Local News

  • 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.

  • Jim Wethington, 84

    James “Jim” M. Wethington of Clementsville died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009 at his home. He was 84.

    Born on Aug. 17, 1925 in Casey County, he was a son of the late Maurice and Teresa Ewing Wethington.

    He was retired from the Kentucky Department of Transportation and a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the widower of Mary Anita Wethington.

  • All local schools improve in NCLB scores

    Test results for the No Child Left Behind program and the Kentucky Core Content Test released Sept. 23 show that every school in the Casey County District improved overall.

    According to NCLB data, nearly all schools in the district met their NCLB goals with the exception of Casey County High, which came close, meeting 11 of 13 goals.

    CCHS missed the goals in reading and math in the disability population.

    Still, District Title I Coordinator Terry Price, who recently assumed that position, was encouraged by the test results.

  • Johnson has eye on state rep position

    If all the dominoes fall into place, a Casey County man is hoping that he will be the next state representative for this area.

    Leo H. Johnson, 31, of Windsor, filed a letter of intent on Sept. 22 with the state Registry of Election Finance, stating he will seek the seat currently held by State Rep. Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon.

    However, that is if Higdon runs for the seat now held by State Sen. Dan Kelly of Springfield.

    And, that is if Kelley is appointed to fill the judge’s seat currently filled by Senior Status Judge Doughlas M. George of Marion County.

  • Elbert Pendleton, 72

    Elbert Dillard Pendleton of Dunnville died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at the Casey County Hospital. He was 72.

    Born on Feb. 5, 1937 in Casey County, he was a son of the late Alford and Mila Patton Pendleton.

    He was a brick mason and member of Salem United Methodist Church.

  • POLICE NEWS: Sept. 30

    Stolen property found at man’s home

    A Casey County man has been arrested on two counts of receiving stolen property after tools and other items were found at his residence.

    Dale J. Brucker, 22, of 1855 Canoe Creek Road, Liberty, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Monday while at the Casey County Detention Center on other charges.

  • Bridget Patton, 32

    Bridget Dee Patton of Lexington died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington. She was 32.

    Born on Jan. 23, 1977 in Fayette County, she was a daughter of Forest E. Patton Jr. of Richmond and Carol Lawhorn of Florida.

    She was a daycare worker for Kids N Kapers Nusery School.

    Besides her parents, survivors include a special friend, Mark Newby; four sons, Dylan Bledsoe, Jacob Newby, Jordan Newby and Landon Patton, all of Lexington; and a sister, “Jillian” Amber Patton.