Saturday, October 1, 2022

Candidates to speak, answer questions Tuesday

Crittenden County’s two major parties have jointly coordinated a General Election Forum featuring local, district and state candidates, which will begin at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4. 

The event will likely last three to four hours as candidates for public office have each been given an opportunity to participate. 

Some candidates will also answer questions from an independent moderator, which will be Crittenden Press Editor Chris Evans. 

There will be food available from mobile vendors that will set up outside of Fohs Hall. 

There is no cost and the public is invited.

Clarks River Road one-lane Monday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans a westbound work zone lane restriction on U.S. 60 (Clarks River Road) on Paducah's south side on Monday, Oct. 3.

Westbound traffic on Clarks River Road will be restricted to one-lane at McCracken County mile point 18.625 to allow erosion repairs at the Clarks River Bridge.

During cleaning and maintenance on the bridge this week, the KYTC District 1 bridge crew found a washout that threatened the roadway near the end of the westbound bridge structure.  On Monday, the eroded area will be excavated and filled with concrete.

All westbound traffic will move to the left-hand or passing lane in this work zone starting around 8 a.m., Monday.  The work is expected to be completed around noon on the same day.

Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and bridge maintenance personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Political forum Tuesday at Fohs Hall

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A forum Tuesday, Oct. 4 will feature candidates for state and local races.

Coordinated by the Republican and Democratic parties, the event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., at Fohs Hall. Candidates from both parties have been invited to participate.

The event will include comments from candidates and some questions posed to candidates.

Vendors will available and door prizes distributed throughout the 

Crittenden Bale Trail Begins Oct. 13

Crittenden County Bale Trail kicks off Oct. 13, and Crittenden County Extension Service is encouraging local residents to start getting creative with their hay bales. 

Participants who are decorating hay bales are encouraged to call the Extension Service to register at 270-965-5236. By submitting photos and an address where the artistic hay structure can be found, participants will be put on an official Crittenden County Bale Trail map. 

A contest will be hosted on the Facebook page, “Crittenden County Bale Trail,” and the photo with the most Likes will be named grand champion on Nov. 5. 

There is no cost to participate. 

Hay bale tours will begin Oct. 14. Maps will be available at the Extension office, located on U.S. 60 East, about a one-tenth of a mile outside of Marion. Non-perishable food items will be collected during the contest period and can be deposited behind the Extension office. Donated items will be delivered to the Crittenden County Food Bank.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Rescue squad solicity donations by mail

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The Crittenden County Rescue Squad is conducting its annual fall fundraiser.

Organizers will be mailing envelopes to homes, and caution that no one will call or come to your door to solicit donations.

The Crittenden County Rescue Squad relies solely on donations, and 100% of the money collected will be explicitly by the volunteer organization.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

D'Anna Browning Write-In Candidate for Mayor

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In the News this Week in Crittenden County


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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

City Administrator leaving for another job

Marion City Administrator Adam Ledford has this morning told Mayor Jared Byford that on Oct. 14 he will be leaving the administrative position he's held for almost six years.

Ledford will be taking a similar position at a town in eastern Tennessee. 

For more details on the city administrator's notice of resignation, see this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press, which will be on newsstands Wednesday. 

Croft, Jones together at new Fredonia clinic

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Jill Croft, APRN, has joined the staff of Fredonia Family Practice. She joins longtime APRN Beverly Jones.

Croft will see patients beginning Oct. 6 on Thursday and Friday. 

Jones will continuing seeing patients Monday through Wednesday.

The new Fredonia Family Practice Clinic is located near the northern city limits of Fredonia at the location of the former Brenda's Kitchen.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Burn ban in effect for Crittenden County

Due to the number of fires recently, the current extended dry and warmer than normal weather, and the outlook for continued dry and warmer than normal weather, County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom announced implementation Monday afternoon of a burn ban for Crittenden County.  

This ban is under authority of KRS 149.401 and prohibits all outdoor burning until such time the ban is lifted by public notice from Newcom's office.

Newcom said after speaking with a Regional Forestry representative Monday and looking at the projected dry forecast, he felt if best to issue the burn ban even though the fall burning season restrictions were set to go in place next week.  

Due to the ban, the county's brush yard will be closed until further notice.

Browning is write-in candidate for Marion mayor

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Marion native D'Anna Browning is seeking election as a write-in candidate for Marion mayor.

Browning is a current city council member and decided to run after the sudden death of councilwoman Phyllis Sykes. Sykes 
had filed to run for mayor before her passing.

Browning is working to educate voters on the write-in process. 

Voters must simply fill in the square below Candidate 1 and Candidate 2 on the ballot and write in her name.

Browning is a graduate of Crittenden County High School and Murray State University and is employed by Siemens.

Beef program held at Extension Annex

A Beef Quality Assurance Training will be held at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Crittenden County Extension Annex.

The class is free. The Kentucky Beef Council and Livestock Marketing Association are sponsoring producer certification for the month of September. Certification is required at some precondition sales. 

The class counts toward CAIP education credit and serves as a refresher course for cattle handling and processing.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Victory Gardens closing Friday

Crittenden County’s Victory Gardens near the park will close for the season after distribution on Friday, Sept. 30. 

The community gardens will have typical late summer produce until that time. 

The gardens and distribution are tended by work-release inmates from the Crittenden County Detention Center.

Friday, September 23, 2022

City Hall calls for attention to water conservation

Marion City Hall has issued a notice to its drinking water customers, asking them to be mindful of the water shortage and to slow usage. 

Continued dry weather is projected for the next 10 days or more, and there are other issues complicating Marion’s ability to serve its customers during the ongoing water crisis.

There are a number of factors affecting the current water situation in Marion. Namely the following.

