Monday, May 31, 2010

Get CCHS 2010 Graduations Photos

Missed getting that perfect photograph at Crittenden County's 2010 graduation?
Here's a site to find the shot you're looking for CLICK HERE.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Regional matchups

Crittenden County regional schedule
First Round

Baseball vs. Christian County, 10:00, Monday @ Hopkinsville

Softball vs. Hopkins Central, 3:00, Monday @ Hopkinsville

Friday, May 28, 2010

Be safe, enjoy the holiday, never forget

As you enjoy your Memorial Day holiday weekend, remember those who gave their lives so that you can indeed enjoy it as you wish. Our freedoms have come a great price. Remember with pride and honor those who have served our country so bravely, and especially those who gave their last full measure of devotion so that we and other people throughout the world can live freely in the pursuit of peace.

Be safe, buckle up, don't drink and drive, slow down and have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Accident on Main injurs two

A man and woman were taken to the hospital Wednesday about 10 a.m.,
after a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 641 and
U.S. 60.

There were five people in two pickups and a car. Three were not injured.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fatal accident on Sisco Chapel Road

Rescue and EMS personnel are at a serious automobile accident at this time (10:45 p.m., Tuesday) on Sisco Chapel Road (Ky. 2123) near the intersection of Nesbitt Hollow Road.

There was a fatality and the coroner has been summoned to the scene. There was only one person, the male victim, in the pickup that crashed.

The identity of the victim is not being released at this time. More details as they become available.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Primary Election Results by Precinct


Election Night at the Courthouse

An election night tradition is that candidates, their supporters and other political observers gather in the narrow hallway at the Crittenden County Courthouse to hear returns as they are announced by County Clerk Carolyn Byford. Here are some photographs from Tuesday night's gathering.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Election Returns

Totals with 12 of 12 precincts and absentee voting reporting

C.M. "Trey" Grayson 35% 616
Bill Johnson 2% 39
Gurley L. Martin 1% 12
Rand Paul 59% 532
Jon J. Scribner 1% 10
John Stephenson 2% 19
James Buckmaster 4% 31
Jack Conway 45% 360
Daniel Mongiardo 43% 516
Darlene F. Price 5% 53
Maurice M. Sweeney 3% 19
Perry A. Newcom 763
Mike McConnell 255
Greg West 266
Rick Mills 609
Monte Hill 335
Bradley R. Gilbert 648
Joe Myers 621
Jeff Ellis 87
Charles "Bubby" Duvall 55
Jeremy Dempsey 55
Curt Buntin 152
Sam M. Hodge 59
Glenn Underdown 150
Larry W. Smith 34
Wayne Winters 123
James "Jamie" Hunt 74
James T. "Jim" DeFreitas 75
Travis Sosh 86
Donnetta Travis 150
Dan Wood 125
Richard Daugherty 66

Livingston County Judge-Executive - Democrat
Votes Percentage
Chris Lasher 1,619 56%
Jeff Armstrong 967 33%
Rebecca Glendening 308 11%
Livingston County Clerk - Democrat
Sonya Williams 1,326 46%
Jerry Bebout 1,017 35%
Jonathan Hubbard 556 19%
Livingston County Sheriff - Democrat
Jim Wilson 937 32%
Jim M. Rundles 832 29%
John Ray Franklin 780 27%
Alan Glendening 358 12%
Livingston County Jailer - Democrat
Benjamin "Benji" Guill 2,082 74%
Bobby J. Dickerson 747 26%
Livingston County Coroner - Democrat
Andrew S. Fox 1,743 62%
Michael Oliver 1,091 38%
Livingston Magistrate 4th District - Democrat
Marvin L. Buford 451 48%
Harry V. Smith 448 47%
Denny Joe Crawford 31 3%
Rodney Fratzke 23 2%
Livingston Constable 4th District - Democrat
Phillip R. Ramage 488 54%
Terry Wayne Cobb 408 46%

Area Deaths

Paul Davis Heady, 70, of Crittenden County died Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. Funeral services are at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 20 at Sullivan Baptist Church. Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis is in charge of arrangements. Visitation is Wednesday night at the funeral home and from 9 a.m., until service time at the church.

Jerry Glenn Gilland, 60, of Marion died Monday, May 17, 2010 at Crittenden Hospital. Funeral services are at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 20 at the Myers Funeral Home.

