Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Farmer, Williams announce election plans

The Associated Press says that two Kentucky Republican political allies have scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m., CST Wednesday in Frankfort to announce whether they will run as a ticket for governor and lieutenant governor next year.

Senate President David Williams and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer have been talking about running in the 2011 GOP primary for governor.

Already, Louisville businessman Phil Moffett has announced he will seek the GOP nomination.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mock disaster at 9 a.m., today

Local schools and emergency response agencies are conducting a mock disaster starting at 9 a.m., this morning. The training exercise will be held at Marion City Hall and local schools.

Traffic advisory Crittenden County

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close KY 1917/Wolf Creek Road in eastern Crittenden County on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

The closures at KY 1917 mile point 2.0 and 2.9 are to allow the Crittenden County Highway Maintenance Crew to replace two cross drains. This is near the intersection with Roberts Road between the Wolf Creek Bridge and KY 120.

The roadway will be closed from approximately 7:30 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m., each day.

Motorists who regularly travel KY 1917/Wolf Creek Road in eastern Crittenden County should take note of these planned closures on Monday and Tuesday and make advance alternate travel plans.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Henderson judge-exec dies at conference

Henderson County Judge-executive Sandy Lee Watkins died in his sleep Friday night while attending a conference in San Diego, Calif., along with other area members of the Pennyrile Area Development District.

Watkins, 58, has been judge-executive in Henderson since 1993.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Services Sunday for Livingston teen

Services for Austin Glenn Crouch, the 16-yaer-old Livingston Central sophomore who died in an automobile accident Thursday in Smithland, will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29 at Livingston Central High School with Rev. Terry Mitcheson officiating. Burial will follow at Ferguson Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 5 p.m., Saturday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem and again Sunday morning from 10 a.m., until the funeral hour at the school.

School board raises tax rates

During a special meeting Thursday night, Crittenden County School Board voted to raise taxes for 2010 on real estate and personal property.

To illustrate the impact of the increase, the rate hike will mean about $14 more this year for taxpayers owning a home worth $100,000.

Next week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press will include details of the meeting.

In the air Saturday morning over Marion

Area residents shouldn't be surprised if they see an unusual number of aircraft dropping in toward the Marion-Crittenden County Airport early Saturday morning. A local aviation enthusiast, Mark Beduhn, is hosting a fly-in.

A pancake breakfast will be served at the airport's main hangar starting at 7:30 a.m.

Pictured is Bedhun's Cozy Mk IV plane that has become a common sight in the skies over Marion. Beduhn moved here only a few months ago. For more about how he landed in Crittenden County see the Aug. 26 issue of The Crittenden Press.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Livingston teen dies in wreck

A Livingston Central High School sophomore en route to school this morning died after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Tiline Road near Smithland.

Austin Crouch, 16, of Tiline was the victim. Grief counselors are at Livingston County High School helping students deal with the situation.

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Men charged with Ideal theft

Marion police have charged two men with theft in the alleged taking about $300 from a service attendant at Ideal gas station last week. Stay tuned to next week's Crittenden Press for more details.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Area Death

John Wayne Curry, 61, died Monday, Aug. 23 at the Livingston County Hospital. Services are Friday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Chamber outlines plans for fall festival

Chamber of Commerce members have been meeting over the past few weeks, working to reinvent the fall festival formerly known as Heritage Days.

Starting this year, the two-day event that coincides with the U.S. 60 Yard Sale – and one time only with football homecoming and an airport open house – will be billed as the Pumpkin Festival.

The entire program will revolve around a fall theme and events will be geared toward those who like activity. There will be a pumpkin smashing event, 5K run, pet contest, petting zoo, car and antique tractor show, pumpkin pie contest, Little Mr. and Miss pageant, political speaking, FFA pedal tractor pull, cow chip throwing contest, corn hole tournament and a pumpkin relay to name a few of the events scheduled for Oct. 1-2.

“We want to focus on the events that have been hugely popular in the past,” said Chamber President Corey Payne.

The idea behind changing the name and retooling some of the events is to reinvigorate the annual festival, say chamber members who are serving on the planning committee.

