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Today's News

  • Excess fees total $500K

    Oldham County government received more than $500,000 in excess fees from county departments this week.

    County Clerk Julie Barr said though 2009 was a bad year economically and new car purchases decreased, the clerk’s office “did an excellent job” with their budget. In the 2009 budget, Barr said $279,000 was budgeted as excess fees. The actual amount is more than $118,000 higher – based in part on an increase in money earned from delinquent tax sales and reduced expenses in supplies, computers and salaries.

  • Local Southern States employee selected for certified training

    Southern States employee Bruce Bentley recently attended a comprehensive three-day training program designed to qualify him as a certified grow master specialist at Southern States Cooperative Inc. in La Grange.

    The program is designed to augment the knowledge of employees involved in advising customers on crop production. 

  • Athlete of the Week

    Wrestling: John Shirkey

    School: East Oldham Middle School.

    Class: 96/103 pounds. 

    Age: 12.

    Hometown: Crestwood.

    Accomplishments: Shirkey, a seventh-grader at East Oldham Middle, won the district and regional wrestling titles at 96 pounds helping the Patriots to the district team title as well.

    After moving up to compete at 103 pounds for the Oldham County High School varsity team, Shirkey took second place Saturday in the regional tournament at OCHS.

  • Sherwood Acres Beef owners featured in book

    Jon Bednarski, of La Grange, treasurer of the Oldham County Soil and Water Conservation District, is featured in a new book, “The Profitable Hobby Farm: How to Build a Sustainable Local Foods Business,” by Sarah Aubrey.  

    Bednarski and his business partner, Dan Weintraub, own Sherwood Acres Beef, which specializes in Belted Galloway cattle. He raises the cattle on his 50-acre farm in La Grange, and the company sells most of its beef products through farmers markets. It also sells through a local four-store chain and to restaurants.  

  • Oldham residents support Haiti with supplies, expertise

    Mark Chace of La Grange started a business in Haiti in 1994. On his first trip to the country, he met the Cademis family. The business – producing dental supplies – remained in Port-au-Prince until the end of 1996, and Chace said, he often visited the family. When the business moved out of the city, they lost touch, but re-connected in October. Now, MarieCarme Cademis, a mother of five, is staying with the Chace family in Oldham County and is hoping her children may soon join her.

  • South’s Jackson finishes in top 15

    LOUISVILLE – South Oldham sophomore Harley Jackson’s top 15 finish in two events in the state swimming meet highlighted the performances by local swimmers.

    Jackson took 14th in the state in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.35.

    Jackson finished 14th in the preliminary round.

    Jackson, competing in her second state meet, was also 15th in the 500-yard freestyle race with a time of 5:15.61. She was 13th in the preliminary round.

  • Snow keeps road crews busy

    County road crews have been working around the clock to keep Oldham streets drivable for residents as the snow keeps falling.

    Brian Campbell, county road department director said crews are out as close to 24/7 as possible. Counting his pick-up truck, he said, there are 13 trucks on average clearing roads.

  • Birth Announcement

    Greg and Julie Schwab announce the birth of their daughter, Addison Marie Schwab, born Oct. 21 at Baptist Hospital Northeast in La Grange. 

    She weighed seven pounds, five ounces and measured 20 and a half inches long.

    Grandparents are Denny and Joan Roth of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Roger and Pay Schwab of Jackson, Mo.

    Great-grandparents are Pete and June Jaco of Whitewater, Mo. and Emily Roth of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

  • Henry County officials declare snow emergency

    Officials in Henry County have declared a snow emergency this morning and have asked motorists to stay home.

    According to Kentucky State Police, local officials issued a Level 2 Emergency regarding winter weather conditions. 

    As of Tuesday morning, most roadways in Henry County are snow covered and extremely slick and hazardous, police said. 

    Officials are insisting the public to refrain from travel while only essential government personnel are out operating to improve conditions. 

  • Smialek named to dean’s list at University of Kentucky

    Jenna Rae Smialek of Pewee Valley was named to the dean’s list at the University of Kentucky for the fall semester. 

    Students named to the dean’s list at UK must earn a 3.5 grade-point average or higher.

    Smialek is a 2005 graduate of South Oldham High School. She is the daughter of Paula Cash and Kurt Smialek.