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Today's News

  • Locust Grove Elementary turns to recycling to help fund programs

    With state funding for schools lagging behind needs, one local elementary school is coming up with a creative way to fund one of its programs.

    Locust Grove Elementary will host a massive recycling opportunity on Nov. 9, America Recycles Day, to help fund its Leader in Me program.

    The school is partnering with ECS Refining to take unused electronics and recycle them. For every pound of electronic equipment the school brings in, they will receive a nickel for their program.

  • Changes coming to GED Testing

    Deadlines for those hoping to finish up their GED are rapidly approaching before the test changes and progress is lost.

    The test for the GED changes roughly every 10 years and a new test will be implemented in January, Suzette Ertel, director of Oldham County Adult and Community Education said.

    To brace for those changes, Ertel’s department is holding an “Official Practice Test (OPT) blitz” on Nov. 1 to help potential GED test takers squared away from the last test in December before the new one takes effect.

  • South Oldham Rotary donates to Apple Patch

    The South Oldham Rotary Club and Apple Patch hosted a joint cookout at the Apple Patch Apex facility for Apple Patch clients, staff and board members, as well as South Oldham Rotarians.

    Apple Patch Executive Director and South Oldham Rotarian Arthur Avitabile manned the grill for the hungry crowd. 

    “The cookout went really, really well from our point of view.  Our clients enjoyed it very much and the staff were emailing each other and talking about how nice it was.” Avitablie said. 

  • New option for local sportswear

    As a parent, Nadia Miller understands wanting to support a child with some school pride, be it a t-shirt, car flag or a bleacher seat.

    And she also understands that currently, Oldham County doesn’t have a great wealth of places to buy spirit stuff for Oldham County school teams.

    Which is why Miller is opening Oldham County Sportswear in Crestwood on Nov. 1.

    “These parents want to see something that is actually for their school,” Miller said.

  • Utility increases winter donation program match

    In an effort to help the community’s most disadvantaged citizens pay heating bills during the winter months, Kentucky Utilities Company  announced that – retroactively effective Oct. 1 through March 31, 2014 – it will match $2 for every $1 donated by residential customers to Wintercare, the utility’s primary heating assistance program.

  • Watch for food allergy scares

    For the six million children with food allergies, haunted houses and spooky costumes aren’t the only scary parts of Halloween. An allergic reaction  from sweet treats can be frightening for both kids and their parents alike. 

    Food allergies are on the rise, and traditional Halloween candy often contains peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg and soy.  These are all common  triggers of a serious reaction known medically as “anaphylaxis.”

  • News Briefs

    Ballardsville gets fire dept. grant

    The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) recently awarded $195,000 in grant funds to 62 rural fire departments across the state through the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant program.

    Included in this year’s recipients was Ballardsville Fire & Rescue.

    Over the last 10 years, KDF has given out more than $2.1 million to fire departments. Funding for the program is provided by the USDA Forest Service and administered by KDF. 

     

  • County renames part of Hwy. 146

    A familiar stretch of Highway 146 has been renamed the Oldham County Parkway.

    With the agreement of the Kentucky Department of Transportation, the stretch of Highway 146 from the Kentucky State Reformatory to North Camden Lane in Crestwood features the new name, Oldham County Judge Executive David Voegele said.

    That stretch now has two new signs noting the change, with the added slogan “share the journey.” The signs cost $2,320, according to a list of the county’s outstanding claims list.

  • Four postmasters sworn-in

    New postmasters were installed last weekend in the following Oldham County communities:  Crestwood, Goshen, La Grange and Pewee Valley.

  • Munson pleads not guilty to DUI

    A Locust Grove Elementary teacher arrested and charged with driving under the influence has pleaded not guilty to those charges at her initial arraignment.

    Laura Munson, 52, appeared in Oldham County District Court with her attorney, Andrew Howell, last Wednesday to enter her not guilty plea.

    It is Munson’s second DUI offense in the last five years, having previously been arrested for DUI in Breckinridge County in 2009.