Local News

  • Tarter/EDA seeking $1 million grant

    Tarter Farm and Ranch is teaming up with Liberty-Casey County Economic Development Authority in applying for a $1 million grant.

    Tarter, the county’s largest employer, has applied for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the EDA.

    A CDBG is money that’s administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development into states and the states administer the projects locally to what are considered non-entitlement counties, rural smaller areas such as Casey County.

  • Fidget fad spinning out of control

    A fad sweeping the country has touched down full force in Casey County, and everyone, from kids to school administrators, is weighing in with opinions ranging from yay to nay.

    “I think it’s a distraction. I leave it up to the teachers. They use it as a reward during down time,” said Liberty Elementary School principal David McFadden, referring to the three-prong spinners called “fidgets.”

  • McGowan is Casey’s Distinguished Young Woman

    Myla McGowan was the winner of the Distinguished Young Woman scholarship program Saturday at Casey County High School. She will represent Casey County in January at the state level.

    Receiving cash scholarships were:

  • Grand jury indicts eight

    Seven of eight indictments a Casey County grand jury handed up May 8 were drug-related.

  • Police News: May 17, 2017

    Criminal littering

    • James King, 32, of 3604 N. Ky. 837, Waynesburg, was cited May 3 at his residence by Sheriff Jerry Coffman and charged with criminal littering and disorderly conduct.

    The citation states King had trash around his house that blew onto the roadway and onto a neighbor’s hayfield and pond. King also allegedly yelled at and cursed Coffman.


  • Street Beat: May 17, 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.

  • Bryant indicted in shooting incident

    A Casey County man has been indicted, accused of shooting a man in the face and neck.

    Marcus Austin Bryant, 21, was indicted May 1 in Casey County Circuit Court on a charge of first-degree assault.

    The shooting occurred about 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 on Neff Road, off Ky. 1547.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Bryant was arrested at 3 a.m. on Neff Road by Detective B. J. Burton and charged with first-degree assault in the shooting of Hunter Gillock.

  • Pink Mustard Seed opens downtown

    The owner of a new business in downtown Liberty has a two-fold purpose — to offer high quality women and children’s clothing and in doing so to help in revitalizing the downtown area.

    Brittany Nicole Weddle recently opened the Pink Mustard Seed at 664 Campbellsville St. next to SnapDolls.

    “If we can work together and show everyone there’s potential here, the downtown area can be revitalized. The more businesses that will come downtown will make it thrive,” Weddle said.

  • Balloon released in Casey floats 671 miles to Pennsylvania

    A small helium-filled balloon released April 29 from a home on Pee Dee Creek Road in Casey County landed 671 miles away.

    But what’s truly remarkable about the flight of that balloon was where it landed — in Mertztown, Pa., on property owned by a Mennonite woman who has a cousin in Casey County.

    “We were having a cookout for our daughter Addison’s birthday,” said Bethany Poff. “My dad got the idea to let off balloons. He had little index cards and she wrote her name and Liberty, Ky., and my phone number on it,” Poff said.

  • Liberty Tourism Commission donates to fireworks

    Meeting in special session Thursday with only one item on the agenda, the Liberty Tourism and Convention Commission granted a request from Brad Vaughn for funds to purchase fireworks for the county’s July 4th celebration at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center.

    However, whereas the commission funded the entire $15,000 last year, this year, the amount — $15,500 — will be split equally among the city, fiscal court, and the commission.