Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Distinguished Alumni sought by school system

Local education leaders are looking for Crittenden County graduates with the Right Stuff.

They seek nominees for inaugural recipients of the Crittenden County Schools Distinguished Alumni Awards, which will be presented before graduation later this spring.

Nominations may be made until April 15. More information is available in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press, which will be on newsstands after 3 p.m., today.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Area death

Bonnie Nell Alsobrook Phillips, 85, of Burna died Sunday, March 27, 2011 at Salem Springlake Health and Rehabilitation Center. The funeral is Thursday at Old Salem Baptist Church. Boyd Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.

Business After Hours at Extension office

Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business After Hours event from 5 to 6 p.m., this afternoon at the new Crittenden County Extension office on U.S. 60 East.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Area Death

George Earl Rice, 68, of Salem, died Sunday at Livingston Hospital. He was a barber for 35 years. The funeral is Thursday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

River Road re-opens in Livingston

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is opening Ky. 137 (River Road) at 2 p.m., today.

Floodwaters have dropped off the roadway and maintenance crews have spent much of the day clearing mud and debris from areas that were flooded. The road had been under water for more than two weeks.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Don't forget the Lady Rockets !


The Second Region champion Crittenden County Lady Rockets invite the public this afternoon to a celebration of its historic season.

Players, coaches and fans will be honored starting at 2 p.m., today (Sunday) at Rocket Arena.

There will be cake, cobbler and ice cream for everyone. Don't miss it.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cave In Rock Ferry re-opens

The Cave In Rock Ferry has reopened to traffic.

The ferry resumed service at about 8 a.m., today. The ferry had been closed since March 4 when Ohio River floodwaters covered Ky. 91 at the Kentucky Landing.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Police looking for Eddyville robbery suspects

Kentucky State Police are currently investigating an armed robbery which occurred just after 6 a.m., this morning at the Hampton Inn near I-24 in Eddyville.

The victim told police he was robbed at gunpoint by five black males in the hotel parking lot. The victim explained that he was using his cellular phone when the men approached him and demanded his wallet. One of the suspects was reported to be armed with a rifle. The five individuals suspected of the robbery fled the scene in what was believed to be a red Pontiac sedan.

Video surveillance indicates some of the suspects might have been traveling in a grey passenger car. Suspects are believed to be traveling east along Interstate 24 from Lyon County.

The following is a description of the suspects involved:
  • Black male approximately 6’0” wearing white t-shirt, black sock cap, and grey sweat pants.
  • Black male approximately 5’8” -5’11” wearing grey sweat suit and black t-shirt. Shirt possibly had Pittsburgh Steelers logo.
  • Black male approximately 5’8” –5’11” wearing black hooded jacket, blue jeans, black sock cap, and dark t-shirt.
  • Black male approximately 5’8”-5’11” wearing grey hooded jacket with blue jean shorts.
  • Black male approximately 5’8”-5’11” wearing dark jeans, black jacket, and a tan or brown sock cap.

Each suspect is believed to be in their early 20s. The suspects were seen at a gas station in Grand Rivers prior to the robbery. One of the suspects was overheard speaking about traveling to Nashville and Memphis.

If you come into contact with the individuals, use extreme caution. Phone state police at 1-800-222-5555.

You're invited to celebrate with Lady Rockets

Crittenden County Lady Rocket basketball team is inviting the public to celebrate its historic 2010-11 championship season.

Players are treating their fans to cake, cobbler and ice cream starting at 2 p.m., Sunday at Rocket Arena. Everyone is welcome.

There will be a slide show, awards and a few gifts for the wonderful fans.

Ferry remains closed

Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed today due to high water on the Ohio River. The ferry is likely to re-open early next week if the river continues to fall as predicted.

All state highways in Crittenden County are now open. Ky. 135 near Tolu was the last to open this morning.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Groups seek assistance for victims

Friends, co-workers and classmates of victims of two house fires this week have mobilized to help them recover from devastating losses.

The Sitar Family lost all of its belongings in a house fire Wednesday night on East Depot Street in Marion. The mother, Beverly, has four children in middle and high school, and her mother also lived at the residence. On Tuesday, Cassie Seaburg, an employee of Crittenden County Detention Center, lost her home on Lone Star Road to fire. She has a four-year-old son.

