Local News

  • Reed named KMEA Teacher of the Year

    Haley Reed, Choral Director at South Oldham Middle School, was recently named fifth district Kentucky Music Education Association Teacher of the Year. 

    Reed and the SOMS eighth-grade choir were selected through a rigorous audition process to perform at the KMEA Conference in February in Louisville. 

    During the recent KMEA Large Group Festival, all SOMS choir grade levels earned distinguished scores.

  • OC grand slam’s apple patch race is Saturday

    The final leg of this year’s Oldham County Grand Slam of Running – the Apple Patch 5K –is 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Brownsboro.

    The 5K run and 1-mile walk begins at Brownsboro General Store on Ky. 329. Registration begins at 7:30 for runners and the fee for any runner who hasn’t signed up yet is $25.

    All participants will receive an Apple Patch t-shirt and the top three finishers in each age group receive trophies. 

    For information visit ocgrandslam.com

  • Baptist Northeast hosts several classes this week

    Baptist Hospital Northeast will host several classes this week.

    An anesthesia prenatal class will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at BHNE. From 8 to 9 p.m. Monday at BHNE is a “Healthy Journey for Two” class discussing the impact of tobacco, alcohol and medications on a developing baby. Both classes are free. 

    To register call 222-3627 or visit baptistnortheast.com.

    A colon cancer support group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital, as does the Living Well with Diabetes support group.

  • Council goes for it

    The chances are slim, it’ll cost at least $10,000 even if they fail, but the La Grange City Council is going to try to get railroad crossing gates across Second Street to preserve the city’s quiet zone.

    Federal Railroad Administration guidelines stipulate that La Grange must do something at the crossing by June 3 or when June 24 comes, trains will start blowing their horns at about 100 decibels through town and won’t stop until the city meets much more stringent and expensive rules, CSX Supervisor of Public Affairs and Safety Bryan Glover said.

  • It’s a dirty job, but someone in Oldham has to do it

    I started my Monday morning watching two men pluck animal carcasses from the side of the road. 

    It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. In this case, that somebody is a crew from the local state highway maintenance division. 

    I rode with Jonathan Donner and Hardy Little as they retrieved and disposed of animal carcasses along state roads in Oldham County. Monday’s mission included finding two deer carcasses reported to the department and taking the carcasses for compost in Middletown.

  • The bucket list

    Buy a black Corvette Stingray convertible — check. Cruise Route 66 — soon.

    In the spirit of Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, two best friends in their 60s are checking through their bucket list.

    Last week Wallace Bullard of La Grange got a start on his bucket list — a list of things to do before he hits the bucket — with the purchase of the Corvette. 

  • Westport River Daze festival

     The Westport River Daze festival offers fun for the whole family this Saturday.  

    • 7 a.m. – 5K run/1K walk at Westport Park

    • 10 a.m. – Parade down Main Street, Westport Fire Department Explorer Unit  grand marshalls.

    • 11 a.m. – Horseshoe tournament and registration for car show.

    • 1 p.m. Bluegrass Cornhole sanctioned tournament 

    • 2 p.m. Spirit of Jefferson river boat boards for two-hour Ohio River cruise.

  • Oldham Studio Tour & Art Sale

    The fourth annual Oldham Studio Tour and Art Sale takes place Saturday and Sunday. The tour and art sale showcase the work of artists who live, work and create in Oldham County.  Both traditional and contemporary media are exhibited in the two-day, multi location event,  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    Of the 18 studios with 45 participating artists scattered around the county, seven are located in La Grange, one each in Crestwood and Pewee Valley.  The Westport community will host nine studio locations.  

  • Second shredding event is Saturday

    The second annual free community shredding event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

    Last year, more than 1.7 tons of material were shredded and recycled at the event.

  • Swine flu watch changes tactic

    The number of Oldham County students infected with Swine Flu is unknown, but school officials do know it hasn’t affected attendance.

    The number of students infected by the H1N1 virus is tough to determine, since it’s up to parents to inform schools about students’ diagnoses, Director of School Health Services Teresa Gamsky said. In the last couple weeks, fewer parents have been calling to inform schools.

    “We don’t really have the right to know unless a parent tells us,” she said.