Today's News

  • School district to cut $3 million

    Oldham County Schools will begin the 2013-14 fiscal year July 1 with less money, fewer employees and longer bus routes.

    District officials are cutting $3 million from the budget and also losing an untold amount of federal funds.

    A rise in expenditures is “beyond our control,” Superintendent Will Wells said.

    In August, Wells will ask school board members to raise the district’s tax rate.

    Mandatory step raises for teachers and contributions to employee and retiree health plans comprise most of those costs, he explained.

  • Goshen woman crowned Kentucky Derby Festival Queen

    A South Oldham High School graduate is this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Queen.

    Cameryn Jones was crowned by a spin of the wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball at the Galt House Friday night.

    Jones, of Goshen, is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying food science. She is a 2009 graduate of SOHS.

    Jones has been named to the dean’s list five times and serves as recruitment president and career & personal development director for the UK chapter of Chi Omega women’s fraternity.

  • Murder trial for drunk driver set Nov. 12, could be sooner

    A Louisville man charged with murder for a drunk-driving crash that led to the death of a Westport man could face trial earlier than scheduled.

    Nicholas W. “Nick” Snoddy appeared in Oldham circuit court recently, where his defense attorney and prosecutors discussed his Nov. 12 trial date.

    Snoddy, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder, two counts of fleeing or evading police, four counts wanton endangerment of civilians and police officers, DUI (third offense), driving on a DUI-suspended license and speeding 26 mph over limit (or greater).

  • Crestwood man, 54, suffered stroke in jail, still needs evaluation

    The mental status of a Crestwood man indicted for sexual abuse of a teenager is still unclear after the defendant suffered a stroke nearly three months ago at the Oldham County Jail.

    Toby Mason, 54, faces 15 criminal charges, including use of a minor in a sexual performance, sodomy and custodial inference for sex acts he allegedly performed and videotaped with a teen girl in 2011.

    Mason suffered a stroke shortly after indictment in January. He now uses a wheelchair and is housed in a medical unit at the Kentucky State Reformatory while awaiting trial.

  • County-wide burn ban starts May 1

    A county-wide restriction on open burning goes into effect next week.

    The burn ban starts May 1 and continues through Sept. 30.

    Oldham County Emergency Management Director Kevin Nuss said the ban is mandated by the federal Clean Air Act to limit already-high pollution levels during the summer months.

    There are exemptions to the burn ban, including setting fires for cooking food (e.g., grills or cooking pits); recreational or ceremonial purposes (e.g., small bonfires or campfires); and recognized agricultural or wildlife management practices.

  • County employees could face more drug tests

    County employees could soon be required to attend yearly substance abuse training and be subject to more frequent alcohol and drug tests.

    Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court are considering a change to the county’s drug- and alcohol-free workplace policy.

    The policy would be amended to include yearly mandatory alcohol and substance abuse education and awareness training for all county employees.

    Initial training will last at least an hour with 30-minute review sessions each year thereafter.

  • Prosecutors want DNA tests of hair found at murder scene

    Prosecutors say four hairs found at the scene of a double-fatal shooting in Dec. 2011 could yield details about the day a Westport man claims two sisters attacked him with a knife.

    Ronald T. “Ronnie” Evridge, 58, faces two murder charges and one count tampering with physical evidence for the Dec. 2011 fatal shooting of a pregnant woman and her sister.

  • County judges’ task force seeks improvements for Interstate 71

    With millions of state tax dollars going to improve interstates 64 and 65 running into and out of Louisville, one group is asking: What about Interstate 71?

    In recent years, stretches of I-64 and I-65 have been widened to six lanes to accommodate increased traffic.

    That has the judge-executives of six counties along I-71 wondering when that road will get its due.

    To get an answer, they’ve formed Kentucky Connected.

  • Oldham Co. sewer rates will increase July 1

    County residents will soon pay more for sewer services.

    Oldham County Fiscal Court April 16 approved a request from the Oldham County Environmental Authority to increase sewer rates for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

    Magistrates voted 8-1 in favor of a 3 percent increase and a $2.15 bump in OCEA’s compliance surcharge.

    The rate and surcharge hikes kick in July 1.

    Based on an average monthly water usage of 5,500 gallons, customers will see an approximate $3.50 monthly increase in sewer service fees.

  • TRUITT: Finding hope in the eyes of a newborn

    Fifteen years ago, we celebrated my mother’s life at her funeral.

    Because she was a school teacher, it was a grand funeral with hundreds of people in attendance.

    The memory that stands out most is of her third-grade class tearfully singing a song in her honor. They had only been back from spring break one day when she fell ill at school and was rushed to the hospital.

    She died at the age of 47.

    In four years, I will be 47.

    The closer I get, the more I realize how truly young my mom was.