en WHE and JPE earn first 'Distinguished' status <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">&ldquo;Excellence keeps on moving.&rdquo;</span></p> <p> Since taking the helm of the Casey County School District in July 2013, Superintendent Marion Sowders&rsquo; vision that the district not be content with near the top of the pack rankings has led the district to continue to strive to be one of the best in the state. And with this years K-PREP scores released the end of last week, they&rsquo;re well on their way.</p> Davis resumes issuing licenses <p> &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">Saying his office would not issue marriage licenses to anyone after the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage, Casey County Court Clerk Casey Davis has changed his position pertaining to opposite sex couples.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;I had suspended the issuance of licenses to opposite sex couples and I&rsquo;ve lifted that suspension and started issuing again,&rdquo; Davis said.</p> <p> Davis&rsquo; office issued a marriage license to an opposite sex couple on Sept. 30.</p> Domestic dispute triggers school lockdowns <p> &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">A man involved in a domestic argument allegedly with a gun at a county school Thursday morning caused all five schools to go on lockdown.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;It was a domestic dispute out in the parking lot at Jones Park Elementary and was not in the school at all,&rdquo; said Casey County Superintendent of Schools Marion Sowders. &ldquo;The domestic dispute was reported to the authorities and the school went on lockdown as a precaution and stayed on lockdown maybe over an hour.&rdquo;</p> Fountain at Veteran's Park vandalized <p> For the second time in two years, vandals have struck at Veterans&rsquo; Park in downtown Liberty. The small park features the Liberty bell, a veteran&rsquo;s wall, and a fountain.</p> <p> Police believe it was Gain powdered detergent that someone dumped into the fountain during the early morning hours of Sept. 21, said Chief Steven Garrett, adding the box was found near the fountain.</p> Forkland Festival kicks off this weekend <p> Saying it&rsquo;s a true heritage festival, the 44th annual Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue kicks off Friday, Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and runs through Sat. Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve tried to stay true to our roots as far as being a heritage festival, a folk festival. We don&rsquo;t have the flea market booths other festivals have,&rdquo; said Matthew Ellis, president of the Forkland board of directors and a third generation supporter of the event.</p> Sixth graders attend Farm Safety Day <p class="p1"> On a cold, rainy, Thursday morning, approximately 165 sixth graders from across the county trekked through puddles and mud to walk into the Central Ky. AG/EXPO center for the annual Farm Safety Day.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Farm Safety Day, which began many years ago but fell away with time, was revived in 2012.</p> <p class="p1"> Will Stallard, agriculture agent for UK&rsquo;s co-operative extension, said they felt it was important to bring the program back.&nbsp;</p> Bevin campaigns at Apple Festival <p class="p1"> Apple Festival weekend brought people from near and far to Liberty&rsquo;s streets, including Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Bevin came directly from London&rsquo;s Chicken Festival to the Apple Festival parade on Saturday. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> &ldquo;The reception has been excellent, and the weather is excellent,&rdquo; Bevin said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s perfect parade weather- overcast, but not raining, thankfully. &ldquo;</p> Sheriff's office investigating thefts <p> &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">The Casey County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department is investigating three recent thefts in the county.</span></p> <p> Sheriff Jerry Coffman said Ron Robinson, of 564 S.D. Gooch Road, Kings Mountain, reported that between Sept. 27 and 28, thieves took tools from a building valued at $855, including an air compressor, a small, Homelite XL chainsaw, several Black and Decker electric saws. Stanley battery charger, tools, nailgun, and a booster, jump box.</p>