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Today's News

  • Berea man arrested for DUI

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    A Berea man was arrested for DUI early in the afternoon on Sept. 11 after he was driving erratically after drinking what he stated was 12 beers.

    Jesse B. Abrams, 50, was arrested for DUI second offense and failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security first offense.

    According to the police report Commonwealth Detective Dennis Allen followed Abram’s car on Chief Ridge Road and observed him cross the centerline numerous times and was unable to stay in his lane.

  • Kings Mountain woman sentenced

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    A Kings Mountain woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced for numerous drug charges after she was arrested during an Aug. 12 traffic stop.

  • Chamber announces Christmas theme

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    The Liberty Casey County Chamber of Commerce announced their Christmas Celebration theme, discussed ideas for their 2020 membership drive and reported an increase in membership and website visits.

    To begin the meeting members announced that the theme for this year’s Downtown Christmas Celebration would be Whoville. The celebration will take place on Dec. 6 and more details for the event will come out closer to the event.

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  • District weighs HB1 costs

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Improving safety at Casey County Schools will come with a hefty price tag.

    At a Sept. 5 special meeting, the Casey County Board of Education received an estimate of $500,000 per year to comply with safety requirements passed by the Kentucky Legislature last year in HB1. Included in the $500,000 per year are an additional four school counselors and three additional school resource officers.

    Not included in the price is an additional $211,000 in renovations and security upgrades.

  • Board passes 4 percent tax hike

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Hearing no public comment, the Casey County Board of Education passed a 4 percent tax increase on a 3-2 vote.

    Board member Marilyn Coffey put forth the motion, which was seconded by member Melissa Richards. Coffey said the district needed the money. Under any other option, it would generate less money than last year.

    “I don’t think we have a choice,” she said.

    The tax rate is set at 50.8 cents per $100 of taxable property value for real and personal property. The previous rate was 48.9 cents.

  • Grass clippings on roadway could become a crime

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    Blowing grass onto roadways could become a criminal littering offense.

    Kentucky Sixth District Sen. C.B. Embry Jr. prefiled a bill on Aug. 20 for the 2020 Kentucky Legislative regular session to add permitting unsafe amounts of leaves or mowed grass to remain on a highway to the criminal littering statue. Doing so would be considered misdemeanor criminal littering.

    Whether the blowing of grass onto roadways was illegal was seemingly a hot button issue in Casey County and around the state about.

  • 2,190 miles northward

    zjohnson@caseynews.net

    Walking nearly 2,200 miles across 14 states in only 130 days would be daunting or seem impossible for most people, but that’s what one Casey County man did.

    Micah Smith completed the entire Appalachian Trail, north from Springer Mountain in Georgia, to Mount Katahdin in Maine, after just 130 days on Aug. 25. That would be an average trek of almost 17 miles every day, for 130 days straight.

    Smith’s incredible feat was inspired by his love for being in the outdoors and his desire to do something bigger.

  • Chamber holds last 2019 luncheon

    cvanleuven@caseynews.net

    Representatives from Hibpshman Home Improvement and the KentuckyWired project gave presentations at the last Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon of the year Aug. 28 at the Pork Producers Building.

    Mindi Hibpshman and Janine Clark gave an overview of the Hibpshman’s 3rd Annual Contractor’s Home and Garden Show, which is scheduled for Oct. 12, including its goals and its status as of the date of the luncheon.