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  • Crime increased in 2018


    Recently released 2018 Kentucky State Police crime statistics show a jump in a number of reported crimes in Casey County as well as a much higher clearance rate for cases for the Casey County Sheriff’s Office.

    The number of crimes reported in Casey County grew significantly with 373 reported crimes in 2018. That is a jump from 2017 when only 262 crimes were reported.

  • District weighs HB1 costs


    Improving safety at Casey County Schools will come with a hefty price tag.

    At a Sept. 5 special meeting, the Casey County Board of Education received an estimate of $500,000 per year to comply with safety requirements passed by the Kentucky Legislature last year in HB1. Included in the $500,000 per year are an additional four school counselors and three additional school resource officers.

    Not included in the price is an additional $211,000 in renovations and security upgrades.

  • Board passes 4 percent tax hike


    Hearing no public comment, the Casey County Board of Education passed a 4 percent tax increase on a 3-2 vote.

    Board member Marilyn Coffey put forth the motion, which was seconded by member Melissa Richards. Coffey said the district needed the money. Under any other option, it would generate less money than last year.

    “I don’t think we have a choice,” she said.

    The tax rate is set at 50.8 cents per $100 of taxable property value for real and personal property. The previous rate was 48.9 cents.

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  • Grass clippings on roadway could become a crime


    Blowing grass onto roadways could become a criminal littering offense.

    Kentucky Sixth District Sen. C.B. Embry Jr. prefiled a bill on Aug. 20 for the 2020 Kentucky Legislative regular session to add permitting unsafe amounts of leaves or mowed grass to remain on a highway to the criminal littering statue. Doing so would be considered misdemeanor criminal littering.

    Whether the blowing of grass onto roadways was illegal was seemingly a hot button issue in Casey County and around the state about.

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  • Carman elected alternate angus delegate

    American Angus Association

    Bryan K. Carman, Liberty, Kentucky, has been elected as an alternate delegate to the 136th annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, Nov. 4 at the Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino in Reno, Nevada, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the American Angus Association.

  • Middle school addition still on schedule


    The Casey County Middle School addition is still on schedule, and Casey County School Board of Education members picked a canopy design for the new addition during an Aug. 12 meeting.

    Representatives from Sherman Carter Barnhart were in attendance to give board members an update on site plan, floor plan and building design of the Casey County Middle School addition.

  • Chamber holds last 2019 luncheon


    Representatives from Hibpshman Home Improvement and the KentuckyWired project gave presentations at the last Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon of the year Aug. 28 at the Pork Producers Building.

    Mindi Hibpshman and Janine Clark gave an overview of the Hibpshman’s 3rd Annual Contractor’s Home and Garden Show, which is scheduled for Oct. 12, including its goals and its status as of the date of the luncheon.

  • 2,190 miles northward


    Walking nearly 2,200 miles across 14 states in only 130 days would be daunting or seem impossible for most people, but that’s what one Casey County man did.

    Micah Smith completed the entire Appalachian Trail, north from Springer Mountain in Georgia, to Mount Katahdin in Maine, after just 130 days on Aug. 25. That would be an average trek of almost 17 miles every day, for 130 days straight.

    Smith’s incredible feat was inspired by his love for being in the outdoors and his desire to do something bigger.