Local News

  • City council approves grant for new police SUV


    K9 Mako has outgrown Liberty Police Chief Steve Garrett’s Ford Crown Victoria.

    In a five-minute-long meeting March 12, the Liberty City Council approved putting approximately $11,000 towards a grant to purchase a new Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicle to give the dog a little more room.

    “We’ll use that (SUV) as the K9 unit, because the dog has outgrown the car that it is in now,” Mayor Steven Brown said.

  • Two Liberty businesses owe EDA $462,000


    Two Liberty businesses—Chieftain Steel and SnapDolls—still owe the Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority hundreds of thousands years after taking out loans.

    At a March 8 Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting, Director Josh Switzer told the board that SnapDolls has recently been sold, but still owed the EDA $74,074. Chieftain Steel, which also went out of business, owes the EDA $387,930.

  • Casey man missing since March 2


    A 60-year-old Casey County man has been missing for almost two weeks and police are looking for information.

    Danny Hatter was last seen March 2 at his home on Old Dry Ridge Road. According to police he is a white male, 150 pounds, bald and wears glasses.

    He might be driving a dark 2003 Ford Ranger pickup with Kentucky License Plate #917-PEB.

    Casey County Deputy Jeff Brown said that his brother reported him missing, and the sheriff’s office checked area hospitals, as Hatter has heart problems and asthma.

  • EDA contributes toward Cattlemen’s grant


    The Casey County Cattlemen’s Association received a boost toward their hopes of securing a USDA grant that would pay for gates and panels needed for bred heifer sales.

    During the March 8 Liberty-Casey County Economic Development meeting, Director Josh Switzer suggested the EDA give 25 percent or $22,500 toward a grant that the Cattlemen are currently in the process of applying for, to purchase gates and panels.

  • District board recognizes library, hears from elementary principals


    Casey County School District Superintendent Marion Sowders presented Casey County Public Library Director Jan Banks with a Community Champion award for the library’s work in helping children become lifetime readers.

    At a March 12 Casey County Board of Education Meeting, Sowders said that the library has many fun but educational programs and events. The board also heard from the district’s three elementary school principals.

  • Justice reform would impact counties


    Kentucky Legislature is considering a criminal justice reform bill that would reduce possession of hard drugs to a misdemeanor, which worries Casey County officials.

    House bill 396 would make possession of schedule I and schedule II drugs, like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, a misdemeanor instead of a felony, which representatives hope will cut the growing prison population.

  • Local troupe to put on ‘Steel Magnolias’ this week


    “Steel Magnolias” is a story about the bond a group of women share in a small southern community and how they cope with the death of one of their own.

    The 1987 Robert Harling play, which inspired the classic movie of the same name, will be performed at the Lights of Liberty Theatre this week.

    The Casey County Community Theatre is producing the play and Barry Lee, president of the Community Theatre, is directing it.

  • Fiscal court hears road complaint, soil conservation report


    The Casey County Fiscal Court heard a complaint about Nubbin Ridge Road, agreed to proceed to a salt auction, and accepted a report from the Casey County Soil Conservation District Director Curtis Skipper Todd.

    At the March 5 meeting, resident Ralph Anderson said that he was out driving and saw that the condition of Nubbin was very poor.

    “It’s deplorable, it’s awful, it’s disgusting,” he said.

  • New deadlines begin next month


    As part of our commitment to getting the news to our readers as early as possible, we will move up our deadline to submit information to The Casey County News.

    Beginning March 30, all news, letters, columns, photos, announcements and community calendar items must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. All ads must be in by noon.

  • Liberty man arrested after stabbing


    An 18-year-old Liberty man was jailed for first-degree burglary and second-degree assault after admitting to stabbing another man with a screwdriver March 1.

    According to a Liberty Police Department citation, Jacob A Baugh stabbed the victim twice in the back after a dispute over stolen property.

    Officer Kerry Patton stopped Baugh on Hustonville Street after the Casey County 911 dispatch received a call about a fight on Popplewell Street.

    Baugh had a screwdriver in his hand and stated he stabbed the man.