Local News

  • Shooting in Lake Louisvilla is drug-related

    Police believe a drug deal gone wrong prompted a recent shooting in Lake Louisvilla.

    Officers from the Oldham County Police Department responded to a disorder in progress in the 7400 block of Hemlock Avenue about 9 p.m. Sept. 14.

    Police arrested 23-year-old Matthew Elkins of Crestwood after he allegedly threatened two men with a shotgun and fired at least one shot in their direction.

    Police said Elkins took money from the two men in exchange for drugs, but instead of handing over drugs, he accepted cash and told them to leave.

  • Cyclists under siege on Oldham roads

    Police are advising cyclists to be keenly aware of oncoming traffic as they pedal through Oldham County after a cyclist reported a Dodge truck involved him in a game of chicken.

    County Attorney Courtney Baxter said cyclists have reported that an oncoming truck has crossed the center line while approaching cyclists head-on and swerved at the last minute, causing at least one cyclist to veer off the roadway in recent weeks.

  • Animal lover Mary Ann Tyler was heartbroken.

    When treating fire victim patients at Baptist Hospital Northeast, she met a woman whose family lost not only their entire home, but their three dogs, too.

    “It broke my heart,” Tyler said. “I put myself in her place and that would be the worst thing. I just hate to think that they would suffer.”

    Tyler, who has two dogs and also feeds four stray cats, learned from paramedics that at least one of the family’s dogs may have survived if rescuers had proper equipment, such as an oxygen mask.

  • News in brief

    18 vehicles for sale

    Oldham officials have declared 18 county vehicles as surplus.

    Vehicles from the county’s police department, jail, parks and recreation department, sheriff’s office, road department and planning and zoning will be sold by sealed bid in October.

    Surplus vehicles include:

    • four 2004 Ford Crown Victorias;

    • three 2005 Ford Crown Victorias;

    • two 2001 Ford Rangers;

    • a 1998 Dodge Durango;

    • a 2003 Dodge Durango;

    • a 2002 Ford F150;

  • A new authority

    Merging two entities that deal with clean water in the county could eliminate confusion for residents.

    Two local utilities, the Oldham County Sewer District and Oldham County Stormwater Management District, will soon merge into one agency – the Oldham County Environmental Authority. Both districts are already managed by the same company, Veolia Water.

  • Discount for developers will stand

    Tax assessments for hundreds of vacant lots have been the topic of appeals for almost three years. Three local boards and a state board recently came to the same conclusion – a group of local developers are right to have appealed the assessments on vacant lots they own in Oldham County.

    In 2008, a group of local developers appealed assessments of more than 300 vacant lots. Property owners have the right to appeal any assessment and a local board decides if the assessment is too high, too low or fitting for the property.

  • Dilapidated structures must be repaired or removed

    Two Oldham properties –  one in Goshen and one in Crestwood – have been declared dilapidated structures by the county and must be repaired or removed.

    A home at 7311 Autumn Bent Way in Orchard Grass Hills has been abandoned for some time, according to Tim Tyree, the county’s code enforcement officer.

    Orchard Grass Hills mayor Darlene Yarberry sent a petition to Tyree outlining the property’s issues.

    Besides being abandoned, the structure has been boarded.

  • Cash for trash

    Oldham residents who recycle could soon be eligible for rewards at several local and national businesses.

    At Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting, Elmer Hershfield, general manager of Industrial Disposal, presented RecycleBank – an incentive-based program intended to motivate residents to recycle.

    Hershfield said the county’s recycling program – which began in April 2009 – serves 3,264 residential units in Oldham County. The average amount of weight per household recycled bi-weekly is 17 pounds, he said.

  • Tea party to host debates in Oldham, Henry

    Incumbent Ernie Harris and John Black, candidates for the Ky. State Senate District 26, will debate at 7 p.m. today (Thursday) in the Oldham County High School auditorium. State senate district 26 includes Oldham, Carroll, Henry, Trimble counties and a portion of Jefferson County.

    The Kentucky Tri-County Tea Party will host the event. The party’s members, along with students from OCHS, supplied questions for the debate. Questions from the audience will be allowed if time permits, event organizers said.

  • Party place

    Eyeing a dozen or so barely clad 20-somethings basking in the Kentucky sun, Joe Clark knows the challenges he faces as owner of the increasingly popular swimming hole called Falling Rock Park.

    Clark picks up stray beer cans and plastic bags and grimaces as he watches promiscuous college-age kids climb rocks they’re not supposed to.