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  • Oldham EMS chooses finalist for management outsourcing

    Oldham County EMS board members voted Monday to formalize a contract with Baptist Health Affiliates, Inc. to outsource OCEMS management duties.

    Baptist Health Affiliates is part of the Baptist Health Care system, which also operates Baptist Northeast in La Grange.

    A team of six evaluators considered the five responses received after the board released a request for proposals April 9.

    The evaluators reviewed the submissions independently, and board member Stan Clark, also the county's CFO, said evaluators agreed Baptist stands out as the best fit.

  • Apple Patch hosts boat race

    A local non-profit celebrated Derby week with its own unique twist Thursday.

    Apple Patch, a Crestwood-based organization, hosted its second-annual boat race for employees and clients the day before the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race.

    Apple Patch promotes independence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Local cancer survivors selected for parade at the Kentucky Oaks

    The crowd roared as a parade started down the track at Churchill Downs Friday. But this time, it wasn’t a parade of horses, but a parade of survivors.

    The fourth annual Survivors Parade honored 138 cancer survivors clad in pink from around the Louisville area just before the Kentucky Oaks race.

    The women, many alongside a family member, walked from the backside of the track to the paddock.

  • Seven seek GOP nod for 4th district seat

    With seven Republican candidates vying for the 4th Congressional District seat, the primary election May 22 is as important as the fall general election.

    Only two Democrats are running for the congressional post currently held by Rep. Geoff Davis, Williamstown attorney Bill Adkins and Corinth businessman Greg Frank.

    The crowded Republican field includes two Oldham County residents, Brian Oerther and Walt Schumm.

    Northern Kentucky is the most populous area in the district, which includes Covington, Florence, Newport and Fort Thomas.

  • Teacher admits to having sex with students

    A former high school teacher and La Grange resident arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students is unlikely to serve jail time. 

    Shannon Hirchert, a special needs teacher at Shelbyville’s Martha Layne Collins High School in 2010-11, pleaded guilty Monday to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter.

    Hirchert, 43, reached a plea agreement with Shelby County prosecutors. 

  • Club withdraws land donation for park, library

    A plan to donate land for a new Goshen park and library by the North Oldham Lions Club has unravelled after dissension amongst the club’s leadership.

    Following a board meeting Monday, club president Carol Hublar said the offer is being withdrawn.

    Since December, club board members have disagreed on specifics for donating the 24-acre park currently owned by the club on U.S. 42.

    The land is part of a park donated to the NOLC in 1971 by Edith Belknap in honor of her husband, William.

  • Local GOPs host candidate forum

    Republican candidates for congress and local offices addressed voters at The Oldham Debates April 25.

    The Oldham, Henry and Trimble county Republican parties hosted the debate at Oldham County High School, with more than 350 in attendance.

  • Creativity is key for Relay fundraising

    Fundraising efforts for Relay for Life are on track for a successful year, according to event organizers.

    The fundraising goal for this year’s Oldham County event, scheduled May 11 and 12, is $100,000. 

    So far, almost $22,400 has been collected, but event chair Tony Cotten said many donations are typically turned in closer to the event.

  • Take a hike, bikes?

    When Butch Farrell visited La Grange in January, he brought his family — and his bike.

    But he might not return to Oldham County if a county bicycle ordinance is passed.

    The ordinance, still a draft in the public safety committee, would require permits for all commercial bicycle events or non-commercial rides with more than 50 participants. Event organizers must pay for police traffic control and advertise the event.

  • Oldham Reserve needs $5 million

    Local officials have continued discussions about how to move forward on development of Oldham Reserve business park. 

    Members of the Oldham-La Grange Development Authority met with officials from the city of La Grange and fiscal court to discuss the development’s history and plans to move forward.

    The Oldham Reserve project began eight years ago when the county and city governments jointly purchased 1,000 acres off New Moody Lane in La Grange.