Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

Anyone who has shopped for the week’s groceries without a list knows how difficult an otherwise simple task can become. Adam Ledford said that’s a good example of how the City of Marion has been operating for years. But at Monday’s Marion City Council meeting, the six-member body gave Ledford the “grocery list” he’s sought...

For more on this story, our 12-page fall home improvement guide and the following headlines, check out this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • City council OKs ‘grocery list’ for future
  • City leaf collection delayed for repairs
  • Half-dozen Rocket Docket cases speed circuit court
  • Grand jury indicts three on variety of charges
  • Making syrup, byproducts from sorghum family affair for Haires
  • Vietnam War vivid memory for Conger
  • Cumberland River Homes opens new gym
  • CCHS chess wins first tournament
  • SPORTS: Rockets post first shutout in five years; Russellville is next
  • SPORTS: Mexico Baptists are hosting trap shoot
  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Woodford County lineman getting chance at UK’s center
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: Marion’s first baseball team debuted in 1908
  • SEN. RIDLEY: Opiod crisis touches every corner of Ky.
  • Local GOP gearing up, seeking candidates
  • Marion native to run for district judge
  • Free dental care offered to all vets
  • Assistant Providence police chief arrested
  • Beekeeping school scheduled for next week
  • Christmas in Marion, Shoppe Next Door arrive Saturday

Fall Home Improvement
  • Multi-generational businesses building bright future locally
  • Local labor helps businesswoman fulfill dreams
  • Rusty Gate offers ‘Pumpkin Queen’ outlet for peddling favorite gourd, autumn colors
  • County offering free junk disposal
  • Advertisements for just about any home improvement you may need
  • And much, much more

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Road closed this week in eastern part of county

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans daytime closures along a section of Ky. 1917 in eastern Crittenden County on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week

Ky. 1917 will be closed between milepoint 0.2 and 1.3 to allow several cross drains to be replaced.  This is between Wolf Creek Road and the End of State Maintenance at the Providence Road intersection.

This closure is expected to be in place between approximately 7:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m., each day.

Thee will be no marked detour.  This work is scheduled on a weather permitting basis.

Belt's bowls key attraction at Saturday's show

Early Christmas shoppers looking for the perfect handcrafted gifts or keepsakes are getting ready for the 30th annual Christmas in Marion arts and crafts show Saturday.

The show, at Crittenden County Middle School gym, brings together 600 or so visitors every year searching for unique and personalized holiday gifts made by the crafty hands of local vendors and artists. For the third time in a row, the festive atmosphere at this event will be enriched with the booth of C.G. Belt of Marion, who puts his heart into making handcrafted wooden bowls.

He started his hobby nine years ago after he retired. He never thought that his creations would find their place in so many homes, even in Switzerland. Several years ago, at a local quilt show, his works caught the eye of a tourist who took the bowls back to her European home.

"When I first started making my bowls, I honestly did it out of boredom," said Belt. "At the time, I had just retired and was looking for something to do with my free time. I’ve got a small workshop behind my house and started gluing stuff together."

With time, he got a dust collector, planer to remove the rough surfaces from the boards, a table saw and a lot of equipment.

"It takes it all," he said. "I even had one bowl explode on me and hit me in the chest while making it. But this didn't discourage me. I kept on going."

For each of his creations, he uses several different pieces of wood, but they blend together so well, a person can hardly tell.

"The secret to that is the planer," he explains. "What I like the most about this hobby is that when I start a bowl, I don't know how it is going to turn out until it is finished. I can't make two alike, even if I tried. It takes me two days to make one bowl because I have to let the glue set in."
Belt said his bowls are suitable for keeping everything except perishables.

He is thrilled with the support he gets from his friends and family and that gives him the energy to continue the creative process and to experiment with different materials. And not all of his materials are local. Some of them, like camphor wood, is supplied to him from Florida.

"It is a hard material to work with, and it makes my eyes and nose water," Belt said with a smile.
He also uses pine to make solid blocks that later on he turns into beautiful decorative bowls.

Belt is impressed with the creative potential of Christmas in Marion as well as the works of the other crafters. The show will be open to the public with free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Last year, among the handmade items were jewelry, birdhouses, candles, baskets, decorations, wood items and homemade food. The creative artists like Belt have all their ducks in a row for the upcoming event and have been preparing their products since the last Christmas in Marion in order to satisfy the tastes of those who value quality and unique items perfect for the gift-giving spirit of the season.

