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  • Fire Departments join together for volunteer recruitment

     

    The county’s six fire departments are stepping out of their individual territories to hold a first-ever countywide volunteer recruiting class.

    The class, which will take place in early March, is designed to increase volunteer numbers, said Captain Matt Nelson of the South Oldham Fire Department.

    Before this year, only one or two departments would partner for the classes.

    “It’s better if we work together,” Nelson said. “It’s easier to put all the students in one class.”

  • Concealed carry hopefuls now start process online

     

    A change is moving at least one part of the process to get a concealed carry license online.

    Those interested in a Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon, or CCDW, license can now go online to begin that process. New to the certification process, applicants may find out at the beginning whether or not they will be prohibited from carrying a gun.

    Those interested may fill out the application online and receive a background check and can also see where he or she is in the process of receiving the permit.

  • Tourism needs local help with FarmFest

    By TAYLOR RILEY

    REPORTER, The Oldham Era

    Oldham County Tourism has been in fruition since 1995, but this year is the first that it will bring a statewide event to the county.

    Kentucky Farm Fest, coming to Crestwood’s 20-acre farm “The Maples” in July, will be an event for adults and children.

    The event is projected to bring in 5,000 to 10,000 people to the county with live demos, workshops and activities, said Kim Buckler, executive director of Oldham County Tourism.

  • Tourism needs local help with FarmFest

    By TAYLOR RILEY

    REPORTER, The Oldham Era

    Oldham County Tourism has been in fruition since 1995, but this year is the first that it will bring a statewide event to the county.

    Kentucky Farm Fest, coming to Crestwood’s 20-acre farm “The Maples” in July, will be an event for adults and children.

    The event is projected to bring in 5,000 to 10,000 people to the county with live demos, workshops and activities, said Kim Buckler, executive director of Oldham County Tourism.

  • County will consider right to work ordinance

    After weeks of consideration, the Oldham County Fiscal Court is planning to move forward with a right to work ordinance, while talking to surrounding counties about joining them.

    The Oldham Fiscal Court had a first reading of the measure at its meeting Wednesday, which was rescheduled due to weather. Such an ordinance would forbid unions from forcing employees to pay union dues whether they want to or not. Critics of the idea call it “right to work for less” because they claim it would lower union membership, thereby hampering collective bargaining.

  • King Me!

    Hundreds gathered at CityPlace in La Grange last Saturday for the Kentucky Chess Association’s Quad B regional tournament.

    The quad was set up like “the NCAA tournament” in its bracketing, with teams playing others to advance to a state competition in Lexington, organizers said.

    There were five different competition levels starting with kindergarteners and first-graders and leading up to seniors in high school.

    The Chess Performance group will hold another state competition for individuals at CityPlace on Feb. 28.

  • Main Street businesses play musical chairs

     

    Main Street has been the hub of local businesses since the inception of the City of La Grange in 1827, and according to the vendors that has not changed in recent years. What has changed recently, though, is the name of the business in front of each store location.

    Over the last few months, Main Street has seen many shifts in store locations, but according to Nancy Griffin, Executive Director at Discover Downtown La Grange, that fact isn’t out of the ordinary.

  • State Police help veteran receive proper burial

    By CHRIS BROOKE

    landmark news service

    Harold Eugene “Sarge” Laws, 81, of Owen County received the military honors he deserved Jan. 27, after a Kentucky State Police Post 5 criminal intelligence analyst feared his eternal rest would be in a pauper’s grave.

    Laws died as a result of a Jan. 20 accident on Highway 227 in Carroll County, after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the road, according to Ali Parham, KSP’s analyst.

  • Former minister to stand trial on child sex charges

     

    A former music minister is set to stand trial on charges relating to sex with a child.

    Howard “Key” Chambers, 62, former minister of music at DeHaven Baptist Church in La Grange, will stand before a jury at the U.S. District Court in Louisville on March 10, when he will be facing charges of child enticement.

    In a previous court hearing in November, Chambers pleaded not guilty to charges.

  • Crestwood Walmart delayed until 2016

    Despite receiving approval more than nine months ago, Oldham County residents will have to wait another year before Walmart rolls back into Crestwood.

    The retail company received final approval for a zoning change and development plans on a new 158,538 square foot Supercenter on April 16 last year. And it bought the new store’s land, located at 6701 Veterans Memorial Parkway, for $4.1 million in August.