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  • First and worst: Oldham ranks high for healthy residents, but not healthy foods

    An annual health report shows Oldham County ranked first — and last — among Kentucky counties.

    The County Health Rankings report is produced by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and compares nearly every county in all 50 states.

    Overall, Oldham County remains the healthiest in the Commonwealth, based on mortality and morbidity rates, health behaviors, clinical care and social/economic factors.

  • School system to host superintendent forum

    The three finalists for the Oldham County Schools superintendent’s position will participate in a public forum tonight (Thursday).

    The finalists include Houston Barber, principal of Fern Creek High Traditional High School; Lisa Stone, director of school improvement for Montgomery County Schools; and William Wells, assistant superintendent of instruction for Oldham County Schools.

  • Expansion could add 200 jobs

    More than 200 new jobs could be added through a possible expansion to a Buckner facility.

    The Carriage House Co. is a subsidiary of Ralcorp that currently employs about 280 workers at the Oldham County location.

    The company is the nation’s largest supplier of store-brand preserves, jellies, peanut butter, syrups and dressings.

  • GOP to host primary debate April 25 at Oldham County High

    The GOP of Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties will host a primary election debate later this month.

    “The Oldham Debates” are scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at Oldham County High School in Buckner.
    A meet-and-greet begins 30 minutes earlier.

  • 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.