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  •  “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.

  • Harold and Lynne Hamilton will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary Feb. 5.

     

  • Jerry Randolph and Becky Russell are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Tricia Gail, to Christopher Shawn Cundiff, son of the late David Cundiff and Arlene and David Spears. The wedding took place May 16, 2009 at the Poplar Springs Fire Department.

    Best man was Shawn Cundiff, son of the groom. Groomsmen were Duane Wilham, cousin of the groom, Kelsey Farmer, brother-in-law of the bride, and John Thomas, cousin of the bride.

  • Casey County High School Senior Sarah Fletcher particpated in Kentucky’s Junior Miss program Friday and Saturday at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.

    Fletcher, the daughter of Arnold and Gerri Fletcher of Russell Springs, was an at-large participant in the state program as neither Russell County, where she lives, nor Casey County, where she attends school, held a local program last fall.

    While at Kentucky's Junior Miss, Fletcher competed in physical fitness, talent, self-expression, interview and scholastics.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Woodcock of Mintonville announce the marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Donette Woodcock, to Bryant Keith Trimble, son of Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Trimble of Maysville. 

    Jennifer is a 1997 graduate of Casey County High School and a 2004 graduate of the University of Kentucky.  Bryant is a 1997 graduate of Mason County High School and a 2001 graduate of Morehead State University.  The couple have a 5-year-old son, Matthew Bailey Trimble, and reside in Maysville.

  • A Casey County man who has owned businesses in Liberty since 1945 says he still isn’t ready to retire — even after test-driving it 25 years ago.

    Don Scanlon, 80, who retired in the spring of 1984 at the age of 55, owned and operated A&D Grocery with his first wife, Ada, for 36 years. He has also been in the used car business for 18 years.

    Scanlon said retirement didn’t suit him because he had worked hard all his life and he wasn’t going to just sit around.

  • Although Casey County did not have a Junior Miss program last fall, Casey County High School will be represented at Kentucky’s Junior Miss this month in senior Sarah Fletcher.

    Listed officially as Russell County’s Junior Miss — because she technically lives in Russell County with her parents, Arnold and Gerri Fletcher, but has attended Casey schools all her life — Sarah decided last fall to enter the scholarship program as an at-large participant.

  • Haley Luttrell and Dillion Franks are the winners of this year’s “Letters to Santa” letter-writing contest sponsored by The Casey County News.

    Each visited the news office last week and picked up a large gift bag filled with toys, candy and other surprises as they were the boy and girl winners selected from among hundreds of letters to Santa received at our office. All the letters were featured in a special section in last week’s issue.

  • Haley Luttrell and Dillion Franks are the winners of this year’s “Letters to Santa” letter-writing contest sponsored by The Casey County News.

    Each visited the news office last week and picked up a large gift bag filled with toys, candy and other surprises as they were the boy and girl winners selected from among hundreds of letters to Santa received at our office. All the letters were featured in a special section in last week’s issue.

  • Christmas is traditionally a time for filling fruit baskets, and one local club has done their share over the years in providing the fruit for those baskets.

    The Casey County High School Future Farmers of America chapter sold 2,890 boxes of fruit this year in their annual fund-raiser. Leading the way in sales was their president, Alex Land, who accounted for 251 of those boxes from among an estimated 130 sellers.

  • Randall Lawless and Alicia Vaught would like to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Adrian Lawless to Jamie Statham, son of Karen Rice of Yosemite and the late Van Statham.

    The wedding will take place Feb. 14, 2010 at 3 p.m. at Valley Oak Baptist Church. A reception will follow the ceremony.

    All family and friends are invited to attend.

  • Casey County Community Ministries Toys for Kids held its annual toy distribution Saturday at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center. According to committee member Jo Wilkerson, 221 families, including 482 children, were served through donations made by area businesses, individuals, churches and organizations.

  • “A Small Town Christmas” drew hundreds of people to downtown Liberty Friday night to ring in the Christmas season.

    Those attending enjoyed free chili, compliments of the Casey County Pork Producers, while other free food, drinks and products were provided by the Casey County Bank, Farmers Deposit Bank and Monticello Banking Co. Train rides were offered by Henry Mattingly, and shoppers browsed in booths sponsored by the Casey County Homemakers and Casey County Hospital Auxiliary.

    Children were also able to visit with Santa Claus following the parade.

  • While some might say that the Clementsville Variety Show isn’t quite ready for prime time, it nevertheless satisfies the satirical longings of several hundred people each year on the Saturday night following Thanksgiving.

    Depending on which branch of the Wethington or Clements clan that one asks, “The Show,” as it’s known, celebrated its 25th or 30th or 38th anniversary Saturday night at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Clementsville.

  • Brandon N. Lee graduated from basic training with the United States Marine Corps in Parris Island, S.C. on Nov. 25. He is a 2008 graduate of Casey County High School and the son of Rev. Bruce and Verginia “Gina” Evans Lee. His grandparents are Ronald and Paulette Evans, Beatrice Lee, and the late Rev. Walter Lee. He is the great-grandson of Lois Evans and has one brother, Trent. Lee will further his training in M.C.T. at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

  • The Rev. James and Ann Lynn of Liberty celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 1, 2009.ee They are active members of First Baptist Church in Junction City. James is a retired minister and Ann is part owner of Kinfolk Treasures in Liberty.ee

    Married in 1959, the couple have been blessed with three children, Deby (Jeff) Trueblood of Danville, Rhonda (Jim) Caldwell of Danville and Mike (the late Rhonda) Lynn of Burkesville; and five grandchildren, Amanda Caldwell, Cassie Trueblood, Chris Caldwell, Alyssa Trueblood and the late Heather Lynn.

  • A bit of Casey County history changed hands recently as just before 11 a.m. on Nov. 20, the Mintonville Store on Ky. 837 in eastern Casey County was sold.

    Owned by Hazel and Bobby Wesley for the past 13 years, the store is one of a scattering of old, small owner-operated country stores across Casey County and throughout Kentucky.