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The selection process is underway to find a new Superintendent for Casey County Schools.


A selection committee met last night at the Board Annex, lead by Tim Eaton, with the Kentucky School Boards Association...



Acting Board Chairman, Vernon Clark, listed the criteria for the position...



The committee went into executive session. They'll meet two or three more times over the next four weeks. Those meetings will be closed to the public. No names of potential candidates will be released until the final decision has been made.




The Liberty City Council met Tuesday. This was a special called meeting due to Monday’s regular meeting having to be rescheduled.


R.F.H. CPA's presented their audit of the City for fiscal year 2020. Kevin Fisher is the audit manager and stated that the city received a clean audit opinion...



The council opened bids received on two city police cars declared surplus...



A representative of MAVERICK USA DOT COM addressed the council with a proposal for flood mitigation. Jeff Jones is with Maverick USA...



Again, Mr. Jones assured the council there would be no out-of-pocket cost to the City Of Liberty or Casey County. No action was taken.


The council approved a resolution relating to maintenance of city streets. As well as a resolution relating to municipal Road aid in the amount of $44,000 from the state of Kentucky.


The council also approved a first reading of the amended budget for 2020/2021 and adopted that amended budget with a 3% raise for city employees.


The agenda had one last item for the council to go into executive session related to property and litigation, however that was postponed and will be revisited at a special called session on Monday, June 21 at 4 o’clock at Liberty City Hall.





The Casey County Board of Education met in regular session last night at Libery Elementary School.

Superintendent Marion Sowders...



Also at last night's meeting, Bus Driver, John Ellis, representing a large group of drivers & bus monitors, addressed the Board requesting a pay increase. They had initially requested $20 an hour for drivers, however, last night Mr. Ellis stated that if they did not receive $17 an hour for drivers, and $12 for monitors, they would not sign a contract for service for the coming school year...



Mr. Ellis expressed hope that the Board would resume negotiations.  Many drivers stated that they would not be driving this morning.  A short time later, the one-call went out from Mr. Sowders...


The Board will meet in special session this evening at 7pm at the Board Annex, however, that meeting is a work session in the selection process for a new Superintendent.





The Liberty City Council met in a special called work session meeting Thursday.


The only item on the agenda was a budget review.



Mayor Steven Brown says the City showed a small profit thanks to federal covid funds...



The council will study the proposed budget over the next few days and then reconvene on Tuesday at 4 o’clock at City Hall for a first reading. 





The Casey County Fiscal Court met in special session this morning.


One of the reasons for this morning's meeting was to re-new Casey County's participation in the Inter-Local Agreement as part of the Cumberlands Workforce Development Area.


Judge Executive, Randy Dial...



The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court is scheduled for Monday, June 21st.





Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck reports that another female has come forward in the case against Terry Flinchum who was originally charged on April 9, 2021, by Lieutenant Bobby Jones with Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree. At that time, a female victim in her 30’s, reported to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office that she had been sexually abused by Terry W. Flinchum, age 63, of Somerset, Kentucky. That offense occurred back in February 2021.


On April 29, 2021, a second female, also in her 30’s, reported to Lieutenant Jones that she had the same type of encounter with Mr. Flinchum back in February of this year. After investigating the second incident, Lieutenant Jones presented his investigation to the Pulaski County Grand Jury. 


On June 2, 2021, the second indictment was returned charging Terry Flinchum with Sexual Abuse, 1st Degree.


According to the additional allegation made by the second victim, the abuse occurred at Mr. Flinchum’s Residence/Office on Whitetail Run off Ferry Road where he had prepared her taxes over the last three years. That was the same location the first offense occurred.


On June 3, 2021, Deputy Junior Fortenberry, with the Sheriff’s Office Court Security Division served the indictment on Terry Flinchum at the Justice Center where he was released on a $5,000 cash/property bond.


Mr. Flinchum is scheduled to be arraigned on June 24, 2021, at 9:00 AM in Pulaski County Circuit Court.


The case remains under investigation by Lieutenant Bobby Jones and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation’s Division.





The owner of several local country stores has been arrested for gambling violations.


In a joint effort between the Casey County Sheriff's Office, Liberty Police Department, and Casey County Constable, search warrants were executed at three locations; Crockett Trail, Sallies I (Valero), and Sallies II (arcade). 


