Today's News

  • Meet Derby Harry, a collector with thousands of Derby items

    When he began collecting Kentucky Derby memorabilia 14 years ago, Harry Goldberg though it would be a fun, cheap hobby.

    At the time, the La Grange resident worked for an auction house and would see Derby collectibles come through. 

    Now, Goldberg has more than 4,700 collectibles, including 1,800 drinking glasses and almost every Derby Festival pin.

    “All I’m missing is ‘73,” he says. “It’s the rarest.”

  • Oldham Reserve needs $5 million

    Local officials have continued discussions about how to move forward on development of Oldham Reserve business park. 

    Members of the Oldham-La Grange Development Authority met with officials from the city of La Grange and fiscal court to discuss the development’s history and plans to move forward.

    The Oldham Reserve project began eight years ago when the county and city governments jointly purchased 1,000 acres off New Moody Lane in La Grange.

  • Wells named new superintendent

    With many of his family members and colleagues in the audience, William Wells received the nod for Oldham County Schools superintendent at the school board’s meeting Monday.

    Wells, 45, is currently the assistant superintendent for instruction for Oldham County Schools.

    He will replace Paul Upchurch, who will retire in late June after serving seven years as superintendent and 28 years in the Oldham County school district.

  • Burn ban begins May 1

    Open burning is prohibited in Oldham County from May 1 through Sept. 30 due to being designated by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency as “non-attainment” air quality for ozone and particulate matter because pollution levels have exceeded those permitted by the Clean Air Act.

    All questions concerning open burning should be addressed to the state Division of Air Quality at 1-888-BURN LAW or at www.air.ky.gov.

  • Alleged PNC Bank robber arrested

    Prospect police arrested a man attempting to rob the PNC Bank on U.S. 42 Wednesday.

    According to Prospect Police Chief Jeff Sherrard, a call came into the department around 1:40 p.m.

    Sherrard said he was actually in the bank's side lot filling out his own deposit slip when dispatch notified officers.

    People were coming in and out of the bank as usual, Sherrard said, as he waited for backup to arrive.

    Sherrard stopped a customer leaving the bank and asked if everything was alright — the customer told him everything was fine.

  • Grand Stamm— The Grand Finale

    I’d been the sports editor at The Oldham Era for all of two days and I already had a sinking feeling.

    What had I gotten into?

    That feeling would subside eventually, giving way to a journey at The Era that’s included an incident with soccer officials, bussing over 20 hours to Pennsylvania for the Little League World Series and spending a day in the luxury suites at Keeneland race course in Lexington. Now, I’m writing my final Grand Stamm column.

  • Sports Primer 4.26

    It's been another busy week of sports in Oldham County with more youth sports getting started and high school teams looking to the post-season.

    Catch another edition of this week's Sports Primer again in podcast format.

    Each week, you can find an updated podcast with a rundown on the content in The Oldham Era's sports section, plus any other updates.

  • Sobering reality: Simulation at North Oldham High School teaches teens the dangers of drunk driving

    A North Oldham High School student is taking steps to keep her fellow students safe.

    Senior Haley Howard is organizing Project Horsepower to raise student awareness about safe driving.

    Howard said the death of a former NOHS student in July motivated her to develop the project.

    John Powell died in a car crash on U.S. 42, just weeks after graduation. Two other students were severely injured in the crash.

  • Sheriff’s office to collect expired, unused medication Saturday

    In partnership with the DEA, the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office will host a Drug Take Back Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at La Grange Fire Department Station 2, 3637 W. Ky. 46 in Buckner.

    Take this opportunity to empty medicine cabinets of unused or expired medication. Waterways are polluted when potentially harmful drugs are flushed into toilets and poured into sink drains.

    Place liquids in leak proof containers. Remove personal information from all prescription labels. Needles will not be accepted.

  • Soap box derby struggling to race

    Thousands of people from across the country flock to Akron, Ohio, each July to participate in the All-American Soap Box Derby race.

    The race is the Super Bowl of a sport in which children race unpowered fiberglass cars down hills in less than 30 seconds.

    Even in Bowling Green, the event covers two days because of the hundreds of youth participants. There are nine races in Kentucky.