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Today's News

  • Oldham gets $1.2 million from FEMA

    A Fiscal Court grant application for more than $1.2 million in flood mitigation assistance has been approved by FEMA, according to Oldham County Judge Executive David Voegele.
    The FEMA Region IV Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch has awarded a grant in the amount of $1,208,659.23 for six properties along the Ohio River with the goal of reducing or eliminating claims under the National Flood Insurance Program, part of the National Flood Insurance Reform Act (NFIRA) of 1994.

  • Traffic Almanac

    The Kentucky Department of Transportation has announced the following road projects and closures for the coming week.

    Northbound Interstate 71: Lane closures and delays possible between mile points 22.5 and 24.7 due to anchor work for median cable barriers. Lane closures are possible weeknights from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning. Speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 55 MPH.

  • To Rescue and Reform

     Kenny Burton has been training dogs from within the confines of a jail cell for 11 years now.

  • Oldham Countian named first female master distiller

    At only 28, Marianne Barnes has her dream job.
    Barnes, who grew up in La Grange, just became the first woman in Kentucky to be named a master distiller since Prohibition.
    Barnes recently left her role as master taster at Brown-Forman, where she got her start in the industry, and joined forces with founders Will Arvin and Wesley Murray to restore the Old Taylor Distillery in Millville, near Frankfort.

    The beginning

  • 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.