• Casey County's Biggest Losers weighed in Tuesday night, Feb. 22, dropping another combined 14.6 pounds for Week 3 of the 10-week competition.

    Posting the biggest loss for the week was Team Dorman, who took off 6.4 pounds for a total loss of 36.8 pounds.

    Results include:

    Team Brock (Leann and Kaitlyn) — 349.2 pounds, down 4.0 pounds (from last week), total loss, 26.0 pounds.

    Team Dorman (Rita and Derek) — 448.4 pounds, down 6.4, total loss, 36.8.

  • Cameron C. Griffith has been admitted to the Casey County Bar and granted leave to practice law before the Casey Circuit Court.
    Hon. James G. Weddle administered the oath Feb. 14 after Griffith was presented to the court by Theodore H. Lavit.
    Griffith is a graduate of the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude in May 2010. He was the recipient of the Karen Allen Scholarship as well as the L. Leroy Highbaugh, Sr. Law Award.

  • Week 2: Feb. 15 weigh-in

    Season 3 participants of Casey County's Biggest Losers dropped 31.4 pounds in the last week.

    Leading the way is Team #1 Pittman (Diane and Nick), who lost 8.6 pounds from last week, and have lost a total of 34.8 pounds since the competition began.

    The overall loser, to date, is Team Martin (Shawn and Kaleb), who have lost a total of 40.4 pounds.

    Results from last night's official weigh-in include:

  • Participants in Season 3 of "Casey County's Biggest Losers" had their first official weigh-in on Feb. 8, losing a combined 153.2 pounds since their first initial weigh-in on Jan. 14.

    The teams went through a two-week trial period to determine eligibility for the program, which kicked off Jan. 28.

    At the Week 1 weigh-in, results included:

    Team Martin (Shawn and Kaleb)

    Starting Weight: 495.0

    Loss: 33.4

    Feb. 8: 461.6

  • By Jan Banks

  • April Denise Harrison, daughter of Chuck and Sharon Harrison, and Jake Michael Davis, son of Michael and Christy Davis, were united in marriage Oct. 16, 2010 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Winchester, by Rev. Gary Baker.
    The bride is the granddaughter of Naomi Harrison and the late Arnold Harrison, Arthur Shelton and Louise Shelton, all of Winchester.
    The groom is the grandson of James and Sharon Clark of Lilberty and Inez Davis of Dunnville and the late Ray Davis. He is the great-grandson of Jake and Hazel Vest of Yosemite.

  • The adage “there are two certainties in life — death and taxes,” especially rings true during tax season. Some dread it because of money owed to the Internal Revenue Service while others look forward to getting that check or direct deposit refund from the IRS.
    And local tax preparers stress that to begin the process of filing an income tax return, organization is the key.
    Pauline Sharp, owner of P & S Tax Service in Liberty, has been preparing income tax returns for 32 years.

  • Casey District Court jurors are to report to Honorable Judge Michael Loy Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Casey County Judicial Center first floor district courtroom.

    Evan Allen, James Augustine, Michael Burt, Susie Campbell, Geraldine Case, Leon Childress, Donald Clark, Rodger Cochran, Donna Coffey, Barbara Eads, David Elliott, James Elliott and Donald Elmore.

  • Casey County has had its own version of “The Biggest Loser” for a couple of years. And now it has a version of “Dancing with the Stars.”
    “Dancing with the Rebels,” a fund-raiser for the Casey County High School cheerleaders, was presented Nov. 20, and has drawn such praise that organizers say they’ve had requests to repeat it.
    CCHS cheerleading coach Susan Stringer said the comments and response to the program has been “overwhelming.”

  • The red-and-green boxes are beginning to stack up in the fellowship hall at Middleburg Baptist Church, and those involved with Operation Christmas Child hope there will be hundreds of them by the time shoebox collection week is over.

    Lisa Peek, who coordinates the countywide Operation Christmas Child effort locally, said this is the seventh year Middleburg has served as the relay center for Casey County.

    The church will be open Nov. 15-21 to receive the gift-filled shoeboxes that will be distributed to boys and girls around the world in more than 100 countries.

