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Local News

  • Ink spill closes I-71 until late afternoon; traffic will be rerouted

    Interstate 71 near the Oldham-Jefferson line is covered in blue and yellow ink and northbound lanes will be closed until late afternoon.

    Oldham County Police spokesperson Billy Way said a tractor-trailer crashed about 10:20 a.m., spewing 500 containers of blue and yellow ink across the interstate.

    No injuries have been reported.

    The truck overturned between the Oldham-Jefferson line near the rest area, and came to rest in several pieces, Way said.

    Emergency crews have determined that the ink is a non-hazardous material.

  • Candidates for state senate debate gaming, roads and experience

    Though Ky. Sen. Ernie Harris, a Republican, and Democrat challenger John Black may not see eye-to-eye politically, they’ve certainly seen a lot of each other as election day nears and stumping continues at break-neck speed.

    Harris and Black are running for the Ky. senate district 26 seat, which covers Oldham, Carroll, Henry, Trimble and part of Jefferson counties.

    Harris and Black faced off Oct. 7 at a debate forum hosted by Oldham County Chamber & Economic Development and The Oldham Era.

  • Carter, Ulferts debate services

    Two candidates vying for the Oldham County Attorney seat squared off Oct. 7 at a debate hosted by the Oldham Economic and Development Chamber and The Oldham Era.

    John Carter, a Republican, of La Grange, said he wants to focus on prosecuting DUI cases and obtaining grants to prosecute juvenile offenders in the county. Top Oldham GOP members selected Carter to run for the seat following the tragic death earlier this year of long-standing county attorney John Fendley.

  • Clark to file as write-in

    As of press time, a local attorney who lost in the primary election planned to file as a write-in candidate Wednesday for county attorney in the Nov. 2 general election.

    Galen Clark said he’s had more than 200 voters encourage him to run, and many told him whether he files as a write-in candidate or not, they plan to write his name on the ballot.

    Write-in candidates must file paperwork at the clerk’s office to have votes cast in their name counted.

  • Legal fees skyrocket

    By Laura Hagan

    Staff writer, The Oldham Era

    Just 90 days into the fiscal year, legal expenses for the city of La Grange are creeping close to the amount allotted for 2010-11.

    Now, city officials are charged with the task of deciding where to find more money for legal fees.

    City attorney Graham Whatley has billed the city for $5,500 in legal fees during the past three months – an amount that accounts for half of the city’s line item for legal fees through June 30.

  • News in brief

    Crestwood doctor charged with sexual assault told police he was ‘tempted’

    A Crestwood doctor facing a sodomy charge told police he was “tempted” and “distracted” the day he allegedly sexually assaulted a female patient in his office.

    Oldham County Police arrested Dr. Ashok Alur, 56, of Louisville, after a 38-year-old female patient told detectives Alur allegedly assaulted her during a Sept. 21 office visit.

  • Officials are concerned about trees

    A drought is taking its toll across the state and is killing some of Pewee Valley’s oldest residents.

    As of Oct. 4, 25 trees were dead along the Ky. 146 corridor, and approximately 20 more are expected to die before spring, said Dick Filippini, chair of Pewee Valley’s tree board.

    “The drought is taking its toll on the trees of Pewee Valley,” he lamented. He added that things will only get worse as October is historically the driest month of the year.

  • Pilot sentenced in $2M scheme

    A Crestwood man is the last of 14 defendants to be sentenced in a $2 million scheme to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Dean Anthony Toth, 39, of Crestwood, was sentenced to one year and nine months imprisonment, and Daniel Joseph Milliner, 48, of Mauckport, Ind., was sentenced to two years imprisonment in U.S. District Court for conspiring with 12 others to defraud the VA through fraudulent disability benefits.

    U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer B. Coffman also sentenced Toth and Milliner to three years’ supervised release following incarceration.

  • Waiting on rain

    It seemed like the heat wave would never end, but it did. And now, it seems rain will never return to Oldham County.

    With only three days of rain in the month of September and less than a week’s worth in August, Oldham County is in the midst of a serious drought. The entire county’s been under a burn ban since mid-June and unless there’s some significant rain in the next few days, it’ll likely be extended – end date to be determined.

  • ‘Surprise’ $2M changes school board budget

    Oldham school board members had only one night to review and approve a $110 million revised working budget for fiscal year 2010-11.