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  • Budget story in Jan. 10 edition included inaccurate information about county clerk, sheriff

    Despite higher demand for services and tough economy, county officials have tightened their 2008 budgets and are returning a record number of excess fees to Oldham County Fiscal Court for operations in 2007. The Oldham County Clerk’s Office’s return to fiscal court increased by 264 percent in 2007. County Clerk Julie Lentz will return a record $352,809 to fiscal court from 2007.

  • Utilities merger could boost efficiency, cut costs

    A marriage between the La Grange Utilities Commission and Oldham County Sewer District may result in less competition for grant funding and fewer treatment plants across the county. But while Oldham County magistrates are calling for the regional services, La Grange Utilities officials see a benefit to keeping services local.A committee that researched questions put forth by the Vision Council, a group of residents appointed by Oldham County Judge-Executive Duane Murner to create a vision for the county’s future, submitted a report to fiscal court on Jan.

  • North Oldham class is anti-senioritis

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  • Oldham County 2008-09 Elementary Redistricting Guide

    Below is a street listing for the county and its assigned schools for the 2008-2009 school year based on the proposed elementary redistricting plan. This plan will be presented publicly at the January 28 school board meeting. Any revisions to this proposed plan will be released following the meeting.

    Abbeydale Ct - Gleneagles Estates - Locust Grove Elementary - Oldham County Middle - Oldham County High - LaGrange - 40031

  • Chilewich zoning change denied

    La Grange council members knocked down a zoning request for an “affordable” apartment complex Monday, arguing the city needs to end its reputation as the core of low-income housing in the county. Council members unanimously denied a zoning change for Chilewich Apartments, a 34-apartment development proposed for 5.6 acres off Ky. 146 with 11 units designated for people with physical and mental disabilities.

  • Weathering extremes

    There are some jobs that stay cold all year long, even in the 70 degree weather that covered Oldham County like a blanket earlier this week.But when the weather dropped almost to single digits Jan. 2 and 3, Jesse Parker was literally left out in the cold.Starting his shift as the sun was setting, Parker collected the hundreds of carts in the Wal-Mart parking lot Jan. 3 as customers hurried past to the warmth inside.

  • OCSO, clerk's budgets reviewed

    After working magistrates and county financial officers, two county agencies have tightened budgets by reducing labor costs in 2008, saving the county an estimated $200,000. Magistrates met with Sheriff Steve Sparrow and County Clerk Julie Lentz on Dec. 20 to review options that would trim costs down in the sheriff’s and county clerk’s budgets by reducing raises, overtime and shifting positions. Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the projected budgets for both offices on Jan. 2.

  • Newspaper's parent company for sale

    Landmark Communications Inc., owner of The Oldham Era and its parent division, Shelbyville-based Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., has announced the decision to explore selling its properties.The company, based in Norfolk, Va., announced last week that it had hired two national investment firms, JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers, to “assist us in exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of Landmark’s businesses,” according to a memorandum sent to employees.A formal announcement to employees at all Landmark properties was made Ja

  • Dollars and sense

    Lean government seems like an understatement – Oldham County is trimming expenses for services down to bare bones. A police officer doubles as the county’s Internet technology specialist. The emergency management director also runs dispatch services. Oldham County offers a self-serve recycling center and runs a police force that hasn’t had funding to expand with a growing population in eight years. A nearly $3 million deficit acquired by county government in the past year is the outcome of a simple equation: revenue minus spending.

  • La Grange, Pewee match county's tax rate

    Oldham County residents will pay a 10 percent tax on their insurance premiums next fiscal year, but due to votes Monday night, all of that tax revenue will go to a taxpayer’s city instead of the county for residents in La Grange and Pewee Valley.La Grange and Pewee Valley officials said they decided to bump up their rates in response to the Oldham County Fiscal Court’s increase to 10 percent. The effort keeps city tax revenue from slipping into the county’s budget.