Friends and classmates of the Sitars have started two projects to help them replace clothing and household items. Sheena Cartwright, who works at H&R Block in Marion and is a sister Ms. Sitar's boyfriend, said clothing can be left at the H&R Block office on South Main Street in Marion. Sizes are listed below. Crittenden County Middle School students Jessi Brewer and Maeson Myers are heading up an effort to collect household items such as towels, dishes, bedding, etc. Those items can be delivered to the school at the end of classes on Wednesday, March 30. Students are also taking up cash contributions each morning for the next two weeks to help their classmates.

Jail employees are likewise accepting items to help their co-worker. Tammy Robertson, a supervisor at the detention center, said clothing and toys are being accepted for Seaburg and her son, Joey.

Sizes of fire victims for clothing donations:
Chris Sitar, high school student, 32/32 pants and medium to large shirts.
Jonah Sitar, high school student, 32/32 pants and medium to large shirts.
Faith Sitar, middle school student, 0-1 pants, small to medium shirts.
Stephanie Sitar, middle school student, women's large or extra large shirts and pants.
Beverly Sitar, 8-10 pants and large shirts.
Beverly's mother, large T-shirts and large sweat pants.

Cassie Seaburg, large shirt and size 10 (33 waist) pants.
Joey, 7 pants, youth medium shirts, and Star Wars toys.

Area deaths

James Wilson Hanks, 55, of Marion died early this morning Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. Funeral services are Monday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Orlin Millikan, 93, of Marion died Wednesday at Crittenden County Health and Rehab. The funeral is Saturday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wind creates trouble for firefighters

High winds are making it extremely difficult for firemen battling a blaze at a structure on East Depot Street in Marion. The fire is believed to have originated in a residence adjacent to the former Brown Physical Therapy building. Firefighters from Marion, Crittenden County and Mattoon departments are on the scene.

Area death

Marcella Louise Cosby, 68, of Marion died Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Crittenden Hospital. A memorial service is Saturday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion.

This week's poll question on pot

This week's Crittenden Press Online poll question closely mirrors one asked to Crittenden County students a few months ago as part of the KIP Survey. We thought it would be interesting to see what our online readers say, too.

Next week's printed edition of The Press will include a feature on how students responded this question and other similar ones about drugs. Results from our online poll will be published, also.

Press continues series on drugs, alcohol

This week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press will be on newsstands today after 3 p.m. Featured this week is the second in a series of articles about the school-based KIP Survey which studies trends among students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 regarding tobacco, alcohol and drug use, among other things.

We have picked out some interesting data to feature. Some of it is printed in the picture graphic below. Click to enlarge the data package. Also, please see this week's newspaper for the accompanying article and more.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Firemen called to blaze on Lone Star

Volunteer firemen have been called to a house fire on Lone Star Road. According to initial reports, the fire was at a doublewide mobile home. No one was inside the home between Piney and Crayne Cemetery roads.

Curriculum meeting is tomorrow

The public is invited to the Crittenden County High School's curriculum committee meeting at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday at Rachel Gavin's classroom in the high school.

The committee will be discussing the type of schedule to propose for high school classes next academic year.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Area deaths

Anna Pearl Jones, 64, of Fredonia died Sunday at Salem Springlake. The funeral is Wednesday at Morgan’s Funeral Home in Princeton.

Toney Bell Ringstaff, 75, of Burna died Monday at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. The funeral is Wednesday at the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Ky. 91 closed between Fredonia and Princeton

UPDATE: Highway is now open

A tractor trailer has overturned near Crider on Ky. 91 between Princeton and Fredonia. The Kentucky Department of Transportation has closed the road. Early reports indicate the truck may be carrying some type of explosive material, perhaps ammonium nitrate and other chemicals or materials.

It's unclear at this time how long the highway will be closed. A detour has been established via Ky. 70 and Ky. 139.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Area Death

Ronnie Ordway of Marion died today at a Louisville hospital. No other details are available at this time.

Fire damages home at Mott City

A home south of Mott City off U.S. 641 was damaged by smoke and fire just before noon today.

