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  • Campbellsville University honors Casey teachers

    By Kasey Ricketts

    Office of University


    At the annual 32nd Excellence in Teaching Ceremony, Campbellsville University recognized 169 teachers from 60 school districts. A total of 3,749 teachers have been recognized for their teaching excellence throughout the years.

    Kentucky State Senator Max Wise shared his appreciation for the teachers across the commonwealth during the program held at Campbellsville University.

  • EDA, Campbellsville begin education partnership


    The Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Campbellsville University have partnered to bring new educational programs to the university’s Liberty campus.

    During a special called meeting of the EDA June 6, the board held an executive session and afterward unanimously approved reducing Liberty Economic Director Josh Switzer’s pay to $27,000, as he would thereafter be also an employee of Campbellsville University, who would pay the remaining half of his wage.

  • Liberty budget may need a bigger transfer


    The City of Liberty may need to transfer even more money out of its utilities accounts to make its books balance in the next fiscal year.

    At a work session June 7, Mayor Steven Brown presented the Liberty City Council with a preliminary budget to review before a planned June 11 regular city council meeting. The budget shows that transfers into the general fund from the utilities fund to the general fund could increase from 46,000 in 2017 to 2018, up to $87,332 in 2018 to 2019.

  • Liberty man arrested for projecting porn


    A Liberty man pleaded guilty to alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree disorderly conduct after police say he was projecting porn on the outside of his mobile home.

    Jody Kylvin Padgett, 41, of Liberty, was arrested on June 3 after police received a complaint from his neighbor about Padgett projecting porn on the outside of his home. When officers arrived at the residence they said they could see pornographic materials projected on the side of the mobile home from the roadway before arriving at Padgett’s residence.

  • Casey High rank near top of state graduation rates


    After graduating 174 students from Casey County High School on May 24, numbers reported by the Kentucky Department of Education from 2016-2017 last week on graduation rates show just how well Casey County High School has been performing.

    Casey County’s ranked 11th in the state in 2016-2017 graduation rate, with 98.7 percent of students who entered the high school as freshman went on to graduate.

  • Classic Model-T clubs visit Casey County


    On June 5, around 50 classic Ford Model-T cars pulled into the Bread of Life after completing the short drive from Somerset.

    Cars and people from Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama and Illinois packed the Bread of Life for lunch before heading to explore the Amish areas of Casey County.

    One of the leaders of the group, B.J. Miller, of Cincinnati, said the group had been planning the trip since November 2017 and were having a lot of fun on the trip.

  • Casey to graduate first EMT class


    Casey County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will graduate its first emergency medical technicians (EMT) class at the end of the month, after the 11 students take their tests.

    EMT instructor Jessica Campbell said that after this first class, Casey would consider forming its own institute to train and graduate EMTs.

    “This is the first one we have done, and we’ve already had some interest (to hold another class),” she said. “We would like to have our own training institute.”

  • Fiscal Court awards bids, gets grant


    During a June 4 Casey County Fiscal Court meeting, members reviewed and approved bids for the upcoming fiscal year and Judge/Executive Randy Dial revealed that the county had received a grant for scales for the county’s recycling center.

    After several bids were awarded, Casey County Attorney Tommy Weddle was critical of the process.

  • Casey veteran goes on Honor Flight


    Buddy Long, 80, recently returned from an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials built to honor World War II, Korea, and Vietnam casualties.

    He said that the Honor Flight Kentucky trip, which was a one-day whirlwind on May 26, was well worth his time and he would recommend it to other veterans.

    “It was very impressive. It was overwhelming, just about,” he said.

  • ASAP sets 2019 preliminary budget


    The proposed 2018-19 Casey County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy and Drug Free Communities (ASAP) budget shows an almost 50 percent decline, while the organization waits to see how much grant money it will be awarded for the upcoming fiscal year.

    The 2017-18 ASAP budget was for $31,709.09, currently the proposed 2018-19 budget is for $16,000 before grant money is awarded.