Many locals watched the “Catfish” episode that aired on MTV a few weeks ago featuring Crestwood resident Crystal Ramsey and former member of the Louisville rap group Nappy Roots, R. Prophet, but what some may not know is Ramsey’s side of the story. 

  • Jo Ross has spent 48 years in the fashion industry learning the ins and outs of fast-paced runway shows, working internationally to produce shows in places such as Peru, Prague and Mexico, reporting on fashion for local newspapers and TV stations and curating costume exhibits for many local museums. In all that time she has learned a wealth of information she often shares with others through special programs relating to the textile industry.

  • By Taylor Riley


    Hermitage Farms in Goshen will be the scene of the Hermitage Grand Gala, a star-studded Derby Eve party this Friday, May 1.

    The party is a joining of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, founders of 21c Museum Hotels, and Junior Bridgeman, President of Bridgeman Foods.

  • By Helen McKinney, Oldham County History Center

  • Ted Harley was the recipient of an award presented at the Immaculate Conception Fish Frylast week. Harley has been an active member of the Knights of Columbus since 2003. He received a certificate from K of C Supreme Office honoring him on his 90th birthday, which was Feb. 7. Pictured from left to right isBill Cheap, Jack Dombroski, Ted Harley and Joe Liedtke.

  • By Helen McKinneyBy Helen E. McKinney

    Educator/Genealogist Oldham County History Center

    Everyone loves a good story, right? Well, what if it came straight from your own family?

    Genealogy has become a popular hobby and a very creative way to tell such stories, in addition to learning more stories about ancestors you never knew existed. Getting a good story to go with the ancestors’ name makes that person more real.

  • Baptist Health La Grange got a jump-start on spring at the 4th Annual Hats for Hearts Derby Fashion Show and Hat Extravaganza earlier this week.

    Hospital employees will modeled the latest spring fashions provided by Dress Barn Springhurst, as well as employee-designed Derby hats.

    The hospital’s American Heart Association Walk Team hosts the event and funds earned from Derby hats sales will go to the Heart Walk. Closed bids will be accepted on the Derby hats starting the day of the event through noon on March 27.

  • If you’ve never seen two people play over 30 instruments in one night, then Crestwood is the place to be on Apr. 10. That’s when musical duo Four Shillings Short is coming to town.

    The world-travelled husband and wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, perform traditional and original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on a fantastic array of over 30 instruments.

  • The Era recieved a marvelous press release about a local resident who spent 18 years as a hospital volunteer before recently retiring. We present it here in full for our readers. 


    When Alta Haunsz decided to go to nursing school in 1948, she probably didn’t expect to be actively involved in a hospital setting 67 years later, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • The 2nd Annual River City Joggin’ for Frogmen 5k is back, bigger and better.

    Once again, it will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at South Oldham High School, 5901 Veterans Memorial Parkway.

    The race raised over $10,000 in 2014 and the organization needs your help to reach its 2015 goal of $20,000.

    Take advantage of special early bird pricing. For a limited time, race registration for the 5k is $25 for adult civilians, $20 for adult active duty military and $10 for the Tadpole Trot (children six and under).

  • Emergency Management to host Skywarn Spotter training class

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    Oldham County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the National Weather Service, is hosting a Skywarn Weather Spotter Class on Wednesday, March 25 at the John Black Community Center, located at 1551 North Highway 393 in La Grange.

    Skywarn is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer severe weather spotters. Skywarn volunteers support their local community and government by providing the NWS with timely and accurate severe weather reports.


    It may be the most affluent county in Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean Oldham County is excluded from the perils of the winter season and the hunger epidemic.

    Mission Crestwood, which just received its charity status, has served 24,000 hungry and needy people just this year and 76 percent of those people were Oldham County residents.


    Peggy Edmonson always knew she was adopted. Her parents never kept anything a secret from her. Just because it wasn’t secret, though, didn’t mean it wasn’t a mystery.

    Edmonson, a La Grange resident, was always curious about the story behind her birth in France in June 1950. Where was her mother? And did she have any siblings?

  • One local organization is hoping for a big Christmas gift this holiday season: 10 acres of land.

    The Humane Society of Oldham County, an independent no-kill shelter not affiliated with any other Humane Society groups, is hoping for the land to open a new community center, adoption location and spay/neuter clinic, the volunteers who run the organization said.

  • A Crestwood native is hoping his hometown support can help him hit it big in Nashville.

    Chase Skinner, a graduate of Oldham County High School, has spent the last few years as a musician playing in Oldham County and the Louisville area.

    But he’s recently put his foot in the door of the Nashville music scene, landing gigs on the city’s famed Broadway strip of bars.

    It’s meant hundreds of miles on the car, but it’s been worth it for Skinner, he said.


    When Thomas Adams was just six weeks old, he was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, otherwise known as Water Head Syndrome.

    The condition seemingly went away, but a few years ago, at 27-years-old, Adams’ seizures and other complications came back in full force.

    After several procedures and various therapy sessions, Adams was on the road to recovery. It was during this time that Adams became involved with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio and using ballroom dance as a form of therapy for his condition.

  • Rummaging through a closet of half moth-eaten clothing and once-lost memorabilia, Daniel Durbin found something he hadn’t been looking for.

    Fastened to a hanger and placed in a dusty plastic bag was Durbin’s decorated uniform from the Vietnam War.

    Knowing he had to one day explain to his son what the uniform and his service meant, Durbin began to finally come to grips with what happened to him all those decades ago.

    Not too long after, Durbin sat down to write his experiences as a combat soldier in Vietnam in his book, The Legacy.


    Pageantry and reality television have gone hand-in-hand in the last decade with hit shows like “Pageant Place,” “Toddlers and Tiaras” and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

    One such star in the pageant and reality worlds moved from TV to real life with an appearance in La Grange this weekend.

    Johnathan Kayne, a contestant on Project Runway and successful pageant dress designer, was the guest of honor at last weekend’s pageant workshop hosted by Posh Formal Wear.


    October may be Breast Cancer Awareness month, but for a group of Oldham County ladies who like to crochet and knit, they are giving back to those affected every day of the year.

    Vicki Kinser, owner of La Grange’s Friends and Fiber Shop, recently introduced the knitting and crocheting groups to Knitted Knockers, a program that has volunteers making prosthetic breasts for free to mastectomy patients.

    “As soon as I heard about this program, I thought this was a really good fit for the ladies at the shop,” Kinser said.