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  • Stroke doesn’t keep Harp from garden

    By Wesley Robinson
    News Intern, The Oldham Era

    Steve Harp, 54, of La Grange has been known for growing gargantuan things in his quarter-acre garden.

    A few years back, he grew a pumpkin that tipped the scales at more than 700 pounds. He said it was the 10th largest in the world for that year. Because of a stroke he had in March he’s had to scale back growing produce and was only able to grow oversized tomatoes with the help of his wife Laura.

  • New programs, upgrades greet OC students

    Your kids may disagree with me, but I think the first day of school is one of the best days of the year. It’s a day full of promise, of excitement, of change. It’s a milestone — for parents and students — that marks another chapter in life.

    When your children head off for their first day this year, know that our staff members at Oldham County Schools are committed to continuing the tradition of excellence in our district.

  • Trader-who’s? New stores offer alternatives

    By Wesley Robinson
    News Intern, The Oldham Era

    When TraderBakers closed its doors earlier this year, it left a large void in the retail community. But since then, four other businesses got creative, stepping in to give local residents what they hope is an even better shopping experience.

    Bargain Rack, The Copper Awning, Clover Cottage and Sugar Babe Antiques recently opened smaller vendor malls with a variety of antiques, collectibles, furniture and other deals Oldham County residents had come to expect at TraderBakers.

  • Ullman posts bond; victim’s relative hopes for justice

    By Wesley Robinson
    News Intern, The Oldham Era

    Ricky Ullman Jr. 32, was freed from jail after posting a $2,500 cash bond July 26. Ullman faces charges of first-degree unlawful transactions with a minor, third-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse.

    The charges stem from a June 23 incident. Ullman is accused of raping a then 14-year-old girl after returning home from a night out with friends.

  • 1929 dining car comes to La Grange

    Residents of La Grange see trains daily, usually traveling right down the middle of Main Street.

    Seeing train cars go airborne, however, was something new.

    The Ohio Valley Railroad Historical Foundation received a vintage 1929 rail dining car delivered July 26. The car was languishing in Indiana for 10 years until Bob Widman, the foundation’s director, managed to get CSX to move the car to La Grange.

  • Fulcher fills Prospect vacancy

    By Wesley Robinson
    News Intern, The Oldham Era

    The city government of Prospect is complete.

    Frank Fulcher, 71, was appointed to city council, garnering four votes from the five members in place.

    The retired engineer was chosen over other nominees, including attorney Wilson Greene; Sue Kocian, a pharmaceutical sales representative; attorney Jeffrey Stovall; and accountant Daniel Weber.

    Fulcher will fill Michael Scott’s term. Scott died suddenly July 12.

  • NEWS BRIEFS

    Revival Aug. 4-9

    Crossroads Lighthouse Church will be hosting their yearly revival from Aug. 4-9. Reverend Paul Harvey said all are encouraged to attend the camp meeting.

    The services will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and full camping facilities are available for campers and RVs.
    For more information call (502) 222-1810.

    Fiscal Court to meet

    at 6 p.m. Aug. 6

  • Jones to serve as appellate judge in 6th Appellate District

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – An Oldham County resident has been appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to serve as Court of Appeals judge for the 6th Appellate District, Division 1.

    Allison Jones was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Justice Michelle M. Keller, who had been appointed to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in April.

    Along with Oldham, the district includes Bath, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties.

  • Kelley described as victim of abuse prior to Evans murder

    By Wesley Robinson
    News Intern, The Oldham Era

    The murder case against Gail Kelley will proceed to a grand jury following a judge’s ruling last Wednesday.
    Kelley is accused of killing her boyfriend, Michael T. Evans, early on July 6 in the home they shared in the 9200 block of Margaret Ann Court in Pewee Valley.

    Kelley pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, a Class A felony, and one count of tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony.

  • ‘A genuine, 
honest person’

    By Wesley Robinson
    News Intern, The Oldham Era

    Prospect Councilman Mike Scott, a resident of the Hunting Creek neighborhood, died suddenly July 12.

    Scott had served on Prospect’s City Council since November 2008, having been re-elected in 2010 and 2012. He was a licensed investigator and insurance consultant. He also served as a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee and the Prospect Ethics Commission.