“We have liked the Heritage Days theme, but we wanted something that might attract people from out of town,” Payne said.

Support for the fall Heritage Days had waned in recent years, even among Chamber members. The group had decided several months ago to no longer host a fall festival, partly because it’s so costly. Payne said that some members pushed for reviving it and focusing on popular events.

Coincidentally, this year’s Pumpkin Festival will fall on the same week as the high school’s homecoming, so there will be a parade on Thursday night.

Susan Alexander, executive director of the Chamber, said this isn’t the first Pumpkin Festival.
“4-H used to sponsor a Pumpkin Festival years ago,” she said.

With this being an election year, organizers are also hoping for a big turnout for the political speaking.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Burn ban still in effect

The burn ban ordered more than two weeks ago by Crittenden County Judge-Executive Fred Brown remains in effect until sufficient rainfall is experienced here.

All outdoor burning is prohibited under the burn ban.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Road closed south of Shady Grove near Creswell

KY 139 is closed just north of KY 70 in Caldwell County.

The closure is due to broken pilings on the main Donaldson Creek Bridge on KY 139.

A mowing crew working in the area noticed a pier had dropped several inches and a railing was bent near the middle of the bridge, said Keith Todd, a highway department spokesman.

"When they investigated they found the broken pilings and called bridge engineers to check the structure," Todd explained.

The bridge is the northernmost of three bridges that cross Donaldson Creek near the Creswell community. All three bridges have a 15 ton load limit and are scheduled for replacement in the Kentucky Road Plan.

It may take several days for engineers to determine the extent of repairs required to reopen the bridge, Todd said.

The roadway is being barricaded and KY 139 will remain closed until further notice while the bridge is evaluated. A marked detour will be established by Tuesday morning.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Gas station attendant robbed

The gas station attendant was robbed Friday night at Ideal on Sturgis Road.

A man looking to be about 19 or 20 years old told the attendant that the bathroom toilet needing some attention. When the attendant went to look, the man grabbed a wallet out of his back pocket and ran off toward the 88 Dip.

Police have a good description of the suspect and are working on the investigation this morning.

Rockets win football opener

Crittenden County defeated Hopkins Central 20-15 behind a stellar passing effort by QB Brian Berry. Read more at the Rocket blog, click here.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Smithland bridge work to end next week

Deck rehabilitation work on the U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithlad – which started the week of June 14 – is expected to be complete by the middle of next week.

Engineers are awaiting the results of strength tests on sample concrete cylinders to check the quality control of materials used for the work. If tests turn out okay, the highway restrictions on the bridge will be lifted in a few days.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

City buying ladder fire truck

Marion City Council approved the purchase of a 1993 E-One Hurricane 75-foot Quint fire truck during its meeting Monday.

The truck will be capable of fighting fires above the tallest buildings in Marion and is something firemen have wanted for several years. Fire Chief Red Howton said the ladder could extend to reach about five stories, if necessary.

The truck is being purchased from an Alabama firm that recently bought it from the Paducah Fire Department. Marion officials had previously tried to buy the same truck when Paducah sold it at public auction. The truck is being purchased for $102,685. It is capable of spraying 1,250 gallons of water per minute.

Marion Fire Department currently has three pumper trucks, but may sell one after the ladder truck is in service, the fire chief said.

The city is also in the process of building a new fire station on the corner of Main and Bellville streets. The station will cost around $700,000, according to estimates.

BUS program aims for safety

Students are now being rewarded for doing absolutely nothing.

School officials think the idea will create a safer environment because its on the bus where this new program is being implemented.

Libby Robinson, who drives one of the 19 yellow buses that run the roads of Crittenden County five days a week during the school year, thinks it’s a good idea that will work.

“It’s just an incentive program like Star Stickers at the elementary school,” said Robinson. “When we see a student behaving, following the rules or being safety conscious, we give them a sticker or a ticket.”

Keeping students out the aisles and in their seats is part of the aim, said Robinson.

