Saturday, December 10, 2016

Salem Christmas Parade



Smoke detectors offered for free

Crittenden County Volunteer Fire Department is giving away free smoke detectors that have a 10-year battery life. There is a limit of three per family. Contact Fire Chief Chris Cooksey at (270) 704-1116 to schedule an installation.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Area death

Brenda Maxine Benton, 76, of Marion died Thursday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ky. 723 closed Monday to Wednesday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of Ky. 723 in western Crittenden  County starting Monday.

Ky. 723 will be closed at Crittenden County mile-point 5.15 to allow repairs to a box culvert that carries Belmar Branch under the roadway. This closure is along Ky. 723 between Deer Creek Church Road and Ky. 838. This is along Ky. 723 north of Salem about 5 miles north of the Crittenden-Livingston County line.

The culvert was damaged during flash flooding back in the summer.  A crew will be driving sheet piling around the culvert to provide erosion protection and making repairs to the concrete structure.

The roadway at this site is expected to close at approximately 8 a.m. on Monday. Due to the placement of heavy equipment in the roadway to facilitate the work, Ky. 723 is expected to remain closed until around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

There will be no marked detour. However, passenger vehicle traffic may self-detour via Deer Creek Church Road. Trucks should use an appropriate state route.

Area death

Brittany DeShae Hinchee, 22, of Marion died Wednesday in Boone County, Ky.  Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Salem parade to block U.S. 60

Salem's 14th annual lighted Christmas parade returns Saturday along Main Street. It begins at 5:30 p.m., and this year's theme is, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas."

Traffic along this section of U.S. 60 in downtown Salem will be blocked for about 45 minutes starting at parade time. Under a permit from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, U.S. 60 will be blocked from Ky. 133/Lola Road eastward to College Street. Livingston County Sheriff’s Department will provide traffic control during the parade.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Bryant pleads guilty

Former city administrator Mark Bryant pleaded guilty today in Crittenden Circuit Court on three felony counts of wrongdoing while he was in office. The criminal charges deal with his relationship with work-release inmates, providing them drugs.

The commonwealth is recommending six years.

See next week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for details.

St. Nick returns to town to benefit pets

On Saturday, Breakfast with Santa at Marion Woman’s Club will bring St. Nick back to town. A $10 admission benefits the Mary Hall-Ruddiman Canine Shelter and gets you a pancake breakfast, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and you can take home a picture of your child or pet with Santa.

Stuff-a-humvee toy drive slated

Marion Police Department and Cash Express will be joining again for their annual toy, coat and canned food drive to make Christmas a little brighter for some less fortunate local families. The Stuff-the-Humvee effort will accept toys, clothes and dry goods on Tuesday for distribution through Community Christmas. Items can be dropped off at Cash Express at 103 Morningside Dr.

Breakfast with Santa benefits shelter

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sanders Family Returns to Fohs Hall

The Community Arts Foundation (CAF) will be bringing a production of “Sanders Family Christmas” to Fohs Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

In conjunction with the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers, CAF we will be hosting this beloved sequel to "Smoke on the Mountain. Tickets are on sale now.

In this sequel to the ever-popular New York hit "Smoke on the Mountain," the Sanders family returns to Mount Pleasant, N.C., home of the Mount Pleasant Pickle Factory. It's Christmas Eve, 1941 and Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the family to the Baptist church to sing and witness, getting the congregation into the down home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders' own, are shipped off to World War II.

More than two dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns, and hilarious yuletide stories from the more-or-less devout Sanders family is assured to keep the audience laughing, clapping and singing along with bluegrass Christmas favorites.

“Richly entertaining, this wildly infectious musical brings cheer to audiences eager to see how their friends from Smoke on the Mountain have been getting along,” said CAF’s Kim Vince.

If you did not catch Smoke on the Mountain at Fohs Hall back in September don’t be alarmed. The cast will catch up the audience on the fabled storyline so everyone can enjoy this holiday show.
This will be a one-night-only show at 7 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15 (plus tax) in advance and $17 (plus tax) at the door. Student tickets (17 and under) are $13 (plus tax) in advance and $15 (plus tax) at the door. Group rates for 20 or more are available for $15 each, with no tax.

Tickets can only be reserved by calling Badgett Playhouse at 888-362-4223. Box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5 p.m. There are no holds for tickets; you must pay at the time of the reservation. Advance tickets must be purchased with a credit card. There are no refunds.

“We are very excited about this event,” Vince said. “We hope you are, too, and will support the arts in Crittenden County.”

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