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  • Oldham County Middle students involved in bus fire

    By taylor riley

    REPORTER, The Oldham Era

      A tour bus carrying 50 Oldham County Middle School students returning from an eighth grade trip caught fire in Pennsylvania early last Thursday morning.

    No injuries were reported, according to Director of Communications and Development of Oldham County Schools Tracy Harris Green.

  • Community Briefs

    Grin and Bear It 5K

    On Saturday, May 16. Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange will host its annual Grin and Bear It 5K Run/Walk. Proceeds benefit the institution’s unique Bears Behind Bars program in which inmates make teddy bears that are given at no cost to local and state first responders. They in turn give them to children affected by crises such as house fires, automobile accidents, domestic violence situations, etc.

  • Marathon Man

    Saying Wesley Korir is just a marathon runner would be an understatement. 

    Korir is more than just a runner. He’s a University of Louisville graduate and former all-star track athlete, a major marathon winner and a political activist in Kenyan parliament.

    Korir recently spoke to students at South Oldham Middle School about his struggles growing up without running water in Africa to being able to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to help kids from his hometown to graduate high school and his dreams of being the president of Kenya.

  • Oldham Countian named first female master distiller

    At only 28, Marianne Barnes has her dream job.

    Barnes, who grew up in La Grange, just became the first woman in Kentucky to be named a master distiller since Prohibition.

    Barnes recently left her role as master taster at Brown-Forman, where she got her start in the industry, and joined forces with founders Will Arvin and Wesley Murray to restore the Old Taylor Distillery in Millville, near Frankfort.

    The beginning

  • State funnels $142,000 to Oldham project

    Governor Steve Beshear announced last week that Oldham County would be awarded $142,435 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for a project to improve safety and air quality.
    The funds will be used at Apple Patch for the Park and Ride Project that has been in development for roughly eight years, said Apple Patch Executive Director Joe Spoelker.
    The project cost is $1.8 million total and all of the funding is now currently in place, according to Jim Urban with Oldham County Planning and Development Services.

  • Turf War: Dispute between Kiwanis and Fair Board threatens to bring down the house, or at least the barn.

    It may surprise readers to find out that the Kiwanis Club building at the Oldham County Fairgrounds has become one of the hottest piece of real estate in town.

    Despite its moldering state of disrepair, the $75,000 pole barn remains at the center of a territorial dispute between The Kiwanis Club of La Grange and the Oldham County Fair Board.

  • NOFD and Countryside merger may be off

    It was just last month that the Era reported Countryside-River Bluff would be merging with North Oldham Fire Department and both parties thought that was the end of story, but not quite.
    At North Oldham Fire’s regular meeting last week, Countryside-River Bluff board member Cathy Miller told the NOFD Board of Trustees that her department did not agree to the circumstances previously discussed.

  • Liquor may be quicker, but beer may be near

    Last year, the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development Board of Directors decided to pursue expanded alcohol sales for Oldham County and last week, its efforts were continued with a request for a special election that was sent out to approximately 30,000 residents.
    According to OCED, in order for a special election to take place nearly 6,000 signatures are needed.

  • A sip of Blue Hydrangea Tea

    Sponsored by Discover Downtown La Grange and Baptist Health, April 19 marked the 8th annual Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea Party in historic downtown La Grange. The event raises funds for O.A.K., Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky. Kathy McCann, event co-chair and registered nurse, reports that 100 percent of ticket sales and donations collected from the event go to O.A.K. for education and information about ovarian and other reproductive cancer symptoms.

  • Rawlings to add 700 jobs in La Grange

    Construction has begun on the 75,000 square-foot addition to the Rawlings Group campus. When completed the three-building campus will span 230,000 square feet.
    Rawlings Group, which handles health insurance payments, estimates that the construction will take a year to complete, aiming for an April 2016 deadline.