Monday, April 30, 2012

State park wants arts and crafts vendors

Kentucky Dam Village State Park is seeking vendors for its Arts and Crafts Festival, May 26-27.

The park is seeking vendors selling handcrafted artwork. Display areas are available with electricity for $85 or without electricity for $70.

For information and an application, contact Laura Jackson at 362-4276, ext. 412 or email

Friday, April 27, 2012

More Backroads Tour Saturuday

The annual Crittenden County Backroads Tour, which kicked off Friday, will continue throughout the day on Saturday with vendors in town and self-guided tours through the countryside, mostly in Amish country.

Marion Tourism Director Michele Edwards said the first part of the week was slow, but a good number of tourists were in town on Friday. Many of them are from the American Quilter's Society event in Paducah.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Absentee voting to begin May 4

Absentee voting to begin May 4Absentee voting at the courthouse begins May 4, according to Crittenden County Clerk Carolyn Byford. The voting machine will be inside Byford’s office until the day before the May 22 primary election.

Animal shelter adoption drive, yard sale moved

A yard sale and adoption drive to benefit Mary Hall Ruddiman and Crittenden County animal shelters has been moved inside. The event will be from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., Saturday at the building below the hill at the fairgrounds in Marion. Come shop and maybe find your best friend. Special: $5 stuff-a-grocery-bag, $10 stuff-a-trash-bag. Larger items will be priced.

VFW Auxiliary hosts meet-the-candidates BBQ

On Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., Marion VFW Ladies Auxiliary will host a meet-the-candidates barbecue dinner. The bipartisan event will be held at the VFW post on North College Street in Marion. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Featured will be candidates for circuit clerk Mellissa Guill and Vanda Hunt Adamson, 4th Kentucky House District representative C. Lynn Bechler, Democratic candidates for the First Congressional District seat and a representative of Congressman Ed Whitfield.

Severe weather possible through Saturday

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, scattered strong to severe thunderstorms may erupt quickly into the afternoon hours today, generally along and south of a Greenville to Mayfield line. The main concern will be large hail, though damaging wind gusts and an isolated tornado cannot be completely ruled out.

On Friday and Saturday, scattered thunderstorms are forecast over all or part of western Kentucky. A somewhat active weather pattern with a daily chance of thunderstorms will then continue through the middle of next week. While a few severe thunderstorms cannot be ruled out during this period, especially Saturday afternoon, the potential for organized severe weather appears to be low at this time.

Courthouse shut Saturday for Backroads Festival

Crittenden County Courthouse will be closed Saturday due to the Backroads Festival in downtown Marion.

The annual Amish Tour and Backroads Festival begins Friday with several local quilt shows and other attractions held in conjunction with the 27th American Quilters Society Quilt Show and Contest in Paducah.

Piney Fork church celebrates bicentennial

When the first congregation gathered for Sunday worship in the Piney Fork area, the War of 1812 hadn’t started and the Titanic was still 100 years from taking float on its doomed maiden voyage. This Sunday, the Presbyterian church born from that first meeting of churchgoers when the United States was still in its infancy will celebrate its bicentennial.

The story of Piney Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church begins in May 1810, when John Travis and 13 others from the vicinity of Piney Fork decided to organize a church connected with the new Cumberland Presbyterian denomination. Just two years later, the organization of the Piney Fork church was completed, beginning a mission to spread the Word of God that is still going strong 200 years later.

The church, by far, is the oldest in the county. In fact, when it was formed, Crittenden County was still 30 years away from being carved out of eastern Livingston County. Through the generations, it has evolved from occasional preaching at the home of a parishioner to regular worship each week at the congregation’s home since 1957.

“In those (first) days, preachers were hard to find and pay for,” said Sarah Ford, a fifth-generation member of the church who first joined the congregation at the age of 12.

Ford has been one of the key organizers of Sunday’s bicentennial celebration, compiling an updated history of the church and helping to plan the commemoration. The church will open its historical presentation to the public beginning at 1:30 p.m.

“This has given us all time to reflect,” said Ford, who recalls the church as being the center of the Piney Fork area as she was growing up there. “We want the community to come out and celebrate with us.”

