment Services downgraded the city’s credit rating from A2 to Ba2 – two levels below investment grade.
    The committee also discussed a new proposal  compensation tax.
    Mayor Bill Lammlein said after the July 1 vote that he wouldn’t bring up the tax again.

  • Fiscal Court OKs first reading of OC comprehensive plan

    The newest Comprehensive Plan for Oldham County made its first stop in Oldham County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, July 16.
    Jim Urban, director of Planning and Development Services, presented the plan to the magistrates for a first reading. He outlined the main points, including the new land-use map, which will aid in identifying what areas of land can be used for specific types of development.
    Fiscal Court will host a second reading of the plan at 6 p.m. Aug. 6, tp accommodate anyone from the public who wishes to speak on the matter.