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  • Fire departments annex land to create taxing district

    La Grange residents will see a tax for fire protection listed on their 2009 tax bill after two fire departments sought to annex territory in the city of La Grange.

    The additional tax comes after approval by Judge-Executive Duane Murner to annex territory for the La Grange Fire Protection District and Ballardsville Fire District.

  • Storm water fees will be $36 to $80 per year

    Residents throughout most of the county will soon pay $36 to $80 per year to improve local water quality, thanks to a pair of ordinances passed by members of fiscal court Aug. 6.

    The program comes from an unfunded federal mandate to improve local water quality as part of the Clean Water Act.

  • Sewer district board approves pay raises

    The Oldham County Sewer District’s nine employees will see a small raise this year despite the shadow of a $16 million debt.

    Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court stepped in this summer, telling OCSD officials they need to minimize their debt.

    Executive Director and Chief Engineer Vince Bowlin said the 2.5 percent raise is less than a cost of living increase.

  • La Grange man acquitted for murder, sentenced for robbery

    A La Grange man acquitted of a 1984 killing to which he was linked by DNA evidence is sentenced to 24 years in prison on a related robbery charge.

    An Indiana judge sentenced Kevin Mark Weeks, 44, Friday to a lengthy term even though a jury acquitted Weeks in the beating death of 89-year-old Loretta Keith of West Terre Haute, Ind.

    Weeks’ attorney has said she plans to appeal the robbery conviction.

  • Council designed to unify local law enforcement

    Consultants who studied law enforcement in Oldham County earlier this year recommend an oversight council to unify three local law enforcement bodies.

    The study, commissioned by Oldham County Fiscal Court, examined operations and functions of the La Grange Police Department, Oldham County Police Department and Oldham County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Pond preserved: City of Prospect celebrates purchase of Putney Pond

    On 25 acres in the middle of a city sits a pond, wooded area and homes for several different species of animals. It’s hidden off U.S. 42, just a moment’s drive from Prospect City Hall, and though it was going to be used for development, the city has purchased the land for preservation.

  • NOt ready: As classes are delayed, North students have three extra days to head south for vacation

    Summer will last just a little longer for North Oldham High School students. NOHS students did not start classes Wednesday with the rest of the Oldham County Schools’ district, based on Superintendent Paul Upchurch’s decision Monday afternoon.

    He said the school wouldn’t be ready for occupancy Wednesday, citing safety and security concerns.

  • North Oldham High School delayed

    North Oldham High School will not start classes Wednesday with the rest of the Oldham County school district, Superintendent Paul Upchurch decided Monday.

    Upchurch said the school will not be ready for occupancy, citing safety and security concerns.

  • Punctual paying Pewees will save pennies on property tax

    Any resident of Pewee Valley who pays his or her property tax by Oct. 31 will receive a 10 percent discount, the Pewee Valley City Council voted Monday when they approved their property tax rate.

    The rate will be the same as last year — $14.4 per $100 of assessed value.

  • La Grange also offers tax discount

    Members of La Grange City Council hosted a first reading Monday for the city’s tax rate.

    The rate is the same as the previous fiscal year – 22 cents per $100 of real property and 26 cents per $100 of personal property. Residents who pay their tax bill before Oct. 20 will receive a 2 percent discount and any bill unpaid by Nov. 20 will add a 10 percent penalty.