• The 2011 Miss Apple Festival Teen and Preteen were crowned at the annual Apple Festival pageants last week, along with the winners of the new Mother-Daughter pageant.
    Twelve girls, ages 8-12, competed for the title of Miss Apple Festival Preteen on Sept. 19, while 11 teenage girls, ages 13-15, sought the crown of Miss Apple Festival Teen on Sept. 20.
    The Mother-Daughter pageant, which was held in conjunction with Miss Teen, drew five mother-daughter couples.

    Miss Preteen

  • Apple Peeling
    Men — First, Bruce Hiner, 38”; second, Jim Foster, 34”; third, Roy Becraft, 25 ½”.
    Women — First, Linda Peavey, 67”; second, Rosa Bertram, 45”.

    Bicycle Drag Race
    6-year-olds — First, Chase Hogue; second, Jessie Naylor; third, Evan Stephens.
    7-year-olds — First, Jacob Scott, second, Jax Price; third, Taylor Hansford.
    8-year-olds — First, Wyatt Stonecypher; second, Samuel Roethle.

  • Talk to Brian Waskom for any length of time and it’s not hard to realize how a creative mind and a little muscle works when it comes to how he looks at life.
    Waskom, a Liberty resident, designs and creates iron and metal plant hangers, lamp hangers, kitchen utensil carousels, gates, personalized signs and just about anything else a customer could want.
    The 50-year-old father of two teenagers works out of a small shed where he lives near the Casey County Hospital.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fuller and Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hamrick would like to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Valerie Fuller, to William Salyers, son of Deloise Salyers and the late Mike Salyers. The wedding will be Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at 4 p.m. at South Fork Separate Baptist Church, Liberty. A reception will follow the ceremony. All friends and family are invited.

  • Amanda Kay King and Joseph Thomas Escola were married June 25, 2011 at the First Christian Church in Liberty by Rev. Homer Hecht.
    The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Kay King of Liberty. The groom is the son of Jim and Peg Escola of Louisville.

  • With the sounds of Latin music drifting in the air, a group of ladies dip, lunge, kick and move to the fast-paced beat.
    Is it dance?
    Is it exercise?
    Well, a little of both — it’s Zumba, “an exercise in disguise.”
    On this Thursday night, nine women are burning up the calories as they jump in to the moves of Zumba taught by Jessica Middleton, Kelcie Murphy and Katy Wilson.

  • Chloe Wesley and Briar Elmore were among 72 couples competing at the Little Miss and Mister Kentucky State Fair Pageant Thursday night in Louisville. They won the local pageant at the 2010 Casey County Apple Festival, earning the spot at the state fair, where they placed fourth. Chloe, 7, is the daughter of Matt and Shavahn Wesley of Liberty and is a second-grader at Liberty Elementary. Briar, 6, is in the first grade at Jones Park Elementary and is the son of Ronnie and Cassy Elmore of Liberty.

  • Pageants
    Applications for pageants that will be held during the Casey County Apple Festival are available at Liberty Flowers & Gifts on Beldon Street, and also online at www.caseycountyapplefestival.org.
    The Miss Casey County Pageant, to be held Saturday, Sept. 17, is for young women ages 16-21. The pageant is open to both residents and non-residents of Casey County.

  • The temperatures were hot and so were the shoppers at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center during the annual U.S. 127 Yard Sale.
    Nearly 100 vendors set up shop in the large, covered and enclosed pavilion, according to Liberty/Casey County Chamber of Commerce Director Blaine Staat.
    The center saw a steady stream of customers during the official four days of the sale, Thursday through Sunday. However, on Friday, vendors reported more lookers than buyers.
    Ralph Horney of Kings Mt., who had a variety of merchandise at his booth, remained optimistic.

  • Ashley Linn York and Joshua Scott Burchett were married on May 7, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Liberty. Bro. Chris Dalton performed the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Curtis and Patricia Lucas and Tony and Katie York, all of Liberty. The groom is the son of Kelly and Tracy Burchett of Danville.
    Emilee York served her sister as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Dana Rigney, Liz Burchett, Maggie Crawford, Sarah Beeler and Ashleigh Richmond. Junior bridesmaid was Olivia Crawford, with Scarlett Crawford and Abby Godbey serving as flower girls.

