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  • In Memoriam: Oldham Countians pay tribute to fallen heroes

    Oldham County residents gathered at the courthouse lawn Monday for a Memorial Day program to honor those who paid the ultimate price while serving their country.

    The American Legion Post 39 hosted at the veterans’ memorial in La Grange.

    U.S. Army Col. Don Miller was guest speaker for the ceremony.

    The names of Oldham County residents who died in service were read aloud, while others who have served in the military were also recognized.

  • Oldham County Memorial Day ceremony tomorrow in La Grange

    Oldham County Post 39 of The American Legion will host a Memorial Day program 10 a.m. tomorrow at the veterans’ memorial on the corner of Main Street and Ky. 53 in La Grange.

  • Oldham County breaks ground on veterans’ memorial

    More than 100 people attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a new veterans’ memorial in Oldham County, including World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams.

    Williams, a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima, was guest speaker for the event and said he was thankful to be a part of the ceremony.

    "True Americans want to be involved in the future of America," he said. "We must continue to remind ourselves of the sacrifices that have been made by so many."

  • Funeral arrangements for Tony Cotten

    Funeral arrangements for Tony L. Cotten:

    Visitation will be Monday, May 13 from 5-8 p.m. at Woodland Heights Christian Church in Crawfordsville, Ind.

    A funeral service will take place Tuesday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at Woodland Heights with Rev. Tony Thomas officiating. Burial will follow immediately at Freedom Cemetery in Waveland, Ind.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Relay for Life organization in your community.

  • The Era remembers Publisher Tony Cotten

    Give us a moment to gather our thoughts – we've had a death in the family.

    Publisher Tony Cotten, the athlete who raced his bicycle through our office, the mentor who instilled confidence in us and the coach who challenged us to do our best, died today (Thursday) at his home in La Grange.

    Tony left his Indiana roots in December 2010 to lead The Oldham Era.

  • Early named new director of OCEMS

    Oldham County Emergency Medical Services has a new director.

    Todd Early, a 25-year EMS veteran, took over leadership of the agency Monday.

    He has worked for OCEMS in a part-time supervisory role for the last five years.

    Early was introduced to Oldham Co. Fiscal Court Tuesday.

    “We’ve got a lot of distance we need to cover,” Early told Judge-Executive David Voegele and magistrates.

  • 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.