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Today's News

  • Same case, different place

    The county’s only wildlife rehabilitation center continues to fight efforts to shut down the facility, including a civil lawsuit filed in November.

    Attorney Steve Emery filed a motion Dec. 14 to dismiss the lawsuit against Second Chances Wildlife Center’s owners, Bruce and Brigette Williams.

  • CAT FIGHT: Struggle over stray cat lands neighbors in court

    A calico cat will return to its original owner after a district court judge’s ruling last week.

    “Just because you feed it doesn’t mean you can keep it,” Judge Diana Wheeler said at the conclusion of a two-hour bench trial.

    Fraught with vocal allegations of lying, objections and hearsay, the case involved two families on Harvest Drive in Crestwood. 

    Both families claim to own the cat, which answered to “Safari” on one block and “Jasmine” on the next.

  • Educators see suspensions drop after altering treatment options for drug, alcohol offenders

    After a major spike in drug-and alcohol-related suspensions three years ago, Oldham County school officials developed a plan to reduce those numbers — and it’s working.

    Projections for this school year estimate the number of student suspensions will be half what they were in the 2008-09 school year, the year before the plan’s implementation. This school year there have been 23 suspensions, compared to 53 at the same time last year.

  • The Sports Primer: 12.20

    I got a real treat Thursday as I shadowed South Oldham High School alum Eric Quigley, now a tennis star at the University of Kentucky.

    Quigley returned to his alma mater for the first time in three years to be honored for his collegiate All-American recognitions at UK the past two years. SOHS raised a banner in his honor.

    I'd heard plenty about Quigley since I arrived at The Oldham Era in August. I realized that he meant a great deal to SOHS and the surrounding community, but I wanted to see how people received him.

  • Campbellsburg puppy mill owner found dead

    The owner of a large puppy mill raided by authorities in rural Campbellsburg last week has died.

    Kentucky State Police found the body of Kenneth Smith around 1 p.m. Tuesday at his home on Allyson Lane in rural Campbellsburg.

    Terri and Kenneth Smith faced 218 counts of second-degree animal abuse in connection with a puppy mill raid by Henry County animal control officers Dec. 12.

    During the raid, crews confiscated 240 animals, including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and hermit crabs, as well as a screech owl and a hybrid wolf.

  • Prison program pairs puppies and perps

    Building 7A at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange isn’t a typical prison 
dormitory. It is home to the prison’s only single-cell wing. Out of nearly 1,000 inmates, only 12 have single-bunk cells to themselves.

    Well, not to themselves. They still have to share their cell — with a dog.

    The inmates are handlers in Luther Luckett’s Camp Canine program, which trains dogs from the Oldham County Animal Shelter.

  • Dear Santa: Letters from Emily Reed’s second grade class

    Emily Reed’s second grade class

    Locust Grove Elementary School

     

    Dear Santa,

    What I would like for you to get me is a dog, DS 3D and a Dippin Dots machine. I want a dog because she or he would play with me when I’m bord. I should get it because I’ve done a great job in math.

    Next, I want a DS 3D. I want it because you can take pictures with it and it makes it 3D. I should get it because I help out with Aubrey.

  • Dear Santa: Letters from Sherri Eldridge's class

    Locust Grove Elementary

    Sherri Eldridge's second-grade class

     

    Dear Santa

    Im witeing this letter because I belicve in you santa. some people bo not belicve in you, but I belicve in you. you are a nice man in life. you are special to me and my family I love you santa. I really want the Lego Death Star from you because you are special to me. do you want hot chocolate ☐ or coffee ☐.

  • Dear Santa: Letter's from Donna Van Nostrand's class

    Crestwood Elementary

    Donna Van Nostrand's second-grade class

     

    Dear Santa,

  • Dear Santa: Letters from Elizabeth Shephard’s class

    Elizabeth Shephard’s second grade class

    Locust Grove Elementary

    Dear Santa,

    How are you doing? How are Mrs. Claus and the elves? I hope you are all doing good. I am giving you some cookies and milk and candy. Oh, and how is your favorite elf, Santa? I hope Rudolph is good.