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  • Familiar names to square off for La Grange mayor

    One out of a trio of familiar names hopes to become the next mayor of La Grange.

    Former mayor Elsie Carter, city councilman Joe Davenport and resident Brian Oerther all have filed to run for mayor this year. Current Mayor Bill Lammlein, who’s keeping a promise to serve only one term as mayor, is vacating the seat.

    And while he’s leaving the mayor’s office, Lammlein doesn’t plan to stay away from city council meetings after his term ends, because he’s one of 22 who filed to run for La Grange city council.

  • Construction on bridge over I-71 begins this week

    Work on a long-awaited bridge over Interstate 71 near La Grange has finally begun.

    The bridge will connect New Moody Lane and Commerce Parkway in La Grange over the interstate roughly one mile south of Exit 22 on I-71.

    “This project will improve connectivity as well as reduce delay and congestion on adjacent roadways,” Matt Bullock, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways Office 5, said. “The bridge will also reduce response times for emergency vehicles and improve the safety of the roadway network in Oldham County.”

  • All-American Tune

     

    A visit to Oldham County has been a top priority for Kim Miller.

    The 1991 graduate of Oldham County High School plays clarinet for the concert and ceremonial bands in the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.

    When Kentucky was recently added to the band’s touring schedule, Miller put a plan to perform back home into action.

  • Prospect business makes dealing with disaster easier

     

    One Prospect family hopes to ease the pain when it comes to dealing with a disaster.

    Tom and Lori Hawkins have started Bluegrass Home Inventory, a business that helps photograph and catalog a person’s belongings for use in insurance claims or disasters.

    It’s a service that comes from their own experiences in dealing with disaster.

    “We had a home fire 10 years ago,” Tom Hawkins said. “Having to go through that whole process, trying to figure out what we lost and determining values, it took weeks.”

  • Joint operation leads to arrest
  • Raise a Glass: Voters approve alcohol at Yew Dell

    It will be easier for patrons of a popular Crestwood event center to consume alcohol, thanks to the results of a special election.

    The election, held Tuesday at the South Oldham Fire Station on Old La Grange road, will now allow Yew Dell Botanical Gardens to sell alcohol by the drink during events. The change was passed by an 87 percent margin.

    Yew Dell is host to many business events and weddings year-round, but previously could only make alcohol available by hiring a licensed caterer to provide it.

  • Businessman elected to new hall of fame

     

    Jerry McCandless typically isn’t seen.

    Whether it’s his business, often represented by “guys in white suits” cleaning up after traffic accidents or his work in higher education, McCandless typically eludes the spotlight.

    But in March, McCandless will be center stage as one of 27 inductees into the new Kentucky Veteran’s Hall of Fame, located in Frankfort.

  • Miss Kentucky encourages students

     

    Miss Kentucky Jenna Day has a message for the students of Oldham County: never give up on your goals and dreams.

    Day, who was crowned Miss Kentucky last July, recently visited students at Locust Grove Elementary and East Oldham Middle School to talk to them about making healthy choices and gaining self confidence.

    A Louisville native and University of Kentucky student, Day told students they needed to do three things to be successful: take care of their minds, their bodies and their hearts.

  • New Fiscal Court districts in effect

     

    A new map laying out magistrate districts passed by the Oldham County Fiscal Court in 2011 will finally go into effect this year.

    Every 10 years, the maps that dictate district boundaries for elected officials, from Congress down to local governments, are reviewed and revised as needed. The process usually takes place six months to a year after the latest U.S. Census data is released and goes into effect during the next election cycle.

  • With one week left, only one candidate for La Grange mayor

    With less than a week until the filing deadline, only one person has filed to run for mayor in the City of La Grange.

    Joe Davenport, a longtime member of the city council, has officially filed his paperwork to run for mayor after telling the Era he would do so two weeks ago.

    Only one current member of the city council has filed for re-election, Tad Humble, as of Monday. Hugh Blair joins Charles Turner Sr., as two challengers who have filed for the council.