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Out of the Past

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10 Years Ago
Week of Dec. 12, 2007

A leak in a low-pressure gas line at the city’s natural gas station facility on Whipp Avenue caused the area of the street from Trammel to Allen streets to be evacuated.

A Kentucky State Trooper charged with reckless homicide in the death of an Adair County man was acquitted Thursday by a Casey County Circuit Court jury.

A Casey County man was injured and hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself outside his residence on Saturday night.

A Kentucky State Trooper charged with reckless homicide in the death of an Adair County man was acquitted Thursday by a Casey County Circuit Court jury.

The Casey County Drama Club presented its fall play this weekend at Casey County Middle School. The production was a musical based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” with music from “Nutcracker Suite,” by Peter Illytch Tichailkovsky.

Climate specialists at Western Kentucky University were using state-of-the-art, high-tech capabilities to collect weather data in Casey County.

Obituaries: William L. Burchell, 77; Lewis R. Hines, 59; Wayne T. Houchell, 69; James H. Simpson, 87; Claude Lynn, 63; Lewis R. Hines, 59; Clifton Phillips, 75; Hazel M. Snow, 57.

20 Years Ago
Week of Dec. 10, 1997

The death of patient caused Liberty Care Center to come under the scrutiny of state officials and was assessed a $5,000 fine.

The majority of Casey County schools showed progress in the Kentucky Instructional Results Information System (KIRIS) test.

Also, Casey County High was the only one of the counties eight schools that exceeding its base score on tests administered the previous spring.

Beth Sweeney, the daughter of Steve and Rite Sweeney of Liberty, took her first local Miss America Preliminary title as Miss Monticello.

Casey County’s Galilean Home would be featured in a segment on NBC’s “Today” show.

John R. Price, 22, of Liberty, remained hospitalized following a serious car accident on Ky. 70 West.

30 Years Ago
Week of Dec. 16, 1987

A coroner’s inquest was held to determine the cause of death of a 48-year-old Ohio woman whose body was found beneath the Upper Brush Creek Bridge on Ky. 49.

To erase academic deficiency, local school officials were implementing new methods in the classroom including the Computerized Achievement Monitoring System.

The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of a lawsuit filed over a 1 percent occupational tax enacted in the county.

Casey’s head football coach Steve Burcher submitted his resignation and was named principal at the Casey County Middle School.

Liberty Police Department was investigating the report of a theft at Watson Sawmill on U.S. 127 North.

Marcie Taylor celebrated her 98th birthday with a party at the Casey County War Memorial Hospital.

Winners in The Casey County News’ Santa Claus letter were Fawn Foley, 9, and Bobby Thorpe, age unknown.

A Liberty man lost his pickup truck and the $4,000 inside it when the vehicle cause on fire outside his Whipp Avenue home.

Obituaries: George Milford Anderson, 69; Emma Ann Pevely Douglas, 67.

40 Years Ago
Week of Dec. 15, 1977

The Casey county Board of Education head from a group of parents from the Phillips School area who said they were “getting fed up” with a particular school bus driver claiming he “picked on” a group of students.

A new District Court system would become effective Jan. 2 and would differ a bit from the old system.

The Casey County News was designated a “National Blue Ribbon Newspaper” for 1978-79 by the National Newspaper Foundation in Washington D.C.

Another step in Liberty’s bid to be named an All-Kentucky City was taken when a presentation on the city’s development was heard by a panel of out-of-state judges.

Kimra McAnelly, 20, suffered multiple injuries in a head-on collision in Garrard County that claimed the life of a Lancaster woman.

Douglas School student Monica Rose McFarland was the winner of the Casey County Conservation Districts essay competition while Stacey Hoskins of Liberty Elementary was the first-place winner in the poster contest.

Obituaries: Samuel Floyd McFarland, 83; Maggie Lee Sharp. 93; Vershel “Dock” Marple, 61; James L. Simpson, age unknown.

50 Years Ago
Week of Dec. 14, 1967

Burley tobacco prices dropped to an average of $71.98.

Several Liberty stores would remain open until 8 p.m. throughout the Christmas season for the convenience of shoppers who work during the day.

A local man wrecked his car near the Blue Hole on Ky. 70 in an attempt to evade police officers. He was not injured, but was later arrested.

The choir at First Christian Church would present its annual program of Christmas music in the church sanctuary, led by director Mrs. Woodrow Lester.

The “biggest hornets’ nest the county has probably ever produced” turned up this year with the biggest being brought in by Sheriff James Riggins, Measuring 36”x19”.

The Kentuckian Theatre was showing “Good Times,” starring Sonny and Cher. And “Flying Leathernecks” with John Wayne and Robert Ryan.

Obituaries: Ellen Portman, 100; Silas Mason, 74; John Richard Lee, 82; George Cundiff, age unknown; Mayme Whipp, 81; Leona Ownes, 72; Eliza B Kelly, 90; Lonie Rodgers, 60.