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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Police News March 5

    Three charged with DUI

    — Cornelio Utrerai, 44, of West Loudon Avenue, Lexington, was arrested on Feb. 25 on North U.S. 127 by Deputy Jamie Walters and charged with first offense DUI and no operator’s license. Court documents state that Utrerai was involved in a two vehicle accident where he dropped off the roadway and hit a parked car.

  • College is the real deal

     With the acceptance of a $2.7 million construction bid for the new college which will be built in downtown Liberty, it’s time for everyone to get serious about raising the additional $1.7 million needed to complete the project.

    We’ve already been encouraged by donations such as $100,000 from Casey County Bank and we’re certain that other large gifts will follow now that it’s certain the Casey County Community and Education Center will be built.

  • Congress should restore vets’ pay

     Even if cuts to cost-of-living increases for some military veterans are repealed, the damage already is done, and we’re not talking about money.

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that Congress approved and the president signed included a 1 percent “cut” to future cost of living adjustments to retirement pay for military veterans’ younger than 62.

    First, let’s be clear about the nature of the so-called cut.

  • 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.