Local News

  • Highway Safety reminds holiday travelers to buckle up

    With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Kentucky Office of High­way Safety (KOHS) is joining in a national effort to send Thanksgiving travelers an important lifesaving reminder to buckle up – every trip, every time.

  • Three female inmates caught shortly after escape

    Three female inmates from the Casey County Detention Center didn’t get far after an escape Nov. 18.

    According to Casey County Jailer Tommy Miller, at around 8 p.m. that night, the three decided to run out of unlocked doors in the detention center. He said it was a spur of the moment decision and that Madyson Spears, Tiffany Swafford, and Shelly Fulton were all apprehended within an hour and a half.

    “They had no plan. They got this stupid idea, and they ran out the door,” Miller said.

  • Luttrell looks back at his career of helping area farmers

    By Don White

    Contributing writer

    Farmers from across four states lost a good friend this month. But their loss is 11-year-old Conley Matherly’s gain.

    “Pap, when you get retired, there are three things I want us to do more of together. Hunting, fishing and going to the stockyards,” says the son of Adam and Holly Matherly of Casey County.

    “And that’s just what we’ll do,” vows Harvey Luttrell.

  • Fiscal court reappoints water board members

    In a brief Casey County Fiscal Court meeting Monday, several items were settled including reappointing members of the East Casey County Water District Board and signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lake Cumberland District Health Department.

    Judge Executive Randy Dial explained that the health district agreement with Casey County Emergency Management was fairly standard.

    “Lake Cumberland Health will provide aid to us in times of a disaster,” he said.

  • Sowders worries about pension reform impact

    By David Stone


    Talk of educators’ pensions lately has dominated discussions from teachers’ lounges to the halls of the state capitol, but some of the proposed reforms are nefarious and could pose dangers to school systems across the state, Casey County’s schools chief said Nov. 13.

  • CYC recognized for anti-smoking campaign, might seek ordinance

    The Casey Youth Coalition (CYC) earned the state’s very first Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion award for its work to reduce smoking among students.

    The CYC exceeded its goal of reducing smoking among 10th graders by 3 percent, accomplishing 10 percent, and has implemented measures to stop kids from smoking in the Casey County High School bathrooms. It is now currently working on enforcing its smoke-free policies for all visitors to Casey Schools’ campuses around the county.

  • Blevins credits students for successes

    By David Stone


    While Casey County High School has posted gains in test scores, many of the schools’ successes have been completely student driven, school board members were told Nov. 13.

    The school, which hosted the board’s monthly meeting, continues raising the bar for students and accomplishing goals, Principal Joshua Blevins said.

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  • Russell’s life is on the Crossroads, right where she wants it

    By Don White
    Contributing Writer

    For 86 years now, the life of Myrtle Russell has been at a crossroads.

    And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

    “My daughter Rita and son-in-law (former Liberty mayor Steve Sweeney) live in Georgetown and want me to move there.

    “Leave Casey County? You got to be kidding. I may be blonde, but I’m not THAT blonde.