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Today's News

  • Commission approves proposed Crestwood Walmart

    After a five and a half hour meeting Tuesday, a proposed Walmart in Crestwood has received the necessary approvals from the Oldham County Planning and Zoning Commission.

    The 13-member commission approved a recommendation for a change in zoning for the Walmart, which will be located at 6701 Veterans Memorial Parkway, also known as KY-392 Bypass, on a 10-3 vote.

    The zoning change now heads to the City of Crestwood for final approval.

  • La Grange Utilities mulling deal with OC Water District

    A search for a new director for the La Grange Utilities Commission has broadened to the consideration of a management takeover by another utility company.

    At a special meeting of the LUC last week, the commission’s members heard several scenarios for the future of the utilities from the commission’s chairman, Roy Horton.

    Those include hiring a new director, going into a partial management partnership with an outside agency, a full management partnership and/or a full merger with another utility company.

  • Upcoming ordinance causes concern with local attorneys

    A proposed ordinance in front of the La Grange City Council is sparking a debate over the city’s business license fees.

    The section in question lies with language regarding attorneys and how the license applies to them.

    Critics of the proposed law, including Councilman Jason Taylor, say the changes are a precondition to practicing law by placing a fee on attorneys that do not have offices in the city and that there are multiple legal issues associated with the proposed language.

  • Awards encourage classroom innovation

    More than 20 Oldham County teachers have been awarded nearly $20,000 to help promote innovation in Oldham County Schools.

    The money is part of the Oldham County Educational Foundation’s Pyramid Awards program, which has been supporting educational initiatives throughout the district for nearly 20 years.

    In all, 21 teachers were awarded a total of $19,756 for ideas such as “iSee, iLearn, iReflect,” “Pumpkin Chunkin,” and “Engineering is Elementary.”

  • Alleged gang leader back in custody, ordered for evaluation

    A Shelbyville man charged with recruiting for the Southside Crips gang in Oldham County has been taken back into custody and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

    Thomas L. Wenz, 22, was indicted in December on charges of criminal gang recruitment, engaging in organized crime, unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

    Wenz pled not guilty to those charges on Dec. 19 and bailed out of the Oldham County Jail shortly after that court hearing.

  • Putting the Tee in Team

    Forty-two seconds.

    That’s how long it took for Tee Salinas, a senior at North Oldham High School, to transition from lovable team manager to the most-celebrated player on the Mustangs’ squad this season.

    Others might argue it took seven years of hard work and determination.

    But with seven minutes and sixteen seconds left in the first quarter of NOHS’ senior night last Friday, Tee Salinas scored a layup that rattled the school’s gym in Goshen.

    Tee had arrived.

    ‘Most likely to brighten your day’

  • Harris: Mid-point update from the State Senate

    We have passed the midpoint of the General Assembly, and the activity has continued to be energetic and fast paced. The Senate took up historic legislation this week in House Bill 70.

    House Bill 70 would amend the Kentucky Constitution and allow certain felons with specific crimes that meet the standard to have their voting rights restored. The Senate State and Local Government heard testimony for this bill from the sponsors as well as U.S. Senator Rand Paul.

  • Osborne: House halfway through 2014 session

    It was a busy time in Frankfort this past week as we reached the midway point of the 2014 Regular Session. This week was also the deadline for the drafting of any new legislation.

    This week our House budget review subcommittees finished work on the next two-year Executive Branch budget, we heard the first round of testimony on eminent domain issues related to the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline natural gas liquids project, and we moved legislation that would give one-time, low-level felons a chance to have their felony records erased.

  • The power of a smile

    I was five years old shopping at the grocery store with my mom. We were in the checkout line and I smiled at the lady checking out before us. The lady took a nickel from her change and gave it to me and told me my smile had made her day. She told me to keep smiling.

  • Dreaming the night away

    I have a pretty active nightlife. Occasionally, I find myself performing sultry tunes in a smoky lounge, or feverishly dancing with handsome men under the flashy lights of a discotheque, but these things don’t happen as often as I’d like. More often than not, I’m desperate. Desperately trying to save my children from a catastrophe, desperately searching for a clean, private stall in a public restroom, or having conversations with dead people, desperately trying to convey things I wish I’d said while they were still living.