Local News

  • Record Turnout

    More than 22,000 of the almost 41,000 registered voters in Oldham County made their voices heard in Tuesday’s general election. They chose seven new magistrates, a new judge-executive, constables and in the case of the city of La Grange, a new mayor.

    Oldham County Clerk Julie Klosterman Barr said the turnout of about 55 percent of the county’s voters is a higher one than she’s seen in a while. With all those votes – including those for six write-in candidates - Barr said the day went smoothly.

  • Teen hit by car near school

    A 13-year-old Buckner girl is recovering from injuries she suffered Friday afternoon while crossing Ky. 146 near South Oldham Middle School in Crestwood.

    A vehicle struck SOMS student Kasey Wernert as she ran across Ky. 146 with a group of students on her way to McDonald’s about 3:40 p.m. Friday.

    Wernert’s father, Tom, is one of dozens of drivers traveling through Crestwood at the time and diverted to the Ky. 329 bypass.

  • Six escape Briar Hill fire

    An early morning house fire in Briar Hill subdivision gutted a home in the 7700 block of Cambridge Court. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but firefighters say residents are lucky to have escaped without injury.

    Firefighters from South Oldham, Pewee Valley, Worthington and Middletown fire departments battled the fire.

    SOFD spokesperson Capt. Kevin Parker said when crews arrived at the scene about 3 a.m., they saw flames sweeping the rear of the house and immediately called for a second alarm.

  • Oldham County awarded $63,900 for computers, hazmat equipment

    The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has awarded $63,900 in State Homeland Security Grants to Oldham County for the  purchase of mobile data computers and hazmat equipment, Gov. Steve Beshear recently announced.

    “Homeland Security grants are a vital component in helping keep the Commonwealth safe and secure,” Gov. Beshear said. “They provide funds that enable our first responders to have the latest and best tools needed in their critical missions.”

  • The ‘Godfather of Oldham County’

    For perhaps the first time since the award has been given, the Oldham Countian of the Year unknowingly offered a prayer for himself as he blessed the night’s meal in front of a crowd of Chamber members.

    At the dinner where the award’s presented, he prayed for many things – those in the room,  those unable to attend the annual event, those in the armed forces and those who’d lost their lives defending the country.

  • News in brief

    Man arrested for eeplanning sexual eeencounter with girl

    A man who attempted to plan a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl at a La Grange park is now in jail.

    Nathan Ashcraft, 27, of Sulphur, faces charges of prohibited use of electronic communications to procure a minor for a sex offense, a class D felony; and distributing obscene matter – 1st offense, a class D misdemeanor.

    According to police, Ashcraft allegedly sent several inappropriate text messages to the girl and police were notified.

  • Six file as write-in candidates

    Oldham voters have a few more options when they head into the voting booth next Tuesday, as six individuals are qualified write-in candidates, according to the county clerk’s office.

    Galen L. Clark, a local attorney who lost in the primary election, filed Oct. 13 as a write-in for county attorney in the Nov. 2 general election.

    He lost the Republican bid for county attorney by 199 votes in May to the late John Fendley, who died in a farm accident in June.

  • School district plans three schools in Brownsboro

    Oldham County board of education members unanimously approved a master plan for a 95-acre campus in Brownsboro, which will include an elementary, middle and high school.

    Long-term projects include a natatorium, soccer, baseball, softball and stadium fields, as well as practice fields, fieldhouses and overflow parking lots.

    Representatives from K. Norman Berry Associates and Environs Inc., Landscape Architecture presented the plans at the board’s Oct. 25 meeting at Liberty Elementary.

  • Crestwood doctor sued by patient

    A Crestwood doctor faces a lawsuit from a patient who claims he sexually assaulted her in his office twice this year.

    Dr. Ashok Alur, 56, of Louisville, is a general physician operating a practice at the South Oldham Medical Clinic in Crestwood.

    According to police reports, Alur faces a sexual assault charge for an incident that took place at his office Sept. 21 with an unnamed female patient.

    A Trimble County woman and her husband have filed suit against Alur, and say the woman is twice a victim of unwanted sexual contact in Alur’s Crestwood office.

  • Destination Development

    He came to Oldham County as a tourist with a twist – he’d be evaluating the community as a destination spot.

    Roger Brooks, founder and CEO of the Seattle-based company Destination Development International, visited the area with his wife in April.

    Armed with a map and a camera, the couple set out to see what Oldham has to offer.