http://www.caseynews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en Superintendent gets new 4-year contract http://www.caseynews.net/content/superintendent-gets-new-4-year-contract <p> The Casey County school superintendent will continue his work at the district office with a raise of $23,000.</p> <p> Marion Sowders, who was hired July 2013, recently signed his second, four-year contract that will extend his service through June 2021.</p> <p> The contract was presented during the Jan. 9 Board of Education meeting.</p> <p> According to Deena Randolph, director of districtwide services at the board, Sowders was paid $103,020 last year plus retirement of $13,243, a total of $116,263.</p> Former magistrate pleads guilty to amended charge http://www.caseynews.net/content/former-magistrate-pleads-guilty-amended-charge <p> Former Casey County magistrate David &ldquo;Frog&rdquo; Wethington, accused of hitting his successor with his car, pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge.</p> <p> Wethington, 71, of 1118 Griffith Ridge Road, Liberty, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, a felony, but as part of a plea agreement, the charge was amended down to second-degree wanton endangerment, a misdemeanor.</p> <p> A second charge of failure to give reasonable precaution to an animal being ridden or driven was merged.</p> Higdon and Elliott host town hall meeting http://www.caseynews.net/content/higdon-and-elliott-host-town-hall-meeting <p> Casey County&rsquo;s two state legislators were in town Jan. 12 at City Hall to give an update on the whirlwind start of the 2017 legislative session.</p> <p> Legislators met the first week this month and have recessed until Feb. 7, when they return to Frankfort for the remaining 24 days, with two of those being designated as veto override days.</p> <p> Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, greeted about 15 attendees and began by highlighting Senate bills already signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin.</p> Tourism commission gives 2016 financial report http://www.caseynews.net/content/tourism-commission-gives-2016-financial-report <p> Liberty&rsquo;s Tourism and Convention Commission had few items on the agenda during its regular monthly meeting Thursday.</p> <p> Kevin Stephens had initially asked chairwoman Nicki Johnson about the possibility of funding for two bronze plaques for Gateway Park.</p> <p> The plaques would commemorate the lives and professional baseball careers of Casey County natives Carl Mays and Don Durham. The commission took no action on the request.</p> Police News: January 18, 2017 http://www.caseynews.net/content/police-news-january-18-2017 <p> <strong>Violation of EPO</strong></p> <ul> <li> Rodney A. Perkins, 50, of 2782 Short Town Road, Yosemite, was arrested Jan. 11 at his residence by Deputy Geoffrey Brown and charged with violation of foreign EPO/DVO. Perkins is prohibited from being at the above address.</li> </ul> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Disorderly conduct</strong></p> Actions taken Jan. 9 in circuit court http://www.caseynews.net/content/actions-taken-jan-9-circuit-court <p> The following cases appeared Jan. 9 before Judge Judy Vance in Casey County Circuit Court.</p> Street Beat: January 18, 2017 http://www.caseynews.net/content/street-beat-january-18-2017 <p> <em>Taken from the Casey County E911 records, Street Beat represents a history of the initial calls and the information used by the dispatcher to send officers to investigate complaints. It is not an indication of what the officers found upon arrival at the scene or how police may have dealt with the complaint.<br /> </em></p> Liberty woman reaches milestone few achieve http://www.caseynews.net/content/liberty-woman-reaches-milestone-few-achieve <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/_christine_gibbons_100_years_old_0.jpg" alt="Christine Gibbons, born Jan. 1, 1917, recently celebrated her centennial birthday with family and friends. Gibbons, a life-long resident of Casey County, lives alone and enjoys watching the University of Kentucky Wildcat basketball on TV. Don Sweeney, who Gibbons calls her “baby” because she helped raise him as a child in the 1950s, visits with her every day, taking meals and making sure she’s doing well." title="Christine Gibbons, born Jan. 1, 1917, recently celebrated her centennial birthday with family and friends. Gibbons, a life-long resident of Casey County, lives alone and enjoys watching the University of Kentucky Wildcat basketball on TV. Don Sweeney, who Gibbons calls her “baby” because she helped raise him as a child in the 1950s, visits with her every day, taking meals and making sure she’s doing well." align="left" hspace="6" width="69" height="85" /><p> Christine Gibbons sits in the living room of her comfortable and immaculate home on Sweeney Street and muses about her life &mdash; all 100 years of it.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had a good clean life. I always had good jobs, as good as anybody else. I was honest and truthful and tried to do the right things in life,&rdquo; Gibbons said.</p> <p> Born Jan. 1, 1917, in Casey County, Gibbons has lived in the county all her life, virtually insulated from many of the world&rsquo;s pressures and changing cultures.</p>