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  • Scammer impersonates victim's grandson

     A phone scam is ringing the phones of seniors in Oldham County after making news across the country.

    At least two senior citizens have reported phone calls from scam artists claiming to be relatives and asking money be wired to them in Boliva.

    Oldham County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Meece received a phone call last week after a 78-year-old Countryside resident fell victim to the scam.

  • The Era honored by Kentucky Press Association

    At its convention Friday in Lexington, the Kentucky Press Association announced winners of its Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers competition for 2011.

    Staff members of The Oldham Era earned several awards in the Large Weekly Newspaper division.

    Awards include:

  • Traffic alert — Pewee Valley

     Friday, Jan. 20 — Ky. 146 at Dogwood Lane is blocked while LG&E replaces a utility pole stuck by a car this morning.

    The crash occured around 9:30 a.m., according to Pewee Valley Police Chief Mike Losik. The driver veered off the road and struck the pole, although Losik said the cause of the crash is not known.

    EMS transported the driver of the car to Norton Brownsboro. She was conscious and talking after the accident. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

  • Truck crashes into telephone pole, DUI suspected

    A pickup truck left U.S. 42 Tuesday evening resulting in the driver's arrest but no injuries.

    The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Ky. 53 as the driver headed eastbound.

    Christopher Kist, 49, was arrested at the scene and charged with driving under the influence. He is also charged with failure to maintain insurance, no registration and wanton endangerment for a juvenile passenger in the vehicle.

  • Fatal accident on Gene Snyder at Westport Road

    A six-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon resulted in one fatality and others injured.

    The accident occured on the Gene Snyder Freeway northbound on the overpass above Westport Road.

    According to Worthington Fire Department Assistant Chief Steve Dellis, a small bus rear-ended a tan four-door Chevy sedan. 

    The driver of the sedan was transported to a local hospital, however, the car's passenger was fatally injured. There were no passengers on the bus, which had no identifying markings.

  • Nine tornadoes confirmed during Tuesday's storm

    The National Weather Service has now confirmed nine tornadoes touched down across the area on Tuesday when a line of severe storms blew through the area.

    The closest touchdown to Oldham County started the intersection of I-264 and Brownsboro Road in northeastern Jefferson County, according to the NWS.

    The tornado then continued northeast to the Brownsboro Road and Hurstbourne Lane intersection, briefly lifted, reformed and touched down near I-265. It went through several subdivisions in the Worthington area before leaving the ground near Murphy Lane.

  • Snow forecast leaves parents wondering about early dismissal

    Officials from Oldham County Schools confirm there are no plans for early dismissal as snow approaches the area.

    However, after-school activities have been cancelled, including clubs, organizations, sports and ESS.

    The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a winter weather advisory for snow from 1 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday, predicting blustery conditions and snow showers.

  • Center’s lax policies cause snafu, prompt scheduling changes

    After several complaints of unwarranted cancellations, La Grange Community Center officials are formalizing the process to use the center.

    Peggy Kilgore, Oldham County YMCA Executive Director, said those wishing to use the space will be asked to sign an agreement specifying dates and times.

    The center is owned by the city, who contracts with the YMCA to provide programs and services in the space.

    Kilgore said recent complaints are a result of loose scheduling requirements, and some residents assume they can keep a certain day and time forever.

  • La Grange man files for U.S. representative seat

    A La Grange resident is entering the race for the U.S. congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Geoff Davis.

    Brian Oerther, a conservative Republican who teaches math for Jefferson County Public Schools, is the third candidate for the position.

    Republicans are filing for the election after Davis, a four-term Republican congressman, announced Dec. 15 he will not run again in 2012 for the 4th Congressional district. Davis said he wants to devote more time to his family.

  • Sewers won't halt Brownsboro school

    School officials return to work this week with another hurdle cleared in building the new Brownsboro elementary.

    New sewer lines would have to be added for the school, since residents in the area currently have septic tanks. Crestwood Mayor Dennis Deibel has said he would consider annexing the area into city limits and providing sewer service if the county would not.