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Out of the Past: March 22, 2017

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10 YEARS AGO
Week of March 21, 2007

Casey’s family farms have dwindled from 130 to 25 since 1988. Despite the area’s successful farming reputation, even Casey County is feeling the effects of a declining generation of farmers.
Billie Watts leaves dairy farming after more than 50 years.
Casey County Sheriff’s Department has a new deputy. Kevin Roberts pulled his first shift as a police officer on March 12.
The East Casey County Water District Board learned that a local fire department has not been billed for water. The clerical error in billing Poplar Springs Fire Department was discovered when Gary Burton, who reads the water meters for the district, made the board aware of the situation.
Casey County High School has new baseball and softball coaches. Angel Hood will take over the coaching position for the Lady Rebels softball team; she was the former assistant coach. Tim Ellis will be at the helm of the Rebels baseball program.
Ten branches strong, Monticello Banking Co., a financial institution more than a century old, was officially welcomed to Casey County. The bank’s Casey County office held its grand opening and open house for the public, about three months after the new building opened for business.
Obituaries: Jerry Harris, 58; James B. Wilson, 69; Carl E. Rasnick, 70; Elnora R. Vanoy, 94; Donald D. Woods, 65.

20 YEARS AGO
Week of March 19, 1997

Casey County Fiscal Court heard two motions for a tax increase, but both were denied.
A zone change was being sought for the construction of an office building at the junction of Ky. 49 and Brown Court by Bill Turpin of TG Industries in Somerset.
A private citizen, Beulah Wesley, proposed that local residents take part in fundraiser to help get the county government out of its financial mess. The fiscal court unanimously approved Wesley’s plan.
State Rep. William Scott told fiscal court that it could use a $400,000 state grant, which was obtained to convert the county jail to a juvenile detention facility, any way it wanted.
About 35 people gathered at Liberty City Hall hoping to generate interest in Casey County’s economic development.
Dunnville and South Fork fire departments settled their dispute over boundaries in the southern part of the county.
Congressman Ron Lewis told the crowd of nearly 100 at the Lincoln Day Dinner that he did not foresee closure of the county’s Farm Service Agency office.
The Lady Rebels lost by one point to Boyle County in the regional tournament.
Obituaries: Ethel F. Miller, 61; Vernon Eugene Durham, 72; Ethel Mae Peek, 90; Walter B. Cochran, 89.

30 YEARS AGO
Week of March 25, 1987

Casey County Fiscal Court held a special meeting to discuss the budget for the 1987-88 fiscal year. Although no action was taken, it was discussed that county employees may lose fringe benefits.
Casey County Area Vocational Education Center was among 14 vocational educational institutions in the state to receive a flag of excellence.
A family of six was displaced after a fire swept through their home. Bradley Collet, his wife and four children lost all of their possessions in the doublewide mobile home blaze on Poplar Springs Road.
A CCHS teacher spent the weekend in an Indiana jail after pleading guilty to drug charges.
Property owners living within five road miles of East Casey County Volunteer Fire Department would see their fire insurance premiums drop as the department’s classification rating improved from a 10 to a 9.
A jail study requested by Casey County Fiscal Court showed operational costs for a full-service jail would be less than either a 12-hour or 96-hour holdover facility.
Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Paul Patton named Judge-Executive David Johnson his Casey County campaign chairman.
Monticello derailed the Rebels in the regional semi-finals.
Obituaries: Louis Ople Griffith, 88; Marvin Elvern Eads, 50; Juey Ann Coffey, 68; Deloris Ruth Clements, 58; Minnie Cochran Kirk, 94; Mary Elizabeth Abell, 85; Nancy Sandusky, 64.

40 YEARS AGO
Week of March 24, 1977

The first Democrat, David H. Johnson, filed for the office of county judge, rounding out 28 total candidates in Casey County seeking public office. Of those, 23 were Republican; five were Democrat.
Two 18-year-olds were arrested in connection with a robbery and alleged beating at Green River Drive-In in Liberty the previous year.
Maurine C. Coffey Elliott, former Yosemite postmaster, died in Danville.
Many of the community’s questions about rumors of a new public library were answered regarding funding and other details.
An additional $40,000 in state road aid money was made available to Casey County. Judge Garfield Griffin said the funding would be used to tile and gravel roads.
Obituaries: Hiram H. Stafford, 72; George G. Tapscott, 97; Theodore Whitis, 87; Avelena Pike, 79; Lewis Edward Crawford, 63; Inas Hudson, 65; Oliver C. Rodgers, 72.

50 YEARS AGO
Week of March 23, 1967

A public hearing was held for the rebuilding of U.S. 127 from Kidds Store to Hustonville, with J.P. Noonan acting as master of ceremonies.
The National Farmer’s Organization thought about 50 percent of the county’s milk was being held back in the county.
Candidate for governor, Marlow Cook, spoke to two groups at the opening of county court and at the Kiwanis Club.
Deputy Sheriff Shelby Atwood resigned after working for nearly a year and half under Sheriff James Riggins.
Billy DeVasher would be the guest speaker during revival services at Liberty’s First Baptist Church.
Kentucky public school teachers would receive an average pay increase of $576 the next year, which would bring the state average up to $5,768.
Three Pines, a “watering place” just over the line in Marion County, was robbed of $28 and two shotguns.
The Kentuckian Theatre showed “The Girls on the Beach,” “Texas Across the River,” “Las Vegas Hillbilly,” and “The War Lord.”
Obituaries: Mary Ann Coffman, 16; Rhoda Wesley, 84; Estil Hoskins, 60; Michele Renea Howell, infant.