Al Starnes, director of transportation for the school district, said a committee made up of bus drivers and other staff devised the BUS plan, which is an acronym for Behave appropriately, Understand the rules and Safety first.

Read more of this article in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.

Pictured is bus driver Libby Robinson keeping a watchful eye from her mirror on the aisle of the bus.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Firefighters find burn-ban violation

Firefighters responding to a call regarding smoke billowing from an area in the Irma area this morning found what appeared to be loggers burning brush piles, a violation of the county's burn ban.

A deputy was dispatched to the scene and firemen extinguished the several burning brush piles.

Field fire prompts response

A field fire broke out on Pickering Hill Road this morning prompting response by Tolu and Crittenden fire departments. A vehicle and cabin were threatened by the blaze. Firemen were on the scene shortly after 7 a.m., and the blaze was quickly under control.

Police were called to the scene after a confrontation between responders and a person at the fire, who authorities believe was intoxicated.

A burn ban remains in force in Crittenden County. All outdoors burning is prohibited.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Doctor injured in vehicle mishap in Marion

Dr. William A. Guyette, M.D., of Burna was injured Monday morning in a vehicle mishap in Marion.

According to police reports, Dr. Guyette had gotten out of his vehicle at Tabor's Towing and Repair and it apparently rolled over him. Guyette was beside of the vehicle when it started rolling and he was unable to get out of the way.

Crittenden EMS was dispatched to the scene and took the doctor to Livingston Hospital. His injuries were not too serious, according to eyewitnesses.

Area death

Onia Marshall, 89, of Marion died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 at Crittenden Health And Rehabilitation Center. The funeral is Tuesday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Council meets tonight

Marion City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m., in regular session at city hall. Vicious dogs and a new ladder fire truck are a couple of the items on the agenda.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Problems at Gathering in Cave In Rock

A Southern Illinois sheriff says reality TV actress Tila Tequila complained that audience members pelted her with stones and feces during an outdoor music festival in Cave In Rock.

Hardin County Sheriff Tom Seiner told WSIL-TV that it happened early Saturday at the Gathering of the Juggalos, a weekend festival based around the band Insane Clown Posse and other groups from Psychopathic Records.

Seiner told the TV station that Tequila, whose real name is Tila Nguyen, complained that she was injured when audience members threw rocks at her. Seiner said Nguyen also complained that feces were thrown.

Read more, click here in an MTV article.
The sheriff in Cave In Rock also said one man stabbed another, though not fatally.

In Crittenden County, police have arrested at least six people headed to the Gathering on drug and alcohol charges.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Conservatives rally in Marion Saturday

The Citizens for a Conservative Government will host a Conservative Grassroots Rally Saturday in Marion featuring C. Lynn Bechler, Kentucky State House candidate, and special guest former Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Bill Johnson.

The rally is scheduled for one-hour starting at noon at the Crittenden County Courthouse.

Bechler, a resident of Crittenden County, is a conservative Republican candidate for State Representative in House District 4, which includes: Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, and McCracken counties.

More Juggalos arrested

Five more arrests for drugs, alcohol and DUI have been made on Ky. 91 North in the past couple of days as state police continue to patrol the roads leading to and near the 11th annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave In Rock, Ill.

The Gathering is a yearly rendezvous of fans of the band Insane Clown Posse. The event includes concerts, wrestling and more.

The Gathering always creates a good deal of traffic through Marion and Crittenden County, especially on Ky. 91 North toward the ferry. Since Tuesday, there have been six arrests made. State police are patrolling and conducting road checks to look for illegal activity.

Area death

Jackie D. Hodge,69, died Thursday, August 12, at his home in Salem. The funeral is Sunday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Ky. 120 closed at Just-A-Mere

UPDATE: Highway is now reopened

Ky. 120 will be closed Friday in Crittenden County at Just-A-Mere Road and at Blackburn Church Road between Marion and Providence. There will be no marked detour. Passenger vehicles may detour around the closure via those roads. Truck traffic should detour via appropriate state highways.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

School starts back; football Friday

Students are back in school in Crittenden County today. The temperature outside is expected to reach 100 again today and tomorrow and the Rocket football team is scheduled for its first scrimmage game at 7 p.m., Friday at Rocket Stadium against Muhlenberg County.

