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Today's News

  • Ollie Bell ‘Cissy’ Smith, 79

    Ollie Bell “Cissy” Smith, 79, of La Grange, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at her home. 

    She was a member of Westport Baptist Church and a retired bookkeeper for PNC Bank.  

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond and Emma (Snowden) Taylor; two brothers, James Taylor and Edmond Taylor; and one sister, Patricia Higgins.

  • Former OCHS runner killed in Ky. 1817 crash

    Police say the driver in a fatal crash on Cedar Point Road had been traveling at a high speed as he followed a fellow Oldham County High School grad.

    Devon T. Willingham, a 2008 graduate of OCHS, died at the hospital after his vehicle collided with a tree about 8 p.m. Dec. 1 along Cedar Point Road (Ky. 1817) in Buckner.

    The crash left Willingham, 20, and his passenger, Timothy A. “Timmy” Shain of Buckner, trapped inside.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Harris: Celebrate a Kentucky Proud Christmas

    To the editor:

    A month ago, there was a dust-up in Frankfort regarding what to call the evergreen tree that traditionally stands in the front of the capitol every Christmas season.  

    For most of us, this symbol of the renewal and promise of Christ’s birth is called the Christmas tree. Regrettably, in a misguided attempt to be politically correct, the governor decided to be the first Kentucky governor to call it a holiday tree.  

  • Utility rates may increase

    Water rates for customers of the La Grange Utilities commission may be on the rise. 

    Members of the La Grange City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance Monday to raise rates from $1.22 to $1.70 per 1,000 gallons – a 39-percent hike. 

    According to LUC officials and the ordinance, a rate increase of at least 20 percent is necessary to recover the  increasing cost of purchasing water from the Oldham County Water District. 

  • Parents Day Out registration nears

    The Oldham County YMCA is now accepting registration for the last session of Parents’ Day Out for 2009. 

    This program provides a playgroup for children and break time for parents to shop, run errands, have an extended lunch or just relax. Children can learn a lot from regular play dates with friends including social skills, sharing, communication and how to deal with separation issues. 

    The Parents’ Day Out program will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from Dec. 14 to Dec. 30 for children ages 2 to 5. 

  • Blood drives planned Monday and Tuesday

    The Oldham County chapter of the American Red Cross will host a blood drive 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Ballardsville Baptist Church, 4300 S. Ky. 53, Ballardsville.

    A second  blood drive is scheduled 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at  La Grange Baptist Church, 1139 Commerce Parkway, La Grange.

  • Athlete of the Week

    Name: Devin Boyle.

    School: Centerfield Elementary School.

    Sport: Cross country.

    Age: 9.

    Hometown: Centerfield.

    Accomplishments: Boyle, a standout runner for the Centerfield Elementary cross country team, finished sixth in the 9-year-old division at the Cross Country Coaches’ National Youth Championships Dec. 5 in Nashville.

    Boyle said he was somewhat surprised at his strong performance.

  • Colonels open with mixed results

    BUCKNER ee" After opening the season on a strong note, the young Oldham County High School wrestling team struggled Saturday in their own dual tournament.

    “The training wheels fell off,” OCHS coach Aaron Riordan said. “We just didn’t wrestle very well. We had a couple of guys moving up in class, a couple hurt and couple dealing with some team discipline issues.”

  • A semi-blocked crossing

    A stalled semi halted traffic earlier this month — annoying motorists and delaying trains when it became stuck on a steep-graded crossing at Railroad Avenue near Ky. 146 in Crestwood.

    It’s common for over-sized vehicles to get stuck there, said Matt Cornell, a spokesperson for the Oldham County Police Department.

    Cornell couldn’t provide immediate figures, but many recall when a locomotive crunched a stalled limousine after it bottomed-out on the tracks a number of years ago.

  • South looks at sweep

    The local high school basketball teams opened play this week in what should be an interesting season.

    Change is everywhere, from longtime Oldham County boys’ coach Gary Forrest not on the sidelines for the first time in 21 years, to the South Oldham boys’ and girls’ teams being in contention to win the region in the same year.

    Here’s what I think will be five things to look for this year locally and in the region.