Election Returns

Absentee balloting totals only


C.M. "Trey" Grayson 45
Bill Johnson 1
Gurley L. Martin 0
Rand Paul 15
Jon J. Scribner 2
John Stephenson 1
James Buckmaster 1
Jack Conway 10
Daniel Mongiardo 18
Darlene F. Price 4
Maurice M. Sweeney 0
Perry A. Newcom 43
Mike McConnell 9
Greg West 15
Rick Mills 20
Monte Hill 11
Bradley R. Gilbert 28
Joe Myers 38
Jeff Ellis 3
Charles "Bubby" Duvall 4
Jeremy Dempsey 1
Curt Buntin 8
Sam M. Hodge 2
Glenn Underdown 5
Larry W. Smith 2
Wayne Winters 11
James "Jamie" Hunt 3
James T. "Jim" DeFreitas 11
Travis Sosh 1
Donnetta Travis 0
Dan Wood 3
Richard Daugherty 3

Election Coverage Begins at 6 p.m.

The Crittenden Press Online will be on location at the Crittenden County Courthouse, posting updates as election returns come in. We will begin postings after polls close at 6 p.m.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Halfway House escapee

Kentucky State Police are currently seeking an escapee from the Keaton Correctional Complex in Paducah, commonly referred to as the Halfway House.

At approximately 8 a.m., Kentucky State Police were notified that Bradley Riley had walked away from the facility on South 7th Street in Paducah at around 6:30 on Monday morning.

Riley is originally from the McCracken County area and was incarcerated for drug and other non-violent offenses. He is a 32 years old. Riley weighs approximately 156 pounds and stands approximately 5-foot-7 with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey sweat suit.

If anyone has contact with Riley, they are asked to notify local law enforcement or Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721 or 1-800-222-5555.

City Council postponed

Tonight,'s Marion City Council meeting has been postponed because of the fifth grade graduation ceremonies at the elementary school. The council meeting will be held later this week.

In the morning, Crittenden Fiscal Court meets at 9 a.m.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Voters will have to detour in Livingston

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers have developed a plan for repairs to the Gum Creek Fork Bridge on KY 866 (Paradise Road) in Livingston County. Work is expected to start Monday at the site.

The bridge on KY 866, near the intersection with KY 93 (Iuka Road) in the Mitchell's Store area, has been closed to traffic since May 2 when rushing floodwaters took out most of the support structure at the south end of the bridge.

A bridge crew expects extensive repairs to the Gum Creek Fork Bridge to take at least two weeks, weather permitting. Engineers say the bridge beams will have to be removed with a crane to allow a new support system to be constructed at the south end of the bridge.

In the meantime, Livingston County officials are concerned about voters getting to the polling place at the nearby Paradise United Methodist Church on election day. While there is no marked detour, voters can self-detour around the closed bridge via KY 93 and KY 453 to KY 1889 (Heater Store Road) and then via Coon Chapel Road back to KY 866 (Paradise Road).

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Smithland Bridge to one lane next week

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on the US 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland starting Monday, May 17. The lane restriction will include an 11 ft. maximum load width.

The daytime lane restriction is to allow a detailed inspection of the bridge structure at US 60 Livingston County mile point 12.348.

Inspectors plan to be on the bridge from approximately 8 a.m., to approximately 5 p.m., each day. The detailed inspection will require the use of a Snooper truck on the bridge deck which will restrict traffic to a maximum 11 foot load width.

Motorists should be alert for slowing and stopped traffic as they approach the bridge. Traffic flow will be controlled by flaggers and some minor delays are possible during the movement and positioning of equipment as inspectors go about their work.

Motorists should use appropriate caution in the work zone where equipment, flaggers and inspection personnel will be on the bridge deck in close proximity to traffic flow.

The inspection on the US 60 Cumberland River Bridge is expected to take about a week, weather permitting. However, there will be no lane or width restriction on Election Day, Tuesday, May 18.

Also known as the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge and the Smithland Bridge, the structure carries approximately 5,000 vehicles across the Cumberland River in an average day. The US 60 Cumberland River Bridge opened to traffic in 1931.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

How to apply for FEMA flood assistance

Assistance to Individuals and Households
The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet the needs through other means. Up to the IHP maximum is available in financial help (adjusted each year), although some forms of IHP assistance have limits. Flood insurance may be required as indicated below. These forms of help are available: Housing Assistance (including Temporary Housing, Repair, Replacement, and Semi‐Permanent or Permanent Housing Construction) and Other Needs Assistance (including personal property and other items).

