Today's News

  • Creativity is key for Relay fundraising

    Fundraising efforts for Relay for Life are on track for a successful year, according to event organizers.

    The fundraising goal for this year’s Oldham County event, scheduled May 11 and 12, is $100,000. 

    So far, almost $22,400 has been collected, but event chair Tony Cotten said many donations are typically turned in closer to the event.

  • Westport man charged with double murder in sisters' death, arrested in New Castle

    A Westport man who claims he shot two women in self-defense a week before Christmas is now charged with the sisters' murder. 

    An Oldham County grand jury handed up an indictment for Ronald T. "Ronnie" Evridge on May 3. After police searched for him for several days, he was arrested early Friday morning.

    Evridge, 57, faces two murder charges and one charge of tampering with physical evidence in the deaths of his girlfriend, Sandy Allen, 24, and her sister, Heather Faulkerson, 21.

    Evridge claims he shot the women in self-defense.

  • Take a hike, bikes?

    When Butch Farrell visited La Grange in January, he brought his family — and his bike.

    But he might not return to Oldham County if a county bicycle ordinance is passed.

    The ordinance, still a draft in the public safety committee, would require permits for all commercial bicycle events or non-commercial rides with more than 50 participants. Event organizers must pay for police traffic control and advertise the event.

  • The finest fillies know Foo Foo’s hats

    Finding the perfect Derby hat is hard — sometimes seemingly impossible. But a Prospect woman is trying to make it much, much easier.

    Lisa Lake Roedemeier launched her first hat line in 2009 after not being able to find the perfect hat. Instead, she crafted her own.

    It turns out Roedemeier has a knack for millinery, so she launched Madam Foo Foo Couture at Rodes For Him and For Her three years ago.

    Roedemeier, a long-time racehorse owner with the Media Thoroughbred Group, named the company after one of her horses.

  • 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.