en City council backs P & Z rezoning denial <p> A rezoning application for a piece of property in Liberty has been denied a second time.<br /> Liberty City Council voted on Sept. 10 to uphold the Planning and Zoning Commission&rsquo;s recommendation to not rezone the former Artise and Hope Tarter house on Northcutt Street.<br /> Council members, minus Andy Lawhorn, declined to hold a public hearing on the negative recommendation handed down by the commission on Aug. 25. Lawhorn is related to Tammy Meece, the prospective purchaser of the property.<br /> BOE approves pay scale increase <p> Casey County Board of Education classified employees can expect a raise in their salary, but not as soon as Superintendent Marion Sowders had hoped. &nbsp;<br /> The debate continued during Casey County Board of Education&rsquo;s special called meeting on Thursday. &nbsp;<br /> After a long discussion and review of the working budget, the board approved the classified pay scale increase, effective July 1, 2015.<br /> Property tax bills to go out Sept. 30 <p> In years past, property tax bills were mailed out the end of October, on Halloween. But this year, tax bills will hit mail boxes the end of September and that&rsquo;s no trick or treat.<br /> Sheriff Jerry Coffman said it&rsquo;s a timing issue that should save the county money.<br /> &ldquo;It gives us three months instead of two to collect the taxes. Also, it will cut down on overtime pay as the office won&rsquo;t be open on Saturdays like it has been before in November and December,&rdquo; Coffman said.<br /> CCPL prepares to apply for $1.5 million construction grant <p> With hopes of replacing the roof and adding a new wing for children and teens, the Casey County Public Library is applying for a $1.5 million competitive construction grant from the state.<br /> The grant would also allow the library to create a quiet study and reference area as well as a multi-purpose room for a computer lab, training, workshops, and other functions.<br /> During the library&rsquo;s board of trustees meeting on Sept. 10, Chip Sutherland, of Hillard Lyons, provided financial information and advice and answered questions regarding the application process.<br /> Voter registration deadline is October 6 <p> Casey County residents who want to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election have until Oct. 6 to register to vote.<br /> Those wishing to vote by absentee ballot may request a ballot from Casey County Court Clerk Casey Davis&rsquo; office in the old Courthouse.<br /> Casey County ranks lowest in area for kids’ well-being <p> The numbers are in and of a seven county area, children in Casey County fared the lowest in just about every category in the study.<br /> The KIDS COUNT County Data Book was released Sept. 9 by Kentucky Youth Advocates. The book provides county-level data from the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released in July by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky as a whole ranked 35th in the nation in that report.<br /> Of 120 counties in the state, Casey County was 96th overall for children&rsquo;s well-being (see chart).<br /> County awarded $194K grant for E-911 update <p> Casey County&rsquo;s antiquated E-911 dispatch system is about to receive a much needed upgrade. And it won&rsquo;t cost fiscal court a dime.<br /> Judge-Executive Ronald Wright told magistrates during Monday&rsquo;s meeting that he had applied for the grant last year.<br /> Wright was notified last week that the county will receive $194,100 for the new system, which includes a computer aided dispatch system, radio consoles, radio equipment, a recorder, and all the hardware and software associated with the updated equipment.<br /> Police News 9-17-14 <p> Woman charged with assault<br /> <br /> Stefanie Bryant, 34, of 70 Amos Woodrum Road, Liberty, was arrested on Sept. 13 on Amos Woodrum Road by Deputy Chad G. Weddle and charged with fourth-degree assault. Court documents reveal that on Aug. 27, Bryant hit George Cochran in the head with an electrical cord.<br /> <br /> Two face drug charges<br /> <br />