The tiny church has a rich history. Though Hurricane Church near Tolu hosts the last regular traditional camp meetings in the county, the Piney Fork church was the first to organize such revivals. The meetings were held on the current grounds of the church from its inception in 1812 until 1955. In fact, the church’s camp meeting shed is famously depicted in a drawing by the late Carrsville artist Roger Morris. The image adorns the front of the church’s current history book.

Bro. Daniel Hopkins has been pastor of Piney Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church since 2010. Ford says Hopkins, born in 1981, has brought a new perspective to the congregation that was led by Rev. Cortis Hill for 40 years until he died  in 2008. Hopkins is the 31st leader of the congregation since Finis Ewing first took the pulpit in 1812.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Area death

Roger Dale Hughes, 68, of Marion died Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at his home. He was veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Funeral services are Saturday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Area deaths

Malcom E. Hunt, 76, of Marion died Monday, April 23, 2012 at Crittenden Health Systems. Arrangements are incomplete at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Myra Guess Hamilton, 90, of Tolu died Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rocket baseball team headed to title game

Crittenden County's baseball team beat Trigg County 3-0 with some last-inning heroics Tuesday night to advance to Thursday's All A Classic Second Region Tournament championship against Caldwell County. The title game will be played at 6 p.m., at Eddyville.

Pitcher Travis Gilbert threw a complete-game shutout for the win over Trigg. Bryce Willis doubled in a run and Devin Belt drove in two in the last inning as the Rockets made their move to break open a scoreless game to that point.

Crittenden beat Dawson Springs 27-0 behind a no-hitter from Belt in Monday's opening round Class A game.

Area deaths

Relma Lee Wood Lawson, 84, of Symsonia, formerly of Crittenden County, died Monday, April 16, 2012 at her residence. Funeral services will be held Friday at Collier Funeral Chapel in Benton.

Dora Dean Paris, 78, of Salem died Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at her home. Graveside memorial services are Saturday at Loveless Chapel Cemetery. Boyd Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Charles Eugene Adams, 77, of Marion died Wednesday, April 19, 2012 at Crittenden Health and Rehabilitation Center in Marion. Funeral services are Saturday in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors.

Monday, April 16, 2012

State begins mowing along roadsides

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) highway crews have started their spring round of mowing across the region. Crews will be mowing along highways in all counties.

Motorists should slow down and use appropriate caution anytime they encounter a mowing zone. Mower operators are often required to enter and cross highway travel lanes with their equipment as they go about their work.

"Please remember that a mowing zone requires the same amount of caution as any other work zone," reminds KyTC spokesman Keith Todd.

Mowing crews will be out working during daylight hours anytime weather allows for the next several weeks.

Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KyTC Highway District 1, which includes Livingston County, are available by going to The same are available for the 11 counties of KyTC Highway District 2, which includes Crittenden County, are available by going to You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.

Area death

Lillian Yates Elliot, 87, of Hertford, N.C., a Crittenden County native, died  Saturday, April 7, 2012 in Vidant Chowan Hospital in Edenton, N.C. Funeral services were April 9 in the Miller and Van Essendelft Funeral Chapel in Hertford.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Grazing school set to start next week

The University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton will offer a Kentucky Grazing School from 7:30 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday.

Grazing is the most cost-effective way for producers to feed their ruminant animals. The agenda for the school includes region-specific grazing information where participants will visit field sites, participate in field exercises, tour demonstration plots and participate in hands-on activities.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited to the first 45 registrants. The cost, $50, includes materials, manual, breaks and lunch. To obtain an application, visit or contact Crittenden County Cooperative Extension Service at 965-5236.

Smithland bridge down to 1 lane Tuesday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to place a lane and load width restriction on the U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland in Livingston County starting Tuesday. The lane and load width restriction is to allow a detailed inspection of the bridge structure.

The work will require the use of a Snooper Truck to allow inspectors to access all elements of the bridge structure.  Placement of this equipment on the bridge deck will limit the bridge to an eight-foot maximum load width.

Motorists should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers from about 8:30 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m., starting Tuesday and continuing each week day through about Friday.

