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  • Liberty City Council considering Indigenous Peoples Day


    Angela Arnett Garner, chair for the legislative and public affairs committee for the Kentucky Indigenous Peoples, asked the Liberty City Council on July 9 to consider signing an Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation.

    Garner, who has ties to Casey County with both her parents being from Casey County, said the signing of the proclamation, which would state the city promotes, supports and appreciates Native American culture and history in Kentucky, could have benefits for the city’s tourism and could bring national exposure.

  • Liberty approves first reading of franchise ordinance


    During a July 9, Liberty City Council meeting members approved the first reading of a telecommunications ordinance franchise agreement with DUO County, which has been contracted by the State of Kentucky to build a portion of the Kentucky Wired Network throughout the state

    The Kentucky Wired Network is a statewide network broadband fiber Internet network that the state has contracted to build and hired companies to build it, with state-run offices being hooked up to the network.

  • Bernard indicted for vehicle shooting


    Steven B. Bernard, 28, of Liberty, was indicted by the Casey County Grand Jury on July 9 for allegedly firing a shotgun at another man, leaving the victim injured and his car damaged.

    Bernard was charged with assault in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief in the first degree and wanton endangerment in the first degree after being arrested on March 18 following the shooting.

  • Baugh not indicted for alleged stabbing


    Four months after admitting to stabbing another man with a screwdriver, Jacob A. Baugh, 18, of Liberty, was not indicted by the Casey County Grand Jury on May 14.

    According to a Liberty Police Department citation, Baugh allegedly stabbed the victim on March 1 in the back after a dispute over stolen property. He was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

  • Chamber considers beautification


    After a trip out west, Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce President Josh Blevins said that the chamber should consider sprucing up Liberty’s downtown area to encourage business and tourism.

    At a July 11 meeting, Blevins said he had recently visited a chamber of commerce in Pinedale, Wyo., and was impressed by the city. He suggested that small things, like beautification, could help attract visitors and businesses.

    “They have a thriving downtown,” he said.

  • EMS to fight pension-spiking charge


    During a Casey County Ambulance Tax Board Board of Directors meeting held on July 10, Director Kenny Turpin told members about the two pension spiking cases the ambulance service is currently facing.

    Turpin told board members that he had received word from the Kentucky Retirement System that stated the ambulance service would not have to pay the $20,813.13 fine that was given to the ambulance service for the pension spiking by former employee William Bowling.

  • Born to ride


    A Liberty five-year-old has fulfilled a dream by qualifying for the largest amateur motocross race in the world.

    Braxton Baldock, son of Brad and Alesha Baldock, of Liberty, qualified for the 37th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship held in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on July 30 through Aug. 4 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch.

    In an interview, Brad Baldock said the family went to the event last year to watch and Braxton told him he was going to race in the event one day

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  • Liberty man strips, tries to fight cops


    A Liberty man is facing DUI, second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing, resisting arrest, incident exposure second degree, and possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle charges after police arrested him on July 1. According to a Casey County Sheriff office report, Jody K. Padgett, 41, of Liberty, was arrested after The Casey County 911 Center received a call on Kentucky 78 about a possible intoxicated subject sitting on an ATV.

  • Liberty teen charged for drugs and assault


    A Liberty teen was arrested on July 4 for drug and assault charges after officers received a call regarding an assault.

    Katelyn Stamper, 19, allegedly attacked her grandfather and refused to leave a residence. She was charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance first degree, first offense (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia buy/possess and assault fourth degree domestic violence (minor injury).