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Out of the Past: July 26, 2017

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10 YEARS AGO
Week of July 25, 2007

The Rev. George Lewis McInnis III, previously known in Casey County as “Trey,” made a brief return to his hometown after being ordained June 2 as a Roman Catholic priest. He is the first Roman Catholic priest to be ordained from Casey County in more than 50 years.
The American Quarter Horse Association filled the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center last week as its members rode in from across the country to display their horses and riding skills in hopes of qualifying for the World Show in Oklahoma City in November. The Kentucky AQH Summer Spectacular brought horse lovers from across the country to Casey County for the six-day event, which included all kinds of horse competitions for children and adults. AG/EXPO center director Christy Edmiston said about 2,000 entries were registered at the event and 400 horse stalls were rented.
A Russell County man involved in thefts at the Walnut Hill Elementary building site pleaded guilty in Casey Circuit Court.
Eight retiring educators were honored May 31 at a reception hosted by the Casey County Retired Teachers Association. The eight retirees are Laura Fox, who retired in October 2006; Marilyn Watson, who retired January 2007; Deborah (Debbie) Clements, who retired March 2007; Mary Overstreet, Glenna Stephens and Kent Emerson, who retired June 2007; and James Ellison and Jimmy Brown, who retired in July 2007.
Obituaries: Mark A. Sayers, 37; Phillip D. Mason, 68; Robert Reynolds, 60; Glenn C. Monday, 66; Van A. Statham, 49; Agatha W. Purdom, 81.

20 YEARS AGO
Week of July 23, 1997

After years of haggling with magistrates over the need for new voting machines, County Clerk Eva S. Miller was finally able to make her point as the court unanimously voted to advertise for bids on 16 new machines.
County volunteer fire department chiefs took the first step in forming a Casey County Chiefs Association.
Sharon Mills Mason, owner of Sharon’s Tax Service, was hired to oversee the collection of Casey’s new 1.5 percent occupational tax.
A group of Arkansas teenagers traveled to Casey County on a mission trip to work on the Casey County Youth/Community Center at Gateway Park and with the county’s Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
Kim Lee was one of two Images models selected for a trip to Los Angeles, Calif.
Westlake Regional Hospital agreed to direct the operations of Casey County Hospital for another year’s lease.
The City of Liberty was making improvements to the entrance of Glenwood Cemetery.
Stanford Drive-In Theatre was showing “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” starring Julia Roberts and “Buddy,” starring Rene Russo.
The 1947 graduating class of Middleburg High School held its 50th class reunion at The Depot restaurant.
Danville’s Josh Lee won the 27th annual Hickory Hills Men’s Invitational golf tournament.
Obituaries: Egbert Luttrell, 71; Louvenia Turpin, 64; Gerald C. Hawn, 82; Flora Pennington, 88; George K. Pruitt Sr. 85.

30 YEARS AGO
Week of July 29, 1987

Tracie Roy, Tamatha Arms, Mecia Mullins and Deborah Ware would compete for the first-ever Casey County Junior Miss title.
Liberty Mayor John C. Grider advised Police Chief Larry Bowmer to instruct officers to “do all that is necessary to curb the vandalism in town.”
A motorcycle accident in Liberty left Bruce Pittman, 17 of Bethelridge, hospitalized in Lexington, where he was recovering.
The Casey County Ambulance Service was granted approval to increase its rates for major trauma emergency runs. The ambulance tax district board approved the rate increase from $85 to $150 per run.
Jasper Rodgers, 13, of Liberty was transported by helicopter to a Louisville hospital following a tractor accident.
A 30-foot-wide road bed was built to use in a project that would extend city water lines to Clementsville.
Jim Dandy Market featured sales on eight 16-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola products, $1.69; steaks, $3.49 per pound; and two dozen Grade A large eggs, $1.
Obituaries: Arvil Edwin Haggard, 71; Deedy Martin Luster, 92; Mary Daisy Marple, 87; Marion Aaron Lee, 68; Rose Geneva Woodrum, 72; Flossie Irene Holtzclaw, 74.

40 Years Ago
Week of July 28, 1977

An effort was under way to convince the state that a new connector road was needed between U.S. 127 and Ky. 70.
The Casey County Health Department was relocating to its new building near Casey Hospital. Aubrey M. Wesley was the acting administrator of the local health department.
The Casey County Board of Education announced that Keith Young would replace Jim Voight as head coach of the Rebels’ basketball team. Young was promoted after serving as Voight’s assistant the previous year. Also, the board hired Michael A. Finney of Tennessee to replace Dan Walker as head football coach and Edgar Clary Watson of Ohio to coach the girls basketball and freshmen boys team.
The Casey County Board of Education voted to discontinue the driver’s education program at Casey County High.
The Casey County Board of Education approved a slight increase in the local school tax rate to 37.3 cents per $100 property valuation with 30 cents going to the state.
Jim Dandy Market featured sales on two half-gallons of Cedar Hill milk, $1.49; a five-pound bag of Martha White self-rising cornmeal, 79 cents; and Ball regular dome canning liquids, 28 cents for a dozen.
The Green River Drive-In was showing “Bad Georgia Road” and “The Great Texas Dynamite Chase.”
Obituaries: Granville C. Coffman, 82; Malcolm Ray Wethington, 34; George A. Rigney, 85; Albert Thomas Hughes, 57; James J. Griffin, 73.

50 YEARS AGO
Week of July 27, 1967

Five juveniles ranging in ages from 10 to 14 swept glass from nearly half a mile of highway when told to do so by County Judge Garfield Griffin. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Ezra Wall, the five boys broke glass bottles along Shugars Hill on the pavement and were issued brooms from the jail when brought before Griffin.
Three teachers — Clyde Wesley and Margaret Purdom Wesley of Liberty and Franklin Kinnaird of Garrard County — were hired to fill vacancies in county schools. Mr. Wesley would teach at Casey High, Mrs. Wesley would teach remedial mathematics and Kinnaird would teach physical education at two county grade schools.
George Carmicle resigned as a city policeman and went back to work for Griffin-Wesley Motors.
The Kiwanis Club brought The Oak Ridge Boys and The Chuck Wagon Gang to Liberty, according to club chairman Bobby McKinney.
Tobacco crop damage from rain was estimated to be well over $1 million and it could end up close to $2 million in the end, hurting about 50 percent of the crop.
The Kentuckian was showing “Pistol for Ringo” and “Prehistoric Woman.”
Obituaries: Hancie H. Harrison, 74; Lettie Davis, 84; Jackie Dalton, 64; George Cummins, 84.