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  • Former minister pleads guilty to child sex charge

     As Assistant U.S. Attorney Jo E. Lawless read the factual basis of Howard Key Chambers’ plea agreement, the former Oldham County minister continually grimaced, eyes closed, in a Gene Snyder Federal Building courtroom in Louisville on April 12. 

  • What grade would your garbage get?

    Often, conservationists seek to leave a better planet for the next generation, but sometimes the next generation steps up to help.  

    Members of the North Oldham Middle School (NOMS) One Planet Club have made it their mission to make their school more environmentally friendly.  The young men and women meet on Thursday mornings to sift through the garbage in classrooms, take out anything recyclable and put it in a recycling bin.  

  • Public Records - April 14, 2016

     La Grange Police Arrests


    Joshua K. Coomer, 33 of La Grange — arrested March 29 on a Jefferson County warrant of one charge

    Joshua K. Coomer, 33 of La Grange — cited and released March 29 for failure to maintain required insurance; no registration plates; no registration receipt; and expired operator’s license

  • Proposed jail budget triggers fiscal court dispute

     Potential pay raises for some jail employees and the purchase of a new vehicle for the detention center sparked controversy during a fiscal court meeting April 5. 

  • Pewee Valley arrest results in more than 30 charges

    Oldham Era Staff Report


    A man caught in the act of breaking into a residence by the Pewee Valley Police Chief was indicted with more than 20 counts of burglary after he was found to have been involved in a string of other Oldham and Jefferson county break-ins and crimes, according to press releases. 

  • Paws Behind Bars

     In the middle of a prison yard, there is probably only one thing that can so easily melt the hearts of dozens of men: puppies. 

     “You can have a big guy you’ve never seen smile before going crazy over a couple of puppies,” said Angela Howard, program coordinator for the Paws Behind Bars program, while several men she oversees in the program nodded in agreement. 

  • Lead found in two SOHS water fountains

     Routine water fountain testing at South Oldham High School (SOHS) uncovered two water fountains that were contaminated with lead.  

    According to Lori McDowell, interim director of communications at Oldham County Schools (OCS), the school disconnected both fountains upon learning they were contaminated with lead, permanently cutting one from the water source and entirely removing the other.  

  • Business closes after 16 years

    Prospect residents have always had a wealth of local business options to choose from, but they will soon be saying goodbye to one.

    Prospect Jewelers, a Prospect fixture for more than a decade, will soon be closing its doors forever.  

    Co-owner Rob Prince said he and Terry Chambers, the other owner, are moving on to allow for more personal time.  

  • Online voter registration system proves problematic for clerks



    With Kentucky’s online voter registration system launch March 14, it’s easier than ever to register to vote. But that simplicity doesn’t necessarily hold true for the county clerks across the state who are diligently working through a few kinks in the system before the primary. 

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