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  • Overcoming adversity was the focus of Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear’s message to Oldham County Democrats Friday while promoting the Gov. Steve Beshear gubernatorial re-election campaign.
    Jane Beshear told those gathered at the Brownsboro Community Center that her husband has performed admirably considering all that has faced Kentucky during his administration.

  • The board of adjustments and appeals ruled July 21 that a Goshen wildlife center is not appropriate use for 10 acres of land in Buckeye Trace neighborhood off U.S. 42.
    After facing an onslaught of zoning violations and citations, Brigette Williams, founder of Second Chances Wildlife Center, appeared before the Oldham County Board of Adjustments and Appeals.  

  • A new community park and library branch could be coming to Goshen thanks to a generous donation by the North Oldham Lions Club.
    The North Oldham Lions Club proposed a 24.75-acre land donation off U.S. 42 to Fiscal Court July 19.  
    In the proposal, land would be allocated by the Lions Club to Oldham County Parks and Recreation and the Oldham County Public Library.

  • After a fatal crash, a community is supporting one family during a difficult time.  
    Robert Terry Tooley Jr., 42, of Louisville, was killed July 18 when a Nissan Maxima collided with his motorcycle.  

  • Pretty as a picture and looking more like a homemaker than an FBI agent, Jeanne James – a petite, mere sliver of a woman in a bright yellow dress and high heels – recently enthralled the Prospect/Goshen Rotary Club with stories of mobsters and godfathers.

  • Oceana Allen was crowned Miss Oldham County Fair on Tuesday night at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in Buckner.

  • The event was sold out. Even though the overcast skies threatened rain earlier that afternoon, Yew Dell Gardens’ marketing director, Siofra Rucker, had planned ahead. The 300 guests attending the farm- to-table dinner in support of Slow Food Bluegrass found themselves seated beneath an elegant white tent in the garden.

  • Apple Patch has been a landmark in Oldham County for more than 10 years, but you may be surprised how much you don’t know.
    Apple Patch offers residential living options, a variety of day programs and clinical services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, all of which have shaped the lives of residents.
    Both employees and participants in the programs have a passion for Apple Patch. “Whatever you’re giving them comes flooding back to you,” said Joe Spoelker, director of development and marketing at Apple Patch.

  • 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.