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  • Weather radios, emergency notifications help residents prepare for severe weather

    When severe weather hits, Kevin Nuss wants Oldham County residents to be ready.

    The county’s emergency management director said of all potential dangers, tornados pose the greatest threat to residents’ safety – especially at 3 a.m.

    “We’re in a 24/7 electronic age now, but when people are asleep, they still need to be notified,” Nuss said.

  • School district to cut $3 million

    Oldham County Schools will begin the 2013-14 fiscal year July 1 with less money, fewer employees and longer bus routes.

    District officials are cutting $3 million from the budget and also losing an untold amount of federal funds.

    A rise in expenditures is “beyond our control,” Superintendent Will Wells said.

    In August, Wells will ask school board members to raise the district’s tax rate.

    Mandatory step raises for teachers and contributions to employee and retiree health plans comprise most of those costs, he explained.

  • Goshen woman crowned Kentucky Derby Festival Queen

    A South Oldham High School graduate is this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Queen.

    Cameryn Jones was crowned by a spin of the wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball at the Galt House Friday night.

    Jones, of Goshen, is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying food science. She is a 2009 graduate of SOHS.

    Jones has been named to the dean’s list five times and serves as recruitment president and career & personal development director for the UK chapter of Chi Omega women’s fraternity.

  • County-wide burn ban starts May 1

    A county-wide restriction on open burning goes into effect next week.

    The burn ban starts May 1 and continues through Sept. 30.

    Oldham County Emergency Management Director Kevin Nuss said the ban is mandated by the federal Clean Air Act to limit already-high pollution levels during the summer months.

    There are exemptions to the burn ban, including setting fires for cooking food (e.g., grills or cooking pits); recreational or ceremonial purposes (e.g., small bonfires or campfires); and recognized agricultural or wildlife management practices.

  • County judges’ task force seeks improvements for Interstate 71

    With millions of state tax dollars going to improve interstates 64 and 65 running into and out of Louisville, one group is asking: What about Interstate 71?

    In recent years, stretches of I-64 and I-65 have been widened to six lanes to accommodate increased traffic.

    That has the judge-executives of six counties along I-71 wondering when that road will get its due.

    To get an answer, they’ve formed Kentucky Connected.

  • Pewee Valley teacher accused of sex with student

    A Pewee Valley woman who teaches middle school language arts is charged with sexual abuse of a student while in a parked car.

    Louisville Metro Police arrested Jessica Boyers, 24, of Pewee Valley, at 11:30 p.m. April 11 in Buechel Park.
    According to LMPD, officers found Boyers and a juvenile male in a vehicle at Buechel Park. The juvenile told police he and Boyers had sexual contact.

    Boyers has pleaded not guilty to first-degree sexual abuse. She was released from jail Friday on bond.

  • Drunk man arrested outside Oldham Co. Public Library

    La Grange Police arrested a homeless man outside the Oldham County Public Library for alcohol intoxication.

    Larry Marsee, 49, of La Grange, was arrested at 6:30 p.m. April 3, after police received several complaints of a man disturbing patrons at the library. According to police, he was unable to stand or walk due to intoxication.

    He pleaded guilty to the charges in Oldham district court, and said he keeps a stash of liquor under a culvert in La Grange.

  • Oldham police officer indicted on criminal charges

    A police officer arrested for ‘sexting’ a high school girl he met during a traffic stop has been indicted for his communication with the teenager and also for falsifying a police report for an unrelated DUI arrest.

    OCPD Officer Harry S. “Shane” Mosley resigned Sept. 28 as police pursued charges against him related to cell phone communication he had with a teenager.

    An Oldham County grand jury recently handed up two indictments with criminal charges for Mosley.

  • Crestwood woman shares Boston experience

    The Oldham Era has heard from friends and family members of several local runners who competed in today's Boston Marathon.

    Kathy Riley, of Crestwood, is in Boston with friends Ashli Collins and Andrea Faulk who ran the race.

    Riley said the two runners crossed the finish line just moments before the blasts rocked the area. Fortunately, both are safe and unharmed.

    Jennifer Jones said via email that her brother-in-law Brian Jones, who also competed, is safe and back at his hotel room.

  • Crestwood man dies in motorcycle crash

    A Crestwood man died Wednesday evening when he crashed his motorcycle in Shelby County.

    According to police, a 2006 Blue Yamaha Motorcycle traveling east on Aiken Road at 7:50 p.m. left the roadway and struck a roadsign near a curve. 

    The driver, Steven A. Ball, 40, of Crestwood, was pronounced dead at the scene.