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Today's News

  • Weathering extremes

    There are some jobs that stay cold all year long, even in the 70 degree weather that covered Oldham County like a blanket earlier this week.But when the weather dropped almost to single digits Jan. 2 and 3, Jesse Parker was literally left out in the cold.Starting his shift as the sun was setting, Parker collected the hundreds of carts in the Wal-Mart parking lot Jan. 3 as customers hurried past to the warmth inside.

  • OCSO, clerk's budgets reviewed

    After working magistrates and county financial officers, two county agencies have tightened budgets by reducing labor costs in 2008, saving the county an estimated $200,000. Magistrates met with Sheriff Steve Sparrow and County Clerk Julie Lentz on Dec. 20 to review options that would trim costs down in the sheriff’s and county clerk’s budgets by reducing raises, overtime and shifting positions. Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the projected budgets for both offices on Jan. 2.

  • Game Bytes

    Basketball

  • Inside game powers Lady Dragons over Lady Colonels

    CRESTWOOD –The front line was just that for the South Oldham Lady Dragons as they beat Oldham County 42-30 Saturday.On a night when star guard Lauren Jones was a bit off her game, Lady Dragons’ center Amber Conniff and forward Allison Reynolds carried the day by controlling the interior against the bigger Lady Colonels.“I felt like we stepped up from the middle of the game to the end,” Conniff said.

  • Newspaper's parent company for sale

    Landmark Communications Inc., owner of The Oldham Era and its parent division, Shelbyville-based Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., has announced the decision to explore selling its properties.The company, based in Norfolk, Va., announced last week that it had hired two national investment firms, JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers, to “assist us in exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of Landmark’s businesses,” according to a memorandum sent to employees.A formal announcement to employees at all Landmark properties was made Ja

  • Dollars and sense

    Lean government seems like an understatement – Oldham County is trimming expenses for services down to bare bones. A police officer doubles as the county’s Internet technology specialist. The emergency management director also runs dispatch services. Oldham County offers a self-serve recycling center and runs a police force that hasn’t had funding to expand with a growing population in eight years. A nearly $3 million deficit acquired by county government in the past year is the outcome of a simple equation: revenue minus spending.

  • A sale we didn't expect

    I like to think of my adoption into the Landmark Community Newspapers family as an act of divine intervention.Poor economic conditions, nightmarish hours and bad management left me questioning my latest employment decision at age 24. Frustrated and eager to advance my career, I found myself on that day staring at a blank screen as I gathered the nerve to write a resignation letter before having another job lined up to pay the bills.

  • La Grange, Pewee match county's tax rate

    Oldham County residents will pay a 10 percent tax on their insurance premiums next fiscal year, but due to votes Monday night, all of that tax revenue will go to a taxpayer’s city instead of the county for residents in La Grange and Pewee Valley.La Grange and Pewee Valley officials said they decided to bump up their rates in response to the Oldham County Fiscal Court’s increase to 10 percent. The effort keeps city tax revenue from slipping into the county’s budget.

  • Flood, power loss sends KSR inmates packing

    Power outages at Kentucky State Reformatory put about 450 inmates out of their dorms for three to four days last week, but without major incident.Administrator Gary Prestigiacomo said a steam pipe broke and flooded the basement of a dormitory Jan. 2.La Grange Fire and Rescue Chief Jim Sitzler said as the water rose, it got into the electrical room and shorted everything out. LFRD firefighters pumped at least four feet of water from the basement, he said.

  • County Events

    Thursday, Jan. 17Oldham County Tourist and Convention Commission. 9 a.m. Best Western Ashbury, La Grange. 243-9353.La Leche League of Oldham County. 6 p.m. All mothers and mothers-to-be interested in learning about breastfeeding are welcome. 222-2886.Aerobics class. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. La Grange Community Center, 307 W. Jefferson St. 225-6473.Kiwanis Club of La Grange. 7 p.m.