Local News

  • Flags lowered for fallen la grange soldier

    Gov. Steve Beshear ordered flags to half-staff July 8 to honor a La Grange soldier killed in Afghanistan.

    Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher Chapleau, 33, an infantryman stationed at Fort Campbell, died June 30 at Forward Operating Base Blassing of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, which was deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year.

    His death marked the 21st soldier from the 101st Airborne killed in Afghanistan in June.

  • Orchard Grass man indicted for rape

    An Oldham County grand jury has indicted a 35-year-old man with five counts of raping a 14-year-old family member.

    The indictment charges that Thomas A. Catherson, 7410 Orchard Grass, repeatedly raped the girl at their home between 2008 and 2010.

    According to court records, Catherson admitted to investigators that he’s had sex with the girl more than five times — but less than 10 times — since she was 12. 

    He claims the sex was consensual.

  • County fire departments raise more than $125,000 for Crusade

     Based on preliminary figures, La Grange Fire & Rescue led the charge for Oldham County fire departments, collecting $31,235 for the WHAS Crusade for Children. 

  • Horse kick proves fatal to Fendley

    Those who knew and worked with him called him a fair, pragmatic and kind-hearted man — who loved his job, his farm and his family.

    County Attorney John Fendley, 64, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday after an accident Sunday afternoon at his Buckner farm, said Duane Murner, county judge-executive.

  • Superintendent praised in job review

    Grades are in, and Oldham County superintendent Paul Upchurch “exceeds expectations” in 47 of 53 categories according to the five-person panel that evaluated him.

  • Ethics charges reinstated

    Ethics charges brought in 2008 against the Oldham Property Valuation Administrator Ron Winters were reinstated Friday after he was cleared of the charges more than a year ago. On Friday, the Kentucky Court of Appeals also reinstated ethics charges brought against PVAs from 10 other counties for hiring or promoting members of their families.

  • Site still dealing

    A website that allegedly failed to deliver Derby and Oaks tickets to at least five victims is now offering special travel packages for the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.

    Derbydeals.com, operated by Oldham County Magistrate Scott Davis, is guaranteeing the “lowest price tickets” to the prestigious international racing event. The site offered a 10 percent discount to those who purchased tickets early.

  • Superintendent graded on job performance

    Grades are in, and Oldham County superintendent Paul Upchurch “exceeds expectations” in 47 of 53 categories according to the five-person panel that evaluated him.

    Board members considered seven broad areas when evaluating Upchurch, specifically his visionary and instructional leadership skills, business and finance skills, relations with board members, community relations, staff and personnel and personal qualities.

    The board panel said Upchurch “met expectations” on the remaining six categories.

  • Party at the park

     The Oldham Era party crasher captured several folks celebrating the Fourth of July at Wendell Moore Park in Buckner Sunday night. See the print edition of this week's Era to see how Oldham County celebrated Independence Day.


    The county’s annual July 4 Freedom Celebration is set for Sunday at Wendell Moore Park in Buckner. Pool games begin at the Oldham County Aquatic Center beginning at 2 p.m. The day also includes a three-on-three basketball tournament Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. A fireworks show is planned beginning at 10 p.m.

    For information, call Oldham County Parks and Recreation at 225-0655.