Thursday, September 30, 2010

Parade kicks off homecoming celebration

Dozens of entries were part of Thursday evening's annual Football Homecoming Parade on Main Street in Marion.

The parade kicks off community events for the yearly homecoming game Friday night at Rocket Stadium as Crittenden hosts Ballard Memorial.

The homecoming queen will be crowned in a ceremony before the game. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Also this weekend is the Chamber of Commerce Pumpkin Festival with events and activities Friday afternoon and all day Saturday on the courthouse square in Marion.

Pictured is the little league dance team performing during a stop of the parade route.

Area deaths

Carlos Franklin Bailey, 79, of Murray, formerly of Crittenden County, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 at his home. Funeral services are Saturday at J.H. Churchill Funeral Home in Murray. Burial will be at Dycusburg Cemetery.

Mildred Lockhart, 93 of Salem, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. The funeral is Saturday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Jesse Houston Williams, 75, of Lola, died Thursday, September 30, 2010 at Livingston Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors.

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Cedar Grove Road work on Friday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on Cedar Grove Road in Livingston County tomorrow (Friday).
The lane restriction on Ky. 1433 at mile point 6.8 is for a base repair. This is in the Cedar Grove community near the intersection with Parker Road and Lookout Tower Road.
Motorists should be alert for equipment, flaggers and maintenance personnel on the roadway. Work at the site is expected to start around 8 a.m., and end about 3 p.m.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Airport offering free plane rides Saturday

Noon dedication ceremony

In planning for Marion-Crittenden County Airport’s formal dedication and open house this weekend, local aircraft enthusiasts put a little more lift under their wings.

In addition to the customary glad-handing and speaking, there will be free flights for children, aircraft on display, a classic car show and plenty of food.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Hopkinsville), who local leaders largely credit with securing funding for the community’s effort to improve the airport, will be the featured speaker along with administrators from the Kentucky Department of Aviation. They and others will be at the microphone for a short dedication ritual starting at noon. The event is partly to christen a $5 million airport renovation that started more than five years ago, but Jim Johnson, chairman of the local airport board, says it’s much more than that – it’s a celebration of aviation and an opportunity for youngsters to get off the ground.

The event is sponsored by the Marion-Crittenden County Airport Board and the Experimental Aircraft Association, which is promoting its Young Eagles Flight Rally. The rally is aimed at generating aviation interest in young people. Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have taken more than 1.4 million youngsters on flights.

“Fifteen years ago there were about 850,000 pilots licensed in the United States. Now, there are about 500,000,” said Johnson, who is himself a pilot, and has a daughter who flies passenger aircraft.

About 20 planes will be available for public flights. Trips above Marion will be free for children age 8-17. As part of the Young Eagles program, the kids will also learn about aviation, have a photo opportunity with their plane and pilot and earn a certificate following their flight. Parents will need to be present to approve their child’s flight.

There will be separate flights for adults. The fee will be about $20 and they will be departing continuously all day long.

The airport was once a 2,700-foot grass landing strip. Now, it’s perhaps the most modern airport of any small town in Kentucky, Johnson said. The paved runway is 4,400 feet long with all-weather instrument approaches. The facility includes hangars, a terminal building, pilot lounge and a fueling station that includes avgas and jet fuel.

Johnson said plans are already underway for another phase of airport improvements, including extending the runway to 5,000 feet to accommodate larger corporate jets.

“The airport is already benefiting the local economy,” Johnson said.

He explained that numerous flights come into and depart from the airport each week, including corporate officials visiting the region on business and medical emergency flights scheduled by several area hospitals.

