Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Press will be out Thursday

Due to issues at the printing press in Elkton, Ky., The Crittenden Press will not be out until Thursday morning. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Trigg votes for alcohol sales

Trigg County residents approved alcoholic beverage sales in the county during a special referendum election Tuesday. The pro-alcohol ballots won by a slim 36-vote margin.

The Yes for alcohol sales vote totaled 2,665, while 2,629 residents voted no to the idea.

Trigg County officials, by statute, have less than three months to prepare ordinances to allow the sales of package liquor and alcohol by the drink. Ordinances would establish guidelines for signage, hours of sales, Sunday sales, temporary sales permits and taxation. 

Voting precincts in the county seeking to return to dry status may petition to do so starting today. 

Monday, September 28, 2009

Area Death: York

Louise York, 76, of Marion, owner of Louise's Flowers in Marion, died Sunday at her home.

Visitation is from 4-9 p.m., Tuesday at Gilbert Funeral Home. The funeral is at 11 a.m., Wednesday.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Coroner awaiting details from teen's autopsy

The Crittenden County Coroner's office is awaiting autopsy results from the Caldwell County teen who died  this week at Crittenden Hospital. 

Gabrielle Wilson, 13, died just after 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23 after being admitted with flu-like symptoms.

Deputy Coroner Bill Myers said the girl had been seen at Family Practice Care, a clinic in Fredonia, where health professionals told her family to take her to the hospital immediately. The nearest hospital was in Marion.

"When she got to Marion, they called Norton's Children's Hospital and they flew down here, but by the time they got here she had passed away," Myers said.

Based on information he received from the hospital and family members, Myers learned that Wilson had been seen at Caldwell County Hospital on Sept. 18 or Sept. 19. 

The deputy coroner says the fact that the girl had flu-like symptoms has increased concern over the swine flu.

Wilson, an African American, was a student at Caldwell County Middle School.

Myers said the Kentucky Department of Health contacted him Thursday seeking information regarding the teen's death.

Crittenden Documentary Broadcast Schedule

The Crittenden County Documentary, My Kentucky Home produced by Sam Koltinksy of Princeton, will be broadcast early Sunday morning on KET1, at 1 a.m. It's also airing on KETKY at later dates. See below:

TV Schedule

Closed CaptionedKentucky ProgrammingCrittenden County #101 
A historical look at Crittenden County and its economic and social contribution to the state.
  • KET1 Saturday, September 26 at 1:00 am
  • KETKY Saturday, September 26 at 11 a.m.
  • KETKY Tuesday, October 6 at 11 a.m.
  • KETKY Friday, October 9 at 3:30 pm

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Area Deaths

Patricia Ann Tabor, 77, of Fredonia, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 at Crittenden Hospital. The funeral is Friday at Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton.

Thelma T. Millikan, 86, of Marion died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at Crittenden Hospital. She was a member of Crooked Creek Baptist Church. The funeral is Saturday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Coroner's office investigating death

The Crittenden County Coroner's office is investigating the death of an unnamed 13-year-old female who reportedly died at Crittenden Hospital this week. She had been admitted to the hospital with flu like symptoms. The girl was from Caldwell County.

Area Death: Travis

Jimmie Randell “Pap” Travis, 73, of Marion died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 at Crittenden Hospital.  He was a member of Marion United Methodist Church. The funeral is Friday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Patrols will increase on Fords Ferry Road

Since Fords Ferry Road has been widened and resurfaced there have been an increasing number of complaints regarding speeders. Marion Police Department will be watching the area with radars starting today.

See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for details.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Area Death: Moore

Peggy Joyce Moore, 64, of Salem, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 at her residence.
She was employed by the U.S. Post Office for more than 31 years. The funeral is Wednesday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

College Street closed today

College Street in Marion is closed today between Bellville and First streets while city crews repair a waterline.

Area Death: Jenkins

Willie Mae Jenkins, 84, of Marion died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 at Crittenden County Health and Rehab. The funeral is Tuesday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Perkins Brothers at Fohs Hall next weekend

Area Deaths

Evalena Woodall, 70, of Marion died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 at Livingston Hospital. The funeral is Saturday at Myers Funeral Home in Marion.

