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  • Board of Elections cracks down on voter intimidation

    From the Office of the Kentucky Secretary of State

    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, is notifying the public that the State Board of Elections has approved and filed an emergency administrative regulation prohibiting electioneering within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling place on Election Day. The emergency administrative regulation, which is effective immediately, does not apply to private property.

  • Voter registration at an all-time high in Kentucky as 2015 governor’s primary approaches, online voting available

    From the Office of the Kentucky Secretary of State

    Voter registration record broken

    Nearly 3.2 million Kentuckians appear on the voter rolls ahead of the May 19 Primary Election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced recently.

    The total number of registered voters – 3,175,905 – constitutes a new record, beating the 3,147,157 registered for the General Election held in November 2014.

  • Merger will happen for NOFD and Countryside-River Bluff

    It looks like Countryside-River Bluff Fire Protection District and North Oldham Fire Protection District have put aside their differences and have decided to go ahead with a merger.

    As per a public notice in the Era, the trustees of Countryside-River Bluff and NOFD have filed a Joint Merger Petition with Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele to move Countryside with and into NOFD.

    The board of trustees of NOFD approved the merger on March 23 and the board of Countryside-River Bluff approved it on Feb. 23.The merger will take place June 1.

  • Oldham County woman, former teacher, sentenced to prison for sexual abuse of 13-year-old student

     

    A former Jefferson County Public School teacher and Oldham County resident was sentenced to prison last week.

    Jessica Boyers, of Pewee Valley, was sentenced to 12 years after pleading guilty to rape, sodomy and sexual abuse. The sentence will run concurrently with a 10-year sentence handed down in Jefferson County court last Friday.

    Boyers, who was a teacher at Highland Middle School, pleaded guilty to more than 35 charges of either second-degree rape or first-degree sexual abuse of a male student, age 13 at the time.

  • 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.

  • Summer camps teach history in unforgettable ways

    By Helen E. McKinney

  • Pewee Valley named 2014 Tree City USA

    Pewee Valley, KY was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
    Pewee Valley achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
    The Tree City USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

  • Community briefs -- May 14, 2015

    Armed Forces Day
    Tri-County Community Action Agency will be hosting a celebration on May 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m honoring the military with an Armed Forces Celebration Day. The event will be held in the gymnasium at Tri-County Community Action Agency Senior Life Center at 1015 Dispatchers Way behind the Oldham County Police dispatch station in Buckner. Refreshments will be provided, and the event will have a guest speaker and information booths. For more information, contact Tamara Alexander at (502) 222-1349.

    Farmers Market

  • Many Oldham County students honored for academic achievements

    Pi Kappa Phi
    The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines:
    -Darla York of La Grange was initiated at McKendree University
    -Deborah Dietzler of Goshen (40026) was initiated at The University of Georgia

    ROTC Honors

  • Oldham schools celebrate bus fire heroes

    The story of a Toby Tour bus that caught on fire carrying 50 Oldham County Middle School students returning from an eighth grade trip has made its way around the state in the last couple weeks, but last week, the story of what actually happened on that morning was revealed at an assembly that praised the heroism of the tour bus driver, chaperones and children.
    No injuries were reported April 23, according to Director of Communications and Development of Oldham County Schools Tracy Harris Green.