Friday, November 28, 2014

Today! It starts at Conrad's!

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Old Ledbetter Bridge demolition continues Monday

The demolition contractor on the old Ledbetter Bridge has halted efforts to top Pier C until Monday.

The in-water pier closest to the McCracken County shoreline of the Tennessee River was pulled over Tuesday. The demolition crew moved to rig the pier nearest the Livingston County shoreline with the hope of topping it Wednesday. However, the pier turned out to be more resilient than expected.

The contractor used an industrial-strength jackhammer mounted on an excavator in attempt to weaken the pier above the water line so it could be pulled over into a trench outside of the navigation channel.

The demolition crew made several unsuccessful attempts to pull over the 83 year old pier, today. As dark approached, engineers chose to halt the demolition work and wait to resume efforts Monday, following the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Once Pier C is topped, the contractor has tentative plans to use explosives to detonate the remaining portion of the two in-water piers around Dec. 4.

Holiday traffic enforcement continues

Just because Thanksgiving has passed doesn't mean police will be relaxing their highway patrols.

Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday of the year for motorists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This includes the enetire four-day holiday driving period when heavy traffic, weather and long-distance road trips combine to create severe travel conditions. Often, family celebrations include alcohol, which later evolves into impaired driving. Add that to heavy holiday traffic and you have a recipe for disaster.

Last year, 10 fatal vehicle crashes across Kentucky claimed the lives of 11 people during the Thanksgiving travel period. One fatal crash involved alcohol and four fatalities resulted from not wearing a seat belt.

“The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is traditionally one of the most traveled weekends of the year," says Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "To ensure we all make it to our destinations safely, troopers will be on Kentucky roadways looking for unsafe driving practices including seat belt and impaired driving violations.”

"It's the simple, common sense things that can make a crucial difference such as wearing a seat belt, reducing your speed and avoiding driving after consuming alcohol or drugs," notes Brewer.

KSP will participate in the official 2014 Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period that extends through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Citywide Leaf Collection Schedule

City residents are encouraged to participate in the town-wide leaf collection process. Residents should rake leaves to the curb, but not into the street, as the schedule dictates for their particular area of town. City workers will come by and collect the leaves according to this schedule, which is also printed in The Crittenden Press newspaper. Weather or other factors could prompt changes to this schedule so be aware of it weekly through November and December. CLICK HERE for a higher resolution PDF of the schedule, which can be printed.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

The ownership and staff of The Crittenden Press would like to wish you and yours a very happy and safe Thanksgiving 2014 holiday.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ky. highway crews monitoring chance of wintry precipitation overnight

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Snow and Ice Team is monitoring weather developments across the region this evening.

While there is some chance of flurries and possible light snow accumulation, mainly along Ohio River border counties, ambient air temps are expected to remain mostly above freezing. Additionally, roadway surface temperatures should be sufficient to melt the snow as it falls.

As a precaution, District 2 has treated some bridges in the northern portion of the district in areas most likely to get winter precipitation tonight.

Otherwise, management personnel will be monitoring road conditions and calling in crews, if required.

Motorists are advised to carefully monitor local road conditions and adjust driving speeds accordingly.

Fire destroys home in Salem

Firefighters help battle a house fire this afternoon in Salem.
A house fire on Mill Street in Salem appears to have heavily damaged a home and a nearby camper trailer early Wednesday afternoon. No one was home at the time the and no injuries have been reported, although a propane tank believed to be from the trailer exploded near firefighters. The fire was reported around noon. At present, firefighters are still on the scene and no cause has been determined.

Area death

Edward Gerald Floyd, 76, of Marion died Nov. 25, 2014, at Crittenden County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Marion. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

What's News in Marion...

Your holiday newspaper will arrive a day late in the mail this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Local subscribers will get the paper on Friday instead of Thursday. However, The Press printed edition will be on newsstands at the normal time today, available on racks this afternoon.

Here is a sampling of what's happening in the News this Week in Marion:
  • Recount is over in Rogers' judge race, but there's still room for an appeal
  • Wheeler fondly recalls adoptive life
  • Farming was soldier's mission in Greatest Generation
  • Ongoing Series: Threlkeld story ends sadly in Germany
  • Community Christmas Food Drive kicks off
  • Binkley presides over state meetings
  • Big Names: Excellence recognized at CCES
  • CCHS Basketball Preview Section
  • Deer season winds down
  • Junior Pros and soccer team dole out awards
Single copies of the newspaper are available at various groceries, drug stores and convenience stores around Marion and in Fredonia and Salem. You can also buy the newspaper at The Press office on East Bellville Street.


Johnson's Black Friday Sale

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