Friday, May 22, 2015

Lady Rockets open region on Memorial Day

Coach Warriner goes over strategy during a recent game.
Crittenden County's Lady Rockets will play in the Second Region Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament at 11 a.m., Monday – on Memorial Day – at Hopkins Central High School.

This is the first time CCHS has ever qualified for the regional tournament.

Following are pairings and tournament schedule:

Crittenden County vs. Henderson County, 11am
Christian County vs. Caldwell County, 1pm

Union County vs. Lyon County, 3pm
Madisonville vs. University Heights, 5pm

Crittenden/Henderson vs Christian/Caldwell, 6pm
Union/Lyon vs. Madisonville/UHA, 8pm

Championship, 6pm

Lions Club hosts car show June 6

Get your motor running and head out on the highway to the Crittenden County Fairgrounds. 

On June 6, Crittenden County Lions Club will present a Top 50 Car Show. The show is open to all makes and models. Organizer Kenny Perry said it doesn’t matter if individuals want to enter a brand new car, a restored car or anything in between. 

Awards will be presented at 5 p.m. Top 50 awards and more than 25 specialty awards will be given away. The entry fee to participate in the show is $20. 

Gates will open at 8 a.m. Parking is $5 for spectators. Those who want to walk to the event can get in free. 

Additionally, a show for kids will begin at 10 a.m. that same day at the fairgrounds. Perry said kids can bring their power wheels or bicycles to enter the junior show.

All proceeds from the event help sponsor Lions Club projects, including the eyeglasses program, youth sports and the county fair. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lady Rockets claim championship

It's a first championship for the Lady Rocket fast-pitch softball team.

Crittenden County, after setting a record for most wins in a season, claimed its first ever Fifth District Tournament title on Tuesday, beating Lyon County 2-1 at Smithland.

Lyon had beaten the Lady Rockets in two previous meetings this season.

Grimes received second recanvass request

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today received a written recanvass request from Richard Heath, a Republican candidate for Agriculture Commissioner. The request seeks a recanvass of all precincts in all Kentucky counties. Unofficial vote totals currently show Heath with a 1,427-vote deficit to his opponent, Ryan Quarles.

Grimes is forwarding the request to all county clerks and reminding them of the recanvass procedures. Her office also sent information and forms for a potential recanvass prior to the election.

“Our office is always available to assist county boards of elections in any way we can,” Grimes said. “Integrity in our elections processes is crucial, and Kentuckians deserve to know that their votes are properly counted and tabulated.”

On Wednesday, the Secretary of State’s office received a statewide recanvass request from James R. Comer and Chris McDaniel, Republican candidates for governor and lieutenant governor.

County boards of elections will convene next Thursday morning to recheck and recanvass the voting machines. Immediately upon completion of the recanvass, the county boards of elections will file their recanvass reports with the Secretary of State.

Ky. pays $195K to defend gay-marriage ban

Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration has paid $195,400 to a private law firm to defend the state’s gay marriage ban after Attorney General Jack Conway refused to do so. Records obtained under the state open records act show the Ashland firm hired by Beshear submitted bills for 1,659 hours through March 31, a month before gay marriage cases from Kentucky and three other states were argued at the U.S. Supreme Court. That means additional bills are certain.

For more, visit The Courier-Journal online.

Workshops at WKCTC to assist in bypassing remedial classes

West Kentucky Community and Technical College can help individuals enhance their reading, writing and mathematics skills with a series of free summer workshops.

WKCTC’s Adult Learning Center will host two sessions of the Maximize Your Academic Potential (MAP) workshop series Mondays through Thursdays beginning June 1 and ending June 24 and again July 13 –30. The daily workshop sessions begin at  8:30 a.m. and run to 12:30 p.m. in the Anderson Technical Building.

“These workshops are designed to not only increase familiarity and skills in reading, writing and math, but also to assist its participants in raising their college course placement scores,” said Samantha Williams, program director for WKCTC Adult Learning Centers. “This will provide students the opportunity to bypass remedial courses, which can help them save time and money as well as graduate faster,” said Williams.

Participants must complete the TABE pretest, a diagnostic test to determine skill levels in reading, writing and math, on or before next Thursday. Individuals must also attend the mandatory orientation to the workshop series from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 1.

“We are hoping students will take advantage of our free summer workshop series,” said Williams. “In the end, the goal of our program is to not only help individuals in raising their COMPASS and/or TABE scores, but also to provide them with the skills to become stronger students overall.”

Space is limited. For more information, contact Samantha Williams at (270) 534-3451 or

Offices closing for Memorial Day

All city, county, state and federal government offices, including Crittenden County Public Library and the University of Kentucky Crittenden County Cooperative Extension Service, will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. All courthouse offices except that of the property valuation administrator will also be closed Saturday.

The downstairs PVA office will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Crittenden Press will be closed Monday; therefore, the advertising deadline for next week’s edition of the newspaper will be at noon Tuesday.

Because of Monday’s postal holiday, delivery of The Early Bird should be expected one day late.

4 Memorial Day services held locally

Gen. Scott Campbell
Four area ceremonies have been scheduled in observance of Memorial Day.

On Saturday, Blackford Veterans’ Memorial Trail will play host to Crittenden County native Brig. Gen. Scott A. Campbell with the Kentucky National Guard. He will be the keynote speaker for the annual event, which begins at 2 p.m.

The next day, in Burna, American Legion Post 217 will host an 8 a.m. service with a continental breakfast to follow. This year’s guest speaker will be Bruce Von Dwingelo. The ceremony will conclude in time for churchgoers to attend Sunday services.

“This is a yearly service and perhaps the last year all the crosses and flags will be displayed for all Livingston County deceased veterans,” said auxiliary president Faye Gibson. “The veterans who died during the past year will be displayed at the front of all the other crosses and flags.  There will be close to 2,300 displayed this year.”

Those attending will once again be able to pick up a poppy to honor veterans.

The traditional American Legion Post 111 observation of Memorial Day will take place Monday at Mapleview Cemetery in Marion. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. with former Army Ranger Denis Hodge featured as the guest speaker. Inclement weather will move the service to Fohs Hall.

Also on Memorial Day, the annual ceremony at Shady Grove Cemetery will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at the Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department barn to follow. The keynote speaker will be 5th Judicial Circuit Family Court Judge Brandi Rogers. Music will be provided by Becky Zahrte with "Taps" played by Mason Haire.

End-of-year school events start today

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Congratulate your graduate