A look back at 2018 from The Oldham Era

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By Jane Ashley Pace

Every New Year’s Eve when the clock strikes midnight “Auld Lang Syne” is heard around the world. “Auld Lang Syne,” which means “times gone by,” is a Scottish tune written by poet Robert Burns in 1788. It’s a song that reflects on the past and looks to the future at the same time. As we begin a new year, it’s good to look back at times gone by.

2018 was a year of growth for “The Oldham Era.” We’ve grown the number of readers, advertisers, social media followers as a team. 2018 was my first full year as publisher and I’m proud of the work we have achieved in a very busy year.

In the past year, we have written about flooding along the Ohio River, school walkouts, vaping, sex scandals, fatalities, fires, new business openings, 100th birthday parties, state sports tournaments, elections and everything in-between. Some stories are difficult to cover but we take our job as Oldham County’s official news source of record since 1876, good or bad, seriously.

In 2018, we’ve covered two dozen fiscal court meetings, over 60 city council meetings, dozens of school board meetings, 250 plus sporting events, 11 state championship events and numerous other public meetings, court hearings and events.

We’ve added new columnists to the paper this year and new features including Jo Ross fashion and a look inside the beautiful homes of Oldham County. We brought back the popular Woody and Chloe children’s series as well as expanded the Champion Athletes of the fall, winter and spring.

We don’t just write about the community though. We are proud to also be a part of it by partnering with local organizations and participating in several community events in 2018 including Fashion and Fur, Living Treasures, Tony Cotton Woman of Distinction, Oldham County Day, Oldham County Scholarships, Dancing with the Prospect Stars and co-hosting a Community Forum before the general election. We’ve enjoyed each and every opportunity to give back to the community we serve.

As I reflect on the past year I am filled most of all with gratitude.

Thank you to my small but fierce team. Thank you for putting in long days and being flexible when the news doesn’t break at the most convenient times. Thank you for caring about this community, our readers and our newspaper. I’m lucky to have a true dream team in the following:

News Editor: Amanda Manning

Sports Editor: Sam Draut

Reporter: Andrew Henderson

Graphic Designer: Talon Hampton

Advertising Representative: Barbara Duncan

Circulation Manager: Tawnja Morris

Office Assistant: Jan Schultz

Bookkeeper: Phyllis Banta

Drivers: Jamie, John and Tammy

Thank you to our advertisers and community partners. Thank you for trusting us with your advertising dollars and using us to reach Oldham County. We love serving you and realize without your financial support we couldn’t deliver the news.

And last, but definitely not least, thank you to our readers. You are the reason we are here, and at all those meetings and games. You are the reason we work hard to get the facts and deliver stories you can trust. We strive to bring you stories that will be informative and celebrate what makes Oldham County special. Thank you for being a loyal reader and supporter.

2018 is now part of the times gone by. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Oldham County and its residents in my first full year. I look forward to the coming year with great optimism and enthusiasm. It is my hope that the days to come in 2019 will bring more good news than bad for Oldham County.


Jane Ashley Pace is the publisher of The Oldham Era.