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  • Annual butterfly count nets 44 species

    Charles Covell spent early Saturday morning preparing to engage in an expedition studying wildlife in the wooded, hilly terrain of the Horner Wildlife Sanctuary near Brownsboro.

    Ferocious, stalwart carnivores? No. Slimy, slithering reptilians? Hardly.

    Try colorful and graceful. Elegant even. For Covell, a biology professor emeritus at the University of Louisville, and 29 other participants, Saturday morning was his time to count 

    butterflies.

  • OCPD announces targeted areas

    Officers from the Oldham County Police Department will target several areas for speeders this week.

    Targeted areas include Settlers Point subdivision, Westwood subdivision, the City of Orchard Grass Hills, Morgan Place subdivision, Hillcrest subdivision, Ky. 146 in Buckner and Lake Louisvilla subdivision. 

    Radar will be utilized in these areas and the speed limit is strictly enforced. 

    For information, call 222-1300.

     

  • Greenway section opens

    An 11-year dream became reality June 24, at least, part of it did.

    La Grange Mayor Elsie Carter and Oldham County Judge-Executive Duane Murner, above, are among many who celebrated cutting the ribbon on the first section of the Oldham County Greenways. 

    The section stretches from the Oldham County Public Library in La Grange 1.2 miles down Commerce Parkway.

    The asphalt has been down for a couple weeks and in steady use, Oldham County Planning and Development Director Louise Allen said, but was painted a few hours before the ceremony. 

  • Oldham County prepares for the Fourth of July

    Oldham County will celebrate the Fourth of July with a 'Freedom Celebration' at Wendell Moore Park on Saturday.

    For some, celebrating this holiday involves working more – for others, it involves working less.

    Click on the headlines below to get relevant, local information regarding the Fourth of July.

    Oldham County hosts 'Freedom Celebration' July 4

  • Dog helps tip neighbors off to fire

    A nervous dog helped save her family's home Monday as she tipped off a nearby painter of her burning house.

    When painter William Hahn arrived to paint a house on Allgeier Lane near Crystal Lake this morning, he smelled smoke next door but chalked it up to a grill or a meat smoker.

    But the dog kept darting in and out of a dog door looking nervous, Hahn said. And then he saw smoke creeping out of the garage, attic and windows.

  • Police investigate cemetery shooting

    Police are investigating a fatal shooting at the Pewee Valley Confederate Cemetery early Friday.

    Oldham County Police Lt. Col. Billy Way said one man is dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Passersby notified police about 8 a.m. of a shooting at the cemetery on Maple Avenue. 

    Way describes the victim as a white male in his 50s.

     

  • Kentucky’s minimum wage rate will increase July 1

     

    FRANKFORT, KY – Workers in Kentucky who are currently paid at a minimum wage of $6.55 per hour will see an increase in their paychecks after July 1. That is when the state’s minimum wage rate increases to $7.25 an hour. Although the federal minimum wage mandated increase doesn’t become effective until July 24, 2009, the Kentucky General Assembly voted to have the wage hike take effect earlier.

  • Crestwood resident earns ticket for buckling up

    Irene Beeler of Crestwood recently earned a ticket for wearing her seat belt, as part of Kentucky’s annual Click It or Ticket safety awareness campaign. 

    During the campaign, traffic safety checkpoints were conducted throughout the state. Those not wearing their seatbelts or violating other laws earned a citation. 

    Those wearing a seat belt earned a different kind of ticket – a “Click It FOR Tickets” voucher to register to win a set of six tickets to the Kentucky Speedway.

    Beeler is one of six winners throughout the state. 

  • North Oldham school construction nearing completion

    After two years, a $25 million construction project at North Oldham middle and high schools is nearing an end.

    NOHS should be mostly ready in time for classes to resume in August, Oldham County Schools Architect Aric Andrew told the board of education Monday night. He said at NOMS, the masonry, roofing and electricity are almost finished and painting is about half finished in the four new NOMS classrooms and in the choir and band rooms shared in a new corridor between the high school and middle school. He said those rooms should be ready for the start of school.

  • Butterfly count set for Saturday

    It’s time to step up and be a counter – a butterfly counter, that is.

    University of Louisville biology professor emeritus Charles Covell will join with other butterfly specialists to lead the butterfly count expedition Saturday at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County.

    Since the group started this survey in 1976, 70 butterfly species and more than 26,000 individual butterflies have been recorded, according to Covell.