Local News

  • More than half of Oldham grads are college ready

    More than half of Oldham County’s Class of 2010 are considered college- or career-ready, according to data released last week by the Kentucky Department of Education.

    In contrast, only 34 percent of high school graduates across the state –  40,528 public high school graduates in 2010 – are considered ready.

    Oldham County Schools had 774 high school graduates in 2010.

  • Strand of hair found, murder trial delayed

    A single hair found on the shorts of a murder victim more than 19 months after his death has delayed a trial for one of two men charged in connection with the crime.

    Raymond Carrion II and Jason Parr are charged in connection with the Feb. 1, 2009 shooting death of 33-year-old James E. Bailey in his La Grange apartment.

    Two young boys were in the apartment at the time of the shooting and at the time, one described the burglars as wearing bandanas “cowboy style.”

  • Candidates square off over state spending

    State spending, expanded gambling and the future of Oldham roads and schools are key issues in the race for State Senate District 26 and House District 47. 

    Candidates engaged in a forum Sept. 16 at Oldham County High School as State Sen. Ernie Harris (R-Crestwood) debated his challenger, Democrat John Black, while state Rep. Rick Rand (D-Bedford) squared off against political newcomer, Republican Theodore “T.K.” Broecker.

  • Walking to feed a local need

    Nancy Doty is walking for Jesus and she wants others to join her.

    Doty, along with as many as 100 others, will participate in the Oldham County CROP Hunger Walk 2010 on Saturday at Covenant United Methodist Church in La Grange.

  • Shooting in Lake Louisvilla is drug-related

    Police believe a drug deal gone wrong prompted a recent shooting in Lake Louisvilla.

    Officers from the Oldham County Police Department responded to a disorder in progress in the 7400 block of Hemlock Avenue about 9 p.m. Sept. 14.

    Police arrested 23-year-old Matthew Elkins of Crestwood after he allegedly threatened two men with a shotgun and fired at least one shot in their direction.

    Police said Elkins took money from the two men in exchange for drugs, but instead of handing over drugs, he accepted cash and told them to leave.

  • Cyclists under siege on Oldham roads

    Police are advising cyclists to be keenly aware of oncoming traffic as they pedal through Oldham County after a cyclist reported a Dodge truck involved him in a game of chicken.

    County Attorney Courtney Baxter said cyclists have reported that an oncoming truck has crossed the center line while approaching cyclists head-on and swerved at the last minute, causing at least one cyclist to veer off the roadway in recent weeks.

  • Animal lover Mary Ann Tyler was heartbroken.

    When treating fire victim patients at Baptist Hospital Northeast, she met a woman whose family lost not only their entire home, but their three dogs, too.

    “It broke my heart,” Tyler said. “I put myself in her place and that would be the worst thing. I just hate to think that they would suffer.”

    Tyler, who has two dogs and also feeds four stray cats, learned from paramedics that at least one of the family’s dogs may have survived if rescuers had proper equipment, such as an oxygen mask.

  • News in brief

    18 vehicles for sale

    Oldham officials have declared 18 county vehicles as surplus.

    Vehicles from the county’s police department, jail, parks and recreation department, sheriff’s office, road department and planning and zoning will be sold by sealed bid in October.

    Surplus vehicles include:

    • four 2004 Ford Crown Victorias;

    • three 2005 Ford Crown Victorias;

    • two 2001 Ford Rangers;

    • a 1998 Dodge Durango;

    • a 2003 Dodge Durango;

    • a 2002 Ford F150;

  • A new authority

    Merging two entities that deal with clean water in the county could eliminate confusion for residents.

    Two local utilities, the Oldham County Sewer District and Oldham County Stormwater Management District, will soon merge into one agency – the Oldham County Environmental Authority. Both districts are already managed by the same company, Veolia Water.

  • Discount for developers will stand

    Tax assessments for hundreds of vacant lots have been the topic of appeals for almost three years. Three local boards and a state board recently came to the same conclusion – a group of local developers are right to have appealed the assessments on vacant lots they own in Oldham County.

    In 2008, a group of local developers appealed assessments of more than 300 vacant lots. Property owners have the right to appeal any assessment and a local board decides if the assessment is too high, too low or fitting for the property.