http://www.oldhamera.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Robbery case could go federal http://www.oldhamera.com/content/robbery-case-could-go-federal <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grubbs.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="125" height="85" /><p> A La Grange man arrested for bank robberies in Oldham and Jefferson counties has seen his charges expand to five Kentucky counties.</p> <p> William Gary Grubbs, Jr., 36, is facing various charges in Oldham, Jefferson, Boone, Carroll and Fayette counties in Kentucky, he told Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad at his initial arraignment in Oldham County last week.</p> School Board approves tax increase, funding to go to teacher raises http://www.oldhamera.com/content/school-board-approves-tax-increase-funding-go-teacher-raises <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/clapping.jpg" alt="Teachers with the Oldham County Education Association applaud after a speech during the Oldham County Board of Education&#039;s special meeting on a tax increase Thursday." title="Teachers with the Oldham County Education Association applaud after a speech during the Oldham County Board of Education&#039;s special meeting on a tax increase Thursday." align="left" hspace="6" width="96" height="85" /><p> Local property owners will see their tax bills go up again this year after the Oldham County Board of Education approved a 3.1-cent increase at a special meeting.</p> <p> The board approved the measure 4-1, with board member Walt Schumm as the lone dissenting vote, after two hours of public comment on the topic.</p> Mane Attraction http://www.oldhamera.com/content/mane-attraction <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hermitage1.jpg" alt=" a trainer directs her horse into one of the barns at Hermitage Farm, which hosted the fifth annual Hermitage Classic equestrian event on its property in Goshen." title=" a trainer directs her horse into one of the barns at Hermitage Farm, which hosted the fifth annual Hermitage Classic equestrian event on its property in Goshen." align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> Over the weekend, Oldham County&rsquo;s horse culture came to life with events at Hermitage and Flying Cross farms. Riders traveled to Goshen and Skylight for the equestrian events.</p> <p> For more photos of the Fifth Annual Hermitage Classic and Flying Cross Farms Horse Trials, see page A5.</p> Music to their ears: Organizers cheer CityPlace’s first event http://www.oldhamera.com/content/music-their-ears-organizers-cheer-cityplace%E2%80%99s-first-event <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3930.jpg" alt="Members of the Louisville Philharmonia, the Musicians’ Orchestra play “All Are Welcome” at the Dedication Concert for CityPlace. The orchestra was joined by the Louisville Chorus for a roughly 90-minute concert in downtown La Grange Saturday." title="Members of the Louisville Philharmonia, the Musicians’ Orchestra play “All Are Welcome” at the Dedication Concert for CityPlace. The orchestra was joined by the Louisville Chorus for a roughly 90-minute concert in downtown La Grange Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> More than 1,200 people attended the first ever event at CityPlace this weekend, a number organizers said they are pleased with.</p> <p> The Louisville Chorus and Louisville Philharmonia, the Musicians&rsquo; Orchestra, were the key focus of the Dedication Concert at the venue. CityPlace Administrator Karen Greenwell said the event couldn&rsquo;t have gone better.</p> <p> &ldquo;We were thrilled and Mr. (George) Rawlings was thrilled as well,&rdquo; Greenwell said. &ldquo;We thought the reception from the people who attended was great. It was a wonderful night.&rdquo;</p> Republicans fire up faithful at multi-county rally http://www.oldhamera.com/content/republicans-fire-faithful-multi-county-rally <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/comerpodiumpic.jpg" alt="Agriculture Commissioner James Comer speaks from the podium at the event. Comer recently announced his intentions to run for governor as well. " title="Agriculture Commissioner James Comer speaks from the podium at the event. Comer recently announced his intentions to run for governor as well. " align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> The Republican focus for the 2014 general election was made abundantly clear at a regional GOP rally in Henry County over the weekend.</p> <p> &ldquo;The No. 1 priority is to keep Mitch McConnell in office, and not as minority leader, but as majority leader,&rdquo; said Kentucky State Senator Paul Hornback, of Shelbyville. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got to recover this country because it&rsquo;s not going in the right direction.&rdquo;</p> Police, EMS honored for 9/11 http://www.oldhamera.com/content/police-ems-honored-911 <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cash_express.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> Photo by KENNY COLSTON/THE OLDHAM ERA</p> <p> Every year since that tragic day in 2001, employees at Cash Express stores across Kentucky and Tennessee and throughout the nation have visited first responders in early September to make a simple yet thoughtful gesture &ndash; they have delivered cakes to police and fire stations to show their gratitude for those who served.</p> Fiscal Court selects construction firms for new regional jail http://www.oldhamera.com/content/fiscal-court-selects-construction-firms-new-regional-jail <p> After months of waiting for a monetary dispute with the state to be resolved, the Oldham County Fiscal Court is once again taking steps to build a new regional jail facility.</p> <p> The dispute over whether the state will pay for engineer services for the new Oldham County Regional Detention Center is still unresolved, but that didn&rsquo;t stop magistrates from approving an architect and construction manager for the project.</p> ‘Thriller’ dance troupe excited for new season, needs new studio http://www.oldhamera.com/content/%E2%80%98thriller%E2%80%99-dance-troupe-excited-new-season-needs-new-studio <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/photo_3.jpg" alt="Dancers fake death at Cave Hill Cemetery. Terpsichore Dance Company, based in Crestwood, dances to “Thriller” for the Baxter Avenue Morgue haunted house every year, for 15 years. The troupe entertains more than 15,000 people who pass through the haunted house annually, the company said. " title="Dancers fake death at Cave Hill Cemetery. Terpsichore Dance Company, based in Crestwood, dances to “Thriller” for the Baxter Avenue Morgue haunted house every year, for 15 years. The troupe entertains more than 15,000 people who pass through the haunted house annually, the company said. " align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For the Terpsichore Dance Company, Halloween is a year-round event.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s the 14th season of performing the choreographed Thriller dance at the Baxter Avenue Morgue Haunted House for the Crestwood-based troupe, where they entertain over 15,000 people each year.</p> <p> Carolyne Tilford created Terpsichore 16 years ago to give dancers from ages 10 to 55 a chance to learn choreographed dances and perform in the community.</p> <p> The Terpsichore dancers teach and perform year-round, but Thriller and the Halloween season are the biggest for them.</p>