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Out of the Past: August 16, 2017

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10 YEARS AGO
Week of August 15, 2007

At age 7, Abbie Streeval remembers watching in awe as Allison Elliott was named the 1997 Casey County Junior Miss. “I thought it would be so fun to stand on the stage and do that,” she said. Abbie said her mother told her, at the time, that she would get her chance. Abbie got that chance Saturday night, as she and four other Casey County High School seniors competed for the title of 2008 Casey County Junior Miss. And, on this night, the title belonged to Abbie.
Students from three former Casey County elementaries got a first look at their brand new school. The open house for Walnut Hill Elementary School brought students, their families, local officials and community members into the new facility, located on U.S. 127 South, for the first time to meet with principals, teachers and other students.
Three vehicles were involved in an accident on Ky. 70 East at Yosemite. The driver and a passenger of a car were airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where the driver remains in serious condition.
A Liberty man was arrested after police investigated an animal abuse complaint at Liberty Pet Food store in Liberty Square Shopping Center.
Obituaries: Roy G. Allen, 62; Evonna G. Grider, 40; Goldie Maxine Wesley, 87; Nancy L. Aguirre, 68; Ivalene E. Haggard, 82; Barbara A. Stagner, 68; Virginia M. Clements, 64; Vernon W. King, 82; Flonnie E. Simpson, 92.

20 YEARS AGO
Week of August 13, 1997

A new sewage treatment plant was installed behind Casey County High School. The plant would have a 25,000 gallon capacity and cost $99,772.
The Code of Conduct book for Casey County Schools included new policies dealing with graduation requirements, corporal punishment and head lice.
A nationwide strike by United Parcel Service workers was entering its second week, but the strike’s effect on local businesses was minimal.
A 5-year-old girl and her mother were bitten by a dog while paying house rent to their landlord on U.S. 127 South.
The lack of posted school zone signs and flashing lights at Middleburg Elementary School was brought to the attention of Casey County Fiscal Court.
Susan Garrett, 23, was taken to Casey County Hospital following a two-vehicle accident at the junction of Ky. 70 and Ky. 1547.
Stanford Drive-In was showing “Men in Black” and “Anaconda.”
Liberty Kiwanis Club chose Basic Fitness Lifestyle Management as the Business of the Month.
Casey County High sophomore Misty Hair earned two medals and a ribbon at the AAU National Track and Field Meet at the Walt Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando Fla.
Obituaries: Mary E. Austin 74; Mae Nagel, 68; Henry N. Perry, 73; William B. Fletcher, 81; Charles Young, 39; Myrtie M. Wesley, 76; James Harold Martin, 67; Haskel C. Crowe, 54.

30 YEARS AGO
Week of August 19, 1987

The state was notified that the emergency room at Casey County War Memorial Hospital would close at the end of the month.
The state Environmental Protection Agency fined the city $500 for exceeding its sewer system discharge permit, resulting in the city getting a deadline extension and new time limit for upgrading its sewer system by July 1989.
Casey County Board of Education hired 35 substitute teachers with 60 percent of them on emergency certificate status.
The first annual “350-mile Outdoor Sale Festival” was set for Aug. 24-30 on U.S. 127, stretching through Kentucky and Tennessee.
A back-to-school dance was planned at Casey High following the football game against McCreary Central.
Gladys Thomas was honored by the Kentucky Genealogical Society at Kentucky State University in Frankfort.
Obituaries: Lola Pearl Alstott, 71; Melda Rachel Emerson, 73; Herman Estel Campbell, 66.

40 YEARS AGO
Week of August 18, 1977

According to Charles Marion Lee, owner of Casey County’s largest apple orchard, this was the best year the industry had ever experienced in quality and quantity.
Casey County’s population increased by 1,070 people between 1970 and 1976, according to the University of Louisville’s Urban Studies Center, giving Casey County a population of 14,000.
Joy Tarter’s pitching performance helped lead the Dunnville girls to the championship of the Dunnville League Girls Softball tournament. Dunnville placed first in the tourney while Country Gals came in second and the Casey Ladies third.
Columbia Mayor W.R. Murphy withdrew from the race as a Democratic candidate for the 52nd legislative district, leaving Liberty attorney Raymond Overstreet with no opposition.
Tommy Cravens and Larry Vest, both Casey High juniors, attended a Forestry and Environmental Youth Camp at Feltner 4-H Center in London. The trip was sponsored by the Casey County Conservation District.
Mr. and Mrs. Coy Cain celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.
Casey County’s King and Lane softball team won the 1977 district tournament at the City Council Park in Campbellsville.
Billy Weddle won the championship flight of the Hickory Hills Club Tournament. Kerry Cundiff was the runner-up.
Green River Drive-In Theatre was showing “Hollywood High.”
Obituaries: Cleo Lay, 102; Dennie Goode, 62; Iona Wall, 65; Oscar L. Pettyjohn, 87; Ozie Ray Mondie, 70; Mason Shelby Holt, 76; Alfred L. Hatter, 54; George Jackson Hodge, 58; Edgar Allen Lay, 86.

50 YEARS AGO
Week of August 17, 1967

M/Sgt. James A. Marple retired after 25 years of service in the U.S. Army. Marple grew up near Clementsville and was the son of B. Roy Marple.
A shooting incident that occurred at a restaurant on U.S. 127 owned by Jody Clements was clouded with a lack of information, even though about 25 people were present.
Anne Toombs, a Liberty High senior, and Harvey Luttrell, a Casey County High senior, attended a conference at Eastern State University on juvenile problems.
The Liberty FFA had a display at the Kentucky State Fair, according to teacher Omer Brant.
Roger Paul Elliott, a senior at the Kentucky Military Institute, was named one of the school’s six captains for the year.
Sheriff James Riggins said thieves broke into Otis Sandusky’s barber shop on Ky. 49 and stole 300 pieces of bubble gum.
Casey County schools were set to begin Aug. 21.
The Green River Drive-In Theatre was showing “The Swinger,” “Easy Come, Easy Go” and “The Corrupt Ones.”
Subscriptions to The Casey County News cost $3 per year in Kentucky and $3.50 elsewhere.
The Kentuckian was showing “Red Tomahawk” and “Viva Las Vegas.”
Obituaries: Jess Hatter, 80; Herbert Lawhorn, 65.