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  • It’s the home stretch for the six teams in “Casey County’s Biggest Losers” weight-loss competition. The 12 competitors, along with individual Marty Shackelford, have the end of the 12-week competition in sight, and their trainer is bragging.

    “There have been some stand-out efforts from several people this year,” Brian Mountjoy said. “Marty has clearly been giving it his best, and that’s why he is in the lead.”

  • The six teams in “Casey County’s Biggest Losers” can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. For some, that means it’s time to really increase their efforts to gain the maximum results before crossing the finish line.

    Marty Shackelford said the experience has transformed his life — literally.

    “I rode my bicycle to Danville last week and had a light, healthy lunch before riding back to Liberty,” Shackelford said.

  • 60 years together

    Otis and Sarah Murphy of Mooresville, Ind. celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 8, 2010. Otis and the former Sarah Raines were married April 8, 1950 in Jamestown, Ky. Otis is retired from General Motors and Sarah is a retired preschool teacher. The couple are parents of two children, Cecil Murphy of Indianapolis (deceased) and Ann Abbott of Brownsburg, Ind. The Murphys also have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Faith White, daughter of Mark and Melissa White and granddaughter of Gayle Wilson of Liberty, and Nathaniel Crew, son of Ken and Kim Crew of Liberty, will be united in marriage Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 3 p.m. at New Life Tabernacle in Liberty. All friends and family are invited to attend.

     

  • Matthew Scott Hicks and Kelly Lyn Haste would like to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Kelly is the daughter of Garry and Missy Burke of Liberty and the late Phyllis Burke. Matthew is the son of Doug and Vickie Hicks of Hustonville. A casual country wedding and reception will be held Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center. All family and friends are invited to attend. No formal invitations will be sent.

  • Donovan Barlow of Louisville and Pebbles Carpenter of Louisville announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at St. Johns Virgin Island. Donovan is the son of James and Etta Barlow of Liberty. His grandparents are the late Marion and Flora Lee and the late Jess and Effie Barlow. Pebbles is the daughter of Debbie and Dennis Shepard of Indiana and Jackie and Donna Carpenter of Indiana.

  • Kimberly Dawn Clark, daughter of Darvol and JoAnn Clark of Drip Rock, Ky. and Brandon Thomas Sneed, son of Russell and Zelda Sneed of Waynesburg and Glenda Sneed of Bethelridge, will be united in marriage Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 4 p.m. at the New Life Church of God of Prophecy in Waynesburg. All friends and family are invited to attend.

  • During the winter months of January and February, many college students dream of a relaxing spring break in Florida away from the demands of school.

    However, there are others, like Liberty native Tara Weddle, who will sacrifice a “fun place to go” in order to serve the less fortunate in countries like Haiti.

    Weddle, 20, will travel to Port de Paix, Haiti, March 19-28, as a member of a team of college students from Kentucky Christian University in Grayson.

  • Charles and Patricia Combs would like to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Crystal Dawn Combs to Jacob E. Holt, son of Eddie and Shirley Holt of Dunnville.

    The marriage will take place Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the residence of the groom, 36 Cundiff Road in Dunnville. Signs will be posted. All friends and family are invited to attend. No formal invitations will be sent.

    A reception will follow at the groom’s house.

     

  • Jenna Murphy of Liberty would like to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her mommy, Angie Murphy, to Byron Coffman on March 13, 2010.

    Angie is the daughter of Danny and Carol Spears of Liberty. She is the granddaughter of Margaret and Nathan Giles of Columbia and great-granddaughter of Betty Bryant of Russell Springs. She is also the granddaughter of the late Homer and Devonda Spears of Liberty and the late Lemuel Bryant of Russell Springs.

  • Delmer Caroll and Joanna Baugh will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 27. The couple were married in 1960 by the late Rev. Lloyd Keeney in Science Hill. They have two children, Sharon (and James) Moore of Columbia and Sheila (and Dan) Baker of Waynesville, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

    An open house/reception will be held in their honor Saturday, March 6 at the Stanford Housing Authority in the community room from 2 to 5 p.m. All family and friends are invited. The couple requests no gifts.

     

  • Deward and Barbara Riddle will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 25. They were married in Celina, Tenn. and have two children, Greg Riddle and Sheila Woodrum, three grandsons, and a great-granddaughter.

  • Kieran and Daphny McAninch were united in marriage on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

    Maid of honor was Jamie Weddle, cousin of the bride.

    Best man was Andrew Weddle.

    After a honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains, the couple reside at their home in Willow Springs.

     

  • Walter and Wauneda Pittman of Middleburg celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary Feb. 22. They were married Feb. 22, 1941 in Liberty by A.S. Jefferson.

    They have four children, Louise Godbey and Brenda Lane, both of Danville, James Pittman of Hustonville and Glen Pittman of Middleburg; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

  • Don and Lucretia Shaw are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Chiquita Baldock to Timothy Akers, son of Teresa Scott of Jamestown.

    The couple were married in Panama City Beach, Fla. on Dec. 28, 2009. Children of the groom, Taylor and Ethan, were their maid of honor and best man.

    Others attending were the parents of the bride; Micah Baldock, sister of the bride and Alan Foley; Carlotta Robertson, sister of the bride and Brett Robertson; and friend, Selena Padilla.

  •  “Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail …”

    It’s the postal worker’s mantra, and two local ladies understand exactly what it means.

    For Linda Hamilton, those days are behind her now.

    Hamilton, 55, retired at the end of the December following a 31-year career, including the last 12 years as the postmaster at the Liberty Post Office.

    Lisa Messamore, 48, has been with the USPS for 23 years. The Casey native is filling in for Hamilton as the OIC (Officer in Charge) at Liberty until a new postmaster can be hired.

  •  “Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail …”

    It’s the postal worker’s mantra, and two local ladies understand exactly what it means.

    For Linda Hamilton, those days are behind her now.

    Hamilton, 55, retired at the end of the December following a 31-year career, including the last 12 years as the postmaster at the Liberty Post Office.

    Lisa Messamore, 48, has been with the USPS for 23 years. The Casey native is filling in for Hamilton as the OIC (Officer in Charge) at Liberty until a new postmaster can be hired.

  • Harold and Mildred Cravens will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 6. They have two children, Patricia (and Charlie) Nunmaker of New Orleans, La. and Mark (and Amy) Cravens of San Antonio, Texas; and five grandchildren.

  • A fire breaks out in a home or business and time is of the essence in summoning firefighters to the scene.

    Firefighters arrive, don their equipment and begin the dangerous work of battling the blaze whether it’s 95 degrees in summer or 0 degrees in winter. And some of these fires require that firefighters remain on the scene for longer than a few hours.

    And, during these long stretches on the scene, firefighters often depend on the generosity of the community when it comes to having something to eat and drink.

  • Amber Szczotka, daughter of Dawn Szczotka and Gary Hensley of Liberty and Lee Bryon Crowe, son of Kathy Wofford of Texas and Gary Crowe of Mt. Sterling, were united in marriage Nov. 7, 2009 at Spring Valley Golf Club in Lexington by Bro. Greg Powell.

    The bride is a 2001 graduate of Casey County High School. The groom is a 1999 graduate of Winchester High School.

    Maid of honor was Nicole Szczotka of Nicholasville. Bridemaids were Jackie Savage of Somerset, Emily Tutt of Lexington, Alyssa Whittaker of California and Antonia Gamble of Danville.