Local News

  • School board raises taxes 2.99 percent

    In a 4-1 decision, the Oldham County School Board raised the 2010-2011 general fund tax rate to 68.9 cents for every $100 of assessed property. The hike, roughly 2.99 percent higher compared to last year’s rate, marks the first time the board has increased taxes since 2007.

  • Audit of sewer district shows liabilities, misrepresentations from past year

    Sewage treatment is a messy job. Cleaning up the Oldham County Sewer District’s finances is just as messy, and a task that took two years to complete.

    A recent audit has prepared district officials to move forward with a conservative financial outlook.

    Board members asked the auditor to look at issues they could have reported more conservatively in the past – namely, capacity fees.

  • News in brief

    Event provides proper drug disposal

    Law enforcement officials from the Oldham County Police Department and the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a national effort to discard unused medications later this month.

    The event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Grange Fire and Rescue Station No. 2 on Ky. 146 in Buckner and the North Oldham Fire Department on Ky. 1793 in Goshen.

    Officials hope to collect expired, unused, or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications from the public for proper destruction.

  • Where there’s smoke, there’s a sewer line

    Sometimes an overreaction is a good thing. Just ask Joe Spoelker.

    A few weeks ago, Spoelker and several other Apple Patch staff members discovered a steady stream of smoke seeping from an electrical outlet inside one of their offices.

    A puzzled Spoelker and staff scrambled to evacuate the facility and uncover the culprit of the smoke.

    They felt the walls for excess heat. Nothing.

    They searched the facilities to pinpoint a possible location. Nothing.

    Little did they know, this smoke was harmless.

  • Pewee man follows truck to Indiana after armed men demand cash from his wife

    A Pewee Valley man followed a truck to Jeffersonville, Ind., after three men in the vehicle allegedly entered his home with guns demanding cash.

    According to Oldham County Police, two white males entered a residence in the 6600 block of Ashbrooke Drive about 9 p.m. Monday armed with guns and demanding cash from a female resident.

    After obtaining items from the residence, the woman told police the men fled to a dark colored truck parked on the street, occupied by a third individual.

  • Drive-by shooting reported on Ky. 329 bypass near school

    Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that took place mid-rush hour this morning on the Ky. 329 bypass in Crestwood.

    Police responded to report of a shooting about 8 a.m. Thursday in the 6300 block of Ky. 329 bypass near Kenwood Station Elementary School.

    The victim, Arthur L. Wanty, 48, of Louisville, told police he was driving toward Crestwood when a man driving a gray two-door vehicle in the opposite direction crossed into the center of the roadway, held a weapon out his window and opened fire.

  • News briefs

    La Grange man killed when ATV overturns

    A La Grange man died Saturday while driving an ATV in Henry County.

    According to a press release from Kentucky State Police, officers responded to a wooded area near Franklinton Road in Henry County at 7:47 p.m. Saturday.

    Upon arrival, officers found Timothy James, 53, of La Grange, trapped beneath an overturned ATV. James died at the scene. His death is under investigation by KSP. Crews from three fire departments and Henry County EMS responded to the scene.

    –Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

  • Southeast Christian's Oldham campus burglarized

    Police found a suspicious car filled with stolen copper wire at a church construction site early Wednesday morning.

    During a routine patrol about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oldham County Police arrested two men behind the future home of Southeast Christian Church's Oldham County campus in Crestwood Station shopping center.

    When an officer stopped their vehicle, he found a large amount of copper wire stolen from the construction site packed inside.

  • Community prepares for Ironman triathlon

    While colorful signs and cheering spectators are expected to greet Ironman cyclists at one end of U.S. 42  Sunday with excitement and support, as competitors travel farther into the county, those sentiments are diluted.

    The annual Ironman Louisville event is scheduled Sunday, with a 2-mile swim, 26.2-mile run and 112-mile bike ride that runs through Oldham County. While downtown La Grange will host a festival for supporters and spectators, along U.S. 42, it’s more likely the racers will see groups of people in lawn chairs, or no one at all.

  • Oldham school board raises tax rate

    The Oldham County school board has proposed a general fund tax levy of 68.9 cents on real property and 68.9 cents on personal property, an increase of 2 cents compared to taxes levied the previous year. The board has not increased the total real estate tax rate since 2007.

    The board will hold a public hearing at its administrative office located at 6165 W. Ky. 146, Crestwood. Speakers are required to sign-in.

    The proposed general fund tax rates are expected to produce about $39 million, of which nearly $2 million is from new and personal     property.