Local News

  • Court approves rezoning

    Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the rezoning of more than an acre of land off of Ky. 53 for the construction of Farmers Bank of La Grange. The land, which sits between two commercial properties, was rezoned from residential to commerical property. The bank will share a parking lot with the adjacent Farm Bureau building. The bank is now located in the basement of the Farm Bureau.

  • Bohne fills Planning and Zoning seat

    Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the nomination of Laura Bohne, a Goshen resident, to the Oldham County Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 16.

    Bohne, a licensed real estate agent, has worked as a manager for Paramont Estates for 15 years. She fills the seat of Frank Fain.

  • County Services to be relocated

    Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court agreed Oct. 16 to relocate road, recycling, fueling and maintenance departments to a 60-acre site adjacent to the Kentucky State Reformatory at the Oct. 16 meeting.

    The agreement between the court, state justice department and reformatory will compenstate for county property lost to the state's reconstruction of Ky. 393 in Buckner.

    Magistrates David Voegele and Scott Davis abstained from the vote.

  • Human remains found in Henry County

    A hunter found an abandoned vehicle registered to a missing Ohio woman and skeletal bones in Campbellsburg on Sunday morning.

    Shortly after 9 a.m., Kentucky State Police–Post 5 received a 911 call in reference to an abandoned vehicle in a very remote location off of Carmen Creek Road on a farm in Henry County.

    Dr. Emily Craig, the state forensic anthropologist with the state medical examiners' office andHenry County Coroner Jimmy Pollardconducted a detailed search of a large area. Investigators also searched the scene by helicopter to locate additional evidence.

  • Rawlings opens doors

    By Elizabeth TroutmanOldham Era staff writer

    Those who walk through the main entrance of the shiny new TheRawlings Co. building on Eden Parkway are greeted with the ear to ear smile of Marilyn Ferguson. Ferguson, a resident of La Grange who works the front desk, won't hesitate to share how George Rawling's $20 million building, which opened for business last week, has changed her life.

  • Prospect man sentenced for theft of $2 million from investors

    By Jacquelyn Stoess

    Oldham Era news editor

    A Prospect man who managed to disappear for more than four years before he contacted his family in June 2006 will serve prison time for theft of more than $2 million from investors.

    Thomas Welby Cox, 65, of Prospect, was sentenced to six years and three months imprisonment, followed by three years' supervised release.

    In June, Cox was convicted of 39 counts of transporting monies stolen from investors across state lines into various accounts he established with banks in Louisville.

  • Drought conditions create fire hazard

    Drought conditions create hazardous conditionsGov. Ernie Fletcher has signed an executive order banning all outdoor burning across the Commonwealth as the extreme drought situation has created extraordinarily hazardous wildfire conditions in Kentucky.A severe fall forest fire season is already underway and the drought conditions statewide prompted Gov. Fletcher’s action.“These conditions place our citizens and the firefighters battling these blazes in great danger,” Fletcher said.

  • Nine injured in crash on Bridge Hill

    A two-vehicle collision in a section of Ky. 22 known as Bridge Hill injured nine people including seven children during rush hour Oct. 9 in Crestwood.

    According to Oldham County Police, a collision between a truck and a minivan about 7:40 a.m. shutdown a section of Ky. 22 for more than 90 minutes.

    Police said the driver of the truck was airlifted to University Hospital for treatment. The driver of the minivan and her seven passengers, all children, were treated at Baptist Hospital Northeast and later released.

  • Back to the Farm

    Editor's note: Janey Norton Newton says farming in Brownsboro is almost impossible anymore land value ranges $30,000 to $50,000 an acre and farmer's can't afford to expand. But she has committed to keeping her family's 1,300 acres as an agricultural land, and has recently revitalized the old dairy farm. In an area facing inevitable development, Janey and daughter, Maggie Barrett, are keeping a family promising while offering an organic alternative to supermarket beef.

    Maggie Barrett dreaded her first visit to Memphis Meats.

  • Cash cow

    Editor's note: This month The Oldham Era introduces three families maintaining agricultural businesses in Brownsboro, a community known for its rural character. As the county continues to grow, the Brownsboro Conservation Council aims to preserve this segment of agricultural land, which farming experts say is the best soil in the county – but also some of the best land for development.