Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Area death

Audrey R. LaBuda, 82, of Marion died Monday. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements. 

Quilt Show Friday in Marion

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What's news this week in Crittenden County...

Lady Rockets gear up for state softball
A Marion man is being held at the Crittenden County Detention Center on $100,000 cash bond, charged with first-degree rape of a 13-year old female. Marion Police Department is investigating the alleged crime. Officer George Foster filed the complaint and arrested Donald James Morris, 33, on Monday at a residence on Cherry Street.

For more on this top story and the following headlines, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • EMS bleeding red ink
  • Settlement would lessen KU increase
  • Crittenden native taking his operatic voice to new levels by blending in rock
  • Quilters welcomed to county
  • Suspected burglar nabbed
  • Community mourns Perryman family’s loss
  • Revolving loan fund economic starter for 30 years
  • GUEST OPINION: Investment in our students, schools is investment in our community
  • County prepares for budget; jail staying full
  • No public pool this summer, but facility open to members
  • NRSC tax possible if county balks
  • Middle-schoolers bring prom to local seniors
  • DEFEW'S VIEWS: Making bed installs sense of pride
  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Baker great fit for Kentucky basketball
  • SPORTS: Summer youth baseball, softball league page returns
  • SPORTS: Girls gear up for state tournament
  • SPORTS: Beating Lyon key win for Lady Rockets
  • SPORTS: Rockets on roll, win three of last five

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Area death

Linda "Jo" Nelson, 72, of Marion died Tuesday at Continue Care in Paducah. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Educational opportunities in Marion

Crittenden County Elementary School students got a tour of downtown Marion this morning, complete with a close up look at fire trucks, police cars, the post office and banks.

Many of the students got a big kick out of the flashing lights on the cruiser and the water pumped out of the fire truck.

Pictured her is Deputy Ray Agent addressing students on the courthouse lawn.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Area death

Billy G. Vinson, 82, of Marion died Friday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Webster County escapee sought by KSP

Kentucky State Police are requesting the assistance of the public in locating an inmate that escaped custody in Webster County and is now on the run.

At or around 11:45 a.m., Monday, Jack Wayne Phillips, 61, walked off from a work release detail at the Webster County Animal Shelter.

Phillips was last seen wearing a long sleeve orange shirt and khaki pants.

Phillips is a Class D felon inmate who was currently serving time in the Webster County Detention Facility for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Heroin)-1st Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Drug Paraphernalia and traffic offenses out of Grant County.  He also has several other drug related convictions and traffic offenses out of Mason County.

Phillips is described as a white male about six feet tall and 140 pounds. He has gray hair, blue eyes and fair skin.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of this escaped inmate, please contact Kentucky State Police Post 2 at 270-676-3313 or call 911. Callers may remain anonymous.

Marathon week lined up for Lady Rockets

Young players like 8th grader Chandler Moss are making
the Lady Rockets go this season. Moss is a third baseman
and is shown here coming in to cover a possible bunt.
It's a marathon week for the Lady Rocket softball team starting with today's showdown at Marion against 38th-ranked Webster County.

The 14-3 Lady Rockets are ranked 37th themselves, but will be fully tested with three district games this week before they play for the first time ever in the All A Classic State Tournament this weekend at Owensboro. For a complete state tournament pool play schedule, click here. The girls will open pool play on Saturday and the single-elimination tournament is Sunday for the top teams from pool play.

Before heading to Owensboro, however, the girls play at Lyon County Tuesday, at Trigg County Wednesday and host Livingston Central Thursday for three Fifth District games in a row.

See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for complete coverage of this week's games and state tournament preview.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Football interest too low right now at high school

Livingston County doesn’t have enough interest to begin football at the high school or middle school levels at this time, but chances are that a little league program will be developed.

When registration for football was held recently, the school district found that interest among younger boys warrants further exploration, but school officials said in a statement released last week that registration was too low to start it at the higher levels.

Numbers in the third and fourth grade exceeded the minimum requirement to field a team. All other grade levels except those in their junior year of high school failed to reach the mark.

Fifth and sixth graders needed to reach a combined number of 18 students, but had 17 sign up. The middle school needed 30 students but after registration was held, the mark was short by half.
Interest at the high school level was even lower.

Typically, participation at the varsity level would not happen for a minimum of two seasons, or the third year of a new football program, school officials said. For that reason no benchmark was set for the 11th and 12th grade.

For the varsity program to become viable in the future, local interest for the middle school program needs to be higher than demonstrated by the recent registration.

School officials said that at this time, the football sign-ups did not provide sufficient student athletes or booster parents to support football programs at the middle and high school levels.
More than 20 showed interest in the lower elementary grades. School officials said there are enough parents willing to volunteer to create a little league booster club.

Based on the results, the school district said it would not be sponsoring a football program in the 2017-18 school year. If the community wants a program at the middle and high school level, it would need to provide a feeder program at the little league level, officials said.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tree closes street, damages property

Property was damaged and Old Shady Grove Road at Country Lane was closed Friday after this monster red oak fell across the street.

If you look closely, there is a backhoe behind the tree.

The photo illustrates how large the trunk was on this big oak.

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