Pumpkin Festival Planner

Events scheduled for this week’s
Chamber of Commerce Pumpkin Festival

  • The Great Pumpkin and Charlie Brown in homecoming parade
  • Entries for Pumpkin Bake-Off - 8 a.m., to 12 p.m., UK Extension office
  • Pumpkin painting entries submitted - 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Marion Commons
  • Downtown vendors open from noon until 6 p.m., at courthouse
  • Bouncy inflatables and stuff for kids, all day on West Carlisle Street
  • Entries for photography contest accepted from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Marion Woman's Club Building on East Carlisle Street
  • Mechanical Bull Rides - starting at noon at courthouse
  • Homecoming football game, 7 p.m., at Rocket Stadium
  • Bouncy Inflatables and Fun for Kids, all day on West Carlisle Street
  • Pets on Parade Contest - 9 a.m., behind courthouse
  • One-mile Fun Run - 9 a.m., at Marion-Crittenden County Park
  • Pumpkin Bake-Off - 9 a.m., at Marion Commons
  • Pumpkin Painting - 9 a.m., at Marion Commons
  • Mechanical Bull Rides - starting at noon at courthouse
  • Corn Hole Toss Contest - 10 a.m., on West Carlisle Street
  • Checkers Tournament - 10 a.m., at Marion Commons
  • Little Miss and Mr. Pumpkin Pageant - 11 a.m., behind courthouse
  • Crittenden County Historical Society, at 124 East Bellville St., will host a Ham and Bean Lunch from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m. The meal includes bowl of soup, corn muffins, desert and drink for $5.
  • Political Stump Speaking - 1 p.m., on stage behind courthouse, featuring local candidates and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Hopkinsville) and his Democratic challenger Charles Hatchett.
  • FFA Pedal Tractor Pulls - 2 p.m., beside Farmers Bank
  • Photography Contest Show from 2-3 p.m., at Marion Woman's Club Building on East Carlisle Street
  • Pumpkin Relay - 3:30 p.m., on West Carlisle Street

At Marion-Crittenden County Airport on Saturday for the dedication ceremony
Event runs from 7:30 a.m., to 4 p.m.
  • Breakfast 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Free Rides for Children age 8-17
  • Lunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Airport Dedication Ceremony, noon
  • Classic Car Show and Aircraft Display
  • Tours of Hangars and Airport
  • Paid Airplane Rides for Adults
  • For info, call Mark Beduhn 908-5845
  • or email

Sunday, September 26, 2010

This week's CCHS football homecoming schedule

THEME: "We're 'da Bomb: Beat Ballard Bombers"

  • Boys' Volleyball Tournament - Monday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., Rocket Arena, no admission
  • Banana Split Eating Contest - Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., Dairy Queen parking lot, no admission
  • Homecoming Parade - Thursday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m., lineup at 4 p.m.
  • Powderpuff Football Game - Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m., Rocket Stadium, $2 admission
  • King & Queen coronation - Friday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Rocket Stadium
  • Homecoming Football Game - Friday, Rockets host Ballard Memorial, 7:30 p.m., Rocket Stadium
  • Homecoming Dance - Friday, Oct. 1, 9:30 p.m. to midnight, Multi-Purpose Room, $3 for students

Get help planning for college Oct. 4

Parents of Crittenden County High School seniors can meet with school officials 6-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4 at the Rocket Arena conference room to learn more about college options and the college application process.

Local Education Director Jeremy Wheeler and CCHS Guidance Counselor Stefanie Hardin will be among the school officials on hand to help parents plan for their children's higher education. The event is free and open to anyone.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Methodists strive for IMPACT Saturday

Marion United Methodist Church is conducting its IMPACT community outreach program all day this Saturday in Marion.

The church, located at 112 South College Street in Marion, will be sponsoring the event, but anyone may volunteer to participate. The program is aimed at helping the community through a variety of projects, including home improvement, downtown cleanup, providing cleaning and personal care products and winter coats to individuals and picking up trash at city parks.

Volunteers will be spiffing up all of downtown, sweeping sidewalks and washing windows, and picking up trash at Veterans Memorial Park and Marion-Crittenden County Park, plus streets leading to them.

Pick up personal items such as toiletries and hygiene products and coats at the church.

The church will provide lunch and supper for those who volunteer to help.

Area deaths

Marjorie E. Myrick, 82, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at her home in Lola. The funeral is Monday at Lola Pentecostal Church. Boyd Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Darrell Martin, 76, of Kuttawa
died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Graveside services are Monday at Rolling Hills Cemetery in Eddyville.

County judge re-issues burn ban

Due to continued drought conditions, Crittenden County Judge-Executive Fred Brown has re-issued the outdoor burn ban that was in force earlier this summer.

The burn ban had been in place for more than a month starting in August, but it was lifted a couple of weeks ago after a rain. Now, the county is experiencing dry conditions again and firemen are being called to a number of field fires. One fire burned several acres Thursday between Cave Springs Church Road and Ky. 120.

