Today's News

  • Ink spill closes I-71 until late afternoon; traffic will be rerouted

    Interstate 71 near the Oldham-Jefferson line is covered in blue and yellow ink and northbound lanes will be closed until late afternoon.

    Oldham County Police spokesperson Billy Way said a tractor-trailer crashed about 10:20 a.m., spewing 500 containers of blue and yellow ink across the interstate.

    No injuries have been reported.

    The truck overturned between the Oldham-Jefferson line near the rest area, and came to rest in several pieces, Way said.

    Emergency crews have determined that the ink is a non-hazardous material.

  • Candidates for state senate debate gaming, roads and experience

    Though Ky. Sen. Ernie Harris, a Republican, and Democrat challenger John Black may not see eye-to-eye politically, they’ve certainly seen a lot of each other as election day nears and stumping continues at break-neck speed.

    Harris and Black are running for the Ky. senate district 26 seat, which covers Oldham, Carroll, Henry, Trimble and part of Jefferson counties.

    Harris and Black faced off Oct. 7 at a debate forum hosted by Oldham County Chamber & Economic Development and The Oldham Era.

  • Carter, Ulferts debate services

    Two candidates vying for the Oldham County Attorney seat squared off Oct. 7 at a debate hosted by the Oldham Economic and Development Chamber and The Oldham Era.

    John Carter, a Republican, of La Grange, said he wants to focus on prosecuting DUI cases and obtaining grants to prosecute juvenile offenders in the county. Top Oldham GOP members selected Carter to run for the seat following the tragic death earlier this year of long-standing county attorney John Fendley.

  • Football teams facing district change

    LEXINGTON – The football districts for all three high school programs in the county could see a drastic change next season.

    Under a realignment proposal by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, all three schools will change districts and two will move up a class.

    The KHSAA Board of Control is scheduled to vote on approval or amend it Oct. 18.

    The move comes from a geographical and enrollment need for change.

  • OCHS runs past South

    BUCKNER – For the Oldham County Colonels it was all about making a statement after beating arch rival and district foe South Oldham 40-19 Friday.

    “We wanted everyone to know we’re still Oldham County,” senior tailback Brett Leary said. “This was one of our games to prove we are still the best team in the district.”

    Leary and fellow senior Tyler Oldham fueled a powerful rushing attack that amassed 335 yards against the Dragons and allowed the Colonels to control the clock and answer with a big play every time SOHS challenged them.

  • OCHS going pink for Homecoming

    BUCKNER – Under normal circumstances, most high school football players would be embarrassed to  wear pink.

    On Oct. 15, however, the Oldham County High School football team will don pink jerseys for a cause.

    On the night the Colonels host district foe Grant County for their homecoming, they will also host the first “Color the Colonels Pink” evening in honor of the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s efforts to fight breast cancer.

    The Colonels will wear pink jerseys along with plenty of other special events for the game.

  • Clark to file as write-in

    As of press time, a local attorney who lost in the primary election planned to file as a write-in candidate Wednesday for county attorney in the Nov. 2 general election.

    Galen Clark said he’s had more than 200 voters encourage him to run, and many told him whether he files as a write-in candidate or not, they plan to write his name on the ballot.

    Write-in candidates must file paperwork at the clerk’s office to have votes cast in their name counted.

  • Legal fees skyrocket

    By Laura Hagan

    Staff writer, The Oldham Era

    Just 90 days into the fiscal year, legal expenses for the city of La Grange are creeping close to the amount allotted for 2010-11.

    Now, city officials are charged with the task of deciding where to find more money for legal fees.

    City attorney Graham Whatley has billed the city for $5,500 in legal fees during the past three months – an amount that accounts for half of the city’s line item for legal fees through June 30.

  • News in brief

    Crestwood doctor charged with sexual assault told police he was ‘tempted’

    A Crestwood doctor facing a sodomy charge told police he was “tempted” and “distracted” the day he allegedly sexually assaulted a female patient in his office.

    Oldham County Police arrested Dr. Ashok Alur, 56, of Louisville, after a 38-year-old female patient told detectives Alur allegedly assaulted her during a Sept. 21 office visit.

  • Officials are concerned about trees

    A drought is taking its toll across the state and is killing some of Pewee Valley’s oldest residents.

    As of Oct. 4, 25 trees were dead along the Ky. 146 corridor, and approximately 20 more are expected to die before spring, said Dick Filippini, chair of Pewee Valley’s tree board.

    “The drought is taking its toll on the trees of Pewee Valley,” he lamented. He added that things will only get worse as October is historically the driest month of the year.