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  • 10 YEARS AGO

    Week of April 25, 2007

    A two-acre site on Jockey and Pettyjohn streets has been secured for a permanent campus for college classes. The city, county and Economic Development Authority will each pay one-third of the $225,000 purchase price.

    A 16-year-old boy was charged in the death of his cousin, William Joshua Clay Williams, 25. Williams suffered a skull fracture and brain injury due to blunt impact, the deputy coroner said.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of April 18, 2007

    Official groundbreaking ceremonies were held April 10 for the new Casey County Hospital. Congressman Ed Whitfield was master of ceremonies, with several state and local officials attending the event. Administrator Rusty Tungate and hospital board members Lonnie Mullins, Dennie Johnson, Josh Wethington, Linda Hamilton and Brent Delp tossed a ceremonial shovel of dirt.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of April 4, 2007

    Jessica Horn, 26, of Richmond was killed in a motorcycle crash on Dry Ridge Road. She was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by Bobby Summers of Liberty, who was seriously injured.
    Gov. Ernie Fletcher was in Liberty for the Lincoln Day Dinner hosted by the Casey County Young Republican Federation. While circulating through the room, Fletcher told attendees that Casey is “one of the strongest Christian counties in the state.”

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of March 28, 2007

    Officials from Casey, Taylor, Green, LaRue, Adair and Marion counties plan to meet to discuss the possibility of forming a regional E-911 center.
    Jimmy and Glenna Bryant are upset over how a proposed new section of Ky. 70 West will affect their property. Their driveway now gently slopes down to the road, and when the new road is finished, their home will be nearly hidden from view.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of March 21, 2007

    Casey’s family farms have dwindled from 130 to 25 since 1988. Despite the area’s successful farming reputation, even Casey County is feeling the effects of a declining generation of farmers.
    Billie Watts leaves dairy farming after more than 50 years.
    Casey County Sheriff’s Department has a new deputy. Kevin Roberts pulled his first shift as a police officer on March 12.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of March 14, 2007

    The Kentucky Department of Highways presented three alternates to correct Dry Ridge Hill, which has a steep grade and has been the site of several fatalities.
    A benefit was planned for West Nile Virus survivor Brian Wardrip.
    The City of Liberty proposed partnering with the Casey County schools on a new recycling program. The city would be responsible for picking up recyclables at the schools at no charge.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of March 7, 2007

    Former Liberty police Sgt. Joey Miller resigned from the force and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of first-degree official misconduct and theft by unlawful taking less than $300.
    A two-vehicle crash on Ky. 49 left two Casey County motorists injured and hospitalized at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Tyler Sidwell, 21, and Holly Coffman, 41, were injured when their vehicles collided.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Feb. 28, 2007

    It’s been quite a journey, but the Liberty Bell, all 2,100 pounds of it is finally home. A patriotic symbol for the city, the Liberty Bell arrived at its temporary home at the Liberty Fire Department where it will remain until its dedication at Liberty Park on the Fourth of July.
    Five horses remain in the county’s care after the Casey County Sheriff’s Office removed them from their owners last week.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Feb. 21, 2007

    A Casey County magistrate escaped injury Feb. 12 when his truck caught on fire and burned in a matter of minutes. David Phelps was on his way to the stockyards with a load of cattle about 3:15 p.m. when his truck started acting strange. He managed to unhook the trailer, and the cattle were not harmed.
    Three Russell County men have been arrested on 28 felony charges in connection with recent break-ins involving the theft of copper.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Feb. 14, 2007

    Casey County High School Senior Courtney Laman was crowned Basketball Sweetheart. She is the daughter of Guy and Debbie Laman of Liberty.
    In an effort to accommodate the growing number of people coming to Gateway Park, Casey County will apply for a matching federal grant to build a new concession stand on the property.
    Lewis and Violet Taylor will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary Feb. 17.
    David C. and Marie Yaden of Dry Ridge will celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary Feb. 23.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Feb. 7, 2007

    The Casey County Cattlemen’s Association is no longer an administrator for model programs handled by the Casey County Agriculture Development Council. And the Central Kentucky Meat Goat Association may soon be out as well.
    Casey County is one step closer to an animal shelter. However the project carries a big “if.” Magistrates approved a solution at Monday night’s fiscal court meeting, calling for the development of an animal shelter, if and when the funding becomes available.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Jan. 31, 2007

     A Casey County man was found dead in his home Monday night, the apparent victim of a homicide. Glen “Cactus” Randolph 74, of 4528 U.S. 127 North, was pronounced dead at 7:15 a.m. by Coroner Tommy Clark. Clark said he had suffered a gunshot wound.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Jan. 24, 2007

    After nearly two years of talking and fine-tuning, random drug testing will become a reality at Casey County High School as early as next week. Students who are involved with any extra-curricular activity, such as sport or clubs, as well as those who drive to school, were given consent forms on Jan 16.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Jan. 17, 2007

    Prospective general contractors for the new Casey County Hospital were scheduled to be interviewed as plans for the hospital proceed.
    The Economic Development Authority of Liberty/Casey County purchased 35 acres on which to build an industrial park. The new industrial site is on Ky. 70 East and cost the authority $300,000.
    Charissa Gosser competed against 38 girls for Kentucky Junior Miss after suffering from a sprained ankle.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Jan. 10, 2007

    Casey County’s new extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Jay Hettmansperger, began work Jan. 2.
    Casey County Junior Miss Charissa Gosser plans to take her week-long Kentucky’s Junior Miss competition one step at a time. The 17-year-old Casey Countian traveled to Lexington to prepare for the state competition and to settle in before things get serious.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Jan. 3, 2007

    The start of 2007 marks the beginning of a new law in Kentucky. The primary seat belt law passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in April took effect on Monday, giving law enforcement the right to ticket anyone in a moving vehicle not wearing a seat belt.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Dec. 27, 2006

    A three-vehicle crash sent six Casey County teens to the hospital after a collision with a Casey County Road Department truck.
    The Liberty/Casey County Chamber of Commerce’s “New Business of the Year” golden award for 2006 went to Monticello Bank.
    Roger Elliott bid farewell after 23 years as district judge. Even at his own retirement reception, Elliott was put to work. Elliot, 55, retired as the 29th Judicial Circuit district judge, a position he had held for 23 years.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Dec. 20, 2006

    A driver hit a pedestrian before crashing into an apartment. According to Liberty Police Chief Ron Whited, Agatha Warner, 77, of Liberty was driving her 2003 Chevy Tracker north on Wolford Street about 1:30 p.m. when she hit Ronald B. Manica, 49, of Shelbyville, who was working with Gammon Tree Service, cutting limbs. Both were injured.
    Gov. Ernie Fletcher made yet another trip to “Fletcher Country” last week with more state funding for Casey County.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Dec. 6, 2006

    The Liberty/Casey County Chamber of Commerce’s “Business of the Year” for 2006, Casey County Bank strives to be active in the community and to grow, plain and simple, Mark Wolford, the bank’s president and CEO said.
    A robbery at Byrd’s Grocery led to a 30-mile high-speed chase and the suspects’ arrest in Adair County. Anthony M. Peyton, 29, went into the business and reportedly demanded money from the cash register.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Nov. 29, 2006

    A threatening letter cancels classes at Casey County High School. With sheriff’s deputies and city police officers making their presence known both inside and outside the school, students filled into the building and were ushered into the gymnasium or cafeteria, Principal Tim Goodlett and School Resource Officer Richard Francioni addressed them regarding a threatening letter found at the school on Nov. 21. The letter was found Tuesday afternoon, and classes were canceled Wednesday.