• LES student wins 'Grandparent Essay'

    Lois Blankenship, a fifth-grader at Liberty Elementary, has won the “Grandparent of the Year” essay contest, sponsored by AARP and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association.

    Lois received a $25 check, a gift certificate to take her grandmother, Carol Roy, out to eat, and a framed certificate from the Casey County Retired Teachers organization for her county-winning essay “Why my grandparent should be the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year.”

    The contest is open to any fifth-grader in Kentucky public schools.

  • Fourth-graders go to one-room school

    The Casey County Friends of Education sponsored a field trip for the county’s fourth-graders, where they attended a day of classes at the Beech Bottom one-room school.

    During the time frame of May 15-28, eight fourth-grade classes from Liberty, Jones Park and Walnut Hill each took a turn experiencing life in a one-room school, involving 191 students and 13 teachers and/or aides.

  • Students collect 620,000 pop tabs

    Casey County students recently turned in 620 pounds (or 620,000) pop tabs that will be turned in to the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington.

    Megan Long, case specialist for the Casey/Adair Drug Court who sponsors the collection of the tabs, said officials at Ronald McDonald House will sell them to a recycler.

  • Jones Park lists perfect attendance

    Fifth Six Weeks

    Perfect Attendance

    Mrs. Bennett’s kindergarten — Luis Castillo, Hymylee Hines, Kylie Long, Cody Luttrell and Madison Thomas.

    Mrs. Wesley’s kindergarten — James Goodman, Justin Phelps, Haven Rodgers and Saul Tolentino.

    Mrs. M. Durham’s kindergarten — Elijah Floyd, Gracie Harness, Austin Lee, Chasity Lyons, Hunter Richards and Caleb Tarter.

    Mrs. Hayes’ first grade — Alexandria Campbell, James Murphy, Bradley Cox and Matthew Benton.

  • Class of 2009 earns nearly $1M in scholarships, awards

    Nearly $1 million in scholarships and awards were presented to 42 members of the Casey County High School Class of 2009 at the annual Seniors Awards and Scholarship Program, held Thursday night in the CCHS cafeteria.

    While the unofficial total was $969,076, it will easily top the $1 million mark as some amounts were not available for some of the scholarships and awards that were presented.

    Principal Barry Lee, who emceed the event, said other than graduation, this was the best night of the year for seniors, and one of his favorites.

  • An exciting year for FFA Horticulture

    FFA is an organization that brings students closer together. Students are given the opportunity to grow and become leaders for tomorrow. The FFA Horticulture students are very close. There are many fun activities that FFA offers.

    The FFA Horticulture chapter at the vocational school began taking new steps when Beth Wethington, our advisor, began teaching a few years ago. At the beginning of each school year, FFA members elect their fellow students for offices.

  • Wethington, Rousey to participate in Rogers Scholars program

    Casey County’s Sarai Wethington and Jenna Gail Rousey will get the chance this summer to become part of a program that’s providing leadership and scholarship opportunities to the region’s future leaders.

    Wethington and Rousey, both students at Casey County High School, will join 60 rising high school juniors from across Southern and Eastern Kentucky for an intensive one-week summer session of Rogers Scholars. The program will be held at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, host site and program sponsor.

  • 12 Casey County students attend FBLA State Leadership Conference

    Twelve members of the Casey County Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference April 14-16 in Louisville, where two of the members placed in their respective events.

    Sarai Wethington finished second in Public Speaking I, where she was required to create and give a prepared speech. She is now eligible to represent Kentucky at the National Leadership Conference, which will be held June 24-29 in Anaheim, Calif.

  • Bocook selected to attend ELI

    Casey County student Tim Bocook is considering a possible career in business.

    This summer, he will get the opportunity to grow his business and entrepreneurial skills as one of 30 students from across Southern and Eastern Kentucky selected to attend the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI).

    Bocook, 16, a student at Casey County High School, will attend ELI June 14-19 in Somerset, on the campus of The Center for Rural Development, the program’s host and sponsor.

  • Friends of Education honors 115 Casey Middle students

    Casey County Friends of Education honored 115 Casey County Middle School students May 7 who had achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

    The program was held in the CCMS gym and featured Casey High students Wendy Garrett as the master of ceremonies and Jenna Lee as the guest speaker. Danielle Bastin offered prayer, while Sara Weddle gave the closing remarks.

    Friends presented Casey Middle with a plaque bearing the names of all students who were honored for their academic achievements. Each student was also presented with a trophy.