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  • Veterans ask for apology for lies about service

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Veterans from Casey County are asking for a public apology from Daniel Clay Cheatham, of Liberty, for lies about serving with the military in Afghanistan.

    They say this is a case of “Stolen Valor.”

    A website run by Ambrosia Wellness, which was formerly located in Liberty but is now in Danville, had a biography for Cheatham.

  • Casey County Republican Candidate forum could change date, location

    cvanleuven@caseynews.com

    The date, time and location for an upcoming candidate forum for the 2018 Casey County Republican Primary will likely be finalized this week.

    As previously reported, the Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce had set the forum for 6 p.m. May 15 in the Casey County Pork Producers building. After hearing concerns from candidates that the date might be too close to election time, Chamber Treasurer Nicki Johnson said that she would explore other options.

  • Local farmer wins corn yield contest

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    A Casey County farmer grew 315.22 bushels of corn per acre — enough to win his category in the National Corn Yield Contest for the State of Kentucky.

    Billy Morris, of Liberty, said in an interview that he knew it would be a bumper crop last year. He just didn’t know how good it was until harvest.

    “I knew it was really good. It was the best crop I’ve ever grown, but it surprised me to get over 300 (bushels per acre),” he said. “I thought I’d get 275.”

  • Severe thunderstorms roll though Casey County

    zjohnson@caseynews.net 

    Storms on April 3 left behind a rising Green River, several downed trees and even brought down a power line.

    Casey County’s Emergency Management Director Rick Wesley said that he did not anticipate that much flooding following the storms, but the Green River was up and out of its banks near Casey County High School. In the early morning of April 4, Randolph Street in Liberty was flooded.

  • High school announces work ethics program

    zjohnson@caseynews.net 

    Casey County High School is looking to partner with local businesses on a newly introduced Work Ethics Seal Program.

    The work ethics program is for high school seniors interested in demonstrating desirable skill and attributes necessary for meaningful employment and success in life.

    Students can sign up for the class until May 1 and would work to accomplish a number of requirements to achieve the three different levels of seals — bronze, silver, and gold — to show employers their career skills.

  • Senate should hold firm against KyWired bailout

    The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free market think tank, commends the state Senate for doing its part to pull the plug on KentuckyWired, the creation of former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and big-spending Republican 5th District Congressman Hal Rogers.

  • Chamber hears about safety and awareness

    zjohnson@caseynews.net 

    The safety of Casey County schools and community was the topic at the March 28 Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

    Casey County High School Principal and Liberty-Casey County Chamber President Josh Blevins spoke about procedures and safety protocols they have in place at the Casey County High School.

    He said that the number one thing that sets Casey County apart and makes them special is that they have a genuine bond with all students in the school and that is a huge deterrent for tragic situations.

  • Laws and common sense can end trespassing issues

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Editor’s Note: This article is intended to give the public a general idea of the Kentucky laws regarding trespassing, and what people should do to prevent problems regarding trespassing. It is not intended to be legal advice. For more specific questions, we at The Casey County News would advise readers to ask an attorney.

    Cooperation, courtesy and clearly defining boundaries can help keep the peace between landowners and those seeking to cross onto private land.

  • Surprise pension bill surfaces and zips through General Assembly

    By Tom Loftus, Deborah Yetter and Morgan Watkins

    Louisville Courier Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — In just a matter of hours Thursday, Republicans in control of the Kentucky House and Senate unveiled — and zipped through to final passage — a new version of a controversial pension reform bill.

    As about 200 stunned and furious teachers and other opponents chanted objections like “Shame on you” from outside the chambers, the House first passed the bill 49-46, and a few hours later the Senate passed it 22-15.

  • Tourism rejects second reality TV offer

    zjohnson@caseynews.net 

    The Liberty Tourism and Convention Commission decided against a TV deal, which might have brought a tractor pull event to town.