Local News

  • Teacher fired by OCS after DUI charge

    A Locust Grove Elementary teacher charged with driving under the influence has been fired by Oldham County Schools.

    Laura Munson, 52, a former gym teacher at the school, had her employment officially terminated on Tuesday. Her termination and unpaid suspension from Sept. 30 through her termination date were approved at Monday night’s school board meeting.

    Munson has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Superintendent Will Wells declined to comment on the decision at the school board meeting.

  • Child struck by car

    A ten-year-old child remains in criticial condition following a car accident Friday night.

    According to La Grange Police, shortly after 7:30 p.m. Friday the child was crossing the road in front of the La Grange Community Center on West Jefferson Street when he was hit by a Dodge Neon. The driver, who’s name was not released by the police, stated she was unable to avoid a collision and struck the juvenile with the front of her car. 

  • Gang cases split, five of eight heading to grand jury

    Five men charged with crimes ranging from conspiracy to commit murder to gang activity and drug possession are having their cases sent to a grand jury.

    The five are half of a group of eight individuals arrested more than two weeks ago in La Grange and alleged to be involved with the Southside Crips gang.

    Four individuals had their cases referred to a grand jury for possible indictment after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. Those four are Thomas L. Wenz, 22, of Shelbyville and Roger D. Wilson, 19, Brandon L. Davis, 18, and Felix A. Myers, 20, all of La Grange.

  • Faith event puts rivalries aside

    When students from the county schools meet on a football field, it’s usually about competition. Last Wednesday was different.

    “This is a day when they lay down their rivalries and come together in Jesus’ name,” said Steve Wigginton, area director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

  • Locust Grove Elementary turns to recycling to help fund programs

    With state funding for schools lagging behind needs, one local elementary school is coming up with a creative way to fund one of its programs.

    Locust Grove Elementary will host a massive recycling opportunity on Nov. 9, America Recycles Day, to help fund its Leader in Me program.

    The school is partnering with ECS Refining to take unused electronics and recycle them. For every pound of electronic equipment the school brings in, they will receive a nickel for their program.

  • Changes coming to GED Testing

    Deadlines for those hoping to finish up their GED are rapidly approaching before the test changes and progress is lost.

    The test for the GED changes roughly every 10 years and a new test will be implemented in January, Suzette Ertel, director of Oldham County Adult and Community Education said.

    To brace for those changes, Ertel’s department is holding an “Official Practice Test (OPT) blitz” on Nov. 1 to help potential GED test takers squared away from the last test in December before the new one takes effect.

  • South Oldham Rotary donates to Apple Patch

    The South Oldham Rotary Club and Apple Patch hosted a joint cookout at the Apple Patch Apex facility for Apple Patch clients, staff and board members, as well as South Oldham Rotarians.

    Apple Patch Executive Director and South Oldham Rotarian Arthur Avitabile manned the grill for the hungry crowd. 

    “The cookout went really, really well from our point of view.  Our clients enjoyed it very much and the staff were emailing each other and talking about how nice it was.” Avitablie said. 

  • New option for local sportswear

    As a parent, Nadia Miller understands wanting to support a child with some school pride, be it a t-shirt, car flag or a bleacher seat.

    And she also understands that currently, Oldham County doesn’t have a great wealth of places to buy spirit stuff for Oldham County school teams.

    Which is why Miller is opening Oldham County Sportswear in Crestwood on Nov. 1.

    “These parents want to see something that is actually for their school,” Miller said.

  • Utility increases winter donation program match

    In an effort to help the community’s most disadvantaged citizens pay heating bills during the winter months, Kentucky Utilities Company  announced that – retroactively effective Oct. 1 through March 31, 2014 – it will match $2 for every $1 donated by residential customers to Wintercare, the utility’s primary heating assistance program.

  • Watch for food allergy scares

    For the six million children with food allergies, haunted houses and spooky costumes aren’t the only scary parts of Halloween. An allergic reaction  from sweet treats can be frightening for both kids and their parents alike. 

    Food allergies are on the rise, and traditional Halloween candy often contains peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg and soy.  These are all common  triggers of a serious reaction known medically as “anaphylaxis.”