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Today's News

  • Federal lawsuit reveals rift in Tarter family business

    International travel and intrigue. Luxury cars and houses in exotic locations. An overseas factory that didn’t manufacture products though millions of dollars of orders were placed. Accusations of financial mismanagement and fraudulent wire transfers. Knowingly selling defective equipment at a profit.

    Although these allegations read like a novel, they form the basis for a lawsuit among family members of Casey County’s largest employer.

  • Tourism commission grants $27,500 for decorations

    The Liberty Tourism and Convention Commission has awarded $27,500 for two different requests for holiday lights and decorations.

    Meeting Aug. 10, the commission considered and approved a request for $25,000 from Chad Tyner and the Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce to purchase additional light sculptures for Liberty Island.

    The lighted decorations made their debut on the island on weekends during the 2016 Christmas season, drawing more than 1,500 visitors from surrounding areas and bordering states.

  • The scoop on the poop ordinance amendment

    Liberty City Council held first reading Monday on an ordinance amendment dealing with animals and where they defecate.

    Councilman Doug Johnson is the author of the changes to the amendment.

    Known as the nuisance ordinance, the proposed amendment adds two changes:

  • Police News: August 16, 2017

    DUI

    • Amanda Troxell, 29, of 185 Sullivan Ave., Russell Springs, was arrested Aug. 7 in Casey County by Deputy Chad G. Weddle and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and giving an officer a false name or address. An arrest citation states Troxell admitted to using meth the day before.

     

    Drugs

  • Street Beat: August 16, 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.

    August 7
    6:54 a.m., accident without injury at 3598 Griffith Ridge Road.
    9:03 a.m., check welfare on Shugars Hill Road.
    9:12 a.m., traffic stop on South U.S. 127.

  • Update on construction projects in Liberty

    Casey County is blessed with construction projects in Liberty that will create new jobs and offer residents more options for dining and buying prescription medicines.

    Hopefully, this fall, students at Liberty Elementary School will enjoy the newly renovated gym that’s been under construction for the past two years.

     

    LES gym

    After several years of planning and discussion, and being adopted in fall 2015 by the Casey County Board of Education, the end is in sight for the Liberty Elementary School renovation.

  • Biologist weighs in on bat situation

    What some perceive to be a health hazard in the old downtown courthouse doesn’t raise major concerns with others.

    Chris Mason, a private land biologist with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, was visiting his friend Casey Davis recently in Davis’ office in the courthouse.

    “We’ve worked together for several years on some wildlife projects at his farms,” Mason said.

    Davis mentioned to Mason the recent article in The Casey County News about the bats so the pair decided to poke around upstairs in the courtroom.

  • Questions remain in wrongful death settlement

    Questions abound as to what happened the night of July 5, 2016, when Jerry Hardwick was booked into the Casey County Detention Center and subsequently died in the facility.

    Casey County Coroner Curt Demrow stated in a report the cause of death was “methamphetamine intoxication. Dehydration is a contributing factor to death. Ethanol withdrawal cannot be excluded as a potential contributory cause.”

    Further, Demrow stated the manner of death was “accidental.”

  • Jailer issues press release concerning Hardwick death

    Casey County Jailer Tommy Miller issued the following press release Monday afternoon to The Casey County News through his attorney, Stacey Blankenship, of Paducah, concerning the events of July 5, 2016, which led to the death of Jerry Hardwick Jr. in the Casey County Detention Center and a subsequent $750,000 wrongful death settlement paid to his minor son.

     

    Upon advice of counsel, I am issuing this press release concerning the death of Jerry Hardwick Jr., which will be the only comments I have concerning this matter. 

  • Jaynes gets three years probation on federal charge

    A Casey County man, accused of fraudulently handling federal funds and who was sentenced July 26 in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green, will spend no time in jail.

    Timothy R. Jaynes, 52, pleaded guilty back in March to one count of converting assets pledged to the Farm Credit Administration.

    According to court spokeswoman Stephanie Collins, Jaynes, a former state trooper, will spend three years on probation and was ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to the Farm Credit Administration.