http://www.caseynews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en CYC recognized for anti-smoking campaign, might seek ordinance http://www.caseynews.net/content/cyc-recognized-anti-smoking-campaign-might-seek-ordinance <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/cyc1.jpg" alt="Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky talks with Casey Youth Coalition members Austin Harne, left, and Alyssa Jones, right." title="Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky talks with Casey Youth Coalition members Austin Harne, left, and Alyssa Jones, right." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Casey Youth Coalition (CYC) earned the state&rsquo;s very first Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion award for its work to reduce smoking among students.</p> <p> The CYC exceeded its goal of reducing smoking among 10th graders by 3 percent, accomplishing 10 percent, and has implemented measures to stop kids from smoking in the Casey County High School bathrooms. It is now currently working on enforcing its smoke-free policies for all visitors to Casey Schools&rsquo; campuses around the county.</p> Three female inmates caught shortly after escape http://www.caseynews.net/content/three-female-inmates-caught-shortly-after-escape <p> Three female inmates from the Casey County Detention Center didn&rsquo;t get far after an escape Nov. 18.</p> <p> According to Casey County Jailer Tommy Miller, at around 8 p.m. that night, the three decided to run out of unlocked doors in the detention center. He said it was a spur of the moment decision and that Madyson Spears, Tiffany Swafford, and Shelly Fulton were all apprehended within an hour and a half.</p> <p> &ldquo;They had no plan. They got this stupid idea, and they ran out the door,&rdquo; Miller said.</p> Fiscal court reappoints water board members http://www.caseynews.net/content/fiscal-court-reappoints-water-board-members <p> In a brief Casey County Fiscal Court meeting Monday, several items were settled including reappointing members of the East Casey County Water District Board and signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lake Cumberland District Health Department.</p> <p> Judge Executive Randy Dial explained that the health district agreement with Casey County Emergency Management was fairly standard.</p> <p> &ldquo;Lake Cumberland Health will provide aid to us in times of a disaster,&rdquo; he said.</p> Luttrell looks back at his career of helping area farmers http://www.caseynews.net/content/luttrell-looks-back-his-career-helping-area-farmers <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/luttrell.jpg" alt="Harvey and Pat Luttrell in front of their home on Lee Road." title="Harvey and Pat Luttrell in front of their home on Lee Road." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> By Don White</p> <p> Contributing writer</p> <p> Farmers from across four states lost a good friend this month. But their loss is 11-year-old Conley Matherly&rsquo;s gain.</p> <p> &ldquo;Pap, when you get retired, there are three things I want us to do more of together. Hunting, fishing and going to the stockyards,&rdquo; says the son of Adam and Holly Matherly of Casey County.</p> <p> &ldquo;And that&rsquo;s just what we&rsquo;ll do,&rdquo; vows Harvey Luttrell.</p> Sowders worries about pension reform impact http://www.caseynews.net/content/sowders-worries-about-pension-reform-impact <p> By David Stone</p> <p> dstone@lcni.com</p> <p> Talk of educators&rsquo; pensions lately has dominated discussions from teachers&rsquo; lounges to the halls of the state capitol, but some of the proposed reforms are nefarious and could pose dangers to school systems across the state, Casey County&rsquo;s schools chief said Nov. 13.</p> Blevins credits students for successes http://www.caseynews.net/content/blevins-credits-students-successes <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/schools_cchsact.jpg" alt="Students who achieved high academic honors were recently recognized during the Casey County Board of Education meeting. They include, from left, Rogers Scholar Zachary Todd, and ACT high scorers Alyssa McKinney, Riley Hoskins, Jordan Clements, Harley Byrd, Austin Harne and Ethan Lee. The students had a composite score of at least 30 on the ACT. At right is Principal Joshua Blevins. " title="Students who achieved high academic honors were recently recognized during the Casey County Board of Education meeting. They include, from left, Rogers Scholar Zachary Todd, and ACT high scorers Alyssa McKinney, Riley Hoskins, Jordan Clements, Harley Byrd, Austin Harne and Ethan Lee. The students had a composite score of at least 30 on the ACT. At right is Principal Joshua Blevins. " align="left" hspace="6" width="148" height="85" /><p> By David Stone</p> <p> dstone@lcni.com</p> <p> While Casey County High School has posted gains in test scores, many of the schools&rsquo; successes have been completely student driven, school board members were told Nov. 13.</p> <p> The school, which hosted the board&rsquo;s monthly meeting, continues raising the bar for students and accomplishing goals, Principal Joshua Blevins said.</p> Cross country teams perform on and off the course http://www.caseynews.net/content/cross-country-teams-perform-and-course <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/boysxc.jpg" alt="Bottom row: Alfonso Escudero, Juan Cuin, Alex Wilham; Top: Ben Schumann, Jonathan Crawely, Federico Diaz, Noah Brown and Harley Byrd." title="Bottom row: Alfonso Escudero, Juan Cuin, Alex Wilham; Top: Ben Schumann, Jonathan Crawely, Federico Diaz, Noah Brown and Harley Byrd." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Running Rebels have qualified for State a school record three years in a row while the Lady Rebels have their own school-record streak of five years going, but the most recent accolades for these teams only slightly have to do with that success.</p> <p> The KHSAA and the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (KTCCCA) have released their State All Academic Teams for the 2017 season - there are a bunch of Casey County names.</p> GCA boys basketball moves to 3-1 with two road wins http://www.caseynews.net/content/gca-boys-basketball-moves-3-1-two-road-wins <p> After a loss in the home opener put Galilean at 1-1 to start the season, the Eagles took to the road last week.</p> <p> It was an important league match up in Somerset with Cumberland Christian Home Educators (CCHE) on Thursday for Galilean. The last time the two teams met, CCHE beat GCA for the first time in recent memory 69-58 (Dec. 8, 2016).</p>