http://www.oldhamera.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Starry Night http://www.oldhamera.com/content/starry-night <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dancing_pic_4.jpg" alt="David Thurmond is introduced to the crowd." title="David Thurmond is introduced to the crowd." align="left" hspace="6" width="83" height="85" /><p> Inclement weather didn&rsquo;t stop a full house from being present at the Mellwood Arts Center for Dancing with the Prospect Stars on Saturday. Kentucky State Sen. Ernie Harris took home the Mirror Ball Trophy and raised over $25,000 for Apple Patch. Jennifer Willis, dancing for USA Cares, was selected as People&rsquo;s Choice and David Thurmond, dancing for Family Scholar House, was awarded the Judges&rsquo; Best Dancer trophy. Above, Thurmond, who danced for Family Scholar House, is introduced.</p> Spring Break still safe despite wintry week http://www.oldhamera.com/content/spring-break-still-safe-despite-wintry-week <p> It wasn&rsquo;t planned, but students of Oldham County Schools were the recipients of a winter break last week as snow and below-zero temperatures rocked the region.</p> <p> But those five days off will push an already delayed school calendar even further into June, OCS Communications Director Tracy Green said.</p> <p> OCS&rsquo; last day is now scheduled to be June 10, with all five days tacked on to the end of the current calendar. The original last day was June 3, thanks to a delayed start to the year due to renovations at Oldham County Middle School.</p> Traffic system being developed http://www.oldhamera.com/content/traffic-system-being-developed <p> The Oldham County Fiscal Court is in the process of potentially approving a system to alert local drivers to interstate backups and delays.</p> <p> The idea, first brought up by County Judge-Executive David Voegele months ago, would provide local drivers the decision to divert to other local roads if a wreck delays or shuts down Interstate 71.</p> <p> The problem is that no such system currently exists&hellip; yet.</p> Tips to stay safe during severe weather month http://www.oldhamera.com/content/tips-stay-safe-during-severe-weather-month <p> March is Severe Weather Awareness Month and as part of this awareness campaign, the statewide Tornado Safety Drill will be conducted on March 3 at 10:07 a.m. Oldham County Central Dispatch will activate outdoor warning sirens at this time.</p> <p> Schools, businesses and residents are encouraged to participate in Severe Weather Awareness Month by participating in the drill and by reviewing severe weather preparedness information. Important information to be aware of before and during a tornado warning includes:</p> Bringing life to the History Center’s campus http://www.oldhamera.com/content/bringing-life-history-center%E2%80%99s-campus <p> By HELEN E. MCKINNEY</p> <p> OLDHAM COUNTY HISTORY CENTER</p> <p> Who says you can&rsquo;t make anything old new again? It&lsquo;s a New Year; people make new commitments, set new goals and add new ideas to their bucket lists. The Oldham County Historical Society is doing the same, embarking upon a $2 million capital campaign to revamp the History Center campus inside and out.</p> County will consider right to work ordinance http://www.oldhamera.com/content/county-will-consider-right-work-ordinance <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/voegele_2.jpg" alt="Voegele" title="Voegele" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> After weeks of consideration, the Oldham County Fiscal Court is planning to move forward with a right to work ordinance, while talking to surrounding counties about joining them.</p> <p> The Oldham Fiscal Court had a first reading of the measure at its meeting Wednesday, which was rescheduled due to weather. Such an ordinance would forbid unions from forcing employees to pay union dues whether they want to or not. Critics of the idea call it &ldquo;right to work for less&rdquo; because they claim it would lower union membership, thereby hampering collective bargaining.</p> Tourism needs local help with FarmFest http://www.oldhamera.com/content/tourism-needs-local-help-farmfest-0 <p> By TAYLOR RILEY</p> <p> REPORTER, The Oldham Era</p> <p> Oldham County Tourism has been in fruition since 1995, but this year is the first that it will bring a statewide event to the county.</p> <p> Kentucky Farm Fest, coming to Crestwood&rsquo;s 20-acre farm &ldquo;The Maples&rdquo; in July, will be an event for adults and children.</p> <p> The event is projected to bring in 5,000 to 10,000 people to the county with live demos, workshops and activities, said Kim Buckler, executive director of Oldham County Tourism.</p> Fire Departments join together for volunteer recruitment http://www.oldhamera.com/content/fire-departments-join-together-volunteer-recruitment <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The county&rsquo;s six fire departments are stepping out of their individual territories to hold a first-ever countywide volunteer recruiting class.</p> <p> The class, which will take place in early March, is designed to increase volunteer numbers, said Captain Matt Nelson of the South Oldham Fire Department.</p> <p> Before this year, only one or two departments would partner for the classes.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s better if we work together,&rdquo; Nelson said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s easier to put all the students in one class.&rdquo;</p>