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Today's News

  • Food prices experience first drop since 2013

    A recent report from Kentucky Farm Bureau reveals a significant price drop in retail food cost across the state. The following information was received by the Era via press release from KFB
    For the first time since June 2013, the average price of retail food items across the Commonwealth decreased.
    According to the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Federation’s latest Marketbasket Survey, taken in March of this year, the average total cost of 40 basic grocery items was $126.22, or 2.3 percent lower than what was reported in the previous quarter.

  • State funnels $142,000 to Oldham project

    Governor Steve Beshear announced last week that Oldham County would be awarded $142,435 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for a project to improve safety and air quality.
    The funds will be used at Apple Patch for the Park and Ride Project that has been in development for roughly eight years, said Apple Patch Executive Director Joe Spoelker.
    The project cost is $1.8 million total and all of the funding is now currently in place, according to Jim Urban with Oldham County Planning and Development Services.

  • Turf War: Dispute between Kiwanis and Fair Board threatens to bring down the house, or at least the barn.

    It may surprise readers to find out that the Kiwanis Club building at the Oldham County Fairgrounds has become one of the hottest piece of real estate in town.

    Despite its moldering state of disrepair, the $75,000 pole barn remains at the center of a territorial dispute between The Kiwanis Club of La Grange and the Oldham County Fair Board.

  • Liquor may be quicker, but beer may be near

    Last year, the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development Board of Directors decided to pursue expanded alcohol sales for Oldham County and last week, its efforts were continued with a request for a special election that was sent out to approximately 30,000 residents.
    According to OCED, in order for a special election to take place nearly 6,000 signatures are needed.

  • NOFD and Countryside merger may be off

    It was just last month that the Era reported Countryside-River Bluff would be merging with North Oldham Fire Department and both parties thought that was the end of story, but not quite.
    At North Oldham Fire’s regular meeting last week, Countryside-River Bluff board member Cathy Miller told the NOFD Board of Trustees that her department did not agree to the circumstances previously discussed.

  • A sip of Blue Hydrangea Tea

    Sponsored by Discover Downtown La Grange and Baptist Health, April 19 marked the 8th annual Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea Party in historic downtown La Grange. The event raises funds for O.A.K., Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky. Kathy McCann, event co-chair and registered nurse, reports that 100 percent of ticket sales and donations collected from the event go to O.A.K. for education and information about ovarian and other reproductive cancer symptoms.

  • Rawlings to add 700 jobs in La Grange

    Construction has begun on the 75,000 square-foot addition to the Rawlings Group campus. When completed the three-building campus will span 230,000 square feet.
    Rawlings Group, which handles health insurance payments, estimates that the construction will take a year to complete, aiming for an April 2016 deadline.

  • Highlights from Goshen City Commission

    The following are key points from the regular City of Goshen Commission Meeting held on April 20:

    Door rattling concerns
    Several citizens spoke of their concerns on their home’s front doors being rattled at night. Mayor Bobby Thacker said he was one of those concerned citizens. Thacker said the police were contacted in each of those incidents, but there are currently no leads. Thacker said he thought the events were isolated and would not happen again.

    Not another speed bump

  • A life without 'I can't'

    Michelle Benson of La Grange is a hospital technician, a mother, a daughter and a friend. She works two jobs, exercises daily and maintains a social life.
    Benson also has multiple sclerosis. Upon meeting Benson, most would not expect the 41-year-old to have the debilitating disease; she appears to be healthy. Benson said it’s her lifestyle that helps her maintain her health.
    Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), according to the National MS Society.

  • Backyard Politics

    Only hours after Kentucky’s junior Sen. Rand Paul, announced his bid for the U.S. Presidency from the lavish perch of Louisville’s historic Galt House, the wooden pews of La Grange Baptist Church were filled with the faithful.