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Out of the Past: April 26, 2017

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10 YEARS AGO

Week of April 25, 2007

A two-acre site on Jockey and Pettyjohn streets has been secured for a permanent campus for college classes. The city, county and Economic Development Authority will each pay one-third of the $225,000 purchase price.

A 16-year-old boy was charged in the death of his cousin, William Joshua Clay Williams, 25. Williams suffered a skull fracture and brain injury due to blunt impact, the deputy coroner said.

Casey County Bank sponsored a one-day improvement effort at Gateway Park in anticipation of spring and summer events at the facility. The bank, along with the student YMCA clubs from Casey County middle and high schools and the CCHS football team, cleaned up the grounds, painted picnic tables , benches and the concession stand as well as sealing and painting the basketball courts and planting flowers.

Liberty Police Department added its seventh officer, Randy Dial. Dial joins Chief Ron Whited, Assistant Chief Steven Garrett, Ronnie Smith and Jayson Grider, who are fulltime officers, as well as part-time officer Harold Cochran and School Resource Officer Richard Francioni.

Christy Edmiston of Hustonville recently started her duties as director of Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center.

Tenured employees were expected to keep their jobs when Walnut Hill Elementary opens for the 2007-2008 school year.

Kerry Cundiff was named Outstanding Cooperator as the annual Casey County Soil Conservation Service banquet.

Obituaries: James P. Crutcher, 40; David L Johnson, 38; Josh Williams, 25; Stella Bell, 85;  Grace E. Goode, 94;  Mattie L. Allen, 82; Mattie Price, 91.


20 YEARS AGO

Week of April 23, 1997

Casey County Judge-Executive David Johnson presented a $2.8 million budget to the fiscal court. The budget included $660,000 expected to be generated from an occupational tax.

A fire at Valley Oak Baptist Church caused minor damage but was being treated as a hate crime by the Kentucky State Police.

Two Casey County residents suffered injuries in a two-vehicle crash 11.1 miles north of Liberty on Ky. 49. The two vehicles collided in a curve, injuring Geraldine Cox and passenger Arthur Stinhaur, both of Liberty. Both were treated and released at Casey County Hospital while the other driver involved, Carlos Griffin of Hustonville, refused treatment.

Casey County Fiscal Court was hoping to keep the county jail open, even though the state had ordered it closed the following week.

Twelve participants from Latin America and the Caribbean came to Casey County as part of a leadership seminar sponsored by W.K. Kellog Foundation and the Partners of the Americas to look at issues in community development.

Casey County Fiscal Court failed to address how to meet a projected deficit.

A request to rezone a lot at the junction of Brown Court and Ky. 49 from residential to commercial was unanimously approved.

Becky Murphy, 17, was named all-around runner-up at the Kentucky State Gymnastics Championship.

Casey ranked fourth in the eight-county area for the 1996 deer killings, with 773 deer killed during the season.

Obituaries; William Terrell Hatter, 88; Moneda E. Roy, 68; Edna Mae Wilson, 74; Lelia Bessie Rousey, 79; Nadene Watson, 55; Charlie Lawhorn, 79;  Raymond H. Lay, 82; Irene Travis, 77; Noble Allen, 71; Caroline E. Shepperson, 67; Ernest Lee Atwood Sr., 89; J.C. Atwood, 61;  Larry D. Lee, 42.

 

30 YEARS AGO

Week of April 29, 1987

When a 1 percent occupational tax was passed by Casey County Fiscal Court, the county joined 26 other counties in the state that had implemented an occupational tax to offset loss of revenue.

Two Casey County men and two juveniles were arrested in connections with the vandalism of two cemeteries, Peavey Cemetery and Caney Fork Cemetery in western Casey County.

Casey County Fiscal Court held a special meeting where County Attorney Thomas M. Weddle Jr. officially was hired to represent the county in a lawsuit over the 1 percent occupational tax.

Casey County Ambulance Service personnel asked Casey County Fiscal Court to reconsider funding health insurance benefits for county employees.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled in Casey District Court to hear evidence in the drunken-driving case against Casey School Superintendent Dale Wolford, 52, of Liberty.

Casey County Homemakers Clubs and the Casey County Hospital Auxiliary co-sponsored a benefit fashion show that showcased apparel from 11 local merchants.

Wagon traffic signs were placed near six highways in Casey, Russell and Taylor counties to indicate the use of roadways by wagons used by Amish and Mennonite residents.

Casey County War Memorial Hospital was operating at a $72,890 loss.

Sharon Walters, a Liberty native, placed first in business law at the Kentucky Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference.

Lt. Gov. Steve Beshear named Bert Sallee and Janet C. Davis to serve as co-chairs of the Beshear for Governor Committee in Casey County.

Obituaries: Pat Ventis Patterson, 71; Florene Allen, 58; Ruth Ann Lee, 43; Louise Murphy Ellis. 69; Anna Mae Price, 57.

 

40 YEARS AGO

Week of April 28, 1977

Health department official Aubrey M. Wesley was challenged to present facts about the old city dump by the engineering firm working on the city water project, Mayes, Sudderth and Etheredge Inc. The firm denied claims made by Wesley, who said the state should not have approved the plans for the project because of contamination.

A loss of beehives hit the county’s beekeepers hard with estimated losses at three out of four hives.

St. Bernard Catholic Church in Clementsville celebrated its 175th year.

A fire, which was believed to have been started by a prisoner, did considerable damage to the Casey County Jail. Mattresses and window casings were burned in two separate blazes.

State project approval was announced as an amendment to the county road aid program to improve Henson Creek Road.

Four families were left homeless following a fire that broke out at the Randolph Apartment building on Randolph Street.

Green River Drive-In was showing “Revenge of the Cheerleaders.”

The Liberty Wildcats were county grade school girls basketball champions with the Middleburg Mustangs coming in second.

Obituaries: Laura Belle Johnson, 57; Sarah Katherine Russell, 81; Earl Sherain. 62; Albert Adams, 72; Nannie Lee Glover, 63: Wallace Joe Holtzclaw, 19; Mary Ann Davis, 74; William M. Wilkerson. 74; Laura Earles, 43.

 

50 YEARS AGO

Week of April 27, 1967

Pfc. Ewell Lee Jr. of Tennessee Ridge was killed by small arms fire while on patrol in Viet Nam. He was in the Rach Kein area, where he had been in almost constant combat since his arrival there.

The state highway department was requesting bids to blacktop four roads across the county.

Raymond Overstreet of Rheber graduated from Berea College and was accepted at the University of Kentucky School of Law.

State forestry experts said Kentucky’s yellow poplar trees may suddenly become leafless due to a leaf mining weevil.

David King, 22, son of Lowel and Hazel Vaught King of Casey County, was killed an automobile accident about a mile out of Franklin, Ind.

Richard Spencer, a new state police trooper, was assigned to work in Casey County.

The Kiwanis Club was asked to sponsor 10 candy stripers for the Casey hospital.

The Kentuckian Theatre was showing “40 Acre Feud,” “Mutiny in Outer Space,” “Kaleidoscope” and “The Guns of August.”

The Green River Drive-In was showing “The Last of the Secret Agents,” “The Tramplers,” “The Ten Commandments” and “Assault on a Queen.”

Obituaries: Paul R. Carman, 70; Viola Turpin Grubbs, 63.