Local News

  • Fire Prevention Week

    Colder temperatures and a bad economy have people scrambling to find cheaper sources of fuel for heating their homes.

    And with less money, people often put off home maintenance issues like having a chimney professionally cleaned and checked for cracks.

    Fire safety officials caution that cutting corners can lead to disastrous results, such as death and destruction of property.

    And that’s why fire officials are using National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, to educate the public about fire prevention.

  • POLICE NEWS: Oct. 7, 2009

    Two charged with stealing electricity

    Two people have been arrested on felony charges of theft of services after they allegedly reconnected an electrical meter after it had been disconnected.

    Derieck M. Hayes, 22, of 800 Button Knob Road, Liberty, and Brittani D. Hayes, 20, of 1739 Button Knob Road, were each arrested at 9:05 a.m. Friday on warrants served by Trooper Mike Woodrum.

  • Check scam resurfaces

    The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket,” Kin Hubbard said.

    If a Casey County woman had not followed advice along this line, she would have lost nearly $4,000 in a new spin on an old scam.

    Judy Allen, Casey County Deputy Judge/Executive, recently received a letter with a twist — a check for $3,989.07.

    The letter stated it was from Consumer Prospect, Inc. in Edina, Minn.

  • Sonny Allen, 53

    Sonny Allen of Liberty died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 at his residence. He was 53.

    Born on March 17, 1956 in Hamilton County, Ohio, he was the son of Daphne Hamm Allen of Liberty and the late Elvern Allen.

    He was an employee of ATR for 21 years and a farmer.

    Survivors include his wife, Tommye Davis Allen; a son, Matt (and Lana) Moore of Lexington; a daughter, Lori Beth (and Brad) Johnson of Liberty; four grandchildren, Tyler and Landon Moore and Walker and Anna Beth Johnson; a brother, Donnie (and Janet) Allen of Liberty; and a sister, Sheila Allen of Liberty.

  • Eddie McQueary, 52

    Justin Edward “Eddie” McQueary of Mason, Ohio died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 at the Bethesda North Hospital in Montgomery, Ohio. He was 52.

    Born on Oct. 2, 1956 in Casey County, he was a son of the late Geretha Calhoun.

    He was a painter for Reliance International Medical Products and a U.S. Navy veteran.

    Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca McQueary of Ohio; three brothers, Michael Wethington of Cincinnati, Shannon Calhoun of Liberty and Tim McQueary of Loretto, Ky.; and a special friend, Kay Bracken.

  • House still out of compliance

    The Wilson heirs, who own the house on Beldon Avenue that has been in violation of the City of Liberty’s nuisance ordinance for years, have asked zoning enforcement officer Randy Dial for a letter of compliance.

    Mayor Steve Sweeney told the council at its Sept. 9 meeting that while the property has been cleaned up quite a bit, it is still not in compliance. However, the back property taxes have all been paid.

    Although there have been discussions that the property has been bought, or plans to be bought, Sweeney said he has yet to see a deed.

  • Obituaries for Sept. 30, 2009
  • Man pleads guilty to sex abuse

    A Liberty man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl and could spend 90 days in jail for his crimes.

    Joshua Edward Lee, 25, of 3333 Snake Ridge Road was indicted in July 2008 by a Taylor County grand jury on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse.

    According to court records, the alleged victim’s mother filed a complaint with local police after her daughter, who was 13 at the time, told her that Lee had touched her inappropriately. The girl’s statement to police accuses Lee of kissing her and touching her genital area.

  • Mary Jane Bryant, 57

    Mary Jane Bryant of Russell Springs died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. She was 57.

    Born on Oct. 8, 1951 in Adair County, she was a daughter of the late Jake and Danford Price Stargel.

    She was a homemaker and member of Russell Springs Church of the Nazarene.

  • Danny Wethington, 51

    Danny S. Wethington of Amelia, Ohio died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at the Hospice of Cincinnati East. He was 51.

    Born on Nov. 28, 1957 in Marion County, he was a son of the late Edith M. Wethington.

    He was a carpenter for Gem Interiors, Inc. of Milford, Ohio and a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.