Local News

  • Drought conditions not yet drastic

    Compared to last year when Lake Liberty was estimated to be at 15 feet below normal pool, local officials said recently that the lake, which covers 88 acres and and supplies water to about 5,000 households, businesses and schools, is in pretty good shape.

    “We’re not really having any issues right now,” said Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney. “If we get some rain this month, we’ll be OK.”

    This optimism is based on a measurement taken last week at Lake Liberty.

  • Police news 10-1-08

    Man charged with kidnapping

    A Middleburg man has been charged with kidnapping and terroristic threatening following an incident at his home on Sunday.

    L.C. Johnson, 58, of 2645 Ky. 198, was arrested at 11:40 a.m. Monday at the Casey County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff Jerry Coffman. He was placed under a $500 cash bond.

  • Dry weather dictates caution when burning

    Oct. 1 is the beginning of the official Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season in Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Department of Forestry.

    During the season, which lasts until Dec. 15, outdoor burning is illegal within 150 feet of the woods between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. While it is not illegal to burn after 6 p.m., forestry officials say that now is not a good time to do any burning.

    More than 30 counties have enacted burning bans because of the dry conditions, the release stated.

  • Obituaries for 10-8-2008
  • Lester E. Gilpin, 63

    Lester Eugene Gilpin of Felicity, Ohio died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at the V.A. Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was 63.

    Born on April 24, 1945 in Casey County, he was a son of the late Roy Esker and Audrey Haste Gilpin.

    He was a mechanic and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

  • Uncle Zorba's Greek food a big hit at festivals

    One of the more familiar and delectable attractions at the Casey County Apple Festival each year is the greek food served by “Uncle Zorba” and “his boys.”

    Born Nicolas Dominique Kyriakos on the island of Crete, Kyriakos, 57, said food was very important during his formative years on Crete.

    His father, he said, insisted that the entire family eat together at 1 p.m. and at 9 p.m. — these times were inviolate. “If you were late by 10 minutes, you didn’t eat,” he said.

  • William Lanham Jr., 82

    Willliam Edgar “Bill” Lanham Jr. died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008 at St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 82.

    Born on April 2, 1926 in Casey County, he was a son of the late William Edgar and Eliza Campbell Lanham.

    He was a musician, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and served on the LST Ship as a signalman.

  • Ancil Wilson, 76

    Ancil Wilson of Liberty died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 at the Liberty Care Center. He was 76.

    Born on April 17, 1932 in Casey County, he was a son of the late Marshal and Bessie Moran Wilson.

    He was a restaurant manager and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

    Survivors include a brother, Jesse Carlos Wilson of Virginia; a sister, Lorene Vaughn of Richmond; six nieces; five nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ines Warner, Exie Coleman and Irene Lawson; and a brother, Cleo Wilson.

  • Dewey Luttrell, 64

    Dewey Luttrell of Windsor died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 at the Casey County Hospital. He was 64.

    Born on Oct. 19, 1943 in Casey County, he was a son of the late James Robert and Gracie M. Owens Luttrell.

    He was self-employed and a farmer.

    Survivors include his wife, Levonda Sayers Luttrell of Windsor; two daughters, Nancy (and Royce) Dixon and Deva (and Darrell) Jones, both of Windsor; three grandchildren, MaKayla and Noah Jones and Courtney Dixon; a brother, Deward Luttrell of Ohio; and a sister, Louise Wilson of Windsor.

  • LPD officers graduate from academy

    Two officers with the Liberty Police Department graduated on Friday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond.