Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tucker book-signing Friday in Smithland

Marion author Ethel Tucker will hold a book signing for her book “Tea Time of Life,” in Smithland from 4-6 p.m., Friday at the Livingston County Pubic Library. The book contains recipes and stories from her 96 years in Crittenden County, including a story about a trip she, her siblings and Louis and Jesse Maddux of Livingston County took out West.

Miss Crittenden County crowned tonight

Miss Crittenden County will be crowned tonight at the annual Lions Club Fair Pageant at Fohs Hall. The event kicks off at 7 p.m.

Last night, Miss Teen and Miss Pre-Teen were crowned. Stay tuned for this week's Crittenden Press for all the details from the fair's early-week events.

The Midway starts tonight, too, at the fairgrounds. On the track will be motorcycles and ATVs.

Family night is Wednesday with discounted prices.

Great session for landowners

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Area death

Bobby Lee Williamson, 80, of Marion died July 25, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

David E. Stalions, 86, of Smithland died July 27, 2014, at his home. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

Governor orders flags to half-staff Tuesday

Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday in honor of a Kentucky Marine killed during World War II and whose remains were recently identified.

Marine Pfc. Randolph Allen, of Rush, will be buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in lowering flags in tribute to Pfc. Allen on that day.

According to the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), Allen was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, which landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll, in an attempt to secure the island against stiff Japanese resistance.

Over several days of intense fighting approximately 1,000 Marines were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. As a result of these attacks, Allen was reported killed in action on Nov. 20, 1943.

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries. During World War II, U.S. Navy Combat Engineers, or “SeaBees,” significantly restructured the landscape to convert the island for use by the military. In 1946 when U.S. Army Graves Registration Service personnel attempted to locate all of the battlefield interments, many of the burials could not be located.

In 2013, DPMO confirms a private organization known as History Flight excavated what was believed to be a wartime fighting position on the island of Betio. During this excavation, History Flight recovered five sets of remains, personal effects and military equipment. Four sets of remains were determined to be Japanese service members and the fifth set was believed to be that of a U.S. Marine. Two sets of military identification tags which correlated to Allen were also found in the fighting position.

In the identification of Allen’s remains, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools such as dental and skeletal comparison, which matched Allen’s records.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Area death

William Dale "Bill" Kemper, 66, of Tolu died July 26, 2014, at his home. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Area death

Thelma Marie Phelps, 88, of Princeton died July 24, 2014, at Princeton Health & Rehab Center. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Governor orders flags to half-staff

Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff today in honor of a Kentucky airman who recently died as a result of non-combat related injuries. 
Staff Sgt. Dirk Shelton, 29, of Corbin, died July 16 in Washington D.C., from injuries sustained from a training mission in Fairfax, Va.  He was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command, based at Fort Bragg, N.C. 
Funeral services for Staff Sgt. Shelton will be held today in Corbin.  Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.

Area death

Robert D. "Bob" Brantley, 71, of Douglasville, Ga., formerly of Crittenden County, died July 20, 2014, at his home. Whitley Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home in Douglasville is handing arrangements.

Beshear announces award of Interstate 69 contract in Webster County

Sen. Dorsey Ridley
Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday announced the awarding of a contract for more of the improvements needed for bringing a portion of the Ned Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway up to interstate highway standards and eventual designation as Interstate 69.

The project involves reconstruction of the parkway’s Ky. 56 interchange near Sebree, in Webster County. Dumey Contracting was awarded the contract on a low bid of $10 million. The project has a completion date of Oct. 1, 2015.

“This is another important step toward completion of I-69 in western Kentucky,” Beshear said in a news release. “An additional interstate route means additional opportunity for economic development in western Kentucky and, indeed, throughout the Commonwealth. And the improvements being made in the I-69 corridor will result in safer, more efficient travel through the region.”

The contract to Dumey was the second awarded this year for the I-69 corridor. The first, to Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc., was for improvement of a 36.4-mile stretch of the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway in Hopkins, Webster and Henderson counties. It has a completion date of August 2015.

Once complete, I-69 in Kentucky will run north to south from the Ohio River at Henderson to the Tennessee border at Fulton. Completion of the corridor requires improvements to portions of three Kentucky parkways, all of which originally were toll roads – the Breathitt-Pennyrile, Ford-Western Kentucky and Carroll-Purchase parkways.

“I-69 is the most important infrastructure project Western Kentucky has seen in decades,” state Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson said in the release. “It is an integral part of western Kentucky’s future and these improvements will lead to economic benefits for our region and state. I am very pleased to see this project moving forward because of the positive impact that will ensue. Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Steve Beshear, I-69 will be a reality before his term ends.”

“I-69 is extremely important for our region, and this updated interchange will play a key role in that development,” said Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence. “Making it easier for drivers to merge with traffic will also increase the safety for those of us who use this interchange. I’m certainly pleased to see this project move ahead and want to thank Gov. Beshear and the Transportation Cabinet for making it possible.”

To date, 55 miles of the corridor are complete – from roughly Nortonville to the interchange of I-24 and the Carroll-Purchase Parkway near Gilbertsville – and bear the red, white and blue shields of I-69. The first shield was unveiled by Beshear and then-Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez in October 2011.

A major challenge of the I-69 corridor project has been the need to rebuild interchanges that were designed to accommodate drivers who were slowing and stopping at toll plazas – as opposed to merging with or exiting from 70 mph interstate traffic.

Reconstruction of the KY 416 interchange in Henderson County is underway, as is reconstruction of the Pennyrile Parkway-Western Kentucky Parkway interchange, near Nortonville. With the awarding of a contract for a new interchange near Sebree, the only interchange remaining is the Ky. 813 interchange with the Breathitt-Pennyrile near Mortons Gap. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet expects to put it out for bids in January 2015.