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Today's News

  • Paul talks economic zones, health care during La Grange visit

     

    Standing in one of the wealthiest counties in Kentucky, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul pitched his latest policy initiative last week that aims to help impoverished areas pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

    Paul, a Republican who has expressed an interest in running for president in 2016, is promoting the idea of economic freedom zones for struggling cities and counties across the U.S.

    It’s an idea first proposed by former Congressman Jack Kemp, who also ran for president and vice president as a Republican, but slightly modified by Paul.

  • Winter Woes

    Snow, sleet and ice blanketed the region from Friday morning to Tuesday, canceling school twice and causing multiple wrecks on Interstate 71 and elsewhere.

    Because of the weather, Oldham County Schools will be in session Feb. 17 and May 27 for snow make-up days.

  • Johnson asks for house arrest in abuse case

     

    Richard Wayne Johnson, a former Oldham County EMS employee, pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of crime pornography and other sex crimes at his first court appearance after being indicted on those charges.

    Johnson, 35, of La Grange was indicted on the following charges: one count of incest, one count of second degree sodomy, eight counts of first degree sexual abuse, one count of distribution of obscene matter to a minor, two counts of distribution of child pornography and twelve counts of possession of child pornography.

  • Kelley case awaiting lab results

    The case of a Pewee Valley woman accused of murdering her boyfriend with a hatchet is still awaiting lab results before it can proceed.

    Gail Kelley, 51, was arrested for murder on July 6 after police received a report of a possible murder. At the time, Kelley told police she struck Michael T. Evans, 44, in the head with a hatchet, which was found wrapped in a bloody towel in a trash can in the driveway.

    Kelley has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, as well as charges of tampering with evidence and being a persistent felony offender.

  • Boyers case moving slowly

    A Pewee Valley woman charged with sexual abuse and rape of a minor was once again in Oldham Circuit Court last week. Jessica Boyers, 24, was a teacher at Highland Middle School in Jefferson County who allegedly had a relationship with a minor.

    Boyers, was arrested by Louisville Metro Police on those charges in April and indicted on them April 23 in Jefferson County. She was also indicted on 38 sex crime charges in Oldham County in June.

  • Ullman denied bond reduction

    A man accused of raping a 14-year-old friend of his daughter has been denied a reduction in his bond. Ricky Ullman Jr., 32, faces charges of unlawful transactions with a minor, sex act, under 16, third-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse.

    Ullman was indicted on the charges Sept. 13 and was in court on Thursday for his latest pre-trial conference. Issues over sharing of evidence in the case have delayed progress so far, attorneys said.

  • Prospect teen sees pageants as college prep

    Grace and beauty have led to scholarship money for one local teen.

    Prospect resident Bailey Wharton was recently crowned Miss River City Outstanding Teen. This was the third pageant in which Bailey, 16, has ever competed. She won the first pageant she entered, the Miss Central Kentucky Outstanding Teen.

    That crowning allowed her to compete in last year’s Miss Kentucky Outstanding Teen, where she was third runner up.

    With one state competition already under her belt, Wharton is ready for a bigger crown.

  • Apple Patch honors founders
  • Election 2014 filings

    Several candidates for local offices have filed their paperwork to run in the 2014 election. If you would like to see a photo printed in the Era of a candidate filing for office, please send a photo and a brief description to news@oldhamera.com.

  • Oldham Countian sees success as Bush aide

    Anyone know who from Oldham County attended Nelson Mandela’s funeral on Air Force One this week? Who was backstage at the Tonight Show a couple of weeks ago, or who is leaving for Africa again tomorrow?

    Let me assure you, it was not any of our local elected officials. It is not even any of the current residents.