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  • 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.

  • Liberty man arrested for projecting porn

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    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

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    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.