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  • Making room to grow: Yew Dell Botanical Gardens marks 10 years with a new greenhouse

    Aluminum is the traditional anniversary gift for a 10th anniversary. At Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, that gift is coming in the shape of a greenhouse.

    Several dozen people gathered on a chilly day at the gardens Nov. 14 to official break ground on the new greenhouse, one of several new horticulture facilities.

    Executive Director Paul Cappiello said the horticulture buildings are a perfect way to mark the beginning of the next 10 years at Yew Dell.

  • Defense: Accused double-murderer was 'standing his ground'

    An attorney for the Oldham County man accused of double murder says the defendant was simply “standing his ground” when he shot and killed a pregnant woman and her sister at his Covington Ridge Farm last winter. 

    Robert Riley, a La Grange attorney representing accused murderer, Ronald T. Evridge, 58, last Thursday asked Oldham Circuit Judge Karen Conrad for an evidentiary hearing that could ultimately grant Evridge immunity from facing civil or criminal proceedings. 

  • Death row inmate's life spared due to jury error

    It has been 12 years since Armott and Edna Porter were murdered in their Crestwood home by their former son-in-law.

    Last week, Miguel Soto, 41, re-entered a guilty plea for those crimes that will spare his life, but keep him in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Soto was sentenced to death in 2000, but a circuit court judge reversed Soto’s death sentence last year because he was denied the right to a fair trial.

  • Accused child molester has past of sexually abusing children

    Prosecutors say a La Grange worker charged with sex crimes against children is a serial child molester who was previously sentenced to at least 10 years in Jefferson County for abusing his 5-year-old daughter and niece. 

    Commonwealth Attorney Courtney Baxter filed records in Oldham Circuit Court earlier this month that indicate Denver Hawkins, 56, of Louisville, has a history of child sex abuse, dating from as early as 1995 when he was convicted of sexually abusing and trying to sodomize two young relatives.  

  • Oldham health department growing

    The Oldham County Health Department is finishing construction on a 6,000-square-foot expansion that will allow for more programs and services to be offered at the department.

    Many people don’t realize the department’s scope, said executive director Teresa Gamsky.

    The department oversees all food inspections, communicable disease services, maternal and child health services and emergency preparedness.

  • Dynamic Duo: Oldham Countians of the Year

    They may not be “life-long residents” of Oldham County, but many agree Duane and Anne Murner have already put a lifetime’s worth of effort into the community.

    The Murners jointly received the Oldham Countian of the Year award Monday night.

    The award is presented annually by Oldham Chamber and Economic Development and is a surprise to the recipient.

    And surprised they were.

  • Morning fire destroys Westport home

    A Westport couple is planning to rebuild after a fire destroyed the upstairs of their home Sunday.

    Kenneth and Kathryn Freeman had returned home from church when they discovered the fire, according to Westport Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Pendleton.

    Kenneth ran into the house and rescued their dog while a neighbor called 9-11, Pendleton said.

  • School district dominates K-PREP test

    Oldham County Schools is the highest-ranked county district in the state, according to accountability measures released Friday.

    The district is ranked in the top 4 percent of public school districts across the state under the new “Unbridled Learning” model, part of the biggest change to Kentucky education in more than two decades.

  • Goshen shooter claims self-defense

    A Goshen man who claims he shot his brother-in-law in self-defense last month will face a grand jury for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Police charged Emmitt Pendleton, 50, following an Oct. 15 shooting at Pendleton’s home in the 5200 block of U.S. 42. Pendleton admitted to both shooting his brother-in-law, Richard Hild, and to being a convicted felon.

  • Drunk driver sued by wife of Westport motorcyclist

    The family of a Westport man who died after a motorcycle collision on Ky. 53 has filed a civil suit against the drunk driver who caused the crash and two businesses he visited just hours before. 

    Charley Klosterman, 65, died nine weeks after a head-on collision with a Chevy Malibu tossed him from his motorcycle onto the shoulder of Ky. 53.