  • Cassadee Anne Hanson and Andrew Vernon Banks would like to announce their engagement and forthcoming wedding on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. at the Liberty First Christian Church.

    Cassadee is the daughter of Betty Jo Hanson of Liberty and Ronald Hanson of Pinedale, Wyo. She is the granddaughter of the late Nita Bernard and Clifford Blevins of Marion, Ind., and Paul Hanson of Pinedale, Wyo. and the late Mary Hanson.

  • Gail Thomas Arms and James G. Withers were married Sept. 20, 2010 at Honeymoon Hills in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

    Gail is the daughter of the late Leslie and Nadene Thomas.

    James is the son of Lily Withers and the late Garnett Withers.

    The couple resides at Russell Springs.

  • When Pat Pierce got her first look at a six-week-old Shih’tzu puppy that was coming to live at her house, it was not love at first sight.

    “I didn’t want a dog,” Pierce said. “But she was given to me as a Christmas gift from (grandchildren) Amber and Hunter.”

    It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for Pierce, who hadn’t been responsible for a pet in a long time, but now she can’t imagine life without Molly.

  • With the recession now lingering into its third year, and having endured two major natural disasters in the past 13 months, residents who attended the Liberty/Casey County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Golden Awards Banquet Thursday night may have wondered what, if anything, there was to celebrate.

    However, there are many reasons to celebrate, chamber coordinator Blaine Staat told the estimated 175 people gathered at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center.

  • Lifetime Achievement — John Shugars

    If there’s one thing that John Shugars is known for, it’s his love for the Boy Scout program, said Rachyl Cundiff, who recognized Shugars.

    Shugars fell in love with Scouting when he was 11 and it turned out to be an affair that lasted almost 50 years.

    As Scout Master of Troop 123, Shugars would lead hundreds of young men, 22 of whom became Eagle Scouts.

  • Love a good ghost story?

    Then you don’t want to miss Liberty’s “Ghost Tour,” a wagon-ride tour through town and beyond, which debuts Tuesday night and runs through Oct. 30.

    “It will be hauntingly memorable,” laughed Suzanne LaFavers, a committee member helping to organize the event.

    Expected to fill up quickly, the Ghost Tour will be offered at both 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 26-30. It is limited to 16 riders per trip, but up to 14 walkers may join the group.

  • Teresa Michele Booth and Ernest Stevie Wilson were united in marriage Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Bro. Johnny Maupin performed the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Robert and Julienne Booth. The groom is the son of Kathleen and Tim Gosser and Lewis Wilson.

    Maid of honor was Meghan McFarland. Bridesmaids were Sarah Hatter and Brenna Booth.

    Flower girls were Julie Rought, Gracie Hamm and Aaliyah Burt.

    Best man was Zachary Burt.

    A reception was held at the Casey County AG/EXPO Pork Producers building.

  • Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth C. Cundiff, III, son of Tishana and Ken Cundiff of Liberty recently returned from a 66-day deployment while stationed on U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) home ported in Boston, Ma.

    During the deployment, Seneca primarily performed search and rescue missions, boarding approximately 44 fishing vessels. In addition, Seneca seized the opportunity to conduct helicopter operations with U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

  • Brandy Nichole Burton and Jeremy Dwight Carman were married Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Brown performed the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Leonard and Connie Burton of Liberty, while the groom is the son of Kevin and Jenna Carman of Yosemite.

    Matron of honor was Kim Wethington, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Abby Pittman, leading the couple’s dachshund, Roxy, Jennifer Evans and Crystal Wyatt, all friends of the couple. Flower girl was Jenna Wethington, niece of the bride.

  • When most of us were children, we liked to play “dress-up,” raiding our parents’ clothes closet, stumping into the family room wearing mom’s high heels and pearls, or dad’s coat and tie.

    Well, dress-up has evolved, and one local woman has the ultimate in dress-up apparel, not only for the approaching Halloween holiday, but for any occasion throughout the year.

    LeeAnn McDonald, owner of the Ella Grayson Co., has costumes and accessories for the young and young-at-heart.