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  • La Grange group helps knit bras for cancer survivors

     

    October may be Breast Cancer Awareness month, but for a group of Oldham County ladies who like to crochet and knit, they are giving back to those affected every day of the year.

    Vicki Kinser, owner of La Grange’s Friends and Fiber Shop, recently introduced the knitting and crocheting groups to Knitted Knockers, a program that has volunteers making prosthetic breasts for free to mastectomy patients.

    “As soon as I heard about this program, I thought this was a really good fit for the ladies at the shop,” Kinser said.

  • Spirit tours give history of haunted places downtown

    All Hallows’ Eve is a night when ghosts, ghouls and goblins come out to play, but one La Grange group believes the supernatural is around us every day.

    The Spirits of La Grange Ghost Tour, presented by Discover Downtown La Grange, educated many people this season about some of the city’s most historical and haunted sites, according to coordinator Barbara Manley.

    “The tours are very authentic because of the history being told,” Manley said.

    The first stop on the tour is Rails, located on East Main Street.

  • Community foundation increases grant payouts by 34 percent

    More than $16,000 will be given out this week to help 11 organizations with various community needs.

    The funds come from the Oldham County Community Foundation, an offshoot of the Louisville-based Community Foundation. Precisely $16,150 will be given to fund projects from yoga therapy for cancer patients, a toddler education room, pre-diabetes screening and much more.

    Scott Whitehouse, a board member with OCCF, said the amount of funds given out this year is a 34 percent increase over 2013 giving.

  • Former minister charged with child sex crime

    By TAYLOR RILEY

    REPORTER, The Oldham Era

    Howard Key Chambers, 62, a former minister of music at DeHaven Baptist Church in La Grange, is being charged by the United States Attorney for child enticement after allegedly placing a sexually explicit ad on Craiglist.

    Chambers was suspended from the church without pay pending the court hearing, but after the church personnel met last week, Chambers was terminated from his position and his desk was cleared, according to Senior Pastor Ross Bauscher.

  • La Grange mayor candidates focused on economy

    The two men hoping to become the next mayor of La Grange say their most important priority is economic development, they just disagree on how to go about it.

    Current councilman Joe Davenport will face off against Brian Oerther on Nov. 4 to replace the outgoing Bill Lammlein as mayor. Davenport has spent 19 years on the city council, while Oerther is running for the mayor’s office for the second time.

    The two men were the top vote getters in the May primary, which former mayor Elsie Carter also ran in.

  • Rematch for family court judge

    It will be a flashback to 2006 as two candidates vie for the position of Family Court Judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit.

    Incumbent Judge Tim Feeley will be up against long-time family law attorney Michael Pate for the same position Feeley won by nearly 7,500 votes in 2006.

    Feeley has been Family Court Judge for Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties since 2005, but before that he was a Major in the U.S. Army. He served seven years as Assistant U.S. Attorney and nine years in private law practice in Oldham County.

  • County offices already decided

    Several county offices will be on the November ballot, but voting for the candidates running for those seats won’t matter much.

    Of the eight countywide offices, all eight have candidates unopposed in the general election, making them the de facto office holders since the May primary.

    Current County Judge-Executive David Voegele will be elected to another four-year term in November, since no Democrats filed for the seat.

  • Senate race headlines Oldham ballot

    There’s no denying who is at the top of the ballot in Kentucky this fall: U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, who is battling for re-election against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

    But after that marquee match-up, Oldham County faces a mixed bag of intriguing races for federal and state offices.

    After the U.S. Senate race, Congressman Thomas Massie, a Republican, is hoping for his first re-election, running against Democrat Peter Newberry. The race is for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District, of which Oldham is a part.

  • La Grange mulling over new code enforcement board

    The City of La Grange is once again exploring the possibility of creating a code enforcement board.

    At a meeting of the ordinance committee last week, Mayor Bill Lammlein brought up the idea of creating the new board after the last attempt six years ago was never finalized.

    Lammlein opened his pitch to the committee members by saying the only recourse the city has with unpaid fines and violations is to drag violators into court.

  • Rising to the top

    Oldham County’s only Catholic school is joining some of its neighbors as an honoree of a national award.

    St. Aloysius, located in Pewee Valley, was recently honored as a National Blue Ribbon School. The award is given to schools with high “academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps,” according to the U.S. Department of Education.

    Only 50 private schools were honored with the designation this year and St. Aloysius was one of four grade schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville’s school system to be awarded this year.