Pictured at right is Crittenden Elementary teacher Becky Bryant helping five-year-old Eli Moss complete some of the back-to-school forms at Sneak a Peek earlier this week.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ballot set for fall general election

The ballot is set for local races in the Nov. 2 general election.

In Marion, Mayor Mickey Alexander will be unopposed in the fall election. However, there will be a runoff for six Marion City Council seats between seven candidates, including five incumbents.

In Crittenden County, there will be three countywide races. Those are judge-executive where current judge Republican Fred Brown is not seeking re-election, county attorney which is a rematch of four years ago and or jailer.

Here are the contested races or write-ins for the November election:
Mickey Alexander,* mayor

Donnie Arflack,* city council
Jim Brown,* city council
Mike Byford,* city council
Dwight Sherer,* city council
Darrin Tabor,* city council
Jared Byford, city council
Andy Hunt, city council

Eric LaRue,* District 2 school board
Barrett Belt, District 2 school board

Phyllis Orr,* District 5 school board
Frank Pierce, District 5 school board

Write-In Candidates for Constable
Bobby Phelps, District 1 (unopposed)
C.L. McDaniel, District 4 (unopposed)

Countywide Candidates
Perry Newcom, (R) judge-executive
Larry Hearell, (D) judge-executive
Ken Floyd, (I) judge-executive

Rebecca Johnson,* (D) county attorney
Bart Frazer, (R) county attorney

Rickey Riley,* (R) jailer
Rick Mills, (D) jailer

Jeff Ellis, (R) District 1
Danny Fowler, (D) District 1
Helen McConnell (write in) District 1

Donnetta Travis (D) District 5
Wayne Winters (R) District 5

* Denotes Incumbent

Juggalos Gathering at Cave In Rock

The 11th annual Gathering of the Juggalos is this weekend in Cave In Rock, Ill.

The Gathering is a yearly rendezvous of fans of the band Insane Clown Posse. The event includes concerts, wrestling and more.

The Gathering always creates a good deal of traffic through Marion and Crittenden County, especially on Ky. 91 North toward the ferry. One person, who told authorities that he was working at the Gathering, was arrested Tuesday in Crittenden County and charged with DUI. He pleaded guilty Wednesday morning.

First Lady in Marion today

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear will be the featured guest for the opening day of school for Crittenden County teachers. Although students will start back to school on Thursday, teachers' first day of work is today.

The first lady will be flying in to the Marion-Crittenden County Airport this morning and she will be on campus from 9 to 10 a.m., and delivery a speech at Rocket Arena. The school system's theme for the start of a new school year is “Saddlin’ Up for School.” There will be a student roping exhibition on the grounds beside Rocket Arena as part of the event.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Collins makes Fancy Farm headlines

Crittenden Press political columnist Tyler Collins has made national news, mostly on conservative Web sites and Fox News Channel, for allegedly portraying himself as a Rand Paul supporter at the Fancy Farm Picnic last weekend in Graves County.

A video of Collins has surfaced on the Internet and been shown on some television stations. The person shooting the video alleges that Collins was planted by Democrats to make derogatory remarks in order to cast the Paul for U.S. Senate in a poor light. The videographer later caught up with Collins among supporters of the Jack Conway for U.S. Senate campaign. Conway is a Democrat and Paul a Republican.

Collins, a 20-year Murray State student, said most mainstream news outlets saw his depiction of a Paul supporter for what it was – satire. A few did not and he say that he was victimized by those wanting to sensationalize a story.

While Collins claims to be a Conway supporter, he denies ever being part of the candidate’s staff as alleged on the video and that says he never made a racial slur at Fancy Farm.

Smithland Bridge work enters critical stage

Deck work on the U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland is entering a critical phase that will require strict enforcement of vehicle width restrictions this weekend.

A concrete pour in the work zone will prohibit commercial trucks and many wider vehicles from crossing the Smithland bridge through the weekend and will create 10 to 15 minute delays likely from Friday evening into Sunday.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Area Deaths

Ronnie P. Stubblefield, 66, of Marion died Sunday at Crittenden Hospital. The funeral is Wednesday at Myers Funeral Home.

Martha Ann Shepherd Guess, 83, of Tolu died Friday in Michigan. The funeral is Friday at Myers Funeral Home.

Burning prohibited in county

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Fred Brown has issued a NO BURN ORDER for the county until sufficient rainfall is realized.

The burn ban includes all outdoors burning and will not be lifted until the county experiences two inches of rain in a 24-hour period. The short-term forecast includes little chance for rain over the next few days.

Tuesday deadline to file for election

Tuesday at 4 p.m., is the filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in non-partisan races in the fall general election. Those races include mayor, city council and school board seats.

As of Monday morning, these are the candidates who have filed:

Mickey Alexander,* mayor
Donnie Arflack,” city council
Jim Brown,” city council
Mike Byford,* city council
Dwight Sherer,* city council
Eric LaRue,* District 2 school board
Phyllis Orr,* District 5 school board

*denotes incumbent

Friday, August 6, 2010

Bug spraying tonight

Mosquito spraying in the City of Marion will be conducted tonight starting around 5 p.m.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Tinsley funeral is Saturday

Funeral services for Glenda Jean Tinsley, 47, of Marion are at 1 p.m., Saturday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will be at Mapleview Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 5-9 Friday at the funeral home.

Tinsley, a 14-year member of the local ambulance service, died tragically in a fire at her home Sunday.

Bridge restrictions ease after fair events


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to temporarily ease the width restrictions on the U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland this weekend to accommodate the Livingston County Fair.

The bridge has a travel width restriction for an ongoing deck rehabilitation project. The work zone has been restricted to vehicles no more than 10-feet wide from 6 a.m., to 6 p.m., during the week, then restricted to vehicles no more than 7.5-feet wide overnight and on weekends.

This Friday and Saturday night, the work zone will temporarily allow vehicles up to 10 feet pass at night. Once the fair events are complete, the zone will return to the previously restrictions.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fish fry at senior center cancelled

The benefit fish fry dinner at the Crittenden County Senior Citizens Center scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Tips to save energy during heat wave

June and July have been some of the hottest months on record, and as temperatures reach record levels in August, so can energy usage. Kentucky Utilities Company encourage customers to take simple energy efficiency steps to help lower energy consumption during the extreme heat wave and help reduce stress on customers’ HVAC systems and demand on the KU and other power systems.

  • Set air conditioners to the highest comfortable setting during the day: 78-80 degrees works for most people. Raising your air conditioner setting by one degree can save you 4-7 percent on the cooling portion of your energy bill.
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights. Use fluorescent lighting, which is cooler.
  • Turn off all unnecessary appliances. Run your dishwashers, dryers and washing machines during the evening hours (after 7 p.m.) when energy consumption is lower.
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate the cool air. Fans can help you feel more comfortable at higher temperatures. Window fans, ceiling fans or whole-house fans use much less power and are an alternative to air conditioners. Turn the fan off when you leave the room since the fan does its job by cooling you – not the room.
  • Close curtains, drapes and/or blinds to keep the hot sun’s heat out of your home.
  • Don't close air registers and do not close off rooms completely because it can increase system pressure and damage the compressor. Furniture or drapes should not block air registers.
  • Cook outdoors on your grill; use a microwave oven or crockpot or prepare cold meals to avoid heating up the kitchen and adding moisture to the air. Microwaves use less than half the power of a conventional oven and cook food in about one-fourth the time.
  • Check your air filters monthly — even on extended filters. Change if necessary. Dirty air filters make your air conditioner work harder. Clean the filter in window units as well. It is behind the front panel.
  • The outdoor unit of an air conditioner should be kept free from plants, dirt or grass clippings that will interfere with air circulation. Wash the coil periodically with a garden hose.

