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Today's News

  • Stones unturned: A search for health care answers raises questions about Oldham women's options

    In Kentucky and across the nation, crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) now outnumber reproductive health care clinics.

    Facing criticism from reproductive rights advocates both nationally and locally, CPCs often are accused of misleading their target audience: vulnerable women facing an unplanned pregnancy.

    Recently the Era was contacted by Oldham County’s own CPC, Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center of La Grange, and invited to interview staff members and explore the facility.

  • Matthews trial postponed again due to delay in DNA evidence

    Yet another pretrial hearing has been set for an Indiana man accused of killing a graduate of an Oldham County High School last summer.

    Miles J. Matthews, 27, of Corydon, Ind., is accused of murdering Adam N. Gregg, 34, of Louisville on July 17, 2014. Matthews was in Oldham County Circuit Court on Thursday before Judge Karen Conrad and again pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder, first-degree robbery, tampering with physical evidence and fraudulent use of a credit card.

  • Four years later, Westport Park project still 'open ended'

    It’s been since 2011 that the public learned that the Oldham County Fiscal Court authorized a plan to expand Westport Park, which made some wonder recently: “Whatever happened with that?”

    In four years, the county has been working on developing a master plan, said Tim Curtis, Oldham County Parks and Recreation director, said.

    “It’s a long-term, phased-in project,” Curtis said. “We want to know how to best serve the community.”

  • One force, one family

    Some little boys dream of being a superhero, a fireman or policeman when they grow up and some just may want to be like their father.

    When Kyle Taylor, 25, was little he wanted to be two of those things. Now all grown up, he is following in his father’s footsteps as a police officer.

    The two men are now working side-by-side at the La Grange Police Department.

  • Capital conclusions

    The main priority for the state legislature this year was to resolve the state’s heroin epidemic, which has seen a 600-plus percent increase in the last two years as it has gone unaddressed by legislators.
    The solution came only after ferocious debate, but passed just before midnight on the final day of the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Local group seeks heroin intervention for teens

    Heroin? In Oldham? When asked about the topic, many in the county expressed disbelief that the deadly substance could reside in a community with a grade-A school system, healthy children and close family relationships.

    Oldham County or not, heroin is very real in the community, according to Jean Schumm, president of Operation: PARENT.

    Schumm spoke on heroin in KET’s “Health-Three 60.”

  • Taking the high road home

    Oldham County’s own Sen. Ernie Harris, a Republican from Prospect, has been serving in the state Senate since 1995. In his 20th year in the Capitol, Harris was instrumental in shoring up the state’s fluctuating road fund during the final hours of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 session.

    Harris, typically a quiet legislator, reliably voting in step with his party, broke ranks with Senate Republican leadership this year when he sponsored the Gas Tax bill, SB 299.

  • New "I voted" stickers come to Oldham

    Voters will soon receive a new sticker when they turn out to the polls later this year.

    This is the second time that the stickers, sometimes used to tell employers that their employees took time out to vote, has undergone cosmetic changes over the years, said Oldham County Clerk Julie Barr.

    Barr wanted to create a new sticker to enhance voter turnout and to engage voters.

  • Home invasion reported, investigation ongoing

    Officers from the La Grange Police Department responded to reports of a home invasion that came in on Mar. 26.

    Officers arrived to the 900 block of Woodland Ridge Road in La Grange, at approximately 11:16 a.m.

    On arrival, they found a babysitter with the 3-year-old child of the homeowners in her care. The woman told police that a white male suspect, posing as a delivery man, had entered the home when she answered the door.

  • Massie files new bill to repeal Patriot Act

    Congressmen Thomas Massie, R-KY, and Mark Pocan, D-WI, have introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act, H.R. 1466, legislation that would repeal several federal mass surveillance laws enacted in the 2001 Patriot Act.

    The bill falls just short of full-scale repeal, though goes after the heart of the act by targeting controversial provisions, several of which are already up for renewal by Congress this year.