Wednesday, June 16, 2021

TransAm Bike Race coming through Marion

The 4,300-mile TransAm Bike Race will pass through Marion in the coming days. The event started June 5 in Astoria, Wash.

Cyclists cross into Kentucky on the Cave In Rock Ferry, follow Ky. 91 to Marion before heading out of Crittenden County on Ky. 120. Forty-two cyclists are participating.

The 2019 winner completed the event in 16 days. Watch real-time progress on

Republican Party meets June 24

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The Crittenden County Republican Party will meet June 24.

Everyone who is interested in standing up for faith and freedom is urged to attend.

An energized Crittenden County Republican Party wants you to 
stand up for your rights.

To learn more, attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m., June 24 at the 
Marion Ed-Tech Center on Industrial Drive in Marion.

True Value auctioning rental equipment

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Equipment in the rental division of Marion True Value will be sold by Bunch Bros. Auctioneers & Realty on Saturday, June 19. The store will be closed for routine sales in the hardware and lumber stores during the one-day sale.

Equipment to be sold includes trenchers, tractors, man lift, trailers, power tools and many other items formerly available in True Value's rental department.

The auction begins at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Crittenden vaccination rate lags behind neighbors

Crittenden continues to lag behind most other adjoining counties in the percentage of residents who have been vaccinated. Almost 1 out of every 4 people in Crittenden County have been inoculated for COVID-19. Crittenden ranks fifth when compared to contiguous counties and among the low third in the state. 

Woodford, Franklin and Fayette counties have the state’s highest percentage of people who have been vaccinated. All are over 50 percent inoculated. Christian ranks the lowest in Kentucky at 17 percent. 

In Crittenden County, 2,247 people have been vaccinated. Of those age 65 or older, half have been vaccinated and 31 percent age 18 or over have gotten their shot(s).

Area Counties Vaccination rate
Lyon County                 43%
Caldwell County         34%
Livingston County     32%
Webster County         27%
Crittenden County     24%
Union County             23%

Driver's License renewals are now online

Many Kentucky residents are now eligible to renew their driver's license online. This includes motorcycle licensing. 

Simply go to You can complete the renewal process online as early as six months before your licenses' expiration or for up to a year after it expires. The entire process takes only a few montages. 

Pay with a debit or credit card, and there is a small service fee.

Remember to check your DL expiration date as the state stopped sending renewal notices a few years ago.

Online renewals work for standard licenses as well as Real IDs, but you'll still need to visit an office in-person to make the initial switch to a Real ID.

Those replacing a lost or stolen driver's license, upgrading from four-year to eight-year expiration period, getting a commercial license or changing their name or address will also need to renew in person. 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Public library has job openings

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There are two employment positions available at the Crittenden County Public Library.

Applications are being accepted for full-time circulation librarian and part-time library clerk.

For more information about either of these positions, contact the library.

To apply, pick up applications during regular business hours. Applications should be returned by Friday, June 25.

Webster man dies in crash at Moore Hill

A Webster County man died in a single-vehicle accident Sunday night on U.S. 60 West at Moore Hill in rural Crittenden County.

Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department reports say Bryan Baumann was the driver and only occupant of a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant that was traveling westbound when for an unknown reason exited the right side of the highway, went over a guardrail, down an embankment and struck a utility pole.

The crash happened shortly after 10 p.m.

Sheriff Wayne Agent said the wreck remains under investigation. 

It was the first fatal traffic accident in the county this year.

City leaders break ground on new sewer plant

Local officials along with contractor and engineering specialists posed for a ground-breaking photograph last week at the site of Marion’s new $13.6 million waste water plant on Pippi Hardin Boulevard in Industrial Park North. 

Pictured are (from left) Alan Robinson, president of Eclipse Engineering; Councilman Mike Byford, City Administrator Adam Ledford, Mayor Jared Byford, Councilwoman Phyllis Sykes, Councilwoman D’Anna Browning, Councilman Donnie Arflack and Cody Lokits of the Walker Company, which is the general contractor for the project.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Livingston receives calming, library grants

North Livingston Elementary School was notified that it received a grant totaling $10,347.67 through the System of Care FIVE Partner Grant. These funds will be used to place calming areas in classrooms and other areas throughout the school. Within these areas, the children will have continuous access to materials needed to control outbursts, meltdowns and disruptive behavior. 

 Sensory paths will also be placed throughout hallways to encourage movement and provide opportunities to learn self-regulation strategies without being disruptive to others in the classroom. Sensory and calming kits

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Personal property auction June 26

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Bluegrass Realty-Auction will conduct a personal property auction June 26. The sale begins at 9 a.m.

The absolute auction will sell property at the Hearell residence on Ky. 838 west of Marion.

Two vehicles including a Corvette and a Ford F150 are among items to be sold. Numerous pieces of farm equipment are included, along with small tools and recreation equipment.

For more information, contact Robert Kirby, broker.

COVID figures for Crittenden County


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The Crittenden Press has tracked the pandemic from day one. We've archived all the numbers and specifics provided daily by public health officials.

Each month, the newspaper has published a comprehensive look at the pandemic's figures in the county, breaking down age and gender data.

Here's a sample of what the full edition of the newspaper has been providing throughout the pandemic. 

You can subscribe to the full hand-held, traditional paper edition, an electronic edition online or have the full newspaper emailed to your inbox each week in PDF form. Subscribe here.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Hurricane Camp rescheduled until July

Hurricane Camp Meeting has been rescheduled.

It will be held July 26-Aug. 1.

