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Today's News

  • Pewee to pave Central Avenue sidewalk

    During the next year workers will lay $20,000 worth of sidewalk in Pewee Valley and stop when the money runs out, however far that is.

  • Session yields comprehensive legislation

    As my colleagues and I began the second week of the 2009 Extraordinary Session, we were uncertain if we’d accomplish our mission – addressing our $1 billion budget shortfall. 

    With the Senate approving one version of the budget and the House approving another, many were unsure about the bill’s fate. Yet, after only a day, the conference committee emerged from negotiations with two bills geared towards economic recovery and fiscal discipline. It was my pleasure to have been one of only three House Republicans selected to serve on the conference committee.

  • Hiatus ends for ‘new business’ in La Grange

     La Grange Mayor Elsie Carter said she removed new business from city council agendas after what she called an “ambushing” by council members.

    Yet despite differences, the familiar item returned to their meeting Monday after a three-month hiatus.

    New business will be included in La Grange City Council meeting agendas until further notice following a June 29 meeting between Council members Jason Taylor, Tom Goldsmith, Melanie Woosley and Carter.

  • Historic schoolhouse spared

    Following wind and ice storms in the past year, Kathy Hockersmith found her aging barn on the verge of a collapse. Determined to keep the barn, Hockersmith worked tirelessly to repair it. 

    “It should have been on the ground,” Hockersmith said, due to the severe damage the barn endured during the storms. “But it has withstood all the tests that nature has given it and it’s destined to be something great.”

  • Wedding Announcment

    Julie Auxier Nelson and Dwain Alan Harris were married May 26 at the Historic Mankin Mansion bed and breakfast in Richmond, Va.

    The bride is the daughter of John and Mary Jane Nelson of Danville. She is a 1997 graduate of Somerset High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Kentucky. 

    She is the assistant director for marketing and public relations at the Kentucky Humanities Council in Lexington, and editor of Kentucky Humanities magazine. She is the former general manager/editor of The Oldham Era. 

  • Shop local to spread happiness

    "If the community is happy, then they support your business and if your business is doing well, then you can give back more to the community."  – Magic Johnson

    I know you’ve been reading much in the news about the importance of shopping local. 

    Every day, there are more reasons for you to support your local businesses, and I would like to share a few more that may not be so obvious.

    As more and more big box stores open, more and more “mom and pop” stores have been forced out of business. 

  • OCSD spending $25K with hopes to secure $1.5M in grant funds

    Oldham County Sewer District will pay grant writers nearly $25,000 to write grant applications for necessary funding.

    Sewer District board members held a special meeting Monday and approved allowing grant writers from two different companies to handle grant applications in hopes of securing more than $1.5 million in funds.

    Rob Nicholas, a representative of Veolia Water, which oversees Oldham County’s sewer system, said the grant writers will be paid between $20,000 and $25,000.

  • Athlete of the Week

    Basketball: Alexis and Sophia Head

    Name: Alexis and Sophia Head.

    School: Buckner Elementary School.

    Sport: Basketball/soccer/softball.

    Age: 8.

    Hometown: Buckner.

    Accomplishments: The twin sisters recently won honors at the Pat Summitt University of Tennessee basketball camp.

    Alexis won first place in the Hot Shot competition out of four divisions.

  • Ky. schools are becoming safer

    Kentucky schools are safer now compared to five years ago, according to a recent report. As far as Oldham County schools, it’s tougher to discern.

    A report issued by the Kentucky Center for School Safety shows from 2003 to 2008, the state saw an 18.3 percent decline in disciplinary actions and a 34.3 percent decline in drug incidences.

    Despite the overall decline, a couple categories saw a jump. 

  • Make a grand entrance

    One of my many passions is photography, and I enjoy taking pictures of one of my favorite places on the planet – beautiful Oldham County. 

    Last week the subject matter was subdivision entrances. 

    As I was shooting a photo of a particularly beautiful entrance, a lady walked up to me and asked me if all the hard work she had put into making sure the subdivision entrance looked nice really matters.

    My answer was a resounding, YES!