• 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.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    Week of Nov. 22, 2006

    Gamers camp out waiting for PS3. Liberty’s Pamida department store received two 20 gigabyte PS3’s, one being sold to Stipes and the other to Reed. The system had two versions, a 20 GB and a 60 GB.

  • 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.