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  • Sewer rate increase avoided

    Sewer district officials avoided having a second rate increase this year, but they’re telling customers to expect rate hikes during the next five years.

    Members of Oldham fiscal court reviewed the Oldham County Sewer District’s budget Tuesday and approved a revenue option that doesn’t  include an increase in rates but does include debt refinancing. 

  • Graduation 2009

     The Oldham Era was there. We came, we saw and we took LOTS of pictures! You will find them in our paper this week and at the bottom of this web page in the slideshow. See your graduate? Email John at: jfoster@oldhamera.com for a reprint!

  • School district cuts 4 more jobs

    Teachers aren’t the only employees losing their jobs due to budget cuts at Oldham County Schools. Two central office positions and two career center positions will be eliminated effective July 1. 

    Superintendent Paul Upchurch said he decided to eliminate positions for a district communications director and a facilities consultant. Those positions save a little more than $100,000 in district funds. 

    “It’s strictly a financial decision,” Upchurch said.

  • Baptist Medical Associates opens new practices

    Donna Gatewood, M.D., and Richard Hefner, D.O., both family practice, have joined Baptist Medical Associates Crestwood, which opened April 30 at 6106 Crestwood Station, Suite A.

    Jeffrey Reynolds, M.D., family practice; Robin Kindig, M.D., and Tonya Perkins, M.D., both internal medicine and pediatrics; and Sue Potvin, FNP, adult family nurse practitioner, have joined Baptist Medical Associates Eastpoint, which opened May 4 at 2400 Eastpoint Pkwy., Suite 550, in the Eastpoint Business Park.

  • La Grange Police remind juveniles of summer curfew

    The La Grange Police Deparment has set a city curfew for juveniles during the summer. 

    City ordinance states those under the age of 18 cannot be in any public place – including assemblies, buildings, streets, etc.) within the city during these hours: from 1 to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday.

    It also violates the ordinance for a parent to allow a juvenile to violate the curfew and they could face fines of up to $500 or jail time for more than one offense.

  • Heilman appearing on university’s TV show

    A local writer and historian who has worked with the Oldham County History Center will be featured on an upcoming TV program.

    At 5:30 a.m. Monday and 2 p.m. June 25, Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, chancellor of the University of Richmond, member of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and CU alumnus will appear on a show on the Kentucky Educational Television channel – the university’s “Dialogue on Public Issues” TV show, hosted by John Chowning.

  • Baptist Northeast plans outpatient center

    Baptist Hospital Northeast hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its Baptist Crestwood facility on June 10. 

    The $3 million, 12,450-square-foot facility is scheduled for completion in January 2010 and will house outpatient diagnostic imaging and physical therapy.

    The facility is also the future home of the Baptist Medical Associates family practice of Donna Gatewood, M.D., and Richard Hefner, D.O., FAAFP and other physician offices. 

    Plans are to expand Baptist Medical Associates’ staff and hours to provide walk-in and after-hours care.  

  • Vegetable garden prompts fencing changes in Prospect

    One family's small vegetable garden could lead Prospect officials to change the city's fence ordinance. 

    During the last two years that he's tended to a vegetable garden in his yard, Bob Westerman said he's received no complaints from his neighbors, especially since they enjoy the fresh tomatoes, squash and peppers he shares. 

    But complaints made their way to the city council about the 6-foot row of trellises  staked around the garden to protect his produce from deer. 

  • Baptist Northeast’s first OtisKnee surgery performed

    Eugene Jacob, MD, orthopedic surgeon recently performed Baptist Hospital Northeast’s first OtisKnee replacement surgery on Roy Lyons of Shelby County. Dr. Jacob is now one of only a handful of physicians in Kentucky doing the OtisKnee.

  • GM, Chrysler financial woes hit close to home

    Consumed by rumors concerning the fate of the Chrysler corporation, Art Moser struggled to sleep on May 13. 

    The next day, Moser, a managing partner at Perkins Eastside car dealership in Crestwood, received a FedEx package from Chrysler. 

    He and fellow employees who congregated in the meeting room broke into applause as they learned they didn’t make the list of dealerships marked for closure.