Virginia Jewell, 75, of Dycusburg, died at 10:55 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2009 at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. The funeral is Friday at Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel in Eddyville.

J.C. Asbridge, 83, of the Frances community died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 at his home. The funeral services is Saturday at Frances Presbyterian Church. Gilbert Funeral Home in in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane restriction Ky. 120

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on Ky. 120 near the Crittenden-Webster County line for bridge work on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 17 & 18.


The lane restriction between Marion and Providence at mile point 16.689 is to allow deck work on overflow bridges near theTradewater River Bridge. Once preliminary work is complete, a contractor will be at the site on Friday to place a new asphalt overlay on the bridge decks and pave the bridge approaches.


Motorists should use appropriate caution in areas where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are on the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.  This work will be completed during daylight hours on a weather permitting basis.


Area Death: Martin

Thelma Martin, 84, of Marion, died Tuesday at Crittenden Health and Rehab. The funeral is Friday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

More H1N1 & Dollar General

Crittenden County Schools have confirmed two more cases of the H1N1 flu virus among students at the high school and middle school. That makes four the total of students who have suffered from the illness. School Superintendent says both students were out of school for a few days, cured and have now returned to classes.

In other news, there's a second new Dollar General Store coming to the area. 

See this week's issue of The Crittenden Press printed edition, on sale at newsstands today after 3 p.m.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Area Death: Rushing

Paul "Greasy" Rushing, 68, of Fredonia, died Sept. 13, 2009 at his home. The Funeral is at 1 p.m., Tuesday at Morgan Funeral Home in Princeton. 

Friday, September 11, 2009

Congestion, delays expected next week at Henderson

As part of ongoing construction along the U.S. 60 Henderson South Y Highway Improvement Project, a contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is planning work that will create daytime delays next week – Tuesday through Thursday, September 14-17.

Placement of steel on the new Canoe Creek Bridge will require all traffic to be halted for two 15-minute periods each day on U.S. 60/South Green Street near the 10 mile marker. The work is being scheduled between approximately 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., each day. Halting all traffic for 15 minutes is likely to cause congestion that will take 30 minutes or more to clear, so travel delays are likely for through traffic during this phase of work.

Through traffic along U.S. 60 is advised to avoid traveling through the U.S. 60 South Y Project work zone between those times next week. Through traffic should consider self-detouring around this work zone via the Ky. 425 Henderson Bypass and U.S. 41-A during this planned work.

Employees who work in the Henderson South Industrial Area and trucks making deliveries in the area should be aware of the potential for delays and consider accessing manufacturing facilities along the U.S. 60/South Green Street corridor from Ky. 425 via the south end of the project.

Hargis trial on hold during appeal

The civil trial of former school superintendent Fredericka Hargis vs. Crittenden County School Board has been delayed. It was scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 14 in Crittenden Circuit Court.

The trial was postponed after a pre-trial hearing on Friday when Judge Steven Hayden denied a motion by the defendants for summary judgement. The defendant, Crittenden County School Board, will file an appeal to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

The trial will be delayed until the appeals court renders a decision.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Students will see president's speech today

President Obama's address to school children – made live on Tuesday – will be incorporated into classrooms in Crittenden County today, according to Superintendent Dr. Rachel Yabrough. The delay was made in order to allow staff and faculty to review the material in the speech.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I-24 blocked in McCracken County


I-24 westbound is closed at Exit 7 near Lone Oak.  A car has overturned on the overpass at Exit 7. It appears to be a single vehicle crash. Exit 7 is the US 45/Lone Oak Road Interchange. Motorists traveling I-24 westbound should take Exit 11 and follow the I-24 Downtown Loop to avoid the crash site. This accident happened at 7:30 a.m., and could take a couple of hours to clear.

Bridge over dam will closed 3 weeks

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — A contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to temporarily close US 62 and US 641 across Kentucky Dam starting Wednesday, September 9.  The closure is to allow preliminary road work required to eventually tie in a new Tennessee River Bridge being constructed below the dam.


