Local News

  • Buis trial back on again


    Larry Jason Buis, of Yosemite, is scheduled for a 9 a.m. Oct. 29 jury trial in Casey County Courts for a charge of second-degree murder.

    This is the second trial date. An April 30 trial was canceled pending a possible plea agreement. At a sentencing hearing May 11, the defendant changed his plea again to not guilty.

  • Moore a National Merit Scholar Finalist


    Although she just graduated from high school a few weeks ago, Emma Moore has already made a big splash on the national academic level. Earlier this year it was announced that she had been selected as a National Merit Scholar Finalist, the first person from Casey County to ever be nominated for the honor, something she couldn’t believe.

  • Painting at the senior center


    Those looking for an outlet to express themselves artistically have a new option: painting at the Casey County Senior Center.

    “Painting has many advantages for your mind, including helping in the thinking and creative process, as well as socializing cognitive thought. Things that are important no matter what age you are,” said Joseph Gibson.

    He is the instructor for a new painting class being offered at the Casey County Senior Center from 12 to 2 p.m. on Thursdays.

  • Search for Livengood homicide evidence nets marijuana

    Kentucky State Police have arrested a Liberty woman they believed may have knowledge about the early May 29 homicide of Ryan Livengood, 23, formerly of Casey County.

    MacKenzie Luttrell, 20, was arrested after KSP executed a search warrant May 29 at 82 Wheeler-Woods Spur Road in Liberty. She was charged with felony first degree possession of drug unspecified, first offense, and trafficking marijuana less than 8 ounces, first offense.

  • Liberty City Council continues to consider garbage truck purchase


    After sending out bids for a new garbage truck at their last meeting, the Liberty City Council only received one bid back that was substantially higher than originally thought, though the truck is a different model. The city will again be seeking bids for a truck, this time for a 2017-2019 model with a five-year warranty and rear compactor.

    The city is seeking a new garbage truck to replace their back up truck, which broke down last month.

  • Relay raises over $73,000


    After a year of hard work by many volunteers, the Casey County Relay for Life was a success May 11, according to Chair Shauna Wardrip.

    “We raised a little over $73,000, so we’re really pleased with that. Every little bit helps,” she said.

    Since 1998, the annual Relay for Life has raised $1.3 million in total. The event began on an outdoor track, but has moved to the Central Ky Ag/Expo center.

  • County seeks land to build new radio tower


    The Casey County Fiscal Court unanimously agreed to authorize Judge Executive Randy Dial to negotiate for land to build a new radio tower.

    As previously reported, the county’s existing radio tower behind Walnut Hill Elementary School has been deemed unsafe to climb and no further repairs can be made to it or to any radio on it. The county has been seeking bids and weighing whether a new tower could be built on the same property since last winter.

  • Casey celebrates graduation


    “This day is validation,” said Casey County Schools Superintendent Marion Sowders, as Casey County High School graduated 165 seniors May 24.

    His message to the graduation class was told through classic story “The Wizard of OZ.”

  • Preliminary county budget shows modest growth


    The preliminary fiscal year 2019 budget for Casey County’s general fund, roads, jail and other smaller funds, could grow last year’s budget by a total of about 2 percent.

    At a May 21 Casey County Fiscal Court meeting, Judge Executive Randy Dial conducted the first reading of the $9.6 million budget, which could change, but likely won’t change that much.

    The county will have a second reading before adopting the budget.

  • EDA weighs Chieftain Steel options


    “We could be in a worse place than we’re in but it’s still not great at the moment,” said Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority Director Josh Switzer.

    During a May 14 EDA meeting he told the EDA board that, in his opinion, the best option moving forward would be to auction off the Chieftain Steel equipment they own so they can end litigation and be done with it.