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Today's News

  • State GED tests free through July 31

    With a price hike looming, the state is offering its GED test for free for the next 10 weeks.

    Kentucky Adult Education will waive the $60 fee for Kentuckians who take the high school equivalency test before July 31.

    Starting Jan. 1, 2014, test fees will jump to $120.

    The GED will also be retooled to comply with the Kentucky Department of Education’s Common Core Standards.

    The tougher educational guidelines were passed as legislation in 2009 and implemented in the 2011-12 school year.

  • Animal control officer arrested for taking $25

    An animal control officer who is owed more than $100,000 by county government for back pay and overtime has been arrested for allegedly taking $25 and forging paperwork related to a lost dog.

    Police arrested Elmer James “Jim” Nichter Jr., 47, of La Grange, May 15 for forgery, official misconduct and theft from the Oldham County Animal Shelter.

    According to court documents, the charges stem from an incident May 6 when a woman visited the Oldham County Animal Shelter in Buckner to claim her lost pet.

  • Agreement gives OCPD officers limited authority in Jefferson Co.

    Oldham County Police Department officers now have the authority to operate in Jefferson County.

    Oldham County Fiscal Court approved an inter-local agreement between OCPD and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.

    Under the new agreement, OCPD officers have the ability to conduct investigations and pursue cars across the county line.

    Previously, officers had no authority to continue a chase if a suspect crossed into Jefferson County.

  • Oldham Co. Schools unveils first-draft attendance boundary proposals

    Parents got a first look at where their children may attend school in Oldham County in two years.

    Oldham County Schools held its second round of redistricting forums last week, unveiling first-draft attendance boundaries for the 2014-15 school year.

    District officials released eight boundary maps at a trio of meetings at the county’s high schools. More than 100 parents attended the forums.

    Four of the proposals involve shuffling elementary school students due to the closing of Liberty Elementary at the end of next school year.

  • Botched drug deal lands Pewee Valley man behind bars

    Pewee Valley residents called 911 Saturday night after hearing a verbal altercation end with gunfire.

    Oldham County Police responded to the 9300 block of Hillridge Drive at 9:55 p.m. Saturday.

    When police arrived at the home of Caleb N. Fast, 19, he said he had no knowledge of a gun or gunshots.

    Police later found a loaded .25 caliber handgun laying in Fast’s backyard and arrested him on charges of robbery, two counts wanton endangerment, two counts terroristic threatening and tampering with physical evidence.

  • School board approves budget for coming year

    The Oldham County Board of Education adopted a tentative budget that eliminates $3 million and more than 50 jobs next year.

    Superintendent Will Wells recommended the reduced budget at the school board’s meeting Monday.

    Board members were not unanimous in their decision. District 2 representative Walt Schumm voted against the proposed budget.

    Starting July 1, the school district will have less money and fewer employees.

    Most jobs will come out of classrooms and the transportation department.

  • Joe Percefull: Lessons from Tragedy

    The classroom is alive with activity as a handful of eighth-graders puts the finishing touches on decorations for an end-of-the-school-year field day.

    Like so many before them, the students will soon make the inevitable leap from middle school upperclassman to high school newbies.

    Joe Percefull has observed this rite of passage many times in his 16 years as a teacher at Oldham County Middle School.

  • School board approves reduced 2013-14 budget

    The Oldham County Board of Education adopted a tentative budget that eliminates $3 million and more than 50 jobs next year.

    Superintendent Will Wells recommended the reduced budget at the school board’s meeting Monday.

    Board members were not unanimous in their decision. District 2 representative Walt Schumm voted against the proposed budget.

    Starting July 1, the school district will have less money and fewer employees.

    Most jobs will come out of classrooms and the transportation department.

  • Oldham Co. Animal Control officer arrested for taking $25 cash

    An animal control officer who is owed more than $100,000 by Oldham County government for back pay and overtime has been arrested for taking $25 and forging paperwork.

    Police arrested Elmer James "Jim" Nichter Jr., 47, of La Grange, on Wednesday for forgery, official misconduct and theft from the Oldham County Animal Shelter.

  • Oldham Co. schools to get security upgrades

    Oldham County Schools will spend more than $1.5 million to beef up security at all of its facilities.

    The upgrades were unanimously approved by the Board of Education late last month.

    The bulk of the money will be used to add or enhance security measures at the district’s 18 school buildings.

    Upgrades include interior and exterior video surveillance; electronically secured entrances; access control entry systems; exterior door positioning switches; intercoms for visitor entry; and an emergency dispatch alert system.