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Today's News

  • Born to ride

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    A Liberty five-year-old has fulfilled a dream by qualifying for the largest amateur motocross race in the world.

    Braxton Baldock, son of Brad and Alesha Baldock, of Liberty, qualified for the 37th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship held in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on July 30 through Aug. 4 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch.

    In an interview, Brad Baldock said the family went to the event last year to watch and Braxton told him he was going to race in the event one day

  • EMS to fight pension-spiking charge

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    During a Casey County Ambulance Tax Board Board of Directors meeting held on July 10, Director Kenny Turpin told members about the two pension spiking cases the ambulance service is currently facing.

    Turpin told board members that he had received word from the Kentucky Retirement System that stated the ambulance service would not have to pay the $20,813.13 fine that was given to the ambulance service for the pension spiking by former employee William Bowling.

  • Chamber considers beautification

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    After a trip out west, Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce President Josh Blevins said that the chamber should consider sprucing up Liberty’s downtown area to encourage business and tourism.

    At a July 11 meeting, Blevins said he had recently visited a chamber of commerce in Pinedale, Wyo., and was impressed by the city. He suggested that small things, like beautification, could help attract visitors and businesses.

    “They have a thriving downtown,” he said.

  • Baugh not indicted for alleged stabbing

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    Four months after admitting to stabbing another man with a screwdriver, Jacob A. Baugh, 18, of Liberty, was not indicted by the Casey County Grand Jury on May 14.

    According to a Liberty Police Department citation, Baugh allegedly stabbed the victim on March 1 in the back after a dispute over stolen property. He was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

  • Bernard indicted for vehicle shooting

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    Steven B. Bernard, 28, of Liberty, was indicted by the Casey County Grand Jury on July 9 for allegedly firing a shotgun at another man, leaving the victim injured and his car damaged.

    Bernard was charged with assault in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief in the first degree and wanton endangerment in the first degree after being arrested on March 18 following the shooting.

  • Liberty approves first reading of franchise ordinance

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    During a July 9, Liberty City Council meeting members approved the first reading of a telecommunications ordinance franchise agreement with DUO County, which has been contracted by the State of Kentucky to build a portion of the Kentucky Wired Network throughout the state

    The Kentucky Wired Network is a statewide network broadband fiber Internet network that the state has contracted to build and hired companies to build it, with state-run offices being hooked up to the network.

  • Liberty City Council considering Indigenous Peoples Day

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    Angela Arnett Garner, chair for the legislative and public affairs committee for the Kentucky Indigenous Peoples, asked the Liberty City Council on July 9 to consider signing an Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation.

    Garner, who has ties to Casey County with both her parents being from Casey County, said the signing of the proclamation, which would state the city promotes, supports and appreciates Native American culture and history in Kentucky, could have benefits for the city’s tourism and could bring national exposure.

  • Scorching heat doesn’t fizzle Liberty Independence Day

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Temperatures reached 95 degrees July 4, and with close to 60 percent humidity, it felt like it was hotter than 100. But, the Kentucky heat wasn’t enough to spoil the festivities for over a hundred participants in the Liberty 4th of July celebration.

    “I thought we had a really good turnout, considering it was so hot,” Liberty Mayor Steven Brown said.

  • McConnell discusses policy in Liberty

    zjohnson@caseynews.net 

    During a stop in Casey County on July 3 Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell spoke to those in attendance about a wide range of topics, including the United States court system, hemp, North Korea and a possible solution to Social Security for future generations.

    After a warm welcome from Casey County Attorney Tommy Weddle and Casey County Judge Executive Randy Dial, McConnell started off explaining why having him, as the Senate Majority leader is a big deal for Kentuckians.

  • Candidate filings due by Aug. 14

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Prospective candidates for city and school board offices must have their candidacy paperwork filed by Aug. 14 for the Nov. 6 election.

    All of the Liberty City Council seats are up, with at least one (Councilman Doug Johnson) seat vacant. Johnson is running for mayor against incumbent Mayor Steven Brown. Those currently on the Liberty City Council are: Johnson, Andy Lawhorn, Nick Scott, Carla Turner, Brian Beeler, and Larry Bowmer.