The U.S. 60 Cumberland River bridge at Smithland is also known as the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge and the Smithland Bridge. The 1,817-foot through-truss structure was opened to traffic in 1931. About 5,500 vehicles cross the bridge in an average day.

Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KYTC Highway District 1 are available by going to You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Area death

Dell Bozeman, 93, of Alrington, Texas, a native of Dycusburg, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Private funeral services for Bozeman are today at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington.

Linda T. Hines, 79, of Salem died Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services. Funeral services are Saturday at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home and Crematory in Benton.

County’s industries honored next week

Crittenden County Economic Development Corp. (CCEDC) along with the Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce, are making plans for Industry Appreciation Week for Crittenden County.

The event is the first of its kind in the county and will be held all next week, starting Monday.

“It will be a big deal,” said Chamber Executive Director Susan Alexander. “Monday and Wednesday, we will be visiting the different industries with treats and awards with the culmination coming on Thursday with the announcement of the 'Industry of the Week' along with a luncheon to be held at the Ed-Tech Center"

All during the week, local industry will be honored for their contributions to the community. The weeklong activities will culminate with the luncheon The cost of the lunch at the Ed-Tech Center will be $6 and will begin at  noon. The meal is being catered by Conrad’s.

“The purpose of the event is to recognize the many contributions our local industries make to the community and to express a special appreciation,” said Terry L. Bunnell, chairman of CCEDC,

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ledbetter bridge back to 2 lanes

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has completed a round of repair work on the U.S 60. Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter.

As of about 1 p.m., today, a lane and width restriction was removed and two-lane traffic flow has been restored for passenger vehicles and standard pickup trucks.  The automated traffic signal used to control alternating flow on the bridge during the project  is still in place, but is turned off.  The signal tower and signals will be removed by the contractor sometime Friday morning.

Over the last two weeks, the contractor has repaired a pier pedestal and replaced a joint  near the west end of the bridge.  The work was completed about a day and a half ahead of schedule.

As a reminder, the bridge is currently posted with a strictly enforced three-ton load limit which essentially limits traffic on the bridge to passenger vehicles and unloaded standard pick-up trucks only.  An enhanced police presence continues to be maintained to enforce the three-ton load limit and a 35   mph speed limit on the bridge.

Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KYTC Highway District 1 are available by going to  You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.

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Area death

Sybrena Kay Bates, 48, of Marion died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at her home in Marion. Funderal services are Saturday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Sidney Dean Workman, 77, of Marion died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. Funeral services are Saturday at Myers Funeral Home.

Voter sign-up deadline nears

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 22 primary is April 23. Crittenden County Clerk Carolyn Byford will accept voter registration cards until the close of business that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 23. Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by the same date.

Changes in party affiliation for the primary election were due by Dec. 31 of last year. Voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the primary.
Minors who will be 18 years old on or before the Nov. 6 election are eligible to register and entitled to vote in the upcoming primary.

Free dumping beginning today

Crittenden County will offer free dumping today, Friday and Saturday at its convenience center on U.S. 60 East behind the county road department.

Items not accepted at the trash center include:
  • Batteries;
  • Wet paint, though cans dried up from age or use of an absorbent like cat litter can be taken;
  • Anything with freon; and
  • Anything with mercury.
 Household trash in garbage sacks is also not included in the trash amnesty program.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

FSA’s CRP sign-up extended to Friday

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced late last week that the sign-up deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been extended to Friday.

After the CRP general sign-up ends Friday, FSA will evaluate offers based on cost and the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI). The EBI takes into consideration variables such as wildlife habitat, water quality protection, soil erosion reduction, air quality protection and other enduring benefits. Accepted offers will become effective Oct. 1.

Producers with expiring contracts and producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.

Producers are urged to contact their local FSA service center in Salem at 988-2180 or visit FSA’s website at for additional information regarding CRP.

