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  • Casey teachers protest pension cuts

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Before sunrise March 23, around 100 teachers gathered in front of Casey County schools to hold signs, to shout slogans and to support each other.

    Car honks were answered with cheers from the teachers, who rallied to oppose cuts in Ketucky’s public pension system.

    Casey County Teachers Association Director Rhonda Cochran said that some passersby might have thought the teachers were asking for a raise, but they only want the government to fund its part of the pension.

  • Liberty man accused in vehicle shooting

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    A Liberty man is being held at Casey County Dentition Center after being arrested on first-degree wanton endangerment charges.

    Steven Bernard, 28, was arrested on March 18 after police say he fired a shotgun at another man, injuring him and damaging his car.

    The responding officer said that after receiving a complaint from Kentucky State Police Post 15 about the incident, he met the victim in front of the Casey County Courthouse.

  • Chamber sends letter in support of teachers

    zjohnson@caseynews.net 

    The Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce showed the educators of Casey County support by sending a letter asking for a fair resolution to state pension funding.

    In a March 14 Chamber of Commerce meeting, members of the board all agreed to send a letter detailing their criticism of Senate bill 1 and House bill 200.

  • Trail Town mulls possible trail locations

    zjohnson@caseynews.net 

    Casey County’s efforts toward become Kentucky’s next Trail Town is getting closer to becoming a reality.

    In a March 15 Casey County Trail Town meeting, Trail Town Director and Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority Director Josh Switzer welcomed Department of Tourism of Director Seth Wheat to speak more in depth about the program.

  • Casey could join federal opioid lawsuit

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    The opioid epidemic has taken a toll on public services, but Casey County could sue to recoup some of those costs.

    Attorneys Jaron P. Blanford and David J. Guarnieri, of the McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC law firm, of Lexington, told the Casey County Fiscal Court that multiple states and counties are suing three major opioid manufacturers, and Casey needs a “seat at the table.”

  • Unemployment drops in Casey

    zjohnson@caseynews.net 

    Unemployment numbers in Casey County fell again in January, as they continue to decrease across the State of Kentucky and in the United States.

    In a study released on March 14 by the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the unemployment rate in Casey County has fell to 4.3 percent, which is exactly at the state unemployment rate and is 0.2 percent lower then the unemployment rate in December 2017.

  • Fire chief suspects arson on Dry Ridge

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    While the Kentucky State Police investigate, Poplar Springs Fire Department Chief Mike McQueary said he believes an arsonist burnt down a vacant home Saturday morning.

    Three fire departments responded to a house fire on Dry Ridge at 5 a.m. March 17. The home and all its contents are a total loss after the fire consumed it from the basement up.

    No one lived at the residence, which McQueary said was a nice, brick home. The water and the electricity were turned off, and the home was locked up—except where the fire started.

  • Tourism declines TV opportunity

    zjohnson@caseynews.net 

    The Liberty Tourism and Convention Commission voted against spending $45,000 on a television show to promote the area.

    “Coomer’s Country” approached tourism with the idea. The price included three on-location film days in Casey County with story lines in each episode showcasing tourist sites, as well as showcasing Casey County as a great place to live.

  • Campbellsville Liberty Campus adding programs

    zjohnson@caseynews.net 

    More classes will be offered soon at the Casey County Education Center.

    During the March 8 Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority meeting, Campbellsville University Liberty Campus Director Casey Jones told members about the current state of the college as well as future programs the college would be adding in the near future.

    Jones began by telling members that the college currently has 20 to 30 students on campus and an additional 5 to 10 students taking online classes.

  • Tourism, EDA may partner on long-term goals

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    The Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority is one step closer to putting in place its strategic plan.