Features http://www.oldhamera.com/features/todaysfeatures en South Oldham grad joins fraternity in fundraising ride http://www.oldhamera.com/content/south-oldham-grad-joins-fraternity-fundraising-ride <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/070314_bike4alz_pic.jpg" alt="Members of the Bike4Alz team stop and take a photo during their trip from San Diego to Washington DC this summer. The group includes a graduate of South Oldham High School, Luke Sparks. The group’s goal is to raise $100,000 for Alzheimer’s research by biking nearly 3,000 miles and holding fundraising events along the way. " title="Members of the Bike4Alz team stop and take a photo during their trip from San Diego to Washington DC this summer. The group includes a graduate of South Oldham High School, Luke Sparks. The group’s goal is to raise $100,000 for Alzheimer’s research by biking nearly 3,000 miles and holding fundraising events along the way. " align="left" hspace="6" width="87" height="85" /><p> One South Oldham High School grad is making the trip of a lifetime &mdash; nearly 3,000 miles.</p> <p> Luke Sparks joined 11 of his Western Kentucky University Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers on a bike ride to raise $100,000 for Alzheimer&rsquo;s research.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s the third trip for the fraternity. In 2010, a grandfather of a brother passed away from the debilitating disease causing the fraternity to ban together for the cause.</p> <p> The team traveled from in two different bike rides, where they raised close to $100,000, said Sparks.</p> Crestwood native named to top human resources list http://www.oldhamera.com/content/crestwood-native-named-top-human-resources-list <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/trasee_whitaker.jpg" alt="Whitaker" title="Whitaker" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> Human resources is often referred to as &ldquo;the business of people&rdquo; and no one knows people better than Trasee Whitaker, senior vice president of human resources at Masonic Homes of Kentucky.</p> <p> Whitaker, of Crestwood, was chosen as one of &ldquo;20 People to Know in Human Resources&rdquo; by Business First, a Louisville publication.</p> <p> &ldquo;It is an honor to be included along with other talented and influential HR colleagues that I admire as well,&rdquo; Whitaker said.</p> Murner no stranger to playing politics http://www.oldhamera.com/content/murner-no-stranger-playing-politics <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/murner_head_shot.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Duane Murner is no stranger to acting like a politician.</p> <p> Having spent 12 years as one, after two terms as a fiscal court magistrate and one term as County Judge-Executive, Murner, a Prospect native, has the inside knowledge of what is expected of an elected official.</p> <p> But having retired from politics himself in 2010, Murner now just acts as a politician, namely former Kentucky Secretary of State Caleb Powers, as part of the Chautauqua program.</p> Celebrating Mom http://www.oldhamera.com/content/celebrating-mom <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mothers_day_1.jpg" alt="Verlene Hawkins, right, reacts with surprise as a family member sneaks up on her before a Mother’s Day brunch. " title="Verlene Hawkins, right, reacts with surprise as a family member sneaks up on her before a Mother’s Day brunch. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Providence Richwood, formerly The Richwood, hosted their annual Mother&rsquo;s Day Breakfast for current residents, families and staff on Friday morning, May 9. Residents were treated to hair styling and makeup for the special event. All ladies in attendance were presented with their own beautiful corsage and served a delicious hot breakfast by the staff at the nursing and rehab center.</p> Veteran organization takes recovery ride through Oldham County http://www.oldhamera.com/content/veteran-organization-takes-recovery-ride-through-oldham-county <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ride_1.jpg" alt="Participants in the Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge take off down U.S. 42 in Skylight. " title="Participants in the Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge take off down U.S. 42 in Skylight. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> More than 100 injured veterans spent Monday on a wet ride through Oldham County, all in the name of raising awareness of their cause.</p> <p> The cyclists were part of the United Healthcare Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge, a weeklong, 450-mile cycling trip from Covington to Nashville, Tenn.</p> <p> Their trip led them down U.S. 42 on Monday for a quick lunch stop at the North Oldham Fire Department&rsquo;s Skylight station. Kroger and the United Service Organizations (USO) provided lunch. It was the second day of the seven-day journey south.</p> ‘Junior’ High http://www.oldhamera.com/content/%E2%80%98junior%E2%80%99-high <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dale_5.jpg" alt="Earnhardt is interviewed by OCHS graduate Erica Coghill." title="Earnhardt is interviewed by OCHS graduate Erica Coghill." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> As one of the biggest names in racing and a family lineage in stock cars, it seems odd NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have considered anything but racing cars in his lifetime.</p> <p> But one of most popular racers ever said he has always had a backup plan if racing on Sunday afternoons in stock car racing&rsquo;s highest circuit didn&rsquo;t work and encouraged students at Oldham County High School to &ldquo;always have a backup plan&rdquo; during a visit to the school last week.</p> What did the founders of America say about God? http://www.oldhamera.com/content/what-did-founders-america-say-about-god <p> Hanging over my office desk is a picture of General George Washington in humble prayer in a pine grove, with his horse, at Valley Forge. It is an inspiring picture of an inspiring man of prayer. Skeptics want to claim that all representations of our first president as a devout man of faith are false.</p> <p> Here are some of the things George Washington said about God. They are taken from the book, George Washington, The Writings of Washington, edited by John C. Fitzpatrick.</p> Earley: Building others up http://www.oldhamera.com/content/earley-building-others <p> A woman took her family reunion pictures to a photo lab to have them touched up a bit. While discussing the project the clerk said, &ldquo;We can do amazing things with these photos. We can remove wrinkles and make you look 30 pounds lighter.&rdquo;</p> <p> The woman responded, &ldquo;You can? Can you put them on my sister?&rdquo;</p>