Craft and gift open house Saturday

April 14, 2012 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Marion Country Club

650 Blackburn St.

More than 15 vendors including: Needful Things at Honeysuckle Cottage, D’s Stitch and Stuff, Megan Hunt Pampered Chef, Jessi’s Personalized Gifts and More, Bristen’s Flip Flop Frenzy, Scentsy, Hand Crocheted Afghans by Lori Holeman, Decorative Lighted Glass Figurines by Agnes Armstrong Brown, Jerritt Brown Photography, Handmade Doll Furniture by Charlie Martin, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Cheyenne Bodie Photography, Handcrafted Baskets by Beth Todd, Scent with Love, Mary Kay, and Donna’s Stitches.

Lots and lots of door prizes will be given away!

There is sure to be something for everyone!

For more, call 704-0473

Backroads quilt show scheduled for April 28

Marion City Hall Council Chambers will be decked out with quilts for the Backroads Quilt Show for April 28. Quilts can be displayed by anyone and do not have to be made by the exhibitor. This is not a sewing competition but the opportunity to view works of art.

The featured quilt display in the City Hall lobby is called “Unfinished Dreams” and will include all the steps in making a quilt. 

Quilts can be entered from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Each quilt needs an information card listing the owner and maker, date made and pattern, if known, and other information which may be of interest to viewers. Information cards will be available at the show or can be picked up in advance at the County Extension office located at 1534 U.S. 60 East.

 The Quilt Show is free and will be open for viewing by the public from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. Spectators will vote for the show favorite called "The People's Choice Award." The winner will be announced at 3 p.m., and will receive a plaque and a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Quilts can be checked out from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Previous Back Roads Quilt Show award winning quilts are not eligible for show favorite, but can be displayed.

The show is free to the public and is sponsored by the Crittenden County Extension Homemaker Association. For further information contact Cindy Davidson at 969-8223 or the Extension Office at 965-5236.

Area deaths

Dorothy N. Guill, 66, of Marion died Monday, April 9, 2012 at Crittenden Health Systems. Funeral services will be Friday in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors.

Ricky Joe Adams, 32, of Marion died Sunday, April 8, 2012 in Welliston, N.D.  Funeral services are scheduled for Friday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Class on damage assessment set

There will be a damage assessment class from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m., Tuesday at the Ed-Tech Center in Marion, according to former Judge-Executive Fred Brown. Police, fire, rescue and any other personnel who may be involved in disaster relief are encouraged to attend.

Monday, April 9, 2012

GED classes offered free at Marion center

Crittenden County Adult Education Center is facilitating two important education and workforce-credential tests for free to eligible Kentuckians on a first-come, first-served basis through June 30 or until funds are expended.

The GED tests and assessments to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) are sponsored by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education, and the Department of Workforce Investment, an agency of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

"We currently are at 26 GEDs for the year," reports Missy Myers at the Crittenden County Adult Education Center. "We are planning to send 10 students in April for their GED. We would love to get 50 again by the end of June."

The GED tests provide adults who did not finish high school with the opportunity to certify their attainment of high school-level academic knowledge and skills. Free GED classes are available through local adult education programs in all 120 Kentucky counties.

"For many Kentuckians, earning a GED is a necessary first step toward college and a career with a family-sustaining wage,” said Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King.

The NCRC is a national certification that indicates work readiness by administering three WorkKeys assessments: applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information. These specific workplace skills are needed in 77 percent of all jobs profiled for WorkKeys testing.

Kentuckians interested in taking advantage of free classes and the time-limited free GED testing should contact the adult education center at 124 E. Bellville St., in Marion to discuss how to get started. The office can be reached at 965-9435.

The center will be closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week, however, while staff attend an Adult Education Conference.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Area deaths

Christy Lee Curry, 27, of Marion, died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Crittenden Health Systems. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday at Whites Chapel Church. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Verna Belle Walker, 64, of Henderson died Sunday, April 8, 2012 at Lucy Smith King Care Center in Henderson. Services are scheduled for Thursday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Passion Play set to start Friday

Marion Baptist Church’s annual Passion Play about the trial, sufferings and death of Jesus Christ begins next week. The first showing at the church begins at 7 p.m., Friday and runs the following two nights starting at the same time. Doors open at 6 p.m., and admission is free.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Area death

William Carlton “Bill” Stallion, 84, of Marion died Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. He was a Purple Heart recipient as a member of the U.S. Army. Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Monday at Freedom General Baptist Church. Boyd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Press seeking photos of men killed in war

The Crittenden Press, in recognizing the county's native military personnel killed in action, is seeking photos of the following World War II and Korean War soldiers, sailors and airmen to include in our annual Memorial Day tribute to those who gave their lives for this country. We have already acquired photos of all men killed in Vietnam and most during World War II.

