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Today's News

  • 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.

  • La Grange set to tax employee wages

    Workers in La Grange may soon see smaller paychecks.

    The La Grange City Council will vote June 3 to impose a 1 percent occupational tax to pay the city’s debt on the Oldham Reserve business park.

    All wages paid by businesses within the city limits will be subject to the tax.

    La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein proposed a similar tax in August, but later scrapped the plan.

    The city currently owes more than $10 million on a pair of bonds, only one of which the city has been able to make payments on, Lammlein said.

  • Oldham County's Jason Holland accepts head coaching position at Montgomery County.

    Jason Holland will be the new head boys' basketball coach at Montgomery County High School, Oldham County Athletic Director Kevin Combs confirmed Wednesday.
    Holland leaves the Colonels with a 92-38 record in his four years at Oldham County along with three district championships and two regional championships. The Colonels advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament under his watch during the 2011-12 season and were the Eighth Region runner-up last year.

  • State tennis tournament begins play Thursday

    Several local athletes will take to the courts in the state tennis tournament as it kicks off in Lexington this Thursday. They are as follows:

    *Matches will be held at two locations: Shillito Park or UK. You can find directions to both at http://khsaa.org/sports/spring/tennis/

    Boys' singles-

    Jordan Pitts (SO) vs.  Alex Nguyen, Russell High School; May 16, 9:15 a.m. SP

    Steven Mayborg (SO) vs. Michael Thomas, Grayson County; May 16, 9:15 a.m. SP

    Tyler Kilambi (NO) vs. Ryan Abell, LaRue County, May 16, 11:30 a.m. SP