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     Even if cuts to cost-of-living increases for some military veterans are repealed, the damage already is done, and we’re not talking about money.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

  • 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.

  • City nuisance ordinance needed

     As politicians, Liberty City Council members are faced with situations which call for Solomonic wisdom when considering ordinances which affect property owners.

    One such measure, a Nuisance Ordinance, received first reading on Monday with second reading and adoption scheduled for Tuesday.

    If adopted by the council, the law would affect landlords who rent their properties in the city.

  • 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.