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  • The public is invited to join a free science project July 9 to help with the national butterfly census.
    University of Louisville biology professor emeritus Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists will lead the butterfly count Saturday at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Brownsboro.

  • Dozens of children in Africa now have shoes on their feet thanks to the efforts of a La Grange woman.
    Elizabeth Plumley recently helped outfit 80 children with shoes thanks to a generous donation from Crocs Inc.
    Plumley, a North Oldham High School graduate from La Grange, recently traveled to the village of Akaa, in the eastern region of Ghana, Africa.  

  • Never in a million years did I think I’d risk my life on behalf of The Oldham Era, but that’s what I did Saturday during a Wild West festival presented by Christian Country Cowboy Church.

  • Born June 10, 1911, Emma Laura Johnson has spent her entire life in Oldham County.  She was raised on a farm off Jericho Road and was a domestic worker for local families.  

  • USA Weekend received thousands of questions submitted online by fans of country music superstar Taylor Swift.

    And one came from Crestwood resident Amber Nichter, a graduate of Oldham County High School from Crestwood.

    Editors chose only 27 to ask Taylor Swift in their interview for “What if you could ask Taylor Swift anything?”

  • So far this summer, Perry Rieinger of Hillview has accumulated four trophies and three plaques by attending car shows all over Kentucky where he proudly shows off his 1981 gray Corvette Stingray.
    But that’s a far cry from last year’s number.

  • Legendary jockey Pat Day told an enticing tale May 26 at the John Black Community Center in Buckner.
    As guest speaker for the Homebuilders’ Association of Louisville, he stood before a large group of Oldham County homebuilders and their associates – bankers, framers, manufacturers, plumbers, insurance salesmen, and many other contract professionals.

  • Local artist Tony Abbott can’t wait to crank up his chainsaw and splinter wood at the 11th annual Arts on the Green Fine Arts & Crafts Show this weekend.
    The two-day event is scheduled Saturday and Sunday on Courthouse Square in La Grange.

  • Over 100 booths of juried artists and craftsmen will be displaying their works on the shaded Oldham County Courthouse lawn June 4-5.
    Free to the public, hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days.
    This well attended show is in its 11th year and is the primary fundraiser for the Arts Association of Oldham County.

  • Oldham County's Miss Heart of America Program named 2011 queens on May 21. 

  • The Miss Heart of America Organization recently named Ms. Barbara Winters, La Grange's 2011 Ms. Heart of America. 

    Winters lives in La Grange with her husband, Ron. 

    She enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She currently serves on the board for Oldham County Dollars for Scholars and volunteers for Cedar Lake Lodge.

  • This summer, The Kentucky Center will host over 200 eager young artists from every region of the Commonwealth, as The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts takes place at Lexington’s Transylvania University from June 19 to July 9. 

  • Service to community is taking the place of service to country for many young veterans upon their return to the states.

    “When you come back from serving your country, people place you on a pedestal,” said young veteran David Ingram of the U.S. Army. “Especially kids. They are proud of your service and you’re proud to have served.”

  • What exactly does it mean to hold a "Confederate Memorial" and how can anyone who believes in equal rights for all attend such an event?
    Some people might ask why we should have anything to do with the word "confederacy" at all.

  • Usually when a small town like La Grange asks professionals for an urban design and planning assessment, the cost is between $150,000 to $200,000.

    Linda Goin, executive director of Discover Downtown La Grange, said the city is lucky to obtain the expertise from the University of Cincinnati students for only $10,000.

    And, taxpayers aren’t footing the bill.

  • Just a dollar. Maybe two.

    There’s a saying that you can’t put a price tag on original artwork – but many of the objects presented for sale Saturday at the Cedar Lake Lodge arts and crafts fair were offered for reasonable prices.

  • Sculptures dotted the pathways leading through the beautiful foliage of Yew Dell Gardens Friday evening.
    Some small, others massive, some were semi-hidden while others were boldly placed for spectators to fawn over at Yew Dell’s fourth annual sculpture show.
    May 20 marked a celebrated opening night, but viewing opportunities continue now through July 31.

  • The key to success is about being in the right place at the right time.

    Of course, it doesn’t hurt if you’re bursting with natural talent, such as South Oldham High School graduate Sarah Peak.

  • A touching ceremony took place Tuesday at La Grange Baptist Church.

    The Peace Officers’ Memorial Service honored the 165 law enforcement officers and three K-9s nationwide who laid down their lives in 2010 and 2011.

  • The Oldham County Schools Arts Center’s Lavelle Smith Dance Camp returns in June with its biggest camp to date.