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  • Former teacher takes plea in DUI case

    The case of a former elementary school teacher accused of driving under the influence on school property has been resolved.

    Laura Munson, 52, a former teacher at Locust Grove Elementary, entered an Alford plea last week on one DUI charge.

    By submitting an Alford plea, Munson maintained her innocence in the case, but admitted prosecutors had enough evidence to likely convict her of DUI. An Alford plea is technically a guilty plea.

  • County man sentenced to 18 months in prison for bank, wire fraud

     

    An Oldham County man will serve more than a year in jail and repay thousands of dollars in restitution for defrauding five banks located in the county.

    James Distler, 45, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to repay $144,936 by U.S. District Judge John Heyburn II, after pleading guilty to three charges of bank fraud and two counts of wire fraud in September.

  • La Grange commission looking at historical guidelines

     

    After 10 years with no changes, La Grange’s Historic Commission is updating its guidelines.

    At a special meeting on Wednesday, the commission reviewed part of the guidelines, changing some wording to make the guidelines easier to use. The review also serves as a way to update or omit guidelines that are unclear, unfeasible or obsolete.

    “They are guidelines, it’s not a one size fits all,” commissioner Tom Clemons said.

  • Work approved for I- 71 bridge

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court has been working with the Kentucky Department of Transportation to begin construction on a new four lane bridge over I-71 which will link Commerce Parkway with New Moody Lane. The bridge is intended to help alleviate traffic congestion related to Oldham Reserve. Recently, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet gave permission to Gohmann Construction Company to begin work as soon as possible. The bridge is expected to open in 2016.

    Several companies submitted bids to the bridge work. Gohmann Construction’s winning bid was $9,129,000.

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  • La Grange mayor Lammlein won’t run for re-election after one term

    The City of La Grange is once again searching for a new mayor.

    Mayor Bill Lammlein, who took office four years ago, recently told the Oldham Era he is sticking to a pledge to only serve one term as mayor. That leaves an opening for chief executive of Oldham County’s largest city.

    So far, no one has filed to replace Lammlein with roughly three weeks until the filing deadline, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. But Lammlein said there are qualified people to take his spot.

  • 2014 elections could mean change in leadership

    With less than three weeks until the filing deadline, the majority of the county’s top elected officials could see an easy re-election.

    Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. is the filing deadline for anyone seeking a federal, state or local office in Kentucky, according to County Clerk Julie Barr.

    But as of Monday, it was mostly those who currently hold elected office who had already filed to run in 2014.

  • Gang group back in court

    Seven individuals charged with participating in organized crime have pleaded not guilty after being indicted on that and other drug charges.

    La Grange Police arrested the seven who appeared last week, plus one other man in October after a weeks-long investigation into possible drug and gang activity.

    According to police, the Oldham 8 are affiliated with the Southside Crips gang, but those charged have denied the affiliation in court.

  • Special vote for alcohol at Yew Dell

    A popular Crestwood event center is hoping a special election will allow them to sell alcohol by the drink.

    Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is host to many business events and weddings year-round, but currently can only make alcohol available by hiring a licensed caterer to provide it.

    But a recently- passed state law has expanded those currently limited options for the property, Jackie Gulbe, communications coordinator for Yew Dell, said.

  • Pass the salt, please

    Directing two tons of metal through treacherous conditions sounds like a nightmare for most, but for Andy Rankin, it’s just another day on the job.

    Rankin sits behind the wheel of truck 38 as a four-year veteran of the Oldham County Road Department. This winter, he and the department have gone out to salt or plow five times to head off wintery conditions on county roads, Rankin said.

    “It’s not a hard job, it’s just tedious,” Rankin said. “Your mind has to be in the game.”