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  • Election notes from May 22

    The Casey County May 22 Republican Primary yielded more than a few interesting precinct by precinct results. Some precincts were more anti-incumbent than others, and some were vital to candidates’ wins.

  • Election ousts two incumbent magistrates

    The results from May 22 primary elections featured several incumbents earning another term, but there were a few upsets on the night too.

    Steve Martin, fourth district magistrate candidate, and Cecil Roy, district one magistrate candidate, both pulled the upset and defeated their incumbent opponents.

    Roy was able to hold off incumbent Kenny Morgan and challengers Rickie Patten and Kyle Evans to win the Republic primary, something he accredited to hard work.

  • New Early Childhood Center open in Liberty

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    A new childcare center is now open in Liberty. The Early Learning Center has opened beside Liberty Elementary for two, three, four year olds and five year olds that are entering kindergarten.

    Barry Lee, who is the director of special education and preschool programs in Casey County, said the new learning center is made possible by a Quality improvement grant they received in July of 2017 to teach kids early foundational skills before they enter kindergarten.

  • Chamber honors student leaders at luncheon

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    Strong academics and leadership is something the Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce strongly supports. On May 16 during their monthly luncheon, chamber leaders took time to honor students from Casey County middle and high school that demonstrated characteristics of leadership, student advocacy, student involvement, academics and participate in a various community service endeavors.

  • EMS looking for new director, ambulance, and paramedics

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    During an May 8 Casey County Ambulance Tax Board Board of Directors meeting, members discussed the next steps for hiring a new director for the ambulance service, starting the process to buy another ambulance and ways to solve their shortage of paramedics.

  • Changes coming to intersection of Middleburg St./KY70x and US 127

    New traffic pattern paint and traffic lights will be ready at the intersection of KY70X (Middleburg Street), U.S. 127 and KY 70 this week.

    According to a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) press release, drivers heading south on U.S. 127 will encounter a right turn only lane, where the slow lane used to be, to head into downtown Liberty.

    The left lane will be the only lane going straight.

    New traffic lights, currently installed but covered, will be turned on this week, according to Amber Hale, KYTC Information Officer.

  • Fiscal Court creates ordinance for franchise agreement

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    During a May 7 Casey County Fiscal Court meeting, members voted to create an ordinance that allowed bids for telecommunication work in the county.

  • Board of education recognizes standout teachers

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    The Casey County Board of Education, in its May 14 meeting, gave awards to its teachers of the year and to educators who have gone above and beyond their duties in seeking to improve themselves.

    Superintendent Marion Sowders said that teachers don’t always get the recognition they deserve, especially when compared to how highly other countries regard their teachers. He said that it was important to recognize greatness in education.

  • Distinguished Young Woman

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    Casey County High School junior Alyssa Jones captured the 2019 Casey County Distinguished Young Woman title on May 19 in front of a packed house at Casey County High School.

    Jones won the crown after a close race with fellow competitor Catherine McAninch, who finished runner up in the competition.

  • Candidates make their case for Casey offices

    A May 15 candidate forum was well attended with approximately 120 people in the Casey County Pork Producers Building.

    Thirty-two candidates participated in the event, which included Curt Demrow, who is running unopposed for reelection as Casey County Coroner, Kentucky Sen. Jimmy Higdon and Rep. Daniel Elliott, who are seeking reelection in November, and Supreme Court candidates Debra Lambert and David Tapp.

    Those candidates were given two minutes to address the crowd.

    Unopposed/State Offices