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Today's News

  • La Grange searching for new utilities director

    A shake-up at the La Grange Utilities Commission led to emergency legislation being passed by the city council Monday night.

    The commission is currently without a director, after La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein fired former director John M. Bennett. Lammlein said he let Bennett go because he didn’t feel like Bennett was good for the commission going forward.

    “I didn’t feel like he was the person to move the utilities in the direction we needed to go in,” Lammlein said.

  • A never-ending battle

    A sleepy, blue-eyed three-year-old takes a small musical recorder and holds it close to his mouth.

    His hair is thin and he’s a little weary, but he takes a breath and blows into the recorder anyway. Sebastian Edelen is officially awake now. And so is everyone else.

    Good thing it’s 3 p.m. on a Thursday.

    Moments later, Sebastian is playing his own tune, practicing to become an amateur photographer and squealing like a normal little boy.

  • Paws and listen: Canines help children read

     

    Doc isn’t your average librarian. Upon entering the library he is greeted with excited but confused faces. A quick stroll over to the circulation desk ends in wet-nosed greetings and a wagging tail.

    Doc is one of six therapy dogs the Oldham County Public Library utilizes for their PAWs to Read program. The program allows readers of all levels to sit with a trained therapy dog and read aloud to build literacy skills.

  • Plugged in: Pewee residents create new event space

    When it comes to event space, one of the region’s best-kept secrets is sitting in plain sight in Pewee Valley.

    The space, 314 Exchange, is located in Pewee Valley right next to the town’s city hall. The dark brick building has been a staple in the area for decades. It was originally a railroad station, then a telephone exchange, before it’s recent revival as a premium event space.

    The building’s time as a telephone exchange is reflected in its name and use of the original façade, owners Laura and Kevin Hall said.

  • Board approves new member districts

    The Oldham County Board of Education has officially approved new boundaries for its members’ districts.

    The board took up the proposed modifications, which have no big changes, at its monthly January meeting. It approved the new maps unanimously with no debate.

    Also at the meeting, the board approved a draft budget for the upcoming year and discussed a potential calendar for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Oldham does well with organ donation

    More than 65 percent of Oldham County residents are registered organ donors, according to the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life.

    Oldham County Circuit Court Clerk Rick Rash said county residents donated $9,630 to the Kentucky Organ Donor Program in 2013 and 2,082 residents signed up for it.

    “I am proud of the generosity of our community and appreciate your support of this life-saving program,” he said.

  • AND THEY’RE OFF! 2014 Candidates select their ballot positions

    The primary ballot for Oldham County has been officially set.

    Candidates lined up for the ballot draw last week at the county clerk’s office to select their positions on the 2014 primary ballot.

    Sixteen county offices, including constable races, will be on the ballot for the primary.

    Additionally, there will be a primary for La Grange mayor and for city council. As of the draw, the number of those running for council was 20. Keith Simpson and Linda Ballard Hall withdrew from the city council race before the ballot draw.

  • Cleaning company lends a hand to those with cancer

     

    Household chores like dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing the bathtub are hard to fit into a busy schedule. Add a serious illness, like cancer, to the mix and those chores become an afterthought.

    One local cleaning company is offering a helping hand to cancer patients.

  • Election 2014: cheers and jeers

    For the first time in at least a decade, roughly 20 people will vie for eight seats on the La Grange City Council. Additionally, three people are running for La Grange mayor and many county government positions will see contested primaries.

    This newspaper applauds that type of civic engagement, hopefully rooted in good intentions.

    Rest assured, this is not an indictment of current officeholders. We applaud them for their service, past, present and possibly future.

  • State contest proves Era is worth it

    Each year, the Kentucky Press Association (KPA) hosts a statewide contest, Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers, among newspapers that awards reporters, editors, photographers and advertising designers in several categories. Newspapers are grouped by size into different divisions, then each entry is judged by out-of-state professionals who name the winners.