en Casey votes to stay dry <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="104" height="85" /><p> Opposition to alcohol sales win by narrow margin</p> <p> Depending on who is asked, the defeat of the question to sell alcohol in Casey County will either promote the moral character of the county or hinder economic growth in the county.</p> <p> Nonetheless, voters in Casey County yesterday put to bed the issue of allowing alcohol sales throughout the county, with &ldquo;no&rdquo; votes winning by a slim margin of 127 votes.</p> Nepotism law violated for years <p> Recent disclosures that Sheriff Jerry Coffman was in violation of the county&rsquo;s nepotism ordinance when he hired his nephew as a deputy has brought to light other cases where county officials used family members in paid positions.</p> <p> Former coroner Tommy Clark, who served from January 1999 to January 2015, hired his wife, Betty Bartle Clark, as deputy coroner.</p> <p> Debra Vaughn, county treasurer, verified that Betty Bartle Clark received pay as deputy coroner during that period.</p> Sheriff’s nephew not on county payroll <p> Although Sheriff Jerry Coffman agreed he would abide by the ruling of the county ethics board of being in violation of the county&rsquo;s nepotism ordinance, his nephew, Geoffrey Brown, continues to work as a deputy, but without a paycheck from the county.</p> <p> Coffman hired Brown in June after being advised by County Attorney Tom Weddle and County-Judge Executive Randy Dial of the county&rsquo;s nepotism ordinance prohibiting the hiring of his nephew.</p> <p> Coffman appeared before fiscal court June 19 and announced he planned to hire his nephew.</p> Father, son held to grand jury in woman's assault <img src="" alt="Tammy McNew after being transferred to University of Kentucky Medical Center." title="Tammy McNew after being transferred to University of Kentucky Medical Center." align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> Two men accused of severely beating a woman earlier this month have been held to a Casey County grand jury.<br /> Jerry Lynn, 60, of 3389 Reynolds Creek Road, Liberty, and his son, Nicholas Lynn, 37, of 4401 Ky. 78, Hustonville, are both charged with second-degree assault of Tammy McNew, 35, on Aug. 11 outside Jerry Lynn&rsquo;s house.<br /> The charge is a Class C felony, punishable by five to 10 years in prison if they are convicted. Both men have pleaded not guilty.<br /> Restrained inmate died from meth intoxication <p> Casey County Coroner Curt Demrow released a toxicology report last week showing that Jerry Dale &ldquo;Boo&rdquo; Hardwick died as result of high drug levels and likely withdrawal from alcohol.</p> <p> Hardwick was found unresponsive July 5 in the Casey County Detention Center after being placed in a restraint chair, Demrow said. Demrow pronounced the death at 11:35 p.m. after being called to the jail.</p> <p> &ldquo;The cause of death was methamphetamine intoxication. Alcohol withdrawal and dehydration were also contributing factors,&rdquo; he said.</p> Jail wants to increase hours nurse is available <p> Casey County is considering increasing the number of hours it has a nurse on duty at the detention center.</p> <p> Judge-Executive Randy Dial told the fiscal court Aug. 15 that the jailer wants to amend the agreement with Advanced Correctional Healthcare to expand services.</p> <p> Currently, the jail has a nurse on duty 70 hours a week, but Jailer Tommy Miller wants to increase coverage to 112 hours a week. Dial said the proposal would allow the jail to have two eight-hour shifts, seven days a week. Currently, there is nursing coverage 10 hours a day, seven days a week.</p> Casey man uses artworks as ministry <p> Photographs displayed at Otis &ldquo;Pete&rdquo; Patton&rsquo;s home tell the story of a life filled to the brim with love and family &mdash; a wife, three daughters, 12 grandchildren and even four great-grandchildren.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s all a gift,&rdquo; says Patton, a retired Casey County art teacher who these days uses his paintings and drawings of crosses and crucifixes to honor God.</p> <p> &ldquo;I would estimate that I&rsquo;ve given away 300, but I don&rsquo;t know,&rdquo; he says.</p> Police News: August 24, 2016 <p> <strong>DUI</strong></p>