Thursday, June 30, 2011

Area death

Dorothy “Dottie Sue” Daughtrey Phillips, 88, died Thursday at Livingston Hospital. Funeral services are Saturday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Holiday fireworks displays this weekend

Here is a list of fireworks displays in the area this weekend. They start at dark or around 9 p.m. Dycusburg’s event will include a live band at 6 p.m., at the riverfront. Faith Pentecostal in Salem will start its pre-fireworks program at 7:30 p.m., and Deer Creek will have a meal starting at 6 p.m., at the church.

  • Carrsville, Saturday
  • Eddy Creek, Saturday
  • Tolu, Saturday
  • Salem Pentecostal, Saturday
  • Kentucky Dam, Sunday
  • Deer Creek, Sunday
  • Dycusburg, Monday

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Area death

Evelyn Sue Williams, 71 of Marion died Tuesday at Livingston Hospital. Graveside services are Thursday at Freedom Cemetery. Myers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Welcome Sunrise Donut Shop

The Crittenden Press Online welcomes its newest sponsor, Sunrise Donut Shop.

Located on U.S. 60 West at the former drive-in, the donut shop is open Tuesday through Friday.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Bobcats start one hour late tonight

Due to afternoon showers, tonight's Marion Bobcats game against the Tradewater Pirates at Guess Field will begin one hour late at 8:05 p.m.

Little league tournament games scheduled at Lyon County tonight are postponed to the same time Tuesday night. Crittenden teams were scheduled to play there tonight.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Area deaths

Willa Jean Sexton, 75, of the Joy community, died Friday at Salem Springlake Health and Rehabilitaion Center in Salem. Funeral services are Tuesday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Samuel David Thompson, 87, of Marion died Thursday at Crittenden County Health and Rehabilitation Center. Graveside services are Sunday at Rushing Cemetery in Crittenden County. Myers Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Inmate on the loose from McCracken County

Kentucky State Police are looking for a Paducah man who escaped from the McCracken County Jail last night around 7:30 p.m.

Daryl Scott, 29, the alleged escapee is a white male, 5-feet-9, 160 pounds and he was last seen in the recreational area of the jail. Scott has brown eyes, brown hair, with a shaved head and has numerous tattoos on his body. He was last seen wearing an orange jumpsuit issued by the McCracken County Jail.

Scott was jailed on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, and for the recent robberies of Tank and Tote in St. John's and Fast Pay Day Loans in Paducah.

Anyone having information on the location of this inmate should contact the Kentucky State Police at 856-3721.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Teachers, fireworks and recording artist

This week's Crittenden Press newspaper, due on newsstands after 3 p.m., today, will include a number of interesting articles and informative advertising.

Among the stories being followed by reporters is a new fireworks law in Kentucky that gives holiday celebrations much more bang.

Also, local teachers will likely go without a pay raise for the second straight year. The school board will vote on the matter next week.

And, a local businessman has created a new record label in order to give a Paducah singer/songwriter a shot at country music.

In sports, a local ball player signs with a Kentucky college.

See these and other interesting articles in this week's Crittenden Press.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Upcoming meetings in Marion

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

Crittenden County Fiscal Court meets at 9 a.m., tomorrow morning. This will be the court's final 9 a.m., meeting. Beginning in July, it will meet regularly at 8:30 a.m., the third Tuesday of each month.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Don't forget Dad on Sunday

Tomorrow is Father's Day so don't forget Dad.

A card, a gift or just a phone call will sometimes do.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Calloway hired as new principal

Crittenden County School Superintendent Dr. Rachel Yarbrough has just announced that Rhonda Calloway has been selected as the new principal at Crittenden County High School.

The school's site-based, decision-making council met this afternoon.

"We are fortunate to put our high school in such capable hands," Yarbrough said in making the announcement Thursday evening.

Calloway had been assistant principal at the school under former Principal Lori Phillips, who resigned recently to accept an administrator's position in her native Marshall County.

Lyon County highway may open soon

Ky. 93 south of Eddyville should be reopen this weekend.

Efforts to rebuild a section of the highway in Lyon County damaged by a landslide last month are on track to allow the roadway to be reopened perhaps by tomorrow.

Reopening of the roadway will be greatly welcomed by tourist-related businesses nearby. The highway serves a number of resorts and marinas along Lake Barkley through southern Lyon County. The detour required by the closure of Ky. 93 added about 12 miles to a trip between Eddyville and Eddy Creek.

Rogers Group will repair highway

Rogers Group plans to restrict traffic to one lane on Ky. 1668 (Crittenden Springs Road) in Crittenden County to make road base and surface repairs between their rock quarry and U.S. 60 over the next week. The poor condition of the highway was the subject of a front page article in this week's printed edition of The Press.
Rogers Group has an industrial haul permit for about a two-mile section of Ky. 1668 north of U.S. 60. The permit requires Rogers Group to repair damage caused by trucks entering and leaving the rock quarry.

Rogers Group leaders and state Transportation Cabinet officials met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the highway maintenance issue.
After initial repairs are complete, the company will be paving Ky. 1668 from the quarry entrance to U.S. 60. Appropriate caution is required in this work zone.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Area death

George Louis Chittenden, 88, of Joy died Tuesday. He served in World War II and had farmed in Livingston County his entire life. Funeral services are Friday at Boyd Funeral Directors.

Fire station should go up starting next week

Problems with the density of the on Main Street site soil has created delays in construction of a new Marion fire station.

The project is currently about two months behind schedule, largely due to an issue with the ground, which passed a compaction test last summer, but failed a more recent study of the soil.

Contractors will start working to improve the soil density this week.

Construction on the station should begin next week if the soil correction measures work, City Administrator Mark Bryant said.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Area death

Lafe Kenneth Linzy, 86, of Marion died Friday. The funeral is Monday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Friday, June 10, 2011

HogRock this weekend

Motorcycle traffic through Marion will increase this weekend as the annual HogRock Festival moves into full gear.

The annual motorcycle rally is held in southern Illinois east of Cave In Rock.

Free city dumping starts today

City of Marion will have its annual free dump days from 7 a.m., to 4 p.m., today and tomorrow at the city maintenance center at the end of East Elm Street.

Marion residents may dump anything from appliances and tires to large scrap items. Household garbage is not accepted.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Livingston FEMA center closing tomorrow

The Disaster Recovery Center in Livingston county will close permanently at 7 p.m., Friday.
The center will support residents through the end of the day on tomorrow. Residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 22 to May 20 can visit the center to meet face-to-face with a FEMA recovery specialist, ask questions about their disaster application, meet with representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and learn about ways to rebuild to prevent future disaster losses.
After the center closes, individuals with questions can contact the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 for who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired.

City of Marion hosts Water Line meeting today

The City of Marion is hosting a public meeting from 1-3 p.m., today at city hall to discuss an upcoming water line project that will have a disruptive effect on Main Street.

Replacement of the city’s main water line from the Front Porch Restaurant to Second Street will take about six months and will affect residents and merchants along the route.

“There will be some traffic issues,” City Administrator Mark Bryant told Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce directors during Tuesday morning’s regular monthly meeting. “This is a positive project, but it’s going to have some negative effects while it’s going on.”

City representatives will be available today to answer questions about how this project will affect particular businesses or residents. Much of the new line will be installed on the west side of Main Street, but laterals will cross the street which doubles as a U.S. highway in several places. During the project, motorists can expect some delays and one-lane traffic. Construction should begin next month.

Residents and businesses along Main Street were invited by letter to today’s meeting, but everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about the project.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Camp meeting continues through Sunday

Rev. Russ Davidson makes a point from the Gospel of Luke during his Tuesday night sermon at the 123rd Hurricane Camp Meeting.

Hurricane Camp Meeting is one of the longest running non-denominational religious retreats in Kentucky. The revival-styled camp meeting held in an open-air tabernacle runs through Sunday. There are nightly singing and services with Rev. Davidson serving as the evangelist. Davidson is the minister at a church in Salem, Mo. He grew up in Marion and formerly pastored a church here.

Nightly services begin at 7. Before each service there is a meal served in the cafeteria. Cost is $7 for the meal, which is available starting at 5:30 p.m.

Earthquake picked up in Salem

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattled the St. Louis region early yesterday with no reports of damage, according to published reports.

About 2,600 people reported having felt the quake in Washington County, Mo., according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The U.S. National Weather Service in Paducah reports the earthquake was centered 51 miles southwest of St. Louis and started around 3:10 a.m., Tuesday.

The tremor was picked up by a seismic station at Salem, Ky.

Residents in southern Illinois reported feeling it, and reports came into the USGS Web site from as far away as Ohio and Alabama, according to WPSD TV.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Local man injured in fall from ladder

UPDATE: Hicklin remains in the intensive care unit at Deaconess with multiple head injuries.

Charlie Hicklin of Marion was seriously injured in a fall from an extension ladder while working on an exterior light at his home on Country Club Drive Tuesday evening just before dark.

Hicklin, who is president of Par 4 Plastics in Marion, was taken to Crittenden Hospital then flown by air ambulance to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

FEMA opening office in Crittenden County

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center in Crittenden County Thursday, June 9 at 1 p.m. to help people affected by the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.
Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration and FEMA will be available to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.

"These centers are a great way for disaster survivors to have questions answered and to meet face-to-face with recovery experts," said Federal Coordinating Officer Steve Ward.
The location of the Crittenden County center is:

Marion Ed- Tech Center
200 Industrial Drive in Marion, KY, 42064.
The center will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 9

The daily schedule will be:
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday
Closed on Sunday.

Federal disaster assistance can include grants for rental assistance and home repairs, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.

Before going to a center, people with storm losses are encouraged to register with FEMA online at or call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Help is available in most languages.

Monday, June 6, 2011

State continues mosquito spraying today

FRANKFORT, KY. – After aerial spraying successfully reduced high mosquito populations in flooded areas of western Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear directed the launch of the second part of his mosquito abatement initiative. Beginning Monday, crews will target mosquito larvae in standing flood waters.