Crittenden County Fire Department was called to the scene and quickly got the blaze under control before it destroyed the home.

Cause of the fire was immediately known, and crews are still on the scene at this hour.

The home belongs to a Dickey family, firefighters said.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Area death

Linnie Louise Holloman, 73, of Marion died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Crittenden Hospital. The funeral is Saturday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Call for Spotlight

The Crittenden Press printed edition is always seeking news tips and short features for its Spotlight on the Community section.

Do you have a college student who joined a fraternity or sorority, a friend who received a special award or recognition, an employee who recently completed special training or a parent who is retiring? These are just a few examples. We're looking for a variety of Spotlight features. If you think it's important to you, it's probably important to our readers.

If so, we want to know. Provide us with some basic information such as who, what, when, where and why. And please include a contact email address or phone number.

Survey: Younger children afraid at school

The Crittenden Press started a series of articles this week examining results of a student survey that questioned sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th graders last year at Crittenden County and other schools. The study found that sixth graders are afraid of physical threats and someone taking their belongings at school. However, that fear subsides as students grow older, the study indicates.

See next week's Press for a look at what the survey found about alcohol use among students.

Shown in yellow are some of the data accompanying this week's article. Click on the graph to enlarge it, or go to for complete results from the KIP Survey.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chamber seeks nominations for awards

Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce Nominating Committee seeks nominations for its five annual membership awards. These awards recognize individuals or businesses for Person of the Year, Community Pride, Unsung Hero, Volunteer of the Year and Customer Service. Deadline for nominations is April 5. Email DIRECTOR or all 965-5015 for information or to make a nomination.

I-24 one lane near Grand Rivers

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is restricting traffic to one lane on the Interstate 24 Tennessee River Bridge during daylight hours this week. Motorists should take note that the work zone speed limit has been modified.

This lane restriction for both eastbound and westbound traffic is to allow a detailed inspection of the bridge structure. This work zone now includes a 55 mile per hour speed limit with double fines.

Working conditions at the site have allowed the work zone speed limit to be raised to 55 mph from the original 45 mph. However, we have added double fines for speeding in this work zone. Kentucky State Police are providing an enhanced enforcement presence.

This work zone is located at I-24 mile point 29.136 at the Marshall-Livingston County line. Motorists can expect to encounter lane restrictions and reduced speed limits between approximately 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Marion woman arrested on Hopkins warrant

Kentucky State Police arrested a Marion woman at her home this morning, charging Jo Ann Warner, 57, with 21 counts of prohibited practices concerning substances that simulate controlled substances; 16 counts of distribution of obscene matter; and 79 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, all are Class A misdemeanors.

Police said Warner owns Dusty’s Adult World in Morton's Gap. They have accused her of selling synthetic marijuana or something that mimics synthetic marijuana. Police also seized DVDs and magazines which they saw are obscene.

The Crittenden Press printed edition will have details later this week.

Water has Tolu cut off on two sides

Ky. 135 is closed between Hebron and Tolu due to high water at the narrow bridge about a mile from Ky. 91.

The highway west of Tolu is also closed due to water at Sawmill Hollow.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring ahead tonight before bed

Set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed tonight.

Daylight Saving Time officially starts at 2 a.m., Sunday morning.

The first day of spring is coming soon, Sunday, March 20.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Local officers caught in potential tsunami

UPDATE: The local men in Hawaii say it was a harrowing few hours, but everyone is okay.

In the wake of the massive earthquake that struck Japan Friday, tsunami warnings have been issued for Hawaii, where two Marion police officers are vacationing along with a former local deputy.

State Trooper Matt Foster, Marion Policeman George Foster and former Crittenden County Deputy Ryan Orr and his wife are at a beachside hotel, hunkered down on the eighth floor as they prepare for a possible tsunami.

Hawaii hotels are "implementing a vertical evacuation," Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Associated, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser. "We are in touch with all hotels and they have an evacuation process in order," he added. In a "vertical evacuation", hotel guests are moved to the higher floors.

Marion Police Chief Ray O'Neal has been in contact with the Foster brothers this morning, who told him the waves were expected to hit shortly after 8 a.m., CST. O'Neal said the Orrs had been on the fourth floor, but are now with the Fosters higher up in the Waikiki Beach hotel.

