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  • Fire departments in need
 of dedicated volunteers

    By Wesley Robinson
    News intern, The Oldham Era

    The South Oldham Fire Department wants you.

    The department is holding an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 27, at its department at 6310 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood.

  • OC schools in no rush to raise dropout age

    Oldham County Schools Superintendent Will Wells said the district is in no hurry to implement a new state law raising the age students can drop out of high school.
    Senate Bill 97 raised the legal age for dropouts from 16 to 18 earlier this year. The new law was a voluntary mandate until it was adopted by 55 percent of the state’s school corporations. Last week, 96 school corporations adopted the law, which means it will be effective in every district by the 2017-18 school year.

  • Mayor to put tax plan back on table

    While the proposed compensation tax for people who work in La Grange was defeated three weeks ago by city council, a wage tax may not be dead yet.
    The city’s ordinance committee met Thursday, July 18, to discuss new ways to borrow money, after Moody’s Investment Services downgraded the city’s credit rating from A2 to Ba2 – two levels below investment grade.
    The committee also discussed a new proposal  compensation tax.
    Mayor Bill Lammlein said after the July 1 vote that he wouldn’t bring up the tax again.

  • Fiscal Court OKs first reading of OC comprehensive plan

    The newest Comprehensive Plan for Oldham County made its first stop in Oldham County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, July 16.
    Jim Urban, director of Planning and Development Services, presented the plan to the magistrates for a first reading. He outlined the main points, including the new land-use map, which will aid in identifying what areas of land can be used for specific types of development.
    Fiscal Court will host a second reading of the plan at 6 p.m. Aug. 6, tp accommodate anyone from the public who wishes to speak on the matter.

  • PVFD firehouse project likely to cost $1.5 million

    The Pewee Valley Fire Protection board delayed plans on building a new station in Shelby County for at least another month.
    The fire board had originally budgeted $1.25 million for the project. But bids from three companies, opened last month, came in higher than expected, with the lowest at $1.7 million.
    Fire Chief Bob Hamilton, who is on the building committee, said they met with the contractors find ways to lower the costs.

  • ‘Cottage’ schools offer faith-based curriculum

    By Wesley Robinson
    News intern, The Oldham Era

  • ARTIST OF THE MONTH: JULY

    Ann Klem will freely admit she is addicted to glass.
    Creating artistic glass pieces is her specialty, and some of her work was on display Saturday at Gallery 104 in downtown La Grange. She was selected July’s artist of the month by the Arts Association of Oldham County.
    Ten years ago, Klem’s daughter talked her into taking a bead-making class. Her passion for making artistic glass started with a torch, which Klem used to make glass jewelry.

  • Ullman, 32, denies abuse, rape claim

    By Wesley Robinson
    News intern, The Oldham Era

  • State’s top senior servant

    Alta Haunsz just couldn’t stop working.
    President of the Volunteer Association at Baptist Health La Grange, Haunsz began her career as a volunteer in 1995. As a retired nurse, the 83-year-old found that making others feel better through volunteer work makes her feel better, too.
    And on Wednesday, July 11, she was honored for her work as she accepted Kentucky’s Salute to Senior Service award.  

  • Moore, baker park projects awarded

    Oldham County Fiscal Court unanimously approved bids on paving contracts for Peggy Baker Park and for walking trails at Wendell Moore Park.
    The Peggy Baker project was awarded to Mac Construction and Excavating for their bid of $65,703. Flynn Brothers Contracting won the Wendell Moore contract with its bid of $69,076, provided the company has all of its paperwork up to date with the secretary of state.