Saturday, May 27, 2023

Memorial Weekend Salute

2023 Blackford Veterans Walk of Honor Memorial Weekend Salute
Scroll down below for post outlining other Memorial Day Weekend Events

Comment on safe water sought by scientists

The Kentucky Academy of Science is urging the state’s advocates for science and health to offer feedback as federal officials collect public comments on proposed national drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The proposed drinking water standards represent some of the most significant recommendations ever offered to protect the nation’s drinking water from PFAS. Under the proposal, legally enforceable levels would be established for six PFAS known to occur in drinking water.

PFAS are man-made chemicals found in a number of everyday products. Known as "forever chemicals" PFAS resist breaking down even many years after the items that contain them have been discarded. Because of this, they continually accumulate in soil and water, in the food supply, and even in human bloodstreams.  PFAS chemicals have been associated with health threats, including an increased risk for some cancers.

The public comment period runs through May 30. To see the full proposal and/or provide comments, CLICK HERE.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Free lunch Tuesday at Marion Baptist

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Tuesday, May 30 will be the monthly free lunch served at Marion Baptist Church.

Between 11 a.m.-1 p.m., church members will serve cheesy chicken and rice, roasted vegetables and cake to anyone in the community who wishes to stop by.

Marion Baptist Church is located on the corner of East Depot and South College streets.

Memorial Weekend Services

Blackford Veterans Walk of Honor will hosts its annual Memorial Day celebration and recognition service starting at 10 a.m., Saturday at the site on Blackford Church Road in Crittenden County. 

Keynote speaker is Judge Alan C. Stout. There will be a dedication service of 9 bricks and 4 tiles in memory of various individuals who have served in the U.S. military.

Musician and singer Tim Rhodes will be on sight providing entertainment beginning at 9 a.m. until the program begins, and then afterwards. Also at the event will be a food truck from Union County specializing in burgers, ice cream, donuts, etc.


Blackford Veterans Memorial will host a service beginning at 10 a.m. Federal Judge Alan Stout will be keynote speaker and the event will feature a memorial brick dedication.


Burna American Legion will host its annual Memorial Weekend event at 8 a.m., with a continental breakfast at end. U.S. Army veteran John Driskill of Smithland will be the speaker. 


Mapleview Cemetery in Marion will have its annual Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. U.S. Army veteran John Driskill of Smithland will be the speaker. 

Shady Grove Cemetery will have its regular Memorial Day Service at  11 a.m. with lunch to follow. Judge-Executive Perry Newcom will be among the speakers. 

Fredonia will host a service honoring fallen veterans at its memorial. The event will begin at 1 p.m. Bring lawn chairs.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Crash and stolen vehicle today in county

An automobile accident this afternoon has led to a LifeFlight trip to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for a man involved in a Jeep crash near Tolu. No further information was immediately available. 

Also, Crittenden County Sheriff has been working on a stolen vehicle case. A truck, trailer and lawn mower was stolen this morning from Marion. The sheriff says he's located the vehicle in Illinois, but the investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Crews find culprit at Lake George

Engineers and crewmen from a marine specialty company have found what they believe to be the original culprit for Marion's water woes that began last spring.

See this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press to find out all of the details.

The lake, once a recreation area for picnicking and fishing, is currently closed to the public due to potential dangers.

Deadline for Ag Census is May 31

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will end data collection for the 2022 Census of Agriculture on May 31. Kentucky producers who have not yet returned their completed questionnaires have just one week left to respond. Federal law requires everyone who received the ag census to complete and return it. Recipients can respond online at or by mail.

"Agriculture is important in our state and the census data will be used by all who serve American agriculture," said NASS Regional Director David Knopf. "Your response means you are being represented and helping to shape the future of farming and rural communities."

USDA NASS is reminding ag census recipients that if they produced and sold $1,000 or more of agricultural product in 2022, or normally would have produced and sold that much, they meet USDA’s definition of a farm. However, landowners who lease land to producers, those solely involved in conservation programs, and even those who may not have farmed in 2022 are still required to respond.

“If you received the ag census but do not fit the definition of a farm, are no longer farming, never farmed,

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Hurricane Youth Camp registration underway

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It's time to register for Hurricane Youth Camp.

Located in Crittenden County near Tolu, the non-denominational youth camp will be held June 12-17.

Cost is $200 for overnight campers and $185 for day campers.

Show and Shine Thursday in Marion

This Thursday is the first Marion Show and Shine event car show at the court square.

Every fourth Thursday of the month through September, the Marion Tourism Commission is sponsoring the car show. 

