Local News

  • William D. Hansford, 60

    William Dean Hansford of Liberty died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 at the V.A. Medical Center in Lexington. He was 60.

    Born on Aug. 11, 1948 in Boyle County, he was the son of Christine Smith Hansford of Liberty and the late William Edgar Hansford.

    He was retired from the Casey County Board of Education, a member of the Walnut Hill Separate Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran.

  • Earl L. Wilson, 82

    Earl Lloyd “Monk” Wilson of Liberty died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. He was 82.

    Born on May 19, 1926 in Casey County, he was a son of the late Archie and Flossie Sanders Wilson.

    He was a retired truck driver and employee at JJ’s Car Wash. He was a former Liberty City Councilman, a member of Liberty United Methodist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

  • 100 Years of Serving the Lord

    Virgil Haste said he remembers the time a group of boys threw an opossum in a window of the Bethelridge United Methodist Church.

    “They went wild and ran from the church,” he said, smiling.

    A church that its pastor describes as “one big, loving family” celebrated 100 years of ministry this past weekend in the Bethelridge community.

    Bro. Doug Stutz, pastor of the church since June 2007, characterized the church as one where people genuinely love one another.

  • Police news 9-3-08

    Man removes items from property

    The Casey County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an incident in which a man removed several items from a woman’s property after he told her he had been asked to.

    Deputy Freeman Luttrell said Deana Greene, of 4290 Caney Fork Road, Liberty, reported on Aug. 26 that a man came to her home and said he had a contract to clean up the property because it was in foreclosure. However, Greene said the mortgage company didn’t tell him he could, and the property is not in foreclosure.

  • Bobby G. Pemberton, 72

    Bobby Gene Pemberton of Hustonville died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008. He was 72.

    Born on July 4, 1936 in Casey County, he was a son of the late Jesse and Mable Hughes Pemberton.

    He was a construction operating engineer and a lifetime member of the National Street Rod Association. He was the widower of Evon Ragan Pemberton.

    Survivors include a son, Rickey Pemberton of Hobart, Ind.; a brother, Ronald Pemberton of Junction City; and two sisters, Brenda Dwight of Valparaiso, Ind. and Veda Houchin of Merritt Island, Fla.

  • Sprinkler head bursts at Walnut Hill Elementary

    A “flood” at Walnut Hill Elementary caused chaos at the end of the school day Tuesday as a sprinkler head burst, sending water pouring onto the floor of the “commons” area and other parts of the school.

    The water ran for about 10 minutes, dumping an estimated 400 to 500 gallons into the school building before it was able to be shut off, according to Dale Sellers, head maintainence technician for the Casey County school system.

  • Zona E. Lay, 105

    Zona E. Lay of St. Cloud, Fla. died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 at her home. She was 105.

    Born on April 21, 1903 in Adair County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Laura McCallister Martin. She was the widow of Edgar Albert Lay.

    She was a homemaker and member of the Methodist Church.

  • Obituaries for 9-10-08

     Obituaries appear below for the following people: Rosa Crockett, Albert Gabehart, William Hansford, Zona Lay, Bobby Pemberton, Hayden Phillippe, Timothy W. Stephens Jr., and Earl Wilson. 

  • Outhouse Blowout, Country Day is Saturday

    Kentuckians know that the first Saturday in May the world’s best horses make a run for the roses at Churchill Downs.

    And Casey Countians know that the first Saturday after Labor Day, the world’s best privies on wheels make a spirited dash for the prize of being crowned “top privy” in the Outhouse 300 race.

    The Great Outhouse Blowout, sponsored by Penn’s Store in Gravel Switch, is held in the northwestern corner where Boyle and Marion counties merge with Casey County.

  • Woman injured in accident

    A collision Monday afternoon between a car and a pickup truck towing two trailers on U.S. 127 about eight miles north of Liberty injured one person, according to Casey County Sheriff’s Deputy Freeman Luttrell.

    Candace R. Crowe, 28, of Liberty, was driving a 2005 Pontiac Sunbird southbound when she crossed the center line and struck a 2007 Chevy 3500 pickup in the driver’s side, causing the truck and trailer driven by James W. Bruner Jr. of Versailles to jackknife.