Pictured is Trooper Matt Foster.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Know a soldier who needs a package ?

Anyone who has the address of an active soldier overseas who they would like to have a care package sent to, notify Lee at this LINK. Packages are sent monthly.

Lady Rockets defeated in first round at state

The Lady Rockets lost 78-40 in the first round of the Girls' Sweet Sixteen State Tournament Wednesday, falling to Kentucky's undisputed top-ranked team, Louisville DuPont Manual. See complete statistics, click link below.


Pictured is Bailey Brown driving against a Manual defender.

To view and buy more than 900 photos from the state tournament game, click here.

Printing error in this week's paper

Due to an error at the printing plant in Elkton, Ky., this week's Special 4-Page Commemorative Section on the girls' basketball team's trip to the Sweet Sixteen has a major error. An entire page was omitted by the printer. Page 2 of the special section was not printed properly. We hope to have the matter corrected next week. We apologize to our advertisers and readers for this situation.

Missing woman may be headed to Crayne

UPDATE: She has been found and is safe.

Authorities are looking for a former Crayne woman who disappeared from McCracken County yesterday.

Local police have been notified to be on the lookout for Sylvia Long, 75, who is believed to be driving a dark blue 1992 Eighty-Eight Oldsmobile tag number 303-GJG.

The woman, who suffers from dementia, left McCracken County yesterday about 2 p.m., and has not been seen since. If you have any information, call your local police department.

It is believed that she might be headed to Crayne or perhaps Crossville, Tennessee.

Hey Diddle, Diddle... don't miss the game

Crittenden County's Second Region champion Lady Rockets play at Bowling Green's Diddle Arena at 1:30 p.m., today against top-ranked Louisville DuPont Manual in the Girls' Sweet Sixteen.

Pictured are elementary school students who held a pep rally Tuesday to send the Lady Rockets off to the state tournament.

If you aren't going to the game, here are some options to follow the action live.

@ The Crittenden Press Online, watch on iHigh

Listen at WMJL 102.7 FM, WCCK 95.7 or WLLE 102.1

City's cup runneth over; water problem in county

Just a month ago, city officials were scrambling for alternative water sources because Lake George was drying up. Now, thanks to almost 7 inches of rain the past couple of weeks, the lake is running over its spillway.

Marion Police Chief Ray O'Neal went out this morning to inspect the lake level and found it above normal stage.

The intense rains are creating problems around the county, however. Several roads are closed, including Blackburn Church Road, Providence Road, Enon Church Road, Cool Springs Road, Weston Road, Elizabethtown Landing Road, Phin Croft Road and Monroe Wesmoland Road.

Just this morning, highway officials closed Ky. 135 near Elizabethtown Landing in what's known as sawmill hollow. The state figures it will have to close Ky. 1917, Wolf Creek Road, on the other side of the county at some point today.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lady Rockets make Starnes pay up!

Rocket football coach Al Starnes made a promise last week that if the Crittenden County High School girls' basketball team won the Second Region, he'd let them shave his head.

The Lady Rockets made Starnes pay up Tuesday morning during a community pep rally at the school. They took turns until his was bald. Pictured here is senior Summer Courtney starting the job and freshman Bailey Brown finishing it.

Staying home? Don't miss the action...

If you can't be in Bowling Green tomorrow for the Lady Rockets Sweet Sixteen game against Louisville DuPont Manual, fret not. You can watch it live on Crittenden County's iHigh link by clicking here.

If you are going to the game, stop by the team's motel, the Hilton Garden Inn, and get your face painted and hair braided for free! Marion's Signature Salon will be on site providing this service for fans headed to the game. Tipoff is at 1:30 p.m., at Diddle Arena on the WKU campus.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Community invited to Lady Rocket pep rally

There will be a community pep rally Tuesday morning to send off the Lady Rocket basketball to the Kentucky Girls' Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament. The pep rally is for students and the public. It will be from 8-9 a.m., at Rocket Arena.

The girls' basketball team will then go to the elementary school for a sendoff by the younger students. They will have a police escort out town at about 9:30 to 10 a.m.

