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  • Stretching a Dollar

    In bad economic times, some people who end up with more month than money need a little extra help getting by. Traditional bank loans may not be an option due to no credit history or a bad credit rating.

    Borrowers that fall into these categories are forced to seek other avenues for their loans.

    Pawn shops and payday loan companies fill the void that banks cannot.

    “Anytime you have an economic slump, you have an increase in business,” said Sherry Ritter, owner of Gun and Gold Pawn Shop in Liberty.

  • Katherine Picklesimer, 83

    Katherine Nancy Tarter Picklesimer of Versailles died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at Bradford Square Manor in Frankfort. She was 83.

    Born in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late Franklin and Amanda Brackett Tarter.

    She attended the Huntertown Church of the Nazarene.

    Survivors include her husband, Delmer Picklesimer; a son, Bobby J. (and Kathy) Picklesimer of Versailles; a grandchild, Sarah K. Picklesimer of Versailles; three sisters, Ivadean Turner and Louetta Bell, both of Liberty, and Jewell White of Indiana; and a brother, Irvin Tarter of Ohio.

  • Roxie L. Edwards, 67

    Roxie Louise Wilkinson Edwards of Lexington died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008. She was 67.

    Born in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late Vertrees and Margaret Hall Wilkinson.

    She was a retired CAN for Interim Healthcare.

    Survivors include her husband, Jim Edwards; a son, Jim Jr. (and Pamela) Edwards; two grandsons, Benjamin and Jeffrey Edwards; a brother, Greg Wilkinson of Georgetown; a sister, Holly Cooper of Liberty; a special aunt and uncle, Mollie and Gene Cook; a special aunt, Roxie Young of Lexington; and a special family member, Beverly Turner of Danville.

  • New member to join school board

    The Casey County School Board will have a new member from District 5 when the votes are tallied in the general election on Nov. 4.

    Voters in District 5 (Casey 1, Patterson-Tate; Casey 9, Walltown-Humphrey; and Casey 10, Argyle, Poplar Hill, Bethelridge) will select a new school board member to represent them in either Marilyn Coffey or Stacie S. Wilkerson.

    The new member will replace board chairman Dinah Burton, who is not seeking re-election.

    Marilyn Coffey

  • Casey joins in state lawsuit regarding jails

    Casey County Fiscal Court passed a resolution Monday night to join 113 counties in a lawsuit against the Executive and Legislative branches of the state.

    At issue is Kentucky county jails losing about $130 million annually to pay the incarceration costs of convicted felons residing in county jails who are subsequently credited for time served.

    Some prisoners can stay in county jails for up to a year awaiting trial and once convicted, the state does not reimburse the county for the time the prisoner served.

  • Delmer Phelps, 84

    Delmer “Dee” Phelps of Liberty died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at his residence. He was 84.

    Born on April 5, 1924 in Casey County, he was a son of the late William Luther and Ova Esther Sharp Phelps.

    Survivors include his wife, Christine Langford Phelps; two daughters, Charlene (and Harlan) Cross of Liberty and Carol (and Johnny) Gooch of Liberty; two sons, Edward and Jim Phelps, both of Liberty; a brother, Shelby Phelps of Dunnville; a sister, Gladys Derringer of Liberty; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

  • Asbestos removed from old hospital

    Asbestos has now been removed from the old Casey County Hospital and demolition of the structure should begin soon.

    Administrator Rusty Tungate told members of the hospital’s board of directors on Monday night that construction officials had paid a site visit last week and everything on the hospital project is finished.

    Some windows were caulked in the administration building, and work continues on a dedication wall that is being erected outside the new hospital.

    In other matters, the board:

  • Police news 10-22-08

    Three arrested on burglary charges

    Three people have been charged with felonies after they allegedly broke into a man’s home last week and took several items.

    Kevin L. Lawson, 22, of 6593 Ky. 910, Windsor; Brandon L. Meece, 20, of 6505 Ky. 910, Windsor; and Tiffany B. Murray, 21, of 556 R. Grider Road, Russell Springs, were each arrested at 6:53 p.m. Saturday at the Casey County Sheriff’s Office and charged with second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking over $300. Meece was also charged with first-degree criminal mischief.

  • Baby found dead early Saturday morning

    A baby was found dead at a Casey County residence early Saturday morning, but authorities do not suspect foul play.

    Ironically, the infant’s father died later that night after he suffered a fatal stab wound during a fight in Lincoln County.

    Kristen Diana Means, 5 months old, was already dead by the time medical personnel arrived at her babysitter’s home. She was the daughter of Christine Campbell, 22, of 912 East Yosemite Road, and Ryan Elmore, 31, of Kings Mountain.

  • Ryan Elmore, 31

    McKenzie Ryan Elmore of Kings Mountain died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. He was 31.

    Born on June 4, 1977 in Casey County, he was a son of Gerald Brent and Barbara Dearth Elmore of Kings Mountain.

    He was a professional truck driver with Western Express in Nashville, Tenn.

    Besides his parents, survivors include a son, Levi Brendon Elmore of Danville; a brother, Kelly (and Rosemary) Elmore of Kings Mountain; maternal grandparents, James and Betty Dearth of St. Mary’s W.V.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins.