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  • Gang case sees most serious charges dropped

    A case that started with eight individuals being charged with participating in gang activity is being resolved with plea deals involving probation and the dismissal of the most serious charges.

    Back in October, La Grange Police arrested and charged six La Grange residents, Donnie Lane, Keaton Lee, Felix Myers, Gabrielle Beach, Roger Wilson and Brandon Davis, with participating in organized crime, as well as several drug-related charges and unlawful transaction with a minor. They also charged Shelbyville residents Thomas Wenz and Casey Endicott with similar offenses.

  • A lifetime of Liberty

     

    There were no signs, no banner, no major announcement that for the first time in 90 years, the big purple doors wouldn’t be opening back up come August.

    Instead, there were kites and photo booths, smiles and a feeling that while this is the end, everything should be OK.

  • Pewee Valley City Council keeps property tax steady, approves budget

     

    The Pewee Valley City Council voted Monday night not to increase the property tax rate for the fiscal year 2014-2015.

    The tax rate will remain at .1439 percent per every $100 of property, the same rate it has been for nine years.

    The council also approved the new fiscal year budget. The income is projected to be $997,510 with $221,000 of the total coming from the collection of property taxes.

    Both items only took roughly 20 minutes for the council to complete at its monthly meeting, which is the first Monday of every month.

  • Packing DOUBLE the punch
  • County sees settlement funds cut in half this year

    Since 2001, local farmers have been encouraged to move away from tobacco and into more diverse agricultural production involving livestock, vegetables and even wineries, using monies made available through a lawsuit against tobacco companies. This year, many farmers won’t see much, if any, of those funds as a result of a lawsuit.

    And only an act of the General Assembly has made it possible for counties to receive any funds at all.

  • Residents cry foul over smell from treatment plant

     

    Residents of one Oldham County subdivision are having trouble stopping and smelling the roses every day due to smells from a nearby sewer plant, they said.

    Scott Pullen, a resident of the Cardinal Harbour subdivision, said the nearby Ohio River wastewater treatment plant, operated by the Oldham County Environmental Authority (OCEA), has made life pretty terrible for fellow residents.

  • Annual Arts Association event looking to ‘go green’

     

    For the 15th year, arts lovers from Oldham County and beyond will be able to converge on downtown La Grange for the annual Arts on the Green.

    The event has become a community staple over the years with as many as 10,000 residents and visitors ogling the more than 125 national and local works of art to benefit the Arts Association of Oldham County (AAOC).

    “We do the best of the best,” Mary Klausing, director of the Arts Association of Oldham County, said. “It’s the most prestigious event in Oldham County.”

  • La Grange votes to refinance bonds

     

    The City of La Grange will refinance its current bonds related to the Oldham Reserve property in hopes of lowering payments and havng a quicker payoff.

    At the monthly city council meeting Monday, the council approved an ordinance authorizing the refinancing through the Kentucky Bond Corporation, an offshoot of the Kentucky League of Cities.

  • Voegele puts deputy judge in charge of county road department

     

    With its last director leaving amid an investigation, the Oldham County Road Department will now get direct supervision from the judge-executive’s office.

    Deputy Judge-Executive John Black will see his responsibilities expand to direct supervision of the county road department, County Judge-Executive David Voegele announced last week, adding the move is effective immediately.

  • A cause worth kicking

    About 168 Oldham County Middle School students came out to the OCYSA fields Friday to compete as 21 teams at the second annual kickball tournament benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The double elimination tournament was initiated last year as an eighth grade student service project in memory of teacher Chris Carlton. Raising money and having fun was the primary goal of the tournament, according to Coordinator Joe Percefull. “Winning is secondary,” he said.