Wednesday, May 24, 2017


A story in this week's print edition of The Crittenden Press on the City of Marion's new budget contains an error. Councilwoman Phyllis Sykes moved to strike money from the budget to the county food bank but keep the allocation to the senior citizens center's home-delivered meal program. Ultimately, the council voted to fund both programs in next year's budget at the current levels.

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

This week: Our special graduation edition!

The City of Marion’s budget for the coming fiscal year will retain funding for  the county’s hungry and senior citizens, but it cuts out all help to a group aimed at curbing the community’s substance abuse problem and slashes it’s contribution to a namesake downtown revitalization organization. It also denies city employees a raise for the second consecutive year and leaves the fire, police and street departments wanting. In short, times are lean for city government. City Administrator Adam Ledford puts it another way.

For the full story, and much, much more this week, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press. This edition includes the following headlines:
  • Masons lose lodge, history to fire
  • County considering weight limit for roads
  • Several short county roads to get asphalt
  • Local soldier’s name added to ‘peace’ memorial
  • City-county brush dump re-opens around clock
  • Marion-Crittenden County Airport reports growth; county approves $3,500 in budget
  • Native authors crime novel set in post-war Crittenden
  • 1st stop for recycling trailer Friday in Tolu
  • Feeding program gives kids free lunch
  • School tax vote set for next Thursday
  • EDITORIAL: Memorial Day’s true spirit for honoring only service deaths
  • PASTOR'S PEN: Let your watchword be ‘heritage,’ not ‘hate’
  • MEMORIAL DAY: Letters home tell soldiers’ tales of war
  • MEMORIAL DAY: 4 local services scheduled
  • MEMORIAL DAY: County's fallen heroes remembered
  • SPORTS: Softball girls bested by Lyon in 5th title tilt
  • SPORTS: Rockets surprise 5th District with upset of No. 1 seed; but fall to Livingston
  • SPORTS: Athletes not excited by state meet times
  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Redshirt year options under NCAA consideration
  • Chess ends at nationals

School's Out! supplement
  • District cafeteria staff close out record year
  • 135 years exits with six retirees
  • Hunt, West earn 2017 Lacy Awards
  • Tons of graduation candids
  • Photos of all 82 graduates
  • Senior Salutes from loved ones to graduates
  • Wheeler, Smith Craft bright future
  • Grads certified for next step in life
  • Valedictory, salutatory addresses
  • Scholarships awarded to 2017 seniors
  • Junior high achievements recognized
  • Vocational studies, skills recognized
  • 41 students earn academic awards

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Double trouble for diamond clubs

Crittenden County High School's baseball and softball teams were disappointed in their respective championship games in the Fifth District Tournament Tuesday at Cadiz.

The boys lost to Livingston Central by three and the girls lost by two to Lyon.

See details in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.

Area death

Ina Marie Conditt, 84 of Marion, died Monday. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Baseball, softball Rockets advance to regional

Crittenden County High School's baseball and softball teams each won in the opening round of their respective Fifth District Tournaments Monday at Trigg County.

The Rocket baseball team upset top-seeded Lyon County 4-3 behind a stellar pitching performance from senior Shelby Robinson. The win propels CCHS into Tuesday night's 6pm championship game at Trigg and also guarantees the boys a spot in the Second Region Tournament starting next Monday at Marion. It is the first time Crittenden County has ever hosted a regional baseball tournament at Marion-Crittenden County Park.

The top-seeded Lady Rockets were on mark Monday, beating Livingston Central 16-0. The girls play in Tuesday's 6pm Fifth District championship game and have also punched their ticket for the Second Region Tournament next week at Christian County.

Area death

Virginia E. Fralick, 84, of Marion died Monday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

County's wheat crop down from record high

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Crittenden County farmers had a tough season for growing winter wheat. Still, their yield should be above the five-year average, yet considerably lower than last year's record harvest.

