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Out of the Past: May 3, 2017

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10 YEARS AGO
Week of May 2, 2007

Newlywed Natasha (Turpin) Preston never considered herself a guardian angel, but she got to play that role when she helped save a man’s life at Liberty Manor Apartments.
Brush Creek Fire Department received $75,000 to build an addition. A new 4,000-square-foot addition will soon be added thanks to $75,000 in federal funding.
Several members of the Casey County Middle School Y Club picked up paint brushes and rollers Saturday to help in the “Paint the Town” project. Josh Ayoroa, executive director of the Economic Development Authority of Liberty/Casey County, said other such projects are planned in the near future, pending the outcome of grant applications.
A Casey County grand jury issued sealed indictments charging seven people with drug offenses.
Obituaries: Shawn Bastin, 26; Ronald D. McGinnis, 67; Margie Ellis, 93; Winnie E. Brockman, 93; Josie Dunham, 93; Emma Mae Rodgers, 83; Elizabeth P. Lazarou, 77; R.C. Cochran, 75.

20 YEARS AGO
Week of April 30, 1997

Barring a last-minute effort, it appeared as though the Casey County jail would close its doors at midnight after magistrates did not present a plan for keeping the jail open at a fiscal court meeting.
Seven months after deciding to collect a $2.75 monthly surcharge to fund an enhanced 911 program, the county had yet to begin to collect the funds from residents.
Drs. Garnett and George Sweeney were honored by 500 people at a retirement reception at First Christian Church.
Casey County Fiscal Court’s vote ended in another 2-2 tie on the proposed occupational tax with Judge-Executive David Johnson refusing to break the tie.
An open house and grand opening for Casey County Bank’s fifth branch was held at the new location on Wallace Wilkinson Boulevard. About 1,200 pork burgers were served at the event.
Casey County High senior Robin Wall tied a 5’2” high jump record.
Liberty Elementary secretary Else Smith was recognized on Professional Secretary’s Day by the school staff.
Eighteen seniors were honored at the CCHS band banquet.
Doris Noel of Liberty was honored as Kentucky Master Farm Homemaker during the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association annual meeting at Executive Inn West in Louisville.
Obituaries: Eulis Sandusky. 67; Russell C. Shaw, 78; Cleo C. McDonald, 64; Joseph W. Wethington, 71; Ezra Wesley, 83; Robert Wheeler, 60; Lynda S. Hale, 35; Richard Ingram, 94.

30 YEARS AGO
Week of May 6, 1987

Liberty City Council was facing financial problems in its general fund budget, expecting a deficit of about $40,000 in the next year’s budget, according to city auditor Jerry Hensley.
A Liberty man was lodged in the Casey County jail after being arrested by Troopers David Cowherd and Danny Burton when he was found driving a stolen vehicle. He faced 10 criminal charges, including three counts of theft by unlawful taking under $100, five felony counts of second-degree burglary and two felony charges of theft by unlawful taking over $100.
Casey County Attorney Thomas M. Weddle Jr. filed a motion in Casey Circuit Court asking for dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the count’s occupational tax ordinance.
About $700 was raised for the Casey County War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at a fashion show at Casey County High School.
The Casey County cystic fibrosis walk-a-thon was scheduled at Gateway Park.
Robert Carroll Godsey Jr. was scheduled to stand trial Oct. 7 in Casey Circuit Court for the robbery and murder of two Casey County men.
CCHS senior Tommy Miller signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Lindsey Wilson College.
Obituaries: Cyrus G. Black, 94; Mary Beatrice Elliott, 85; Marjorie Beatrice Richards, 68; Charles Milton Bernard, 47; John A. Lewallen, 92; Claude S. Grooms, 77; Dollie M. Harris, 85.

40 YEARS AGO
Week of May 5, 1977

Casey County native Mary Cochran Trailor, 68, was among three people killed after being struck by a car in downtown Hustonville.
The Casey County News readers were asked to submit nominations for “Citizen of the Month.”
Casey County would receive $134,908 in road aid money in the next fiscal year; announced state Transportation Secretary Calvin G. Grayson.
Jeff Emerson of Phelps Elementary and Mitchell Phillips of Liberty Elementary were the top fundraisers in the Casey County Bike-a-thon.
More than 500 participated in the March of Dimes Walk-a-thon. Those who walked in the event would be rewarded with a dance where other awards would be given to winners of the walk-a-thon.
The city of Liberty received a $298,990 community development grant to use for drainage problem corrections.
Members of Noel’s Chapel Church of God dedicated their new church in special services. The new building replaced a 42-year-old structure.
Casey County High juniors worked to decorate the gym for the 1977 junior-senior rom. The total cost of the prom would run close to $2,000.
CCHS junior Donna Godbey won first place in senior division biology at the second annual science fair at Somerset Community College.
Obituaries: William C. Emerson 96; Queen Victoria Lane, 85; Frederick Marvin Wethington, 46.

50 YEARS AGO
Week of May 4, 1967

The county’s grade schools, including Liberty and St. Bernard’s, held a track meet for the first time since old school fairs were held nearly 20 years before. The schools sponsored the event along with the Kiwanis Club. One dollar and 50-cent cash prizes were given to students in first and second places.
Democratic candidate for governor, Henry Ward, pledged to seek high standards for all of U.S. 127 in the state.
Columbia Gulf Transmission Co. presented books to the remedial reading room in observance of National Library Week.
Liberty’s basketball team received special honors at its annual banquet. Dr. Bob Davis of Georgetown College was the guest speaker.
Dr. Charles T. Wethington Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Wethington of Dry Creek, was named president of the newly-build Community College of Maysville.
The Dollar General Store in Liberty features sales on men’s knit shirts, $1; boys’ two-piece sets of matching shirts and pants for $3; and ladies’ and girls’ canvas shoes, $1.
The Kentuckian Theatre was showing “The Snow Queen,” “Thunder in the Sun,” “Palm Springs Weekend,” “Any Wednesday” and “The Pad and How to Use it.”
Obituaries: Edward Rodgers, 52; Sarah Elizabeth Smith, 80; Cora Withers, 79.