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  • A North Oldham High School student who got a golden ticket to Hollywood in July left American Idol during Thursday's episode. 

    Brandy Neelly, who appeared on the Hollywood week episodes of American Idol made it to the Top 100.

  • A family that fell on hard times last month is getting by with heaps of support from their community, and an auspicious contest win.
    Traci Fawbush’s house was destroyed Jan. 5 after a space heater caught fire in an upstairs bedroom.
    A neighbor called her at work that day, saying there was smoke emanating from the upper floor of Fawbush’s River Bluff home.

  • An exhibit featuring artists from East Oldham Middle School starts this week at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center.
    EOMS artists opened a water jar show Tuesday and the display will be open for two weeks.
    All water jars are for sale at a cost of $10 each. Proceeds benefit the Haiti Water Project.

  • Students at Goshen Elementary are spreading the love to Africa this Valentine’s Day.
    The school’s two fifth grade classes have begun collecting soccer balls and basketballs which they plan to send to children in Kenya this spring. The project is part of a school-wide service requirement.

  • Molly Malone enjoys the simple things: spending time with family, a Sunday afternoon nap and quality time with her chew toys.
    Outside of her ordinary life, though, this 9-year-old Labrador retriever is being feted as a hero by local animal welfare groups.

  • A North Oldham High School student who got a golden ticket to Hollywood in July is leaving local American Idol viewers on the edge of their seats.

    Brandy Neelly is expected to appear on tonight's episode of American Idol after performing "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green during group night on Wednesday's episode. 

  • Ray and Treva Prather of La Grange recently visited the Johnson Space Center in Texas, located just a few miles from their daughter and son-in-law, Meresa and Lew Fincher's, home. During their visit, NASA’s Lead Meteorologist, Doris Hood,  offered a special tour of the space shuttle’s mission control room.

  • If you have an opinion regarding Veterans Administration Services, the Veterans Voices of Kentuckiana, mental health consumer council wants to hear from you.
    The council’s purpose is to ensure that all veterans receive the highest quality of services available from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Oldham County Parks & Rec's annual father-daughter dance has been so popular in years past that the event will be two nights this year.

    Dads and their best girl (or girls) are invited to celebrate at the John W. Black Community Center for a fun-filled night of dancing and contests.

  • A fundraiser Saturday will feature Zumba dance and support local charities.
    Zumba Holiday Xtravaganza is a fundraising event to benefit to support the Center for Women and Families and the Office of Multicultural Ministries.
    The event is 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Soiree in La Grange.

  • Ed Menzenksi — the La Grange man widely known as “Birdman” by strangers who spot him on the streets with his pet parrot, Toby — is flying the coop.
    Almost daily, the pair can be seen strolling through downtown La Grange.

  • He’s the lone male in his house. He’s married and has five daughters – two biological and three adopted. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.
    Daniel, an Oldham County resident, and his wife, Lisa, attended an event Friday at the Oldham County Courthouse in honor of National Adoption Day, celebrating adoptive families.
    It’s a far cry from where Daniel used to be, when he said the word “adopt” didn’t exist in his vocabulary.

  •  Oldham students accepted to Air Force Academy

  •  Doty-Johanboeke

  •  Lou DeVincentis was born July 26, 1939 in McKeesport, Pa., which is a suburb of Pittsburgh. His parents were Alfred DeVincentis  and Josephine Park DeVincentis. His grandparents came over from Italy and settled in western Pennsylvania. The following is his oral history, as recorded and transcribed by Oldham County History Center Director Nancy Theiss. Photos submitted by DeVincentis. Portrait by Marian Klein Kohler.

  •  Mr. and Mrs. Kipley McNally of Louisville announce the engagement of their daughter, Kala J. McNally to Brandon M. Gathof, son of  Mr. and Mrs. Mike Gathof of La Grange.

  •  A classroom writing assignment proved to be an exercise in building a better mother-daughter relationship when 11-year-old Charity Stoltz penned a persuasive letter to her mother last fall.

  •  Mother’s Day was a special time for me when I was a child. From the time I first started to school, I remember using my hands to make things for people. I liked to make cards with a special meaning. Being from a large family of seven brothers and sisters, I often found it hard to recognize the individuality that I possessed. I still remember thinking about what I would write on each card. The message usually had something to do with thankfulness — either for something my mom did for me that no one else could do, or just thankfulness for the mom I had.  

  •  My daughter asked me to write a little something for The Oldham Era this week in honor of Mother’s Day. My daughter is Laura Hagan, one of the reporters for this paper.  I think she is very good at what she does , of course. That being said, please don’t judge me on what I am about to write.