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  • Council decides fate of city’s $11K sign

    After months of controversy regarding a sign in front of the James T. Beaumont Community Center in La Grange, city officials have voted to approve it. 

    The city spent $11K on the sign, only to learn post-construction that it doesn’t comply with the city’s historic guidelines. 

    The sign reads, “James T. Beaumont Community Center” and is internally illuminated.

  • Fatal crash kills triathlete, Pewee man a passenger in vehicle

    The Latest: A triathlete died Saturday morning after a drunk driver struck the cyclist with his car. 

    The cyclist, John Carr, 47, of Owenton, was competing in the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Triathlon, riding his bicycle down Chamberlain Lane when he was killed. 

    Police say the driver, Kenneth Yates, 25, of the 13000 block of Sure Fire Lane, Louisville, continued driving after his vehicle struck the cyclist.

  • La Grange Utilities will relocate to former hardware store

    A need for more space and a central location have prompted officials from the La Grange Utilities Commission to find a new location. 

    Director John Bennett said the commission plans to purchase a building on Ky. 146 – the old Ace Hardware building in La Grange. He said he hopes the moving process will be complete by the end of the year. 

  • Officials study Pewee Valley properties prone to flooding

    Oldham officials approved a contract Tuesday for engineers from DLZ Kentucky Inc. to study drainage in Pewee Valley.

    Engineers will examine drainage on Ky. 362, including flooding issues along Ash Avenue and Ashbrooke and Village Green subdivisions in the past several years.

    The study will be paid for with a $200,000 Kentucky Infrastructure Authority grant. The company will perform a study and analysis of the issues and host public meetings to come to a solution to the problems.

  • Scam involves payment for classified ads

    Consumers who have purchased classified ads in newspapers could be targeted by scam artists and should not give out personal information over the phone.

    Attorney General Jack Conway said the state’s consumer protection hotline has received complaints that someone claiming to be from a newspaper is contacting advertisers asking for credit card and Social Security numbers.

    Newspapers across the Commonwealth are asking advertisers not to respond to these calls and not to give out personal information over the telephone.

  • Court appoints residents to local posts

     Members of the Oldham County Fiscal Court made the following personnel changes at their meeting Tuesday:

    • Accepted the resignation of Lori Brown at Animal Control, effective July 31.

    • Appointed Laura Bohne for full term on planning commission, to expire Aug. 6, 2013.

  • Truck strikes pedestrian on Ky. 146

    A La Grange man is hospitalized after being hit by a truck on Jefferson Street this afternoon.

    About 2:45 p.m., a Chevy S-10 pickup truck driven by a New Castle resident struck a man in the 300 block of E. Jefferson Street. 

    Witnesses told police the man darted into traffic for an unknown reason.

    Oldham County EMS took the man to University Hospital in Louisville for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

     

  • Combs is new field rep for Congressman Davis

    McKenzie Combs has replaced Christina Poole as the field representative for Congressman Geoff Davis. Poole recently moved to San Antonio.

    Combs is a resident of La Grange and a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

  • The Era welcomes general manager from Florida

    The Oldham Era is welcoming a new staff member this week. 

    Clarissa Williams has been named general manager effective Aug. 5.  

    Williams most recently served as publisher of the News-Sun in Sebring, Fla. She has served as the advertising and circulation director at the Richmond Register in Richmond and as publisher at the Register-News in Mt. Vernon, Ill. She has 13 years of newspaper experience in a variety of roles.

  • Here comes that rainy day feeling again

    It’s another rainy day at the Oldham County Aquatics Center and lifeguards are starting to get slap-happy. The song “My Girl” blares from the PA system.

    “I’ve got sunshine... on a cloudy day,” one lifeguard sings. 

    She’s one of the six that remain at noon Tuesday after a full crew showed up to work. 

    The staff drew names to see who would have to go home on this rainy day like so many others so far this summer.