Today's News

  • Destiny is key for Ky. Derby

    By Chuck Harper

    Webster’s Dictionary defines destiny as “the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate.”
    The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby will have no short supply of destiny.
    Didn’t it just seem to you that the Louisville Cardinals were on a mission to cut down the nets in Atlanta? When Kevin Ware (No. 5, remember that number) went down with that devastating leg injury, it just gave them more resolve to win the whole thing.
    Destiny? Probably.
    Kentucky Derby 139 and the 2013 NCAA Tournament have some interesting things in common.

  • 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.

  • La Grange man fined for indecent exposure, harassment

    Many residents of Gleneagles Estates recently attended a sentencing hearing as a sign of support for two women who witnessed a half-naked neighbor fondling himself.

    Police arrested Robin Doughty, 57, of 1505 Mahogany Run Drive, for indecent exposure and harassment on March 19.

    Doughty pleaded guilty and District Judge Jerry Crosby sentenced him to 90 days in jail and imposed a $250 fine.

    A woman contacted police after Doughty stood in his front yard with his pants around his ankles while fondling his genitals.

  • Foxhollow employee, 36, had sexual contact with teenage volunteer

    A Foxhollow Farm employee who had repeated sexual contact with a teen volunteer is now on probation.

    Gabriel L. Kreiser, 36, was living at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood when he was arrested Aug. 3 and held on a $50,000 bond for sexual abuse and unlawful transaction with a minor – illegal sexual activity.

    According to police, on several occasions between May 15 and July 31, 2012, Kreiser and a teen girl, then 14, went to a secluded area of the farm where they had sexual contact.

  • OC Schools raises tuition 70% for non-residents

    Tuition for Oldham County students who live outside district boundaries will jump 70 percent for the 2013-14 school year.

    Families who live outside Oldham County are eligible to enroll children in Oldham County Schools, provided that tuition is paid and the selected school has capacity for additional enrollment.

    Some of the district’s non-resident students are children of Oldham County Schools’ employees.

    Members of the Oldham County Board of Education increased the tuition rate by 70 percent for the upcoming school year.

  • Military couple receives mortgage-free home in Crestwood

    Crestwood’s newest residents got a first look at their new home Friday.

    James and Amanda Calton did what any new homeowners do: opened the kitchen cabinets, envisioned where furniture would go, disagreed over who would get more closet space.

    They also thanked Amanda Shaunessy over and over.

    Shaunessy is a housing case worker with Homes on the Homefront, a program organized by Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that serves veterans and military families.

    Homes on the Homefront works with banks that donate foreclosed homes.

  • Crestwood man rescued from house fire

    Firefighters from Oldham and Jefferson counties responded to a house fire in the 9200-block of Foxtail Court in Orchard Grass Hills Tuesday.

    Some quick-thinking neighbors pulled 78-year-old Bob Hollander and his dog Bo from the house as fire spread through the back half.

    Hollander said he was taking a nap after mowing the grass when neighbors woke him up.

    Pewee Valley Fire Deputy Chief Carey Hirtzel said the fire is under investigation, but the cause was likely accidental.

    Email us about this story at: news@oldhamera.com.

  • School board members back budget cuts

    The Oldham County Board of Education is standing behind the school district in its request to eliminate $3 million and more than 50 jobs from next year’s budget.

    Under the proposed 2013-14 budget, the district would start its fiscal year July 1 with less money and fewer employees.

    Most jobs will come out of the classrooms and the transportation department.

    The district will fund at least 14 fewer teachers in 2013-14.

  • South Oldham High earns two national rankings for top high schools

    South Oldham High School was named the state’s second-best public high school on the U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings, just behind duPont Manual in Louisville.

    SOHS is ranked 406th nationally on the report.

    U.S. News and World Reports evaluated more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards and how well they prepare students for college.

  • David Levitch plays in prestigious Derby Festival Classic