Temp hits 107 in Marion Wednesday

The thermometer on the wall at Marion True Value indicated the air temperature was 107 degrees at 3 p.m., Wednesday.

Standing next to the thermometer, which is in the shade, is Connie Gabehart.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat warning until 7 p.m., for western Kentucky.

Tuesday's high temperature at the National Weather Service in Paducah was 104 degrees, tying the all-time high for Aug. 3.

Heat index values were forecast to reach about 120 today.

Tinsley at Gilbert Funeral Home

The funeral for Glenda Tinsley, the 47-year-old EMT who died in a tragic house fire on Sunday, will be at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion. Final arrangements are still pending.

House fire on East Gum Street

Marion Fire Department was on the scene just before 7 a.m., of a house fire on East Gum Street.

The ambulance carried one 21-year-old woman from the home to the hospital with minor lacerations. Three others were in the home, but everyone got out safely. Identities were not immediately released.

This is the third house fire in the county in less than a week.

Pictured is Marion fireman Mike Byford exiting the house after the flames had been extinguished.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Popular hunting season dates

Wild game seasons
  • Bull Frog May 21 - Oct. 31
  • Groundhog Year round
  • Coyote Year round
  • Dove Sept 1 - Oct. 24
  • Dove Nov. 25-Dec. 3
  • Dove Jan. 1 - Jan. 7
  • Early Canada Goose Sept. 4-12
  • Wood duck & teal Sept. 15-19
Proposed 2010-11 Deer Seasons
  • Archery Sept. 4 - Jan. 17
  • Crossbow Oct. 1-17
  • Crossbow Nov. 13 - Dec. 31
  • Youth Hunt Oct. 9-10
  • Muzzleloader Oct. 16-17
  • Muzzleloader Dec. 11-19
  • Late Youth Hunt Jan. 1-2
  • Modern Firearms Nov. 13-28

Monday, August 2, 2010

Police confirm Tinsley was victim

An autopsy Monday has confirmed that the identity of the victim of Sunday's fatal fire in Crittenden County. The victim was Glenda J. Tinsley, 47, of Marion. Dental records were used to confirm the identity of the woman found in the charred remains of her home on Wilson Farm Road.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville determined that Tinsley died from smoke inhalation.

The investigation is continuing by the Kentucky State Police.

Police say fatal fire is crime scene

Investigators with the Kentucky State Police are not saying much about a fatal fire that broke out Sunday afternoon at a home on Wilson Farm Road in rural Crittenden County. However, they do say that it is being investigated as a crime.

A body was taken from the charred rubble at about daylight Monday morning. The body is believed to be that of Glenda Tinsley, an EMT, volunteer fireman and former member of the rescue squad, who lived at the home. The body was taken to Madisonville for an autopsy. Investigators are not confirming the identity of the person.

At about 4 p.m., Tinsley called central dispatching at Marion Police Department and told the dispatcher that her house was on fire and that she believed she heard someone downstairs.

By the time firemen arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

The Crittenden Press will continue following this tragedy and developing story.

The photo shows firemen spraying water into a bedroom where Tinsley was believed to have been when she phoned for help.

Fair wrapup in this week's Press

The Crittenden County Lions Club Fair wrapped up over the weekend. The Lions report a successful fair with lots of fun and excitement. Ragon Dossett was the fair queen and The Press will have results of other fair contests and exhibits this week. The new edition of the printed Crittenden Press will be on newsstands by 3 p.m., Wednesday.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Woman believed dead in fire

Firefighters from several area fire departments were dispatched to a fire on Wilson Farm Road where a woman was trapped on the upper floor.

Marion, Crittenden County, Mattoon, Sturgis and Salem fire departments were called to the scene as well as EMS, state police, sheriff's department, PHI air ambulance and other agencies.

The fire started at about 4 p.m.

Glenda Tinsley was stuck on the upper floor of the home called 911 and reported the fire. When the first responders arrived, they heard screams coming from the home but were be unable to enter the burning structure.

The house was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived. Tinsley is believed to have perished in the fire. Investigators were still on the scene late Tuesday evening.

More information as it becomes available.