A total of 19 gambling machines were seized between the three locations, along with large amounts of cash, and other gambling related items. 


37 year old Jitendrakumar (Jack) Patel, of Liberty, is charged with 3 counts of possession of a gambling device and 3 counts of promoting gambling 1st degree.


Mr. Patel was transported to the Casey County Jail.





The Casey County fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.


Connie & Tashanda Cundiff, representing the Trail Town Committee, addressed the court concerning adding Shut-In Road as a hiking and biking trail...



The magistrates will take up the matter at the next meeting.


Under general business, there were two seats becoming available on the Library Board. Donna Carman‘s term has ended, and Greg Powell's term is expiring. The court appointed Rosemary Sparr to fill the vacancy, and re-appointed Greg Powell for another term.


Also under general business Casey County judge executive Randy Dial presented the magistrates with the yearly bids. For the most part the bids remain the same or slightly higher than last year. Most were non-competing bids and were approved. The one exception was the bid for Road tiles. Judge executive Randy Dial...


The motion was made and approved.


The next meeting of the Casey County fiscal court will be Monday, June 21st.




An Elk Horn man faces DUI charges following a motorcycle accident Friday evening.


Deputy Geoffrey Brown, with Casey Co. Sheriff's Office, responded to the call around 6pm Friday, about ten miles North of Liberty on Dry Creek Road. At the scene, he found a wrecked '97 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The driver, 41 year old Garnett Truman Glover, was injured, and unable to perform field sobriety tests. He was able to blow into a breath-alizer, which registered .150.


Mr. Glover was flown to UK Hospital in Lexington for treatment of his injuries, and was cited to court on charges of Driving on a DUI Suspended Operator's License (Aggravated Circumstances), DUI-2nd Offense (Aggravted Circumstances), No Registration Plates, & No Insurance.





Special Deputy Brian King with Casey County Sheriff's Office stopped at 2021 Ford Ranger pickup, for speeding, just after 11:30pm Sunday Night, about six miles North of Liberty on US 127. He suspected the driver, 20 year old Logan Wade Ponder, of Liberty, was impaired, and called Deputy Geoffrey Brown to conduct a field sobriety test. 


According to the arrest citation, Ponder's speech was slurred. He failed the field test and was transported to the Casey County Hospital where he refused a blood test. Ponder was then taken to the Casey County Jail on charges of DUI.


A search at the Jail resulted in the discovery of plastic baggies and illegal drugs.  Other charges added at that time include Trafficking Controlled Substance-1st Degree (drug unspecified), Trafficking Heroin, & Promoting Contraband-1st Degree.





  • Rodney D Johnson, 36 of Liberty, arrested Officer Vance Davis with Casey Co SO for possession of meth 1st degree, possession of marijuana, & failure to appear.
  • Dustin K Luttrell, 33 of Liberty, arrested by Officer Vance Davis with Casey Co SO for theft by deception – cold checks under $10,000, criminal possession of a forged instrument 2nd degree, persistent felony offender I & II, improper signal, license plate not legible, no registration plate/receipt, no insurance, possession of meth 1st degree/2nd offense, drug paraphernalia, DUI, possession of firearm by convicted felon, fleeing/evading police 2nd degree – on foot, resisting arrest, trafficking in meth over 2 grams 1st degree, & tampering with physical evidence.
  • Leeann Brock, 47 of Liberty, was arrested for no registration plates, no insurance, drug paraphernalia, possession of meth 1st degree, & DUI.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.


  • Gary D Huff, 54 of Somerset, arrested by Officer Harrison with Pulaski Co SO for possession of meth 1st degree.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.


  • William B Tompkins, 29, was arrested by Lebanon PD for improper signal, careless driving, no insurance, possession of handgun by convicted felon, drug paraphernalia, & trafficking meth over 2 grams 1st degree.

Lodged in the Marion County Jail.


All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.





Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports the arrest of 2 individuals after the discovery of a abandoned UHaul Truck in a field off Hwy 1611 on Thursday morning 6/3/2021. 


Sheriff Polston reports that a Go Cart- a Red Honda 4 wheeler and a Husky Generator  was reported stolen from a residence in Eli from Royce Roy Road. At the Scene on Hwy 1611 Landowners, Sheriff Polston and  Deputies recovered  a U Haul Truck,a Husky Generator, and a Stolen Silver Dollar. The generator was later identified as being stolen from Royce Roy Road.  The Go Cart and 4 wheeler was taken out of  town that night to Campbellsville and then transported out of state. 3 Vehicles which were involved in the thefts was towed out of Eli at the scene.


