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  • Marshall Blevins, 44

    Marshall Glen Blevins of Liberty died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 at the Casey County Hospital. He was 44.

    Born on Oct. 4, 1965 in Casey County, he was a son of Randy and Nellie Davis Blevins of Liberty.

    He was a former employee of Ad Mart International in Danville for 21 years and a bus driver for the Casey County Board of Education. He was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church and attended Brush Creek Pentecostal Church.

  • Police News: Dec. 16

    Man admits to taking farm items

    A Casey County man has been arrested on felony theft charges after he allegedly admitted to stealing a hay rake and other farm items.

    Travis Edward Jones, 35, of 995 Willow Springs Road, Liberty, was arrested at 4:15 p.m. Friday at the Casey County Sheriff’s Office and charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500.

  • Higdon wins state senate seat

    Jimmy Higdon was the sitting state representative for the 24th District, which includes Marion and Casey counties and part of Pulaski County. His seat will be considered vacant when he is sworn in as the 14th District state senator today (Wednesday) as a result of his victory in the Dec. 8 special election.

    Higdon, a Republican from Marion County, defeated Democratic candidate Jodie Haydon in the five-county race, which included Marion, Mercer, Taylor, Washington and Nelson counties.

  • County applies for grant to upgrade old equipment

    Casey County may soon have money to upgrade old, non-energy efficient equipment.

    Magistrates adopted a resolution at the Dec. 7 meeting authorizing Judge/Executive Ronald Wright to apply for $120,000 in Energy, Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants from the Kentucky Department of Local Government.

    Wright told the court that if granted, the money would be used to replace windows in the courthouse as well as old, out-of-date air-conditioners and heaters that are not energy efficient.

  • Shoopman files for judge-executive

    The race for Casey County Judge-Executive now has another candidate as a second person has filed for the office.

    Mary Sue Shoopman, 64, of 2668 Reynolds Creek Road, Liberty, filed her intentions on Dec. 9 as a candidate for the county’s top office.

    She is currently opposed by Ernest Luttrell for the Republican nomination. To date, no Democrats have filed for the position.

    The race for constable of District 2 also got a little more crowded as a fourth candidate filed his intentions Thursday for the job.

  • Petition circulating to serve alcohol

    Liberty residents may get the same opportunity as those in other surrounding cities lately in deciding whether they want alcoholic beverages served at local restaurants.

    A petition is now circulating, encouraging eligible voters in the Liberty precincts to petition for a local option election which would allow the serving of liquor by the drink in restaurants that seat at least 75 people and which derive at least 70 percent of their gross sales from food.

  • Myrtle Hardwick, 87

    Myrtle Hardwick of Liberty died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 at the Liberty Care Center. She was 87.

    Born on March 16, 1922 in Pulaski County, she was a daughter of the late Riley and Maggie Wesley Godbey.

    She was a homemaker and member of South Fork Separate Baptist Church. She was the widow of Elijah F. Hardwick.

  • Water board hears complaints from Hill Ridge residents

    A Louisville man said that an employee of the East Casey Water Board led him to believe he would have water at his house.

    William Cox told the board in its meeting Dec. 8 that he began constructing a house on Hill Ridge Road off Long Hollow in Casey County more than a year and a half ago.

    At the time, Cox said, an unidentified man, whom Cox assumed was an employee of the East Casey Water District, told him that if he paid his deposit at the ECWD office, his property would be connected with water as a part of a water-line project that was already in the Long Hollow area.

  • Grand jury indicts man who hit school bus

    An Ohio man has been indicted by a Casey County grand jury following an accident with a school bus last month.

    Matthew J. Hall, 23, of Greensville, Ohio, was named in nine counts handed down in the indictment Monday by the grand jury.

    He was indicted on charges of DUI, fourth or subsequent offense; three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment; menacing; operating a motor vehicle on a revoked or suspended license, second offense; disorderly conduct, second degree; failure to maintain insurance; and leaving the scene of an accident.

  • James Baker Jr., 61

    James Baker Jr. of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 at his home. He was 61.

    Born on Oct. 21, 1948 in Cutshin, Ky., he was a son of the late James Sr. and Offie Smith Baker.

    He was a construction worker with Allen Construction and attended the Church of God. He was a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran.