• Showcase spotlights Oldham businesses

    In a release from the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce, the Era was told that 2015 was the 21st year for Showcase, an annual tradition offering business exhibits, a health fair, a new car show, local entertainment, a basketball shootout competition for boys and girls and much more.

    In addition, the Chamber hosted a panel discussion at its Kickoff Luncheon held at noon on May 6.

  • Oldham County Chamber of Commerce honors member women for business achievements

    Six years ago at the Celebration of Women event there were virtually no men present, but last week, the room was quite close to 50 percent men as both genders celebrated the businesswomen of the community.

    Approximately 187 million women entrepreneurs worldwide own at least some portion of 32 to 39 percent of all private businesses and many of the women at the event at CityPlace were a part of this statistic.

    “This event is about celebrating all of the contributions women make to Oldham County, and to the world,” Karem said previously.

  • Hospital garden hopes for second year harvest


    Baptist Health La Grange’s Genesis Garden exceeded its expectations in its first year of growth of providing easy access to healthier food options to patients and those in the community suffering with chronic disease.

    After a Community Needs Assessment in 2012, residents in Oldham, Trimble and Henry counties reported that obesity, heart disease, stroke and cancer are leading health problems with the top six risky health behaviors falling into two categories: substance abuse and nutrition/weight issues.

  • Right to Work moves forward in Fiscal Court

    Right to Work legislation may have failed in Kentucky’s state legislature but advocates of the measure are pushing for local level passage in Oldham and other counties across the state.

    Just as vocal advocates of the bill were given opportunity to show their support during a previous meeting, voices opposing the measure got their chance to speak out At the Mar. 3 meeting of the Oldham County Fiscal Court.

  • Adult day care shifts gears for local clients


    Tri-County Community Action has served seniors for more than 25 years in Oldham, Trimble and Henry Counties, but after the Kentucky Office of Aging changed its standards last year, the non-profit agency located in La Grange was afraid it would have to shut its doors to the adult day care program.

    Instead, though, the program opted to transition from a social model to a medical model adult day care and this would require some changes around the already-existing facility.

  • New owners, new beginnings

    After two plus years of confusion and “eyesores,” a new owner has finally taken over the struggling Oldham Plaza in La Grange.

    Todd Clark, of Clark Enterprises, bought the Plaza, situated on First Street, for $3.22 million at a master commissioner’s sale last Tuesday. Clark was one of two bidders on the property, which opened with a $3.2 million bid by the plaintiff in the foreclosure, Parkstone Capitol Partners.

  • New director promoted from within Apple Patch


    In seeking its next director, Apple Patch decided to select someone within its own walls.

    Apple Patch Community Board of Directors Chairman Steve Moss announced late last week that Joe Spoelker was named the new director of the non-profit.

    Spoelker, who was formerly director of community affairs, stepped into the role of interim director in late January when Arthur Avitabile left the position to pursue other interests.

  • Chamber honors area businesswomen


    Businesswomen in Oldham County come with many different definitions according to Deana Epperly Karem, Executive Director of Oldham Chamber and Economic Development. They are leaders, mentors, coaches, friends, sisters, confidants and activists.

    These strong women are being celebrated once again at the sixth annual Celebration of Women, hosted by the Oldham Chamber next week.

  • Home giveaway will allow for winner’s choice


    Some dream of winning the lottery and spending their fortune on a dream home, but the odds of that actually happening are extremely low.

    For the past three years, Live in Oldham County has increased the odds of winning a dream home with its Dream House Giveaway.

    This year, however, the contest winner will have a little more control of their winnings.

    In years past, a house was preselected by Live in Oldham County, but this year, the lucky winner can take his or her $200,000 prize to build their dream home in a sponsored neighborhood.

  • Business honors road department workers

    Brian Watt, owner of Independent Hardware-Oldham County Rental presented Certificates of Attendance to Ben Kimbler of the Oldham County Road Department and his team for participating in a presentation of “Safe Operation and Maintenance of Handheld Equipment.” The presentation was arranged by Independent Hardware with the help of ECHO and SHINDIAWA at Oldham County Road Department Facility on Jan. 15. Independent Hardware is proud to support the crew at the Oldham County Road Department and thanks them for the great job they do in our community.