  • Most people who wash and dry clothes in their homes find the mundane task to be somewhat uninspiring, even to the point of calling it a “chore.”
    But now, one Liberty woman has something on her washroom wall that brings a smile to her face each time she does laundry.
    Nelda Harlow, who lives on Butcher Street, struck up a friendship several years ago with Verna Rayburn, whom she met at the Casey County Senior Citizen’s Center.
    “We eat lunch at the center and we’re also walking buddies,” Harlow said.

  • Photography
    Color, scenic, local  — Mark Gosser, Champion.
    Color, floral, wild flower  — Shirley Lane, blue ribbon.
    Color, portraits  — Donna Murphy, blue.
    Color, candid shots  — Donna Murphy, blue.
    Color, scenic, USA — Donna Murphy, blue.
    Color, children 0-3 yrs  —Donna Murphy, blue.
    Color, other  —    Donna Murphy, blue.
    Color, floral, wild flower  — Donna Murphy, blue.

  • Rhonda Coffman and Steven Brown, both of Liberty, are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their son, Casey Boyd Brown, to Dawn Catherine Wash, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Wash of Versailles. Brown is a graduate of Casey County High School and is employed by Fayette Electric. Wash is a graduate of Woodford County High School and is employed by the United States Army Reserves. The wedding will be held July 15, 2011 at High Bridge Park in Wilmore.

  • Brittany Rodgers, daughter of Russell and Doris Rodgers of Liberty, and Joel Prichard, son of Mary Prichard of Liberty and Jack Prichard of Berry, were united in marriage Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 5 p.m. at Mt. Salem Baptist Church. Bro. Kevin Pittman performed the ceremony.
    The bride is the granddaughter of Elsie Brewster of Lincoln County and the late Melvin Brewster and Lonnie Rodgers of Liberty and the late Elmer Rodgers.

  • Check out pictures from the Casey County Fair, posted today in a slideshow on our home page.

  • Clementsville Motorsports
    Truck Pull

    6400 lb. Bonestock — First, Chris Souder, Brodhead; second, Frankie Woodall, Brodhead; third, Hiland Jolly, Paris.
     4500 lb. 2 wheel open — First, Jay Jolly, Paris; second, Hiland Jolly, Paris; third, DA Austin, Liberty.
     6250 lb. Big Block Stock — First, RA Bishop, Brodhead; second, Jason Elliott, Lancaster; third, Jerry Garrett, Liberty.

  • New pageant royalty was crowned over the weekend as the 2011 Casey County Fair officially got under way.
    Camrin Bennett, 16, of Scottsville, Ky. was crowned the new Miss Casey County Fair. She will represent the local fair at the Miss Kentucky County Fairs Pageant, which will be held in Louisville in January.
    Bennett, the daughter of Chuck and Gail Bennett, will also accompany the Little Miss and Mister Casey County Fair winners to Louisville as they compete at the Kentucky State Fair in August.

  • The first-ever Casey County Fair Battle of the Bands, held Monday night at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center, went four rounds and a review of the judge’s score cards found Identity Crisis out of Floyd’s Knob, Ind. ahead on points to win the $1,000 prize.
    The five-member band, ranging in age from 16-19, was the last to perform and they brought the crowd to its feet, including members of the competition.
    Rick Wesley of RadioLibertyKY.com, one of the promoters of the event, was pleased with the turnout and performances.

  • Mike and Patricia Richardson of Liberty would like to announce the engagement of their son, Michael (Mikey) Richardson to Amy C. Day, daughter of Larry E. Day and Debbie M. Day, both of Paris. Amy is a University of Kentucky graduate with a BSN and is employed with Nurses Registry in Richmond. Mikey is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in computer science and is an active member  of the Kentucky National Guard, training N.C.O. at the Carlisle Armory. A September wedding has been planned. The couple will  reside in Richmond.