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  • February was among warmest ever

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    The old adage is if you don’t like Kentucky weather, just wait a bit and it’ll change. But this February was not a month of change, as temperatures for most of the month felt like springtime in the bluegrass.

    The month of February usually is a chilly month in Casey County, with the normal temperatures around 48 degrees. But this February has been anything but normal with 19 of the 28 days in the month having temperatures above average, including 11 straight days to end the month above average.

  • ASAP purchases ‘Drunk Buster’ equipment, other business

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    Soon Casey County students will get to experience what it’s like to drive impaired.

    During a busy Feb. 22 Casey County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) meeting the board approved a motion to purchase a package for teaching the risks and harm of DUI, had a guest speaker about a women’s treatment center and the use of Casey’s Law, and heard various updates about drug prevention efforts.

  • Casey FFA marks National FFA Week

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Casey County High School celebrated National FFA week with the local chapter showing its appreciation to supporters Feb. 23.

    “It’s a week we look forward to every year,” said Gary Ware, Casey County High School Ag teacher.

    The high school has been marking the occasion with food and fellowship for a very long time. Ware said that he had been there for 26 years and it had been going on way before he arrived.

  • Tourism purchases property, funds projects

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    The Liberty Tourism and Convention Commission spent $160,192 on a number of community groups, including purchasing a piece of property in the City of Liberty for $96,000.

    In the Feb. 22 meeting, Liberty Mayor Steven Brown presented the board with the idea of buying the piece of property, which is located on the corner of Hustonville Street and Whipp Avenue, and used to be the old Ready Mix location.

  • Health department bracing for cuts

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    “This would be a catastrophic hit for us,” said Lake Cumberland District Health Department meeting Executive Director Shawn Crabtree.

    During a Feb. 16 meeting, he told board members and those in attendance that if Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed budget were passed, the department could be looking at losing up to 35 to 50 percent of their current staff.

  • Wind damages home, trailer

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    High winds tore an awning off of a deck, part of a roof, and rolled an enclosed trailer near Griffith Ridge in Casey County Feb. 24, which prompted a tornado investigation.

    National Weather Service-Louisville investigators Steve Goodlett and Ryan Sharp traveled to Tony and Anita Hayes’ residence Feb. 26 to survey the damage. After taking notes of the damage there and to some trees a mile northeast, the NWS said the culprit was straight-line winds of approximately 89 mph.

  • Cattlemen find grant for heifer sale

    zjohnson@caseynews.net 

    The Casey County Cattlemen’s Association could have panels and pens for up to 150 animals paid for by a USDA grant.  

    In the Feb. 22 Liberty Tourism and Convention Commission meeting, incoming member Josh Switzer told the board that he was working with Cattlemen member Tim Goodlett to secure a USDA loan that would cover 100 percent of the cost for the panels and pens needed for a new semiannual bred heifer sale.

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  • Work programs benefit inmates, community

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    The Casey County Jail inmate work programs have saved nonprofit organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars since its inception in 2002. They also instill a strong work ethic in inmates, who reap its benefits after their time is served.

    Casey County Jailer Tommy Miller said that besides cleaning roadways, public buildings and property, the inmates at Casey County Jail also grow their own food, which he estimates saves the county $40,000 a year.

  • Chamber to draft budget letter, hold candidate forum

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    The Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce, in their monthly meeting held on Feb. 14, introduced a candidate’s forum and approved writing a letter to state representatives about Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed budget.

    Chamber President and Casey County High School Principal Josh Blevins requested that the organization write a letter to state representatives on points of concern of the Governors’ proposed budget as it pertains to Casey County.