Today's News

  • Champion runner visits South Oldham

    It’s not every day a marathon champion shows up at your school. 

    But students at South Oldham Middle had the rare opportunity to meet an elite — and likely London Olympian — runner May 10.

    Wesley Korir, 29, won the Boston Marathon in April, coming from behind late in the race to win by 26 seconds.

    Now, the University of Louisville graduate is back in Kentucky and shared his story with several classes at SOMS, where his former U of L teammate Andrew Hackney is a health teacher.

  • ExCellent teacher

    Goshen Elementary students welcomed visitors to their school May 9 to honor a fifth-grade teacher as one of this year’s ExCel award winners.

    Ruthie Parrott is one of 13 teachers to receive the award, given by WHAS-11 television and Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities. 

    Parrott, a graduate of South Oldham High School, began teaching at Goshen in 2005.

  • Two GOP candidates seek Commonwealth Attorney job in May 22 primary

    Three candidates are running for commonwealth attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit. 

    Kentucky has 57 judicial circuits and the commonwealth’s attorney is the chief prosecutor for crimes in that district.

    Republicans Courtney Baxter and John Shaughnessy will vie for the primary election while William Carter is running as an uncontested Democrat.

  • Residents petition for special election to expand liquor sales

    Alcohol sales in La Grange could expand, depending on the outcome of a special election this summer.

    More than 400 people signed a petition requesting the special election, which will allow La Grange voters to decide if they want to make the city “wet.”

    The special election is set for July 24.

  • Tiny terrors: insects active early after warm winter

    A mild winter and warm spring has more people outside and active — and they have company.

    Ticks, mosquitoes and other insects are active earlier this year due to unseasonably warm weather and medical professionals are advising people to be cautious of themselves and their pets.

    But most pests are just, well, pesky. 

  • Oldham EMS chooses finalist for management outsourcing

    Oldham County EMS board members voted Monday to formalize a contract with Baptist Health Affiliates, Inc. to outsource OCEMS management duties.

    Baptist Health Affiliates is part of the Baptist Health Care system, which also operates Baptist Northeast in La Grange.

    A team of six evaluators considered the five responses received after the board released a request for proposals April 9.

    The evaluators reviewed the submissions independently, and board member Stan Clark, also the county's CFO, said evaluators agreed Baptist stands out as the best fit.

  • Apple Patch hosts boat race

    A local non-profit celebrated Derby week with its own unique twist Thursday.

    Apple Patch, a Crestwood-based organization, hosted its second-annual boat race for employees and clients the day before the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race.

    Apple Patch promotes independence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Local cancer survivors selected for parade at the Kentucky Oaks

    The crowd roared as a parade started down the track at Churchill Downs Friday. But this time, it wasn’t a parade of horses, but a parade of survivors.

    The fourth annual Survivors Parade honored 138 cancer survivors clad in pink from around the Louisville area just before the Kentucky Oaks race.

    The women, many alongside a family member, walked from the backside of the track to the paddock.

  • Seven seek GOP nod for 4th district seat

    With seven Republican candidates vying for the 4th Congressional District seat, the primary election May 22 is as important as the fall general election.

    Only two Democrats are running for the congressional post currently held by Rep. Geoff Davis, Williamstown attorney Bill Adkins and Corinth businessman Greg Frank.

    The crowded Republican field includes two Oldham County residents, Brian Oerther and Walt Schumm.

    Northern Kentucky is the most populous area in the district, which includes Covington, Florence, Newport and Fort Thomas.

  • Teacher admits to having sex with students

    A former high school teacher and La Grange resident arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students is unlikely to serve jail time. 

    Shannon Hirchert, a special needs teacher at Shelbyville’s Martha Layne Collins High School in 2010-11, pleaded guilty Monday to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter.

    Hirchert, 43, reached a plea agreement with Shelby County prosecutors.