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  • Work on new police station progressing

    In roughly two months, La Grange will have its police department back on Main Street for the first time in decades.

    Earlier this year, at the request of Mayor Bill Lammlein, the city approved up to $300,000 to be used from the city’s reserve funds to renovate the old firehouse on Second and Main Streets to become the new home of the La Grange Police Department.

    As of last week, roughly $90,000 had been spent and the work was at least halfway finished, Lammlein said.

  • Changes coming to Crestwood Fest

     

    In its more than 60 years, The South Oldham Lions Club has funded some of the community’s largest projects including the first ambulance service in Oldham County and the Pewee Valley/Crestwood sidewalk. To its many members, giving back to the community is the club’s main priority.

    The annual Crestwood Festival, happening this year on June 21, is one of the many ways the Lions Club raises money for their community projects.

  • La Grange Utilities hires Chisholm as director

    A four-month search for a new director for the La Grange Utilities Commission has ended with the promotion of assistant director Ted Chisholm.

    The commission’s five members offered Chisholm, who’s been assistant director since 2005, the top spot after serving as interim director since February.

    During Chisholm’s time as interim director, the commission has been complimentary of the communication they have received and the preparation Chisholm has during public appearances and meetings.

  • 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.”