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  • Working for the ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    A former Casey County resident is living what he says is a dream working for Loretta Lynn. David Murphy, a member of the Casey County High School class of 1995, works for the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as her Tour Merchandise Manger.

    He has had the position since 2016, when he got a call from a good friend that was her personal assistant and dressmaker about the possibility of Murphy joining Lynn’s team.

  • Snow removal a big task in Casey County

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    While many places close or shorten their days during snowstorms, Casey County’s snow removal effort is at full steam.

    Casey County and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet workers get up early and work late, driving on roads deep with snow, which are often dangerous and difficult to navigate. Through their efforts, transportation is possible, enabling emergency services to help, commercial activity to persist, and community events to take place.

  • County inventorying bad roads

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Snow, rain and cold temperatures have been Mother Nature’s jackhammer on paved surfaces all over Casey County.

    At a Feb. 5 meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court, Judge/Executive Randy Dial asked that the magistrates make a list of the worst streets so that the county can slowly fix them.

  • Cuts to education worry superintendent

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Casey County Superintendent Marion Sowders sent school district employees an email Jan. 24 asking that they contact their state legislators about Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed cuts to education, saying that the cuts and increased costs would cost the district approximately $1 million per year.

  • Liberty Sewer Project 50 percent complete

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    Two years since securing funding for Liberty’s wastewater treatment plant, the project is nearly 50 percent complete. The project consists of a renovation of the cities wastewater plant and an addition of a one and a half million gallon-holding tank.

    Besco Company and W Rogers are completing the project that was projected to cost the city 5.6 million dollars, which is being paid for through a three-year increase in water and sewer rates that was adopted in 2015.

  • County seeks Trail Town designation

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    A new committee has been created in Casey County that has the goal of designating Casey County as a Trail Town. The Trail Town Task Force has been created in an effort to make Casey County the next trail town in Kentucky.

    Casey Counties Economic Development Authority and Trail Town Chairman Josh Switzer says this is something that has been on his radar for three years now.

    “Casey County is in a good position to work through the application process,” he said.

  • Superintendent: Casey schools are safe

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Last week’s shooting at Marshall County High School, which left two students dead and over a dozen injured, may have some parents wondering how their local schools are preparing for a potential active shooter event.

    Casey County School District Superintendent Marion Sowders, Assistant Superintendent Kevin Stephens, and Transportation Director Craig Griffin said, in an meeting with Casey County News on Jan. 26, that the district is focused on safety and in some cases goes beyond what safety audits suggest.

  • University hopes to grow course offerings at Liberty center

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Casey Jones, director of Casey County Education Center, told attendees at the Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce Jan. 24 that Campbellsville University is looking to grow course offerings and additional programs.

    The Liberty campus, which opened just last year, is offering a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in six different categories. Jones said that it is seeking accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) before offering more.

  • Liberty Library introduces new Creative Thinkers program

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    The Liberty Public Library, in conjunction with the 21st Century Program, has created a new program that is being offered to students in middle and high school. The Creative Thinkers program and was developed to challenge students and broaden their thinking. The program is offered every Monday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and began on Jan. 22.

    Teacher Kathy Goode says the program is designed for kids to have fun and enjoy being creative.

  • Liberty man accused of holding girlfriend hostage for two days

    Jeffery M McQueary, 43, of Liberty, was arrested on Jan. 15 and charged with assault in the fourth degree domestic violence with a minor injury, unlawful imprisonment in the first degree and kidnapping an adult.

    He allegedly held his girlfriend hostage, abusing her for two days.