Local News

  • Holiday lights getting cleaned after flood

    By Zach Johnson

    “We knew this could happen if it flooded, but I don’t think anyone has seen it flood like this in December. Most of the flooding is in the spring or summer, but never in December,” said Nikki Johnson, the Liberty Tourism and Convention Board Chair.

    Cleanup efforts are underway following waters reaching, in some spots, as high as 6 feet high at Liberty Island Holiday Lights.

  • Tarter CDBG money unused

    A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) approved by the Department for Local Government for $1 million is still sitting on the table after Tarter Farm and Ranch has delayed the construction of a new automated gate line.

  • Telecommunications company seeks franchise

    Casey County’s Kentucky Wired project is in a hiatus, while franchise agreements Duo County Telecommunications presented to both the City of Liberty and Casey County are being reviewed.

    The company has the state’s contract to bring broadband internet through Russell Springs, up US Highway 127, to Liberty’s downtown, and then up Ky-70 to Campbellsville.

  • 2017: The Year in Review


    — A Casey County farmer was named in a federal indictment charging him with fraud. Christopher S. Fair, who farmed on Ky. 70 just west of Liberty, was charged with one count of converting assets pledged to the Farm Credit Administration; five counts of money laundering; and one count of bankruptcy fraud.

  • Rescue cat needs home
  • EDA reviews 2017, looks forward to 2018

    By Zach Johnson

    The Economic Development Authority of Liberty/Casey County held their final meeting of 2017 on Dec. 22. In the meeting, they reviewed their performance in 2017, as well as looked forward and set goals for 2018.

  • KYTC District 8 crews ready for snow, ice season

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 

    With more than 22,000 tons of salt on hand, combined with more than 80 snow plows, salt spreaders and other equipment ready in Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell and Wayne counties, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8 crews are ready for winter weather duty.

    Since October, district crews have been inspecting snow plows, calibrating salt-spreading equipment and developing snowstorm response procedures to keep District 8 state roads passable during inclement weather.

  • Holiday closings

    — The Casey County Sheriff’s Office will be closed Dec. 29 and Jan. 1 for New Years.

    — Casey County Health Dept will be closed New Years Dec. 29, and Jan. 1.

    — The Casey County Pork Producers will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 1 in the Pork Producer’s building at the Central KY Ag/Expo Center.

    — The Casey County Extension Council will be having a special called meeting on Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Casey Co. Extension Office.

  • 29 candidates now have paperwork in for offices

    The candidate count is now up to 29 for City of Liberty and Casey County offices, with six additional candidates submitting paperwork to run in the 2018 elections.

    Scott Floyd, of Liberty, filed Dec. 19 to run for sheriff. He will compete with Chad G. Weddle, of Dunnville, and Kenny Patten, of Liberty, in the Republican primary May 22.

    Incumbent Fiscal Court Magistrate Robby Murphy now has a challenger, Jerry Brown, in District 3. Brown filed Nov. 30.

  • Liberty Island floods, cancelling last night of holiday lights

    A rainstorm played the Grinch Dec. 23, flooding Liberty Island and putting the holiday lights display under about a foot of water. But, like the Grinch, the rain didn’t spoil the overall success of the event.

    According to Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce Treasurer Nicki Johnson, once the water subsides, the lights and recent electrical work will be checked to make sure it survived the minor flood. It was built with the understanding that the island occasionally floods.