http://www.caseynews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en From Casey County to the Music City http://www.caseynews.net/content/casey-county-music-city <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/mcqueary1.jpg" alt="Guitarist Luke McQueary plays during one of his sets with the Don Kelley Band at Robert’s Western World in Nashville, Tenn. " title="Guitarist Luke McQueary plays during one of his sets with the Don Kelley Band at Robert’s Western World in Nashville, Tenn. " align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> zjohnson@caseynews.net</p> <p> A former Casey County teen is making big waves in one of the biggest music towns in the country.</p> <p> Luke McQueary, formerly of Casey County, is playing with the Don Kelley Band in Nashville, Tenn. In addition, McQueary has been featured in a New York Times article and even mentioned in a tweet by Dr. Oz.</p> <p> McQueary&rsquo;s love affair with music came from his dad whom he watched play during his childhood.</p> Casey Health Board supports anti-smoking ordinance http://www.caseynews.net/content/casey-health-board-supports-anti-smoking-ordinance <p> By Zach Johnson</p> <p> zjohnson@caseynews.net</p> <p> The Casey County Board of Health will draft a letter of support to restrict smoking on public property.</p> <p> During a Feb. 16 Casey County Board of Health meeting, Lake Cumberland District Health Department Health Educator Jelaine Harlow recommended that board members support local efforts to pass a public ordnance against smoking in public places in Casey County.</p> Fiscal court approves soft-fall, raises http://www.caseynews.net/content/fiscal-court-approves-soft-fall-raises <p> cvanleuven@caseynews.net</p> <p> The Casey County Fiscal Court approved the purchase of safety mulch and borders for Gateway Park, and gave employees a 2 percent raise.</p> <p> At the Feb. 19 meeting, Judge Executive Randy Dial said that more updating to Gateway Park would occur after the rainy season, but felt that the mulch and borders under the playground equipment couldn&rsquo;t wait.</p> <p> &ldquo;I would like to go ahead with your permission and have that mulch and borders installed around the equipment,&rdquo; he said.</p> Casey County real estate market heats up http://www.caseynews.net/content/casey-county-real-estate-market-heats <p> cvanleuven@caseynews.net</p> <p> It&rsquo;s a sellers&rsquo; market in Casey County, and properties are changing hand at more than twice the normal rate.</p> <p> &ldquo;In the last two years we&rsquo;ve had probably 200 to 250 percent of normal property transfers,&rdquo; said Eric Brown, Casey County Property Valuation Administrator. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a pretty good indicator (of the market).&rdquo;</p> Chamber to draft budget letter, hold candidate forum http://www.caseynews.net/content/chamber-draft-budget-letter-hold-candidate-forum <p> zjohnson@caseynews.net</p> <p> The Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce, in their monthly meeting held on Feb. 14, introduced a candidate&rsquo;s forum and approved writing a letter to state representatives about Governor Matt Bevin&rsquo;s proposed budget.</p> <p> Chamber President and Casey County High School Principal Josh Blevins requested that the organization write a letter to state representatives on points of concern of the Governors&rsquo; proposed budget as it pertains to Casey County.</p> Work programs benefit inmates, community http://www.caseynews.net/content/work-programs-benefit-inmates-community <p> cvanleuven@caseynews.net</p> <p> The Casey County Jail inmate work programs have saved nonprofit organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars since its inception in 2002. They also instill a strong work ethic in inmates, who reap its benefits after their time is served.</p> <p> Casey County Jailer Tommy Miller said that besides cleaning roadways, public buildings and property, the inmates at Casey County Jail also grow their own food, which he estimates saves the county $40,000 a year.</p> Narcan Donation http://www.caseynews.net/content/narcan-donation <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/narcandist.jpg" alt="Casey County KY ASAP recently provided funding to purchase Narcan for law enforcement in Casey County. Narcan is used to revive someone that has overdosed from exposure to opioids. The Narcan will be carried by each officer for use when officers or first responders may become exposed to opioids or other drugs, including our drug dog. Pictured, from left to right are: Liberty Police Chief Steven Garrett, Liberty Officer Jay Grider, ASAP Chairman Josh Switzer, and Casey County Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle. Each pouch contains two doses of Narcan nasal spray." title="Casey County KY ASAP recently provided funding to purchase Narcan for law enforcement in Casey County. Narcan is used to revive someone that has overdosed from exposure to opioids. The Narcan will be carried by each officer for use when officers or first responders may become exposed to opioids or other drugs, including our drug dog. Pictured, from left to right are: Liberty Police Chief Steven Garrett, Liberty Officer Jay Grider, ASAP Chairman Josh Switzer, and Casey County Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle. Each pouch contains two doses of Narcan nasal spray." align="left" hspace="6" width="142" height="85" /> Engineering students heading toward successful future http://www.caseynews.net/content/engineering-students-heading-toward-successful-future <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/engineering.jpg" alt="Engineering teacher Steven Code, at a Feb. 12 Casey County Board of Education meeting, explains how the Casey County Project Lead the Way students constructed a Rube Goldberg project using engineering practices." title="Engineering teacher Steven Code, at a Feb. 12 Casey County Board of Education meeting, explains how the Casey County Project Lead the Way students constructed a Rube Goldberg project using engineering practices." align="left" hspace="6" width="137" height="85" /><p> Casey County High School&rsquo;s Project Lead the Way Engineering students are on their way to great things, and they showed the Casey County Board of Education demonstrations of two projects the students worked on Feb. 12 at Casey County Middle School.</p>