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  • JR Thompson named KHEAA outreach counselor for Casey County

    JR Thompson is the new Casey County outreach counselor for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

    “I am eager to ensure that Kentucky students are provided the best service in our efforts to bring awareness about financial aid programs, KHEAA resources and anything that would help them achieve success after high school,” Thompson said.

    In addition to schools, Thompson will work with adult education centers, state agencies and other groups. He can be reached at jrthompson@kheaa.com or (502) 229-1147.

  • Casey County teens featured in new KET program

    Tobacco-Free Kentucky Kids, airing Dec. 18 at 9:30/8:30 p.m. on KET, spotlights initiatives across the state to reduce smoking and other tobacco use among teenagers. Specifically, KET visits Mercer, Barren, Bourbon, Casey and Lincoln Counties to learn how students there are working to help keep kids tobacco-free.

    The program is part of KET’s ongoing Smoking and Health initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

  • Walnut Hill Drama Club builds confidence while having fun

    On Dec. 11, the Walnut Hill Drama Club members put on their costumes and practiced a few parts from “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” just like they’ve done since October. They will be ready for their only public performance at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the school.

    The play is loosely based on the famous poem by the same title. It features a mouse, Izzy, who goes on a journey to visit Santa at the North Pole after being kicked out of her home. It also features Rosie the Reindeer, an abominable snowman chase scene, and Santa’s elves.

  • School gymnasium renovation unveiled

    By David Stone

    Casey County school system officials made a big deal Monday over a more than $5 million New Deal building renovation at Liberty Elementary School.

    In front of a packed house, the school’s gym, which features new classrooms, restrooms and a maintenance center, was formally re-opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony following a more than 1½-year construction project.

    “We went to great lengths to salvage history,” School Board Chairman Dr. Michael Turner told the crowd at the dedication.

  • Buis murder case heading to trial

    A Casey County man’s second-degree murder case will go to trial before Judge Judy Vance after a year and a half.

    Larry Jason Buis, 38, of Yosemite, is accused of causing injuries that led to the death of Mark Ponder, 65, of Casey County, during an altercation at Breeden and Withers Grocery in Yosemite on June 25, 2016. He allegedly struck Ponder multiple times with an instrument.

  • Fate of payroll tax uncertain

    If there are members of the Liberty public who are in favor of the 1 percent payroll tax, they weren’t at a public hearing Monday night.

    The only comments suggesting the tax would be a solution to the city’s financial shortfall came from those working for the city, as the standing room only crowd was unanimously against it.

  • Casey County Middle School girls attend GEMS at Somerset Community College

    For 10 years, area middle school girls have had the opportunity to explore careers related to math and science thanks to a program at Somerset Community College.

    The Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference is hosted annually on the SCC Somerset campus. This year, students from 14 area middle schools including Adair, Casey, Cumberland, McCreary, Meece, North Laurel, Northern, Rockcastle, Russell, Science Hill, Somerset Christian, South Laurel, Southern and Wayne County took part in the 10th anniversary event.

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