Friday, August 29, 2014

In Marion: Job Opportunity

Paving to begin Tuesday on U.S. 60 in Union County

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) has completed concrete repairs and base repair work along a section of U.S. 60 in Union County. The contractor now plans to start paving on Tuesday.

Asphalt paving along U.S. 60 will run from mile-point 6.734 near the Ky. 270 intersection extending eastward to mile-point 13.077 near the Eagle Creek Bridge.

The contractor plans to restrict paving activity to reduce disruptions to school traffic.  The contractor will be primarily paving outside of peak school travel periods to avoid conflicts with bus traffic.

Motorists should be alert for one-lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers.  Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

Roger’s Group is the prime contractor on this $1.66 million highway improvement project. This paving work is scheduled on a weather permitting basis. Work along this section is expected to take a week or two to complete.

There will be no paving along a 0.38+mile section of U.S. 60 at the entrance to Union County Hospital. Plans call for this section to be reconstructed to add a turn lane for the hospital entrance at a later date.

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Burn ban lifted for county

Just one day after a countywide burn ban was issued by Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom, the order has been rescinded. The rain that fell Wednesday along with a forecast for more precipitation spurred Newcom to make the decision.

"Even though the majority of the county has yet to reach anywhere near the 2-inch rainfall amount, most of the county has gotten some much needed rain over the past couple of days," Newcom said today in his order. "The forecast for the next several days indicates a greater possibility of rain chances and lower temperatures. I would still encourage all citizens to exercise caution with all planned outdoor burning activities."

The county will revert back to normal state burning laws.

Governor announces I-24 median cable barrier project

Motorists traveling along Interstate 24 will soon see the addition of more median cable barriers in McCracken, Marshall and Christian counties.

During a ceremony at the I-24 welcome center in Hopkinsville Thursday, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that work has begun on the $3.1 million, 24-mile installation project.

“Early in my administration, we had a serious problem – crossover crashes – and a shortage of money, but we were determined to do something about it,” Gov. Beshear said. “The solution we chose was cable barriers. We aggressively began deploying cable barrier systems, and the result has been a dramatic reduction in crossover crashes. That also means fewer medical expenses and liability, and most importantly, fewer funerals and heartbroken families.”

Placement of cable barriers is determined by traffic volume and crash data. Kentucky has more than 240 miles of barrier installed or in the process of installation – most of it along interstates and highways in urban areas. More rural areas have qualified to receive barriers under the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) due to the increase of those data factors.

This year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has budgeted $6.1 million for median barrier installation. The cost per mile averages $140,000 to $150,000 per mile.

The current median cable barrier installation is in two sections along I-24. The project in Paducah starts near the Ohio River and continues past the U.S. 68 Exit 16 interchange in Marshall County.

In Christian County, the project begins near the U.S. 41-Alternate Exit 86 interchange and extends to the Kentucky-Tennessee line. This particular section is a continuation of a nearly 16-mile installation project completed in July 2014.

The project was awarded to the George B. Stone Co. of Sharpsburg. Completion is expected in October 2014.

Over the last 3 and a half years, there have been 27 crossover collisions, four resulting in fatalities, recorded near the McCracken-Marshall County project area. Comparatively, the Christian County stretch has witnessed 25 crossover collisions, four of which resulted in fatalities.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Governor's race heating up

While all eyes are on Kentucky’s contentious U.S. Senate race as Election Day nears, another battle between GOP hopefuls for governor is nearing a boil. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced his gubernatorial ambitions at this year’s Fancy Farm picnic, and he’s set to formally unveil his campaign and running mate Sept. 9 in his hometown of Tompkinsville. His entry in the race pits him against Louisville real estate developer Hal Heiner, the only other Republican on the 2015 gubernatorial ballot thus far.

Read more at The State Journal online.

Paducah named world's fifth smartest city

See if you can complete this list of the world's top five cities as tourist destinations: San Francisco, Paris, Mumbai, Rome and ....... If you guessed Paducah, you would be right. In "The 2014 Traveler 50: World's Smartest Cities," featured in the October issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine, Paducah is right there at No. 5 sandwiched between Paris and Melbourne.

For more, visit The Paducah Sun online.

Backyard BBQ set for Sept. 27

The third annual Backyard BBQ fundraiser for Fohs Hall is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 27.

The celebration of the musical heritage of western Kentucky will be held at Dale and Janet Kemper’s home in Marion. Barbecue ribs and shoulder with all the fixings will be served for $25 per plate. Music will include headliner Too Old to Care, featuring former Marion residents Tom Loyd and Bob Watson.

Reservations are required by Sept. 12 and can be made by calling (270) 965-3332 or (270) 836-3133.

Former jailer, sheriff's deputy dies

Former Crittenden County Jailer and Sheriff's Deputy Rickey Riley has died.

Crittenden EMS and emergency responders were dispatched just after 9:50 a.m. today to Riley's home on Ky. 91 North. When emergency personnel arrived, they found Riley motionless on a tractor he had been using to mow his lawn. CPR was performed on Riley, but he was later pronounced at Crittenden Health Systems.

The cause of death is unclear at present, but Riley had suffered from heart problems.

Riley, 67, served for a number of years with the Henderson Police Department, attaining the rank of assistant chief. He then worked for a brief period as an instructor at Kentucky's police academy before joining Crittenden County Sheriff's Department as a deputy. In 2003, he was appointed Crittenden County Jailer and served in that capacity until his retirement in August of 2013.

Arrangements for Riley are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Three More Nights of Revival

Pleasant Grove General Baptist Church
Proudly Presents
August 25-29 -- 7pm Nightly

Monday, Aug. 25 -- Bro. Jr. Deason
Tuesday, Aug. 26 -- Bro. Mike Grimes
Wednesday, Aug. 27 -- Bro. David Davis
Thursday, Aug. 28 -- Bro. Herbert Alexander Jr.
Friday, Aug. 29 -- Bro. Shawn Stephens

Church is located on Hwy. 723 north of Salem, Ky.