Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nunn-Switch re-opens at Hoods Creek

Nunn-Switch Road is now open at the Hoods Creek crossing. The road had been closed in that area for reconstruction of approaches to a bridge over the creek.

According to Judge-Executive Perry Newcom, the next project on the same road will be to repair the approaches to the bridge that spans Caney Fork Creek. The road will be closed there beginning Monday. It will remain closed approximately three weeks depending on the weather.

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

Election HQ
Get ready for the Nov. 8 election, from President to Marion City Council, with this week's newspaper. Coverage includes a Q&A with all 11 city council candidates and the following headlines:
  • Crowded Marion council field highlights downticket balloting
  • Election workers on front lines of keeping democracy working
  • County’s registration swings by 1,000
  • ‘Rigged’ election no worry locally
  • Voter 411: Answering the 5 Ws (and 1 H) of voting
  • 20 write-ins crowd field on Ky.’s presidential ballot
Find all this and the following headlines in this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • Marion courts new city administrator
  • Officials: Avoid outdoor burning
  • CCES thanks bus drivers
  • County jail numbers up to 200 inmates
  • OUTDOORS: Early returns from 2016-17 deer season reflect hunters’ struggles
  • Dry conditions hurting pastures
  • Chess team starts season with big wins
  • Ky. jobless rate creeps up to 5 percent
  • Ky. denied REAL ID compliance extension
  • Library hosts opens house
  • O’Neal completes dispatcher training
  • Students invited to enter art contest
  • Bechler announces funds for Trilogy
  • MAPP board adds Par 4’s president
  • SPORTS: Fulton County pulls out, Rockets idle until playoffs
  • SPORTS: Panthers take crown again
  • SPORTS: Second graders put on tackle gear for first time
  • SPORTS: Fredonia/Lyon captures first Heritage Cup title
  • DEFEW'S VIEWS: Science of apparitions adds to curiosity
  • Pillow project benefits patients
  • Backyard adventures topic of writing contest
  • Marion woman in WKCTC’s honor society
  • Caldwell Springs FD seeks donations for bricks from old Frances School
  • KET crew coming to Marion next week to film segment with Wheelers on East Carlisle

Monday, October 24, 2016

KDFWR hosts fishing forum Tuesday

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct a public meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25 to discuss fisheries issues affecting western Kentucky.

Western District Fisheries Biologist Paul Rister will present information on crappie and bass fishing in Barkley and Kentucky lakes. In addition, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Nuisance Species Biologist Neal Jackson and Fisheries Director Ron Brooks will provide updates on the department’s current efforts and its future plans to remove and study Asian carp in the two reservoirs.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife employees also want to hear from the public on these topics.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Grand River Community Center, 155 Western Cumberland Ave., Grand Rivers, Ky. 

Area Death

Betty Joan Williamson, 82, of Salem died Sunday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Republicans hold registration edge here

With election day drawing near, registration gains by the GOP continue statewide where Republicans have 1.3 million registered voters while Democrats hold a firm edge at 1.6 million. Republicans have a net gain of 261,486 voters since May 2008.

The same holds true in Crittenden County where the GOP has taken control of the ballot box. Below are local registration figures:

DATE ............GOP .........DEMS
Sept 2016.........3,258 ........2,913
Aug 2016..........3,251 ........2,909
July 2016 .........3,255 ........2,921
Nov. 2008.........2,694 ........3,310

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Need an auto mechanic in Marion?

Looking for an automobile mechanic in Marion? Try these certified repair specialists for all your mechanical and electrical needs. The shop is located off South Main Street next to Siemens and behind Health Quest Wellness Center. They can handle anything from passenger vehicles to heavy trucks.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Area death

James Dwight “Jimmy” Binkley, 67, of Marion died Thursday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Unlikely source from the farm used in all natural beauty products

Goats are not generally associated with beauty. In fact, the animal is hardly associated with anything attractive with their floppy ears, a reputation for eating just about anything and a penchant for frisky behavior. Why, even the term "goat" is often used to describe an undesirable person.

But as is said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Laura Bull finds the goat to be a handsome farm animal, supplying her family with meat and an array of dairy products she says are healthier than those offered by cattle. The goat also offers up just about all the beauty products one can find on the shelves of supermarkets and pharmacies.

That’s right, the goat is apparently the Estee Lauder of livestock.

