http://www.oldhamera.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Butterflies and Backpacks http://www.oldhamera.com/content/butterflies-and-backpacks <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3646.jpg" alt="Crestwood Elementary Principal Candice McDaniel high-fives students on the first day of school last week. McDaniel is one of three new principals at Oldham County Schools this year. Soth Oldham Middle School Principal Steve Emerson does the announcements on the first day. " title="Crestwood Elementary Principal Candice McDaniel high-fives students on the first day of school last week. McDaniel is one of three new principals at Oldham County Schools this year. Soth Oldham Middle School Principal Steve Emerson does the announcements on the first day. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s a few days before the first day of school and Craig Wallace isn&rsquo;t sleeping well.</p> <p> The fact is Wallace usually doesn&rsquo;t sleep well this time of year. He didn&rsquo;t as a teacher or an as associate principal. It&rsquo;s just too exciting to sleep. To Wallace, the first day of school is unrivaled, like a trip to Disney World or the night before a big holiday.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s like going to bed on Christmas Eve,&rdquo; he said of his feelings the night before the first day.</p> County opens cable franchise http://www.oldhamera.com/content/county-opens-cable-franchise <p> For the first time since 1996, Oldham County Fiscal Court is advertising for a new cable franchise agreement.</p> <p> The court approved the advertisement at its meeting last Tuesday after receiving a short presentation from county financial officer Stan Clark.</p> <p> Clark said the county had contracted with Insight Communications for nearly 20 years ago for the franchise, but it had recently lapsed with Time Warner Communications, which bought Insight.</p> Pewee Valley museum lets woman see family history for first time http://www.oldhamera.com/content/pewee-valley-museum-lets-woman-see-family-history-first-time <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pv_history_2.jpg" alt="Gin Chaudoin is taken aback by seeing her family’s treasures in the history museum for the first time." title="Gin Chaudoin is taken aback by seeing her family’s treasures in the history museum for the first time." align="left" hspace="6" width="101" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> There&rsquo;s not much Gin Chaudoin hasn&rsquo;t seen in her 93 years.</p> <p> Last week, though, the lively born-and-raised Pewee Valley resident saw her family&rsquo;s historical artifacts on display for the first time.</p> <p> Chaudoin is the granddaughter of infamous town blacksmith Jacob Herdt, who started a family business with Jacob and Son Blacksmith Shop. It eventually turned into a wagon shop, a Ford dealership, an automotive repair center and is now known as the Herdt Motor Co. building.</p> Challenge hopes to raise water awareness http://www.oldhamera.com/content/challenge-hopes-raise-water-awareness <p> Eager to highlight the county&rsquo;s various creeks and watersheds, county government is partnering with several conservation groups to launch the first ever Amazing Watershed Challenge.</p> <p> The event, set for Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is &ldquo;loosely based&rdquo; on the hit show The Amazing Race, organizer Carolyn Cromer said. It will take place at Sherwood Acres Farm, 3001 Ballard School Road in La Grange, she said, and feature various stations with conservation information.</p> Dog days turn into playtime for local canines http://www.oldhamera.com/content/dog-days-turn-playtime-local-canines <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The dog days of summer will end with an annual tradition in Oldham County: reserving the last open day of the pool for local canines.</p> <p> The John W. Black Aquatic Center is closing its doors to the public Sept. 6, but the pool will host one last summer celebration with the 16th annual Puppy Party on Sept. 7.</p> <p> The park invites dogs, owners and kids to swim and jump off the diving board for an afternoon of family fun, Laura Feese, aquatic director, said.</p> Goshen to install speed bumps http://www.oldhamera.com/content/goshen-install-speed-bumps <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Vehicles hoping to speed their way down a popular Goshen road will soon be facing speed bumps to slow them down.</p> <p> The Goshen City Commission decided last week at their monthly meeting that adding speed bumps to Harmony Landing Road would be the best defense against future traffic violators.</p> <p> The road is currently a 20 mph speed zone, but many travelers disregard signs, said Harmony Landing residents who were present at the meeting.</p> Contract not renewed for North Oldham Fire Chief http://www.oldhamera.com/content/contract-not-renewed-north-oldham-fire-chief <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/stoltz.jpg" alt="Stoltz" title="Stoltz" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The North Oldham Fire District will experience a change in leadership come February.</p> <p> Current NOFD Chief David Stoltz will not receive another term at the helm of the department when his current one ends in February, the North Oldham Fire District Board of Trustees announced at their last meeting two weeks ago.</p> <p> Stoltz has been associated with the fire department for upwards of 30 years, where he has been chief for three years and acting chief before that.</p> McConnell, Grimes spar over policy http://www.oldhamera.com/content/mcconnell-grimes-spar-over-policy <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grimes_0.jpg" alt="Kentucky Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks after the Farm Bureau forum. Grimes is running against incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell this November." title="Kentucky Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks after the Farm Bureau forum. Grimes is running against incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell this November." align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> After he&rsquo;s spent 30 years in Washington, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes no longer believes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the best candidate for Kentucky&rsquo;s farmers.</p> <p> &ldquo;Never has a senator been paid so much for doing so little for the people in Kentucky,&rdquo; Grimes said at Kentucky Farm Bureau&rsquo;s &ldquo;Measure the Candidates&rdquo; forum, held at its headquarters in Louisville on Wednesday.</p>