Local News

  • Man caught swimming at Hillcrest pool goes to jail

    A 19-year-old man caught swimming after hours at the Hillcrest subdivision swimming pool is now charged with criminal trespassing.

    Police found Max D. Juba, of Newbury, Ohio, swimming at the Hillcrest subdivision pool about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 5 with a 15-year-old girl.

    According to police, the pool is fenced and the gate was locked.

    Juba was housed at the Oldham County Jail until 10:30 a.m. the same day, when he was released on his own recognizance, according to jail officials.

  • Juveniles playing with illegal fireworks may be to blame for school fire

    Investigators believe juveniles playing with fireworks caused a fire Wednesday evening at Goshen Elementary.

    Crews from the North Oldham Fire Department responded to a fire at Goshen Elementary at Hillcrest at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    The school is located within Hillcrest subdivision.

    NOFD spokesperson Don Dahl said the fire began on the exterior of the building on a loading dock in a pile of wood pallets, cardboard boxes and other refuse.

  • City cites specific stretch for speed limit change

    Members of the La Grange City Council want to specify a portion of Ky. 53 to reduce the speed limit, rather than change several signs throughout the city.

    The council tabled an ordinance Monday that would send a speed limit issue to the state department of transportation.

    The council determined that language in the ordinance needed to be more specific before they voted on the ordinance. The ordinance concerns areas on New Moody Lane, Forest Park Drive and Ky. 53.

  • TLC may be on the way for dilapidated homes

    Homes with rotting wood, siding and a tree growing through the roof may soon be declared dilapidated structures by Oldham officials.

    Planning and Development Director Louise Allen presented two homes – one on Sideoats Drive in Orchard Grass and another on Riverside Drive in Prospect – that have been abandoned and fallen into disrepair.

    The home on Sideoats Drive, she said, has rotten boards needing to be replaced, as well as siding issues and deterioration of the garage doors.

    There are also two abandoned cars in front of the property.

  • District welcomes 75 new teachers

    Oldham County school teachers and administrators have 75 names and faces to learn Wednesday when classes resume — and they’re not part of the student rosters.

    More than 75 teachers have been hired to replace those who resigned, retired or transferred to other districts over the summer, said Phillip Moore, director of personnel for the board of education. Several teachers are also on medical leave.

    “It’s more than what I thought there would be, but we’re finishing up the paperwork for new hires as we speak,” Moore said.

  • Truck strikes building on Main Street

    A Louisville driver said a bad set of brakes and a malfunctioning clutch are the reason he inadvertently stopped his truck on the sidewalk Friday afternoon on Main Street in La Grange.

    Eric Biegert said his truck’s brakes failed as he traveled through La Grange to a friend’s home to help him move.

    He said he recently had the clutch and brakes on his truck repaired, and doesn’t know what happened. The truck died and started again before rolling into a nearby car.

  • OCPD chief, head of planning office announce plans to retire

    The county’s police chief and planning and development director recently announced their plans to retire.

    Louise Allen, planning and development director and Oldham County Police Department Chief Mike Griffin will both retire

    Sept. 1.

    Griffin has served as police chief for OCPD for eight years and Allen has worked with planning and development for 10.

    Members of Oldham fiscal court appointed officials to serve in the interim.

  • Very superstitious?

    Staff members at the Oldham County Animal Shelter are crossing their fingers and hoping Oldham residents aren’t superstitious later this month.

    To celebrate the upcoming Friday the 13th, the shelter will waive the adoption fee for all black cats.

    Director Barbara Rosenman said “cats of all sizes” are available for adoption. She said she’s been visiting a farm house in Ballardsville where 20 black cats were found.

  • Council drops $400K from city budget

    La Grange city officials have spent the past month whittling down a budget that will cut costs for the city by more than $400,000.

    After a $4.9 million budget proposed by the city failed to pass at the council’s June meeting, council members presented a re-worked budget that cut costs in several departments.

    The council – minus council member Wally Nay, who was absent due to illness – raised concerns with the original budget about charitable contributions and allotments for employee health insurance and pay raises.

  • Caring for the community

    Later this month, representatives from various medical fields and churches are hosting an event they hope will help people, inside and out.

    The Oldham Clinic, scheduled Aug. 28, is a one-day event organizers hope will meet the needs they suspect many Oldham residents have. Offering medical help, a chance for a spiritual connection, food, clothing and even a family photo, the event is the first of it’s kind in the county.