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  • Lee, Evans pretrial rescheduled

    A pre-trial conference scheduled on Monday in Casey Circuit Court for a father and daughter accused of manslaughter and murder, respectively, has been postponed until Nov. 9.

    Lebanon attorney Phillip George, representing Ronald Evans and Vergenia “Gina” Lee in the 2005 slaying of George Green, told Circuit Judge James G. Weddle that he was waiting for a copy of a Kentucky State Police interrogation report from Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright’s office.

  • New building coming to ag/expo grounds

    The Liberty/Casey County Economic Development Authority received approval from the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Advisory Board on Oct. 15 to place a pre-fabricated building on the grounds behind the Liberty Care Center.

    The building, 12’x32’, will primarily be used as temporary, emergency shelter for displaced families, EDA Director Blaine Staat told the board.

    “We routinely run into situations where we have people with no place to live due to a natural disaster or a fire,” Staat said.

  • Man remains critical following Friday accident

    A Liberty man remains hospitalized in critical condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, five days after being involved in a two-vehicle accident.

    Gregory Warren Atwood, 23, of 112 Dillon Street, was airlifted from the scene of the accident, which occurred at 2:30 p.m. Friday, about four miles east of Liberty on Ky. 70. According to Deputy Chad Weddle, Atwood suffered a severe head injury, a broken pelvis and a broken leg, among other injuries.

    Weddle said his injuries were “pretty much from head to toe.”

  • Emerson new assistant principal at CCMS

    Jeff Emerson may be new to students as their assistant principal, but in reality, his entire teaching career has been in the same building — at Casey County Middle School.

    Emerson, 43, was named to the position Oct. 19 upon recommendation by the school’s Site Based Council and approval by Superintendent Linda Hatter.

    A native of Casey County and 1984 graduate of Casey County High School, Emerson earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Campbellsville University and his Rank I certification from Eastern Kentucky University in 2002.

  • Domestic Violence Awareness

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and officials, both in law enforcement and the social services sector, say that the problem is more prevalent than statistics indicate.

    In 2008, Casey County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 55 cases of domestic violence resulting in 17 arrests — 12 men and five women, according to Records and Warrants Clerk Chelly Maupin, with the Casey County Sheriff’s Dept.

    Thus far this year, the county has responded to 40 cases of domestic violence.

  • Kelly appointed judge in 11th Circuit

    The dominoes are starting to fall into place that could lead to a new State Representative for Casey County.

    Dan Kelly, a Republican from Springfield who has represented the 14th Senate District of Taylor, Marion, Washington, Mercer and Nelson counties for 19 years, was appointed on Monday by Gov. Steve Beshear to fill a vacancy in the 11th Judicial Circuit.

    That clears the way for State Rep. Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) to seek Kelly’s Senate seat. Higdon announced on Sept. 14 that he would run for the Senate should Kelly receive the judge’s appointment.

  • Clarence Qualls, 79

    Clarence Qualls of Hustonville died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2009 at his home. He was 79.

    Born on April 22, 1930 in Casey County, he was a son of the late James and Myrtle Wilson Qualls.

    He was a retired farmer and member of Charity First Church of God.

    Survivors include his wife, Shelby Jean Qualls; a son, Troy Qualls; two daughters, Tammy Patterson and Michelle (and Terry) Wilcher; two brothers, Marshall Qualls and Lawrence Qualls; two sisters, Bessie Qualls and Ruby Merrell; and five grandchildren, Austin, Kyle, Silas, Michael and Ann.

  • Obituaries for Oct. 28, 2009
  • Obituaries for Oct. 28, 2009
  • Former judge subject to one-year sentence

    A former district judge for Casey and Adair counties will not serve a one-year prison sentence if he completes the terms outlined in a two-year pretrial diversion, according to court records.

    Roger P. Elliott appeared in Pulaski Circuit Court Oct. 2 before Judge David Tapp.

    According to the terms of the pretrial diversion, Elliott entered a plea of guilty to theft of labor and agreed to a two-year pretrial diversion. The diversion is to be unsupervised and Elliott was required to pay John Gillium $8,194.25.