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Today's News

  • Dollars and sense

    Lean government seems like an understatement – Oldham County is trimming expenses for services down to bare bones. A police officer doubles as the county’s Internet technology specialist. The emergency management director also runs dispatch services. Oldham County offers a self-serve recycling center and runs a police force that hasn’t had funding to expand with a growing population in eight years. A nearly $3 million deficit acquired by county government in the past year is the outcome of a simple equation: revenue minus spending.

  • A sale we didn't expect

    I like to think of my adoption into the Landmark Community Newspapers family as an act of divine intervention.Poor economic conditions, nightmarish hours and bad management left me questioning my latest employment decision at age 24. Frustrated and eager to advance my career, I found myself on that day staring at a blank screen as I gathered the nerve to write a resignation letter before having another job lined up to pay the bills.

  • La Grange, Pewee match county's tax rate

    Oldham County residents will pay a 10 percent tax on their insurance premiums next fiscal year, but due to votes Monday night, all of that tax revenue will go to a taxpayer’s city instead of the county for residents in La Grange and Pewee Valley.La Grange and Pewee Valley officials said they decided to bump up their rates in response to the Oldham County Fiscal Court’s increase to 10 percent. The effort keeps city tax revenue from slipping into the county’s budget.

  • Flood, power loss sends KSR inmates packing

    Power outages at Kentucky State Reformatory put about 450 inmates out of their dorms for three to four days last week, but without major incident.Administrator Gary Prestigiacomo said a steam pipe broke and flooded the basement of a dormitory Jan. 2.La Grange Fire and Rescue Chief Jim Sitzler said as the water rose, it got into the electrical room and shorted everything out. LFRD firefighters pumped at least four feet of water from the basement, he said.

  • County Events

    Thursday, Jan. 17Oldham County Tourist and Convention Commission. 9 a.m. Best Western Ashbury, La Grange. 243-9353.La Leche League of Oldham County. 6 p.m. All mothers and mothers-to-be interested in learning about breastfeeding are welcome. 222-2886.Aerobics class. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. La Grange Community Center, 307 W. Jefferson St. 225-6473.Kiwanis Club of La Grange. 7 p.m.

  • Residents complete report with 'vision' for Oldham County

    A committee responsible for implementing a vision for the future of parks, utilities, tourism and finances of Oldham County answered questions raised by residents in a report released Jan. 2. Members of the Oldham County Vision Council Committee, appointed by Judge-Executive Duane Murner in May, were charged with the task of answering eight questions developed by a team of residents who created a plan for the future of the county.

  • Residents angered by hasty appointment to fill Beaumont's council seat

    With a hasty decision that left residents in uproar, La Grange City Council members voted Monday to fill a seat vacated in December by the late James Beaumont.Former council member Jean Knight was appointed to complete Beaumont’s term through 2008.Council members voted 4-3 to add Knight to the council, with Faith Brush, Lucy Ricketts and Joe Davenport voting against the appointment. The three council members who opposed Knight’s appointment said they wanted more time to review applications from all residents interested in the position.

  • South is tops

    GOSHEN – For at least another year South Oldham is still the big kid on the block in local wrestling.The 10th ranked Dragons dispatched an injury riddled No. 7 Fern Creek 57-22 and in the feature match of the evening, beat North Oldham 44-25 to win the regional dual meet at NOHS Tuesday.NOHS came back from the SOHS loss to beat Oldham County 48-24 and take second. Both teams advance to the state duals meet Jan. 26 in Lexington.

  • Open for discussion

    Business owners are calling for revisions to La Grange's sign ordinance, arguing that city council's incentive to preserve the historic look of the area is compromising the future of the economy and comes with a price for businesses already existing in the city.

    In May, council members unanimously approved an ordinance to ban pole signs, neon lighting and banners. La Grange business owners rekindled the issue in October and expressed frustration after the city's code enforcement officer visited businesses with non-complaint signs and asked business owners to remove those signs.

  • Locust Grove will help relieve overcrowding

    The construction of Locust Grove Elementary School is moving forward well ahead of schedule. Located on the East Oldham campus off of Ky. 22, the new school will have a capacity of 700 and open school with about 590 students. With the opening of Locust Grove Elementary School in August, the district’s elementary school crowding will decrease significantly — dropping from our current number of 123 percent to 101.1 percent capacity. The Kentucky Department of Education establishes enrollment capacity numbers for each school.