Friday, December 19, 2014

Light snow is possible tonight in western Kentucky

Though only a small amount of snow - or maybe none at all - is expected to accumulate tonight in the Western Kentucky region, drivers are warned to use caution while on the roads Saturday morning. Robin Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Paducah, said there is a 30 percent chance of precipitation after 7 tonight and before 7 Saturday morning, which could result in less than an inch of snow accumulation.

For more, visit The Paducah Sun online.

Ky. 855 in Caldwell Springs area closed Tuesday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of Ky. 855 in Crittenden County on Tuesday.

The closure on Ky. 855 at mile-point 1.4 in southern Crittenden County is to allow a cross drain to be replaced. This is along Ky. 855 between Caldwell Springs Road and Main Lake Road.

The roadway at this site is expected to close at 8 a.m. Tuesday. It is expected to reopen to traffic by about 1 p.m.

Motorists who regularly travel this section of Ky. 855 should make advance alternate travel plans.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Area death

Doris Ann Marvel, 77, of Marion died Dec. 16, 2014, at Crittenden Health Systems in Marion. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Merry Christmas from Brown's!

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County Christmas dinner Friday; courthouse closed

Crittenden County Courthouse will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. Friday so that the county may host its annual Christmas dinner. Courthouse offices will reopen to the public after the meal.

The newspaper incorrectly reported that the meal was today.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fall forest fire hazard season ends

The fall forest fire hazard season officially ended Monday, but officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry continue to urge caution when conducting any kind of outdoor burning.

“Kentucky’s forests have weathered serious storms over the past few years and the increase in dead and fallen trees are of particular concern for fire suppression efforts,” Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry, said in a news release. “We were fortunate to receive timely precipitation this fall, which kept the fire dangers low.”

Since Jan. 1 of this year, 1,399 fires have burned 40,251 acres across the state. While arson continues to be the leading cause of wildfires in Kentucky, many regions of the state showed an increase in debris fires.

Forestry officials reported these numbers as causes for this year’s wildfires: 900 arson fires, 305 debris fires and 194 fires due to lightning, faulty equipment and other causes. The increase in debris fires is likely due to the accumulation of dead trees and limbs from storm damage.

The danger of setting fire to debris piles and fence rows is often underestimated and the potential for these fires to spread to the woods is much higher than in years past due to the condition of our woods.

For more information about fire hazard seasons, outdoor burning laws and safe debris burning practices, contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry at (800) 866-0555 or visit the division’s website at

Citizens should also check with the Kentucky Division for Air Quality, the Kentucky Division of Waste Management and local agencies to ensure that you are obeying all outdoor burning laws.

What's News This Week in Marion!

Here are some newsworthy items in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.
Percy Cook
  • Percy Cook's legacy as a public servant.
  • Nativities and more for the holidays.
  • New digs for dispatching unit.
  • Children's play at Fohs big hit.
  • Debate on alcohol continues.
  • Inmate finds $1,200 cash!
  • Chris Winders leads ARC welders.
  • Landon Young makes news in FFA and on court.
  • Rockets remain undefeated.
  • See why Reid Baker, Cole Foster and Brayden McKinney were honored.
  • Rocket Role Models announced. Is your student there?
  • Letters to Santa! They're adorable.
The Press will be on newsstands this afternoon. It will be the final edition of 2014. There will be no printed edition on Christmas day.


Officials: Wild mountain lion population not concerning

In the wake of the shooting of a mountain lion in Bourbon County, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officials believe this to be an isolated incident and said Kentuckians should not be scared there are more mountain lions in the state. KDFW Spokesman Mike Marraccini said there is not a resident population of mountain lions in Kentucky.

Marraccini said Kentucky's mountain lion population became extinct around the late 1700s, and he does not believe there is any concern of a wild population in the area.

"We just went through a deer season," he said. "There are thousands of trail cameras out there hunters are using to scout for deers. If there was a free-range population in Kentucky they would show up on those cameras."

He said it is illegal to own mountain lions in captivity in Kentucky.

For more on the story, visit the Winchester Sun online.

Deadline closes in for changing political party registration

If you’re a registered voter in Kentucky and you want to change your party affiliation before the 2015 elections, you must do so before the end of this year.

The regular voter registration deadline is April 20, but years ago, the legislature established Dec. 31 of the year prior to the election as the date for voters to decide which party’s primary they want to vote in on the primary day, which next year is May 19.

Voters should complete their registration cards at Crittenden County Clerk Carolyn Byford's office no later than noon on New Year's Eve.

Light wintry mix expected tonight

According to The National Weather Service at Paducah, light snow, sleet and freezing rain are likely in some areas of western Kentucky tonight, including Crittenden County.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews have been out in force pretreating roads for the forecast wintry precipitation.

A weather bulletin from NWS reads, "A weak upper level disturbance will lift northeast into the mid-Mississippi River Valley later tonight. This will likely create light wintry precipitation as it moves over a cold dome of high pressure near the surface. Mainly light snow is expected to occur north of a Marble Hill, Mo., to Vienna, Ill., to Greenville, Ky., line (which includes most of Crittenden County). A light wintry mix and even some light freezing rain will be likely south of that line. Travel should not be impacted, mainly due to the relative warm pavement temperatures and air temperatures nearing the freezing mark. The precipitation will taper off in most locations after sunrise Thursday."