If you have any photos of the men, please contact The Press at

World War II
U.S. Army
Born: 1913
KIA: Jan. 13, 1945 in Belgium

Born: 1918
KIA: 1943 in the U.S.

Born: 1915
KIA: 1944 in Italy

Born: Aug. 29, 1904
KIA: Oct. 14, 1944 in Germany

Born: 1920
KIA: 1943 at Luzon

Born: 1917
KIA: 1945 at Luzon

Born: 1921
KIA: 1945 in the U.S.

Born: 1925
KIA: 1945 in Austria

Born: May 14, 1916
KIA: Aug. 15, 1942 in the U.S.

Born: 1910
KIA: July 11, 1944 in France

U.S. Army Air Corps
Born: 1910
MIA: Dec. 14, 1945 in the Pacific Theatre

Born: 1919
KIA: 1944 in Belgium

Korean War
U.S. Army
Born: April 30, 1928
KIA: June 2, 1951 as POW taken from Dec. 6, 1950 fighting near Hagaru, North Korea

Free dump days slated for next week

Crittenden County won’t officially be participating in this week’s 14th annual Commonwealth Cleanup Week, but as usual, the county will offer free dumping days at its convenience center on U.S. 60 just east of Marion behind the county road department. The free dumping will be allowed Thursday, Friday and Saturday during regular business hours.

Items not accepted at the trash center include:
  • Batteries;
  • Wet paint, though cans dried up from age or use of an absorbent like cat litter can be taken;
  • Anything with freon; and
  • Anything with mercury.
Household trash in garbage sacks is not included in the trash amnesty days.

Traffic restricted along I-69 Monday

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) is stepping up the level of work along Interstate 69/Western Kentucky Parkway between Eddyville and the Pennyrile Parkway interchange as part of ongoing improvements required to meet interstate highway standards.

In addition to installation of new Interstate 69 signage, the contractor will be restricting traffic to one lane at two locations in Caldwell County starting Monday.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane in both directions along the corridor between the 4- and 7-mile marker in Caldwell County to allow drainage work in the median. All traffic will be moved to the right-hand or driving lane in this work zone.

Westbound traffic will be restricted to one lane between the 10- and 9-mile marker along the roadway in Caldwell County to allow drainage work along the right of way. All westbound traffic in this work zone will move to the left-hand or passing lane.

Work at these sites is expected to take just over a week, weather permitting.

These work zones are among several that will be required through the summer construction season as part of a $9.9 million project to bring the section of former parkway up to federal standards for interstate highways. Other improvements include upgrading ramp tapers and raising bridges to meet clearance requirements.

Timely traffic advisories for the 11 counties of KYTC Highway District 2 are available by going to You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

CRP sign-up extended to April 12

Friday will not be the final day to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP. The deadline has been extended to April 12 according to Tammy Epley at the Salem Farm Service Agency office.

The new deadline includes participants with contracts expiring this fall.

Contracts awarded during this general signup period will become effective Oct. 1.

For information about general Conservation Reserve Program sign-up, contact the Salem Farm Service Agency at 965 2180 or visit

Ledbetter bridge down to one lane

Already restricted to a three-ton weight limit and 35 mph speed limit on the approaches and crossing, the U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge is about to be even less friendly to the traffic flow.

Starting Saturday, the bridge at Ledbetter will be restricted to one-lane traffic around the clock to allow for the replacement of a deck expansion joint, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC). During this phase of work, the bridge will be restricted to a maximum 7.5-foot load width. All other restrictions remain in place.

The lane closure was slated to begin today.