The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning.

This is not be confused with the fire hazard season, which begins on Oct. 1 and prohibits daytime burning only. The judge's countywide ban prohibits burning at any time.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Italian restaurant moving to Coffee Shop

The Italian restaurant that opened recently in Marion is moving to The Coffee Shop.

Owners of the pizza place in East Bellville Street have purchased what has become a Main Street landmark. The Coffee Shop is a popular place for morning regulars who discuss everything from sports to politics. Its current owners, Bill and Korey Wheeler, also own The Front Porch restaurant.

Within a couple of weeks the move should be complete. The Italian restaurant will not be serving breakfast, however. The new name will be Main Street Italian Grill and Pizzeria.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Local sniper on Discovery Channel tonight

A Crittenden County family will be watching the season finale of Discovery Channel's Surviving the Cut with special interest starting at 9 p.m., tonight.

The episode chronicling this summer's U.S. Marines Sniper training, includes 2004 Crittenden County High School graduate Sgt. Cody Brandon, who was highly honored at sniper school.

Sgt. Brandon is the son of Wanda and Lynn Driskill of Marion and Robert and Linda Brandon of Eddyville, and the grandson of Cheryl Olson and Martha Brandon, both of Marion.

Read more and watch clips online, click here.

Quad County Housing Project in Marion

Two housing complexes for low-income residents are going up on Rochester and North Weldon streets thanks to government stimulus funds.

The Marion duplexes are among 14 being built in Crittenden, Caldwell and Lyon counties as part of the Pennyroyal Center’s Quad County Housing Project.

Read more about the housing project in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press, on newsstands today after 3 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Crittenden Fiscal Court meets this morning

Crittenden County Fiscal Court meets in regular session at 9 a.m., today at the courthouse.

Adult Ed Center hosts open house today

Crittenden County Adult Learning Center will host an open house this evening from 4-6 p.m., at its new location at 118A East Bellville Street in Marion, across from The Crittenden Press.

The center provides a variety of adult education opportunities, including GED training and testing.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Marion City Council meets tonight

Marion City Council meets in regular session tonight at 6 p.m., at city hall.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Area deaths

Longtime Livingston hospital direct Wayne Ward Chittenden, 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 15. The funeral is Sunday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Charles “Sug” Taylor, 90, of Salem died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010 at Crittenden Hospital after a brief illness. Services at Monday at Salem Baptist Church. Boyd Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Fire-fighting feature on field trip

Marion Fire Chief Red Howton talks about fire safety to Crittenden County kindergarteners during a field trip Friday morning to the city fire department.

The kindergarten field trip included several other stops in the city.

Pictured is the Marion Fire Department's 75-foot ladder truck, purchased last month. It's the only ladder truck in the city's fleet of fire-fighting vehicles.

Backboard club meets

CCHS boys' basketball Backboard Club will have its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at Rocket Arena at 6 p.m. Items to be discussed include the preparations for the upcoming Chili Supper and meeting with a representative from Central Screen Printing.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Salem hosts fall celebration Saturday

Salem Fall Jamboree is Saturday in the Livingston County town, which marks its 200th birthday

Now in its third year, the jamboree will be held starting at 11 a.m. Events are planned until late in the evening.

There will be gospel music, food, vendors and activities for all ages. Especially attractive for the children will be the inflatables.

Organizers expect a large crowd. The event will featuring the normal fun and entertainment plus a celebration of Salem’s 200th birthday.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Area death

Johnson, Marjorie, 83, of Marion died Sept 15, 2010. The funeral is Saturday at Marion United Methodist Church. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Calvin “C.D.” Newcom, 88, of Clay died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville. He is the father of John Newcom of Marion. Services are Saturday at Grace Baptist Church in Clay.

Methodists rally community for Sept. 25 Impact

Crittenden County residents needing cleaning supplies, winter coats or minor repairs to their home can receive assistance Sept. 25 during a community-wide Impact event sponsored by the United Methodist Church.

Cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items are being collected at several locations Saturday and will be distributed between 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the corner lot next to Marion United Methodist Church Sept. 25.

Anyone who needs minor repairs made to their home should call the church in advance of Sept. 25. Homeowners are asked to provide materials.

