• 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.

  • A Casey County woman who is a horse enthusiast took that passion to a new height by volunteering at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington.

    Terri Simpson, 46, of Clementsville, volunteered the past two weekends during what has been billed as the “largest horse show event in the United States.”

    “Being able to be a part of it was huge — it’s electric when you’re there,” Simpson said.

    The 16-day event — held at the 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park — began Sept. 25 and ended Sunday.

  • Rayborn-Campbell

    Donnie Rayborn of Middleburg and Connie and Chuck Baldock of Liberty are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kimberly Marie Rayborn to James Adam Campbell, son of Debbie Campbell and Tony Crew of Liberty. Kimberly is a 2006 graduate of Casey County High School and a 2010 graduate of National College. Adam is a 2005 graduate of Casey County High School. The wedding will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at Indian Creek Baptist Church at 1:30 p.m. All family and friends are invited to attend.


  • Casey County, it’s time to get moving.

    The annual 2nd Sunday celebration is coming to Casey County to promote involvement in physical activities.

    Sponsored by the University of Kentucky, with local activities coordinated by the UK Cooperative Extension Service, 2nd Sunday encourages all forms of physical activity within the local community, according to Meagan Klee, Casey County’s Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development.

  • More than $1,700 was raised in the 2nd Indian Creek Relay on Saturday. The 5.1-mile race across Indian Creek Road is a memorial to the late Trenton Rayborn that was started last year by friends of the young boy who died eight months after being diagnosed with cancer.

    Beneficiaries of this year’s race were Casey County Relay for Life and the Youth Football association, which Trenton was involved with, as well as the family of Trell Whitis, a 6-month-old who is battling a rare genetic disease.

  • Brent Wethington and Patty Thompson were united in marriage Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 at their home.

    Brent is the son of Roger Wethington of Dunnville and Hazel Wethington of Liberty.

    Patty is the daughter of Gracie Campbell and the late George Alford.

    The bride was given away by her son, Bobby Alford of Campbellsburg, Ky.

    After their honeymoon, they now reside at their home in Dunnville.


  • Phyllis and Harvey Wheeler celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 24. They were married Sept. 24, 1960 at Pleasant Grove Separate Baptist Church by Bro. Amos Emerson. They have two children, Tim Wheeler of Liberty and Tammy (and Greg) Bernard of Dunnville, and two granddaughters, Rachel and Sidney Bernard.

  • A new Miss Apple Festival Teen and Preteen were crowned last week as annual Apple Festival pageants continued.

    Thirty-five girls ages 8-12 competed for the title of Miss Apple Festival Preteen on Sept. 20, while 19 teenage girls, ages 13-15, sought the crown of Miss Apple Festival Teen, who was crowned on Sept. 21.

    Miss Preteen

    Zoey Norris, 9, daughter of Mike and Sheri Norris of Breeding, Ky., took the title of Miss Apple Festival Preteen at the pageant held at the Casey County High School gym.