Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Pumpkin Festival, Chamber awards this weekend

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Marion and Crittenden County will usher in fall with the annual Pumpkin Festival this weekend.

Scheduled for Saturday around the court square, the event will feature common festivities including vendors, live music and a car show. A couple events are cancelled this year due to concerns over COVID-19.

At noon, the Chamber will announce the recipients of its annual awards, including Person of the Year, Unsung Hero and Community Service Award. 

A corn hole tournament, 5K and demonstrations for kids by the Marion Fire Department are among the events offered.



County reports new COVID cases today

UPDATED 5:30pm with a second case today

Crittenden County has reported two new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the county total to 123 since the pandemic began.

These make five cases reported here in the past seven days. For a more detailed analysis of recent cases and where Crittenden stands on the state's color-coded incidence map, see this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press, on newsstands or online Wednesday afternoon. 

The latest cases are both females, ages 51 and 77. Both are isolated at home.

Drive-through COVID testing this morning in Marion

Free drive-through COVID-19 testing will be administered this morning at the Crittenden County Health Department off Industrial Drive in Marion.

The testing will be available from 8am until 11am. No appointment is required.

Testing will be available in Lyon County from 12:30pm until 3pm at the health department. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Car show Saturday during pumpkin festival

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A car show during the Pumpkin Festival in Marion Saturday will be hosted by First United Bank.

Registration begins at 9 a.m.

There will be trophies for best of show, best truck and best car in three separate divisions.

The car show will be held at Marion Baptist Church, one block off Main Street.



Hurricane Camp Revival this weekend

Hurricane Camp Meeting near Tolu is hosting an abbreviated Camp Meeting Revival this coming weekend, Sept. 25-27. 

Evening services are at 7 p.m., and Sunday’s is at 11 a.m. 

The traditional revival and youth camp were canceled in June due to COVID-19.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Plans being considered for new high school

In Case You Missed This Article in last week's full edition of The Press...

Solving overcrowding within the Crittenden County School District starts with a new high school. That was the consensus by members of the Local Planning Committee (LPC) as part of a state-mandated four-year facilities plan.

The LPC heard detailed facility needs and an explanation of the district’s bonding capacity during a recent meeting. The 16-member LPC consists of parents, teachers and community members.

A new high school is one building block toward solving overcrowding at Crittenden Elementary and replacing the 70-year-old Crittenden County Middle School, long identified as a top priority in the district.

The LPC’s draft proposal is to demolish CCMS, move fifth through eighth grades to the current high school, which will become the middle school, and construct a 15-classroom high school on the north side of Rocket Arena.

According to a review by RBS Design Group, Crittenden County School District has about $10 million... To Read the Rest Please Subscribe to the Online Full Edition or Grab a Traditional Copy at One of Our Many Newsstands or Vendors around the area. 


Friday, September 18, 2020

One COVID case today, 9th for the past week

Crittenden County’s COVID-19 numbers have slowed this week, but another was announced today, brining the county total to 121 cases. 

The person diagnosed and reported this afternoon is a 67-year-old male who is at home recovering.

The pandemic has affected women slightly greater than men if you look at the number of confirmed cases here. So far, 68 of the cases have been females.

After 28 confirmed cases the previous week, there have been just nine in the last seven days.

Rescue Squad sending donation letters, cancels photos

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The Crittenden County Rescue Squad is foregoing its family portrait fundraiser this year due to concerns over COVID-19. Instead, the volunteer agency will be mailing letters requesting donations from local citizens.

The rescue squad relies on donations to operate and officials remind Crittenden Countians that the rescue squad does not receive money from county fire dues. No one will make door-to-door solicitations for donations for the rescue squad, nor will anyone phone you. Instead, letters and self-addressed envelopes are being mailed requesting donations.



City flushing hydrants beginning Sunday night



The City of Marion is alerting residents that it will be flushing hydrants within the city limits Sunday through Wednesday night.

The routine procedure cold affect water pressure late at night, and residents could notice a milky appearance to their water, officials say.



Thursday, September 17, 2020

One new COVID case to report today

 Crittenden County reported one new case of COVID-19 today.

The latest diagnosis brings the county's caseload to 119 since March when records began being kept.

This case is a 42-year-old old female isolated at home.

Meanwhile, the county's rolling seven-day average has dropped to 37.3 after being in the mid 40s last week. The figure is the incidence rate based on a formula the state uses to determine the weekly positivity rate based on cases per 100,000 people. 


Hurricane turns into three-day revival

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The traditional week-long Hurricane Camp Meeting and Hurricane Youth Camp was canceled in June because of COVID-19; however, an abbreviated version is scheduled for Sept. 25-27.

Held in the open-air tabernacle on the grounds of Hurricane Methodist Church near Tolu, the three-day revival will feature three ministers and music each night.

The 132nd annual Hurricane Camp Meeting Revival will begin at 7 nightly and will include an 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Sept. 27.


Byford, longtime clerk, announces early retirement

Longtime Crittenden County Clerk Carolyn Byford has announced that she will retire at the end of this month.

The county will begin an immediate search for a temporary replacement that will serve until the next election.

Byford has been the county clerk for 21 years. She has worked in the clerk’s office for 38 years. Her husband, Danny Byford, preceded her as county clerk.

Byford, 63, in an emotional statement to the fiscal court Thursday morning, told local leaders that health issues were largely the reason for her choosing to retire early. Her term ends in two years.

The county will begin taking applications for the position. Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said a committee will be appointed to review applicants. "All interested and qualified parties should submit a letter of application along with a resume to the Crittenden County Fiscal Court at 107 S. Main St., Ste. 208, Marion, KY 42064 or email to brittany.mardis@crittendencountyky.org. no later than 4:30pm on Thursday, Sept. 24. According to state law, the county judge-executive is responsible for making the appointment to fill the unexpired term of the clerk.

County leaders and residents appointed to the search committee are Judge Newcom, County Attorney Rebecca Johnson, Byford, Magistrate Todd Perryman, Sheriff Wayne Agent, PVA Ronnie Heady, local attorney Wes Hunt and local resident Shawn Stinnett. 

The clerk's salary is set by state law. Starting salary for a new clerk is $77,624.97 plus benefits.