Saturday, July 22, 2017

Courthouse remains cooling center

Crittenden County Courthouse will remain a cooling center through Sunday night, according to Judge-Executive Perry Newcom. The building was opened Thursday to those in the community who may not have air-conditioning at their home during the heat wave. The heat index is expected to remain in triple digits tomorrow.

To access the courthouse for a cooling center, enter from the West Carlisle Street doors.

Giant estate auction today in Marion

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A giant public auction, perhaps the largest of its kind ever in this community, is kicking off this morning on US 641 just south of Marion.

The Mickey and Jo Nelson estate auction has numerous antique pieces and other fine items. You won't want to miss this one.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Let's all find peace, purpose and patience


Snowflake. Homophobe. Libtard.

Those are just some of the words I regularly notice scrolling through Twitter and Facebook throughout the day. The toxic opinions of social media users have become more polarized than ever since last year's election, with each side sparing to best the opposition with demeaning personal remarks and criticism.

Some claim President Trump is to blame for our country’s division. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We are letting Trump divide ourselves. He isn’t forcing us to spout hate to our fellow Americans, we are taking that upon ourselves in hopes of “beating” the other side.  It’s our arrogance that’s dividing us, not our President.

Why have 21st century politics become such a contest, with one side bragging to another after an election victory? Politics isn’t a contest, with the winner receiving a better life and the loser having to put up with it. It is our job to stand in solidarity with one another, with party lines diminished, in hopes that our government can work effectively to provide what’s best for all of us.

The truth is, there are myriad controversial issues facing our country, and of course, it’s appropriate to question the decisions and actions of those in power. But why must it be with so much hostility? Can we not embrace respectful debate, hearing out the differing opinions of others and taking time to rationalize them in our own brain before sounding off online?

We have become so quick to shoot down the opinions of others, simply because we lack understanding of their individual perspective. Instead of being quick to call the man who opposes homosexuality a “homophobic bigot,” take the time to understand the underlying premise of his beliefs. Before judging a kneeling Collin Kaepernick, pause to consider the oppression he has faced that might’ve shaped his opinion.

This isn’t a case of party alliance. It’s not a case of who’s right and who’s wrong. It’s a case of human decency. Have we, as a country, forgotten the values and manners that we were brought up with? What happened to turning the other cheek when others’ opinions differ from ours?

We must stop being so entrenched in our differences of individual opinions and party platforms that we fail to see what unites us all. We are all humans. We were all placed on this Earth to live a happy, prosperous life, full of purpose. Let’s find strength in that truth and make it our mission every day to build up those around us, Democrats and Republicans alike.

(Blake Sandlin, a student at Murray State University from Marshall County, is in the midst of a 10-week internship at The Crittenden Press. He can be reached at (270) 965-3191 or bsandlin1

Area death

Ruth Slayden Chittenden of Hampton died Friday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Audibel offers free hearing tests

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Courthouse open as cooling center

Crittenden County Courthouse will be open as a cooling center tonight and Friday night to provide relief to any residents who may not have air conditioning during the dangerous heat. The heat index for the next couple of days is forecast to be well into triple digits.

Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said the doors to the building off West Carlisle Street will remain unlocked to provide unfettered access.

Area Death

Opal Ethel Pigg, 92, of Marion died Wednesday. Local arrangements are being handled by Gilbert Funeral Home.

Thomas Allen Jones, 71, of Marion died Monday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CCHS SBDM meets Tuesday

CCHS SBDM will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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

Most city leaders found last week’s goal-setting session for Marion government an eye-opener to a host of serious issues facing the municipality. The city’s top official took it a step further. “It’s depressing,” said Mayor Jared Byford following last Thursday’s three-hour meeting billed by City Administrator Adam Ledford as the first step to fixing an array of problems. “It almost made me sick to my stomach.” What Byford and others found disturbing were the dozens of concerns brought to light and inventoried for the first time with virtually everyone in city government in the same room.

For this story and the following headlines, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • Byford: July 31 goal to certify tax petition
  • Eclipse casting shadow
  • Dentist eyes filling local cavity
  • CCHS ready to open new ‘Houses’
  • opens virtual city hall door
  • Several sentenced by court
  • Grand Jury indicts 3 local individuals
  • Salem man hurt in wreck
  • SPORTS: Legacy of Cassidy Moss will loom large for ages
  • Hand-painted, inspirational messages brightening Crittenden Countians’ days
  • CCEDC hosts annual meeting
  • MCC July enrollment event set for Tuesday
  • Teen gets sample of college life
  • COMMENTARY: Hungry Marion diners share diverse tastes
  • Application OK’d for requesting city funds
  • Local woman files scam gripe with AG
  • Motorcycle wreck injures 3 individuals
  • Treasurer touts transparency
  • Foster care review volunteers sought

Backpack Giveaway: Get Your Voucher before July 27

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Junior Pro Football Registration is Aug. 1

Registration for Junior Pro Football is Tuesday, Aug. 1 at Rocket Arena.

Fifth and sixth graders register at 6 p.m., and third and fourth graders register starting at 6:45 p.m.

Bring your birth certificate.

Equipment assignments will be made at registration.

First practice in T-shirts and shorts is Thursday, Aug. 3. Dr. Johnny Newcom will provide physicals for $20 at practice on Aug. 3 at the park.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Area deaths

Vestel Murray, 79, of Marion died Sunday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kimberly Cosby, 50, of Marion died Sunday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Allen Jones, 71, of Marion died Monday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Rachel R. Millikan, 31, of Salem died Monday. Neal and Lambert Family Funeral Home of Calvert City is in charge of arrangements.