Monday, September 17, 2018

Area deaths

Lavine Marguerite Campbell, 94, of Marion died Sunday. Myers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Peggy Jean Binkley, 77, of Burna died Sunday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Emergency fiscal court meeting Tuesday

Crittenden Fiscal Court will have an emergency-called meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday to consider authorization for bidding on a single-axle truck for the road department, replacing one that was wrecked over the winter. The auction is later Tuesday, and the court needs to authorize spending up to a set amount for the truck.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Meth investigations on the uptick here

Criminal drug cases rose in 2016 to a five-year peak in Crittenden County and it appears methamphetamine is becoming more prevalent inside the city limits of Marion.

Marion’s top cop says meth finds by city police were once fairly uncommon, but this year officers are making a record number of meth arrests.

The number of illegal methamphetamine labs being busted is way down here, but the drug is likely being imported from Mexico, says the state prosecutor.

Get all of the details in the Sept. 13, 2018 printed issue of The Crittenden Press.

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Area Death

Judith Willingham of Chicago died Thursday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

One injured in park crash

A vehicle accidentally crashed through a fence at the soccer field this morning at Marion-Crittenden County Park.

A youth soccer match was going on and at least one boy was injured. The child was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

All matches were cancelled.

“It was just awful. Kids were running and parents were running. The car shot out there so fast,” said a woman whose child was playing in the match.

Bystanders said it was an elderly woman behind the wheel. Marion Police Department is investingating the incident.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Distinguished Alumni Ceremony


Video clips from today's 
Marion-Crittenden County
Distinguished Alumni 
Luncheon and Presentation Ceremony

For complete profiles of each distinguished honoree, see
this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press

2018 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
Operatic Baritone Corey Crider
Geneticist Jared Ordway
US Navy SEAL Barry Enoch (posthumously)

Public has many questions about CHS sale

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About 100 people crammed into the Marion Ed-Tech Center meeting room Thursday evening for a public forum on the proposed sale of Crittenden Health System. 

The crowd included about two dozen local government and hospital officials who have been working on a deal to sell the real estate and healthcare operations to a private group. They say it's in the best interest of the community and long-term health of the hospital. Some in the audience were not convinced and spoke their objections and concerns.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom opened the two-hour meeting by offering a visual presentation with slides and points on the background of Crittenden Hospital and the general condition of rural healthcare in America. Newcom also answered questions. He was joined at the front of the room throughout the meeting by CHS Board Chairman Charlie Hunt, County Attorney Rebecca Johnson and Terry Nichols, an executive with Rural Hospital Group, the Kansas City, Mo., corporation wanting to purchase the hospital. The group has been managing CHS for about a year.

The information and discussion offered will be used by county government and hospital directors in the coming weeks while they weigh their decision on whether to pull the trigger on the deal. The Crittenden Press will have an in-depth article next week, outlining the community's concerns and the responses by those orchestrating this proposed deal.

Crittenden Fiscal Court, which owns the hospital real estate, appears to be the lynchpin in the decision-making process. The court meets again 8:30am Thursday, Sept. 20.

If you were not able to attend last night's forum, but would like to listen to a full audio of the meeting, The Press is making it available online. What you will find on the audio recording is Judge Newcom and other presenters making points and answering questions. Sometimes the questions are difficult to hear on the audio, but the answers are clear. Click Here to listen.

A recent Crittenden Press poll on Twitter about the potential sale of the hospital found that few patently disagree with the idea of selling it, but most want more information. Sixty-five votes were cast in the unscientific poll. Forty-two percent agree with the premise of selling the hospital, 11 percent disagreed and 47 percent said they need more information before responding. That is why your community newspaper has been on top of this major news story since its beginning a few weeks ago.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Homecoming parade draws 40 entries

Bird's eye view of this afternoon's parade.
The annual homecoming parade this afternoon was well attended.

Main Street was full of observers and about 40 entries participated in the parade, which kicked off the weekend's featured homecoming activities.

Tonight is the powder puff football game at Rocket Stadium and on Friday night a ceremony to crown a homecoming king and queen begins at about 6:15pm.

Webster County will be the Rockets' homecoming opponent on the football field. Kickoff is at 7pm Friday.

Crittenden County is 3-1 in its games this season while Webster County is 1-3.