Local News

  • Christmas celebration features new events

    How’s your snowman-building skills?

    Can you decorate a gingerbread house, a wreath or a Christmas tree?

    Stuff a stocking?

    Build a float?

    All these items and more will be found at Liberty’s “A Small Town Christmas,” set for Friday, Dec. 4, in downtown Liberty.

  • Hubert H. Rodgers, 77

    Hubert H. Rodgers of Ohio died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009. He was 77.

    Born in Liberty, he was a son of the late Silas and Allie Baxter Rodgers.

    He was the widower of Mary “Jodie” Adams Rodgers.

    Survivors include a son, David (and Laura) Rodgers; a daughter, Katherine (and Doug) Ward; and a sister, Mae Mills.

    He was preceded in death by 11 siblings.

    Funeral services will be today (Nov. 17) at 11 a.m. at Hodapp Funeral Home in Carthage. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Park in Evendale, Ohio.


  • Obituaries for Nov. 18, 2009
  • Get applications in for ‘Toys for Kids’

    Families with children ages 13 and younger who may be needing a little help in providing Christmas presents for their children are reminded that applications are still available from the Casey County Toys for Kids program.

    Committee member Jo Wilkinson said applications have already been picked up at the schools, but are still available at Back and Body Chiropractic Center, located on Hustonville Street in downtown Liberty.

  • Maxine Lane, 86

    Maxine Lane of Moreland died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009. She was 86.

    Born on Dec. 19, 1922, she was a daughter of the late James Carroll and Lizzie Lucas Smith.

    She was retired from Palm Beach after 42 years and a member of Mt. Salem Baptist Church. She was the widow of Carl Lane.

  • Benny Mathews, 77

    Benny Mathews of Liberty died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 at the V.A. Medical Center in Lexington. He was 77.

    Born on Jan. 10, 1932 in Casey County, he was a son of the late Dee and Gerthia Henderson Mathews.

    He was a self-employed truck driver, member of the Athens Church of Christ and Middleburg Masonic Lodge, and a U.S. Army veteran.

    Survivors include his wife, Wilma Charlene Lay; a son, Terry Mathews of Liberty; a daughter, June Mathews of Liberty; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Artie Limeing of Ohio.

  • Anna Propes, 65

    Anna Catherine Propes of Liberty died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. She was 65.

    Born on May 8, 1944, she was a daughter of the late John Propes and Ethel Downs Coffman.

  • Man given 7 years on federal drug charges

    The case of two Casey County men charged in April 2008 for conspiracy to distribute a large quantity of marijuana was in federal court last week, where one of the men was sentenced.

    Ralph Michael Hughes, 39, of Kings Mountain, was sentenced to seven years in prison and five years of supervised release.

    Sentencing for co-defendant Robert “Fritz” Sheene, 48, of Yosemite, is set for Jan. 19.

  • Police News: Nov.11

    Bulldozer reported stolen

    The Casey County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a bulldozer taken from alongside U.S. 127 South where it had been parked.

    Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle said Andrew Weddle reported on Nov. 3 that someone had stolen his dozer, which had been parked next to the woods at the junction of U.S. 127 South and Henson Ridge Road. The dozer had been sitting there for about a month after Weddle had cleaned up a wooded area. There was no key in the ignition, he reported.

  • Rev. Arlis Luttrell, 87

    Rev. Arlis Luttrell of Danville died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009. He was 87.

    Born on Feb. 7, 1922 in Casey County, he was a son of the late Ernest and Bess Childress Luttrell.

    He was an ordained minister and ordained bishop of the Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn., former pastor for the Lancaster and Harrodsburg Churches of God, school bus driver, and member of Clays Mill Church of God in Lexington and the Disabled American Veterans. He served in the Army Artillery Division during World War II and was a recipient of a Purple Heart.