Local News

  • Council drops $400K from city budget

    La Grange city officials have spent the past month whittling down a budget that will cut costs for the city by more than $400,000.

    After a $4.9 million budget proposed by the city failed to pass at the council’s June meeting, council members presented a re-worked budget that cut costs in several departments.

    The council – minus council member Wally Nay, who was absent due to illness – raised concerns with the original budget about charitable contributions and allotments for employee health insurance and pay raises.

  • Caring for the community

    Later this month, representatives from various medical fields and churches are hosting an event they hope will help people, inside and out.

    The Oldham Clinic, scheduled Aug. 28, is a one-day event organizers hope will meet the needs they suspect many Oldham residents have. Offering medical help, a chance for a spiritual connection, food, clothing and even a family photo, the event is the first of it’s kind in the county.

  • Hatch Act is back

    Just a few months after advising a county official in regards to a Hatch Act violation, another county employee is the subject of an identical complaint.

    Stuart Ulferts is the democratic candidate for county attorney in November’s general election. He currently practices law in Oldham County and serves as both assistant county attorney and advises the Oldham County Planning and Development Commission.

  • Downtown organization needs director

    The executive director of Discover Downtown La Grange is leaving her position, but she isn’t going far.

    Barbara Manley Edds, who has served as DDL’s executive director for about two years, said she will officially resign when the board has hired someone new.

    She’s staying on the DDL board, however, and maintaining a business in downtown La Grange.

  • Race is 30 days away

    One month from today (Thursday) hundreds of competitors from around the world will pedal through Oldham County as part of the annual Ironman triathlon.

    The event, scheduled Aug. 29, begins with a 2.4-mile swim in the Ohio River, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and then a 26.2-mile run.

    Part of the bike ride brings racers through downtown La Grange, twice. Though the event is still a month away, area businesses already have plans for the day.

  • Man accused of rape pleads not guilty

    An Orchard Grass Hills man accused of raping a teen girl has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    Thomas A. Catherson, 35, was indicted in June by an Oldham County grand jury and charged with repeatedly raping the girl – a relative – between 2008 and 2010.

    According to court records, Catherson admitted to investigators that he’s had sex with the girl – who is younger than 16 – more than five times in the past two years.

    He claims the sex was consensual.

  • Blue lights in Briar Hill

    Police will spend extra time patrolling Briar Hill Estates subdivision during the coming weeks to curb speeding and deter vandalism.

    Members of the Briar Hill Estates Homeowners’ Association hired Oldham County Police for six extra hours of patrol per week during the next 30 days.

    OCPD spokesperson Lt. Col. Billy Way said officers provide extra patrols in Countryside subdivision and within the City of Orchard Grass Hills.

  • Man charged for bathroom incident with co-worker

    A Cedar Lake Lodge employee faces a sexual abuse charge after an alleged incident Saturday with a fellow employee.

    Joshua L. Jackson, 29, of La Grange, is charged with one count first-degree sexual abuse following an incident reported by a female employee at the facility. The charge is a Class D felony.

  • Troop 477 to honor five as Eagle Scouts

    Andrew Garlitz, Greg DePaull, Thomas Mann, Macklin Murphy and Tommy O’Neil will be honored as Eagle Scouts Aug. 8 during a special Court of Honor ceremony at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Pewee Valley. 

    In order to earn scouting’s highest award, each scout had to earn at least 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop, and complete a major community service project.

    Many of the projects were done to benefit St. Aloysius Church, where Troop 477 is based.

  • News Briefs

    Crestwood resident elected KyCPA president

    Mimi Kelly, CPA, manager of regulatory accounting and reporting at E.ON U.S, has been elected president of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants.

    In her 14 years at E.ON, she has held positions in accounting, tax, and project leadership. Prior to joining the company, she was capital manager at Rally’s Hamburgers. 

    Kelly received her accounting degree from the University of Kentucky.