Local News

  • Mayor responds to PSC ruling

    Facing a $10,000 fine from the Public Service Commission for failure to properly document gas leaks in the city limits, Mayor Steven Brown said last week the city has the situation well in hand.

  • EDA makes deal for E. Ky. 70 property

    Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority is striking a deal with a local factory for an unused piece of property on East Ky. 70.

    Known as the former Marvin Vaught property, Meece Corp, which manufactures Goose Creek Candles, is considering a proposition whereby the EDA pays the business $75,000 cash in relief of the mortgage.

    Meece Corp principals, Chuck and Tammy Meece, purchased the 40-acre property from the EDA in September 2014 for $384,339 on a 15-year, 0-percent mortgage.

  • Local Methodists take mission trip to Bear Branch

    Perhaps Bear Branch, Ky., isn’t well known to many people in Casey County.

    But if a group of seven Methodists have their way, they’re going to put the small town in Leslie County on the map by returning to do mission work.

    June 4-10, pastor Keith Nichols, along with his wife Melanie, Lucille Bryant, Aerin and Frannie Grant, J.R. Grant, and Elizabeth Carmickle worked with the Big Creek Mission in Bear Branch. Keith Nichols pastors three churches in Casey County — Salem UMC, Atwood Chapel UMC, and Bethlehem UMC.

  • Police News: June 28, 2017


  • Street Beat: June 28, 2017

    Taken from the Casey County E911 records, Street Beat represents a history of the initial calls and the information used by the dispatcher to send officers to investigate complaints. It is not an indication of what the officers found upon arrival at the scene or how police may have dealt with the complaint.

  • Former nursing home chief faces sex charge

    The former administrator of Liberty Care and Rehabilitation has been arrested and charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years of age.

    William Todd Bryant, 44, of 1404 Snake Creek Road, Columbia, was arrested June 13 by Kentucky State Police.

    Adair and Casey County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright said the case will be turned over to a grand jury.

    Officers executed search warrants June 13 at Liberty Care and Rehabilitation Center in Liberty and at Bryant’s home in Adair County.

  • School lawsuit settled for $80,000

    Casey County Board of Education has finally released the settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed by two teachers who claimed they were passed over for a position without due consideration.

    The Casey County News had sought the undisclosed amount for months, and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear ruled last month it is public record.

    On Saturday, the agreement was released in an email from school board attorney Winter Huff, revealing the plaintiffs Angela Rodgers and Cassondra Elmore settled the suit for $80,000.

  • July 4th activities announced

    Wanting to plan activities for the July 4th holiday and wondering what the City of Liberty is planning?

    Liberty City Council discussed July 4th activities during a special called meeting Monday.

    Discussion centered around family activities already scheduled during the day.

    Hours for the city celebration are 5 to 9 p.m., with the fireworks show scheduled for dark at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center.

  • PSC answers questions of gas line leaks

    Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on the city’s natural gas system. Next week: the city’s response to the Public Service Commissions conditions concerning the system.


    With the news last week that Kentucky’s Public Service Commission levied a $60,000 fine against the city of Liberty for failure to document leakage surveys of the city-operated natural gas distribution system, questions arose concerning safety and other issues.

  • Apple Festival to be featured in Cooking with Paula Deen

    The Casey County Apple Festival will be featured in the September/October issue of the magazine Cooking with Paula Deen.

    Festival Chairwoman Deva Hair said she was contacted by Sarah Howard, editorial assistant from Hoffman Media, which produces the magazine, regarding the Apple Festival.