Saturday, May 28, 2016

Rockets open region Monday

Crittenden County will play Caldwell County County at 1pm Monday in the opening-round of the regional baseball tournament at Hopkins Central.

Friday, May 27, 2016

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Lucas running to state this weekend

Originally published in The Crittenden Press May 19, 2016

CCHS sophomore Aaron Lucas
Somewhere among the hills and hollows surrounding Mattoon there’s a dream lingering.

Last summer, Aaron Lucas chased it at dawn, running three miles from his home as measurered on a smartphone fitness app, then turning around for a return trip. He runs the roads surrounding the rural community in northern Crittenden County, building stamina for long-distance racing.

The Crittenden County sophomore never really thought much about running until high school, he said, after his career as a football player failed to pan out. A friend and teammate, Jacob Russelburg, encouraged the tall, lanky ninth grader to try out for track last spring.

To say it’s all been down hill from there would be inaccurate. Lucas is a raw but talented harrier, just now learning to run. His times in the 1600 and 3200 meters continue to plummet and on Memorial Day weekend he hopes to compete for a state championship in the mile- and two-mile races at Lexington. For good measure, he wants to break Crittenden’s age-old records in those races.

Recently, at the First Region Class A Finals at Murray State, Lucas won the 1600 meters with a time of 4:51.43. That’s not far from James Willoughby’s CCHS school record back in the early 1970s at 4:35.80. In the 3200 meters, Lucas also was regional champion, completing the race in 10:30.23. That isn’t too far off Claude Williams’ school best time of 10:14.30 that’s more than 25 years old.

Lucas won the two-mile regional race for the second time in a row. Last year, he was second in the mile at regionals and earned a state berth in both events as a freshman. As a sophomore, he wants to improve on his times at Lexington where the state finals are held on the UK Campus. He wants to do better than his 17th-place finish in the 3200 and 21st in the 1600 a year ago.

Lucas has trimmed more than a half minute off his two-mile time since last spring. Track coach Angela Starnes says Lucas’s speciality is the two-mile run and she thinks he already shows enough promise to be a collegiate prospect.

The sophomore was the only state qualifier from Crittenden County after last weekend’s regional meet. However, Starnes said the boys’ and girls’ 4x400 relay teams and hurdler Dylan Hicks have chances to earn invitations to the state meet once all of the state’s regional events are complete and at-large berths are handed out.

Starnes said Lucas has potential to indeed set school records and perhaps more. His unrefined skill set amazes opposing runners and their coaches. Starnes said Lucas’s overtly casual approach to competition is refreshing and revealing.

“He is just so laid back,” the longtime track coach said. “Before races he’s always shaking hands with the other runners and striking up conversations.”

For now, Lucas is just having fun, excelling in a sport that he’s far from mastering.

He put in several miles during the offseason to get better, but realizes the peak is much farther down the road.

“I plan on working even harder this summer, waking up early and watching the sun rise on a long run,” he said.

UPDATE: When times tallied Crittenden relay team, hurdler are in 
After all of the regional track and field meets were completed last weekend and the state numbers crunchers took a look at who deserved a berth in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association state track meet at Lexington, Crittenden was given four more tickets in two events.

The state meet is this weekend at Shively Field on the University of Kentucky campus. Already, Crittenden’s Aaron Lucas had earned a nod in the 1600 and 3200 meters by virtue of his First Region Class A championships in both events on May 14. Now, the Rocket 4x400 relay team has qualified based on its regional third-place time of 3:45.74, which is less than 17 seconds from a Crittenden County school record.

The relay squad includes sophomore Jacob Russelburg, freshman Devon Nesbitt, senior Dylan Hicks and junior Will Tolley.

Coach Angela Starnes knew her foursome was among the state’s best and she’s pleased that Kentucky track officials have added them as an at-large invitee to the state meet.

Also, Hicks has qualified for the state finals by virtue of his 300-meter hurdle time of 44.55 during the regional meet almost two weeks ago at Murray. Hicks narrowly missed second place at regionals after clipping the final hurdle. He finished the race .07 second behind the No. 2 runner Chase Cooper of Livingston Central.

“Our region is so fast, I thought we would be in the top 10 once all of the results were in,” coach Starnes said.

The meet will be a tight squeeze for Hicks, who graduates Friday night.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

No little league games tonight

Baseball and softball games are cancelled at Marion-Crittenden County Park tonight, Thursday, May 26 due to wet fields.

Clinton's lead unchanged after recanvass

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, today announced that a statewide recanvass of the votes was conducted in the May 17 Democratic Presidential primary election and the results did not change the outcome of the election. The results remain unchanged from the totals certified by county boards of elections to the Secretary of State last week, as required by law.

