Local News

  • 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.

  • Vandalism cuts into fun at park

    Recreational volleyball players who want to feel their toes in the sand at Briar Hill Park better  watch where they step.

    For the second time in as many months, vandals are targeting the court by littering it with shards of broken glass.

    Oldham County Police received a report Friday night from a Briar Hill Park board member that broken glass had been found in the sand volleyball court.

  • News in brief

    Event provides proper drug disposal

    Law enforcement officials from the Oldham County Police Department and the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office will collect unused medications Sept. 25.

    The event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Grange Fire and Rescue Station No. 2 on Ky. 146 in Buckner and the North Oldham Fire Department on Ky. 1793 in Goshen.

    Officials hope to collect expired, unused, or unwanted medications from the public for proper destruction.

    The initiative is sponsored by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Pedestrian bridge is a step in the right direction for Greenways

    Finding a way to connect two parts of the Oldham County Greenways project is no longer an issue and won’t cost the county anything to build.

    The process has begun to bring a new bike and pedestrian bridge to Oldham County as part of the county’s Greenways project – connecting a path for cyclists and pedestrians from La Grange to Jefferson County.

    Oldham officials recently approved a work order for URS Corporation to provide design and engineering services for a bike and pedestrian trail overpass project in the county.

  • Amid cuts, local non-profits must justify funding

    Citing budget shortfalls and a need to justify spending, the mayor of La Grange is questioning how some non-profits spend donations from the city.

    Mayor Elsie Carter recently sent letters to Discover Downtown La Grange and the HDB Service Group in La Grange asking for information from the organizations before funds the city budgeted are issued.

    While members of both organizations say they have no problem providing the information, they say the letters took them by surprise.

  • First steps

    Some enlist the help of a parent and others, a grandparent. Some already know what they wanted to study and others have yet to decide. Some will graduate this year and others are starting the process early – as sophomores.