Local News

  • La Grange passes budget

    The City of La Grange’s budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year passed after Monday’s second reading, but the vote was a close one.

    The council voted 4-3 to approve the budget. Council member Debbie Pollard was absent.

    After the budget was read, Councilman Jason Taylor had a number of questions. Among the items he questioned were administrative salaries, employee insurance and money allotted for paving.

  • Residents receive newspapers wrapped in Ku Klux Klan fliers

    The staff of The Oldham Era has learned several newspapers were dropped in driveways in Crestwood and Pewee Valley this week containing fliers for the Ku Klux Klan.

    Readers reported to The Era that they received the newspapers, either dated June 26 or July 3, in their driveways Tuesday morning.

  • A soggy celebration

    Clouds covered the sky all day Friday, with spurts of rain throughout the afternoon and evening. While it was enough to cancel some events, the Independence Day celebration at Wendell Moore Park went on as scheduled, almost.

  • Sewer district faces choice

    Board members of the Oldham County Sewer District met Tuesday – the first time since Oldham County Fiscal Court offered a recommendation on how to deal with the district’s $16 million debt.

    OCSD discussed the court’s proposal at their meeting. OCSD Executive Director Vince Bowlin said two of the court’s recommendations had been discussed by the sewer district before the proposal was made.

  • Police investigate drowning death of woman found in Glenarm pond

    A Crestwood man discovered his wife’s body floating in a pond behind their home about 9:30 a.m. June 26 on Glenarm Road.

    Police believe Margaret Mary “Maggie” Stonebrook, 46, drowned after falling face-first into a pond adjacent to their property in the 4800 block of Glenarm Road. According to police, Stonebrook wore a nightgown at the time of her death.

  • P&Z increases fees

    For the first time since 2005, Oldham County’s Planning and Zoning fees increased.

    A second reading of the fee schedule took place at the fiscal court meeting on July 1.

    The schedule passed with a vote of 8-1.

  • Business is booming at the Oldham County Jail

    The Oldham County Jail provides a service to the public and the court system, keeping criminals off the streets. The jail is also, however, a business, receiving revenues from the state and federal level for housing state and federal inmates.

  • County will form storm water utility, set rates

    Officials must set a rate for Oldham County storm water management, but before that, a storm water management district must be established.

    The first reading for two ordinances - one to grant fiscal court approval to establish a special district, and one to establish a base rate for service – took place at fiscal court’s July 1 meeting.

  • How to save a schoolhouse

    Residents of Westport are one step closer to saving a community schoolhouse after a fundraiser Saturday.

    Organizer Kathy Hockersmith said residents raised more than $1,100 in donations, $500 from a pie auction and much more from a fish fry and yard sale. Organizer Glenn Watson said Westport’s one-room schoolhouse is safe from demolition, but renovation still needs to be done to improve the building. The fundraiser will further that goal.

  • Parker wins delegate seat for 4th District

    Oldham County resident Mattie Copeland Parker staged an upset win at the Kentucky Democratic Convention June 7 in Lexington to win the single delegate seat in the 4th Congressional District for Sen. Barack Obama.ee

    Decked out in a denim jacket and covered with her collection of pins supporting Obama, she was busy most of the morning introducing herself to convention delegates and soliciting support.ee