en WET OR DRY? <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Petitions for a special alcohol referendum in Casey County are on the counters of stores in Clementsville, at Crockett Trail and on North U.S. 127. Plans are to place them in other businesses in the city and county.</p> <p> Local real estate developer Ronnie Davis is promoting the referendum, which is seeking to get a wet/dry vote on the ballot in a special called election possibly in August.</p> <p> Davis led a failed initiative to make the city of Liberty wet in May 2010, when voters said &ldquo;no&rdquo; to alcohol sales 376 to 303.</p> Revenue could be plentiful for the county <p> If Ronnie Davis&rsquo; prediction that voters in Casey County will carry the day in making the county wet, there will be plenty of money in city and county coffers &mdash; for law enforcement-related expenses.</p> <p> Davis is circulating petitions throughout the county seeking the names of 905 registered voters who voted in the last General Election. Once those names are certified by County Clerk Casey Davis&rsquo; office, a special election will be called, probably in August, Ronnie Davis said.</p> Stevens new staff writer <img src="" alt="Vicki Stevens" title="Vicki Stevens" align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> A seasoned journalist with more than 30 years experience has accepted the position of staff writer at The Casey County News.</p> <p> Vicki Stevens, of Stanford, will be covering general news such as government meetings and other hard news stories as well as feature articles of local interest.</p> Police News April 27, 2016 <p> Traffic crashes</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A truck driven by a Hustonville woman hit a cow in the roadway April 23 on Ky. 78 about 10 miles north of Liberty. Janet E. Hogue-Dearth of 7866 Ky. 78 was traveling west when she struck the cow. The front of the 2001 Ford Ranger sustained severe damage, and the cow was dead when Deputy Freeman Luttrell arrived. Two males at the scene told the driver the cow belonged to Bill Peyton, according to the collision report, but police were unable to reach him.</p> Street Beat: April 27, 2016 <p> 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.</p> <p> April 18</p> <p> 7:22 a.m. injury accident on Ky. 49.</p> <p> 7:36 a.m. motorist assist on W. Ky. 70.</p> <p> 7:59 a.m. traffic stop on S. U.S. 127.</p> <p> 10:15 a.m. officer out of car on Hall Rd.</p> Discount Food Store in new building <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="245" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> A Casey County variety store that attracts local residents and others from around the area has moved into a new larger building.</p> <p> Casey County Discount Foods, located on Ky. 910 in the Phil community for the past five years, has expanded from 2,400 square feet to 6,500 square feet, said Alta Tucker, co-owner of the new store, located at 1190 Ky. 910.</p> Evans running for 54th House seat, facing uphill battle <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> Steve Evans knows his bid for the 54th House of Representative&rsquo;s seat is akin to climbing a mountain. It can be done, one step at a time.</p> <p> The Boyle County Republican faces incumbent Daniel Elliott, R-Gravel Switch, along with Chris Pennington, in the May 17 primary. Democrat Bill Noelker has no opposition.</p> <p> The 47-year-old Richmond native, who serves as the assessment coordinator with the Madison County School District, said campaigning as an unknown in Casey County is a daunting task.</p> Plaintiffs seek $500K in BOE lawsuit <p> A 2013 lawsuit against the Casey County Board of Education alleging two qualified teachers weren&rsquo;t given the opportunity to interview for a vacant teaching position is scheduled for trial in July. Kathy Fogle, a former principal at Casey County Middle School, is also named a defendant in the suit.</p> <p> The plaintiffs, Cassondra Elmore and Angela Rodgers, are asking for $500,000 in damages. Theodore Lavitt and Cameron Griffith, of Lebanon, represent Elmore and Rodgers.</p>