Professional contractors conducted aerial spraying of more than 700,000 acres across western Kentucky last week

“Our families have enough to worry about after the floods – they don’t need the additional trouble of high populations of biting insects,” said Gov. Beshear. “The follow-up tests after the spraying revealed much lower numbers of mosquitoes, and we’ll continue to work to make sure our communities have everything they need to recover from this disaster.”

Gov. Beshear recently called together experts from his administration to develop and implement a plan to reduce the mosquito population caused by standing and stagnant water left over from severe storms and flooding in late April and early May.

Crews from the Kentucky Department of Transportation and Kentucky Department of Agriculture will work with representatives from the Kentucky Department for Public Health to implement the larvicide initiative.

Local health departments and city and county governments will assist crews with identifying standing water in their communities that need to be treated. The chemicals used for these treatments are only harmful to mosquito larvae. Crews will add a granulated larvicide to targeted areas of standing water to reduce the number of emerging mosquitoes.

University of Kentucky entomologist Dr. Grayson Brown is working with the mosquito taskforce to advise and monitor the success of the mosquito abatement plan. According to Dr. Brown, aerial spraying and the larvicide treatment are the best ways to control the mosquito population in western Kentucky.

“In some places in western Kentucky, an unprotected person could expect 20-plus bites a minute by mosquitoes,” he said. “The insecticide spray from the aerial spraying has reduced the bite counts by about 85 percent. The larvicide treatments will further reduce this number.”

Dr. Brown and officials from Public Health agree that reducing the flood mosquito population is expected to further lower the chances of disease-carrying mosquitoes biting humans.

State health officials say spraying for mosquitoes is one part of a comprehensive mosquito control program. Residents can also reduce their risk of being bitten by helping to eradicate standing water in containers on their property and by taking personal protective measures, such as wearing insect repellent and long-sleeved clothing.

Citizens can contact their local health department for further information about mosquito control and prevention of mosquito-borne diseases. To review Public Health’s information on mosquitoes and treatments, visit

The agencies on the taskforce advising the governor are the Transportation Cabinet; the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet; the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet; the Department for Public Health; the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife; the Kentucky Department for Local Government; the Governor’s Office on Agricultural Policy and the Department of Agriculture.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Convenience Center open later on Saturday

Crittenden County Convenience Center on U.S. 60 East, where residents discard trash and recyclables, will be open longer on Saturdays starting this month.

The center will be closed all day Wednesdays, however.

Normal operating hours are 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hurricane Camp Meeting starts Monday night

The 123rd Hurricane Camp Meeting gets underway Monday night at Hurricane Church’s open-air tabernacle near Tolu. The camp meeting is one of the longest running non-denominational religious retreats in Kentucky. The revival-styled camp meeting runs from Monday through Sunday, June 12.

There will be nightly singing and services with Rev. Russ Davidson serving as the evangelist. Davidson is the minister at a church in Salem, Mo. He grew up in Marion and formerly pastored a church here. Nightly services begin at 7.

Before each service there will be a meal served in the cafeteria. Cost is $7 for the meal, which is served starting at 5:30 p.m.

In conjunction with camp meeting is also a youth camp Monday through Saturday. Cost is $85 for youth in second grade through middle school. For more information, call 704-5216.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Area death

Truman Williams, 97, of Marion died Tuesday at Livingston Hospital. Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Friday at the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors with the Rev. Russ Davidson officiating. Burial will be at Hopewell Cemetery. Visitation is after 5 p.m., today with Masonic rights at 7 p.m., at Boyd Funeral Directors.

Marion Bobcats open Friday at Fulton

Marion's semi-pro baseball team opens its schedule Friday at Fulton and will be home for the first time next Thursday. Follow the Bobcats daily on the team web site

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fishing tournament Saturday

There will be a fishing tournament Saturday for youngsters at Kentucky Dam Village State Park.

This is the state's free fishing weekend, so no fishing license is needed. Tournament registration is $5.

Kids under the age of 16 can fish without a license anyway, so free fishing weekend offers a good opportunity for entire families to enjoy the late spring sunshine with a picnic and a day of wholesome fun.

The Kentucky Dam Village Junior Angler Open is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. It is geared toward anglers ages 7 and up. Staff will provide fishing tips and casting advice. Some bait will be provided, bring your own fishing gear. Door prizes. Casting contest at 10:30 a.m., hotdog cookout for participants at 11 a.m. A completed waiver of liability and release form will be required to participate.

To register or for more information, call 1-800-325-0146, ext. 412. The park is located off U.S. 641 west of Grand Rivers.

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Press will be out on time today

The Crittenden Press is expected to be on newsstands after 3 p.m., today despite the Monday holiday.

This week's edition includes a special 10-page section featuring Crittenden County High School graduation.

The Press also contains front page features on a local recycling entrepreneur who's already expanding his business and the county's discussions on how to raise money to help pay for local ambulance service.