Local News

  • Couple enters guilty plea to exploiting woman

    An Ohio couple has pleaded guilty to exploiting a woman in a case that dates back to 1997.

    Carl L. Holland, 64, and Sharon K. Holland, 62 (a/k/a Kathy Willis), of Eaton, Ohio, each entered a guilty plea Sept. 8 in Casey Circuit Court to knowingly exploiting an adult. A charge of theft by deception over $300, including cold checks, was dismissed against both of them.

    According to court records, the two, between September 1997 and June 2004, exploited Mary Brown, resulting in a loss of more than $95,000.

  • New medical clinic coming

    Although the new Casey County Hospital opened only a couple of weeks ago, hospital officials are already looking ahead to the opening of another medical facility.

    Casey County Family Practice is scheduled to open Nov. 1 in the Liberty Square Shopping Center on Wallace Wilkinson Boulevard.

    Rusty Tungate, administrator of the Casey County Hospital, said Dr. Charles Brian will be seeing patients at the new office along with nurse practitioner Vickie Marple.

  • Bullying case stalls

    A settlement from a 2006 lawsuit thought to have been reached in June between five former Casey County High School students and 13 educators has yet to be finalized.

    At issue is the omission of a non-disparagement clause, which defense attorneys say was omitted from the settlement agreement that was understood in mediation, and would prevent the plaintiffs from making cutting or defamatory remarks toward the defendants.

  • P&Z grants two permits

    Liberty Planning and Zoning Commission board members approved two zoning permits Monday afternoon.

    Linda Goforth, 470 Carmicle St., received a zoning permit to build an addition of 14 feet by 21feet which will be a deck and laundry room.

    Cindy Simpson, 291 Taylor St., was granted a zoning permit for new construction of a residence. Simpson said the old house now on the site will be razed.

  • New hospital opens doors with 14 patients moved

    The first patient in the new Casey County Hospital on Wednesday said the move from the old building was as smooth as silk and nothing but first class.

    Betty Williams, from Possum Trot Road in Casey County, said that though she was used to the old building, being in the new one “is like being in another state.”

    “It’s so pretty and nice but the staff hasn’t changed,” she said. “They’ve always been nice.”

    The move began for some hospital staff at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, said Sue Antle, Director of Nursing.

  • Briefs 9-10-08

    The Casey County Fair Board is sponsoring a Pleasure Horse Show beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center. For more information, contact David Stringer, 787-7770.

    The ag/expo center will also host the Kentucky Walking Horse Celebration Sept. 17-20.


    Liberty City Council will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Liberty City Hall.

    Casey County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. Monday upstairs at the courthouse.

  • Indicted couple faces 35 charges

    A Casey County couple has been indicted on 35 charges handed down in indictments issued by a Casey County grand jury on Friday.

    William Scott Phelps, 27, of 690 Adams Cemetery Road, Liberty, and Samantha Lee Phelps, 25, were both indicted on charges of receiving stolen property and endangering the welfare of a minor.

  • Police news 9-10-08

    Teens charged in burglary

    Four teenagers have been arrested for their roles in an Aug. 28 burglary, which occurred at the home of Randy Williams in Casey County.

    According to a Kentucky State Police news release, Troopers Bryan Shepard and Donnie Moses have recovered 17 guns and a bow, as well as a 46-inch flat panel television that were taken in the break-in.

  • Long-time councilman loved his city

    For 20 years, Earl “Monk” Wilson listened to the concerns of his fellow citizens.

    His 10 terms on the Liberty City Council ended on Dec. 31, 2006, and last week, Wilson’s life term ended as Wilson, 82, passed away on Sept. 2 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

    “He was a very dear friend,” said Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney, who worked with Wilson for eight years. “He and I didn’t always agree, but if we had a disagreement, we were still friends.”

  • Opal Ewing, 83

    Opal Herren Ewing of Bradfordsville died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 at the U.K. Hospital. She was 83.

    Born on Feb. 3, 1925 in Jacktown, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Bertha Lee Purdy Herron.

    She was a farmer, a member of Pleasant Valley Christian Church and a Kentucky Colonel. She was the widow of Jesse Ewing.