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  • SOHS Marching Dragons to perform in Frankfort Tuesday for governor's inauguration parade

    This blows Oldham County Day out of the water.

    The South Oldham High School marching band has been selected to perform in Steve Beshear's inaugural parade Tuesday before his swearing-in Kentucky's next governor.

    Superintendent Paul Upchurch said a conference of high school principals and Director of High Schools Shirley Lauterbach selected which band would represent the county.

  • Residents ask officials to increase safety

    Oldham County High School senior Megan Lucas was a passenger in a vehicle that struck a deer and collided with a semi-truck Nov. 23 on Interstate 71 near Buckner. Her death has prompted local residents to lobby for safety improvements along I-71 in Oldham County, where dozens of deer graze between the northbound and southbound lanes. There have been 32 deer-related collisions reported in Oldham County in 2007, but last month alone, transportation workers picked up 60 deer carcasses along Oldham County roadways.

  • Ballardsville man appointed as KSP commissioner

    Rodney Brewer teaches criminal justice students at the University of Louisville that a police officer's primary responsibility is serving the public. Sometimes, officers lose sight of that mission.

    But public servants are heroes everyday, he said. And Brewer, 50, said there's nothing more rewarding than working with these heroes.

    Brewer returns to the police force Tuesday when he's sworn-in as commissioner of the Kentucky State Police. Governor-elect Steve Beshear appointed him to the post.

  • Parks department hosts walk for Teddy Bear Tree program

    The Oldham County Parks and Recreation Department will host a holiday two-mile walk benefiting the Teddy Bear Tree program Saturday at Wendell Moore Park. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. in front of the John W. Black Community Center. The cost is $10 per person plus a toy or $15 without a toy. Each participant will receive a T-shirt.

  • News Briefs

    Former officer pleads guilty to drug possession

    A former Oldham County Police officer who worked with the department's drug-sniffing dog will complete community service and pay a fine for cultivating marijuana in July.

    Gerald 'Jerry' Colston pleaded guilty to possession of less than eight ounces of marijuana on Nov. 21.

    Colston, 38, was originally charged with cultivating less than five plants of marijuana. That charge was amended.

    He was sentenced to pay a $250 fine and complete 150 hours of community service.

  • Local judges attend annual fall conference

    Circuit Judge Karen Conrad and District Judges Jerry Crosby and Diana Wheeler, who serve Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties, recently participated in annual fall conferences hosted by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

    The 2007 Circuit Judges Fall Conference was in Louisville Sept. 17-19, while the 2007 District Judges Fall Conference was Oct. 7-10 in Lexington.

  • Overdue fines used for children's book collection

    In the spirit of the holidays, the Oldham County Public Library is encouraging patrons to keep their books, videos and DVDs for a few extra days. Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 15, all overdue fines will be used to buy books for needy children and intellectually challenged adults in the area.

  • Accomodations at Henry's Ark questioned

    Sandra Oxendine's granddaughter loves visiting Henry's Ark. So when Oxendine was in town from Knoxville, Tenn., on Nov. 17, the pair was excited to see deer, horses, bison and maybe even a yak or capybara at the free private zoo on Rose Island Road just inside Oldham County.

    They'd always enjoyed their trips in the past, but this time, they were shocked by what they saw.

  • Two vie for school board

    Love for children and a long history of volunteerism have prompted the two candidates to run for a seat on the Oldham County Board of Education.

    Jennifer Jones is challenging incumbent Doug Obradovich, who was appointed in January to fill the spot vacated by the resignation of longtime board member Linda Theiss.

    It is the only contested local election on the Nov. 6 ballot full of mostly statewide elections.

    The past nine months have been one of the best experiences of his life, Obradovich, 49, of Centerfield, said.

  • Whitehouse sentenced to 25 years

    William Whitehouse III, who was charged with the murder of his infant daughter, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to revised charges of wanton endangerment and manslaughter on Oct. 12.

    Whitehouse, who is from Crestwood, was arrested and charged with the murder of his four-month-old daughter Baileigh Estes in March 2006. He entered a guilty plea in September.

    He will be eligible for parole after serving 85 percent of his sentence.