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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • State funnels $142,000 to Oldham project

    Governor Steve Beshear announced last week that Oldham County would be awarded $142,435 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for a project to improve safety and air quality.
    The funds will be used at Apple Patch for the Park and Ride Project that has been in development for roughly eight years, said Apple Patch Executive Director Joe Spoelker.
    The project cost is $1.8 million total and all of the funding is now currently in place, according to Jim Urban with Oldham County Planning and Development Services.

  • Turf War: Dispute between Kiwanis and Fair Board threatens to bring down the house, or at least the barn.

    It may surprise readers to find out that the Kiwanis Club building at the Oldham County Fairgrounds has become one of the hottest piece of real estate in town.

    Despite its moldering state of disrepair, the $75,000 pole barn remains at the center of a territorial dispute between The Kiwanis Club of La Grange and the Oldham County Fair Board.

  • Liquor may be quicker, but beer may be near

    Last year, the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development Board of Directors decided to pursue expanded alcohol sales for Oldham County and last week, its efforts were continued with a request for a special election that was sent out to approximately 30,000 residents.
    According to OCED, in order for a special election to take place nearly 6,000 signatures are needed.

  • NOFD and Countryside merger may be off

    It was just last month that the Era reported Countryside-River Bluff would be merging with North Oldham Fire Department and both parties thought that was the end of story, but not quite.
    At North Oldham Fire’s regular meeting last week, Countryside-River Bluff board member Cathy Miller told the NOFD Board of Trustees that her department did not agree to the circumstances previously discussed.

  • A sip of Blue Hydrangea Tea

    Sponsored by Discover Downtown La Grange and Baptist Health, April 19 marked the 8th annual Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea Party in historic downtown La Grange. The event raises funds for O.A.K., Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky. Kathy McCann, event co-chair and registered nurse, reports that 100 percent of ticket sales and donations collected from the event go to O.A.K. for education and information about ovarian and other reproductive cancer symptoms.

  • Rawlings to add 700 jobs in La Grange

    Construction has begun on the 75,000 square-foot addition to the Rawlings Group campus. When completed the three-building campus will span 230,000 square feet.
    Rawlings Group, which handles health insurance payments, estimates that the construction will take a year to complete, aiming for an April 2016 deadline.

  • Highlights from Goshen City Commission

    The following are key points from the regular City of Goshen Commission Meeting held on April 20:

    Door rattling concerns
    Several citizens spoke of their concerns on their home’s front doors being rattled at night. Mayor Bobby Thacker said he was one of those concerned citizens. Thacker said the police were contacted in each of those incidents, but there are currently no leads. Thacker said he thought the events were isolated and would not happen again.

    Not another speed bump