As with the last six years, The Shoppe Next Door will be set up next to Christmas in Marion in the multi-purpose room. The Shoppe features dealer representatives, home businesses and organizations.

Dealer reps include Avon, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, LulaRoe, Lipsense, Young Living Essential Oils, Limelight by Alcone, MojiLife, Tastefully Simple, It Works and Watkins. Other home businesses include Haleigh-Claire’s Cupcakery, Ranch Dressing Designs, Juanita Crouch, Pokerneys Kettle Korn, Elizabeth Mast and The 3 Girls from Southern Illinois. Organizations include the Mary Hall-Ruddiman Canine Shelter, The Woman’s Club of Marion, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 217 and Caldwell Springs Volunteer Fire Department. A Crafter’s CafĂ© is also available for lunch or a snack.

With so much to choose from the 70-plus booths, shoppers are sure to mark off most of their Christmas lists at the shows and can spend the holidays enjoying their family and friends without having to worry about long lines and crowded parking lots.

School considering bass fishing club at CCHS

A small group of students is hoping that bass fishing will become part of the after-school sports opportunities at Crittenden County High School.

There will be a meeting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19 at the high school to learn more about the proposed program and to determine student interest.

Cheryl Burks, coordinator of the 21st Century Learning Center for CCHS, is organizing the informational meeting, which will include a presentation by Scott Ellison of Fishing League World Wide (FLW), which is headquartered in Benton.

Burks said several area school districts sponsor bass fishing teams and clubs. She said Calloway County is one of the leaders in western Kentucky when it comes to student fishing. Last spring, 64 high school teams participated in the Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Tournament at Kentucky Dam Marina.

KHSAA started a bass fishing championship program in 2013.

Burks said the school can join as a club and fish local tournaments or develop a team and be part of the KHSAA championship series, which includes regional and state tournaments.

“Ross Crider, a senior at Crittenden County, came to me and asked about the possibility of starting this,” Burks said. “We’re going to see what it looks like and determine student interest.”

Burks said that if a dozen or so students want to be part of a fishing program, chances are the school will develop one.

The program will require volunteers to serve as boat captains to take students fishing on nearby lakes and rivers.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Irma and Ditney road work

Asphalt paving along sections of Ky. 723 (Irma Road) and Ky. 838 (Ditney Road) in the Salem and Lola areas of Livingston County has started today.

Paving on Irma Road runs from the US 60 in Salem extending northward to the Livingston-Crittenden County line, a distance of 1.73 miles.

Paving along Ditney Road runs from the Ky. 133 in Lola extending eastward to the Livingston-Crittenden County Line, a distance of 1.55 miles.

The work on Irma Road will be first.

Motorists should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers.  

Jim Smith Contracting is the prime contractor on this $425,492 highway improvement project.  Weather permitting, all work at these two locations should be completed in 3 to 4 working days.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Need a lift? Here are PACS details

PACS transportation information
Pennyrile Allied Community Services recently announced details of its transportation system:

Rides are offered weekdays 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. with 24-hour notice unless otherwise denoted. Cost is 70 cents per mile in county or to adjacent county or $1.10 per mile for other locations up to 250 miles one way.

Senior Shuttle
Crittenden: (270) 965-5229 / Livingston: (270) 928-2811
Rides to and from centers require 48-hour notice. Group rates are available. Contact local centers to inquire about sponsoring group rides for seniors.

Public transportation
Crittenden and Livingston: (270) 839-4165.
Includes uses for grocery, dining, dialysis, malls, athletics or weight loss centers, college, pharmacy, medical appointments, parks, library, post office, work or to visit a friend or family member.

Medicaid transportation
(800) 467-4601
For a Medicaid qualifying and paid trip you must call 72 hours in advance or register online at

Veterans transportation
(800) 467-4601 or (270) 886-6641
Half-price rates for medically-related appointments

Intercity Transit to Nashville
(800) 467-4601 or (270) 886-6641
Call for specific schedule, pick-up and drop-off locations. Round trip is $12.50 due at time of or before pick-up.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Area death

Jeanette Ann Jones, 76, of Lola died Friday. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Friday, October 13, 2017

J-Dubs Grand Opening

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Free dump days are next week

Crittenden County will give residents an opportunity to clean out their garages and outbuildings on Oct. 20-21 and for Free Dump Days.

