Local News

  • Anonymous donations fuel questions of intent

    Some residents want to give more to their local government.

  • School bus driver arrested in July for DUI will not drive bus

    An Oldham County bus driver charged with DUI this summer will not drive a bus for the start of the school year.

    Oldham County Police arrested Deborah Stamper, 49, of Crestwood July 10 for DUI, improper signal and no seat belt. A pre-trial conference is scheduled Aug. 27 in Oldham District Court and a court date has been set for late September.

    She has not been convicted.

  • A scout's honor: Girl Scout creates Autism Awareness license plate

    A dream came true Aug. 7. It took 14 months of hard work, organizing 900 like-minded partners and a visit from Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, but last week Natalie Pope held the fruits of that dream.

    Pope, a Girl Scout and senior at South Oldham High School, is the first recipient of Kentucky’s Autism Awareness license plate that she spearheaded a campaign to create.

  • Developers gain hefty tax savings

    A recent decision means a multi-million dollar reduction in property tax assessments and a drastic reduction in taxes for some local developers.

    The developers may be happy, but Property Valuation Administrator Ron Winters is not. He plans to appeal a decision by the Oldham County Board of Assessment Appeals.

    First, some background.

  • Verizon leases space on county dispatch tower

    Leasing a portion of a Buckner cell tower will provide more than $22,000 in revenue for Oldham County Dispatch in the next year.

    Verizon Wireless recently proposed a co-location contract on the Oldham County Dispatch tower. Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the contract Aug. 6.

  • Fire departments annex land to create taxing district

    La Grange residents will see a tax for fire protection listed on their 2009 tax bill after two fire departments sought to annex territory in the city of La Grange.

    The additional tax comes after approval by Judge-Executive Duane Murner to annex territory for the La Grange Fire Protection District and Ballardsville Fire District.

  • Storm water fees will be $36 to $80 per year

    Residents throughout most of the county will soon pay $36 to $80 per year to improve local water quality, thanks to a pair of ordinances passed by members of fiscal court Aug. 6.

    The program comes from an unfunded federal mandate to improve local water quality as part of the Clean Water Act.

  • Sewer district board approves pay raises

    The Oldham County Sewer District’s nine employees will see a small raise this year despite the shadow of a $16 million debt.

    Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court stepped in this summer, telling OCSD officials they need to minimize their debt.

    Executive Director and Chief Engineer Vince Bowlin said the 2.5 percent raise is less than a cost of living increase.

  • La Grange man acquitted for murder, sentenced for robbery

    A La Grange man acquitted of a 1984 killing to which he was linked by DNA evidence is sentenced to 24 years in prison on a related robbery charge.

    An Indiana judge sentenced Kevin Mark Weeks, 44, Friday to a lengthy term even though a jury acquitted Weeks in the beating death of 89-year-old Loretta Keith of West Terre Haute, Ind.

    Weeks’ attorney has said she plans to appeal the robbery conviction.

  • Council designed to unify local law enforcement

    Consultants who studied law enforcement in Oldham County earlier this year recommend an oversight council to unify three local law enforcement bodies.

    The study, commissioned by Oldham County Fiscal Court, examined operations and functions of the La Grange Police Department, Oldham County Police Department and Oldham County Sheriff’s Office.