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  • Safe schools start here

    While Oldham County Schools are well-known for academic success, the district is also being applauded for its transportation safety.

    Ohio Casualty Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance presented its Gold Safety Award to transportation officials Nov. 27. 

    The award recognizes the safety achievements of bus drivers, maintenance personnel and other drivers within the system during the past three years. 

  • Holiday shopping season kicks off with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday push

    Social media efforts helped drive sales on Main Street during Small Business Saturday Nov. 24, although retailers in other areas of the county report mixed results.

    Created by American Express in 2010, the event encourages shoppers to visit local stores on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — the day after Black Friday.

    Local merchants rely on Facebook and other social media tools to promote the event, while American Express advertises nationally on television. American Express also provides promotional materials to retailers.

  • Liberty Elementary will close in 2014

    Oldham County Schools will operate with one fewer elementary school beginning with the 2014-15 school year and will force officials to redistrict the county.

    Board of education members voted unanimously Monday to close Liberty Elementary at the end of the 2013-14 school year, despite indefinitely postponing building a new elementary in Brownsboro.

  • ConAgra Foods buys Ralcorp, parent company of Buckner plant

    ConAgra Foods announced a hefty purchase this morning to stock their pantry.

    ConAgra, owner of Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt's, Marie Callender's, Orville Redenbacher's, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim and Snack Pack food brands, has acquired Ralcorp Holdings Inc.

    Ralcorp, valued at $6.8 billion including debt, is the largest manufacturer of private label food in the United States and is the parent company of Carriage House, which operates a plant in Buckner.

  • Prospect woman spins to win

    A trip to visit her daughter took an exciting spin for a Prospect woman who became the day's big winner on the Price is Right in October.

    In total, she won nearly $55,000 in prizes.

    During a trip to Los Angeles, Lynda Huckaby and her daughter, Steffany, waited in line for four hours to be interviewed for the iconic television game show.

    Steffany, a former Oldham County Schools teacher, said she almost threw in the towel because of the wait.

    But when her mom got called to come on down, those regrets vanished.

  • LG&E/KU warns of phone scam

    Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company want to alert customers of a new telephone scam whereby a caller claims to be a utility employee and asks for bill payment over the phone or in person, and threatens to disconnect electric or natural gas service if the targeted customer does not cooperate. 

    The companies have alerted authorities and offer the following advice to residential and business customers in the wake of this new scam:

  • Thanksgiving Day fire damages Crestwood home

    Neighbors noticed smoke billowing from a home in Kentucky Acres subdivision and alerted firefighters at lunchtime on Thanksgiving Day.

    Crews from South Oldham Fire & Rescue, Ballardsville Fire and Pewee Valley Fire spent much of the afternoon battling a fire in the 7500 block of Derby Drive.

    It was reported around 12:45 p.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but does not appear to be cooking related.

    The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

  • Masseuse calls 911 from deputy sheriff’s home

    Police were called to an off-duty Oldham County Sheriff’s Deputy’s home after an erotic masseuse called 911.

    According to a report by Oldham County Police, William Schulte, a deputy with the OCSO, hired the masseuse to come to his home on Dover Cove, in Buckner, on Nov. 4.

    Sheriff Steve Sparrow said Schulte resigned following the incident to resolve personal issues.

    Schulte does not face any criminal charges and denied any wrongdoing to police.

  • Light up La Grange bigger than ever

    This year’s 26th annual Light Up La Grange will feature more lights than ever before – almost doubling last year’s animated display on the courthouse lawn. 

    For the second year, Mike and Vonnie Glover are heading up the design — this year with more than 160,000 lights.

  • Making room to grow: Yew Dell Botanical Gardens marks 10 years with a new greenhouse

    Aluminum is the traditional anniversary gift for a 10th anniversary. At Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, that gift is coming in the shape of a greenhouse.

    Several dozen people gathered on a chilly day at the gardens Nov. 14 to official break ground on the new greenhouse, one of several new horticulture facilities.

    Executive Director Paul Cappiello said the horticulture buildings are a perfect way to mark the beginning of the next 10 years at Yew Dell.