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Today's News

  • Rival schools? Mom’s got it figured out

    My college daughter and I were chatting on Facebook when, for some reason, she decided to text me. Apparently, it takes two modes of technological communication to equal the satisfaction of one real-life conversation. 

    I responded, “I like how we are simultaneously Facebooking and texting each other. One of these days, you will need to cut the technological apron strings.”

    She asked, “Is that a term you’re trying out for your next book?”

  • Live with ‘abundance’ mentality

    My wife Kathy has taught me many things over the years. One of her greatest lessons is telling me to have an “abundance” mentality.

    In a nutshell, people with a scarcity mind set believe in life, there’s only a limited supply of anything to go around, whether it’s money, opportunities, resources or whatever. They see the world as a pie with a limited number of slices. Once they’re gone, that’s it. As a result, they fight to get their piece of the pie. Once they have it, they protect it.

  • Oldham County Property Transfers
    • Lindsay and Jeff Elrod to Trevor and Suzanne Williams, lot 166, Ashbrooke Residential Community, 6641 Riverbirch Drive, Pewee Valley, $136,000
    • Jagoe Homes Inc. to Tina Koch, lot 30, Majestic Woods, 1235 Royal Ave., LaGrange, $236,000
    • Ballard Hills Development LLC to David and Tiffany Potts, lot 91, Ballard Hills, Smithfield, $88,500
    • Michelle and David Baugh to Joseph and Cheryl Kuprion and Beverly Allen, lot 43, Prestwick Estates, 1928 Prestwick Drive, LaGrange, $226,000
  • What ‘sequestration’ really means for Kentucky

    We may be a little more than halfway through 2013, but in Washington and state governments across the country, the focus is increasingly on federal actions taken in 2011.

  • Comprehensive plan takes step forward

    The comprehensive plan is making the rounds of the various local governments on its way to passage.

    Despite receiving approval from the planning and zoning committee in May, the plan must now receive approval from the city councils of La Grange, Pewee Valley and Crestwood – and Fiscal Court – before it becomes official.

    The plan cleared the first hurdle Aug. 5, when Pewee Valley approved the plan during their monthly meeting.

  • Ordinance oversight

    An oversight by La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein has cost the city more than $12,000.

    An ordinance passed by city council to increase employee contributions to the city’s health insurance plan was to go into effect in September 2012.

    But the change was never implemented.

    City employees continue to pay 5 percent of the cost of their insurance, rather than the 10 percent that was supposed to be taken from their pay starting in the fall.

  • Prospect potter wins award of a lifetime

    By MELISSA BLANKENSHIP
    The Oldham Era

    Laura Ross said she was deeply honored and very surprised when she opened the letter notifying her she had won a 2013 Governor’s Award in the Arts.

    “I was awestruck, really,” Ross admitted.

    Ross received the Artist Award, a lifetime achievement award that recognizes an individual’s contribution to and significant impact on the arts in Kentucky.

  • Pageantry and lots of fun at Oldham County Fair

    Makenzie Brooke King was crowned Miss Oldham County Fair. Other winners were Victoria McKinney, first runner-up and Most Photogenic; Samantha Graziul, second runner-up and Miss Congeniality; Emily Kunce, third runner-up; Chassidy Monroe, People’s Choice; and Kristen Rowling, Trailblazer and Rising Star.

    Denise Rowling and Eric Kunce were named Mom of the Year and Dad of the Year, respectively.

  • Family celebrates five generations

    Margaret Mathis recently celebrated the five generations of her family. Above, she is pictured seated with daughter Doris Mathis Wood, grandson Steve Wood, great-granddaughter Jennifer Wood Whitman and great-great-grandson Charlie Whitman. Mrs. Mathis, Doris Wood and Steve Wood were longtime residents of La Grange. Margaret now lives in New Castle and will celebrate her 95th birthday in September. Doris now lives in Schertz, Texas, and Steve lives in San Antonio, Texas. Jennifer and Charlie live in Newnan, Ga.

  • Big fish story

    Joe Wortham Jr., 6, caught these fish on a recent Saturday afternoon at his grandparents’ pond in Smithfield in Henry County. Joe has been fishing since he was 3 years old, but this catfish was his biggest catch so far. He will enter first grade next week at La Grange Elementary school.