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  • Ballardsville Fire starts construction on second station

    Despite a wet start to the summer, work on a new substation for the Ballardsville Fire Department has begun.

    The new station is being built at the corner of Highway 22 and Montfont Circle, in Centerfield. It will mainly cover the department’s western part of the district, Chief Stephen Fante said.

    As of late last week, a hole had been dug on the property to start laying the foundation, but persistent rain has delayed much of the work, Fante said.

  • AG opinion prompts amendment to La Grange law

     

    The Kentucky Attorney General has put an ordinance amending the City of La Grange’s business licensing tax into question.

    After the city council approved the changes 5-4 in their March meeting, the Kentucky Bar Association asked the Attorney General for a legal opinion on the constitutionality of the law.

  • Ghazawi indicted on heroin charges

    A Crestwood native has been indicted by an Anderson County Grand Jury on multiple charges, including trafficking in a controlled substance.

    Ahmad M. Ghazawi, 28, was indicted May 20 after being arrested on trafficking and other charges Feb. 25 by Lawrenceburg Police. The charges relate to Ghazawi’s fleeing police after selling heroin to a confidential informant in Anderson County.

    He was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree (heroin), which is a Class C felony. If convicted, he could serve 5-10 years in prison on that charge alone.

  • Quarry is a cool relief from rising heat

     

    With temperatures rising well into the 90s this week, there isn’t much relief from the sizzling sun other than the options of overcrowded pools or distant theme parks, but for Oldham County residents, there’s a little slice of paradise close to home.

    Nestled in the city limits on Fendley Mill Road, Falling Rock Park is a two-acre quarry that has been filled solely by rainwater for 17 years. Owner Joe Clark opened it in 1996 as a divers’ training facility but soon floaters, kayakers, swimmers and snorkelers began to flood the park.

  • Pewee Valley to redesign city center

     

    The City of Pewee Valley is requesting help from its residents to choose a plan to rebuild the Town Square.

  • Murner no stranger to playing politics

     

    Duane Murner is no stranger to acting like a politician.

    Having spent 12 years as one, after two terms as a fiscal court magistrate and one term as County Judge-Executive, Murner, a Prospect native, has the inside knowledge of what is expected of an elected official.

    But having retired from politics himself in 2010, Murner now just acts as a politician, namely former Kentucky Secretary of State Caleb Powers, as part of the Chautauqua program.

  • Fiscal Court approves new budget for 2015

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court has approved a nearly $26 million budget to operate on for the next year.

    The budget doesn’t include any new raises for county employees or magistrates and is mostly mirrors the previous year’s budget.

    It includes $13.7 million for the county’s general fund and nearly $3 million in the road fund.

  • Veteran takes ‘ride’ through Oldham

     

    He may be 88, but one can’t say Dr. E. Bruce Heilman is boring.

    The biker has rode to 48 states on his Harley-Davidson and to celebrate his upcoming birthday, he will be crossing a 49th state off his bucket list.

    The adventurer, a native of Oldham County, was a marine stationed in the Pacific during World War II. The ride will most likely be one of the last great motorcycle rides by a member of the WWII generation, with the death rate of veterans at approximately 30,000 a month, according to Heilman.

  • Bridge Hill project on Highway 22 progressing

    An important stretch of Highway 22 in Crestwood will still be expanded and rerouted, despite slow progress.

    Nicknamed the Bridge Hill project, the changes will take place from just west of the Highway 329 Bypass to just past Abbott Lane, according to Andrea Clifford, spokeswoman for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5.

  • La Grange Fire tops million dollar mark for Crusade for Children

    Kentuckiana celebrated Sunday after the tallies of donations came out for the 61st Annual WHAS Crusade for Children, and in Oldham County, the La Grange Fire Department got a special pat on the back.

    The La Grange Fire Department received a plaque from the Crusade for collecting over $1 million. This year, their donations went up 19 percent from 2013, a total of $32,683.08 donated.

    The largest total from county fire department came from South Oldham Fire, who collected more than $42,000.