https://www.caseynews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en Born to ride https://www.caseynews.net/content/born-ride <img src="https://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/dirtbike1.jpg" alt="Braxton Baldock flies over a track during a recent race. The Liberty five-year-old will compete in a national championship July 30." title="Braxton Baldock flies over a track during a recent race. The Liberty five-year-old will compete in a national championship July 30." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> zjohnson@caseynews.net</p> <p> A Liberty five-year-old has fulfilled a dream by qualifying for the largest amateur motocross race in the world.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> 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</p> EMS to fight pension-spiking charge https://www.caseynews.net/content/ems-fight-pension-spiking-charge <p> zjohnson@caseynews.net</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> Chamber considers beautification https://www.caseynews.net/content/chamber-considers-beautification <p> cvanleuven@caseynews.net</p> <p> After a trip out west, Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce President Josh Blevins said that the chamber should consider sprucing up Liberty&rsquo;s downtown area to encourage business and tourism.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> &ldquo;They have a thriving downtown,&rdquo; he said.</p> Baugh not indicted for alleged stabbing https://www.caseynews.net/content/baugh-not-indicted-alleged-stabbing <p> zjohnson@caseynews.net</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> Bernard indicted for vehicle shooting https://www.caseynews.net/content/bernard-indicted-vehicle-shooting <p> zjohnson@caseynews.net</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> Liberty approves first reading of franchise ordinance https://www.caseynews.net/content/liberty-approves-first-reading-franchise-ordinance <p> zjohnson@caseynews.net</p> <p> 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</p> <p> 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.</p> Liberty City Council considering Indigenous Peoples Day https://www.caseynews.net/content/liberty-city-council-considering-indigenous-peoples-day <p> zjohnson@caseynews.net</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;s tourism and could bring national exposure.</p> Scorching heat doesn’t fizzle Liberty Independence Day https://www.caseynews.net/content/scorching-heat-doesn%E2%80%99t-fizzle-liberty-independence-day <img src="https://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/4thjuly.jpg" alt="Fireworks splash against the twilight in Liberty in this photo, taken by a drone. The annual fireworks show was hailed as a success, along with the rest of the July 4 festivities in Liberty." title="Fireworks splash against the twilight in Liberty in this photo, taken by a drone. The annual fireworks show was hailed as a success, along with the rest of the July 4 festivities in Liberty." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> cvanleuven@caseynews.net</p> <p> 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&rsquo;t enough to spoil the festivities for over a hundred participants in the Liberty 4th of July celebration.</p> <p> &ldquo;I thought we had a really good turnout, considering it was so hot,&rdquo; Liberty Mayor Steven Brown said.</p>