  • A lack of rainfall in the past couple of weeks.
  • An extended dry forecast.
  • High demand for water due to these dry conditions.
  • Dropping water level at Old City Lake due to evaporation.
  • Backwashing and cleaning at Marion’s water plant to clear up issues that have been causing water quality problems. This process uses additional water for flushing exercises. 
  • Crittenden-Livingston Water District is experiencing a major leak and it has yet to be located. So the county has been forced to back off the amount of water being piped to Marion.

A perfect storm of problems is erasing some sense of normalcy that had settled over the water crisis in recent weeks, which may be leading customers to increase their usage. Marion leaders want to stress that conserving water remains absolutely necessary to avoid further complications.

Following is the statement issued late Friday morning by city hall.

Marion Water and Sewer Customers, 

It has been brought to our attention this week that the water we have been receiving from Crittenden-Livingston Water District has been limited due to leaks within their distribution system.  With that news along with our Water Plant’s scheduled closure for the cleaning of the filtration system and testing today we are asking our customers to please limit ALL non-essential water usage.  Please remember, the City of Marion is still under a Level-3 Conservation.  We continue to work to resolve this issue today and appreciate everyone’s efforts!!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Lady Rockets set new single-season win record

Senior Emilee Russellburg was the last of 
four seniors to score in CCHS's win.
Crittenden County High School's girls scored an historic soccer victory Thursday at Marion, beating Union County 8-0, capturing their ninth game of the season. That's the most wins a Lady Rocket soccer team has posted in a season since it became a varsity sport in 2001.

The girls have won four straight and six of their last seven in Coach Jessica DeBurgo’s second season at the helm. Their 9-4-2 record includes the most wins since 2005 when the Lady Rockets won eight and lost six with two ties. 

Before this fall, the Lady Rockets had not had a winning season since 2006 when they were 7-6-1. The program’s only other winning season was in 2005.

In the lopsided win over Union County, all four 12th graders scored at least one goal to cap their squad's Senior Recognition Night. The seniors are Taylor Guess, Raven Hayes, Emilee Russellburg and Lyli Wesmoland.

Marion Baptist registering for 3-on-3 league

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Marion Baptist Church is starting a 3-on-3 basketball league for girls and boys grades 1-6.

Registration will be held from 5-6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the church's family life center.

Games will be played on Saturdays between Nov. 12-Dec. 10. Cost is $35 to participate and scholarships are available by contacting Shawn Holeman at (270) 704-1493.

Teams will be assigned by the league director, and uniforms will be provided.

This new basketball format takes the place of Upward, traditionally held in January.

Automobile accident on KY 120

Authorities found one individual, the driver of the car, who was only slightly injured and refused treatment.

First responders are actively working an injury accident on KY 120 about one mile beyond the Shady Grove Y.

EMS and law enforcement have been summoned to the scene.

One vehicle has reportedly rolled over.

The crash was reported shortly after 7am.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Disc golf open at Marion Golf & Pool

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The Heritage at Marion Golf & Pool has a new disc 
golf course. The course runs along the outskirts and wooded areas of the mature 9-hole golf course. 

Play is free for the time being; however, disc golfers 
are required to sign in at the pro shop. Golf cart may be rented for minimal fees.

Next weekend the course will be closed to traditional golfers as the course hosts its first disc golf tournament, the Clark's Marion True Value Disc Golf Tournament Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Ordinarily, traditional golf will have the right of 
way on the course; however, organizers say the location of disc golf holes make it unlikely that disc golf will interfere.

Fiscal Court meets in special session

Crittenden County Fiscal Court will meet in special emergency session at 9 a.m., Thursday for the purpose of approving Opioid Settlement Participation Forms required as part of the class-action lawsuit won by Attorney General Daniel Cameron on behalf of all 120 counties in the commonwealth.


Library Book Sale This Week

Crittenden County Public Library will have its annual fall fundraising book sale Friday and Saturday. 

Books for sale include various genres for adult, youth and children. 

A stuffed large bag of books will cost just $15. Or books can be purchased singularly for $1 for a hard copy or 50 cents for a paperback. Books will also be sold by the box full and DVDs and audio tapes will be for sale, too. 

The sale is from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 23 and 9 a.m., until 2 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 24. 

Anyone who is a member of the Friends of the Library group can attend the early bird book sale starting at 5 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 22. Anyone can sign up to join the Friends group at Thursday’s sale. All funds raised from the book sale go to support the library to its programs.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Croft, Jones team up at Fredonia Family Care

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Jill Croft, APRN, has joined the staff of Fredonia Family Practice. She joins longtime APRN Beverly Jones.

Croft will see patients beginning Oct. 6 on Thursday and Friday. 

Jones will continuing seeing patients Monday through Wednesday.

The new Fredonia Family Practice Clinic is located near the northern city limits of Fredonia at the location of the former Brenda's Kitchen.

Kentucky Teacher of the Year presentation

UPDATE 2: There will be a police escort for teacher Mandy Perez and other school officials who are returning from Frankfort this afternoon about 3:45pm. The motorcade will pass through downtown Marion. The school district asking for the community to be on Marion's sidewalks to show support for Perez, the state's Teacher of the Year. 

: Perez is selected Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Watch it Here Live
Stay tuned for more details in this week's edition of The Crittenden Press.

Crittenden County teacher Mandy Perez is among a handful of finalists for Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be presented during a ceremony this morning in Frankfort. 

Perez and the other finalists were among 1,987 nominees for the honor. 

Watch the entire presentation ceremony Live Right Here on Gov. Andy Beshear's Facebook page or the Governor's YouTube Channel.

The presentation ceremony begins at 9am CST.