The convenience center on U.S. 60 East will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21 to accept those things you no longer want hanging around the house or stacked up in your garage and basement. That includes things like furniture and appliances, electronics, oil cans and paint, if it has been dried. Solid Waste Coordinator Sue Padget said paint can be dried up with a substance like kitty litter.

Disposal of household garbage will still require a fee, and tires will not be accepted as part of the semiannual program.

Call Padget at (270) 965-5251 for further details, if needed.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Brock hands over Bookmobile keys

After working as a Bookmobile driver for the last nine years, Nancy Brock has retired from her work at Crittenden County Public Library. The former teacher has handed off the keys to Susan Smith, former Director of Medical Records at Crittenden Health Systems.

Prior to the library, Brock taught for Crittenden County Schools for 31 years. She has loved every minute of her second career but is looking forward to retirement.

“It’s been the best part-time job anyone could have," she said of working at the library. "Everyone in the library and on the book route has always been so great. I loved every aspect of it, especially watching how excited the kids were about getting on the Bookmobile and picking out their own books.”  

Brock said that although retirement is often thought of as a time of respite, she will be doing anything but resting. Outside of being able to delve into her hobbies occasionally, she will now have more time to spend with her husband Bob and soon-to-be six grandchildren – all boys. Brock will be doing some traveling as well, though she doesn’t have anything specific planned as she favors spontaneity.

Being the Bookmobile driver provided Brock many opportunities of reuniting with friends and acquaintances of all ages.

“On my routes I got to see three generations worth. People I grew up with, their children and grandchildren. That was my favorite part about the job, getting to reunite with old classmates and students I taught,” Brock recalls.

Smith is excited to start the job and looks forward to the experience. She worked closely with Brock for the last couple weeks in order to get familiar with the job and route itself. In the short amount of time they worked together, she has been able to meet and bond with some of the people Brock considers dear.

Though Smith worked in the Webster County Library, this is her first time to drive the Bookmobile and she is looking forward to it as much as Brock is her retirement.

“I was in the medical field for many years, and now I’m getting to do something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m looking forward to meeting people that I haven’t had the opportunity to meet,” Smith said.

“In the medical field I always knew so many people’s names, but I never personally knew them. But now, with this job, I will get to meet and learn about people that I can make a relationship with. I hope to do that half as well as Nancy.”

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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

Two of three men who escaped Friday from the custody of a prisoner transport company delivering inmates to Crittenden County Detention Center are back behind bars, while a third remains at large. One man was apprehended in Marion just hours after the escape was discovered, while another was on the lam for two days before being caught elsewhere.

For the full story and the following headlines, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • Students lag in math, excel with humanities
  • State budget cuts could sting schools
  • Filing period nears for big election year in Crittenden
  • Belt bringing bowls back to Christmas in Marion
  • Siemens increases global railway share
  • Victory Gardens spared for next year
  • Chess season starts Saturday
  • $200K will pave 4 miles of rural roads
  • SPORTS: Rockets run out of time in epic showdown
  • SPORTS: Gilchrist misses state cut by five strokes, finishes with 86
  • SPORTS: Soccer girls fall in 5th to Lyon
  • SPORTS: MS football gets 3rd straight with victory over Caldwell County
  • SPORTS: CCHS considering bass fishing team
  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Baker not forgotten by coach
  • OUTDOORS: Big Rivers WMA going strong this fall
  • OUTDOORS: Youth deer hunt this weekend in county
  • DEFEW'S VIEWS: Naming hurricanes tradition since 1950s
  • SEN. RIDLEY: Here’s how Ky. pays to pave our roads
  • Webster teacher now facing more charges
  • Trick or Treat on Main set for Oct. 31

Beaver Dam rest stop re-opening

The Beaver Dam rest stop, one of the landmarks along the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway, will re-open early next year, according to news reports.

The state announced this week that it has awarded a contract to Martin and Bailey, Inc., convenience rest area operators in five states to re-open the convenience center, located in the median of the parkway.

The Beaver Dam rest stop closed in January of this year after the vendor’s lease expired.

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