Housing Assistance Temporary Housing: Money to rent a different place to live or a temporary housing unit (when rental properties are not available).

Repair: Money for homeowners to repair damage from the disaster that is not covered by insurance. The goal is to repair the home to a safe and sanitary living or functioning condition. FEMA may provide up to the IHP maximum for home repair; then the homeowner may apply for a Small Business Administration disaster loan for additional repair assistance. FEMA will not pay to return a home to its condition before the disaster. Flood insurance may be required if the home is in a Special Flood Hazard Area. Repair and replacement items include:

• Structural parts of a home (foundation, outside walls, roof)
• Windows, doors, floors, walls, ceilings, cabinetry;
• Septic or sewage system;
• Well or other water system;
• Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system;
• Utilities (electrical, plumbing, and gas systems);
• Entrance and exit ways from the home, including privately owned access roads, and;
• Blocking, leveling and anchoring of a mobile home and reconnecting or resetting its
sewer, water, electrical and fuel lines and tanks.

Replacement: Money to replace a disaster‐damaged home, under rare conditions, if this can be done with limited funds. FEMA may provide up to the IHP maximum for home replacement. If the home is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, the homeowner must comply with flood insurance purchase requirements and local flood codes and requirements.

Semi‐Permanent or Permanent Housing Construction: Direct assistance or money for the construction of a home. This type of assistance occurs only in very unusual situations, in locations specified by FEMA, where no other type of housing assistance is possible. Construction shall follow current minimal local building codes and standards where they exist, or minimal acceptable construction industry standards in the area. Construction will aim toward average quality, size, and capacity, taking into consideration the needs of the occupant. If the home is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, the homeowner must comply with flood insurance purchase requirements and local flood codes and requirements.

Other Needs Assistance
Other Needs Assistance provision of the Individuals and Households Program provides grants for uninsured, disaster‐related necessary expenses and serious needs. Flood insurance may be required on insurable items (personal property) if they are to be located in a Special Flood Hazard Area. Assistance includes:
- Medical and dental expenses ␣ Funeral and burial costs ␣ Repair, cleaning, or replacement of:
-Clothing - Household items (room furnishings, appliances) - Specialized tools or protective clothing and equipment required for your job - Necessary educational materials (computers, school books, supplies)
-Clean‐up items (wet/dry vacuum, air purifier, dehumidifier) ␣ Fuel for primary heat source (heating oil, gas) ␣ Repairing or replacing vehicles damaged by the disaster, or providing for public
transportation or other transportation costs
- Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster (including storage or the return of property to a pre‐disaster home)
-Other necessary expenses or serious needs (for example, towing, or setup or connecting essential utilities for a housing unit not provided by FEMA)
-The cost of a National Flood Insurance Program group flood insurance policy to meet the flood insurance requirements
Conditions and Limitations of IHP Assistance
-Non‐discrimination: All forms of FEMA disaster housing assistance are available to any affected household that meets the conditions of eligibility. No Federal entity or official (or their agent) may discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or economic status.
-Residency status in the United States and its territories: To be considered for disaster housing assistance, you or a household member must provide proof of identity and sign a declaration stating that you/they are a United States citizen, a non‐citizen national, or a qualified alien.
-Supplemental Assistance: Disaster housing assistance is not intended to substitute for private recovery efforts, but to complement those efforts when needed. FEMA expects minor housing damage or the need for short‐term shelter to be addressed by homeowners or tenants. Furthermore, the Disaster Housing Program is not a loss indemnification program and does not ensure that applicants are returned to their pre‐ disaster living conditions.
-Household Composition: People living together in one residence before the disaster are expected to continue to live together after the disaster. Generally, assistance is provided to the pre‐disaster household as a unit. If, however, the assistance provided to the household is not shared with you, or if the new residence is too small or causes you undue hardship, you may request assistance separate from your pre‐disaster household.
-Type of Assistance: Generally, more than one type of IHP assistance may be provided to the household. Only
FEMA has the authority to determine which type of assistance is most appropriate for the household and the period of assistance to be covered.
-Proper Use of Assistance: All financial assistance provided by FEMA should be used as specified in writing: to rent another place to live, to make the home repairs identified by FEMA, or to replace or repair personal property. Failure to use the money as specified may make you ineligible for additional assistance. All money provided by FEMA is tax‐ free.
-Documentation: It is your responsibility to provide all documentation necessary for FEMA to evaluate your eligibility. You may need to provide proof of occupancy, ownership, income loss, and/or information concerning your housing situation prior to the disaster. You should keep all receipts and records for any housing expenses incurred as a result of the disaster. This includes receipts for repair supplies, labor, and rent payments.
-Insurance: If you have insurance, any assistance provided by FEMA should be considered an advance and must be repaid to FEMA when you receive your insurance settlement payment. If your settlement is less than FEMA’s estimated cost to make your home habitable, you may qualify for funds to supplement your insurance settlement, but only for repairs relating to the home’s habitability. FEMA does not provide replacement value amounts or assistance with non‐essential items.
-Duration of Assistance: Repair and Replacement Assistance is provided as a one‐time payment. Temporary Housing Assistance (or a mobile home/travel trailer) is provided for an initial period of 1, 2, or 3 months. To be considered for additional assistance, you must demonstrate that you have spent any previous assistance from FEMA as instructed, and you must demonstrate your efforts to re‐establish permanent housing. Additional assistance is generally provided for 1, 2, or 3 months at a time. The maximum period for IHP assistance is 18 months.
-Appeal Rights: If you disagree with FEMAŹ¹s determination of eligibility or the form of assistance provided, you have the right to appeal within 60 days of the date of your notification letter. Send appeal letters to: Appeals Officer, FEMA‐ Individuals & Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782‐7055. Telephone: 1‐800‐621‐FEMA or TTY 1‐800‐462‐7585.

