City News

  • Prospect-ive Growth and Progress


  • Pewee Valley opens new park

     After roughly seven years of work, Pewee Valley’s Central Park officially opened Sunday with a concert and dedication.

    The park, located behind Pewee Valley City Hall, features a walking path, gazebo and mural of an old stone mill, painted by local artist Carol Logan with help from Emily Mintman, a Pewee Valley resident.

    Sunday’s dedication included music from local band Whiskey Bent Valley, as well as brief remarks from Mayor Bob Rogers.

  • Street Closure

    On Saturday, Sept. 14, Main Street in La Grange will be closed between First Street and Walnut Street from 8am to 6pm for Antiques & Primitives on the Track. Vendors will be setting up booths along Main Street. For more information, please contact Nancy Griffin, director of Discover Downtown La Grange, at 502-269-0126.

  • Mural enhances Pewee Valley Park

    Local artists Carole Logan and Emily Mintman have just completed the mural of the old stone mill on the back of Pewee Valley Town Hall facing Central Park. The actual stonemill is also on display. The mural, stonemill and newly installed waterfall feature are part of the continuing development and enhancement of Central Park. Pewee Valley resident Paula Kennedy voluntarily coordinates the park development.

  • 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.