Two  individuals was later arrested, one that evening was served with outstanding warrants and possession of Methamphetamine by Deputy Nathan Bradshaw. Both suspects were served warrants on Friday for the Burglary, as the investigation continued.


James Davis from the Webb’s Cross Roads area and Thomas Blackburn from the Eli Community was both arrested and Charged with, Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking under $10,000 and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.


More arrest are forthcoming locally and across State Lines. 


Sheriff Polston and Deputy Nathan Ginn are heading the investigation and we’re assisted by Chief Deputy Jerry Melton and other Deputies from the Sheriffs Office. Law Enforcement Officers from the state which the 4 wheeler and Go cart have been taken were notified and are working with Local Officials as well.


Sheriff Polston reminds Russell County Citizens that if you see something suspicious and out of the ordinary to report it to local dispatch at 2703436600. Your call can help catch individuals involved in Drug and Theft Activities. The Drug/Wanted persons tip line is 2703438116. All callers will Remain anonymous. 





Food Stock 2021 invaded Somerset over the weekend, hosted by the City of Somerset, and Horse Soldier Bourbon.


Jeff Henderson has the story...






The Summer Food Service Program is a way to make sure kids don't go hungry during their break from school.


Here's Casey County Schools Superintendent, Marion Sowders...






Casey County Fiscal Court met in a special session Friday morning to address the growing problem of a lack of personnel at the 911 Dispatch Center. Casey County Judge Executive, Randy Dial...



The Court agreed that the best option would be to enter into an agreement with Lincoln & Garrard County for emergency dispatch service.

Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle gave his opnion...



Liberty's Chief of Police, Steven Garrett agreed...


Judge Dial also pointed out that if the agreement doesn't work out, we can withdraw from it...


The Court voted to enter into the Inter-Local Agreement with Lincoln & Garrard County, into Bluegrass 911.

The next regular meeting of the Casey County Fiscal Court is scheduled for Monday, June 7th.






The Casey County Board of Education is seeking nominations for a minority parent to help select our next Superintendent.


Here's current Superintendent, Marion Sowders...



The deadline for submitting nominations is this Thursday at the Board's Central Office on N. 127.





There will be a Special Called meeting of the Liberty Tourism & Convention Commission this Thursday, May 27th at City Hall at 5 PM.


The only item on the agenda will be Liberty's 4th of July Celebration. 


The meeting is open to the public.





The Pulaski County Fiscal Court met in regular session this week.


Jeff Henderson covered the meeting...






The Somerset City Council met in regular session Monday.


Jeff Henderson has the story...






