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  • New community brand revealed

    The Oldham County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Oldham County Fiscal Court, Oldham County Tourism Commission and The Oldham Era unveiled a new community brand Tuesday. The new brand is expected to be recognized throughout Oldham County and utilized on community and business letterheads, public signage, economic development, tourism and other community marketing materials.  More than 100 slogans/logos were submitted through a contest facilitated by the 2007 and 2008 classes of Leadership Oldham County.

  • County renews agreement for One Call Now service

    Members of the Oldham County Fiscal Court plan to extend the county’s agreement for the One-Call Now service.

    Judge-Executive Duane Murner will sign the agreement after officials from the county’s six incorporated cities sign an interlocal agreement to extend service for four years. 

  • On the other side of the story

    While I drearily stood in the grass near a train car early Saturday morning, South Oldham Fire Department Sergeant John Fekete placed his hand on my shoulder and smiled.

    “So you’re gonna be the victim, huh?”

    Dumbfounded by his question, I politely smile and nod.

    “Yep, that’s me,” I say. “The victim.”

    Little did he know how little I knew of the situation I was getting myself into.

  • Golf cart owners want green light for road use

    Cautiously creeping up to the intersection of Ky. 146 and Third Street, La Grange Mayor Elsie Carter looks to each direction before crossing the street.

    “Yee haw!” she yells as she firmly presses the gas pedal of her E-Z-Go golf cart – a $4,000 investment she made a year ago, which includes padded seats, flames on the side, chrome wheels, two tall orange flags and no seat belts.

    “You oughta get yourself a golf cart because it’s fun,” Carter said, chuckling. “You see things you never see when driving a car.”

  • Residents appointed Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court made the following appointments at their meeting May 19:

    • George Chapman, appointed to Assessment Appeals Board, three-year term;

    • Chris Haunz, currently an alternate, appointed to Code Enforcement Board, one-year term;

    • Stephen Moss, first-step recommendation to be alternate on Code Enforcement Board; and

    • Steve Shultz, re-appointed to Oldham County Ethics Commission, three-year term.

  • Property Transfers

    Crestwood

    Francis and Agnes Gladwin to James and Shannon Howell, lot 242, Kentucky Acres, 3113 Setting Sun Court, Crestwood, $238,000.

    Christine Wheeler and Asa Kemplin to Kristin and Robert Wilson, lot 12, Moody Heights, 1201 Amy Ave., Crestwood, $157,000.

    Kevin and Kelly Markle to Scott and Tammy Blevins, tract 30, Borowick Farms, 4200 Evergreen Road, Crestwood, $251,000.

    Pamela Sample, executrix for Alice Povey to Darrell and Theresa Oldham, 2601 Povey Lane, Crestwood, $60,000.

  • OLDA near deal with The Hocker Group to develop Oldham Reserve

    Members of the Oldham-La Grange Development Authority are close to reaching an agreement with The Hocker Group to develop a portion of Oldham Reserve.

    Don Basham, OLDA chairman, said OLDA met this past Thursday and approved some changes to the agreement, which they then sent back to The Hocker Group.

    Negotiations stopped last year between the two, mainly due to the state of the economy, Basham said, and some infrastructure improvements associated with Oldham Reserve. 

  • Court reduces fees for alarm ordinance

    Members of the Oldham County Fiscal Court heard a first reading of an ordinance to rescind an ordinance passed in March that requires home and business owners to register their alarm systems with local police.

    The new ordinance eliminates an annual charge – $20 for a residence, $40 for a business – associated with registering the alarm systems with local police. 

    A permit is still required for alarm users and permits must be updated or renewed only if the property changes hands.

    Fines associated with false alarms still stand.

  • Budget includes raises for county employees

     Oldham County’s $19 million budget for 2009-10 includes raises for county employees at the end of 2009.

    Chief Financial Officer Shawn Boyle calls it a “maintenance budget,” meaning there’s no significant growth or reduction, and officials are maintaining county services. 

    The county went to a high-deductible health care plan, which Boyle said allows county government to maintain the rates at a level of zero growth. 

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