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  • Study: Police merger isn't best option

    A law enforcement merger, consolidation or an oversight committee – those are three options presented by a study on law enforcement in Oldham County.

    Two consultants from the American Crime Prevention Institute, Dan Keller and Bill Carcara, presented findings Tuesday to members of Oldham County Fiscal Court.

  • Council members consider on-time tax discount

    Pewee Valley council members heard the first reading of a property tax rate Monday night that will allow punctual residents to receive a 10 percent discount on their taxes.

    If the council passes the budget at its Aug. 4 meeting, the tax rate will be $.1440 per $100 assessed property, the same as last year.

  • La Grange passes budget

    The City of La Grange’s budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year passed after Monday’s second reading, but the vote was a close one.

    The council voted 4-3 to approve the budget. Council member Debbie Pollard was absent.

    After the budget was read, Councilman Jason Taylor had a number of questions. Among the items he questioned were administrative salaries, employee insurance and money allotted for paving.

  • Residents receive newspapers wrapped in Ku Klux Klan fliers

    The staff of The Oldham Era has learned several newspapers were dropped in driveways in Crestwood and Pewee Valley this week containing fliers for the Ku Klux Klan.

    Readers reported to The Era that they received the newspapers, either dated June 26 or July 3, in their driveways Tuesday morning.

  • A soggy celebration

    Clouds covered the sky all day Friday, with spurts of rain throughout the afternoon and evening. While it was enough to cancel some events, the Independence Day celebration at Wendell Moore Park went on as scheduled, almost.

  • Sewer district faces choice

    Board members of the Oldham County Sewer District met Tuesday – the first time since Oldham County Fiscal Court offered a recommendation on how to deal with the district’s $16 million debt.

    OCSD discussed the court’s proposal at their meeting. OCSD Executive Director Vince Bowlin said two of the court’s recommendations had been discussed by the sewer district before the proposal was made.

  • Police investigate drowning death of woman found in Glenarm pond

    A Crestwood man discovered his wife’s body floating in a pond behind their home about 9:30 a.m. June 26 on Glenarm Road.

    Police believe Margaret Mary “Maggie” Stonebrook, 46, drowned after falling face-first into a pond adjacent to their property in the 4800 block of Glenarm Road. According to police, Stonebrook wore a nightgown at the time of her death.

  • P&Z increases fees

    For the first time since 2005, Oldham County’s Planning and Zoning fees increased.

    A second reading of the fee schedule took place at the fiscal court meeting on July 1.

    The schedule passed with a vote of 8-1.

  • Business is booming at the Oldham County Jail

    The Oldham County Jail provides a service to the public and the court system, keeping criminals off the streets. The jail is also, however, a business, receiving revenues from the state and federal level for housing state and federal inmates.

  • County will form storm water utility, set rates

    Officials must set a rate for Oldham County storm water management, but before that, a storm water management district must be established.

    The first reading for two ordinances - one to grant fiscal court approval to establish a special district, and one to establish a base rate for service – took place at fiscal court’s July 1 meeting.