Crittenden plays Louisville DuPont Manual at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday in Bowling Green. The game will be webcast live at The Press Online.

Schools closed Wednesday for game

There will be no school on Wednesday in Crittenden County because the Lady Rockets' basketball team is playing in the Kentucky Sweet Sixteen Tournament in Bowling Green.

Tournament tickets available at CCHS

A limited supply of tickets for the Lady Rockets' first-round Sweet Sixteen basketball game are available at Crittenden County High School. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in the office from Carol Perry. Tickets are $11 if purchased at the tournament, which is being held at Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University. The Lady Rockets will play the state's top-ranked team, Louisville DuPont Manual, at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Area deaths

James Albert Martin, 75, of Eddyville died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at his home. The funeral is Wednesday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Ronella Ordway Roberts, 89, of Marion died Saturday March 5, 2011 at the Livingston Hospital. The funeral is Monday Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion.

Contributions accepted for Lady Rocket travel

The Lady Rocket Booster Club is accepting contributions for travel to the Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament, which begins Wednesday in Bowling Green. Alumni, businesses or members of the community who would like to make a donation for meals, accommodations and travel can contact Gina Brown, booster club treasurer, at 704-0759.

Lady Rockets capture historic championship

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Lady Rockets win first ever regional title

Crittenden County's Lady Rockets beat Christian County 53-49 in the second region title game Saturday at Smithland for the school's first ever regional championship.

The Lady Rockets will play the state's top-ranked team, Louisville DuPont Manual, at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday at Bowling Green's Diddle Arena.

School officials say it is very likely that classes will be dismissed on Wednesday so students may attend the KHSAA Girls' Sweet Sixteen game.

Senior guard Jessi Hodge led the Lady Rockets over Christian County with 22 points. Senior forward Whitney Johnson added 16 to cap a tremendous three-game performance in the tournament. Those two and senior Laken Tabor were selected to the All Second Region Team.

Stay tuned for more coverage including video, statistics, game wrap-up and previews of the state tournament. See next week's Crittenden Press printed edition for a special four-page section on the girls' regional title run.

Lady Rockets tipoff at 7 for championship

Crittenden County's 20-8 Lady Rocket basketball tips off in the Second Region Girls' Basketball at 7 p.m., tonight at Smithland. They face the 12-11 Christian County Lady Colonels.

The Press Online will be posting quarterly scoring updates from the game and the final score. A game recap will be posted about one hour after the final buzzer.

This is the second time in school history that Crittenden County has played in the regional championship game. The winner of tonight's matchup earns a berth in the Girls' Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament next week in Bowling Green.

Pictured is Lady Rocket coach Shannon Hodge celebrating after last night's semifinal win over Union County.

Jimmy Croft resigns as Livingston coach

Jimmy Croft says he has resigned as boys' basketball coach at Livingston Central High School.

Croft has been the head coach at Livingston since 2006. Prior to that, he had coached boys and girls at Crittenden County, his alma mater. Croft is the Rockets' all-time winningest coach.

Croft's Cardinals won the Fifth District championship this season, and lost in the opening round of the Second Region Tournament to Christian County.

Cave In Rock Ferry closed for high water

The Cave In Rock Ferry is closed because Ohio River floodwaters are covering Ky. 91 near the Kentucky Landing.

The Ohio River at 10:30 a.m., today at Shawneetown, Ill., was at 44.77 feet. It is expected to continue rising to 46.3 until it crests on March 12. That means the ferry is likely to remain closed for at least a week due to high water.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Crittenden shoots for first Second Region title

Girls play Christian for
crown at 7 p.m., Saturday

Senior guard Laken Tabor nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 22 seconds to play, putting Crittenden County ahead for good en route to a 49-44 victory over Union County in the Second Region Girls' Basketball Tournament semifinal Friday at Smithland.

After Tabor's trey, Jessi Hodge and Whitney Johnson finished off the Bravettes with four straight foul shots, sending the Lady Rockets to the regional championship game for the second time ever.

"I remember being in about fifth or sixth grade and going to the game when Jeannie Hinchee and those other girls were in the finals," said Lady Rocket coach Shannon Hodge, whose team won 20 games this year for the first time in her lengthy tenure at CCHS.