Originally scheduled for June 14-20, the non-denominational church revival was rescheduled due to a conflict with one of the members of the Stone Family.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

True Value rental equipment selling at auction

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Equipment in the rental division of Marion True Value will be sold by Bunch Bros. Auctioneers & Realty on Saturday, June 19. The store will be closed for routine sales in the hardware and lumber stores during the one-day sale.

Equipment to be sold includes trenchers, tractors, man lift, trailers, power tools and many other items formerly available in True Value's rental department.

The auction begins at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Blue Ribbon competition at KY State Fair

Kentucky State Fair welcomes competitors of all ages to submit entries and compete for cash prizes and the more than 5,000 blue ribbons awarded at the annual festival August 19-29.
Competitors can choose from 31 departments – including culinary, antiques, 
livestock, homebrew beer, photography and textiles – which are further divided into 7,000 total classes of competition.
Deadlines for Entries to the Fair
General July 8
General (with late fee) July 10
Open and 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock July 10
Pigeon and Poultry  July 19
Rabbit  July 19
Open Livestock (with late fee) July 2
Extra Late Open Livestock (with late fee) Aug. 3
 For additional information about entries, fees, categories, prizes and more, refer to the Kentucky State Fair premium book online at
The 2021 Kentucky State Fair will be at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit or find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Senior Center in Crittenden, other counties reopening

Pennyrile Area Development District (PADD) and the Pennyrile Allied Community Services (PACS) will be reopening Senior Citizens Centers in Crittenden and other Pennyrile counties on July 1.  

The  counties also include Caldwell, Christian, Hopkins, Lyon, Livingston, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg.

Centers will return to their normal hours of operation and services prior to the pandemic. All centers will continue to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and/or local guidelines.  

Centers will resume congregate meals.  During the month of July, PACS will also continue providing curbside meal pickup.  To better assist PACS in knowing how many meals to plan for it is asking everyone to call the local senior center to reserve a congregate or curbside meal.  

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Merrick book signing is Saturday

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Marion author Regina Merrick has released her latest book, "Rebuilding Joy," the second in a series titled RenoVations.

The book series is set in Crittenden County and follows the 3-part series Southern Breeze series, the first book of which was released in 2018. 

Merrick will have a book singing for "Rebuilding Joy," on the porch of her East Bellville Street home between 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, June 12.

The former educator and public library director is an inspirational romance writer of Christian fiction.

Liquor sales are on the rise in Marion

With just days left in the City of Marion’s fiscal budgetary year, it’s clear that local liquor sales are outpacing last year. 

Marion legalized liquor sales in August of 2019. The city receives a five-percent tax on the sale of wine, beer and distilled alcohol, and places that sell must buy a license. Those revenues are remitted each month to the city. After 10 months reporting from FY21, tax revenue generated from liquor sales and licenses has been $63,006.37. That’s well above the entire first year of tax taken in from legal liquor sales. 

FY20 tax receipts were $46,766.95, but that was for 11 months because sales were not legal until the second month of the fiscal year. 

Sales tax revenue for alcohol was $5,449.06 in March and $6,090.19 in April, both below average for this budgetary cycle. Tax revenue derived from the legal sale of alcohol is primarily spent on law enforcement. 

Meet the new Livingston superintendent

Did you get a chance to read last week's Crittenden Press article about the new school superintendent in Livingston County?

If not, you can still get a copy or read it online with a subscription to the electronic edition.

The new school leader has super connections to the area and he's excited about coming home.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Darben Plaza space available for lease

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A retail space in Darben Plaza in Marion is available for lease.

The vacancy in the Marion shopping center on Sturgis 
Road is 5,400 square feet. Owners are willing to subdivide 
or build to suit.

Contact Strong Properties for more information.

Mac's the place to shop for Father's Day

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Dad would like a new accessory for his vehicle. Or maybe a good interior and exterior cleaning. Or maybe he's been meaning to get his windows tinted.

If you agree to any of these statements, call Stephen and Stacey McKinney at 
Mac's II Custom Tint and Detail.

Mac's has been outfitting area vehicles with nerf bars, seat covers, bed liners and Weather Tech products for years, and they've satisfied a lot of dads' Father's Day wish lists.

Call Mac's today. Father's Day is June 20.

Rockets fall in semifinal round of regional tourney

The Rockets baseball team lost 6-4 to Henderson County Sunday in the semifinal round of the regional

Crittenden set several new team and individual records this year. See more about the historic run in the full edition of The Crittenden Press. You can also review local sports historian Andy Hunt's Rocket Baseball History Book and see the team's full 2021 results and statistics at the Rockets Scoreboard.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

7 local athletes qualify for state meet

Former CCHS track coach Angela Starnes was
at the regional meet and congratulated some
of Crittenden's state qualifiers.
Crittenden County had seven athletes qualify in six different events for state track and field competition by virtue of their finishes Saturday at Murray in the First Region Class A meet.

Top two finishers in each category earn a berth in the state meet.

CCHS regional champions were Tristan Davidson in the high jump, Kate Keller in the 1600 and 800 meters and Mary Martinez in the 3200 meters. 

Regional runners-up were Eli Moss in the 400 meters and he was joined on the state-qualifying 1600-meter relay team by Noah Perkins, Rowen Perkins and Kaleb Nesbitt. 

There are still some at-large state berths available based on finishes when compared statistically to others across the state. The CCHS team will know if it has additional qualifiers early this week.

The KHSAA state track and field meet is June 10-12 on the UK campus in Lexington.