1‐800‐621‐FEMA Hearing/speech impaired, please call TTY 1‐800‐462‐7585

Road closed in Livingston County

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close KY 1608 (Maxfield Road) in Livingston County starting Wednesday, May 12.

The closure is to allow the repair of severe base failures on the approach to three bridges that cross Bayou Creek between mile point 2.49 and mile point 2.70. This is between Sugar Camp Spur and Chips Road.

Due to the extensive work required, Maxfield Road will remain closed round the clock until work is complete. There will be no marked detour.

Repair of the base failures and placement of new asphalt is expected to take about a week, weather permitting.

Kenergy outage

Kenergy lost power to its Little Dixie Substation at approximately 6:30 a.m., this morning due to a transformer failure. Crews are on site and plan to back feed the circuits. There 736 Kenergy power users in Union, Webster and Henderson counties affected by this outage.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Area Deaths

Billy Wayne “Bill” Perkins, 78, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., formerly of Frances, died Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at Western Baptist Hospital. Memorial service will be set at a later date with Gilbert Funeral Home in charge of services.

Jimmy Carrol Jacobs, 66, of Marion died Saturday, May 8, 2010 in Marion.
He was a U.S. Army veteran. Graveside funeral services were Tuesday at Frances Cemetery. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Danny Keith Stalion, 59, of Marion died Thursday, May 6, 2010 at his home. A memorial service will be held Monday, May 10 at Myers Funeral in Marion.

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Blood drive today at Crittenden Health & Rehab

The West Kentucky Regional Blood Center will sponsor a blood drive from 2-6 p.m., today (Monday) at Crittenden Health and Rehabilitation Center. T-shirts will be provided to all donors. Additionally, a non-fasting cholesterol screening will be offered to all who attend.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Update on Dycusburg flooding

As of mid afternoon Thursday, floodwaters in Dycusburg had receded slightly, but officials don't anticipate a great deal of relief for a few more days. A record amount of water is currently being held above Barkley Dam.

The Cumberland River spilled outside its banks Monday night following heavy rains over the weekend.

The American Red Cross is in Dycusburg today assessing needs and FEMA is expected to be there early next week.

Crittenden County Emergency Management established a command post there early in the week and is currently set up in the Dycusburg Missionary Baptist Church fellowship hall, a building which was protected Tuesday by sand bags.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lake levels Web site

Keep up with flooding information and lake levels, click here

Prom, Grand March photos

See Grand March photos from last weekend's CCHS 2010 Prom. Click here.

Press server down temporarily

The Crittenden Press' main server is down for a few hours for maintenance.

