Local News

  • District welcomes 75 new teachers

    Oldham County school teachers and administrators have 75 names and faces to learn Wednesday when classes resume — and they’re not part of the student rosters.

    More than 75 teachers have been hired to replace those who resigned, retired or transferred to other districts over the summer, said Phillip Moore, director of personnel for the board of education. Several teachers are also on medical leave.

    “It’s more than what I thought there would be, but we’re finishing up the paperwork for new hires as we speak,” Moore said.

  • Truck strikes building on Main Street

    A Louisville driver said a bad set of brakes and a malfunctioning clutch are the reason he inadvertently stopped his truck on the sidewalk Friday afternoon on Main Street in La Grange.

    Eric Biegert said his truck’s brakes failed as he traveled through La Grange to a friend’s home to help him move.

    He said he recently had the clutch and brakes on his truck repaired, and doesn’t know what happened. The truck died and started again before rolling into a nearby car.

  • OCPD chief, head of planning office announce plans to retire

    The county’s police chief and planning and development director recently announced their plans to retire.

    Louise Allen, planning and development director and Oldham County Police Department Chief Mike Griffin will both retire

    Sept. 1.

    Griffin has served as police chief for OCPD for eight years and Allen has worked with planning and development for 10.

    Members of Oldham fiscal court appointed officials to serve in the interim.

  • Very superstitious?

    Staff members at the Oldham County Animal Shelter are crossing their fingers and hoping Oldham residents aren’t superstitious later this month.

    To celebrate the upcoming Friday the 13th, the shelter will waive the adoption fee for all black cats.

    Director Barbara Rosenman said “cats of all sizes” are available for adoption. She said she’s been visiting a farm house in Ballardsville where 20 black cats were found.

  • Council drops $400K from city budget

    La Grange city officials have spent the past month whittling down a budget that will cut costs for the city by more than $400,000.

    After a $4.9 million budget proposed by the city failed to pass at the council’s June meeting, council members presented a re-worked budget that cut costs in several departments.

    The council – minus council member Wally Nay, who was absent due to illness – raised concerns with the original budget about charitable contributions and allotments for employee health insurance and pay raises.

  • Caring for the community

    Later this month, representatives from various medical fields and churches are hosting an event they hope will help people, inside and out.

    The Oldham Clinic, scheduled Aug. 28, is a one-day event organizers hope will meet the needs they suspect many Oldham residents have. Offering medical help, a chance for a spiritual connection, food, clothing and even a family photo, the event is the first of it’s kind in the county.

  • Hatch Act is back

    Just a few months after advising a county official in regards to a Hatch Act violation, another county employee is the subject of an identical complaint.

    Stuart Ulferts is the democratic candidate for county attorney in November’s general election. He currently practices law in Oldham County and serves as both assistant county attorney and advises the Oldham County Planning and Development Commission.

  • Downtown organization needs director

    The executive director of Discover Downtown La Grange is leaving her position, but she isn’t going far.

    Barbara Manley Edds, who has served as DDL’s executive director for about two years, said she will officially resign when the board has hired someone new.

    She’s staying on the DDL board, however, and maintaining a business in downtown La Grange.

  • Race is 30 days away

    One month from today (Thursday) hundreds of competitors from around the world will pedal through Oldham County as part of the annual Ironman triathlon.

    The event, scheduled Aug. 29, begins with a 2.4-mile swim in the Ohio River, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and then a 26.2-mile run.

    Part of the bike ride brings racers through downtown La Grange, twice. Though the event is still a month away, area businesses already have plans for the day.

  • Man accused of rape pleads not guilty

    An Orchard Grass Hills man accused of raping a teen girl has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    Thomas A. Catherson, 35, was indicted in June by an Oldham County grand jury and charged with repeatedly raping the girl – a relative – between 2008 and 2010.

    According to court records, Catherson admitted to investigators that he’s had sex with the girl – who is younger than 16 – more than five times in the past two years.

    He claims the sex was consensual.