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  • Seniors find ways to help themselves

    Oldham County seniors raised their hands, role played and some even took notes when they went back to school at La Grange town hall on Oct. 19.  The Oldham County TRIAD Crime College students learned ways to ensure their safety and protect their property in the two-hour crash course part of a county initiative to educate seniors on ways to "help themselves." 

  • Emerson named teacher of the year

    Chandra Holloway Emerson, a teacher at Oldham County Middle School, has been named the 2008 Kentucky Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. Raymond "Ed" Farrar, a teacher at South Oldham High School, has been named the 2008 high school teacher of the year.

    Emerson was awarded with a $10,000 prize and will represent Kentucky in the 2008 National Teacher of the Year competition. The winner of that competition will be announced from the White House in April or May.

  • Oldham County named healthiest in state

    A study released by the Kentucky Institute of Medicine ranks Oldham County as the healthiest county in the state based on an assessment of the population's health risks, including rates of obesity, smoking and cancer.

    But in a state that lags behind in many areas of health, a top ranking doesn't mean Oldham County can't improve its overall health. In fact, the study shows the county still has high rates of cancer and smoking when compared with national averages.

  • A classroom for teachers

    The scene is a new one in Oldham County classrooms this fall – instead of a classroom of students, a room of teachers are gathered together talking about the book they've been reading and what they learned in school this week.

    In one such meeting Tuesday at Kenwood Station Elementary, a group of teachers gathered together to discuss "Learning by Doing" by Richard Dufour. The term "collective wisdom" pops up often, as do the terms "check-ups" and "autopsies" in reference to assessing children before they fall too far behind.

  • Court approves rezoning

    Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the rezoning of more than an acre of land off of Ky. 53 for the construction of Farmers Bank of La Grange. The land, which sits between two commercial properties, was rezoned from residential to commerical property. The bank will share a parking lot with the adjacent Farm Bureau building. The bank is now located in the basement of the Farm Bureau.

  • Bohne fills Planning and Zoning seat

    Oldham County Fiscal Court approved the nomination of Laura Bohne, a Goshen resident, to the Oldham County Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 16.

    Bohne, a licensed real estate agent, has worked as a manager for Paramont Estates for 15 years. She fills the seat of Frank Fain.

  • County Services to be relocated

    Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court agreed Oct. 16 to relocate road, recycling, fueling and maintenance departments to a 60-acre site adjacent to the Kentucky State Reformatory at the Oct. 16 meeting.

    The agreement between the court, state justice department and reformatory will compenstate for county property lost to the state's reconstruction of Ky. 393 in Buckner.

    Magistrates David Voegele and Scott Davis abstained from the vote.

  • Human remains found in Henry County

    A hunter found an abandoned vehicle registered to a missing Ohio woman and skeletal bones in Campbellsburg on Sunday morning.

    Shortly after 9 a.m., Kentucky State Police–Post 5 received a 911 call in reference to an abandoned vehicle in a very remote location off of Carmen Creek Road on a farm in Henry County.

    Dr. Emily Craig, the state forensic anthropologist with the state medical examiners' office andHenry County Coroner Jimmy Pollardconducted a detailed search of a large area. Investigators also searched the scene by helicopter to locate additional evidence.

  • Rawlings opens doors

    By Elizabeth TroutmanOldham Era staff writer

    Those who walk through the main entrance of the shiny new TheRawlings Co. building on Eden Parkway are greeted with the ear to ear smile of Marilyn Ferguson. Ferguson, a resident of La Grange who works the front desk, won't hesitate to share how George Rawling's $20 million building, which opened for business last week, has changed her life.

  • Prospect man sentenced for theft of $2 million from investors

    By Jacquelyn Stoess

    Oldham Era news editor

    A Prospect man who managed to disappear for more than four years before he contacted his family in June 2006 will serve prison time for theft of more than $2 million from investors.

    Thomas Welby Cox, 65, of Prospect, was sentenced to six years and three months imprisonment, followed by three years' supervised release.

    In June, Cox was convicted of 39 counts of transporting monies stolen from investors across state lines into various accounts he established with banks in Louisville.