While most people know goats are raised for butchering and milking – even if they may be a little skittish at the thought – few are probably aware that goat's milk can be turned into soap, exfoliates, lotions, body butter and even shaving lotion for men.

Though just a hobby at this stage, Bull spends a good portion of her time turning goat milk not used in the kitchen into all natural bath and beauty products. Last week, she was plying many of those wares at the 29th annual Christmas in Marion Arts & Crafts Show at Crittenden County Middle School, just as she has done the last few years.

Besides the healthful benefits of consumption – Why, even supermodel Christie Brinkley is said to drink only goat milk! – Bull claims the natural vitamins and minerals in the milk are much better for human hair and skin than the chemicals used in most commercial products.

"Milk has nutrients," she explained, "that the water they use to mix with chemicals for commercial products does not. Commercial products have a lot of toxins."

And the prices are not far off those of the mass-produced supermarket products.

"A lot of people tell me I sell things too cheap," Bull said Monday morning at her rural Crittenden County home as she showed off items from large totes gathered on the floor in preparation for Saturday's arts and crafts fair.

Travis, her 9-year-old son, is the biggest supporter of Misty Meadows Farms, Bull's name for her line of products. Home for fall break, he meticulously explains each product his mom sits on the table to display for a photo.

"He's my little salesman," his mother said. "He goes around touting my products."

Bull began selling her goat milk products about four years ago, and makes several festivals and fairs around the area, building a loyal customer base.

"I have regular customers that search me out," she said.

A native of the Boston, Mass., area, she met her husband, Jim, in Nashville, Tenn., and moved to Crittenden County about 16 years ago after a short stint back in Boston. The couple wanted a rural life. Bull had planned to open a thoroughbred rescue facility, but government red tape made the venture too costly. They settled on farm animals and her husband stays busy with a pilot car service escorting wide loads.

For seven or eight years, she has been displaying at Christmas in Marion alongside her mother, first with ceramics, and the last few years with her beauty products. Her mom and dad, Lucian and Bob Perry, have been in the last few days from their home in Massachusetts to help set up for Christmas in Marion. Lucia sells hand-painted wood ornaments.

"I enjoy it," Bull said of Christmas in Marion. "I like letting people know the benefits of goat's milk."

For one, her lotion doesn't leave the oily residue most commercial products leave behind on the skin.

The Bulls' first love was horses, but now they have a variety of animals on their farm. Initially, they weren't all that interested in goats outside of their ability to help clean up the fields with their massive appetites.

"We got into it a little more after we got our first one smoked," she said, indicating they make for a tasty meal.

From there, the Bulls began raising goats that would eventually keep the kitchen stocked. The couple wanted their own meat and milk without preservatives and chemicals found in supermarkets. The animals are all fed non-GMO products.

She currently has about 20 meat and milk goats altogether, with nine expecting litters of kids in January. The milking comes twice a day, with some goats give as much as 2 gallons each milking. Jim leaves most of the goat work to his wife, who calls each animal by name.

"If you don't like high maintenance, I don't recommend goats," she explained.

They can be very susceptible to parasites and diseases other livestock more readily fend off.

With a little research on her own, she discovered the benefits of all natural goat milk products. Leftover milk not consumed at the supper table is converted to her beauty products. The preparation is not terribly difficult or involved, but the wait can be four to six weeks for soaps to cure and cut. Raw soap is formed in a slab about a yard long before it is measured for various weights.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fun for the Whole Family... and more

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Alumni Basketball CCHS vs LCHS

The second annual Crittenden vs. Livingston alumni basketball event will be held Nov. 26 at Rocket Arena. 

Former players and cheerleaders at both schools who graduated in 2011 or before are encouraged to participate. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for a shoot-around, with the first game tipping off at 5 p.m.

The inaugural event was held last January at Livingston Central with over 80 participants and hundreds of fans attending.

T-shirts will be provided to all participants. There is a $20 registration fee to participate. Fan entry to the games is $5 for ages 4 and over.

There will be three age divisions for men and two or more for women, depending on the number of players.
There will be an over 50 men’s game, age 35-40 men’s game and 34-under for males. 

Throughout the event, an alumni memory room will be open for players and spectators from each school to browse through memorabilia and newspaper clippings. Concessions will be available.

Participants from both communities are asked to submit photos from their playing days to be shown on the video boards in Rocket Arena. Photos should be emailed to

Tickets are available in Marion at The Crittenden Press and from CCHS coaches Denis Hodge and Shannon Hodge. See either coach for a registration form go to this link: