Local News

  • One-on-one interview with Gov. Matt Bevin

    By Larry Rowell


    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series of a Sept. 21 interview with Gov. Matt Bevin. In this part, Bevin speaks of first-term successes, challenges facing the 2018 state legislature, and how his faith guides his decision-making.

    CCN: “The legislature reconvenes in January. What are you looking for state legislators to get done during the 60-day session?”

  • Downtown DUI arrest made during Apple Festival

    A potential disaster was avoided Saturday during the Apple Festival when a Liberty police officer placed himself in front of a car on a crowded street during the Apple Festival.

    Chief Steven Garrett said the incident happened Saturday just before 11 p.m. at the intersection of Hustonville and Middleburg streets at the courthouse.

    According to the arrest citation from Officer Kerry Patten, Tonya G. Phillippe, 39, of 4008 Brock Road, Dunnville, was driving through the intersection during a “heavy crowd at the Apple Festival.”

  • Governor assures state pensioners pensions are secure

    Editor's Note: Gov. Matt Bevin took time Thursday for a telephone interview with The Casey County News. This is part one of a two-part series of that interview. Next week, the governor discusses syringe exchange programs, his favorite Kentucky sports teams, and how his Christian faith governs his decision-making.


  • Judgement House play strikingly similar to today’s culture

    Take a teenaged boy who’s bullied at school, comes from a broken home, alienated from his friends, who’s given up any hope in God, and who devises a plan to lash out in anger, that’s a recipe for tragedy which is all too common these days.

    That’s the premise behind Judgement House: “Payback,” a 70-minute, walk-through, eight-scene drama that will unfold at First Baptist Church beginning Wednesday night, Oct. 4.

    The play is based on a story of a high school aged boy who’s being bullied at school.

  • Luttrell retires as deputy

    After more than 13 years on the job, Casey County Sheriff’s Deputy Freeman Luttrell is turning in his badge.

    “I’m 48, too young to retire but I’ve got about seven years before this working in the school system, so I’ve got my time in,” Luttrell said, adding he also served about a year as a constable before joining the sheriff’s department.

    A self-described night owl, Luttrell has mainly worked the 4 p.m. to midnight shift during his career, much of which has changed from when he started.

  • Street Beat: September 27, 2017

    Taken from the Casey County E911 records, Street Beat represents a history of the initial calls and the information used by the dispatcher to send officers to investigate complaints. It is not an indication of what the officers found upon arrival at the scene or how police may have dealt with the complaint.

    Sept. 18
    8:00 a.m., EMS needed on South U.S. 127.
    9:54 a.m., officer out of car at 720 Ky. 1547.
    10:53 a.m., officer out of car on Gum Lick Road.
    11:12 a.m., officer out of car at 11240 Ky. 1547.

  • Fiscal court hears concerns about visitors at 911 center

    Unauthorized visitors behind the counter at the Casey County 911 Center are causing concern about potential HIPAA violations.
    Judge-Executive Randy Dial told magistrates Sept. 18 that several people, including dispatchers, have voiced concern about visitors to the center coming behind the counter.
    The access is a concern because dispatchers handle patient medical information covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

  • Johnson deposed in $3 million wrongful death suit

    A Casey County man being sued for $3 million in a wrongful death claim answered questions on July 6 in a deposition held at the Marion County Judicial Center. The deposition was filed in the Casey County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office Sept. 13.

    The plaintiffs in the suit, Sierra Skipper, and her sister, Savannah Skipper, by and through her father, Hubert Preston Skipper II, are blaming Michael Johnson for the death of their mother, Margaret Leah Skipper.

    Johnson was living with Skipper, who died from a single gunshot wound to the head March 18, 2014.

  • 43rd Apple Festival kicks off

    Saying this year’s Apple Festival will be the biggest and best is something festival chairwoman Deva Hair says every year.

    “It really is as we have more vendors and events for every member of the family,” said Hair.


    Magic Apple Hunt

    New this year is the Magic Apple Hunt, which begins at 10 a.m. Friday and ends at 6 p.m. Saturday.

  • Home and garden show set for Oct. 14

    A local home improvement contractor is hosting a home and garden show on Oct. 14 at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center.

    Mindi Hibpshman, along with her husband, Curt, and other family members, saw a need for this type of event.