Thursday, May 31, 2012

WK Parkway traffic stoppage next week


A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a rolling road block and brief traffic stoppage which will disrupt traffic flow on the Western Kentucky Parkway near the Caldwell-Hopkins County Line on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

This work between Princeton and Dawson Springs will mean very slow traffic flow and idled delays of 20 to 30 minutes on June 6 and 7. The disruptions in traffic flow are to allow for reconstruction of the Ky. 2619 overpass.

Rolling road blocks will start about 9 a.m., each day, beginning about 6 miles from the work site. Traffic will be slowed to 10 miles per hour by police, creating about a half-hour break in traffic flow that will allow the contractor to erect portions of the new overpass structure. The contractor expects 4 or 5 rolling road blocks each day with a duration of about a half-hour each to place the bridge support structure.

Motorists should be alert for variable messages boards and appropriate signage as they approach this work zone. Travel delays of about 20 to 30 minutes are expected during each rolling road block.

The rolling road blocks and traffic stoppages on the westbound lanes are scheduled for Wednesday, June.  Police will assist with slowing and stopping westbound traffic with the first rolling road block to start about 9 a.m. The contractor will use the break in traffic created by the rolling road block to place beams for the new overpass above the westbound lanes.

During work along the westbound lanes, the westbound entry ramp at Ky. 109 Dawson Springs Exit 24 will be closed once each rolling road block starts. Some minor traffic stoppages may also be required to facilitate the work.

The rolling road blocks and traffic stoppages on the eastbound lanes are scheduled for Thursday, June 7. Police will assist with slowing and stopping eastbound traffic with the first rolling road block to start about 9 a.m. The contractor will use the break in traffic created by the rolling road block to place beams for the new overpass above the eastbound lanes.

Motorists who regularly travel this section of the parkway should be aware of this planned work and expect delays of about a half-hour during each rolling road block. Motorists may consider a self-detour via U.S. 62 which provides a parallel route.

This overpass replacement project is among several that will be required through the summer construction season as part of a $9.9 million contract  to bring this section of the former Western Kentucky Parkway up to federal standards now that it is part of Interstate 69.

Area death

William Douglas “Pete” LaRue Jr., 70, of Salem died Tuesday at Crittenden Hospital. Services are Saturday at Boyd Funeral Directors.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Four-minute delays tomorrow on Ledbetter bridge

 The Ledbetter bridge on U.S. 60 over the Tennessee River will be down to one lane of traffic from 8:30 a.m., to 3:30 p.m., tomorrow (Thursday).

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane while the regular monthly inspection of the bridge is conducted.  

Monthly inspections have been in conducted since a three-ton load limit was placed on the bridge a few months ago. Alternating traffic flow will be controlled by flaggers. Travel delays should be minimal, generally less than 4 minutes. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Youth girls' basketball camp this week

Young girls may participate in youth basketball camp at Rocket Arena this week. Camp is conducted from 9-11 a.m., by Lady Rocket Coach Shannon Hodge and members of the high school basketball team.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Area death

Willie Ray Plunkett, 72, of Marion died Saturday at his home. A memorial service will be held Thursday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Rockets fall in regional opener

Crittenden County lost 6-1 to Madisonville Monday in the Second Region Baseball Tournament at Henderson.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Area death

Rosemary Farmer, 78, of Marion died Friday at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. Services are Tuesday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Eggners Ferry Bridge back open to traffic

Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora reopened to traffic today, following emergency repairs to replace a section of the bridge damaged several weeks ago by a large boat.

Before the bridge reopened to traffic, the public was allowed access to the bridge from 9 a.m. to noon.  Transportation officials estimate between 2,000 and 3.000 people took advantage of the unique opportunity to walk and bike across the bridge.

The Eggners Ferry Bridge, which carries U.S. 68/Ky. 80 across Kentucky Lake, was struck by the cargo ship Delta Mariner the night of Jan. 26, taking out A 322-foot-long span of the 80-year-old structure.

Rockets play Madisonville Monday in 2nd Region

Crittenden County High School's baseball team, pictured here after winning the Fifth District tournament earlier this week, will play Madisonville at 1 p.m., Monday (Memorial Day) in the Second Region Tournament at Henderson.

Judge issues countywide burn ban

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom has issued a countywide burn ban due to volatile conditions created by the ongoing drought.

The ban will not be lifted until the county receives at least two inches of rainfall within a 24-hour period, or sufficient moisture to ease dry conditions.

Truck crashes into Dycusburg house

A dump truck pulling a trailer with cargo crashed into a home near Dycusburg on Ky. 295 this morning.

No one was seriously hurt, and no one was living at the home, which is owned by Byron Jasis.

State police were on the scene. No other information was immediately available.

No driver's testing today

There will be no driver's testing today at the Crittenden County Courthouse.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Low water this weekend: Use Caution

With Memorial Day fast approaching boaters are urged to be cautious in low-water conditions at Lake Barkley this weekend.

Lake Barkley’s current level is at 357.4 feet, which is 1.6 feet below normal for this time of year.

Boaters should use caution and be on the lookout for obstructions that may be exposed or just beneath the water. Here are some additional safety tips that may be helpful to the public in low-and-normal water conditions. 

