Local News

  • Tourism declines TV opportunity


    The Liberty Tourism and Convention Commission voted against spending $45,000 on a television show to promote the area.

    “Coomer’s Country” approached tourism with the idea. The price included three on-location film days in Casey County with story lines in each episode showcasing tourist sites, as well as showcasing Casey County as a great place to live.

  • Campbellsville Liberty Campus adding programs


    More classes will be offered soon at the Casey County Education Center.

    During the March 8 Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority meeting, Campbellsville University Liberty Campus Director Casey Jones told members about the current state of the college as well as future programs the college would be adding in the near future.

    Jones began by telling members that the college currently has 20 to 30 students on campus and an additional 5 to 10 students taking online classes.

  • Tourism, EDA may partner on long-term goals


    The Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority is one step closer to putting in place its strategic plan.

  • City council approves grant for new police SUV


    K9 Mako has outgrown Liberty Police Chief Steve Garrett’s Ford Crown Victoria.

    In a five-minute-long meeting March 12, the Liberty City Council approved putting approximately $11,000 towards a grant to purchase a new Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicle to give the dog a little more room.

    “We’ll use that (SUV) as the K9 unit, because the dog has outgrown the car that it is in now,” Mayor Steven Brown said.

  • Two Liberty businesses owe EDA $462,000


    Two Liberty businesses—Chieftain Steel and SnapDolls—still owe the Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority hundreds of thousands years after taking out loans.

    At a March 8 Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting, Director Josh Switzer told the board that SnapDolls has recently been sold, but still owed the EDA $74,074. Chieftain Steel, which also went out of business, owes the EDA $387,930.

  • Casey man missing since March 2


    A 60-year-old Casey County man has been missing for almost two weeks and police are looking for information.

    Danny Hatter was last seen March 2 at his home on Old Dry Ridge Road. According to police he is a white male, 150 pounds, bald and wears glasses.

    He might be driving a dark 2003 Ford Ranger pickup with Kentucky License Plate #917-PEB.

    Casey County Deputy Jeff Brown said that his brother reported him missing, and the sheriff’s office checked area hospitals, as Hatter has heart problems and asthma.

  • EDA contributes toward Cattlemen’s grant


    The Casey County Cattlemen’s Association received a boost toward their hopes of securing a USDA grant that would pay for gates and panels needed for bred heifer sales.

    During the March 8 Liberty-Casey County Economic Development meeting, Director Josh Switzer suggested the EDA give 25 percent or $22,500 toward a grant that the Cattlemen are currently in the process of applying for, to purchase gates and panels.

  • District board recognizes library, hears from elementary principals


    Casey County School District Superintendent Marion Sowders presented Casey County Public Library Director Jan Banks with a Community Champion award for the library’s work in helping children become lifetime readers.

    At a March 12 Casey County Board of Education Meeting, Sowders said that the library has many fun but educational programs and events. The board also heard from the district’s three elementary school principals.

  • Justice reform would impact counties


    Kentucky Legislature is considering a criminal justice reform bill that would reduce possession of hard drugs to a misdemeanor, which worries Casey County officials.

    House bill 396 would make possession of schedule I and schedule II drugs, like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, a misdemeanor instead of a felony, which representatives hope will cut the growing prison population.

  • Local troupe to put on ‘Steel Magnolias’ this week


    “Steel Magnolias” is a story about the bond a group of women share in a small southern community and how they cope with the death of one of their own.

    The 1987 Robert Harling play, which inspired the classic movie of the same name, will be performed at the Lights of Liberty Theatre this week.

    The Casey County Community Theatre is producing the play and Barry Lee, president of the Community Theatre, is directing it.