Friday, March 6, 2015

2nd Region Boys Basketball Rescheduled

In order to avoid conflicts with high school girls' basketball tournaments scheduled for next week, the Second Region Boys Tournament at Morganfield has rescheduled its games to start on Sunday. Here are the new dates and times:

at Morganfield - Union County High school
  • Sunday 2:00 PM Hopkinsville vs. Caldwell County
  • Sunday 4:00 PM Trigg County vs. University Heights
  • Monday 6:00 PM Henderson County vs. Crittenden County
  • Monday 7:45 PM Madisonville vs. Webster County
  • Tuesday 6:00 PM Hopkinsville/Caldwell winner vs. Henderson/Crittenden winner
  • Tuesday 7:45 PM Trigg/University Heights winner vs. Madisonville/Webster winner
  • Thursday 7:00 PM 2nd Region Championship Game

Alumni Basketball Game Postponed

Due to a conflict with the Girls 2nd Region Basketball tournament, the previously scheduled Men's Rocket Alumni Basketball Game has been postponed until Sunday, March 15. Game time will remain the same.

No Upward Basketball on Saturday

Upward Basketball, sponsored by Marion Baptist Church, has cancelled all games for Saturday, March 7.

There will be a picture makeup period from 6-8pm Monday. This will be the last chance to have your Upward individual photos made.

Youth sports assessments POSTPONED

UPDATE: Due to a conflict with Sunday's 2nd Region Basketball Championship at Rocket Arena, the Dugout Club will have to postpone Sunday's scheduled Assessment Day until 9am to 11am Saturday, March 14 at Crittenden Middle School. Registration deadline has also been extended until Saturday, March 14.

Only certain players are required to attend the skills assessment event. See the registration form for complete details (click here).

If your child is not required to come to assessments, or if you cannot be there for other reasons, mail your completed form and registration fee to PO Box 5. Forms may also be returned to The Crittenden Press.

New this year is kickball for boys and girls age 4-5. See registration form for details.

For more, visit the Dugout Club on Facebook

Area death: Funeral service change

Due to Wednesday's winter storm, funeral services for Zelda Belle McDowell, 59, of Marion, have been altered. Services were originally scheduled for today, but have now been moved to Sunday. Visitation will now begin at 10 a.m. at Myers Funeral Home in Marion and run until the funeral hour at noon. Burial will follow in Crowell Cemetery.

Murray plant to create 75 new jobs in region

Gov. Steve Beshear today joined company and local officials to celebrate the opening of a German automotive supplier in Murray.

The company, iwis (pronounced ee-vis and written in lowercase), will create 75 new, full-time jobs and invest more than $12.5 million in the Commonwealth.

“We are very excited to celebrate iwis and the opening of its first U.S. facility,” said Gov. Beshear. “The fact that world-class companies continue to choose Kentucky as the destination for their global operations speaks volumes for the pro-business climate and workforce quality we have to offer. There’s no doubt that iwis will do big things in Kentucky for years to come.”

The 119,000-square-foot facility, located off U.S. 641 North in Murray, will manufacture timing drive systems for engines. The start of production at the new iwis plant is planned for this summer.

The company is Kentucky’s most recent addition to an already dynamic and vibrant automotive industry, comprised of more than 460 motor-vehicle related establishments. Those facilities, which include Par 4 Plastics, Tyler Manufacturing Co. and Harminie Enterprises in Marion, employ 85,000 people across the state.

The location of iwis also adds to Kentucky’s success in attracting foreign direct investment. Kentucky is home to more than 430 internationally based companies, including Siemens in Marion.

Second Region Games Delayed Until Weekend

The Second Region Girls Basketball Tournament scheduled for tonight at Rocket Arena has been postponed. The tournament will be played over the weekend at Rocket Arena.

Here is the schedule for Saturday and Sunday:

Saturday, March 7 Games
Hopkins Central vs. Webster, noon
Madisonville vs. Henderson, 2pm
Sunday, March 8 Game
Championship 2pm

Postal service asks for clear path to mailbox

The U.S. Postal Service is asking customers in the wake of Wednesday's winter storm to keep the area around their mailbox clear of snow and ice.

"Winter storms and along with them the cold, snow and icy conditions can make delivery of your mail very challenging for letter carriers and your post office," read a news release from the agency.

USPS reports they will do their best to deliver to all address, but at the same must insure the safety of carriers along their routes. Therefore, residential and business customers are asked to clear their mailbox area of snow, sleet, slush, ice and debris, including clearing nearby sidewalks, steps and porches.

"We’re asking that customers take caution themselves as they clear a path for their letter carrier," the release continued.

Letter carriers are being instructed to not deliver to mailboxes and locations which are too hazardous or unsafe to access.

Mishaps still plaguing interstates

The last of a series of stalled tractor-trailers on Interstate 65 in Hart Count were removed overnight, but efforts to keep the roadway open through the snow have been complicated by recurring mishaps and new blockages.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) crews in most highway districts worked late into Thursday night or through the night to keep major state routes passable through some record snowfalls made worse by record low temperatures.

“Our road crews have been working in very difficult circumstances, contending not only with extreme weather but also with repeated highway crashes that lead to new traffic backups,” KyTC Secretary Mike Hancock said.

Interstates 65 and 24 were especially problematic Thursday, and those problems have continued today. At this hour, two tractor-trailers are stuck on the ramp of I-24 Exit 86 – the exit to U.S. 41A, south of Hopkinsville.

On I-65 south of Elizabethtown, stranded tractor-trailers that blocked the roadway in Hart County on Wednesday were finally cleared, but new incidents blocked the interstate in other locations overnight.

A northbound truck crashed near Exit 65 at Munfordville but was eventually removed. A crash on the southbound side, just south of the interchange, had traffic blocked in the left lane and backed up for nine miles before being cleared this morning. In that mishap, a tractor-trailer jumped a barrier wall.

Motorists who travel today should slow down. The rash of crashes overnight underscore the importance of adjusting one’s speed to road surface conditions.

With temperatures below zero across the Commonwealth, the focus will be on plowing with limited chemical treatment until there is some warming.

Will the show go on?

David Perryman clears
snow from near
Rocket Arena.
Crittenden County school officials continue to assess the situation on campus and throughout the area as they prepare to make a decision about whether to play tonight's semifinal round of the Second Region Girls Basketball Tournament at Rocket Arena, or to postpone it until the weekend.

Crews have been working the last two days to clear campus so the tournament can be held as soon as it's safe.

If the tournament is postponed tonight, the semifinal round will probably be played Saturday and the championship game on Sunday.

Other weekend activities such as the Dugout Club's softball and baseball skills assessment and the Alumni Basketball Game could hinge on what happens with the Second Region Girls Basketball Tournament.

Stay tuned to The Press Online for updates about these upcoming events.