Local News

  • River Daze planned Saturday

    Westport will be buzzing with activity Saturday with the annual River Daze festival.

    The day starts early with 5K run and 1K walk at 7:30 a.m.

    The Ky. 524 loop will have many locations for the annual community yard sale that runs from 8 a.m. to noon.

    The parade down Main Street kicks off the festivities at 10 a.m. with fire departments, Antique Iron club tractors, horse riders and more.

    Parade Grand Marshall for 2010 is Glenn Watson, long time Westport resident, community leader and volunteer.

  • Educational group distributes $55K to Oldham teachers

    Oldham County’s educational foundation, which operates under a 501c3 tax exempt status, will distribute $55,000 in grants throughout the school district this year — but not many people know about it.

    “I’m told it’s one of the county’s best-kept secrets,” said Gayle Johnson, OCEF treasurer. “We’ve done a poor job getting the word out, but supporting the educational infrastructure is one of the most important components of pushing our school district to a higher level,” he said.

  • Children who witnessed burglary could testify

    A circuit judge will decide if two children who witnessed a burglary that led to a fatal shooting in February 2009 will testify against one of two men charged with murder.

    According to court records, the children, now 13 and 9, allegedly saw two men break-in to 33-year-old James E. Bailey’s apartment the night he died.

    Investigators believe the children witnessed the burglary from a back bedroom but did not see the shooting that led to Bailey’s death.

    Their mother – Bailey’s girlfriend – wasn’t home at the time.

  • Cat takes up residence, gives birth outside Kroger

    A grayish-brown tabby cat who made the Kroger store in La Grange her home for more than a year is now looking for a place to live.

    Lori Chapman is a merchandiser at Kroger and said every time she’s visited since last summer, the cat has been there.

    Though the cat wasn’t people-friendly at first, she gradually warmed up to customers as they offered her food and affection.

    Soon she made a home under a display outside the store – one with patio furniture, wood pallets and artificial turf.

  • Local PTAs honored for contributions

    Representatives from Oldham County PTAs were among the over 200 attendees at Kentucky PTA’s fourth annual convention in Louisville last month.

    The PTAs represented include: 13th District PTA, East Oldham Middle School PTSA, Buckner Elementary PTA, La Grange Elementary PTA, Special Education PTA of Oldham County, North Oldham Middle School PTSA and South Oldham High School PTSA.

  • Oldham Countian of the Year nominations accepted

    The Oldham Chamber & Economic Development office is currently accepting nominations for the 2010 Oldham Countian of the Year Award.  Applications/Nomination forms will be accepted through Sept. 1.

    Individuals may self-nominate. 

    Forms are available by contacting the Chamber office at 222-1635 or e-mailing DEKarem@OldhamCountyChamber.com. 

  • Yard signs fill city, county dumpsters

    Whether advertising yard sales, homes for sale, weekend events or elections, Pewee Valley officials say residents need to keep personal signs off public property.

    At the August meeting of the Pewee Valley Town Council, council member Dick Filippini said the city’s sign ordinance is being ignored.

    “There are so many signs around the city – and it looks trashy,” he said.

    Filippini said he’s received a few calls from residents about signs throughout the city.

  • Topix.com ends ‘pay-to-police’ policy

    A website that pulls content from news agencies, offers message boards for readers to post anonymously and then charges victims to remove offensive posts is under fire by the attorney general’s office.

    Attorney General Jack Conway led the effort to stop abuses by Topix.com and Monday, along with 34 attorneys general who signed on to support his efforts, announced that an agreement has been reached with the Internet message board host to improve consumer protections and eliminate the $19.99 fee to expedite review of abusive or inappropriate posts.

  • Moonlit dips land swimmers in district court

    Three teenage boys – two nude and one partially clothed – ran from police early Monday morning after an officer ending his shift heard a group swimming in the county pool.

    As Oldham County Police Sgt. Jimmie Laytham walked to his vehicle about 2:30 a.m. Monday behind police headquarters in Buckner, he heard noise coming from the Oldham County Aquatics Center nearby.

  • Oldham receives $45K in agricultural funds

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $45,278 in Oldham County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program at their June business meeting.

    The Oldham County Farm Bureau submitted a proposal to the Oldham County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers.