Local News

  • Woman dies after truck rolls over her in Prospect

    A Louisville woman died March 21 after suffering injuries from her runaway vehicle.

    Marla Barr, 61, died near her step-sister’s home in the 2600 block of Mayo Lane in Prospect, according to Oldham County Police spokesman Michael Rittenhouse.

    According to police, Barr was standing outside her 2009 Chevy Silverado and attempting to release the emergency brake when the vehicle began to travel and ran over her.

    Barr suffered severe injuries and died shortly after she arrived at Norton Brownsboro Hospital. The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m.

  • Discussion of Allen Lane widening project, overpass planned Tuesday

    An upcoming meeting will give Oldham County residents an opportunity to ask questions about road construction and a new overpass crossing I-71 Tuesday.

    Changes to Allen Lane in La Grange include widening the road and building a new overpass to link the Oldham Reserve Development to Commerce Parkway.

    Allen Lane currently runs from Ky. 146 at Covenant United Methodist Church to Commerce Parkway.

  • Saying goodbye: Crestwood father, 34, dies from pancreatic cancer

    A young father of three lost his battle with cancer Sunday.

    Craig Merimee, 34, of Crestwood, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2010.

    Merimee and his wife, Michelle, maintained a blog about the family’s journey.

    Michelle entered a final post Sunday, telling readers that Craig was surrounded by family when he died.

  • EMS board to accept proposals

    Frustration and fear dominated Monday’s Oldham County EMS board meeting as employees and board members discussed the organization’s future.

    Board members voted to move forward with creating a request for proposal to outsource management duties at Oldham County EMS.

    Employees learned about the RFP in a meeting two weeks ago, although Interim Director Jim Carman told employees they weren’t supposed to hear about it until Monday’s meeting.

  • Relay for Cuteness Contest

    Think you have the cutest baby or pet around? 

    The Era is sponsoring a contest to raise funds for Relay For Life.

    Winning babies will be selected in two age categories: birth to 1 year and under 3 years old. All pets are eligible.

    Each entry costs $5 and can be dropped off or mailed to The Era. We prefer emailed photos; however, payment will need to be sent seperately. 

  • Voters pass liquor sales at golf course

    Golfers can celebrate Tuesday's special election with a cold one at Eagle Creek Golf Course after voters approved selling alcohol at the course.

    Residents of the La Grange precinct surrounding the golf course voted overwhelmingly to permit serving alcoholic beverages by the drink.

    A registered 1,561 voters live in the precinct, however, only 56 cast a ballot Tuesday.

    Of those, 51 voted to approve alcohol sales and 5 voted against.

    City officials hope the alcohol sales will increase revenue at the city-owned golf course.

  • Knock, knock: Spring storms bring door-to-door salespeople without a permit

    Girl Scouts aren’t the only ones ringing Oldham County doorbells this spring. Residents in several parts of the county are reporting numerous door-to-door salespeople — and many are not showing proper permits.

    Roofing and tree service crews have knocked on doors after recent rounds of storm damage.

    Orchard Grass Hills resident Jennifer Lee estimates she’s had salespeople from 13 different companies knock after recent storms.

  • At home on the range

    Last in a three-part series.
    Part one | Part two | Part three.

    It’s a Saturday morning, and 40 people are squeezed into a classroom. 

  • Third time’s the charm for Oldham Icon winner

    After three years of trying, one local singer finally nabbed the Oldham Icon crown.

    Brandy Neelly, a North Oldham High School junior, won the annual singing contest with her rendition of “Up To The Mountain.”

    Judges evaluated 30-second acapella auditions Friday night and 16 singers returned for Saturday’s final round of competition.

    Neelly, 17, competed in the past two competitions and finished second last year.

  • The guy who built a hornet’s nest

    Human cicadas have landed in two Buckner trees. Perched high above the ground on Barkwood Drive, the cicada shell seems to be hanging from the tree.

    Despite sparking the curiosity of a school bus driver, the shells are — obviously — not human skin.

    They’re a combination of plastic wrap, packing tape and fiberglass.

    Contemporary artist Todd Smith created the pieces for the sculpture show at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens last summer.