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  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Nov. 15, 2006

    The cost of building in Liberty could soon be going up. Liberty City Council is debating raising the cost of zoning permit fees, which could go up from $40 to more than $2,000 depending on the size of the structure.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Nov. 8, 2006

    Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney will return for his third term after winning re-election over Liberty City Councilman Larry Bowmer in Tuesday’s general election. Sweeney collected 479 votes compared with Bowmer’s 194.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Nov. 1, 2006

    Gov. Ernie Fletcher came to Casey County bearing gifts to the tune of $3.1 million. Fletcher presented checks of $50,000 to the Casey County Public Library for library improvements; $2.2 million to the City of Liberty for its water treatment plant and another $75,000 for street paving; and $800,000 in federal funds in the form of Community Development Block Grant which will be used at Chiefton Steel.

  • 10 YEARS AGO

    Week of Oct. 25, 2006

    A two-term city councilman is hoping to unseat Liberty’s current mayor, who is vying for his third term in office. Mayor Steve Sweeney and Councilman Larry Bowmer made their intentions known early for the city’s top position as each filed candidacy papers in January.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Oct. 18, 2006

    For the second time in less than three weeks, an inmate at the Casey County Detention Center has died. Kenneth Rothwell, 55, was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday morning.
    At the beginning of the 2005-06 school year, access to the middle school, vocational school and the high school was limited to one main entrance. All visitors and students are required to sign in at the security building at the entrance before being allowed to continue to their destination.

  • As a first-grader growing up in Hazard, James Williams would draw pictures at lunchtime to entertain the eighth-graders.
    “I don’t know whether they were very interested in it or not, but anyway I drew for them, and I got interested in their response. And it sort of started me off,” says Williams, an author and retired art teacher who now lives in Casey County.
    Williams had seven siblings and would draw pictures for his family as well, though not everyone was pleased.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Oct. 4, 2006

    A Rockcastle County man incarcerated at the Casey County Detention Center died after being taken from the jail to Casey County Hospital. James N. White, 25, was found unresponsive in his cell.
    All of Casey County’s elementary schools have meet their testing goals for the 2004-06 biennium. While Casey Middle and Casey High did not meet their goals, they are progressing.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Sept. 27, 2006

    The race for Liberty City Council just got lighter as one of the candidates has pulled out. Floyd Emerson filed papers in County Clerk Eva Miller’s office Sept. 11 declaring his intentions to withdraw from the race.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Sept. 20, 2006

    While events for the 32nd annual Casey County Apple Festival got under way on Saturday, the bulk of activities and fun is coming up in the next three days. Deva Hair, who is serving her first year as festival chairman, said everything is in place and waiting for the crowd.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Sept. 13, 2006

    The first of the court proceedings in what is sure to be a landmark case took place in Casey Circuit Court with a motion to dismiss one of the defendants in a lawsuit brought by five current and/or former Casey County High School students. The five girls claim they were verbally and physically attacked at school over a period of years by other students and that school officials did little, or nothing, to help them.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Sept. 6, 2006

    Money is being sought to help a new business establish in Liberty that will also offer new jobs. Josh Ayoroa, executive director of the Economic Development Authority of Liberty/Casey County, said the city will apply for an $800,000 Community Development Block Grant for Chieftain Steel. The company will manufacture steel tubing and expects to employ more than 40 people.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Aug. 30, 2006

    Members of Casey County’s volunteer fire departments say they are in dire straits as far as finances go. Some of the chiefs spoke at the fiscal court meeting, asking for financial assistance from the county, or even the possibility of creating a taxing district.

  • Photographs displayed at Otis “Pete” Patton’s home tell the story of a life filled to the brim with love and family — a wife, three daughters, 12 grandchildren and even four great-grandchildren.

    “It’s all a gift,” says Patton, a retired Casey County art teacher who these days uses his paintings and drawings of crosses and crucifixes to honor God.

    “I would estimate that I’ve given away 300, but I don’t know,” he says.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Aug. 23, 2006

    Members representing all eight of Casey County’s volunteer fire departments attended the fiscal court meeting to ask for financial aid. Unless the departments can come up with additional funding, they are all at risk of closing in the near future. East Casey County Fire Chief Robby Murphy said the high price of gasoline is cutting into donations, along with membership fees. The idea of creating a tax district was discussed as an option.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Aug. 16, 2006

    The Liberty City Council race will feature 11 candidates. Making last-minute decisions to run were Brian Beeler, Lana Watson, Mitchell Phillips, Phyllis Whited and Steven Brown. They join Barry Davis, Jim Ellison, Brad Vaughn, Earl “Monk” Wilson, Marilyn Whiles and Floyd Emerson, who already had filed.
    City Councilman Larry Bowmer is challenging incumbent Steve Sweeney in the race for mayor.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Aug. 9, 2006

    The three-day annual U.S. 127 Yard Sale over the weekend was considered a success by many merchants and shoppers. Many believed the event drew a larger crowd than in past years.
    Douglas, Phelps and Phillips elementary schools began their last “first day.” The three schools were holding their last year of classes before the new Walnut Hill Elementary opens next year.

  • 10 YEARS AGO

    Week of Aug. 2, 2006

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of July 26, 2006

    Debbie Shepherd, the family and consumer sciences agent at the Casey County Extension Office, will be returning to her position. She took a one-year sabbatical to work on her master’s degree.
    Hamilton’s Store at the junction of Ky. 837 and Calvary Ridge Road in the Mount Olive community was burned by members of five Casey County volunteer fire departments in a training exercise. A few last-minute items were removed before it was set on fire.

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    Week of July 19, 2006

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of July 12, 2006

    The Casey County Cattleman’s Association, which administers three of the county’s agricultural programs funded by tobacco settlement money, finds itself the subject of an upcoming audit by the Governor’s Office on Agricultural Policy.  The state says the agency has not operated the cattle handling facilities program as the guidelines require.