Local News

  • Oldham County awarded $63,900 for computers, hazmat equipment

    The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has awarded $63,900 in State Homeland Security Grants to Oldham County for the  purchase of mobile data computers and hazmat equipment, Gov. Steve Beshear recently announced.

    “Homeland Security grants are a vital component in helping keep the Commonwealth safe and secure,” Gov. Beshear said. “They provide funds that enable our first responders to have the latest and best tools needed in their critical missions.”

  • The ‘Godfather of Oldham County’

    For perhaps the first time since the award has been given, the Oldham Countian of the Year unknowingly offered a prayer for himself as he blessed the night’s meal in front of a crowd of Chamber members.

    At the dinner where the award’s presented, he prayed for many things – those in the room,  those unable to attend the annual event, those in the armed forces and those who’d lost their lives defending the country.

  • News in brief

    Man arrested for eeplanning sexual eeencounter with girl

    A man who attempted to plan a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl at a La Grange park is now in jail.

    Nathan Ashcraft, 27, of Sulphur, faces charges of prohibited use of electronic communications to procure a minor for a sex offense, a class D felony; and distributing obscene matter – 1st offense, a class D misdemeanor.

    According to police, Ashcraft allegedly sent several inappropriate text messages to the girl and police were notified.

  • Six file as write-in candidates

    Oldham voters have a few more options when they head into the voting booth next Tuesday, as six individuals are qualified write-in candidates, according to the county clerk’s office.

    Galen L. Clark, a local attorney who lost in the primary election, filed Oct. 13 as a write-in for county attorney in the Nov. 2 general election.

    He lost the Republican bid for county attorney by 199 votes in May to the late John Fendley, who died in a farm accident in June.

  • School district plans three schools in Brownsboro

    Oldham County board of education members unanimously approved a master plan for a 95-acre campus in Brownsboro, which will include an elementary, middle and high school.

    Long-term projects include a natatorium, soccer, baseball, softball and stadium fields, as well as practice fields, fieldhouses and overflow parking lots.

    Representatives from K. Norman Berry Associates and Environs Inc., Landscape Architecture presented the plans at the board’s Oct. 25 meeting at Liberty Elementary.

  • Crestwood doctor sued by patient

    A Crestwood doctor faces a lawsuit from a patient who claims he sexually assaulted her in his office twice this year.

    Dr. Ashok Alur, 56, of Louisville, is a general physician operating a practice at the South Oldham Medical Clinic in Crestwood.

    According to police reports, Alur faces a sexual assault charge for an incident that took place at his office Sept. 21 with an unnamed female patient.

    A Trimble County woman and her husband have filed suit against Alur, and say the woman is twice a victim of unwanted sexual contact in Alur’s Crestwood office.

  • Destination Development

    He came to Oldham County as a tourist with a twist – he’d be evaluating the community as a destination spot.

    Roger Brooks, founder and CEO of the Seattle-based company Destination Development International, visited the area with his wife in April.

    Armed with a map and a camera, the couple set out to see what Oldham has to offer.

  • Grandfather bound, beaten in Briarhill

    Police say a 15-year-old knocked on his grandparents’ door Friday night in Briarhill subdivision and when his grandfather answered, the boy stormed the house with three males wearing ski masks.

    Once inside, the four bound the grandfather’s arms and legs with duct tape, beat him with handguns and forced him into the bathtub where he worked to escape as they collected items to steal from the house.

    The incident occurred about 11 p.m. Friday in the 6500 block of Park Place in Briarhill subdivision off Ky. 22.

  • Joy Ride

    A local woman’s childhood illness has sparked an interest in helping others in similar situations, one horseback ride at a time.

    Ann Rush of Louisville, is a former Oldham County resident. Diagnosed with leukemia at 16, horses are one of the things that got her through the tough times.

    Now, she’s taking that love of horses and willingness to help other sick children experience those moments of joy during an otherwise dark time.

  • Happy trails

    Hundreds of visitors turned out Sunday for a dedication of the area’s newest park, Shelby Trails.

    Located on Aiken Road at the northwestern limit of Todds Point, this 400-acre equestrian park and nature preserve will feature a 22-mile riding trail and several shorter ones when it opens to the public next spring.

    So on Sunday, with a backdrop of a barbecue feast and toe-tapping Bluegrass music by Kentucky Blue, Shelby County officials held a ceremony to honor Roger and Diane Shott of Anchorage, who donated their horse farm to the Shelby County Parks Board.