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  • Policy change allows students to test blood sugar level during class

    Blake Gerstner has always been able to test his blood sugar in the classroom, first at Camden Station then at Kenwood Station Elementary.When his blood sugar starts to get low, he knows — his legs start to get weak. And he can often guess his blood sugar level within a few points, his father said.Blake’s parents, Anthony and Tiffeny Gerstner, said they were surprised to learn this spring that when Blake progressed to middle school in the fall, he would be required to test his blood sugar level in the school office.

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  • A sure bet

    Rose Cooper guides a retired Thoroughbred around jumps inside a training ring at Alta Vista Farm. She’s wearing loose riding pants and a secure helmet on the top of her head, talking sweetly to the Bay horse as they cruise across wet sand.The sun is starting to peak through layers of clouds in Skylight, where U.S. 42 weaves through the rolling hills of the county’s prominent horse community – most notably the location of renowned Hermitage Farm. Cooper, 53, has fallen in love with horses for the second time in her life.

  • OCHS principal to retire in June

    For the last three years, Oldham County High School and Oldham County Career Center Principal Dave Weedman has considered retirement. Nov. 20, he told his faculty it’s official.“It’s not a rumor this time,” he said.He stayed on the last three years, each one possibly his last, because he wanted to see through the start of a high school culinary arts program and construction of an addition to OCHS.

  • A moving day

    After running to his new home in Celebration Park ahead of the moving truck and giving shoulder pats and hugs, Jon Weitharn suddenly plays it cool. A group of reporters and cameramen gather in his new room to see the reaction to the Cracker Barrel rocking chair his parents bought as a housewarming gift.

    He is led in with hands over his eyes. When the hands pull from his face to reveal the gift, he shrugs, "Oh, I knew that's not the photo-op they were looking for."

  • Board will support airport study, wants to know more

    The past few months have marked some historic decisions for the progress and future of Oldham County. In October, we officially welcomed the first tenant of the new Oldham Reserve (formerly Eden Park). The Rawlings Co. moved in bringing 550 good-paying, knowledge-working, quality jobs. We officially opened the doors of three other businesses in that month representing an additional 50 new professional positions.

  • Land rezoned for Briar Hill office, residential condos on Ky. 22

    A good reputation proved to be a powerful asset for developer Bob Jones Tuesday night.

    Oldham County Fiscal Court approved Jones' request to rezone 32 acres for Briar Hill Woods, a multi-use development plan for condos and 15 family homes near Crestwood.

    Magistrates said they based the decision on their impressions of Jones' previous work in the county.

    Briar Hill Woods, located at the intersection of Briar Hill Parkway and Ky. 22, will include 15 lots for single-family homes, 54 residential condos and office condos.

  • Business Briefs

    Oldham County company busy at bowl gamesRocket Man Inc., based in Oldham County, recently announced it has contracts to manage walking vendor programs at four upcoming bowl games in Florida. They include: Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando featuring Boston College and Michigan State, Dec. 28; Capital One Bowl in Orlando, featuring Florida and Michigan, Jan. 1; Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, featuring Texas Tech and Virginia; the Outback Bowl in Tampa, featuring Tennessee and Wisconsin, Jan. 1.

  • Rumors of plan to bring gun to OCHS are unfounded

    Rumors that someone threatened to bring a gun to Oldham County High School last week are unfounded, OCHS principal Dave Weedman said.

    He said he believes a frenzy of rumors that swirled around the school Friday started with a threatening text message a female student received from a student in another district Dec. 13.

    Police were notified and contacted the message sender, Weedman said, but at no point did anyone threaten to come to OCHS with a gun. Officers from the Oldham County Police Department deferred comment to Weedman.

  • Memorial service planned for Westport fire chief, paramedic

    Geoffrey Alan Stock, 40

    La Grange

    Geoffrey Alan Stock, 40, of La Grange, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2007.

    He was a paramedic for Oldham County EMS and Henry County EMS, chief of Westport Volunteer Fire Department and an instructor for Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

    Survivors include his wife, Terry Bartlett Stock; a son, George; a daughter, Julia; his mother, Sue Stock; a brother, Chris Stock; and two nephews, Cameron and Samuel Stock.

    A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Friday (Dec. 14) at Kavanaugh Center.