US 62 and US 641 will be closed from the US 641/KY 282 Interchange at US 62 mile point 11.023 at the west end of the dam to the KY 453/Dover Road Interchange near the 1 mile marker in Livingston County.   The closure is scheduled to start at approximately 8: a.m., on Wednesday.  The temporary closure is expected to be in place about 3 weeks. A marked detour will be provided via Interstate 24.


The closure extends a 2.3 mile trip across the dam by about six miles along a detour via I-24 and KY 453.  The detour adds about six minutes of travel time for commuters.


Approximately 6,000 vehicles cross the Tennessee River/Kentucky Lake along US 62 and US 641 via Kentucky Dam in an average day. Completing highway connections will require another temporary closure sometime later in the year to be prepared for opening of the new bridge in Spring of 2010.


US 62 and US 641 currently travel atop Kentucky Dam to cross the Tennessee River.  Traffic is being moved to the new bridge to prepare for future construction of a new lock at the east end of Kentucky Dam.  The project also includes moving P&L Railroad tracks off the dam and over to a new railroad bridge that runs parallel to the new highway river crossing.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Engineer Tony Ellis says to stay on track to open the bridge in the Spring of 2010, the preliminary road work for the approaches has to be completed this fall.


US 62/US 641 traffic will detour via Interstate 24 and KY 453 between Grand Rivers andKentucky Dam Village State Park at Gilbertsville.  Weather permitting, the work is expected to take about three weeks to complete.  Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the contractor for the bridge approach work.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Area Death: Wesmoldand

Sybil E. Wesmoland, 86, of Marion died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 at her home. The funeral is today at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Family History Workshop is Sept. 12

- In this month's Family-History Workshop, researchers will learn how to start the process of researching and documenting family history. KHS and the Kentucky Genealogical Society (KGS) will host the free workshop, "Genealogy Basics, Parts 1 and 2" on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Jackie Couture of Eastern Kentucky University Archives will describe proper techniques for basic research and offer information on resources, repositories and helpful tips.

Presented by KHS and KGS, the free Family-History Workshop series takes place on the second Saturday of each month at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, in downtown Frankfort. Topics range from how to begin documenting your ancestry to specialized resources for experienced genealogists. If requested at the time of registration, an optional light lunch is available at a cost of $6, payable at the door.

To make a reservation, contact the KHS Reference Desk at 502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or Registration for the September workshop is required before noon on Friday, Sept. 12. Learn more about the Family- History Workshop programs and other resources for genealogical research on the KHS Web site,

Following the close of each Family-History Workshop, the Kentucky Technology in Genealogy Users Group (KTIG) offers a program to help support family-history researchers' use and understanding of technology as it applies to genealogy. All interested persons are invited to participate in the free monthly program at 1:45 p.m. The September program will feature a quick overview of the key internet offerings available for researching family history.

Area Deaths

Joey McDowell, 35, originally of Marion died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 at the Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colo.  The funeral is Saturday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion.

Wilma V. Kimberlin, 89, of Burna died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009 at Crittenden County Health and Rehabilitation Center. The funeral is Sunday, Sept. 6 at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

H1N1 Flu Reported in Crittenden Schools

Crittenden County Schools have reported their first cases of the H1N1 flu, also called the Pandemic flu or Swine flu.

Dr. Rachel Yarbrough, school superintendent, confirmed the cases late Tuesday afternoon. One male and one female student were treated and cured and are now back in school, Yarbrough said.

The cases were at the middle school and high school.

Yarbrough said a letter was sent home with students this week, detailing flu prevention methods.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Man injured in tractor accident

The second tractor accident in about week has injured a second man.

Leonard Brantley was bush hogging a field off of White Road near Mattoon just before dark Monday when he stopped the mower to use the tractor's front-end loader to push ice storm debris out of the field and into the woods. A low-hanging branch apparently knocked Brantley off of the back of the John Deere tractor.

He became caught by the tractor axle and bush hog and was dragged several feet into the forest before the tractor was stopped by some trees. Brantley was able to get a cell phone out of his pocket and call for help.

Rescue workers, summoned to the scene at 8 p.m., used jacks to remove the tractor and Brantley appeared to have escaped serious injury. However, he was flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville as a precautionary measure.

Another local man, Ron Dalley, was injured last week in a tractor accident at his home on U.S. 60 West. He remains hospitalized in Evansville.