Local News

  • Assistance, clean-up efforts continue in wake of storm

    While the EF-2 tornado that left its mark on western Casey County lasted only a couple of minutes, its after-effects will be felt for weeks and months to come as residents struggle to put their lives back together.

    Now, the questions are “Where do I get help?” and “How can I help?”

    Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney and Casey County Judge-Executive Ronald Wright are asking residents to consider donations to the Liberty/Casey County Disaster Relief Fund or the Casey County Community Children’s Fund.

  • In the middle of an EF-2 tornado

    With the weather growing worse around him, Jeff Cain pulled into the parking lot of Creston Missionary Baptist Church sometime after 2:30 p.m. Friday.

    “I saw some clouds that were really low to the ground and looked funny,” Cain said. “I looked up and some type of house and barn was coming toward me spinning.”

    Cain said he tore out of the parking lot, trying to get out of the path of whatever was approaching. He got to the edge of the road and the fierce winds began spinning his small car around. He hit a telephone pole and landed in a ditch.

  • Indian Creek Relay

    A cool, but beautiful morning greeted more than 100 walkers and runners Saturday for the inaugural Indian Creek Relay race.

    Held as a fundraiser for the family of Trenton Rayborn and Bill Pierce, the 5.1 mile relay began at the Middleburg Dairy Freeze at the intersection of Ky. 3270 (Indian Creek Road) and Ky. 198, ending at the intersection of Indian Creek and Ky. 501 (Grove Ridge).

    Trenton Rayborn, 9, a student at Jones Park Elementary School, died Aug. 9 from complications associated with cancer.

  • Verlin Hess, 72

    Verlin “Dean” Hess of Florida died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2009. He was 72.

    Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was a son of the late Lawrence Hess and Myrtle Tomes Reed.

    He was retired from Smith Industries Aerospace and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietman War.

    Survivors include his wife, Judith Hess; a son, Michael; a daughter, Melinda; and a grandson, Michael Jr.

    Memorial services were Oct. 3 at the VFW Post 7987 in New Port Richey, Fla.

    Morgan Funeral Home in New Port Richey, Fla. was in charge of arrangements.

  • Galilean Quilt Auction to mark 20th anniversary

    In spite of the down economy, Jerry Tucker has faith that this year’s quilt auction at the Galilean Home will be the best yet.

    The annual event, now in its 20th year, will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Galilean School’s gymnasium at 712 South Fork Church Road on South Fork Ridge.

    Tucker said that the auction will offer about 300 items — quilts, of course, and hand-made Amish furniture, antique watches and hand-quilted wall hangings, just to name a few items.

  • Fire damages Carmicle St. house

    A fire that damaged a house in Liberty Sunday night apparently began in or around a heater.

    Liberty firefighters arrived at a house belonging to John Moore at 348 Carmicle St. about 7 p.m. and found fire coming out of a crawl space, according to Liberty Fire Chief Donald Wilson.

    Wilson said that firefighters entered the crawl space and quickly extinguished the fire.

    It was not known who lived in the home and no one was there when firefighters arrived.

    Firefighters were on the scene about two hours and no injuries were reported, Wilson said.


  • EDA makes start-up loan to business

    A new industry in Liberty, which will eventually employ up to 30 people, has received some much-needed financial help from the Liberty/Casey County Economic Development Authority.

    Bluegrass Shavings, located on Ky. 70 East behind the former Lee’s Building Supply, will produce wood shavings for horse bedding, according to co-owner Todd Hoskins.

    The business was scheduled to open in July but faced a major setback when fire destroyed one building and damaged another.

  • Obituaries for Oct. 7, 2009

    A lawsuit filed by a Casey County teenager against Casey County Fiscal Court and a county employee has been settled and dismissed.

    Casey Circuit Judge James G. Weddle signed an agreed order on Sept. 28, settling and dismissing the suit filed by Kayla Buis in February 2008.

    According to the agreement, Buis will be paid $14,500 as a result of her involvement in a Dec. 20, 2006 accident in which she was a passenger in a vehicle struck by a Casey County Road Department truck.

  • Fair board invests $6,800 in ag center

    Members of the Casey County Fair Board presented a $3,000 check to Judge/Executive Ronald Wright during Monday’s Fiscal Court meeting.

    Fair Board President Randy Dial thanked the court for their help and support in using the facilities at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO for this year’s fair.

    Fair Board member Judy Meeks said that including the $3,000 check, the board had also purchased seven tables, a shop vacuum, and a floor buffer for the ag center. They also placed an electrical outlet on an outside pole for a total contribution of $6,824.99.