Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Firemen respond to blaze at home

Fireman work to slow blaze.
A number of volunteer firemen from at least three local departments are on the scene of a house fire on Sugar Grove Road just past the church.

Five people were at the residence when the blaze broke out. Everyone was able to get outside without injury.

The fire appeared to be engulfing the home despite attempts to control the blaze. There is no indication at this time of how it started.

The home was occupied by Tanesha Pennington, a local school bus driver, and her family.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Free Dumping this Weekend

This is Free Dumping Weekend in Crittenden County.

The convenience center on U.S. 60 East will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to accept those things you no longer want hanging around the house or cluttering up your garage. That includes things like furniture and appliances.

Neither tires nor items with sensitive environmental concerns will be accepted. Disposal of normal household garbage will still require the normal fee.

For more information, call (270) 965-5251.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Mobile home fire on Sulphur Springs Road

Volunteer firemen from Crittenden County have spent the last couple of hours working to extinguish a mobile home fire on Sulphur Springs Road in the rural southern portion of the county.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no on was injured. The trailer was totally engulfed in flames when firemen arrived.

5K Glow in the Park Race Tonight

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Crittenden Hospital will give a free mammogram to the top adult female finisher and a free PSA test to the top adult male in tonight's Glow in the Park 5K race at Marion-Crittenden County Park.

The race starts at 7 p.m.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for the 5K, $15 for a fun run for children; and also in observance of Cancer Awareness Month, cancer survivors will be given the discounted price of $15 for the 5K.

There will be obstacles on the course for runners.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Yard Sale Friday and Saturday

Yard Sale: 1985 Weldon Rd., Marion, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-? Quilts, men's, ladies' and teen girls' clothes all sizes. Lawn furniture, vinyl flooring, wood flooring and more. Rain or shine.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Demolition derby in Marion Oct. 24

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Governor increases speed limit on 68/80


Gov. Steve Beshear today announced two long-anticipated developments for improved transportation in the tourism-rich “Western Waterlands” area of western Kentucky.
Gov. Beshear said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will take bids in November on three construction projects to complete the widening of U.S. 68/KY 80 from Cadiz to Lake Barkley in Trigg County.
Meantime, the speed limit will be raised on most of the stretch of KY 80 already four lanes wide from Mayfield to Aurora in Graves, Calloway and Marshall counties.
“Modern, four-lane highways are indispensable for business, tourism and other commerce,” Gov. Beshear said. “The widening of the last two-lane stretch of ‘68/80’ will complete a modern new corridor across roughly the western third of Kentucky, from Mayfield to Bowling Green.”
The two routes – U.S. 68 and KY 80 – merge at Aurora, in Marshall County, and run as a combined route from that point eastward to Bowling Green. For the most part, it is a four-lane highway. One glaring exception is the segment scheduled for bid letting on Nov. 20 – an 8-mile stretch from Lake Barkley to the western end of the Cadiz Bypass.
Going west from Aurora, the highway splits into two routes: U.S. 68 runs northwesterly to Paducah, while KY 80 dips to the south. KY 80 is four lanes wide from Aurora to Mayfield.
“Travelers and businesses increasingly rely on Global Positioning System technology to plan their trips, and those systems favor routes with higher speed limits,” Gov. Beshear said. “Kentucky 80 is a well-built highway. A 65 mph speed limit will allow it to stand out on GPS. And now that the remaining pieces of the corridor are falling into place, the time is right.”
Legislators from the region applauded the Governor’s announcement.
“This project will have tremendous benefit for not only the people who live in West Kentucky but the millions of tourists who visit annually, particularly with Land Between The Lakes being the No. 1 tourist attraction in the Commonwealth,” said Rep. Kenny Imes, of Murray. “Infrastructure improvements of this nature make our region a more attractive place in which to live, work and visit.”
“This is great news both for Trigg County and the entire region,” said Rep. John Tilley, of Hopkinsville, whose district includes a portion of Trigg County. “Once complete, it will undoubtedly help lure more tourists and economic development here, and it will make driving along the corridor even safer. I want to thank Gov. Beshear and the Transportation Cabinet for making this a priority.”
“The widening of U.S. 68 and KY 80 will be huge for the Western part of our state,” said. Sen. Stan Humphries, of Cadiz.  “Developing easier access to this area means more business, more jobs, more tourism and an overall better economic environment for our citizens.”

Community Christmas registration Thursday

Pre-registration for those who have completed the three educational class requirement for Community Christmas participation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon today (Thursday) and Friday at the University of Kentucky Crittenden County Cooperative Extension Service on U.S. 60 East. The registration is only for those who attended all three classes for participation in the local charity. 

A sign-up date for those who have not completed the three-class requirement will be scheduled and announced later this month.
Angel Trees are scheduled to be placed at participating businesses Nov. 16. Those businesses will be announced at a later time.
Distribution for toys will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Carson G. Davidson National Guard Armory in Marion. Food distribution will also be held on that date at Marion Baptist Church.

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

Administrators and staff with Crittenden County’s school system are celebrating a victory in the classroom. Last Thursday, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released results from its statewide accountability testing. The local school district and two of its schools were labeled “proficient,” including the high school. In fact, Crittenden County High School was ranked among the state’s top 10 percent of improving schools.

For more on this story and the following headlines, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • Livingston School Report Card scores dip a bit.
  • CCHS student college-, career-readiness jumps to near peak.
  • Ky. recognizes Siemens for safety.
  • Local beekeeper rescues hive, honey from collapse.
  • Candidates line up for Whitfield’s seat.
  • Fall demolition derby scheduled.
  • OPINION: Community newspapers still matter.
  • IN PICTURES: CCES Fall Festival.
  • IN PICTURES: Football homecoming king, queen crown and more.
  • IN PICTURES: Pumpkin Festival brings all ages to town.
  • Music event honors late Marion couple.
  • County gets state funding for several roads. See paper for list.
  • Statewide GOP candidates pay visit to Marion.
  • Copperas Springs Road work wrapping up.
  • Repairs continue to affect county roads.
  • Air Evac prepared to handle extra runs.
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: City bylaws, ordinance from late 1800s seem archaic now.
  • FOOTBALL: Rockets beat homecoming date.
  • SOCCER: Lady Rockets shooting for back-to-back berths in regional tournament.
  • VOLLEYBALL: Libero plays unique role.
  • Community Christmas sign-ups begin this week.
  • Christmas in Marion set for Oct. 17 at CCMS.

Community Christmas Registration

Registration for Community Christmas – for those who have completed all three credit classes – will be from 9am until noon Thursday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 9 at the Crittenden County Extension office.

Registration for those who have not completed the required three credit classes will be held from 9am until noon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Emmanuel Baptist Church. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Have a DIY project to share?

What is your favorite DIY project you have done, and are you willing to share the project - and photo - for an upcoming feature in The Crittenden Press? If so, visit us on Facebook or email us.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hunting Guide is now available

The Crittenden County Outdoors 2015 Hunting Guide is now available.

The free publication is produced by The Crittenden Press with support from area sponsors. 

This year's publication features a cover story about celebrities who hunt in Crittenden County, including several professional athletes. Former NFL quarterback Chris Redman is featured on the cover.

Inside are a variety of articles about local hunters and lots of information on licenses, harvest data and wildlife management areas.

Pick up the FREE 2015 edition of Crittenden County Outdoors Hunting Guide at participating restaurants, sporting goods stores and sponsoring businesses.