"The price was down and several producers drastically reduced the amount they planted or didn't plant any at all," said Crittenden County Extension Service Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Dee Brasher. "The wheat that we have planted has faced some weather extremes. The wheat has some yield issues because of the freeze damage, and it is suspected that the stems could be weakened and cause the wheat to fall over or lodge before it is harvested."

For more on this topic see the May 18 printed edition of The Crittenden Press

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Lucas leads CCHS at state meet

Results are in from Saturday's KHSAA State Track and Field Championship Meet. Aaron Lucas had the best individual finish for CCHS taking 8th place in the 1600 meters. 

The boys'  3200 meter relay team comprised of Lucas, Gavin Davidson, Sawyer Towery and Will Tolley finished with a 9th place showing. 

In her first appearance in state competition, eighth-grader Kate Keller took 17th in the 1600 meters and 18th in the 3200 meters. See this week's edition of The Press for full results.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Stephens, Holeman lead tonight's graduates

The last graduating class of high school students predominantly born in the 1900s will receive their diplomas tonight, and leading the seniors in honors will be two teens with aspirations of healing the sick.

Eighty-two seniors at Crittenden County High School are set to graduate this evening with commencement ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m. at Rocket Arena.

Bobby Glen Stephens, 17, earned valedictorian honors for CCHS Class of 2017, and Bristen Nikole Holeman, 18, finished second academically as salutatorian. They will each address their classmates and those in the stands at commencement.

"Being valedictorian is a great accomplishment, but I never made the grades just to be valedictorian," said the son of Rob and Sandra Stephens. "I always gave my best, and I knew that if I didn’t I would regret not doing my best work. That’s why I made good grades, because I wanted to be proud of myself. Valedictorian is icing on the cake."

Stephens has a goal of owning a pharmacy and raising his family close to home. He will start to work on that dream this fall at Murray State University, where he will be majoring in pre-pharmacy biology. Science was his favorite subject in school.

Stephens wants to be dispensing medications, and Holeman wants to be the one prescribing them.

The daughter of Jason and Jessica Champion, this year's salutatorian hopes to balance a career in women’s health with a large family of her own.

"I plan to open a practice that will be fully based on women's health," said Holeman, who wants to have her own practice in Music City. "It will include the ultrasound, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics and dietetics for women and their children. As of now, I want to live in Nashville, Tenn. I plan to have six children and a very, very successful and loving family."

She also plans to attend Murray State University, majoring in biology/pre-med.

See more of this article in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.

Cave In Rock Ferry closed 3 hours Saturday

The Cave In Rock Ferry on the Ohio River between Crittenden County, Ky., and Hardin County, Ill., will be closed Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., according to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd. A previous post on this website was incorrect.

The closure is to allow crews to attend the funeral of Shirley Lewis, 74, who co-owned and operated the ferry service with her husband Lonnie. She died Tuesday.

Annual MHS reunion July 1

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Extended Cutoff Road closure expected

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans an extended closure on Ky. 937/Cutoff Road in Livingston County starting Monday.

Ky. 937/Cutoff Road will be closed at mile-point 0.874 to allow construction of a new bridge over Lee Creek. The new Lee Creek Bridge is expected to be ready for traffic in time for the start of school this fall.

Flash flooding during July 2016 caused major transportation issues in Livingston County by taking out a culvert and damaging the Lee Creek Bridge along Ky. 935/Cutoff Road at a time when it was being used as a detour for construction of a new culvert on Ky. 453 south of Smithland.

To get traffic restored on Ky. 937/Cutoff Road to restore the critical detour and provide access to the nearby elementary school, a temporary construction bridge was placed across Lee Creek.  That temporary bridge will now be removed and a new bridge constructed.

There will be a marked detour via Ky. 453 and U.S. 60.

Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on this $513,075 bridge replacement project.  The new bridge is expected to be ready for traffic by Aug. 3 in time for the start of school this fall.