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Today's News

  • Baptist Northeast hosts several classes this week

    Baptist Hospital Northeast will host several classes this week.

    An anesthesia prenatal class will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at BHNE. From 8 to 9 p.m. Monday at BHNE is a “Healthy Journey for Two” class discussing the impact of tobacco, alcohol and medications on a developing baby. Both classes are free. 

    To register call 222-3627 or visit baptistnortheast.com.

    A colon cancer support group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital, as does the Living Well with Diabetes support group.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Ironman competitor grateful to La Grange

    On Aug. 30, 2009 I witnessed one of the most exciting and outrageous moments in my Ironman career. Aside from the finish chute, flying through La Grange was second to none. 

    Your community support should be the envy of cities across America. I made it a point to hold my right hand out to slap as many screaming fans as I could even at the risk of crashing at 23 mph. That was how important it was for me to show my appreciation to your community at that moment. 

  • Council goes for it

    The chances are slim, it’ll cost at least $10,000 even if they fail, but the La Grange City Council is going to try to get railroad crossing gates across Second Street to preserve the city’s quiet zone.

    Federal Railroad Administration guidelines stipulate that La Grange must do something at the crossing by June 3 or when June 24 comes, trains will start blowing their horns at about 100 decibels through town and won’t stop until the city meets much more stringent and expensive rules, CSX Supervisor of Public Affairs and Safety Bryan Glover said.

  • It’s a dirty job, but someone in Oldham has to do it

    I started my Monday morning watching two men pluck animal carcasses from the side of the road. 

    It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. In this case, that somebody is a crew from the local state highway maintenance division. 

    I rode with Jonathan Donner and Hardy Little as they retrieved and disposed of animal carcasses along state roads in Oldham County. Monday’s mission included finding two deer carcasses reported to the department and taking the carcasses for compost in Middletown.

  • The bucket list

    Buy a black Corvette Stingray convertible — check. Cruise Route 66 — soon.

    In the spirit of Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, two best friends in their 60s are checking through their bucket list.

    Last week Wallace Bullard of La Grange got a start on his bucket list — a list of things to do before he hits the bucket — with the purchase of the Corvette. 

  • Westport River Daze festival

     The Westport River Daze festival offers fun for the whole family this Saturday.  

    • 7 a.m. – 5K run/1K walk at Westport Park

    • 10 a.m. – Parade down Main Street, Westport Fire Department Explorer Unit  grand marshalls.

    • 11 a.m. – Horseshoe tournament and registration for car show.

    • 1 p.m. Bluegrass Cornhole sanctioned tournament 

    • 2 p.m. Spirit of Jefferson river boat boards for two-hour Ohio River cruise.

  • Oldham Studio Tour & Art Sale

    The fourth annual Oldham Studio Tour and Art Sale takes place Saturday and Sunday. The tour and art sale showcase the work of artists who live, work and create in Oldham County.  Both traditional and contemporary media are exhibited in the two-day, multi location event,  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    Of the 18 studios with 45 participating artists scattered around the county, seven are located in La Grange, one each in Crestwood and Pewee Valley.  The Westport community will host nine studio locations.  

  • Most likely to leave town

    Nearly 10 years ago it was yearbook time. Faced with the prospect of probably never seeing most of these people again, I struggled to find something meaningful to say to my friends, thinking I was gone from Oldham County forever other than occasional visits to my parents.

    But I was drawn back. Call it fate, choice, whatever. I was partly disappointed that, like George Bailey, I never made it out of my hometown; partly excited that I had the chance to be a positive force in the community I’m from.

  • Second shredding event is Saturday

    The second annual free community shredding event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

    Last year, more than 1.7 tons of material were shredded and recycled at the event.

  • Swine flu watch changes tactic

    The number of Oldham County students infected with Swine Flu is unknown, but school officials do know it hasn’t affected attendance.

    The number of students infected by the H1N1 virus is tough to determine, since it’s up to parents to inform schools about students’ diagnoses, Director of School Health Services Teresa Gamsky said. In the last couple weeks, fewer parents have been calling to inform schools.

    “We don’t really have the right to know unless a parent tells us,” she said.