Volunteers are encouraged to participate in the event. Call 965-4580 to register or register online at

Impact events are being held Sept. 25 in Marion, Sturgis, Morganfield, Dekoven, Dawson Springs and Clay.

Mantle Rock, Trail of Tears revitalized next week

An improved, more user friendly Mantle Rock Preserve and mile-long hiking trail along the historic Trail of Tears will be unveiled next week near Joy in rural Livingston County.

The National Park Service, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, has designed new exhibits that highlight the rarity and wonderment of sandstone glades and native prairie habitats, while portraying the hardships of the Cherokee experience in the Mantle Rock area during their forced migration to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma.

The public is invited to see the new exhibits and walk the same path that the Cherokee walked that bitterly cold winter of 1838-1839 during a ceremony at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22. Mantle Rock Preserve is located on Ky. 133 between Salem and the Ohio River’s Berry’s Ferry Landing.

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

Box truck wrecks on US 60 East

No one was hurt Wednesday about noon when a box truck turned over on U.S. 60 East near Rosebud Church.

The road was closed for a short period while the wrecker service righted the truck and hauled it away.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mattoon school coming down brick by brick

The old Mattoon School is being torn down by its owner. The school hasn't been used in many years and now its owner is tearing down a portion of it to make way for a residence.

Read more about the old school's fate in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press, on newsstands after 3 p.m., Wednesday.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Area death

Former Dycusburg Postmistress Rhea Stinnett, 92 of Dycusburg died at 5:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 at Salem Springlake Health & Rehab Center in Salem. The funeral is Tuesday at Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville.

Doris Perry, 78, of Marion died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 at Rivers Bend Retirement Community in Kuttawa. The funeral is Wednesday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Free dump days continue Saturday

Local residents have all day Saturday to take advantage of the free dumping opportunity sponsored by the City of Marion.

The city has dumpsters at its maintenance garage on East Elm Street and will be accepting all sorts of trash items from 7:30 a.m., to 4 p.m., Saturday.

The dump site was also open all day Friday and many people took advantage of the free service, including C.L. McDaniel, who is pictured pulling up to the one of trash bins while city employees off-load his junk.

No household garbage is being accepted, but you may bring tires, batteries, metal, appliances and furniture.

Injury accident on US 60 East Friday afternoon

Law enforcement and ambulance crews were on the scene of a two-vehicle, head-on collision 12 miles east of Marion of US 60 Friday afternoon. The two drivers were hurt, but neither appeared to have life-threatening injuries. One male driver appeared to have a broken arm.

The rescue squad was initially called to the scene, but was not needed. Neither victim was trapped.

The highway was expected to be blocked or partially blocked for a period of time. The wreck occurred just before 3:30 p.m.

Democratic Party hosts meet the candidates

Crittenden County Democrats will host a Meet the Candidates forum starting at 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 13 at the Critttenden County Courthouse.

The party will provide music and free hot dogs.

Accident on US 641 this morning

Update: Roger Steward, 62, of Marion was taken to Crittenden Hospital by ambulance Friday morning after a two-vehicle wreck on US 641 near the Marion City Limits.

Steward was extricated by the Crittenden County Rescue Squad. He was admitted at the hospital, but did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

The other driver, Joy Briley, 64, of Marion was treated and released at Crittenden Hospital.

Judge lifts Crittenden burn ban

With almost an inch of rain over the past 18 hours, Crittenden County Judge-Executive Fred Brown has lifted the outdoor burn ban in this county.

The burn ban has been in effect for more than a month due to dry conditions that make burning a hazard.

Next Saturday is Fall Jamboree in Salem

Celebrate the coming of autumn next Saturday at Salem's Fall Jamboree.

Events are planned from 11 a.m., to 8 p.m., on Sept. 18 and will include music, vendors, food, games, mums and more.

If you'd like something more labor intensive next weekend, join Fredonia area genealogists and history buffs who will be cleaning up graves in the Old Fredonia Cemetery starting at 8 a.m.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wear college colors on Friday

Crittenden County School District is encouraging all of its teachers, staff and the community to wear their collegiate colors on Friday.

Put on a sweatshirt, cap or anything to signify the college you attended, or perhaps the one you admire most.

Area Death

Bob VanVactor, 70, of Fredonia died Wednesday, Sept. 8. The funeral is Saturday at Morgan Funeral Home in Princeton.

