Local News

  • Jones Park Elementary goes on lockdown

    Jones Park Elementary School went into lockdown Monday morning, based on a statement “that could be perceived as a threat,” said Liberty Police Chief Steven Garrett.

    Few details are known about the lockdown, including what the possible threat was, who made it, how long the school was locked down, and whether parents were notified of the lockdown.

  • Overdose remedy available locally

    “Do you know someone at risk of drug overdose? Naloxone reverses opioid overdoses. You can stop an overdose death!” states a press release from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department in Somerset, a public agency that serves 10 counties, including Casey County.

    Statistics compiled by the local Agency for Substance Abuse Policy shows from September 2015 through August 2016, there were six drug-related deaths in Casey County.

    However, Casey County EMS treated 68 overdose victims from July 2015 through August 2016.

  • WKDO FM sold to Shoreline

    An iconic classic country FM radio station has been sold, nearly four years after current owners Joey Hoover and Tony Kerr acquired the station at the top of Dry Ridge Hill in Liberty.

    “I am confident that selling to Shoreline Communications is a very positive step for the future of WKDO and in expanding the radio station’s service to Liberty, Casey County and the entire region,” stated Hoover in announcing the sale on Facebook.

    Shoreline Communications is owned by Mike and Laura Harris of Columbia.

  • Police News: May 24, 2017


  • Street Beat: May 24, 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.

  • Relay for Life raises more than $70,000
  • City to annex three properties

    Liberty City Council dealt with two issues in open session at its May 8 meeting and a discussion in closed session to consider the purchase of real estate. No action was taken when the council came out of closed session.

  • Tourism Commission looks at splash pads

    The Liberty Tourism and Convention Commission is investigating the possible purchase of a splash pad, described as a padded area of different sizes with multiple spray jets of water shooting from the pad, operating on fresh water or a recirculation system.

    Chairwoman Nicki Johnson said the prices range from $65,000 to $500,000. A committee has been formed to bring a recommendation to the commission about where it would be located, admission prices, rental process to spur economic development and draw tourists, and other logistical issues such as having bathrooms available.

  • 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.”