• Editorial: Judge doing her job

    Every newly elected official should get the benefit of a doubt — at least for a respectable amount of time — when it comes to grading job performance.
    However, some officials, like judges, are thrust into the limelight from day one and don’t have time for a honeymoon period.
    That’s certainly been the case with Judy Vance, our newly elected Circuit Court Judge for Casey and Adair counties.

  • Editorial: Vandalism costs us all

    It seems of late that Casey County is being hit with vandalism on an unprecedented scale.
    Sure, there have always been problems but lately, it has escalated in both the public and private sectors.
    Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney said recently that someone has broken many of the lights along the Liberty Trail walking path.
    And, there have been problems with vandals tearing up bathrooms at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center and at Gateway Park.

  • Rowell: Are toy guns bad for kids?

    The gun debate rages on in the wake of the terrible shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the Christmas day tragedy in Webster, N.Y. where four firefighters were gunned down — with two of them dying — while responding to several house fires set by a convicted murderer with past mental problems.
    And now comes a not unexpected reaction from some parents who have banned their children from playing with toy guns.
    However, I don’t believe that this decision will, in the long run of a child’s life, make a difference.

  • Editorial: Judicial Center maintenance important

    Approaching the 10-year anniversary of the building of the Casey County Judicial Center in November, we note that the facility has served the county well.
    Court records are safely kept in the Circuit Clerk’s office and the two courtrooms are large enough to accommodate most any trial.
    However, as with all things man-made, there comes a time when maintenance and upkeep issues have to be addressed.

  • Editorial: The Christmas Story

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, bearing great with child.

  • Editorial: Watch those words

    In this day of instant information via computer, tablet, or smartphone, literally millions of news articles are out there for anyone to read.
    The problem lies in knowing what is truth and what is not. Some of the stories are clearly entertaining while others are more defamatory in nature.
    But despite our use of technology in gathering news, some prefer to pass tidbits of gossip the old fashioned way, by word of mouth.
    We were reminded this week that passing a wee bit of salacious gossip can land a person in court.

  • Editorial: Thanks, Casey County Hospital

    With Kentucky in the top 10 in the nation of so many health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, these problems are compounded because many people don’t have health insurance and cannot afford to be proactive in getting regular checkups.
    That’s why we want to give a tip-of-the-hat to Casey County Hospital for sponsoring the recent Health Fair in which 1,748 local residents got more than $300 of blood work done for $12 — a real bargain in terms of today’s health care screening costs.

  • Editorial: Education needs funds

    As anyone who attends the Casey County School Board meetings can see, our Board and District staff have done a marvelous job of being fiscal conservatives, yet without skimping on quality teachers, staff, or instructional materials and resources for students.
    However, the financial cushion that the Board has worked hard to build is slowly being eroded away by continuous cuts on the state and federal levels along with rising prices of goods and services.

  • Editorial: County’s efforts to be commended

    The annual Casey County Fiscal Court audit is out and, taken on face value, it’s much like the ones released the past five years.
    State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office uses contract auditors to go into county courthouses and examine the financial records for the previous year.
    While we are of the opinion that this is a necessary function of government to hold local governments accountable when it comes to handling the people’s tax money, the results of the audit seem worse than they really are.

  • Rowell: Legislative bills address drug problem

    As I have looked at the list of pre-filed bills awaiting lawmakers in Frankfort next month, I’ve noticed that several deal with trying to get a handle on the state’s drug problem.
    And let me state at the outset of this missive that I support these bills.
    Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, is seeking passage of a bill that would regulate the so-called “pill-mills” or pain clinics that are popping up all over the state.