Participants can register to win $500 at the end of the car show season.

Shine up your unique ride and show it off.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Lady Rockets play regional semifinal today

UPDATE: Lady Rockets were defeated by Caldwell County in the regional semifinal. See this week's newspaper for details.

Crittenden County's Lady Rocket softball team will play Caldwell County in today's Second Region semifinal game starting at 5:30pm at Hopkins Central High School.

Caldwell (17-12) has beaten the Lady Rockets twice this season, 5-4 and 8-5. The Lady Tigers were runner-up to Madisonville in their district. 

Crittenden (14-15) has won four of its last five games. The only loss during that run was to Caldwell late in regular season. CCHS is the Fifth District champion for just the third time ever and will be playing in the regional Final Four for only the second time.

Tickets to today's game will be available for cash at the gate. 

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Graduation events this week

Seniors lined up on the football field for a drone picture this week.

Baccalaureate for the Crittenden County High School Class of 2023 will be held tonight at 6pm at Rocket Arena.

Class Night is at 6 pm Thursday and graduation Friday at 6pm.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Regional softball tournament moved to Christian Co. HS

Update: Game moved to Christian County High School. School is located behind the school.

Cash will be accepted at the gate at Saturday's Second Region Softball Tournament.

The Lady Rockets play Union County at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 each.

Friday, May 19, 2023

Cash gate at Second Region Softball Tournament

Cash will be accepted at the gate at Saturday's Second Region Softball Tournament.

The Lady Rockets play Union County at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 each.

The Second Region Softball Tournament is being played at Hopkins County Central.

Library continues search for director

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The Crittenden County Public Library is searching 
for a new librarian.

Check out to get specifics of the position.

Applications are due June 2.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Personal property auctioned Saturday near Sturgis

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The Masons are downsizing and selling personal property Saturday, May 20 near Sturgis.

Railey's Auction Service will conduct the sale beginning at 9 a.m., at 1782 SR 2834, Sturgis.

Outdoor equipment and tools, furniture and household items are included in the sale.

Firemen respond to previously burned home

Crittenden County Volunteer Fire Department is en route to a structure fire at 3201 Mott City Road.

The house near the intersection of Weldon Road was vacant after catching fire several months ago. 

Marion City Fire, Salem and Fredonia Fire departments' assistance on the scene has been requested.

City Hall changes normal business hours

Marion City Hall has changed its normal office hours. City Hall is at Marion Commons off of Main Street. 

Regular hours are now 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The hours were previously 8:30 to 4:30.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

CCHS SBDM voting is under way

Parents who will have students at Crittenden County High School during the 2023-24 school year may vote now through Friday, May 19 at 3 p.m. for their CCHS Site-Based, Decision-Making Council parent representatives. 

You should cast ballots for two nominees.

Vote at:

You also may vote in person at CCHS between 8am and 3pm through Friday.

How Crittenden County voted on Tuesday

Crittenden County's balloting on Tuesday for the primary election closely mirrored statewide trends.

This week's full edition of the newspaper will take a look at the local details as Gov. Andy Beshear and Attorney General Daniel Cameron captured their parties' nominations in gubernatorial races.

In the newest edition of The Press – which will be on newsstands after lunchtime today – we will have a report on some key happenings coming up this week in Marion's ongoing water crisis.

Plus, there's a great deal more news you will want to read. A number of spring time events are being planned for the coming days, there is news from the police department and we have complete coverage from last week's grand jury and circuit court.

And, how about those Lady Rockets, who captured the first softball championship in five years and only the third in school history. Our spring sports roundup has all of the details on that and more.


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Third time in history, girls win softball title

Despite entering the postseason as the No. 4 seed in the league, Crittenden County won the Fifth District championship with back-to-back tournament victories Monday and Tuesday over Livingston Central and Lyon County, respectively. 

Strong defense, great pitching and some timely hitting were key to the Lady Rocket softball championship. 

The championship is just the third in Crittenden County softball history. 

Get details in this week's newspaper.

CCHS will advance to this weekend's regional tournament. Pairings will be determined later today.

Hurricane Youth Camp registration open

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It's time to register for Hurricane Youth Camp.

Located in Crittenden County near Tolu, the non-denominational youth camp will be held June 12-17.

Cost is $200 for overnight campers and $185 for day campers.

VBS at Marion Baptist first week in June

Mark your calendar for the first Vacation Bible School of the season.

Marion Baptist Church will host VBS June 5-7. 

Daily activities will be held between 12:45-4 p.m.

Visit to register.