• If there’s one thing that’s held true during 70 of his 91 years of life, it has been Jake Vest’s love for his wife, Hazel. And Hazel says the same thing — love overcomes everything.

    The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 29.

    Jake first laid eyes on Hazel Black at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in 1936. He was a handsome, wiry, 19-year-old and Hazel, at 14, was a trim, beautiful red-head.

    Though Jake said it might not have been love at first sight, it didn’t take him long to realize she was the one for him.

  • Katy and Mike Slone of Liberty would like to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Slone to Jim Depaolo, son of Dennis and Linda Bair of Liberty. The wedding will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at 3 p.m. at Miller Park in Campbellsville. A reception will be held at the Campbellsville Fire Department. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

  • Since its beginning locally nine years ago, more than 10,000 people have taken a journey through “Judgement House,” asking themselves that all-important question, “Where will I spend eternity?”

    Now embarking on its seventh production since 1999, First Baptist Church of Liberty will present “59 Minutes” starting tonight (Wednesday) and running for seven nights through Oct. 18.

  • David and Barbara Weddle of Liberty and David and Sandy Schaller of Cottekill, NY announce the marriage of their children, Kara Dyean Weddle and Jayson Michael Schaller. They were married Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.

    The bride is a 2008 graduate of Casey County High School.

    The groom is a 2005 graduate of Rondout Valley High School in Accord, NY.

    The couple now reside in Killeen, Texas, where Jay is an E-4, stationed at Fort Hood with the United States Air Force.

  • Georgia Humphrey sits in her favorite place on her back porch Thursday morning, enjoying the sunshine and the cascade of flowers spread before her in her own backyard.

    It’s a view she’s been enjoying, and perfecting, for quite some time now.

    “You know,” she says. “I’m going to be 100 next week.”

    Although her physical appearance doesn’t attest to that, Mrs. Humphrey will indeed turn 100 years old on Thursday, Oct. 2.

  • Stout mules and horses, their heads bobbing up and down, slowly pull a caravan of 11 covered wagons along back roads in central Casey County recently.

    They cross Long Hollow and go through Dogwood Gap into Snake Ridge, their final destination.

    In one wagon is a big man with a long, white beard. He’s wearing jeans, a T-shirt and cowboy hat.

    Charlie Brown, 57, of Lawrenceburg, is the spitting image of country singer Charlie Daniels.

    He’s come to the Brown home-place to see his mama, Doris, and brother, Calvin.

  • Jimmy and Sharon Martin and Burl Cochran Jr. of Liberty would like to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amy Cochran to Greg Baldock, son of Paul Baldock of Liberty and Rose Baldock. The wedding will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at 3 p.m. at Atwood Chapel United Methodist Church. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

  • Pageant queens were crowned last week as the Miss Apple Festival Preteen pageant was held on Sept. 22, and the Miss Teen and Mrs. Casey County pageants took place on Sept. 23.

    McKenzie Goens of Stanford won the title of Miss Preteen for girls ages 8-12, while Casey Galbreath of Danville was crowned Miss Teen among girls ages 13-15. Ronika Roosa of Nancy was crowned Mrs. Casey County Apple Festival.

    All three winners will advance to various state pageants.

    Miss Preteen

  • The freeze that hit Casey County in April 2007 all but destroyed the apple crop in Ottis Sandusky’s orchard off Ky. 49.

    Mother Nature has a way of recompensing a bad crop with an abundant one the following year. So abundant in fact, the apples grew like grapes on the vine, he said, referring to the small size and sheer number of fruit on the limbs. And that’s what caused limbs to break on many of his trees.

    Casey County Extension Agent Jay Hettmansperger said reports he has received from individual growers agree with that of Sandusky.

  • Barry A. and Melissa Murphy of Liberty would like to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Meagan, to Jackie Davidson, son of Carlis Davidson of Campbellsville and the late Kimberly Davidson. The wedding will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at 5 p.m. at Twin Eagles Estate in Lebanon. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.


  • Erika Jo Dunn and Ryan Lee Caudill were united in marriage July 18, 2008 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Erika is the daughter of Rock and Rita Dunn of Campton. Ryan is the son of Lee and Margaret Caudill of Liberty.

    The couple reside in Powell County.


  • Lynette Harris knows what it’s like to struggle to feed and clothe her family.

    Shortly before the new school year started last month, Harris said she faced the task of buying school clothes for her four grandchildren, whom she is raising. She came up with a rather unusual idea, using modern technology.

    “I posted on Topix (www.topix.com) that my husband would haul junk,” she said. “We were just trying to raise some extra money to buy clothes for the grandkids.”

  • Travel down Belden Avenue in Liberty and you may see a tall, red-haired man sitting on his front porch, strumming a guitar.

    A good ol’ boy from a local band, perhaps, or a Grand Ol’ Opry wanna-be?


    Take a closer look and you might remember him from American Bandstand or the David Letterman Show.

    Maybe you were among the thousands of screaming fans at a concert venue, when he stood alongside his brother Richard and fellow band members known worldwide as the Psychedelic Furs.

  • Richard and Montie Roots of Cincinnati, formerly of Casey County, will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on Sept. 20. They moved to the Cincinnati area in 1942, and have two sons, three grandsons, and four great-granddaughters.

  • Terry and Kim Miller are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their son, Joshua William Miller to Nicole Lesha Bradshaw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Bradshaw and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bradshaw.

    The wedding will take place Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 at 3 p.m. at the Pine Grove Community Church. No invitations will be sent. All friends and family are invited to attend.

  • Under threatening skies and cooler than normal temperatures, four outhouse teams made a run for the coveted title of “head” privy Saturday afternoon at the 15th Penn’s Store Great Outhouse Blowout in northern Casey County.

    Located just off Ky. 243 on the Boyle county line, Penn’s Store is the oldest, family owned country store in America, dating to 1850.

  • Jeff and Renita Murphy would like to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lauren Danielle to Neal Alan Weddle, son of Richard and Kathy Weddle.

    Danielle is a 2005 graduate of Casey County High School and a 2008 graduate of National College. She is employed at Hill’s Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician.

    Neal is a 1995 graduate of Casey County High School and is owner-operator of Weddle’s Backhoe Service.

  • Little Emily Virginia Gracelynn Pittman is surrounded by miracles.

    She’s a miracle herself, born to a mother who was told she would never have children; an aunt who lost a baby, was diagnosed with cancer, and nearly died when she did give birth to a child; and a special cousin who is at the heart of this story of family miracles.

  •  For Eddie Montgomery, being a member of the hottest duo in country music is a dream come true.