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Today's News

  • Matthews case sent to grand jury

    By KENNY COLSTON

    EDITOR, The Oldham Era

    An Indiana man charged with murdering an Oldham County native will have his case heard before an Oldham County Grand Jury.

    Miles J. Matthews, 27, of Corydon, Ind., is accused of murdering Adam Gregg, a Louisville resident and graduate of Oldham County High School. He also faces a theft charge for allegedly stealing Gregg’s vehicle after his death.

  • Gas line explosion disturbs Goshen

     The rupturing of a gas line in Goshen has caused traffic backups and outages for more than 2,000 people for several days.

    A gas line explosion off U.S. 42 injured three LG&E subcontractors on Sept. 17. Residents and witnesses reported an explosion and a dust cloud with evidence of what amounted to a low order explosion with no fire around 5 p.m., according to Don Dahl, North Oldham Fire Protection District Assistant Chief.

  • Safety Festival adds new features to annual event

    One of Oldham County’s largest Halloween events is celebrating its fifth year, while increasing its focus on safety.

    Oldham County’s Largest Halloween and Safety Festival, organized by the La Grange Fire Department, will take place Oct. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

    Chris Smith, president of the La Grange Fire Auxiliary, said this year’s festival would feature even more safety aspects from different organizations than in the past.

  • Courthouse Square project begins quickly

    A historic re-do of part of the courthouse square is already underway.

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the Courthouse Square Boulevard Project last week, including spending $107,000 out of the county’s parks budget to complete the project.

    The project will widen the current sidewalk closest to Main Street in downtown La Grange, as well as include brick pavers and new hardscape seating, County Judge-Executive David Voegele said.

  • Domestic violence focus of St. James’ forum

     

    Domestic violence is not just a family issue, it’s an epidemic that has affected almost everyone. One in three women in the state of Kentucky will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime, according to the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association.

    Even in an area considered “safe” by most, Oldham County is not excluded from the high numbers, according to Rev. Dr. Mary Abrams of the St. James’ Episcopal Church in Pewee Valley.

  • La Grange businessman recognized by trade publication

     

    A La Grange businessman is being recognized for making waves as vice president of his company.

    Early in his career, Ben Bowman is already the vice president of Parts Unlimited based IN La Grange, and was also recently selected as “35 under 35” by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

    Bowman joined PUI, an offshoot of SEMA, in 2010, where he was hired to globalize the restoration company.

  • Robbery case could go federal

    A La Grange man arrested for bank robberies in Oldham and Jefferson counties has seen his charges expand to five Kentucky counties.

    William Gary Grubbs, Jr., 36, is facing various charges in Oldham, Jefferson, Boone, Carroll and Fayette counties in Kentucky, he told Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad at his initial arraignment in Oldham County last week.

  • School Board approves tax increase, funding to go to teacher raises

    Local property owners will see their tax bills go up again this year after the Oldham County Board of Education approved a 3.1-cent increase at a special meeting.

    The board approved the measure 4-1, with board member Walt Schumm as the lone dissenting vote, after two hours of public comment on the topic.

  • Mane Attraction

    Over the weekend, Oldham County’s horse culture came to life with events at Hermitage and Flying Cross farms. Riders traveled to Goshen and Skylight for the equestrian events.

    For more photos of the Fifth Annual Hermitage Classic and Flying Cross Farms Horse Trials, see page A5.

  • Music to their ears: Organizers cheer CityPlace’s first event

    More than 1,200 people attended the first ever event at CityPlace this weekend, a number organizers said they are pleased with.

    The Louisville Chorus and Louisville Philharmonia, the Musicians’ Orchestra, were the key focus of the Dedication Concert at the venue. CityPlace Administrator Karen Greenwell said the event couldn’t have gone better.

    “We were thrilled and Mr. (George) Rawlings was thrilled as well,” Greenwell said. “We thought the reception from the people who attended was great. It was a wonderful night.”