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  • For Virginia Broyles, farming was more than a way of life.

    The 102-year-old spent many years working her farm in Brownsboro, before spending the last nine years at Friendship Health and Rehab in Pewee Valley.

    But thanks to a partnership between Friendship and Opal’s Dream, Broyles was once again transported back to the farm on Saturday morning with the help of the Oldham County Historical Society’s Antique Iron Club.

  • For one La Grange family, a nearly three-year dream to visit Mickey Mouse is coming true.

    Hayli Nobles, 4, is one of many children granted Make-a-Wish dreams every year. Since being diagnosed with actute myleoid leukemia in 2010, her dream has been to see the princesses at Disney World.

    On Monday, Hayli’s wish was granted, as a limo pulled up to the family’s La Grange residence to take them to the airport for a trip to Orlando.

  • When Patty Sweetall of Prospect turned her athletic efforts from competitive running and triathlons to swimming, she never thought she could be a world champion.

    Sweetall, 54, recently won ninth place in the 100-meter breaststroke, sixth place in the 200-meter breaststroke and participated in the 50-meter at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Montreal, Canada in August.

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    Combining work with something you love is often a good career choice and Michael Vogt, of Vogt’s Vineyards, LLC in La Grange, really loves wine.

    “It’s a hobby that’s become an obsession,” he said.

    Partnering with his wife, Carina, the two are hoping to start selling their own wines and eventually open up La Grange’s first vineyard in the future.

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    As many teenagers jump in their new cars and speed off to the big football game on Friday night, 16-year-old Alden Sachs is most likely training for his next military marathon.

    Sachs, a junior at South Oldham High School, has had the dream of being a Marine since the third grade, but because he is too young to enlist, he decided to show his dedication to his country in a different way.

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    Owners of a 15-month-old, 180-pound Vietnamese Pot-bellied pig from La Grange are trying their best to get their pet to the land of blockbuster motion pictures, red carpets and shining stars with the help of their local community.

    Oink, Oink, the mini pot-bellied pig who is far from being small, was brought to owner Mo Thomas of La Grange, when the animal was five months old and several months later he’s become part of the family.

    “He minds better than the kids,” Thomas said.

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    At just nine years old, Oldham County resident Hayley Fiegle is a national champion.

    Fiegle placed first out of 70 people in the 2013 United States Trampoline and Tumbling Association National Championship in both the Novice Trampoline division and Novice Double-Mini Trampoline division.

    “It’s great to be in the Top 10, and here she comes with two national first place trophies,” Coach Nick Young said. “She was on cloud nine.”

  • Roughly 50 years to the day, 14 women in their 20s gathered in La Grange with a similar goal in mind, one focused on improving their community by tackling smaller, but necessary, projects.

    Little did they know that decades later, that first official meeting of Project Guild would lead to numerous fundraising events, a day-long festival or even a parade where they will be honored as grand marshals this year.

  • One of Oldham County’s oldest services is celebrating its 100th birthday this year with a float in the annual Oldham County Day Parade.

    The Oldham County Extension Office was first opened by John T. Taylor in 1914 and has grown from a rural agriculture outreach service to one available to any resident of the county, extension agent Traci Missun said.

    “We’re open for anybody,” Missun said. “We have a diverse client base. Our mission is to serve people and be a non-biased point of information for people.”

  • Seeing a train in downtown La Grange isn’t unusual, but having one with a fresh coat of paint was until recently.

    Thanks to more than two dozen youth from La Grange Baptist Church, the train located outside of the La Grange Railroad Museum looks as good as new after a month of work.

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    A La Grange man is partnering with a well-known Oldham County restaurant for a fundraiser to help combat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    Mike Hamilton was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, almost two years ago. And he’s partnering with Gustavo’s in Crestwood for a fundraiser to improve his quality of life while sick.

  • One South Oldham High School grad is making the trip of a lifetime — nearly 3,000 miles.

    Luke Sparks joined 11 of his Western Kentucky University Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers on a bike ride to raise $100,000 for Alzheimer’s research.

    It’s the third trip for the fraternity. In 2010, a grandfather of a brother passed away from the debilitating disease causing the fraternity to ban together for the cause.

    The team traveled from in two different bike rides, where they raised close to $100,000, said Sparks.

  • Human resources is often referred to as “the business of people” and no one knows people better than Trasee Whitaker, senior vice president of human resources at Masonic Homes of Kentucky.

    Whitaker, of Crestwood, was chosen as one of “20 People to Know in Human Resources” by Business First, a Louisville publication.

    “It is an honor to be included along with other talented and influential HR colleagues that I admire as well,” Whitaker said.

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    Duane Murner is no stranger to acting like a politician.

    Having spent 12 years as one, after two terms as a fiscal court magistrate and one term as County Judge-Executive, Murner, a Prospect native, has the inside knowledge of what is expected of an elected official.

    But having retired from politics himself in 2010, Murner now just acts as a politician, namely former Kentucky Secretary of State Caleb Powers, as part of the Chautauqua program.

  • Providence Richwood, formerly The Richwood, hosted their annual Mother’s Day Breakfast for current residents, families and staff on Friday morning, May 9. Residents were treated to hair styling and makeup for the special event. All ladies in attendance were presented with their own beautiful corsage and served a delicious hot breakfast by the staff at the nursing and rehab center.

  • As one of the biggest names in racing and a family lineage in stock cars, it seems odd NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have considered anything but racing cars in his lifetime.

    But one of most popular racers ever said he has always had a backup plan if racing on Sunday afternoons in stock car racing’s highest circuit didn’t work and encouraged students at Oldham County High School to “always have a backup plan” during a visit to the school last week.

  • More than 100 injured veterans spent Monday on a wet ride through Oldham County, all in the name of raising awareness of their cause.

    The cyclists were part of the United Healthcare Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge, a weeklong, 450-mile cycling trip from Covington to Nashville, Tenn.

    Their trip led them down U.S. 42 on Monday for a quick lunch stop at the North Oldham Fire Department’s Skylight station. Kroger and the United Service Organizations (USO) provided lunch. It was the second day of the seven-day journey south.

  • Becoming an Eagle Scout is a goal of thousands of Boy Scouts across the U.S., and is usually achieved by the time a scout reaches his late teens.

    So when Prospect resident Logan Salazar earned the honor before his 13th birthday, it took a big achievement and amplified it.

    “To be that focused and to get that much done at 12 years old is huge,” Don Vogel, Logan’s scoutmaster, said. “And it’s not lost on him.”

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    The Duncan Memorial Chapel in Crestwood is getting a much needed face lift.

    The 21 stained glass windows that line the chapel are being restored to make them more visible from the outside, Ted Merhoff, secretary of the Floydsburg Cemetery, said.

    “Stained glass has a life time that requires a lot of maintenance,” Merhoff said.

  • It's no secret that Sheila Nobles loves her job.

    Though only 5-foot-1 1/2, Nobles is hard to miss with her large hat and bubbly personality. She is one of Kentucky’s milliners, or hat makers, who are known for their Derby hats.

    Nobles is now in her 12th year of hat making with her business partner Kevin Swansey. Together the two make up CK Nobles Millinery Designs, who tout a decade long run as the official milliners of the Kentucky Derby Museum.