Local News

  • 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.

  • Festival is fine in '09

    While the highlight of the 35th annual Casey County Apple Festival — the serving of “The World’s Largest Apple Pie” at noon Saturday — was a bit of a washout, festival organizers still say the Apple Festival was “Fine in ‘09.”

    “We were very blessed,” said Chairwoman Deva Hair. “We’re so glad the rain held off as long as it did.”

  • Dead animal removal service approved

    Casey Countians now have a method to remove dead animal carcasses from their property.

    At its Sept. 21 meetingw, the Casey County Fiscal Court approved a deal whereby Dead Animal Removal Service (DARS), in Winchester, will remove from one to five animals for $60.

    Judge Executive Ronald Wright said several surrounding counties are using the service.

    The number for DARS is 1-888-744-1186.

    In other business, the court:

  • Ag/expo arena closer to being enclosed

    The large pavilion at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center is getting closer to being enclosed with doors, ag/expo advisory board members were told at a Sept. 22 meeting.

    Chairman Don Sweeney said that thanks to Casey County Fiscal Court, this project is closer to becoming a reality.

    Magistrates voted Sept. 21 to hire an architect to design the project. Judge/Executive Ronald Wright told ag board members that an architect had been hired and the full cost and design specifics of the project should be completed in a few weeks.

  • Michael Williams, 62

    Michael Ray Williams of Liberty died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009 at his residence. He was 62.

    Born on Feb. 9, 1947 in Lexington, Ky., he was a son of Marcella Roy Williams of Liberty and the late Frank G. Williams.

    He was a mechanic and machinist and a U.S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam.