Friday, April 20, 2018

Area death

Joyce E. Haegelin, 79, of Marion died Thursday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Local man's role 'Natural' for movie

For Zack Knight, playing in a movie was a unique and uplifting experience, but being part of a film about baseball was … well, very natural.

Zack Knight snaps a
selfie in his dressing room.
Knight, 23, grew up in Marion and now lives in Hopkinsville. He was part of the cast for “The Silent Natural,” a full-length feature movie recently filmed in western Kentucky, which traces the life and legacy of William "Dummy" Hoy.

Hoy was one of the first deaf Major League Baseball players in the 1800s. He is credited for having introduced hand signals for out, safe and strike to the game as he overcame obstacles to become one of the greatest players of his time.

Knight got a role in the film – which was shot in Dawson Springs and Bowling Green among other locations – through a “friend of a friend of his mom’s.”

“I started out just to be an extra,” Knight explained, but through a twist of fate, one of the ball players in a key role ended up being let go by the producer.

“Literally 24 hours before my first day on set, I got a text message saying they were going to give me a role in the baseball scenes. My character was a pitcher and shortstop.”

Knight played four years of high school baseball for the Rockets before graduating from Crittenden County High School in 2013.

“I hadn’t thrown in a long time, but in this scene, I had to throw to the catcher. It was pretty bad at first, but I finally settled down a bit and made it work.”

Knight said some of the baseball scenes are true action shots, but much of the movie will include digital enhancements where the ball can be put into play as the director sees fit.

“It was crazy. I can’t even explain what it was like to be there on the set. For a guy from Crittenden County to wake up one day in a popular movie … it’s just insane.”

Knight’s character goes by the name of Krock. He befriends Hoy and defends the deaf player when others on the ball club start to pick at him.

Hoy is in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, but the movie’s director David Risotto has told many that he thinks Hoy is owed a place in Cooperstown, the National Hall of Fame. Hoy played for the Washington Nationals, Buffalo Bisons, Louisville Colonels and Cincinnati Reds, among several others in a career lasting from 1888 to 1902.

Several big named stars are cast in the movie. You can read more about Knight and the movie in the April 12 printed edition of The Crittenden Press.

Knight is second to the coach's right in
this photo. Barry Livingston portrays the coach.
Livingston was a star in the TV series
My Three Sons in the 1960s.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Call local dealer for HughesNet

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CCHS dress code ensures consistency, student safety

Response from Crittenden County School District to the high school's enforcement today of its dress code:

Today, a Crittenden County High School student chose to go home from school after being asked to comply with the school’s dress code, which states that students may not wear shirts that reference weapons or violence. The shirt in question depicted an American flag created from shell casings with the National Rifle Association written underneath. The student was not suspended, but rather chose to go home instead of changing into another shirt.

CCHS principal Curtis Brown explained that the shirt did not violate the school’s dress code because it depicted the American flag or the National Rifle Association, but rather because the image of the flag was formed with used shell casings. Weapons or violence in any form is not allowed on clothing. An excerpt from the school dress code notes, "Clothing is expected to be free of sexually suggestive remarks or drawings, profanity, racial slurs, violence, or references to tobacco, drugs, alcohol, weapons, and associated items."

The dress code, approved by staff and parent representatives on the school’s Site Based Decision Making council, is communicated to all students and parents at the beginning of the year and is readily accessible on the school’s Web site. Brown added that the school strives to ensure consistency with the policy in handling issues like these.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Retirement event Thursday in Marion

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Fiscal Court meeting moving to city hall

Crittenden County Fiscal Court's regularly monthly meeting will be moved from the courthouse to Marion City Hall on Thursday, April 19.

The move is necessitated by accessibility issues at the courthouse because the chairlift is broken.

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

With a plan to bring hometown values to the local grocery business, Anthony and B.J. Minton say they are excited and proud to be the new owners of Conrad’s Harvest Foods. The name will change shortly, and the new moniker will say it all.

For the full story on the new grocery owners and the following headlines, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • Starnes’ KHSAA enshrinement Saturday for prep track career
  • Irvan named new CCHS principal
  • City looking at $46,000 gap for new 2019 budget
  • EMS talks closer to finding new operator
  • 3 indicted last week
  • December jail escapee sentenced to two years
  • Friendship quilt’s story quite a yarn
  • Comer releases 2017 taxes
  • Corn projection low, beans high for ‘18
  • County offers free dumping, tire amnesty
  • Voter registration deadline Monday
  • DEFEW'S VIEWS: Flooding leaves lasting memories
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: 1968 ushers in new postal employees, rates
  • HOUSE LEGISLATIVE REVIEW: Pension bill does not reduce benefits
  • SENATE LEGISLATIVE REVIEW: Budget, tax reform not good for Kentuckians
  • County highway garage funds approved
  • SPORTS: Spring sports roundup
  • OUTDOORS: Wildlife biologists probe local turkeys for answers
  • K12 Blue Knights defend Cup;
  • Swinford, Smith named MVPs

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Area Death

Robert L. Holloman, 81, of Marion died Monday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ferry has begun operating again

The Cave In Rock Ferry, idled for more than a week due to high water on the Ohio River, is now re-open for traffic.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ferry to re-open Tuesday morning

The Cave In Rock Ferry will re-open Tuesday after being closed for two weeks.

The Cave In Rock Ferry plans to reopen on the normal schedule starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

The ferry has been closed since about noon on April 5 when floodwaters covered Ky. 91 North near the 11 mile marker on the approach to the Kentucky landing.

The ferry was also closed for about 30 days during February and March due to floodwaters.

The Cave In Rock Ferry connects Ky. 91 North with Illinois Route 1 across the Ohio River between Crittenden County and Hardin County, Ill.

The ferry normally operates from 6 a.m. to 9:50 p.m. seven days a week. The ferry carries about 500 vehicles across the Ohio River in an average day.

The Cave In Rock Ferry is at Ohio River navigation mile point 881.0.

The Cave In Rock Ferry is operated by an independent contractor with joint funding from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Illinois Department of Transportation through a ferry authority.

For more information on the Cave In Rock Ferry got to

Area deaths

Sharon Rogers Owen, 54, of Marion died Saturday. Boyd Funeral is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra Kay Jacobs, 65, of Marion died Thursday. Myers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.