Frazer posts new video

Bart Frazer, candidate for Crittenden County Attorney, has posted a new video on his

Watch Frazer's speech from a recent rally at the Crittenden County Courthouse:

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Horse whispering Sunday at Marion's park

There will be a “horse whispering” at Marion-Crittenden County Park at 5 p.m., Sunday.

Renown speaker Paul Daily will train a local horse straight from the field, and deliver a faith-based message at the same time.

The event is free to the public and will include pony rides.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Forestry agent hurt in Livingston County fire

Kentucky Division of Forestry agent Don Lam was seriously injured in an accident while fighting a forestland fire Tuesday in Livingston County. Lam, a forester for Crittenden and Livingston counties, was flown by helicopter to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

Livingston County officials said Lam was injured when a burning log rolled off a bluff and struck him. He suffered head and hip injuries.

Volunteer firemen from Smithland and Burna were also on the scene of the fire.

Livingston County had a burn ban in effect at the time. The fire was allegedly started by an excavation company clearing land for development.

County will resurface 3.5 miles with state funds

Four county roads have been identified for resurfacing. The roads are Watson Cemetery Road, A.H. Clements Road, Templeton Road and part of Tribune Tower Road.

Crittenden County Fiscal Court approved the plan during a special meeting Tuesday morning. Money to complete the work is coming from the state’s Flex Fund, which diverts 20 percent of the state’s road fund money to counties. The process was begun by Gov. Steve Beshear earlier this year to lift some of the financial burden from county road funds.

Crittenden is getting $178,000 to complete the resurfacing of about 3.5 miles of roadway.

City offers free dumping Friday & Saturday

The City of Marion will have mobile dumpsters available for free dumping Friday and Saturday (Sept. 10-11) at its maintenance facility at the end of East Elm Street. This free service is for unwanted items including tires, batteries, appliances and furniture. Household trash will not be accepted. Items will be accepted from 7:30 a.m., 4 p.m., each day.

Dog case changes things for owners

A local woman has pleaded guilty to harboring a vicious animal in a criminal case that could set a precedent in how such matters are handled in the future.

Heather Kaiser, a 27-year-old mother of three, said she pleaded guilty in Crittenden District Court last week only because her dog was being withheld until the case was settled. Kaiser’s year-and-a-half-old pit bull, Kilo, had been confiscated on July 10 after it bit Charles Black, who was walking his dog on a leash on Maxwell Street.

Kaiser’s dog ran into the street and attacked Black, according to court records and statements from neighbors who witnessed the episode. The city has a law requiring all dogs to be leashed.

Black filed charges and police had the dog picked up by the animal control officer. Kilo was in essence taken to jail. He was held at the Crittenden County Animal Shelter, running up an $8.50 daily tab.
In accordance with her plea agreement, Kaiser will have to put up a new seven-foot high dog pen, keep Kilo – and her other dogs – penned at all times. If they are taken out of the pen, they must be leashed and muzzled. Kaiser’s plea comes with a 30-day probated jail sentence for two years, a $200 fine and $158 in court costs. She must also pay restitution to the county for housing the dog since July, which will be more than $450. Kaiser would have been ordered to pay Black’s medical bills, too, but his insurance took care of that. His treatment at Crittenden Hospital cost $763, which was paid by Medicare, according to court records.

The kicker in the case is that if Kaiser does not follow the court’s orders, she will go to jail herself, and the dogs will be destroyed.

County Attorney Rebecca Johnson said KRS 258.235 stipulates how such matters are to be remediated, but she’s not a big fan of the details of the law. It needs to be rewritten, she said, to clear up some of the ambiguous provisions. Marion City Council has discussed creating its own vicious dog ordinance to deal more specifically with particular breeds of dogs.

Council member Darrin Tabor spoke out against that idea during the last council meeting on Aug. 16.

“It’s ridiculous to consider a vicious dog ordinance. None of us are qualified to determine what breeds are vicious,” he said.

Tabor said a dog is a product of its environment and its training.
Particular breeds are not inherently vicious, he explained.

It’s unclear whether the council will further discuss the matter, but citizens appear to want something done. An unscientific poll by The Press Online in late July found that 81 percent of 262 respondents wanted tougher city laws for vicious dogs. What’s certain is that from now on, the court system might deal with them a bit differently.

