Local News

  • Health officials say birds not an immediate illness concern

    Oldham County health officials say there is little risk of disease from the flocks of birds gaining national attention this week.

    Chad Lynch, public information officer for the Oldham County Health Department, said the department doesn't see the birds as a major health concern at this time.

    Histoplasmosis, the most common form of bird-related disease, only spreads in dry conditions.

    The largest concentration of birds are in La Grange off Jericho Road, where they are feeding on nearby cornfields.

  • Fatal crash snarls traffic on I-71 northbound

    A fatal crash on Interstate 71 early Friday morning snarled northbound traffic for several hours.

    Kentucky State Police report that a fatal crash near the 38-mile marker in Carroll County claimed the life of Lokey Shorter Sr., a 63-year-old truck driver from Trotwood, Ohio.

  • Former Oldham teacher facing sex abuse charges

    A former Collins High school teacher charged with six counts of having sexual relations with students was given new date Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange next will appear March 19 to face six charges of first-degree sexual abuse.

    Although the sexual conduct was consensual, investigators have said, it falls under KRS statute 510.110, which specifies charges when a person is in a position of authority or special trust. That includes teachers.

  • Audit shows Oldham EMS overspending since 2008

    After a tumultuous year filled with changes at Oldham County EMS, an annual audit revealed the district’s expenses have surpassed revenues for the past three years.

    Fiscal court reviewed the audit at its Jan. 17 meeting.

    Stan Clark, county CFO and OCEMS board member, presented the audit.

  • Local non-profit arms residents with basic computer skills

    An Oldham County group is working to not only provide technology education, but provide a networking resource for technology-minded people.

    Oldham County Technology Advancement Network Enterprise — known as OCTANE — started about eight years ago as an offshoot of Oldham Chamber and Economic Development, said founder Beach Craigmyle.

    It was a special-interest group within the chamber, with Oldham County Online owner Lambert Franklin an early supporter.

  • La Grange bridal fair features local vendors Saturday

    Few places are as romantic as Paris, especially Paris in the springtime. Skip the trip and check out the 2012 Shop Local Bridal Fair Saturday in La Grange.

    Oldham County brides-to-be have a lot of local resources available, and Discover Downtown La Grange is bringing those resources to one place for the bridal fair.

  • Officials reach agreement for Brownsboro sewers

    Extending sewers to the future Brownsboro school campus is now in the hands of the Oldham County Environmental Authority after fiscal court approved a revised interlocal agreement Jan. 17.

    The agreement between fiscal court, the city of Crestwood and Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District hasn’t been revised since its original signing in 1996.

  • 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.