Local News

  • Prospect fencing ordinance may be too intrusive

    A proposed fencing ordinance in Prospect is being called too intrusive and unenforceable.

    Members of the Prospect city council are have been formulating new guidelines for fences since winter. 

    Residents’ latest concerns stem from two provisions in the ordinance.

    It states temporary fences are allowable for seasonal vegetable gardens, but shouldn’t be visible from the road. 

    Resident Peggy Mealey-Miles said with some effort, most backyards are visible from the street. 

  • Officer dove into I-71 median to avoid crash; driver charged, alcohol suspected

    A La Grange police officer is injured and another man is hospitalized after a crash on I-71.

    According to police, a pickup truck pulling a small trailer jackknifed and flipped on its side about 1:20 a.m. Sunday on I-71 southbound between milemarkers 20 and 21.

    Two officers from the Oldham County Police Department and La Grange Police Officer Jeremy Ferguson responded to the scene and prepared to close a section of the interstate.

    OCPD Lt. Col. Billy Way said Ferguson exited his vehicle and popped the trunk to retrieve emergency equipment and a reflective vest.

  • 2009 Guide to the Gridiron

    The Oldham Era is gearing up for this weekend's Kickoff Classic with our special preview section filled with stats, schedules, analyses and photos of North Oldham, Oldham and South Oldham high school football players.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    Warrant arrests

    Timothy Allen Carpenter Jr., 23, 2701 W. Ky. 22, Crestwood, arrested by OCSO Aug. 10, conditional release violation and failure to comply.

    Robert K. Johnson, 47, 510 E. Riverside Drive, Evansville, Ind., arrested by OCSO Aug. 8, third-degree criminal trespassing.

  • Woman found in burning home

    Police are investigating the cause of a Sunday morning house fire after firefighters rescued a woman from the house.

    Neighbors noticed smoke coming from a bi-level home in the 7300 block of Autumn Bent Way in Orchard Grass Hills subdivision about 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

    When firefighters arrived at the scene, witnesses told police they believed a 41-year-old woman and her daughter could still be inside.

    Firefighters encountered heavy smoke inside the house, and it took about 20 minutes to locate the woman.

  • Ballardsville family loses home, pets to electrical fire

    The joy of seeing their two small dogs rescued from a house fire  became short-lived for a Ballardsville family. 

    When Ballardsville Fire Department Lt. Ryan Baker emerged from the Kinser family’s home carrying two Shih Tzus, Kathy Kinser  started hugging and thanking everyone in sight.

    Kinser had waited more than an hour Aug. 12 hoping to see her dogs alive after an electrical fire ripped through her home.

    “Everything else can be replaced,” she said that afternoon. 

  • Oldham Collision Center goes green

    Oldham Collision Center of Crestwood has become an ecological ambassador using AkzoNobel’s environmentally-friendly waterborne products.

    The company teamed up with AkzoNobel to become an environmental ambassador for the collision repair industry. 

    California law makers are requiring all collision repair shops to implement waterborne paint technology by the end of 2009 and other states are also considering similar legislation.  

  • Oldham Chamber seeks nominees for 2010 leadership class

     The Oldham County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for the 2009-10 class of Leadership Oldham County.

    Interested participants must live and/or work in Oldham County, or must be an Oldham County Chamber member.

    About 15 Oldham County business leaders and residents participate in this program annually. Leadership Oldham County is designed to educate members about the services, amenities and challenges in Oldham County. 

  • A new beginning

    The new classroom is nice – really nice – but for middle school science teacher Gary Webb, the best part of the new Saint Mary Academy building is that there’s only one.

    For the past two school years, since Mother of Good Council and Immaculate Conception schools merged to form Saint Mary Academy, Webb made the 18-mile drive between the two every day like various other teachers and administrators.

  • Robbers ask directions to middle school; visitors scrutinized

    Police are investigating reports of an armed robbery at a cell tower Monday in the 2400 block of Liberty Lane in Goshen.

    According to police, two men approached a T-Mobile technician working at the tower about 11:40 a.m. and asked for directions to Oldham County Middle School.

    Seconds later, one man brandished a small handgun and demanded money and tools.

    Witnesses said the men fled the scene in a 1970s gold- or copper-colored Plymouth Fury with missing hubcaps and drove north headed toward U.S. 42.