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  • Backyard politics

    In Kentucky, and on Oaks Day in particular, we love our horse races. And although small in number, the Oldham County crowd that showed up Friday at Inspirational Grounds proved that Kentuckians are interested in more than one kind of pony.
    About 25 local residents gathered on the shaded porch of the Buckner church-cum-coffeehouse to hear Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul talk about immigration and criminal justice in his bid for the 2016 presidential election.

  • Walking tall

    By Rae Hodge and Elliott Pratt

  • Oldham gets $1.2 million from FEMA

    A Fiscal Court grant application for more than $1.2 million in flood mitigation assistance has been approved by FEMA, according to Oldham County Judge Executive David Voegele.
    The FEMA Region IV Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch has awarded a grant in the amount of $1,208,659.23 for six properties along the Ohio River with the goal of reducing or eliminating claims under the National Flood Insurance Program, part of the National Flood Insurance Reform Act (NFIRA) of 1994.

  • Traffic Almanac

    The Kentucky Department of Transportation has announced the following road projects and closures for the coming week.

    Northbound Interstate 71: Lane closures and delays possible between mile points 22.5 and 24.7 due to anchor work for median cable barriers. Lane closures are possible weeknights from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning. Speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 55 MPH.

  • To Rescue and Reform

     Kenny Burton has been training dogs from within the confines of a jail cell for 11 years now.

  • Hermitage Farm to host Derby Gala event

    Hermitage Farms in Goshen will be the scene of the Hermitage Grand Gala, a star-studded Derby Eve party this Friday, May 1.
    The party is a joining of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, founders of 21c Museum Hotels, and Junior Bridgeman, President of Bridgeman Foods.

  • Oldham County Middle students involved in bus fire

     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.
     The Toby Tours bus driver smelled smoke at around 6 a.m. on Thursday morning and pulled the bus over and the 50 kids and five adults were taken to a rest station by local emergency workers in the Claysville, Penn. area.

  • Food prices experience first drop since 2013

    A recent report from Kentucky Farm Bureau reveals a significant price drop in retail food cost across the state. The following information was received by the Era via press release from KFB
    For the first time since June 2013, the average price of retail food items across the Commonwealth decreased.
    According to the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Federation’s latest Marketbasket Survey, taken in March of this year, the average total cost of 40 basic grocery items was $126.22, or 2.3 percent lower than what was reported in the previous quarter.

  • 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.