• Convenience at what cost?

    The story in today’s paper concerning allegations that the staff at the Casey County Detention Center acted inappropriately toward an inmate have unjustly tarnished our fine jail.
    Bridget Saunders, a public defender from Lexington, made several statements recently in Casey Circuit Court about mistreatment of inmate Bobby Rigdon at the hands of jail staff.

  • Editorial Keep AFJROTC

     What’s the financial cost of keeping a program at Casey County High School that’s making a difference in some students’ lives? 

    That question, raised recently in a Board of Education meeting, was addressed concerning the impact of the Air Force JROTC program. Does the program warrant the roughly $68,000 it costs the school district each year toward two instructors’ salaries?

  • Editorial: County needs to work together

    The release of the sheriff’s tax settlement audit last week is compelling with its long list of non-compliance issues.

    Commingling public funds with tax funds, not making daily deposits of tax receipts, with some being put off for as long as two months, and not having proper oversight of property tax funds raises the risk for fraud.

    We urge Sheriff Jerry Coffman to take a more active role in overseeing the day-to-day financial affairs of his office.

  • Can you hear me now?

     Residents who have been around the Casey County Judicial Center may have noticed Monday and Tuesday a number of Kentucky State Police cruisers.

    Additional security had been called in to man the building as David Salyers’ trial commenced Tuesday with jury selection. Salyers is charged with complicity to commit murder in the September 2012 shooting death of Gleason Pyles.

  • Editorial: Political races heating up

     Even if the temperatures outside are falling below freezing, it feels like a 90 degree balmy day in Miami in relation to the local political races on tap for May and November. Things are warming nicely and we’re just on the cusp of a new year.

    As of Dec. 31, 35 candidates have filed to run for 15 county-wide offices. No one has filed to run for mayor, city council, or the two school board seats up for grabs.

    In addition, Mary Sue Shoopman is the lone female in any of the county or city races. 

  • The Christmas Story

     And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, bearing great with child.

  • PVA audit squeaky clean

     In this day and time when scandals abound from local, state, and federal agencies, it’s always reassuring to read an independent audit attesting to an agency’s integrity and work ethic.

    State Auditor Adam Edelen recently released the 2012-13 audit for the Casey County Property Valuation Administration office.

  • The end of an era?

     Word came to us this week that the stage where the Clementsville Variety Show is held will be dark this year.

    Organizers of the event cited health and other reasons for the show’s cancellation which has been held on Saturday following Thanksgiving Day since 1971.

    Reminiscent of a slower time when the Clementsville community gathered at St. Bernard Catholic Church to laugh at corny, yet brilliant improv skits performed by local actors, it was always well attended and served as a fund raiser for the church.

  • School safety worth the investment

    With the 2013-14 school year already here, expectations run high when it comes to beginning a new year, including higher scores on assessments, sports’ teams winning — GO REBS — and teachers and students ready to tackle greater challenges.

    But we need never forget that in addition to teaching students, the Board of Education also has an obligation to protect students while at school.

  • Editorial: Thanks, Casey County Hospital

    With Kentucky in the top 10 in the nation of so many health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, these problems are compounded because many people don’t have health insurance and cannot afford to be proactive in getting regular checkups.
    That’s why we want to give a tip-of-the-hat to Casey County Hospital for sponsoring the recent Health Fair in which 1,748 local residents got more than $300 of blood work done for $12 — a real bargain in terms of today’s health care screening costs.