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  • Officials open new North Camden bridge

    Just in time for the new school year, county and state officials  gathered Tuesday to dedicate a new bridge on North Camden Lane.

    Previously, the bridge had a 3-ton weight limit and was 14 feet wide. It is now 24 feet wide and can hold 43 tons. Two cars will be able to pass side-by-side — before, drivers had to take turns crossing.

    The project cost $225,000, including $160,000 from state funds.

  • City employees will pay more for insurance

    The city of La Grange could save more than $30,000 after city council voted to change insurance benefits Aug. 6.

    About 24 full-time city employees previously paid 5 percent of their premiums, but will now pay 10 percent, doubling their monthly expense.

    While many workers across the country have faced rising healthcare costs, La Grange employees pay less than national averages, according to council member Jason Taylor.

  • Oldham County jail is falling apart

    Buckets catch rain leaking inside from the roof. Paint peels from the walls and  cinder blocks are so saturated they squirt water. 

    Oldham County’s jail is overcrowded and officials say it is in desperate need of repair.

    Jailer Mike Simpson said the facility is licensed to house 115, but averages more than 130 inmates daily.

  • Despite $220,000 deficit, school board keeps tax rate

     School district tax rates will remain the same, despite a $220,000 projected deficit.

    Oldham County Board of Education members unanimously agreed Aug. 10 to keep the current rate of 68.9 cents per $100 of property value.

    Retaining the current rate will cause the district’s revenue to be $219,000 less than the 2012-13 estimated budget, said Randy Davis, the district’s assistant chief financial officer.

  • Mayor scraps proposal for 1% tax on employee wages

    UPDATED >>> Mayor Bill Lammlein announced today (Thursday, Aug. 16) that he is taking the compensation tax off the table.

    "I'd like to give my city council members more time to find other ways to resolve this fiscal issue," he said.

    The proposed ordinance will not be on the Sept. 4 city council agenda.

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    If you work in La Grange, you may soon pay a tax on your wages to the city.

  • La Grange council to discuss proposed compensation tax Monday

    If you work in La Grange, you may soon find yourself paying a compensation tax to the city government.

    La Grange City Council is considering adding a 1 percent occupational tax to help pay down the city's bond used to purchase Oldham Reserve.

    The $6 million bond is now $8.2 million including interest, and payment is due in two years.

    The tax will be levied on each person working inside city limits. Under state law, some businesses are exempt, including banks, election workers and life insurance companies.

  • La Grange Fire & Rescue relocates to new station on Ky. 53

    Aug. 4 was an emotional day for Jim Sitzler, chief of La Grange Fire and Rescue, as he welcomed people to the department’s new main station.

    “I get a little choked up,” Sitzler said. “I’ve been on since ‘76 and I’ve seen the old and the new.”

    Members of the department and its board, local officials and local residents attended the dedication of the new station, located on Ky. 53 near Madison Avenue.

  • Program designed to boost reading skills

    More than 40 Oldham County teachers hit the books Friday as part of the district’s new Reading Academy.

    The two-semester program was designed in conjunction with Bellarmine University and will improve teacher understanding and capabilities in reading instruction, said Amy Grimm, the district’s intervention coach.

    Grimm’s focus is on improving reading skills across the district through the new academy and other programs.

  • County to test new emergency notification system

    Oldham County Emergency Management will be conducting a county-wide test

    of the new emergency notification system on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m.

     

    This test will include voice calls, texts and emails to all home and cell phone

    numbers, text message and email addresses of everyone who has either signed

    up through CodeRED or who was already registered in our previous system.

  • Crestwood man headed to jail for mutilating kitten

    A Crestwood man has admitted to mutilating a tiny kitten and now, he's headed to jail.
    Tanner Hublar, 18, appeared in Oldham district court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to his involvement in the death of a kitten June 15.
    His court appearance included a packed audience of animal lovers wearing ribbons marked "Chandler's Prayer" and carrying signs to express their anger against animal cruelty.
    Chandler is the name of the kitten stolen from the barn of Lynn and Gordon Robinson with three other kittens in mid-June.