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  • Teachers receive half-percent raise from county

    School district officials announced last week that — despite their preliminary budget — teachers will be getting a raise in the fall.

    Superintendent Will Wells, who began his new position July 1, listed teacher compensation as a top priority during the superintendent hiring process.

    Now, district officials have decided to dip into a contingency fund to offer an additional .5 percent raise.

  • Project Guild to celebrate life of Oldham County’s 'Buddy'

    La Grange man’s untimely passing doesn’t cancel plans to honor his life of service

    After decades of tireless dedication to his community, a life-long Oldham County resident died Saturday. Willie S. Head — better known to all as “Buddy” — was 74.

    Head had been named grand marshal for this year’s Oldham County Day parade and considered it an honor.

  • Few similarities found in recent traffic deaths

    Considered the deadliest day on U.S. roadways, Oldham County Police responded to three car crashes during on July 4.

    None included serious injuries, however, the number of traffic-related fatalities statewide is higher this year than last. 

    A crash on I-71 southbound at mile marker 21 sent a 24-year-old woman to the hospital with a minor head injury, according to OCPD spokesperson Sarah King.

  • I-71 to be closed Sunday morning

    The Department of Highways District 5 Office announces intermittent closures on Interstate 71 at the KY 329 bypass (mile point 14.3) in Oldham County.

    Interstate 71 will be closed intermittently in both directions, up to 15 minutes at a time, on Sunday morning, July 8th from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. This closure will allow for utility work. 

  • New summer program targets high-achievers

    School district officials hope to continue raising the educational bar in Oldham County through a selective summer program.

    The Oldham County Student Scholars program launched this summer under the guidance of Jackie Howell, the district’s secondary gifted and talented educational services coordinator.

  • A second helping: New owners reopen Brownsboro Eatery

    After four years of standing empty, the Brownsboro Eatery’s doors have reopened with new owners and a fresh coat of paint.

    Visitors can expect a similar menu and feel, as Goshen residents Ed and Dianna Hunsinger are keeping the restaurant’s general store theme.

    Ed, who also owns Empire Tax Service in Crestwood, said he has wanted to buy the old building since the “for sale” sign went up three years ago.

  • Lightning damages homes as Sunday’s summer storms keep first responders busy

    Lightning struck at least four Oldham County homes as strong thunderstorms moved through the area Sunday evening.

    Crews from all six local fire departments responded to lightning strikes between 8 and 10:30 p.m. at locations across the county.

    Only one lightning strike resulted in a serious fire, according to officials.

  • For firefighters, practice makes perfect

    It’s amazing how time warps in a crisis — some minutes slow to hours, some disappear in minutes.

    That happened when North Oldham Fire Department crews arrived at Mayo Lane June 20 — even though it was only a training exercise.

    About a dozen firefighters from the North Oldham and Westport departments gathered for weekly training that evening, not sure what to expect.

  • PVA fined $5,000

     A state commission has ruled Oldham County’s property assessor violated ethics laws by hiring and promoting his wife.

    Ron Winters is one of 11 property valuation administrators across the state accused of nepotism in a case that began in 2008, although several others have since left their posts or were defeated in elections.

    Winters faces a $5,000 fine and must display the state law he violated in a prominent place in his office.

  • Crestwood charged with arson, wanton endangerment after fire, standoff

    More than just candles were on fire at a Lake Louisvilla birthday party Sunday evening.

    As a child's fifth birthday celebration wrapped up on Glenwood Drive, neighbor James W. Crawford Jr., 51, threw accelerant onto the house's siding and caught it on fire, according to Pewee Valley Fire Chief Bob Hamilton.

    When fire crews arrived around 11:30 p.m., residents had extinguished much of the fire, Hamilton said.

    The fire caused no major damage but about a dozen people were inside the home when Crawford allegedly set it ablaze.