  • AUSTIN B. SMITHER, 25 of Liberty:  3 Counts each of Assault-3rd Degree; & Persistent Felony Offender-2nd Degree.
  • TERESA ANN DANIEL, 31 of Russell Springs:  Possession of Unspecified  Controlled Substance-1st Degree/3rd Offense; Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/3rd Offense; & Possession of Marijuana & Drug Parapheranlia.
  • TRACY W. GLASS, 48 of Liberty:  Terroristic Threatening-3rd Degree; Resisting Arrest, & Menacing.
  • JORDAN KYLE LUTTRELL, 27 of Dunnville:  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, & Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree.
  • LARRY R. HOGUE, JR., 36 of Liberty:  Driving on a Suspended/Revoked OL, No Insurance, Expired Registration Plates, No Registration Receipt, Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/3rd Offense, & Possession of Marijuana & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • DOUGLAS LYNN FOSTER, 38 of Russell Springs:  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/3rd Offense.
  • JACOB RING, 26 of Liberty:  Fleeing/Evading Police-2nd Degree, & Assault-3rd Degree.
  • CHRISTOPHER WADE RICHARDSON, 50 of Liberty:  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/2nd Offense, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Driving on Suspended/Revoked OL, & Disregarding Stop Sign.
  • JAYLAN SCOTT WADDLE, 25 of Liberty:  No Insurance, No Tail Lamps, Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, Receiving Stolen Property (over $500), Fleeing/Evading Police-1st Degree, Disregarding Stop Sign, Driving on Suspended/Revoked OL, Reckless Driving, & Expired Tags.
  • COURTNEY M. BOWEN, 25 of Stanford:  Possession of Unspecified Controlled Substance-1st Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, DUI, License to be In Possession, & Rear License Not Illuminated.
  • JACOB ELMORE, 24 of Liberty:  Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree, Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/2nd Offense, Assault-4th Degree (Domestic Violence), Assault-3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, & Possession of Marijuana, & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • HUNTER LEE STRATTON, 25 of Harrodsburg:  Possession of Unspecified Controlled Substance-1st Degree/3rd Offense, & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • ROBERT L. REED, 30 of Stanford:  Possession of Unspecified Controlled Substance-1st Degree/3rd Offense, & Drug Paraphernalia.
  • DUSTIN K. LUTTRELL, 33 of Liberty:  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree/2nd Offense, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Persistent Felony Offender-2nd Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, DUI, Improper Signal, No Insurance, License Plate Not Legible, Expired Plates, & No Registration Receipt.
  • KALEB R. COMPTON, 30 of Lebanon:  Strangulation-1st Degree, Robbery-2nd Degree, Assault-4th Degree (Domestic Violence), Terroristic Threatening-3rd Degree, & 2 Counts of Persistent Felony Offender-1st Degree.
  • SCOTT CASEY VAUGHT, 45 of Liberty:  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, & Possession of Defaced Firearm.
  • CORA M. CHAPMAN, 36 of Campbellsville:  Possession of Methamphetamine-1st Degree, & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • JOSHUA HOLLAND, 21 of Windsor:  8 Counts of Sexual Abuse-1st Degree (victim under 12).
  • DANIEL ALEXANDER WILKINSON, 25 of Liberty:  Assault-3rd Degree, 2 Counts of Assault-4th Degree, Persistent Felony Offender-2nd Degree, Disorderly Conduct-2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, & Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.


We remind our listeners, an indictment is only a legal accusation, not an indicator of guilt.





  • Gary May, 45 of Liberty, was arrested by Trooper Begley with KSP for failure to wear seat belts, careless driving, communication device violation 1st offense, failure to produce insurance card., trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in meth over 2 grams 1st degree/1st offense, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, & possession of drug unspecified 1st degree/1st offense.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.


  • Dustin L Tucket, 32 of Somerset, was arrested for possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense, drug paraphernalia, & failure to appear.
  • Michael G Coy Jr., 42 of Waynesburg, was arrested for possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense & 2 counts failure to appear.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.


  • Jerry M Gullett, 46, was arrested for possession of controlled substance 1st offense, drug paraphernalia, & contempt of court.
  • Vince D Peyton, 55, was arrested by Deputy Abbott with the Boyle Co SO for improper signal, operating on suspended/revoked OL, 2 counts possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense, drug paraphernalia, no OL, probation violation, & failure to appear.
  • Tyson T Perrin, 24, was arrested by Officer Rakes with the Danville PD for receiving stolen property under $500 & under $10,000, trafficking in cocaine 1st degree/1st offense, criminal mischief 2nd degree, & obscuring the identity of a machine over $500.

Lodged in the Boyle County Jail.


All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.



Transition of Driver Licensing Services from Circuit Court Clerks to Transportation Cabinet Nearing in Eight Counties


FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 18, 2021) – A new era of driver licensing services, offering an array of options and conveniences for obtaining or renewing driver’s licenses and state identification cards, will soon begin in eight more Kentucky counties this month.


The traditional trip to the local Office of Circuit Court Clerk is being replaced in those counties with a visit to a secure, specialized Driver Licensing Regional Office operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).


“To make a better Kentucky, we have to strive for constant improvement in our public services and the manner in which they’re delivered,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “The transition to licensing through a network of Driver Licensing Regional Offices, with modern services and more choices for cardholders, takes this essential service to the next level.”


Making the transition this month will be Caldwell, Casey, Green, Hardin, Menifee, Metcalfe, McCreary and Webster counties. The Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each of those counties will cease nearly all in-person driver licensing services on Monday, May 24.


The lone exception is that the circuit court clerk in each county will continue the temporary processing of remotely submitted applications for renewal or replacement of standard-issue licenses and IDs until June 30, 2021. That was an emergency measure to limit person-to-person contact and safeguard public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The remote renewal option – by mail or by leaving applications in drop boxes – is not available to anyone whose name or address has changed or who requires testing by the Kentucky State Police. Get more information at | COVID-19 Driver Licensing Changes and Updates.


