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  • Billingual Oldham students serve as peer tutors

    For students still learning English, homework can be a daunting task. But a group of Oldham County High School students are helping younger students get ahead.

    The Sonadores Club — roughly translated as “The Dreamers” — formed at OCHS three years ago.

    The club has about 25 members and many provide tutoring and homework assistance twice a week at the La Grange Community Center. 

  • St. Francis students will track teacher in Boston Marathon

    A St. Francis Goshen class is learning about history, geography and sports all at once as a second-grade teacher prepares to run the Boston Marathon.

    Madelyn Blue will be competing in the prestigious race for the third time when the gun goes off at 10 a.m. today (Monday).

    Athletes must run qualifying times to enter the Boston Marathon or fundraise for a charity position.

    Blue is integrating the event into her classroom at St. Francis, including teaching about the course’s many famous landmarks.

  • Fire and EMS task force hires consultant for $9,500 assignment

    After discussing the status of Oldham County EMS for more than an hour, members of the Fire and EMS task force decided to drop the organization from its mission statement.

    Judge-Executive David Voegele spoke to the task force at its March 28 meeting and said the OCEMS financial situation necessitated immediate action.

    The task force had only focused on the fire departments since its first meeting in August but planned to incorporate OCEMS after collecting fire department data.

  • Little Big Horse Trails offers relaxing ride

    Derby season is approaching faster than a horse down the backstretch, and that means lots of stories about sleek, glistening Thoroughbreds.

    This is not one of those stories, because this is not that kind of riding.

    The horses at Little Big Horse Trails in La Grange are sturdy and calm, used to carrying regular-sized people who don’t know how to ride — not minute jockeys with decades spent in a saddle.

  • House will be burned as a training exercise for local firefighters

    The roof is bare, the windows are knocked out and vinyl is missing from the structure, but it’s an eyesore local firefighters have hoped to see for at least five years.

    A house on Ky. 146 in La Grange near the Kentucky State Reformatory will soon be destroyed by crews from La Grange Fire and Rescue and other local fire departments as a training exercise.

  • State settles some PVA cases

    Alleged ethics violations against numerous Kentucky property assessors, including Oldham County’s, are drawing to a close three years after being filed.

    Ron Winters is one of 11 property value administrators across the state accused of nepotism in a case that began in 2008.

    The county PVA is elected to assess the value of property for tax purposes.

  • Medicare changes could make equipment tough to obtain

    Changes to Medicare could make it more difficult for patients to obtain certain medical equipment. The changes could also bankrupt small medical equipment companies.

    The changes will save Medicare billions of dollars — billions of taxpayer dollars.

    The question, though, is at what cost those savings will come.

  • Apple Patch welcomes new executive director

      After a nationwide search, a new executive director is hoping to continue growing a Crestwood non-profit.

    Arthur Avitabile is the new director of Apple Patch, an organization that promotes independent living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Former La Grange mayor cited for sagging roof on Main Street building

    A judge signed a restraining order against a former La Grange mayor Tuesday.

    The emergency order prevents Elsie Carter from continuing renovations to her building at 114 E. Main St. due to safety concerns.

    A stop-work order was issued by code enforcement officer Jeff Richardson in February after he noticed the second-story roof sagging.

  • Crestwood woman dies in early morning crash on Ky. 146

    A Crestwood woman died early Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Ky. 146. 

    Police say a white 1995 Oldsmobile sedan and a white 1996 Dodge utility van crashed head-on about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday on Ky. 146 between Crestwood and Buckner.

    The driver of the Oldsmobile, Linda J. Smith, 64, of Crestwood, died at the scene. The driver of the van, William L. Buntyn, 48, of Louisville, is listed in serious condition at University Hospital in Louisville.