The last time Crittenden (20-8) made it to the regional championship game was 1978. The girls lost to West Hopkins that year.

"It would be great to win (Saturday) and go to state. It would be a first," Hodge said.

Tabor led the Lady Rockets with 17 points and Jessi Hodge had 16.

Rachel Hodge, Union County's Second Region Player of the Year, finished with 18 points. Tabor and Summer Courtney were charged with defending the region's best player.

The Lady Rockets play Christian County (12-11) in Saturday night's 7 p.m., championship game at Smithland. Crittenden beat Christian County in the opening round of last year's Second Region Tournament. The teams have not met this season. The winner advances to the Girls' Sweet 16 next week at Bowling Green to play the Seventh Region champion, either Louisville DuPont Manual (29-4) or Louisville Mercy (24-7).

Crittenden Scoring: Hodge 16, Brown 5, Tabor 17, Johnson 9, Head 2.
Union Scoring: Burnett 2, Dayberry 7, Houston 4, Buchanan 5, Hodge 18, Sprague 6, Chambliss 2.

Pictured above is Crittenden's Laken Tabor fighting for possession of the ball against Union County's Rachel Buchanan (25).

Area death

Helen Elizabeth Catilla, 72, of Salem died Wednesday, March 3, 2011 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. The funeral is Sunday at Myers Funeral Home in Marion.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lady Rocket action on the Web

If you missed the Lady Rockets' last couple of playoff games, you can go to the links below to check out the action.

You can see the Lady Rockets live Friday night against Union County in the Second Region Semifinal at Smithland starting at 7:45 p.m.

Fifth District Championship Game Win over Lyon

Second Region Region Tournament Opening Round Win over Caldwell

Welcome to Bowtanicals in Marion

The Press Online welcomes its newest partner, Bowtanicals in Marion. The specialty and floral shop has gifts, candles and flower arrangements for every occasion. Click here.

Group salvaging Sturgis bike rally

Union County Fair Board is resurrecting the motorcycle rally at Sturgis and will call it the Kentucky Bikerfest.

It will be held July 14-17 and replace the former Little Sturgis Rally, which organizers announced last month wouldn’t be held this summer due to declining attendance and a lawsuit over the name.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Area death

Anna Belle Hunter, 68, of Salem, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Livingston Hospital.
She attended Salem Full Gospel Church. A graveside service is planned for held Friday at Dyer Hill Cemetery in Livingston County. Boyd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lady Rockets headed to regional semifinal

Crittenden County beat Caldwell County 56-48 in the first round of the Second Region Girls' Basketball Tournament Tuesday night at Smithland to earn a berth in Friday's semifinal round.

The Lady Rockets got a 21-point effort from senior forward Whitney Johnson, who had nearly as many rebounds. Johnson is pictured at right.

Crittenden will play Union County in Friday's nightcap. The Lady Rockets split with Union during the regular season.

Monday’s Results
Christian County 56, Madisonville 42
Lyon County 63, Henderson County 61
Tuesday’s Results
Union County 58, Hopkinsville 47
Crittenden County 56, Caldwell Co. 48
Friday’s Semifinals
Christian Co. vs. Lyon Co., 6 p.m.
Union Co. vs. Crittenden Co., 7:45 p.m.
Saturday’s Championship
Game time 7 p.m., at Smithland

Area death

William “Mutt” Griffin, 85, of Dycusburg, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 at his home. The funeral is Wednesday at Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel in Eddyville.

Lane restrictions on Crittenden Springs Road

The Kentucky Department of Highways' Crittenden County maintenance crew will be working along Ky. 1668 (Crittenden Springs Road) over the next few days to prepare the highway for a new entrance to the Rogers Group Quarry. This will require lane restrictions.

A maintenance crew will be widening cross drains and upgrading the roadway from the intersection with U.S. 60 to the entrance to the new quarry. Some minor delays are possible as crews go about their work in this area, said Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Highways.

Rockets seek Blue Out at Region

Crittenden County's Lady Rockets will play Caldwell County in the Second Region Basketball Tournament opening round at 7:30 p.m., tonight at Smithland.

Lady Rocket boosters are asking fans to wear their Rocket colors for a Blue Out at the Livingston County gym.