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  • Outburst led to Oldham teacher's 8-day suspension

    A middle school teacher was recently suspended for an outburst that prompted him to throw items in his classroom and grab a student's face. 

    According to documents from the Oldham County Board of Education's Sept. 24 meeting, East Oldham Middle School teacher Kevin Cox was suspended eight days without pay.

    His suspension followed a three-day holiday weekend and spanned Sept. 4-13. 

    Cox, the school's band director, politely declined The Era's requests for comment.

  • Oldham’s elected officials lead the Commonwealth

    In an event as rare as horse racing’s Triple Crown, three Oldham County elected officials are serving as presidents of their respective state organizations.

    Julie Barr, county clerk, takes office as president of the Kentucky County Clerks Association in November. Already in office are Mike Simpson, jailer, and Steve Sparrow, sheriff.

  • Fundraiser brings VP nominee to Crestwood

    While the political spotlight will shine on a Kentucky college town tonight, Centre College isn't the only place in the Bluegrass that Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan will visit this week.

    Ryan, a U.S. Congressman from Wisconsin, is scheduled to attend a political fundraiser luncheon in Crestwood on Friday at the home of Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Taylor.

    Romney Victory Inc. will host the fundraiser on behalf of GOP presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney.

  • Fall festivals come to Oldham County this weekend

    Wondering what to do this weekend? There's plenty of family-friendly fun right here in Oldham County.

    La Grange Railroad Festival & Burgoo Cookoff

    Festivities kickoff Friday with The Allen Lane Band performing 7-9 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Lead singer Allen Lane is an integral part of this year’s railroad festival.

    On Saturday, festivities are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting with a Kids’ Choo Choo Sidewalk Parade will take place around the courthouse lawn. 

  • Special 'pink' edition will recognize breast cancer awareness month

    The Oldham Era has a special pink paper coming out Oct. 25 in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Our front page, and several additional pages, will be printed on pink paper.

    The pink pages will include a Pink Ribbon Salute featuring commemorative ads.

    Ads are $20 each and a portion will be donated to the Oldham County Relay for Life!  

    You have several options:

  • City to train workers interested in the moving van industry


  • Republicans host candidate forum

    School board candidates had a chance to speak publicly at a forum last week, ahead of an important November election.

    Four of the five board seats are contested this year and many consider it an important time in Oldham County Schools’ history as construction is set to begin on Brownsboro Elementary and the district continues to tap into financial reserves to avoid raising taxes.

    Although school board positions are non-partisan, the Oldham County Republican Party hosted a forum for candidates Sept. 25.

  • Judge rejects plan for Village of Brownsboro

    A heated battle that caused rifts in the Brownsboro community is over — for now.

    A special-appointed judge ruled against proposed incorporation of the Village of Brownsboro Sept. 27, just hours after hearing the case in Jefferson circuit court.

    In his ruling, Senior Judge Martin McDonald ruled against the petition to incorporate for what he called “four independently sufficient reasons.”

  • Are you afraid of ghosts?

    La Grange may be dead at night — but not in the way you think. There’s plenty of activity, according to Spirits of La Grange Ghost Tour guides.

    Footsteps overhead, knocking on walls, even the occasional touch — attendees and guides report a range of unexplained activities during tours.

    It’s the 10th year for the tour, which includes about eight different stops, said Barbara Manley Edds, who helped launch them.

  • Fugitive picked up in Louisville 6 months later

    After he fled La Grange in February, police recently arrested a wanted fugitive found in Louisville.

    Officers from probation and parole acted on a tip that Ronnell E. Trice, 39, was living in a Louisville hotel.

    Trice was wanted for three counts of trafficking a controlled substance, first degree, and one count of being a persistent felony offender.