Local News

  • No need for speed

    Instead of asking forgiveness, city officials are asking permission this time before changing the speed limit on two state highways in La Grange.

    Last fall, city officials erected several signs along sections of Ky. 146 and Ky. 53 in La Grange to lower the speed limit from 45 to 35 mph.

    But state transportation officials removed the signs in November because the city lacked proper approval to change the speed limit.

    Drivers complained, but Mayor Elsie Carter said the city intended to make those stretches of roadway safer by slowing down the traffic.

  • HDB Service Group plans fall fundraiser

    The HDB Service Group, Inc. is planning something different for its 2010 fundraiser.

    HDB will host Les Bon Temps Bash, a fundraising party at Louisville’s historic Coach Lamp Restaurant on Vine Street from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18.

    The fundraiser’s theme comes from the Cajun saying, “Laissez les bon temps roulez,” which means “Let the good times roll!”

    The Coach Lamp’s Executive Chef, Richard Lowe, came to Louisville from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Flags lowered for fallen la grange soldier

    Gov. Steve Beshear ordered flags to half-staff July 8 to honor a La Grange soldier killed in Afghanistan.

    Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher Chapleau, 33, an infantryman stationed at Fort Campbell, died June 30 at Forward Operating Base Blassing of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, which was deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year.

    His death marked the 21st soldier from the 101st Airborne killed in Afghanistan in June.

  • Orchard Grass man indicted for rape

    An Oldham County grand jury has indicted a 35-year-old man with five counts of raping a 14-year-old family member.

    The indictment charges that Thomas A. Catherson, 7410 Orchard Grass, repeatedly raped the girl at their home between 2008 and 2010.

    According to court records, Catherson admitted to investigators that he’s had sex with the girl more than five times — but less than 10 times — since she was 12. 

    He claims the sex was consensual.

  • County fire departments raise more than $125,000 for Crusade

     Based on preliminary figures, La Grange Fire & Rescue led the charge for Oldham County fire departments, collecting $31,235 for the WHAS Crusade for Children. 

  • Horse kick proves fatal to Fendley

    Those who knew and worked with him called him a fair, pragmatic and kind-hearted man — who loved his job, his farm and his family.

    County Attorney John Fendley, 64, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday after an accident Sunday afternoon at his Buckner farm, said Duane Murner, county judge-executive.

  • Superintendent praised in job review

    Grades are in, and Oldham County superintendent Paul Upchurch “exceeds expectations” in 47 of 53 categories according to the five-person panel that evaluated him.

  • Ethics charges reinstated

    Ethics charges brought in 2008 against the Oldham Property Valuation Administrator Ron Winters were reinstated Friday after he was cleared of the charges more than a year ago. On Friday, the Kentucky Court of Appeals also reinstated ethics charges brought against PVAs from 10 other counties for hiring or promoting members of their families.

  • Site still dealing

    A website that allegedly failed to deliver Derby and Oaks tickets to at least five victims is now offering special travel packages for the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.

    Derbydeals.com, operated by Oldham County Magistrate Scott Davis, is guaranteeing the “lowest price tickets” to the prestigious international racing event. The site offered a 10 percent discount to those who purchased tickets early.

  • Superintendent graded on job performance

    Grades are in, and Oldham County superintendent Paul Upchurch “exceeds expectations” in 47 of 53 categories according to the five-person panel that evaluated him.

    Board members considered seven broad areas when evaluating Upchurch, specifically his visionary and instructional leadership skills, business and finance skills, relations with board members, community relations, staff and personnel and personal qualities.

    The board panel said Upchurch “met expectations” on the remaining six categories.