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  • County will consider right to work ordinance

    After weeks of consideration, the Oldham County Fiscal Court is planning to move forward with a right to work ordinance, while talking to surrounding counties about joining them.

    The Oldham Fiscal Court had a first reading of the measure at its meeting Wednesday, which was rescheduled due to weather. Such an ordinance would forbid unions from forcing employees to pay union dues whether they want to or not. Critics of the idea call it “right to work for less” because they claim it would lower union membership, thereby hampering collective bargaining.

  • King Me!

    Hundreds gathered at CityPlace in La Grange last Saturday for the Kentucky Chess Association’s Quad B regional tournament.

    The quad was set up like “the NCAA tournament” in its bracketing, with teams playing others to advance to a state competition in Lexington, organizers said.

    There were five different competition levels starting with kindergarteners and first-graders and leading up to seniors in high school.

    The Chess Performance group will hold another state competition for individuals at CityPlace on Feb. 28.

  • Main Street businesses play musical chairs

     

    Main Street has been the hub of local businesses since the inception of the City of La Grange in 1827, and according to the vendors that has not changed in recent years. What has changed recently, though, is the name of the business in front of each store location.

    Over the last few months, Main Street has seen many shifts in store locations, but according to Nancy Griffin, Executive Director at Discover Downtown La Grange, that fact isn’t out of the ordinary.

  • State Police help veteran receive proper burial

    By CHRIS BROOKE

    landmark news service

    Harold Eugene “Sarge” Laws, 81, of Owen County received the military honors he deserved Jan. 27, after a Kentucky State Police Post 5 criminal intelligence analyst feared his eternal rest would be in a pauper’s grave.

    Laws died as a result of a Jan. 20 accident on Highway 227 in Carroll County, after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the road, according to Ali Parham, KSP’s analyst.

  • Former minister to stand trial on child sex charges

     

    A former music minister is set to stand trial on charges relating to sex with a child.

    Howard “Key” Chambers, 62, former minister of music at DeHaven Baptist Church in La Grange, will stand before a jury at the U.S. District Court in Louisville on March 10, when he will be facing charges of child enticement.

    In a previous court hearing in November, Chambers pleaded not guilty to charges.

  • Crestwood Walmart delayed until 2016

    Despite receiving approval more than nine months ago, Oldham County residents will have to wait another year before Walmart rolls back into Crestwood.

    The retail company received final approval for a zoning change and development plans on a new 158,538 square foot Supercenter on April 16 last year. And it bought the new store’s land, located at 6701 Veterans Memorial Parkway, for $4.1 million in August.

  • Fiscal Court donation helps seal new Carrollton campus

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court is authorizing more than $100,000 of its funds over the next three years to help build a new community college building in Carrollton.

    The Fiscal Court approved pledging $120,000 over three years to the new Carrollton campus project of Jefferson Community and Technical College at its Feb. 3 meeting.

    “The financial committee feel like we can support it and we should support it,” Magistrate Wayne Theiss said. “We felt like it would be good for us and good for them.”

  • Bridge Hill construction begins

    Six years after its initial planning, the reconstruction of Bridge Hill will begin this week.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced the restructuring of KY 22 between Veterans Memorial Parkway and Abbott Lane, nicknamed the Bridge Hill project, will begin this week after a bid was awarded and easement payments completed.

  • City of Goshen selects Hammon as new commissioner

     

    In a closed session last week, the City of Goshen Commission selected Robert Hammon to fill the vacant seat formerly occupied by Terry Crotteau.

    Although he was born in Jefferson County, Hammon told the Era he has “deep roots” in Oldham County.

    Hammon’s mother was born and raised in La Grange along with her six siblings, some of who lived in the county at one time or another during their adult lives. Hammon’s grandmother was once postmistress of La Grange.

  • Seniors granted tea time wish thanks to foundation

    Some wishes only come true over birthday cakes or at Disney World, but a local foundation has been striving to make senior citizens’ dreams come true with outings to bring back old memories.

    Opal’s Dream Foundation, of Shepherdsville, was started in memory of Opal Grubbs, a senior who spent the majority of her adult life alone in a nursing home as a ward of the state. She had dreamed of leaving the nursing home to see the ocean but with no family or funds, her dream was unfulfilled when she passed away.