http://www.oldhamera.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Matthews case sent to grand jury http://www.oldhamera.com/content/matthews-case-sent-grand-jury <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/matthews_0.jpg" alt="Miles J. Matthews, left, speaks with his attorney, Michael Bufkin, during his preliminary hearing. " title="Miles J. Matthews, left, speaks with his attorney, Michael Bufkin, during his preliminary hearing. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By KENNY COLSTON</p> <p> EDITOR, The Oldham Era</p> <p> An Indiana man charged with murdering an Oldham County native will have his case heard before an Oldham County Grand Jury.</p> <p> Miles J. Matthews, 27, of Corydon, Ind., is accused of murdering Adam Gregg, a Louisville resident and graduate of Oldham County High School. He also faces a theft charge for allegedly stealing Gregg&rsquo;s vehicle after his death.</p> Gas line explosion disturbs Goshen http://www.oldhamera.com/content/gas-line-explosion-disturbs-goshen <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10632787_725330404214349_6340078641152931009_n.jpg" alt="The NOFD assists on the scene of the gas line rupture in Goshen Wednesday." title="The NOFD assists on the scene of the gas line rupture in Goshen Wednesday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;The rupturing of a gas line in Goshen has caused traffic backups and outages for more than 2,000 people for several days.</p> <p> A gas line explosion off U.S. 42 injured three LG&amp;E subcontractors on Sept. 17. Residents and witnesses reported an explosion and a dust cloud with evidence of what amounted to a low order explosion with no fire around 5 p.m., according to Don Dahl, North Oldham Fire Protection District Assistant Chief.</p> Safety Festival adds new features to annual event http://www.oldhamera.com/content/safety-festival-adds-new-features-annual-event <p> One of Oldham County&rsquo;s largest Halloween events is celebrating its fifth year, while increasing its focus on safety.</p> <p> Oldham County&rsquo;s Largest Halloween and Safety Festival, organized by the La Grange Fire Department, will take place Oct. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.</p> <p> Chris Smith, president of the La Grange Fire Auxiliary, said this year&rsquo;s festival would feature even more safety aspects from different organizations than in the past.</p> Courthouse Square project begins quickly http://www.oldhamera.com/content/courthouse-square-project-begins-quickly <p> A historic re-do of part of the courthouse square is already underway.</p> <p> The Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the Courthouse Square Boulevard Project last week, including spending $107,000 out of the county&rsquo;s parks budget to complete the project.</p> <p> The project will widen the current sidewalk closest to Main Street in downtown La Grange, as well as include brick pavers and new hardscape seating, County Judge-Executive David Voegele said.</p> Domestic violence focus of St. James’ forum http://www.oldhamera.com/content/domestic-violence-focus-st-james%E2%80%99-forum <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Domestic violence is not just a family issue, it&rsquo;s an epidemic that has affected almost everyone. One in three women in the state of Kentucky will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime, according to the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association.</p> <p> Even in an area considered &ldquo;safe&rdquo; by most, Oldham County is not excluded from the high numbers, according to Rev. Dr. Mary Abrams of the St. James&rsquo; Episcopal Church in Pewee Valley.</p> La Grange businessman recognized by trade publication http://www.oldhamera.com/content/la-grange-businessman-recognized-trade-publication <img src="http://www.oldhamera.com/sites/www.oldhamera.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/35_under_35.jpg" alt="Bowman" title="Bowman" align="left" hspace="6" width="69" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> A La Grange businessman is being recognized for making waves as vice president of his company.</p> <p> Early in his career, Ben Bowman is already the vice president of Parts Unlimited based IN La Grange, and was also recently selected as &ldquo;35 under 35&rdquo; by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).</p> <p> Bowman joined PUI, an offshoot of SEMA, in 2010, where he was hired to globalize the restoration company.</p> 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>