Several months ago, a similar incident left a postman injured from a dog bite. The court ordered the dog to be taken out of the county. A few weeks later, the same dog tried to attack two police officers and it was shot and killed. The owner had allegedly moved it across town instead of out of the county.

Johnson said hindsight was the impetus for requiring Kaiser’s dogs to be destroyed if, as the owner, Kaiser fails to live up to court orders. Simply having the dog banned from town didn’t work last time, Johnson said, so future cases may get similar treatment as Kaiser.

The attack on Black on Maxwell Street this summer wasn’t Kaiser’s first run-in with police over her dogs. Chief Ray O’Neal said officers had been dispatched to Kaiser’s address multiple times, mostly for barking complaints. Kaiser said she solved that by putting a muzzle on her female, giving the dog anti-anxiety medication and moving its pen to a more remote spot on her lot so it couldn’t see activity that caused the dog to bark.

“I’ve done everything they’ve asked me to do,” Kaiser said.

All three of her pit bulls have been neutered. She’s raised them all from pups and says they are gentle enough that she lets them play with her twin seven-year-old daughters and six-year-old son.

Kaiser disputes Black’s claim that the dog bit him although three witnesses signed statements attesting to the event. She said she didn’t want to prolong the case by going to trial next month because her dog was being held at the pound, running up an expensive shelter bill. Her children were upset that the dog had not been returned, she said. They had been to the pound to visit Kilo and didn’t understand why he had to stay at the shelter. Kaiser said she was satisfied with the treatment her dog received while held at the county’s shelter.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Three hurt in wreck Monday near Fredonia

Three Owensboro area residents were injured in a single-vehicle accident Monday near Fredonia.

Alisha Barnett, 18, was driving north on U.S. 641 when her Chevrolet SUV ran off the road and overturned. All three occupants of the vehicle were extricated by Lyon County Rescue. Barnett and Julie Brown, 34, were transported by Lyon County EMS to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. Destiny Brown, 14, was airlifted by Air Evac to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. All occupants have suffered multiple non-life threatening injuries, according to Kentucky State Police.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Area Death

Kenneth Rennison, 67, of Fredonia died Wednesday, Sept. 1 at Crittenden Hospital. Services at Saturday at Morgan Funeral Home in Princeton.

Woman's Club celebrates 90 years

Linda J. Hawkins shared her love and vast knowledge of the history of tea during the Woman’s Club of Marion’s 90th anniversary luncheon Sept. 1.

Hawkins is an award-winning author of several adult and childrens books, and she takes her nutritional-based literature on the road, where she shares the history of tea and etiquette.

While the history of tea began in England, it spread to Japan and to the United States where it is viewed as a hospitality drink, especially in the South.

Womans Club members learned some of the popular types of teas, including lemon grass, jasmine, green and white tea, as well as less common uses of tea such as its benefit on the body in the bathtub.

Pictured above are Melissa Hunt Tabor and her grandmother Virginia Hunt looking at a sample of ground tea leaves during Hawkins’ presentation.

Chamber luncheon today at noon

Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce will hosts its quarterly luncheon today. The lunch will be held at and sponsored by Crittenden Health Systems.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Johnson unveils campaign Web site

Rebecca Johnson, incumbent candidate for Crittenden County Attorney, has gone online with her campaign.

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Youth camp director hurt in ATV accident

The director of the Western Kentucky Youth Camp in rural Crittenden County was injured in an ATV accident just before noon Wednesday.

PHI Air Ambulance took David Maclin to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville following at four-wheeler wreck on Youth Camp Road near Sheridan.

According to emergency responders, Maclin was about 30 yards from his driveway when he lost control of the ATV and it went off the road and hit a tree.

Maclin, who sustained an apparent back injury, crawled a few hundred yards to his residence and called for help.

Farmer will run alongside Williams

Former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer will run as lieutenant governor on the ticket with Republican David Williams in next year's governor's race, reports the Associated Press.

The two filed a letter of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, ending weeks of speculation about whether Farmer would agree to become Williams' running mate.

Phil Moffett, a Louisville businessman, has also declared his intention to run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, is seeking re-election. Harlan County demolition contractor Otis Hensey also is seeking the Democratic nomation.