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  • Cattlemen receive $51,500 grant from USDA

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    After applying for a USDA grant to pay for pens and panels for up to 150 animals for a new bred heifer sale that is to be held at the Central Kentucky Ag/Expo center in October, the Casey County Cattleman Association has received $51,500.

    While the total cost of the pens and panels is estimated to be around $90,000, the Cattleman will also receive $22,500 from the Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority after its board pledged that amount in a March 8 meeting.

  • Whitaker Jr. indicted for manslaughter

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    Almost eleven months after allegedly causing a multiple vehicle wreck that killed a man and injured multiple others, John L. Whitaker Jr., 37, of Frankfort has been indicted for multiple charges that includes manslaughter in the second degree.

    Whitaker was indicted on June 11 by the Casey County Grand Jury on charges of DUI second offense, three counts of first degree assault and three counts of fourth degree assault in addition to the second degree manslaughter charge.

  • Casey Co. Board of Education awards bids, sets goals

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    The Casey County Board of Education, in a June 11 meeting, accepted bids for the 2018-2019 school year, set goals for the school district to meet in the upcoming year, explained further the new striving readers grant and two other grants that the district’s health department was applying for and talked about summer school opportunities.

  • Tourism discusses splash pad, sign and request

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    The Liberty Tourism and Convention Commission discussed the future of a potential splash pad, new welcome signs for Liberty, and a request for $9,000 from the Casey County Apple Festival.

    To begin the June 14 meeting Chairman Nicki Johnson asked members if they should continue to entertain the possibility of bringing a splash pad to Casey County.

  • EMS pays tax penalty, buys ambulance

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    During a June 12 Casey County Board of EMS meeting, members discussed purchasing a new ambulance, issues with the first quarter payroll taxes, an update on the ongoing pension spiking allegation and a follow up on the recruitment of paramedics.

  • Tourism meeting turns testy over property

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    Emotions ran high during a June 14 Liberty Tourism and Convention Commission meeting as Chairman Nicki Johnson and Liberty Mayor Steven Brown argued over a $96,000 purchase of land.

    In March, Brown purchased the property off of Hustonville Street, formerly Ready-Mix, on behalf of the City of Liberty, which he said could hold a new recreation center. Tourism voted to purchase the land on Feb. 22.

  • Veterans van funding rolling along

    By David Stone

    dstone@lcni.com

    The Casey County Honor Guard is nearing its goal of paying for a new van to transport its members to public events and veterans funerals, group organizers said.

    The van transports the Casey County Honor Guard to about 14 events each year, Guard Commander Danny Clements said, and replaces a vehicle that had logged more than 300,000 miles.

  • Campbellsville University honors Casey teachers

    By Kasey Ricketts

    Office of University

    Communications

    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

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    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

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    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.