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  • For firefighters, practice makes perfect

    It’s amazing how time warps in a crisis — some minutes slow to hours, some disappear in minutes.

    That happened when North Oldham Fire Department crews arrived at Mayo Lane June 20 — even though it was only a training exercise.

    About a dozen firefighters from the North Oldham and Westport departments gathered for weekly training that evening, not sure what to expect.

  • PVA fined $5,000

     A state commission has ruled Oldham County’s property assessor violated ethics laws by hiring and promoting his wife.

    Ron Winters is one of 11 property valuation administrators across the state accused of nepotism in a case that began in 2008, although several others have since left their posts or were defeated in elections.

    Winters faces a $5,000 fine and must display the state law he violated in a prominent place in his office.

  • Crestwood charged with arson, wanton endangerment after fire, standoff

    More than just candles were on fire at a Lake Louisvilla birthday party Sunday evening.

    As a child's fifth birthday celebration wrapped up on Glenwood Drive, neighbor James W. Crawford Jr., 51, threw accelerant onto the house's siding and caught it on fire, according to Pewee Valley Fire Chief Bob Hamilton.

    When fire crews arrived around 11:30 p.m., residents had extinguished much of the fire, Hamilton said.

    The fire caused no major damage but about a dozen people were inside the home when Crawford allegedly set it ablaze. 

  • Driver identified in Sunday's fatal Ballardsville crash

    A crash in Ballardsville Sunday evening killed the driver of a pickup truck and closed Ky. 22 for several hours.

    Darren Ellis, of Smithfield, died after his truck overturned near Payton Lane on Ky. 22.

    According to Oldham County Police spokesperson Mike Head, Ellis was headed east around 7 p.m. when his Ford F-350 failed to negotiate a turn and left the roadway.

    Ellis, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene by Oldham County Coroner Brett Donner.

    Ellis was wearing his seatbelt and there were no passengers in the vehicle.

  • Baptist Healthcare CEO to retire in 2013

    The president and CEO of Baptist Healthcare System has announced his plans to retire next year. 

    Tommy J. Smith is a 37-year administrator of one of Kentucky’s largest healthcare systems and has led the organization since 1995.

    He will retire effective April 15, 2013. 

  • Judge-executive prohibits open burning in Oldham County

    Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele has issued an excutive order prohibiting all open burning in Oldham County until further notice. 

    The burn ban took effect at noon June 28. 

    The ban includes burning for agricultural and recreational purposes, but does not prohibit fireworks. 

    Residents who plan to light fireworks are urged to use extreme caution. 

    Any group planning a large-scale fireworks display during the Independence Day holiday needs to notify Oldham County Dispatch at 222-0111.

  • Quarry prohibits alcohol after steady stream of DUI arrests

    For nearby residents, Falling Rock Park is like a summer radio megahit — suddenly immensely popular, and just as suddenly, you can’t stand to hear it.

    The old quarry in La Grange has become a warm weather hot spot, drawing thousands of weekend visitors from surrounding counties. 

  • Two teens dead after high-speed crash in Buckner; neither had driver's license

    Two teenagers are dead after a high-speed crash early Saturday morning in Buckner.

    According to police, Michael "Tanner" Wheat, 15, and Autumn Foree, 14, were spotted about 3:15 a.m. Saturday on Ky. 146 in a Lexus traveling more than 100 mph without headlights on.

    An Oldham County Sherriff's deputy attempted to stop the vehicle as it sped down Ky. 146 near Dawkins Road.

  • Three teens charged in kitten death

    Three Oldham County teens have been charged after the June 15 mutilation and death of a kitten.

    Those charged include Crestwood resident Tanner Hublar, 18, and two juveniles.

    Hublar faces one charge of animal cruelty.

    A 17-year-old Crestwood male is charged with cruelty to animals and felony burglary. A juvenile La Grange female is charged with burglary.

    Four kittens were stolen from the barn of Lynn and Gordon Robinson overnight, with three later returned and one found dead.

  • Historic church restoration begins

    After 117 years, DeHaven Baptist Church is getting a facelift.

    The historical structure, located in downtown La Grange, is undergoing major exterior renovations beginning this week to restore the masonry and protect the structure.

    Keith Bradford, chair of the church’s property and space committee, said the restoration will help protect the building for future generations.