Local News

  • Margaret Hatter, 82

    Margaret Hatter of Yosemite died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 at the Liberty Care Center. She was 82.

    Born on May 25, 1926 in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late Carlos and Irene Carman Bradshaw. She was the widow of Ocaly Hatter.

    She was retired from Oakwood and attended Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

  • Court accepts hospital budget

    The final district budget to be submitted to the Casey County Fiscal Court was accepted Monday in a meeting that lasted less than five minutes.

    The Casey County Hospital District proposed a 2008-09 budget that includes a 12 percent reduction over last year’s budget in revenues, cash and receipts. The budget projects $20.9 million in receipts with projected appropriations of $20.4 million. In contrast, the 2007-08 budget, which ended June 30, noted $23.8 million in revenues, cash and receipts with $19.4 million in expenditures.

  • Kentucky Celebration to be held at Casey's ag/expo center

    If the success of last year’s show is any indication, thousands of horse enthusiasts are expected to attend the 43rd annual Kentucky Celebration, the world’s largest walking horse show, held Sept. 17-20 at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center.

    Jerry Hoskins, a member of the Kentucky Walking Horse Association Board, said this year’s show promises to draw contestants and spectators from Alabama to Ohio.

  • Obituaries for 9-25-2008
  • Manilla Witt, 88

    Manilla Witt of Lancaster, formerly of Liberty, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 at the Christian Care Center of Lancaster. She was 88.

    Born on Oct. 18, 1919 in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Rosie Emerson Bowmer. She was the widow of Edgar Howard Witt.

    She was a housewife and member of Walnut Hill Separate Baptist Church.

    Survivors include a daughter, Patty Polley of Liberty; a sister, Maxine Bell of Liberty; three grandchildren, Nicki Wethington, Donovan Murphy and Clint Price; three great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

  • City offering sewer hook-up for half price

    It’s been a long time coming, but the expansion of sewer services to some Liberty residents is almost over.

    With the completion of the project, an estimated 120 to 140 households along U.S. 127 South and Ky. 70 East – as well as Casey High, Casey Middle and Kentucky Tech – will soon be able to hook onto city sewer service.

    However, that service comes with a fee, and the price tag is $250.

  • Bids awarded for city's water plant expansion

    Liberty’s $6 million water plant expansion will soon get under way as bids were awarded for the project last week.

    W. Rogers Co. of Lexington was the low bidder at $5,350,000, receiving the bid for the plant expansion itself from among three bidders. The other two bidders — Building Crafts Inc. of Wilder, Ky. and Smith Contractors of Lawrenceburg — bid the project at $5.6 million and $6 million, respectively.

    Todd Johnson Construction of Danville was awarded the water line extension, bidding that portion of the project at $641,818.82.

  • Let Freedom Ring

    Casey Countians marked the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Thursday with the ringing of the Liberty Bell that morning.

    Liberty Fire Chief Donald Wilson, rang the bell as Mayor Steve Sweeney checked the timing of the rings beginning at 8:30 a.m.

    Sweeney said Gov. Steve BeShear asked all cities to fly flags at half-mast in honor of the victims of the tragedy.

  • Hurricane winds do little damage locally

    The remnants of Hurricane Ike hit Casey County early Sunday afternoon, but compared to the rest of the state, there was little damage.

    According to Cliff Feltham, spokesman with the Kentucky Utilities communications department,

    about 100 customers locally were affected by the 25-40 mile-an-hour winds that blew tree limbs into several power lines, knocking them down.

    As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, only one KU customer was still without power in Casey County, he said.

  • McDowell is 'surprise act' for festival concert

    The secret is out.

    Ronnie McDowell, who burst onto the country music scene in 1977 with “The King is Gone,” a tribute to the late Elvis Presley, will be the headliner in the “surprise concert” at this year’s Casey County Apple Festival.

    Sponsored by Monticello Banking Co. and Raymond Overstreet Consulting, talk has been building about the act that would be coming to the festival ever since a teaser ad promoting the concert appeared in the annual Apple Festival special section two weeks ago.