The alternating flow of traffic will be controlled by an automated signal, but delays should be less than five minutes, reports Keith Todd, KyTC spokesman. The one-lane traffic should remain in place through April 13.

The deteriorating 81-year-old bridge should be replaced in the middle of 2014. The strictly-enforced load limit essentially limits traffic on the current bridge to passenger vehicles and unloaded standard pick-up trucks. An enhanced police presence continues to be maintained to enforce the load limit and 35 mph speed limit on the bridge.

Area death

Karla Jo Curnel, 50, of Marion died Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at her residence. Graveside funeral services were Friday at Mapleview Cemetery. Myers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Prevention focus of health seminar

An encore performance of a health seminar will take place Monday at Marion Baptist Family Life Center. The program will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., with Jill Croft, APRN; Tracye Newcom, RD, LD; Rex C. Manayan, MD; and Dr. John Newcom, DC, the featured speakers.

The fast pace of modern life leads to high stress, ill health, fatigue and obesity, and the speakers' goal is to teach and encourage participants to make changes to their diet and lifestyle in order to reduce risk of illness and chronic disease.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Area death

Patsie Virginia Lasher, 85, of Hampton, died Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Salem Springlake Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Friday in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors.

History museum commemorates Civil War

Crittenden County is taking part in statewide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War (1861-65) at the history museum in Marion. A special display, courtesy of Crittenden County Historical Society in partnership with Marion Tourism Commission, will pay homage to Kentucky's role in what is the most significant conflict in American history.

"It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that the Confederacy would have won the war if it could have gained Kentucky," wrote Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Dr. James M. McPherson, "and, conversely, that the Union's success in retaining Kentucky as a base for invasions of the Confederate heartland brought eventual Union victory."

A brief history and images from the divisive five-year war will be on display all month at Crittenden County Historical Museum. “Civil War Kentucky,” a new Kentucky Historical Society Museums-to-Go exhibit, is a stand-alone, six-panel display that will provide visitors with a general overview of the Civil War in the Bluegrass State. Each panel is dedicated to a different theme:
  • Kentucky’s Turning Point: The Civil War
  • 1861: Should Kentucky Stay or Go?
  • 1862: The Confederate Invasion of Kentucky
  • 1863: Struggling with Slavery
  • 1864: The Slow End of Slavery
  • 1865: Rubble and Racism
The museum is located at 124. W. Bellville St., and is open 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

Inside this week's issue of The Press

In February, Crittenden Fiscal Court introduced an occupational license and one-percent occupational and net profits tax ordinance as a possible means to raise revenue for the county’s general fund. A primary reason for the need to increase revenue is a request by Crittenden Health Systems (CHS) to help subsidize its ambulance service, which lost $204,000 in 2011. The county also says it has other ongoing expenses without a sure source of revenue for meeting those needs.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom has held public forums in various parts of the county to discuss the county’s proposed tax. However, the combined attendance has been fewer than 200 people, not counting those affiliated with county government or CHS who attended the meetings. The Crittenden Press has also devoted much space and time over the past few weeks with regard to this issue.

In an effort to further inform and answer some questions about the tax, The Press has submitted a series of questions to Newcom, who has agreed to have his answers published in their entirety. The answers appear in Newcom’s own words in this week's print edition of the newspaper.

The full length tax proposal is available online by following this link.

Also inside this week's issue, find out when Five Star Food Mart is slated to re-open and discover what Crittenden and Livingston County school systems are doing to combat bullying.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Area deaths

Betty Ruth Martin, 75, of Madisonville, originally from Crittenden County, died Saturday, March 31, 2012 at NHC Health Care in Madisonville. Funeral services are Wednesday at the Barnett-Strother Funeral Home in Madisonville.

Raymond L. Winters, 81, of Evansville, originally of Marion, died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at his home. Funeral services are Wednesday at Boone Funeral Home in Evansville.

James O. Kirk, 69, of Waterloo, Ill., formerly of Marion, died Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Waterloo. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam. Funeral services are Wednesday at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo.

John J. Ruschmeyer, 89, of Pekin, Ill., died Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Autumn Accolade in rural Green Valley, Ill. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. A graveside service was Saturday at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.