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  • Leap-day lady celebrates 13th birthday after 52 years

    Look out world, Vicki Duggins is a teenager.

    No, really, Wednesday was, technically speaking, Duggins’ 13th birthday... even though she was born 52 years ago.

    “I just always thought it was kind of neat,” Duggins said of having a Feb. 29 birthday. 

    “Even as an adult, people will come out and say ‘How old are you going to be this year?’

    “I’m going to be 13 this year, you better look out!”

  • More beer here?

    La Grange residents may get the chance to vote on alcohol laws later this year. Oldham County Tourism Commission officials have posted petitions at area businesses in hopes enough signatures will be obtained to hold a special election.

    Kim Buckler, executive director, Oldham County Tourism, said her organization is behind the push.

    People have talked about making the city “wet” for years, she said, but nobody took the initiative to start the process.

  • A pack of 'pacas

    She calls her baby boy for kisses. He runs over, hair flopping, big brown eyes like liquid jewels in a sweet face.

    This baby is the newest addition to Denise Coonley’s alpaca family, currently numbering a dozen. And they all get kisses, not just baby Seven.

    Coonley’s farm, Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm, is located just off Ky. 22 in Ballardsville and is pretty much a one-woman operation.

  • Hand in Hand: Prospect doctor, biomedical engineer volunteer in Nicaragua

    Two Prospect residents traveled to Nicaragua earlier this month to provide medical support to one of the world’s poorest countries.

    Dr. Cynthia Rigby, an obstetrician/gynecologist, and Courtney Nanney, a biomedical technician, joined 10 others on the trip.

    Hand in Hand Ministries and the Greater Louisville Medical Society Foundation partnered to send the group of physicians and medical workers to Managua, Nicaragua, for a week.

  • Bids for county facility are 72% over budget

    Plans for new road and recycling buildings went off the road when officials opened project bids at the Feb. 7 fiscal court meeting.

    “We’re all in shock over the prices that came in,” said Magistrate Brent Likins, chair of the building construction and maintenance committee last week.

  • Meth lab found in Carroll County

    Police have arrested a Carroll County woman after discovering a meth lab inside her home located at 221 Pryor Branch Road. 

    Kentucky State Police discovered the lab about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday.

    The meth lab was found at the residence along with several ingredients used in manufacturing methamphetamine. No children were present in the home.

    Kimberly Granger, 39, Carrollton, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.

  • Defibrillator, school staff help save OCHS student's life

    A defibrillator and the quick work of Oldham County High School faculty saved a student’s life last week when 16-year-old Cole Gibson went into cardiac arrest.

    Principal Brent Deaves said Gibson, a junior, was in class when the incident occurred.

    Teacher Joan Thompson immediately called the office and reported a medical issue and Assistant Principal Stan Torzewski rushed to the classroom.

  • Autism Center serves adults in a child-centered industry

    A new project by Apple Patch is providing unique opportunities for adults with autism.

    The Autism Center at Apple Patch opened in early January in Crestwood Station and is at 50 percent capacity already, said Joe Spoelker, director of development and marketing.

  • Ethics panel reviews Oldham property assessor’s family hire

    An ethics hearing for Oldham County’s property assessor continued last week in Frankfort.

    Ron Winters is one of 11 property valuation administrators across the state accused of nepotism in a case that began in 2008. If found guilty, penalties can range up to $5,000.

    The county PVA is elected to assess the value of property for property taxes.

  • Wreck on I-71 delays traffic Friday afternoon

    A two-car wreck on I-71 southbound slowed traffic Friday afternoon just past the La Grange exit.

    A maroon Ford Explorer attempted to merge after getting on I-71 at exit 20 and rear-ended a brown van. The van went into the emergency lane and came to a stop, according to La Grange Fire Department Major Keith Smith. 

    The Explorer left the roadway and spun around in the median, ending up facing north. 

    The van's two occupants and the driver of the Explorer all refused transport. 

    The wreck has been cleared and I-71 is open.