Oldham Era celebrates new office; Denis House hired as reporter/photographer for Kentucky Standard, Pioneer News; Rachel Cheatham joins Grant County News as reporter
Oldham Era officially opens new office during National Newspaper Week
General Manager Jane Ashley Pace and her staff at the Oldham Era celebrated relocating the Oldham County weekly to its new offices at 105 South Walnut Street in LaGrange. The staff and officials of Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. were joined by Chamber of Commerce members, first responders, readers, advertisers and other local dignitaries to meet the Era’s staff and tour the new facilities. October 10, the day the ribbon-cutting was held, was designated “Oldham Era Day ” by the city and county. It was appropriately done during National Newspaper Week. Jane Ashley Pace, who is District 6 representative on the KPA Board of Directors, is in the blue dress in the center of the photo. Behind her to the right against the porch column is LCNI Vice President for Editorial and a KPA Past President John Nelson, and Era editor Amanda Manning is to the left of Jane Ashley, holding a plaque.
Denis House, an award-winning photographer and reporter while with newspapers in Laurel County, has joined the Kentucky Standard in Bardstown and the Shepherdsville Pioneer News as reporter/photographer. House joined The Standard with 30 years of newspaper experience, starting in 1983 with the Sentinel-Echo in London.
He joined the Laurel News Leader in 1992 and stayed there until 1998 when it merged with the London Sentinel Echo. At the Sentinel Echo, Denis was sports editor and then named managing editor in 2017. He remained in that position until April of this year.
House has won more than 30 KPA awards in writing, photography and page design. He was also named Sports Writer of the Year and Photographer of the Year three times in Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. competition. He lives in Springfield with his wife Kelly McKinney who is editor of the Springfield Sun.
Rachel Cheatham, a recent graduate of Georgetown College, has joined the staff of the Grant County News as a reporter. She recalled that during her second week of college, she wrote a comedic article for the student newspaper, The Georgetonian, about the planets’ rotations. She was paid roughly $3 and felt immensely proud.
From the first article, she was hooked on journalism and became staff writer, web editor, backpage editor and the Editor-in-Chief of The Georgetonian. She was a member of Phi Mu sorority and graduated with a B.A. in political science and a minor in English.
She said she loves journalism because of its duty to adapt and change. “Technology, society or anything else has a way of making its mark on how we report and consume the news.”