Twelve counties to date have already transferred services to regional offices: Adair, Breathitt, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hopkins, Madison, McCracken, Pulaski, Rowan, Russell and Woodford. The phased county-by-county transition will be complete by June 30, 2022.


“Licensing is our only business at the regional offices so we can focus on providing a consistent and positive experience across our network of application sites,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. “Our offices also offer a more secure issuance process and upgraded card security features to curb fraud.”


Residents of counties making the transition may renew or apply for a REAL ID or new standard card version of driver licenses, permits, commercial driver licenses (CDLs) and ID cards at any KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Office.


Regional offices – the only places to get a REAL ID – are operating in Paducah, Madisonville, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Louisville/Hurstbourne, Burlington, Frankfort, Lexington, Richmond, Morehead, Prestonsburg, Catlettsburg, Somerset, Columbia and Jackson. More offices are expected to open. There also is a temporary, appointment-only office at Louisville/Bowman Field.


All customers are encouraged to make an appointment online at | Regional Offices Map. A limited number of walk-ins will be served due to COVID-19 safety guidelines.


Kentucky State Police will continue to oversee all permit and license testing. Until further notice, testing will continue in current locations for counties making the transition. Hardin County is the only exception as Kentucky State Police written testing has moved to the Elizabethtown Driver Licensing Regional Office location. Appointments for written or road testing can be made online at Once testing is successfully completed, a customer will visit a Driver Licensing Regional Office to apply for the permit or license.





 The Casey County Board of Education met in a special called session Monday evening.


 Chairman of the board Dr. Michael Turner submitted his resignation at the beginning of the meeting.

 The resignation was accepted by the board and vice chairman Vernon Clark assumed the role of acting chairman.


 Board attorney Winter Huff advised that the board has 60 days to appoint a new member. The board voted to advertise the position to fill the remainder of Dr. Turner's term through 2022. This just one week after Superintendent Marion Sowders announced his retirement.


 The board voted to enter into a contract with Tim Eaton of the Kentucky School Board Association to direct them in their search for a new superintendent...



 A screening committee will narrow applications down to seven finalists. The school board will then vote, and hopes to name a new superintendent by August 2nd.





The Casey County Fiscal Court met in regular session Monday.


The Court heard a first reading of a Budget Amendment. Judge Executive, Randy Dial...


That was approved.


Judge Dial also gave a first reading of a budget for Fiscal Year 2022...


The Budget was approved.


The Court voted to hire Todd Lee as Manager at Gateway Park at a salary of $10,000 per year.


Under Road Business, the court voted to approve the Rural Secondary Recommendations, and the County Road Aid Agreement & Resolution.


Under Jail Business, the Judge Dial stated that the Jail is currently about 7 employees short of a full staff and may have to adjust the number of inmates to compensate. The 911 Dispatch Center is also operating short-handed with Director Lakken Allen as the only current full-time employee. Both the Jail and the Dispatch Center are currently seeking employees.


Sheriff Chad Weddle presented the monthly activity report for April...



The next regular meeting of the Fiscal Court is scheduled for June 7th, however, Judge Dial noted there could be a special called meeting before then if they receive more information concerning ARCA funds.





  • Michael W Cochran, 43 of Liberty, was arrested for probation violation, failure to appear, possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense, & drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Casey County Jail.


  • Edward J Martin, 34 of Pine Knot, was arrested for trafficking in meth over 2 grams 1st degree/1st offense.
  • Richard E Jackson, 47 of Somerset, was arrested for possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense & drug paraphernalia.

Lodged in the Pulaski County Jail.


  • Trevante Garris, 27 of Jamestown, was arrested by Jamestown PD for trafficking in marijuana 1st offense, disorderly conduct 2nd degree, resisting arrest, & probation violation.

Lodged in the Russell County Jail.


  • Anna M Philp, 54, was arrested by Washington Co SO for no brake lights, fleeing/evading police 2nd degree – motor vehicle, wanton endangerment 2nd degree – police officer, resisting arrest, possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle, possession of synthetic drugs, & possession of meth 1st degree/1st offense.

Lodged in the Marion County Jail.


All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.