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  • 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.

  • EMS may outsource

    After a tumultuous year, Oldham County EMS employees could see their worst fears realized.

    OCEMS Interim Director Jim Carman that board members are considering outsourcing management duties.

    Employees are worried the change could result in longer response times and a different system for prioritizing medical emergencies versus transports. 

    “We want to be here for Oldham County residents,” said Jennifer Jones, an EMT and member of an employee committee formed to work with administration.

  • Runner found dead along Old La Grange Road

    Police discovered the body of a runner Sunday afternoon along Old La Grange Road in Crestwood.

    Kenneth "Kenny" Durr Gilliland III, 44, of Crestwood, was pronounced dead on the scene when police and the coroner arrived at 4:30 p.m.

    Foul play is not suspected, said Mike Head, Oldham County Police Department spokesman.

    Gilliland appears to have died from natural causes.

    He is survived by his wife, Terra; and two daughters, Alexandra and Abigail Gilliland. He was a U.S. Army reservist.

  • Fiscal court news — March 6 meeting

    County purchases land in Buckner

    Oldham County officials have signed a contract to purchase the former Oldham County Lumber on Quality Place in Buckner.

    The land recently became available and was identified by Judge-Executive David Voegele and Deputy Judge-Executive John Black as a potential location for the new road department facility.