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  • Woman recommended for 6 years in burglary case

    A six-year prison sentence has been recommended for a Liberty woman after she pleaded guilty to amended burglary-related charges.

    Samantha Lee Phelps, 26, of 104 Dillon Street, pleaded guilty Nov. 23 before Judge James G. Weddle in Casey Circuit Court to two counts of complicity to burglary, third degree, receiving stolen property over $300, and endangering the welfare of a minor. Four counts of complicity to theft by unlawful taking were dismissed.

  • Everett Roy, 87

    Everett Clay Roy of Bethelridge died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. He was 87.

    Born on May 23, 1922 in Casey County, he was a son of the late Oliver McKinley and Rosie Ethel Godbey Roy.

    He was a farmer, member of Valley Oak Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

  • Eva Cain, 96

    Eva Lee Cain of Liberty died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 at the Liberty Care Center. She was 96.

    Born on Dec. 29, 1912 in Russell County, she was a daughter of the late Millard and Mary Judd Maupin.

    She was a homemaker and member of Hill Top Trinity Full Gospel Tabernacle. She was the widow of Coy Cain.

    Survivors include two sons, Freddie Cain of Yosemite and Larry Cain of Liberty; four daughters, Dora Asbury, Bessie Grider, and Linda Roy, all of Liberty, and Essie Haste of Indiana; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

  • House fire may be arson

    Firefighters battled a house fire in the South Fork area of Casey County twice within an eight-hour period Sunday and early into Monday.

    Firefighters from the Evona Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire at 725 South Fork Creek Road Sunday at 2:27 p.m., according to Evona Fire Chief Louis Shirk.

    The owner, Bill Callinan, said he was downstairs and heard a “pop” and noticed the upstairs of the house was on fire, Shirk said.

  • Madge Hatter, 72

    Alma Madge Hatter of Liberty died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. She was 72.

    Born on Dec. 15, 1936 in Lincoln County, she was a daughter of the late Everett and Daisy Luttrell Falconberry.

    She was a retired nurse of the Casey County Primary Care and the Casey County Hospital. She was a member of West Side Christian Church.

  • H1N1

    Those who have been eager to protect themselves against the H1N1 (swine) flu, but haven’t fallen into the priority groups set by the Centers for Disease Control, now have their opportunity to be vaccinated.

    The area’s fourth flu shot clinic this season is set for 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Casey County Health Department, and this time, it’s open to everyone.

  • Tornado clean-up continues

    It’s been two months since an EF-2 tornado struck the Creston area in the western part of Casey County, and residents say they are still putting their lives and property back in order.

    Though no one was seriously injured or killed, property damage to an estimated 82 residences and businesses on Oct. 9 totaled more than $1.5 million, local insurance agents said.

    Creston Baptist Church, on Ky. 70, suffered substantial damage to the roof, windows, carpet, and subfloor. Much of the sheet-rock inside the building will have to be replaced, said Pastor Dwight Coffman.

  • Obituaries for Dec. 9, 2009
  • Jimmie Asbery, 63

    Jimmie Asbery of Hustonville died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. He was 63.

    Born on June 2, 1946 in Casey County, he was a son of Rethel Hale Asbery and the late Daniel Glover Asberry.

    He was a retired welder of Sellers Engineering Company and a member of Mt. Salem Baptist Church.

    Besides his mother, survivors include his wife, Barbara Blakey Asbery; a son, Bill (and Judy) Asbery of Hustonville; a grandson, Joseph Asbery; and two sisters, Shirley Chumbley of Burgin and Barbara Johnson of Moreland.

  • Victim assistance abundant, response is meager

    Disaster relief officials in Casey County praised the general public for their generous response in giving money, food and clothing in the two months since an EF-2 tornado struck the Creston area in the western part of Casey County.

    However, these same officials are puzzled as to why so few tornado victims took advantage of the money, mountains of free clothing, and tons of donated food.

    Casey Countians affected by the storm, for the most part, also declined the federal government’s offer of low interest loans to help in rebuilding damaged homes and businesses.