Local News

  • Rescuers equipped with gear for pets exposed to smoke

    Devastating losses of several pets to house fires in the past year prompted officials a local veterinary hospital to donate life-saving equipment to the South Oldham Fire Department. 

    Dr. Jeff Willard, founder of the Crestwood Veterinary Hospital, presented the fire department with two sets of oxygen masks designed specifically for dogs and cats.

  • Prospect police will soon debut hybrid police cruisers

    Two gas-electric hybrid police cars could debut in Prospect as early as Friday, Mayor Todd Eberle said, making it the first city in Kentucky to utilize carbon-reducing cruisers.

    Prospect could eventually add a total of nine Ford Escape Hybrids to its police fleet — one for each full-time patrol 


    Each SUV would be adapted for police use and equipped with energy-saving LED lights.

    The SUVs cost about $28,000, Eberle said, and will replace the department’s aging fleet of gas-guzzling Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors.

  • Cowboy Church planned Friday

    Christian Country Cowboy Church will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Oldham County Fairgrounds. 

    Admission is free. For information call 222-7587 or 553-3696.

  • Openrange Gun and Paintball awarded national five-star status

    The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently awarded five-star status to Openrange, a status shared nationally with only 14 other firearm ranges.

    CEO Barry Laws said Openrange is thrilled to represent Kentucky as a leader in the shooting sports and be recognized for their dedication to safety and innovative entertainment.

  • Ollie Bell ‘Cissy’ Smith, 79

    Ollie Bell “Cissy” Smith, 79, of La Grange, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at her home. 

    She was a member of Westport Baptist Church and a retired bookkeeper for PNC Bank.  

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond and Emma (Snowden) Taylor; two brothers, James Taylor and Edmond Taylor; and one sister, Patricia Higgins.

  • Former OCHS runner killed in Ky. 1817 crash

    Police say the driver in a fatal crash on Cedar Point Road had been traveling at a high speed as he followed a fellow Oldham County High School grad.

    Devon T. Willingham, a 2008 graduate of OCHS, died at the hospital after his vehicle collided with a tree about 8 p.m. Dec. 1 along Cedar Point Road (Ky. 1817) in Buckner.

    The crash left Willingham, 20, and his passenger, Timothy A. “Timmy” Shain of Buckner, trapped inside.

  • Utility rates may increase

    Water rates for customers of the La Grange Utilities commission may be on the rise. 

    Members of the La Grange City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance Monday to raise rates from $1.22 to $1.70 per 1,000 gallons – a 39-percent hike. 

    According to LUC officials and the ordinance, a rate increase of at least 20 percent is necessary to recover the  increasing cost of purchasing water from the Oldham County Water District. 

  • Parents Day Out registration nears

    The Oldham County YMCA is now accepting registration for the last session of Parents’ Day Out for 2009. 

    This program provides a playgroup for children and break time for parents to shop, run errands, have an extended lunch or just relax. Children can learn a lot from regular play dates with friends including social skills, sharing, communication and how to deal with separation issues. 

    The Parents’ Day Out program will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from Dec. 14 to Dec. 30 for children ages 2 to 5. 

  • Blood drives planned Monday and Tuesday

    The Oldham County chapter of the American Red Cross will host a blood drive 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Ballardsville Baptist Church, 4300 S. Ky. 53, Ballardsville.

    A second  blood drive is scheduled 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at  La Grange Baptist Church, 1139 Commerce Parkway, La Grange.

  • A semi-blocked crossing

    A stalled semi halted traffic earlier this month — annoying motorists and delaying trains when it became stuck on a steep-graded crossing at Railroad Avenue near Ky. 146 in Crestwood.

    It’s common for over-sized vehicles to get stuck there, said Matt Cornell, a spokesperson for the Oldham County Police Department.

    Cornell couldn’t provide immediate figures, but many recall when a locomotive crunched a stalled limousine after it bottomed-out on the tracks a number of years ago.