Pursuant to a request from Bernie Sanders, a Democratic candidate for President, each of Kentucky’s 120 county boards of elections convened at 9 a.m. today to recheck and recanvass each voting machine. The results were certified to the Secretary of State’s office.

"I’m grateful to our county boards of elections for their work today. Their efforts help ensure confidence in the Primary Election results for both candidates and the electorate," said Grimes. "The recanvass results did not alter the outcome of the election."

According to both previously reported vote totals and the recanvass results, Hillary Clinton received more votes than Sanders in the Democratic primary.

On election night, unofficial results indicated that Clinton led Sanders by a margin of 1,924 votes. Counties later certified and reported results to the Secretary of State's office as required by law, showing a difference of 1,911 votes with 212,534 votes for Clinton and 210,623 votes for Sanders. The 13 vote difference was due to provisional votes and a discrepancy in absentee ballot totals in two counties. Today's recanvass results are consistent with the totals certified to the Secretary of State's office last week as required by law.

Per Kentucky law, the results of the recanvass shall become the official returns of each county. County-by-county results of the recanvasses are available at the Kentucky elections one-stop site, GoVoteKY.com.

A recanvass was also conducted in a tight race in the Republican primary for State Senate, 33rd District. John Yuen, who requested the recanvass, trailed his opponent, Shenita Rickman, by 38 votes. The recanvass did not change the results and outcome of the primary.

Today's recanvass marked the eighth Grimes has overseen as Secretary of State. Last year, she presided over a statewide recanvass in a close Republican primary for Kentucky governor with a margin of 83 votes. Historically, while recanvasses may have resulted in minor changes in the vote totals, they have never changed the outcome of elections.

Grimes, chair of the State Board of Elections, has called a meeting of the State Board of Elections on May 31 to certify the results of the Primary Election. All vote totals remain unofficial until the Board issues certificates of nomination next week.

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Webster County inmate on the run

Kentucky State Police need your help in finding an escapee from the Webster County Detention Center.

Scott A. Sullivan, 33, is 5-foot-7 and weights 150 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. Sullivan was last seen wearing a black hat, black shirt, and black pants. He was incarcerated in Dixon on charges of fleeing and evading (motor vehicle), wanton endangerment and wanton endangerment (police officer).

Police received word at 6:30 p.m., last night that Sullivan had escaped during a transport.

If you come into contact with him, do not try to apprehend him; dial 911 or contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-270-676-3313 or toll-free, in Kentucky, at 1-800-222-5555 or your local law enforcement.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Area deaths

Sally I. Millikan, 59, of Marengo, Ill., died Saturday. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Ruth McDaniel, 91, of Marion died Wednesday at Crittenden County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Marion. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Field Day at CCES

Fun is in Session at Crittenden Elementary School today.
Despite a bit of rain, students braved the elements to enjoy field day, complete with plenty of water sports that had them wet already.

See next week's newspaper for more from field day.

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

Friday brings graduation, honor
for Distinguished Alumni
Folks who frequent the Crittenden County Senior Citizens Center are not surprised the facility was just named the best in a nine-county Pennyrile region. This is the first time the center has been recognized as such...

For the rest of the story and the following headlines, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • Four Distinguished Alumni to be honored Friday.
  • CCMS SBDM taps new principal.
  • Baker, Hollis tops among 82 graduates.
  • FALLEN HEROES: Pay your respects to the faces and names who gave all.
  • EDITORIAL: Memorial Day begs that we pay honor to our fallen heroes.
  • OPINION: It would be shame to forget Memorial Day
  • Fallen Ky. law enforcement officers remembered in annual ceremony.
  • Siemens recognized for safety.
  • CCES screenings slated for Tuesday.
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: Remembering our heroes.
  • Farmers Bank starts renovation project.
  • Kentucky jobless rate falls to 5.3 percent last month.
  • Waste tire collection slated for next month.
  • Types O negative and positive blood needed.
  • Ky. 453 shut down for summer repairs.
  • Plans for 2017 solar eclipse event ongoing.
  • Kenergy finds new nonprofit to help low-income members.
  • Take a walk through Fredonia’s past.
  • SPORTS: Rockets suprise District 5 with post-season life.
  • SPORTS: 4 more earn state berth in track.
  • SPORTS: Crittenden girls make early exit from Fifth.
  • SPORTS: Track and field awards announced.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rockets headed to championship

Crittenden County's baseball team upset Livingston Central 10-6 last night at Eddyvlle to advance to tonight's 6pm championship of the Fifth District Tournament against Trigg County.

The Lady Rockets softball team was upset last night by Trigg County in the district tournament at Lyon, ending the CCHS girls' season.

See this week's Crittenden Press printed edition for details.