City News

  • History Center installs fountain

    A new sculpture and rock fountain are in the process of being installed at the Oldham County History Center campus, located at 106 N. Second Ave., La Grange. 

    It is dedicated to Louise Head Duncan, a lifelong resident of Oldham County.  Through her generosity, Mrs. Duncan provided a local trust, the Peyton Samuel Head Trust, that has funded many projects benefiting Oldham Countians, including the Oldham County History Center.

  • Ordinance addresses abandoned homes

    In an effort to make the city of La Grange safer and more appealing, the city council adopted a new ordinance regarding abandoned properties.

    Any creditor or lender will now be responsible for maintaining the appearance of any abandoned house. If the lender does not want to deal with upkeep they can turn the house over to the city. The new ordinance is designed to create a more complete listing of abandoned properties in La Grange.

    This new law can’t be put into effect soon enough for Pat Giles, who lives next to an abandoned house in Washington Manor.

  • La Grange tax passed; effective Oct. 1

    After months of discussion, public outcry and heated debate, the La Grange city council voted 6-1 in favor to impose a compensation tax for the city.

    Council voted down a similar measure last month, but, claiming this was the only way to raise money to pay off the city’s massive debt, Mayor Bill Lammlein reintroduced the tax for a first reading during a special meeting last week. That allowed council to hold the second reading Monday.

  • La Grange wage tax tabled again

    A controversial wage tax for workers in La Grange has been shelved once again.

    La Grange City Council members voted 5-3 Monday to postpone a vote on a proposed occupational tax ordinance.

    The delay forced council members to rethink the city’s proposed budget for 2013-14. The council rejected it by a 6-2 vote.

    The occupational tax had garnered much attention since it was proposed May 6.
    More than 100 people showed up for the meeting, most of them outwardly opposed to the tax.

  • Crestwood man rescued from house fire

    Firefighters from Oldham and Jefferson counties responded to a house fire in the 9200-block of Foxtail Court in Orchard Grass Hills Tuesday.

    Some quick-thinking neighbors pulled 78-year-old Bob Hollander and his dog Bo from the house as fire spread through the back half.

    Hollander said he was taking a nap after mowing the grass when neighbors woke him up.

    Pewee Valley Fire Deputy Chief Carey Hirtzel said the fire is under investigation, but the cause was likely accidental.

    Email us about this story at: news@oldhamera.com.

  • Four Oldham Co. runners in Boston safe, unharmed


    As news reports continue of the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, The Oldham Era has learned several Oldham County residents competed in – and finished – the marathon today.

  • La Grange man dies in Thursday morning crash on I-71

    A multi-car crash on Interstate 71 Thursday morning claimed the life of a La Grange man.

    According to police, a gray Chrysler passenger vehicle traveling southbound on I-71 at 7:44 a.m. crossed the median near the 16 mile marker, hitting a red Jeep SUV in the northbound lanes. The Chrysler was then struck by a semi-tractor trailer.

    The driver of the Chrysler, Ian Connin, 27, of La Grange, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Prospect City Council fails to elect a mayor

    After failing to elect a mayor, Prospect City Council has petitioned the state attorney general for a change in voting procedures and re-opened the call for candidates.

    In a second special-called meeting Wednesday, the six-member council voted to replace Todd Eberle, who resigned earlier this month. None of the five candidates received the four votes necessary for election.

    Now the council has requested a ruling from Ky. Attorney General Jack Conway to reduce the required number of votes from four to three.

  • Four vie to replace Prospect mayor

    Three city council members and a former mayoral candidate are vying to become the next mayor of Prospect.

    The city council will hold a special meeting 7 p.m. March 26 at Prospect City Hall to decide who will fill Todd Eberle's unexpired term.

    A second meeting is planned  7 p.m. March 27 if the council does not reach a consensus.

    Eberle resigned March 9 citing health issues and family obligations.

  • La Grange police crack down on street parking

    Park your car on La Grange streets and you may find surprise waiting when you return — a ticket, courtesy of city police.

    La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett said officers hope to reduce the number of illegally-parked vehicles lining city streets by issuing more parking tickets. 

    According to city regulations passed in 2011, vehicles must be parked in driveways or pull-off areas unless no space is available.