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  • Been there, and fighting it: Veteran's Recognition event will focus on PTSD

    Many of America’s heroes are coming home and fighting a silent battle of their own — a battle many won’t acknowledge and can go undiagnosed and untreated for years.

    Post-tramautic stress — commonly known as PTSD — is being diagnosed in soldiers at increasingly higher rates. Many organizations are opting to drop “disorder” from the title to lessen the stigma associated with mental illness.

    It is likely not that more soldiers are experiencing PTS, but that the U.S. military has started paying more attention to it.

  • Superintendent will earn $157K

    The contract for new school Superintendent Will Wells shows a salary similar to the previous superintendent’s starting salary but with little leeway for increases.

    Wells signed a four-year contract this summer with the Oldham County Board of Education for $157,500 annually.

    When former superintendent Paul Upchurch took over the district in 2005, his starting salary was $137,500 — about $161,500 when adjusted for inflation. 

  • Congressman Davis announces abrupt resignation

    Congressman Geoff Davis announced at 6 p.m. Tuesday that he has resigned from his post as congressman for Kentucky's Fourth District. 

     “I thank the people of Kentucky’s Fourth District for the honor of serving as their Congressman over the last eight years," he said in a statement released by email.

    In 2011, Davis announced that he would not seek re-election in 2012, although at that time, he planned to complete his term. 

  • Total burn ban lifted

    The total burn ban for Oldham County has been lifted.

    Judge-Executive David Voegele, in agreement with Oldham County fire chiefs, has lifted the total burn ban effective immediately. 

    This means that while a ban on most outside burning continues statewide until at least Sept. 30, it is now permissible in Oldham County to resume agricultural and recreational burning, including campfires and outside cooking. 

  • I-71 north lane closure Tuesday, Wednesday

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office advises motorists of a lane closure on northbound Interstate 71 between mile points 18 and 22 in Oldham County.  The left lane will be closed Tuesday, July 31, and Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day.  KYTC crews will be performing tree trimming in this area. 

  • Boater struck by lightning

    North Oldham was literally a lightning rod during recent summer storms, with emergency crews responding to at least four lightning-strike fires in two days.

    The worst strike came July 19 while five people were on board a pleasure boat on the Ohio River.

    Officials say boaters were headed back to shore when the storm hit.

  • La Grange voters support expanded liquor sales 2-to-1

    La Grange residents voted to make the city “wet” by a more than 2-to-1 margin Tuesday, with more than 1,000 voters casting ballots.

    Of those voters, 751 voted for expanding alcohol sales in La Grange and 338 voted against.

    It is unknown what percentage of registered voters participated, according to Oldham County Clerk Julie Barr, because many of the voting districts extend beyond city limits.

  • Oldham property transfers July 16-20, 2012

    Jordan River Apple Patch LLC to IH of KY Inc. lot 34, Celebration Park, Crestwood, $45,000.

    Mary Louise Proctor Estate to Shazard and Connie Mohammed, lots 112, 1113-1117, Lake Louisvilla, 4810 Lake Louisvilla Drive, Crestwood, $45,000.

    Denis and Debbie Gravette to Christopher and Claudia Deeley, Sean and Stephanie Deeley, Stephen Deeley and Jeanie Atkins, lot 5, Tartan’s Landing, 11409 Tartan’s Landing, Goshen, $350,000.

  • County's emergency phone call system is changing

    The county’s emergency notification system is changing, and users of the current system may need to sign up again for the new service.

    Messages about emergency events will now be sent by CodeRED, who recently acquired all of One Call Now’s government clients.

  • State grant will pick up the tab for dead animal removal

    Members of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved a $3,000 grant recently for a deceased farm animal removal program in Oldham County. 

    The program was established as an interim measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky’s producers. 

    The recipient states that the county has been successfully composting small (under 100 pounds) carcasses for 18 months.