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  • Body found in burning car

    The Oldham County Police Department is currently investigating a vehicle fire that resulted in the discovery of human remains.
    A burned body was found in a vehicle on Highway 393, near Highway 42, after police responded to a call in the early hours of Tuesday.  
    No results have been released from the autopsy which was later conducted on the body, nor the cause of death, but foul play is suspected by police.
    Oldham County Police Sgt. James Brown said investigators suspect foul play.

  • Marathon Man

    Saying Wesley Korir is just a marathon runner would be an understatement.
    Korir is more than just a runner. He’s a University of Louisville graduate and former all-star track athlete, a major marathon winner and a political activist in Kenyan parliament.
    Korir recently spoke to students at South Oldham Middle School about his struggles growing up without running water in Africa to being able to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to help kids from his hometown to graduate high school and his dreams of being the president of Kenya.

  • Oldham Countian named first female master distiller

    At only 28, Marianne Barnes has her dream job.
    Barnes, who grew up in La Grange, just became the first woman in Kentucky to be named a master distiller since Prohibition.
    Barnes recently left her role as master taster at Brown-Forman, where she got her start in the industry, and joined forces with founders Will Arvin and Wesley Murray to restore the Old Taylor Distillery in Millville, near Frankfort.

    The beginning

  • School Briefs

    La Grange honor student

    Thomas Hagan was among McKendree University’s outstanding students introduced at an Honors Convocation on April 23 during the university’s Academic Excellence Celebration. Hagan, a graduate student from La Grange, was recognized for nursing education by the Division of Nursing’s master’s program. Graduate and undergraduate honorees were selected by full-time faculty members based on four major components of the university’s mission: responsible citizenship, engagement, academic excellence and lifelong learning.

  • OCHS librarian named 2015 PBS Digital Innovator

    Oldham County High School librarian James Allen has been named a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.  Allen, who also serves as technology coordinator at the school in Buckner, Kentucky is among a diverse group of 100 tech-savvy educators from across the country selected for his passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom.

  • Oldham County Middle students involved in bus fire

    By taylor riley

    REPORTER, The Oldham Era

      A tour bus carrying 50 Oldham County Middle School students returning from an eighth grade trip caught fire in Pennsylvania early last Thursday morning.

    No injuries were reported, according to Director of Communications and Development of Oldham County Schools Tracy Harris Green.

  • Community Briefs

    Grin and Bear It 5K

    On Saturday, May 16. Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange will host its annual Grin and Bear It 5K Run/Walk. Proceeds benefit the institution’s unique Bears Behind Bars program in which inmates make teddy bears that are given at no cost to local and state first responders. They in turn give them to children affected by crises such as house fires, automobile accidents, domestic violence situations, etc.

  • Marathon Man

    Saying Wesley Korir is just a marathon runner would be an understatement. 

    Korir is more than just a runner. He’s a University of Louisville graduate and former all-star track athlete, a major marathon winner and a political activist in Kenyan parliament.

    Korir recently spoke to students at South Oldham Middle School about his struggles growing up without running water in Africa to being able to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to help kids from his hometown to graduate high school and his dreams of being the president of Kenya.

  • Oldham Countian named first female master distiller

    At only 28, Marianne Barnes has her dream job.

    Barnes, who grew up in La Grange, just became the first woman in Kentucky to be named a master distiller since Prohibition.

    Barnes recently left her role as master taster at Brown-Forman, where she got her start in the industry, and joined forces with founders Will Arvin and Wesley Murray to restore the Old Taylor Distillery in Millville, near Frankfort.

    The beginning

  • State funnels $142,000 to Oldham project

    Governor Steve Beshear announced last week that Oldham County would be awarded $142,435 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for a project to improve safety and air quality.
    The funds will be used at Apple Patch for the Park and Ride Project that has been in development for roughly eight years, said Apple Patch Executive Director Joe Spoelker.
    The project cost is $1.8 million total and all of the funding is now currently in place, according to Jim Urban with Oldham County Planning and Development Services.