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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Crestwood man admits intoxication, crashes after fleeing police roadblock

    Troopers conducting a traffic checkpoint Saturday night arrested a Crestwood man after he fled from Kentucky State Police.

    Elliot Biernetzky, 23, of Crestwood, approached a roadblock at Ky. 146 and I-71 North in Buckner about 11 p.m. Saturday.

    After admitting to police that he had been drinking, Biernetzky fled the scene and led troopers on a 1.5 mile chase down Ky. 146 into Crestwood. 

    The chase ended when Biernetzky crashed his vehicle into a ditch at the entrance of Maplehurst subdivision, just a few blocks from his home on Maple Hill Way.

  • Local rider bucs into nationals

    The Kentucky Derby might be known as the fastest two minutes in sports.

    But another horse event might be a close second and just as challenging.

    Forever Green Riding Academy in Prospect, home to a youth equestrian team, sent one of its riders to compete Friday in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s hunt seat national finals in Syracuse, N.Y.