Today's News

  • Letters to the editor

    County attorney candidate's reputation stands alone

    To the editor:

    This is a first for me, after 44 years in La Grange, my first letter to the editor.

    I applaud the nine members of the Oldham County Republican Executive Committee in their selection of John K. Carter to replace the late John Fendley as a candidate for Oldham County attorney in the November election.

    As the only local attorney who has worked with every county attorney from George Williamson in 1966 to John Fendley in 2010, I endorse John Carter without reservation.

  • Letters to the editor

    GOP picks favorites? Not a surprise

    To the editor:

    A bird’s eye view locally (or nationally) of what is wrong with political parties was brilliantly reported by L. Hagan’s article, “GOP’s selection process under fire,” The Oldham Era, July 22.

    The fiefdom of Oldham has had power-fiction by a tiny faction of the Republican Party for decades. 

  • City cites specific stretch for speed limit change

    Members of the La Grange City Council want to specify a portion of Ky. 53 to reduce the speed limit, rather than change several signs throughout the city.

    The council tabled an ordinance Monday that would send a speed limit issue to the state department of transportation.

    The council determined that language in the ordinance needed to be more specific before they voted on the ordinance. The ordinance concerns areas on New Moody Lane, Forest Park Drive and Ky. 53.

  • TLC may be on the way for dilapidated homes

    Homes with rotting wood, siding and a tree growing through the roof may soon be declared dilapidated structures by Oldham officials.

    Planning and Development Director Louise Allen presented two homes – one on Sideoats Drive in Orchard Grass and another on Riverside Drive in Prospect – that have been abandoned and fallen into disrepair.

    The home on Sideoats Drive, she said, has rotten boards needing to be replaced, as well as siding issues and deterioration of the garage doors.

    There are also two abandoned cars in front of the property.

  • District welcomes 75 new teachers

    Oldham County school teachers and administrators have 75 names and faces to learn Wednesday when classes resume — and they’re not part of the student rosters.

    More than 75 teachers have been hired to replace those who resigned, retired or transferred to other districts over the summer, said Phillip Moore, director of personnel for the board of education. Several teachers are also on medical leave.

    “It’s more than what I thought there would be, but we’re finishing up the paperwork for new hires as we speak,” Moore said.

  • Truck strikes building on Main Street

    A Louisville driver said a bad set of brakes and a malfunctioning clutch are the reason he inadvertently stopped his truck on the sidewalk Friday afternoon on Main Street in La Grange.

    Eric Biegert said his truck’s brakes failed as he traveled through La Grange to a friend’s home to help him move.

    He said he recently had the clutch and brakes on his truck repaired, and doesn’t know what happened. The truck died and started again before rolling into a nearby car.

  • OCPD chief, head of planning office announce plans to retire

    The county’s police chief and planning and development director recently announced their plans to retire.

    Louise Allen, planning and development director and Oldham County Police Department Chief Mike Griffin will both retire

    Sept. 1.

    Griffin has served as police chief for OCPD for eight years and Allen has worked with planning and development for 10.

    Members of Oldham fiscal court appointed officials to serve in the interim.

  • Very superstitious?

    Staff members at the Oldham County Animal Shelter are crossing their fingers and hoping Oldham residents aren’t superstitious later this month.

    To celebrate the upcoming Friday the 13th, the shelter will waive the adoption fee for all black cats.

    Director Barbara Rosenman said “cats of all sizes” are available for adoption. She said she’s been visiting a farm house in Ballardsville where 20 black cats were found.

  • Council drops $400K from city budget

    La Grange city officials have spent the past month whittling down a budget that will cut costs for the city by more than $400,000.

    After a $4.9 million budget proposed by the city failed to pass at the council’s June meeting, council members presented a re-worked budget that cut costs in several departments.

    The council – minus council member Wally Nay, who was absent due to illness – raised concerns with the original budget about charitable contributions and allotments for employee health insurance and pay raises.

  • Caring for the community

    Later this month, representatives from various medical fields and churches are hosting an event they hope will help people, inside and out.

    The Oldham Clinic, scheduled Aug. 28, is a one-day event organizers hope will meet the needs they suspect many Oldham residents have. Offering medical help, a chance for a spiritual connection, food, clothing and even a family photo, the event is the first of it’s kind in the county.