It should be back up Wednesday afternoon. The free and pay sites are affected by this outage.

Recreational boats prohibited from lakes

Due to area flooding, the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard have issued a Safety Zone on the Cumberland River, Lake Barkley and the Tennessee River, Kentucky Lake. No recreational boats are allowed on either body of water until further notice. The safety precautions will likely be lifted by the first of next week.

No relief in sight downstream from dam

Barkley Dam is holding back 7.2 feet of water above normal summer pool. All of that will have to be released in due time, so there appears to be little relief in sight for Dycusburg and other small towns along the Cumberland River below the dam.

Pictures from Dycusburg on Tuesday

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sandbagging underway in Dycusburg

Volunteer firemen have been requested to help sandbag near homes affected by the rising Cumberland River in Dycusburg. Barkley Dam has been releasing water at near record levels since 3 a.m., today, which is causing the river to rise and threaten homes in and around Dycusburg.
More information will be forthcoming.
The following Crittenden County roads are closed due to flooding:
Axel Creek
Claylick Creek
Enon Church
Cool Springs
Dycus Road (south end)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Emergency declared at 9 pm

UPDATE: Crittenden County Emergency Management Director Greg Rushing has declared an emergency situation at Dycusburg on the Cumberland River. The declaration was made at 9 p.m., in response to a record level of water being released through Barkely Dam at Grand Rivers.

The dam was releasing 300,000 cubic feet of water per second late Monday afternoon, the greatest amount ever released through the dam. It stopped the flow after 6 p.m., to allow the river basin to absorb the high volume down stream. The river had risen three feet below the dam between 11 a.m, and 6 p.m., Monday. Click here to see a flow chart from the dam.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District says that it is operating area dams along the Cumberland River and its tributaries to minimize flooding and reduce lake levels due to heavy rainfall throughout Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

Vicki Martin, regional response manager for Kentucky Emergency Management, was in Dycusburg Monday night monitoring the situation. She said the Corps plans to release another high volume of water on Tuesday so officials will be keeping a close eye on flooding potential along the Cumberland River.

Rushing was preparing to start sandbagging some areas near Dycusburg just before 10 p.m., Monday night. Several homes in the immediate area were in jeopardy of flooding if the water continues to rise overnight. Most residents were staying in their homes, but watching closely the rising river levels.

Officials are advising residents living in low-lying areas along the Cumberland River to voluntarily evacuate until this temporary flooding potential has ended.

Livingston County officials had established a command post and were monitoring the river from the opposite shore near Tiline and Iuka.

Ky. 295 closed at Dycusburg

Kentucky Department of Highways has closed Ky. 295 south of Dycusburg due to high water.

Emergency Management in Dycusburg

UPDATE: 10 p.m.

Crittenden County Emergency Management officials are in Dycusburg next to the rapidly rising Cumberland River. They have set up a command post and are advising residence in low-lying areas to evacuate higher ground.

Judge-Executive Fred Brown said Corps of Engineers officials have told him the river will cease rising in a couple of hours, but local officials are taking every precaution just just in case it doesn't.

We will be posting updates from Dycusburg as information becomes available.

Judge Brown said that backwater has covered many roads along tributaries of the Cumberland River. Motorists should use extreme caution and never try to cross water over a roadway. The river is expected to rise throughout the night, which could impeded school bus routes in the morning.

Pictured at right is Crittenden County Deputy Don Perry watching the river rise along painted orange slashes officials scrawled onto a street in downtown Dycusburg to measure the rising waters.

Traffic Advisory in Livingston County

Kentucky 917 is closed in Livingston County between the 5 and 6 mile marker.

The Cumberland River is rising quickly in the area due to water from heaving rains across Tennessee over the weekend.

This closure on KY 917 (Stringtown Road) is between Lake City and the Iuka community in the southern end of the county.

A number of farmers along the river have already lost crops to the rising floodwaters.

Motorists should use appropriate caution as they travel highways and county roads near area rivers over the next several days. Additional road closures are likely due to the rising water levels.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Area Deaths

Mary Sue Crider, 87, of Marion died Friday, April 30, 2010 at Salem Springlake Health and Rehab in Salem. The funeral is Sunday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Dorothy Metcalfe, 84, of Marion died Thursday, April 29, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. The funeral is Monday at Gilbert Funeral Home.