Local News

  • Cash for trash

    Oldham residents who recycle could soon be eligible for rewards at several local and national businesses.

    At Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting, Elmer Hershfield, general manager of Industrial Disposal, presented RecycleBank – an incentive-based program intended to motivate residents to recycle.

    Hershfield said the county’s recycling program – which began in April 2009 – serves 3,264 residential units in Oldham County. The average amount of weight per household recycled bi-weekly is 17 pounds, he said.

  • Tea party to host debates in Oldham, Henry

    Incumbent Ernie Harris and John Black, candidates for the Ky. State Senate District 26, will debate at 7 p.m. today (Thursday) in the Oldham County High School auditorium. State senate district 26 includes Oldham, Carroll, Henry, Trimble counties and a portion of Jefferson County.

    The Kentucky Tri-County Tea Party will host the event. The party’s members, along with students from OCHS, supplied questions for the debate. Questions from the audience will be allowed if time permits, event organizers said.

  • Party place

    Eyeing a dozen or so barely clad 20-somethings basking in the Kentucky sun, Joe Clark knows the challenges he faces as owner of the increasingly popular swimming hole called Falling Rock Park.

    Clark picks up stray beer cans and plastic bags and grimaces as he watches promiscuous college-age kids climb rocks they’re not supposed to.

  • Vandalism cuts into fun at park

    Recreational volleyball players who want to feel their toes in the sand at Briar Hill Park better  watch where they step.

    For the second time in as many months, vandals are targeting the court by littering it with shards of broken glass.

    Oldham County Police received a report Friday night from a Briar Hill Park board member that broken glass had been found in the sand volleyball court.

  • News in brief

    Event provides proper drug disposal

    Law enforcement officials from the Oldham County Police Department and the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office will collect unused medications Sept. 25.

    The event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Grange Fire and Rescue Station No. 2 on Ky. 146 in Buckner and the North Oldham Fire Department on Ky. 1793 in Goshen.

    Officials hope to collect expired, unused, or unwanted medications from the public for proper destruction.

    The initiative is sponsored by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Pedestrian bridge is a step in the right direction for Greenways

    Finding a way to connect two parts of the Oldham County Greenways project is no longer an issue and won’t cost the county anything to build.

    The process has begun to bring a new bike and pedestrian bridge to Oldham County as part of the county’s Greenways project – connecting a path for cyclists and pedestrians from La Grange to Jefferson County.

    Oldham officials recently approved a work order for URS Corporation to provide design and engineering services for a bike and pedestrian trail overpass project in the county.

  • Amid cuts, local non-profits must justify funding

    Citing budget shortfalls and a need to justify spending, the mayor of La Grange is questioning how some non-profits spend donations from the city.

    Mayor Elsie Carter recently sent letters to Discover Downtown La Grange and the HDB Service Group in La Grange asking for information from the organizations before funds the city budgeted are issued.

    While members of both organizations say they have no problem providing the information, they say the letters took them by surprise.

  • First steps

    Some enlist the help of a parent and others, a grandparent. Some already know what they wanted to study and others have yet to decide. Some will graduate this year and others are starting the process early – as sophomores.

  • Shooting in Lake Louisville could be drug related

    Police believe a possible drug deal gone wrong prompted a shooting in Lake Louisvilla.

    Officers from the Oldham County Police Department responded to a disorder in progress in the 7400 block of Hemlock Avenue about 9 p.m. Sept. 14.

    Police arrested 23-year-old Matthew Elkins of Crestwood after he allegedly threatened two men with a shotgun and discharged at least one shot in their direction.

    Police said the incident stems from a possible drug transaction involving the three men.

  • Man follows truck to Indiana after armed men demand cash from his wife

    A Pewee Valley man followed a truck to Jeffersonville, Ind., after three men in the vehicle allegedly entered his home with guns demanding cash.

    According to Oldham County Police, two white males entered a residence in the 6600 block of Ashbrooke Drive about 9 p.m. Monday armed with guns and demanding cash from a female resident.

    After obtaining items from the residence, the woman told police the men fled to a dark colored truck parked on the street, occupied by a third individual.