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Today's News

  • Prospect potter wins award of a lifetime

    By MELISSA BLANKENSHIP
    The Oldham Era

    Laura Ross said she was deeply honored and very surprised when she opened the letter notifying her she had won a 2013 Governor’s Award in the Arts.

    “I was awestruck, really,” Ross admitted.

    Ross received the Artist Award, a lifetime achievement award that recognizes an individual’s contribution to and significant impact on the arts in Kentucky.

  • Pageantry and lots of fun at Oldham County Fair

    Makenzie Brooke King was crowned Miss Oldham County Fair. Other winners were Victoria McKinney, first runner-up and Most Photogenic; Samantha Graziul, second runner-up and Miss Congeniality; Emily Kunce, third runner-up; Chassidy Monroe, People’s Choice; and Kristen Rowling, Trailblazer and Rising Star.

    Denise Rowling and Eric Kunce were named Mom of the Year and Dad of the Year, respectively.

  • Family celebrates five generations

    Margaret Mathis recently celebrated the five generations of her family. Above, she is pictured seated with daughter Doris Mathis Wood, grandson Steve Wood, great-granddaughter Jennifer Wood Whitman and great-great-grandson Charlie Whitman. Mrs. Mathis, Doris Wood and Steve Wood were longtime residents of La Grange. Margaret now lives in New Castle and will celebrate her 95th birthday in September. Doris now lives in Schertz, Texas, and Steve lives in San Antonio, Texas. Jennifer and Charlie live in Newnan, Ga.

  • Big fish story

    Joe Wortham Jr., 6, caught these fish on a recent Saturday afternoon at his grandparents’ pond in Smithfield in Henry County. Joe has been fishing since he was 3 years old, but this catfish was his biggest catch so far. He will enter first grade next week at La Grange Elementary school.

  • Deputy completes course

    Oldham County Police Officer James R. Brown recently graduated from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision. Also known as the sergeant’s academy, APS is a three-week, 120-hour training program for newly promoted sergeants or officers on their agency’s promotion list.

  • Local athletes win big at youth triathlon

    Members of Maverick Multisport team, which is comprised of local athletes, won big at the Youth/Junior National triathlon races this past weekend in West Chester, Oh. Nathan Doyon, of Crestwood, won the 14-year-old male race. with a time of 30:24.26.

    Clara Lynch, of Pewee Valley, finished in seventh in the 14-year-old female race. Competitors had to endure a 200 meter open water swim, a 10k bike and a 2.5k run.

  • Local golfers do well at KPGA junior tourney

    The Henry County Country Club hosted the Kentucky PGA junior tournament July 31 and Aug. 1. The tournament was comprised of 9 and 6 hole tournaments for boys and girls aged 8-12.

    Several local golfers competed over the two-day tournament and several of them did well enough to make the leader boards.

    Lyman Brackett, an eight-year-old from Goshen, finished in fourth in the boys 10 and under 9 hole tournament. He ended at 13 strokes above par but was only seven shots back of the eventual winner.

  • Stroke doesn’t keep Harp from garden

    By Wesley Robinson
    News Intern, The Oldham Era

    Steve Harp, 54, of La Grange has been known for growing gargantuan things in his quarter-acre garden.

    A few years back, he grew a pumpkin that tipped the scales at more than 700 pounds. He said it was the 10th largest in the world for that year. Because of a stroke he had in March he’s had to scale back growing produce and was only able to grow oversized tomatoes with the help of his wife Laura.

  • Fine-tune your etiquette when visiting the sick

    What do you do and say to people who have cancer or any life-limiting illness? Early in my ministry, I had a wonderful mentor – Father Jim Hendricks. He died several years ago, but was amazing in his care for the sick. I learned from him not by pointers he gave me but by following his good example.

    When you find someone has a serious illness, hold the gasps. They’re still among the living. Simply ask, “What can I do to be most helpful?”

    Then listen for an answer.

    Here’s what you need to do:

  • New programs, upgrades greet OC students

    Your kids may disagree with me, but I think the first day of school is one of the best days of the year. It’s a day full of promise, of excitement, of change. It’s a milestone — for parents and students — that marks another chapter in life.

    When your children head off for their first day this year, know that our staff members at Oldham County Schools are committed to continuing the tradition of excellence in our district.