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  • Pyramid Awards fund innovative teaching ideas

    Twenty-one Oldham County School teachers are being recognized for innovative and engaging ideas during the 2011 Pyramid Awards.

    The awards are given by the Oldham County Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to bridge the gaps in classroom funding.

  • Veggies sprout in cafeterias

    School lunches have a bad rap in popular culture — cartoon lunch ladies serve up mystery meat, jiggly masses of who-knows-what and make it all look pretty unappealing.

    But in school cafeterias across Oldham County, students are served whole grains, roasted vegetables and lots of home-style cooking. 

    The school district is the county’s most prolific food franchise, with 17 locations.

  • Officials eligible for 3 percent pay raise

    The county’s finance committee voted to recommend magistrates accept only a 1 percent increase for 2012, keeping in line with the committee’s recommendation to other county agencies.

    Magistrates and some other elected officials are eligible for a 2.96 percent raise based on the consumer price index and accommodating increasing in the cost of living.

    The CPI raise is the only way salaries can be raised after being capped at $7,200 in the state constitution.

  • I'd pay to save time and money on groceries

    Grocery shopping is my personal form of torture.

    I'll gladly dash into Thornton's for milk. And I'm overjoyed to make a Target run. However, when it comes to "we need eggs, trash bags, yogurt, bananas, pancake mix" and so on, I feel like the luckiest wife on the planet that my husband is willing to go after work on weekdays with a curious almost-2-year-old in tow.

  • Locals earn awards from Kentucky Heritage Council

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Heart of Danville was the big winner during presentation of the 2012 Kentucky Main Street Program Awards, which took place Wednesday at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort. In addition to established categories, the Award for Excellence in the Main Street Four-Point Approach® for 2012 was created by the awards committee specifically for Danville, in recognition of its successful implementation and integration of each of these revitalization strategies – promotion, organization, design and economic restructuring.

  • Health officials say birds not an immediate illness concern

    Oldham County health officials say there is little risk of disease from the flocks of birds gaining national attention this week.

    Chad Lynch, public information officer for the Oldham County Health Department, said the department doesn't see the birds as a major health concern at this time.

    Histoplasmosis, the most common form of bird-related disease, only spreads in dry conditions.

    The largest concentration of birds are in La Grange off Jericho Road, where they are feeding on nearby cornfields.

  • Fatal crash snarls traffic on I-71 northbound

    A fatal crash on Interstate 71 early Friday morning snarled northbound traffic for several hours.

    Kentucky State Police report that a fatal crash near the 38-mile marker in Carroll County claimed the life of Lokey Shorter Sr., a 63-year-old truck driver from Trotwood, Ohio.

  • Former Oldham teacher facing sex abuse charges

    A former Collins High school teacher charged with six counts of having sexual relations with students was given new date Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange next will appear March 19 to face six charges of first-degree sexual abuse.

    Although the sexual conduct was consensual, investigators have said, it falls under KRS statute 510.110, which specifies charges when a person is in a position of authority or special trust. That includes teachers.

  • Audit shows Oldham EMS overspending since 2008

    After a tumultuous year filled with changes at Oldham County EMS, an annual audit revealed the district’s expenses have surpassed revenues for the past three years.

    Fiscal court reviewed the audit at its Jan. 17 meeting.

    Stan Clark, county CFO and OCEMS board member, presented the audit.

  • Local non-profit arms residents with basic computer skills

    An Oldham County group is working to not only provide technology education, but provide a networking resource for technology-minded people.

    Oldham County Technology Advancement Network Enterprise — known as OCTANE — started about eight years ago as an offshoot of Oldham Chamber and Economic Development, said founder Beach Craigmyle.

    It was a special-interest group within the chamber, with Oldham County Online owner Lambert Franklin an early supporter.