Out Of The Past 6-19-13

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Week of June 18, 2003


Casey County Judge-Executive Ronald Wright purchased 1.88 acres and a doublewide mobile home for $1 in the Crossroads community across from Garrett Elementary. The property, purchased through the Housing and Urban Development, was to be auctioned off and the proceeds applied to the new proposed agriculture/exposition center.

A woman representing a citizens’ group has filed a complaint regarding the Casey County Jail, alleging sexual misconduct, among other things. Pamela Wilson said she based the complaint on interviews with former inmates and jail employees, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of losing their jobs.

An usually wet spring has created several problems for farmers with crop planting, tending, and harvest. May went down as the eighth wettest on record.

An outdoor arena is being constructed at the 152-acre site of the new Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center on South U.S. 127.  The county is leasing the property from owners Donald Tarter, Jerry Hoskins, and Richard Owens, with the county retaining an option to buy the property.

Mayor Steve Sweeney told Liberty City Council members that the city should take action on some areas in the city that hold water and serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Also, the city will begin spraying for mosquitoes in an effort to combat mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus.

A&D Super Market had Luck’s pinto beans two cans for 79 cents, a 16-ounce pack of Mellwood bacon was $2.49, and Carolina deli-style turkey breast was $2.99 a pound. 

Obituaries: Coleman Cox, 67: Mary C. Young, 84; Sadie Reeves Niceley, 84; William C. Luttrell, 61.



Week of June 16, 1993


The Casey County Hospital/Primary Care Center received its license to operate from the state Cabinet for Human Resources.

The Appalachian Regional Commission approved a $47,000 grant to install dry hydrants in Casey County and eight other counties.

GTE installed telephone equipment that enhanced service to more than 4,300 Liberty customers. The new technology eliminated the “6” prefix before dialing a number. Service would only go through by dialing “787” first.

Jamie Lee, a Casey County High School freshman, won a 1988 Ford Thunderbird when her name was drawn from among 128 students who had perfect attendance during the school year.

Ruth Leigh, owner of Ru-Lou’s Beauty Salon, marked her 54th year practicing as a beautician. 

Mary Abell of Casey Creek was selected by WAIN-Radio in Columbia as “Mother of the Year.” Abell had 10 children.

Owners of petroleum underground storage tanks had until July 15 to register the tanks by order of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet.

Casey County High School graduates Mark Wethington and Mark Rodgers signed letters of intent to play baseball for Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia.

Rainbo cigarettes were 89 cents a pack at AbesAbes Pic-Pac.

Obituaries: Andy Buis, 81: Stanley J. Venter, and Ora Elizabeth Duncan, 73.



Week of June 15, 1983

Algie Atwood replaced Buddy Long as manager of the Casey County Ambulance Service. Long resigned after seven months at the job to go to work as a corrections officer at the Northpoint Training Center in Danville.

Two Casey County women were sentenced to one year each in the state penitentiary after being convicted of stealing two farm tractors and other farm equipment from Lonnie Hudson Jr.

Tom May, Director of School Transportation, was offered the position of principal at Middleburg Elementary following the resignation of Reid Durham.

A crew from the state Fish and Wildlife Department returned to Liberty a second time to balance the fish population in Lake Liberty. The crew left the area two weeks earlier after their efforts were thwarted by some residents who were against the project.

A joint application by Casey County and Liberty for a $409,000 Community Development Block Grant was not funded. However, the application was given a priority standby status.

Emery Byrd caught a seven-pound smallmouth bass while fishing the waters of the Green River about four miles upstream from Liberty.

Harper’s General Store opened for business on Brush Creek off Ky. 49. The business was formerly A&A Grocery.

Six ears of Florida yellow sweet corn were 98 cents at A&D Super Market.

Obituaries: James F. “Bob” Shanklin, 57; Sarah Isabell Henson, 95; and Kelly Wilson, 57.



Week of June 21, 1973

A Casey County jury found a 55-year-old woman not guilty of murder after shooting her husband at close range with a .38 caliber revolver. The jury declared the shooting was done in self-defense.

Casey County Fiscal Court approved $60,000 in revenue sharing funds to be used for county road work, $30,000 for paying debts owed by Casey County Hospital, and $10,000 went to Delp’s Ambulance Service to relieve growing debts.

Charles Brown, along with several other Liberty residents, attended a state highway meeting to promote the extension of U.S. 127 from Hustonville to the Danville bypass.

Liberty home Center on Ky. 49 held its grand opening.

Sisters Phyllis Marples Matherly and Jo Ann Marples Westly both gave birth to baby girls on the same day. There was only one pound difference in the babies’ weights.

A 69-ounce box of Cheer laundry detergent was 69 cents at A&D Super Market.

T-bone steak was $1.49 a pound at Napier’s Food Mart in Yosemite.

“Bloody Mama,” starring Shelley Winters, was showing at the Green River Drive-In Theater.

Obituaries: Joe G. Wright, 82; Coy E. Dick, 63; and Judge Homer Neikirk, 62.



Week of June 20, 1963

The father of a 12-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by two juvenile boys went before Judge Jason C. Carter Jr. complaining that the father of one of the accused had made incriminating comments about the case, violating a witness protection ruling. Carter found the boy’s father in contempt and ordered him to serve 30 days in jail. The two boys were remanded to the Child Welfare Department until they reached the age of 21.

The Casey County Fiscal Court Budget for 1963-64 was $109,000, a decrease of $6,510 from the previous year.

A 200-year-old quilt made by Edna Sweeney’s great-grandmother, Mrs. Nunn, was on display along with 30 other quilts sponsored by the Casey County Homemakers.

Jeanette Allen performed a piano recital at the Liberty Methodist Church.

Liberty Postmaster Burt Sallee advised customers that beginning July 1 a zip code of “42539” would be required on return address mailing as well as mail delivered within the Liberty distribution area. Sallee said that the new system would help speed mail delivery.

The home of Buck Hughes and family at Elk Horn was destroyed by fire.

Judy Allen, the reigning Dairy Princess, crowned Marlene Whitehouse as the 1963 princess at June Dairy Day.

Duke’s Drive-In Restaurant held a grand opening of its newly-built dining room.

Liberty Grill offered a breakfast special of two eggs, choice of meat, home fried potatoes, and tomato slices for 63 cents.

“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” starring John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Vera Miles, was playing at the Green River Drive-In Theater.

Obituaries: Ellis Bolt, 51; Burkley Morgan, 39; Effie D. Spaw, 71.