-- Stay within the marked navigational channels
-- Obey all posted signs, markers and navigational aids for your safety. Note that navigation buoys sometime drift off station. A navigation chart should be used to identify buoy locations.
-- Exercise caution at all times. Be on the lookout for shoals, stumps, or other navigational hazards that may now be exposed or lying just beneath the surface
-- Navigation maps are available for sale at local outdoor stores and department stores
-- Utilize depth finders if available
-- Wearing a life jacket can save your life
-- Boat sober - alcohol and water can be a deadly combination
-- Use caution around dams
-- Know before you go - be aware of the weather and the low-water conditions 
-- Don’t swim in unfamiliar areas
-- Never dive from the shoreline, bank or structures
-- Be aware of underwater hazards such as stumps, rocks or other objects
-- Never swim alone
-- Don't exceed your swimming abilities - it's farther than you think
-- Watch your children closely
-- Lake swimming is different than being in a pool with the currents, varying water depths, and murky water. Be prepared for these conditions
-- Wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket
-- Don’t depend on floating or air-filled toys 
Water Skiers and Tubers 
-- Check the area for underwater hazards prior to activity
-- Stay within navigational channels
-- Have a responsible spotter
-- Wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fishtrap near county line closed Thursday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close Ky. 132 (Fishtrap Road) in Webster County near the Webster-Crittenden Line on Thursday.

This closure, between the Tradewater Bridge and Crab Orchard Creek Road, is to allow the ongoing repair of several base failures in the Oak Grove Church area. The road is expected to close at about 8 a.m., and will re-open about 4:30 p.m.

Motorists who regularly travel this section of Fishtrap Road should make advance alternate travel plans for Thursday. No marked detour will be provided.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Guill wins clerk's race by landslide

Melissa Guill readies for an embrace from Deputy Clerk Lisa Beard after
the final precinct totals were announced Tuesday night at the Crittenden
County Courthouse, signaling her win in the clerk's race..
Deputy Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Guill has won the right for a promotion. She will take over in January as Crittenden County's Circuit Court Clerk.

Guill, 40, defeated Chamber President Vanda Hunt Adamson, 30, in Tuesday's Republican Primary for circuit court clerk. Guill will have no opposition in the fall general election.

Collecting 800 votes or 76 percent of the ballots cast in her election, Guill easily won the race.

Guill has served as second in command at the clerk's office for the last 10 years. Clerk Madeline Henderson has chosen not to seek re-election after serving in that position for 18 years. She is the longest tenured clerk in county history.

See complete county wrapup in this week's Crittenden Press printed edition.

Area deaths

Pauline L. Rushing, 88, of Marion, died Monday at Crittenden Health and Rehab. Services are Wednesday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion.

Former Tiline Postmaster R.H. “Johnnie” Smith, 87, of Smithland died Saturday at Western Baptist Hospital. Services are today at Smith Funeral Chapel in Smithland.

Former Dycusburg grocer Billy J. Martin, 78, died Saturday at Crittenden Hospital. Services are today at Dunn’s Funeral Home in Eddyville.

Election results online tonight

Polls open at 6 a.m., this morning and close at 6 p.m. Crittenden County voters are reminded of changes in the Dycusburg, Frances and Mexico voting precincts. Here is a list of the polling places.

Tonight's primary election results will be posted here as soon as they are available from the county clerk, probably around 7:30 p.m.

Polling Places in Crittenden County

  • Marion 1 Courthouse basement
  • Marion 2 Emmanuel Baptist Church
  • Marion 3 Marion Baptist Church
  • Marion 4 Crittenden Elementary School
  • Fords Ferry 5 Crittenden County Gun Club
  • Marion 6 St. William Catholic Church
  • Frances 7 Mexico Baptist Church
  • Frances 8 Frances Liberty Lodge 580
  • Sheridan 9 Deer Creek Baptist Church
  • Tolu 10 Tolu Community Center
  • Rosebud 11 Mattoon Fire Department
  • Shady Grove 12 Shady Grove Fire Department

Call 965-3403 for information

Monday, May 21, 2012

Spring Sports: Post-season action

In post-season baseball action Monday night, Crittenden County beat Lyon County 10-0 at Eddyville. The Rockets play Livingston Central at 6 p.m., Tuesday for the Fifth District championship.

The Lady Rockets softball team lost 8-6 in seven innings Monday at Lyon County, ending their season.

Crittenden junior Thomas Scott finished ninth late last week in the Class A State Track and Field Meet at Louisville.

Read more about these sports events in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.

Welcome Cowpatties to the Web

The Crittenden Press Online welcomes its newest web partner, Patty's Cowpatties of Smithland. 

Patty Downey and her husband Mike moved to Marion last summer and last week officially opened a gourmet cookie company. 

Visit their Web site where you can learn more about the business, which features beautiful packaging ideal for birthdays, baby showers and corporate gifts. 

Daily delivery available in Marion and Salem, as well as shipping throughout the United States.

Accident causing traffic problems on WKP

UPDATE: All lanes now open. Two taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

There is a crash on the Western Kentucky Parkway in Caldwell County near Princeton.

Eastbound/northbound traffic is blocked at the 12-mile marker due to a two-vehicle accident.

This is in the work zone at the KY 293 Exit 12 overpass.

Westbound/southbound traffic is reported as moving at this time.

Motorists should use caution in the area.  A detour may be set up shortly.

Estimated duration is 2 hours.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Three recognized as Distinguished Alumni

Three Crittenden County High School graduates were recognized as Distinguished Alumni during a ceremony Friday in conjunction with commencement services.
Col. Scott Campbell, Trish Milburn and Bonita Hatfield

Col. Scott Campbell and Trish Milburn were honored for their educational and career successes. Col. Campbell commanded a unit that was charged with closing down one of the largest military bases in Iraq when U.S. forces pulled out last winter. Milburn is a paperback novelist with 14 titles to her credit, including two award-winning books.

The two were celebrated at a luncheon Friday.

Jim Hatfield, a longtime civic leader in Marion, was recognized posthumously as a Distinguished Alumnus.  His wife, Bonita, and family were on hand to accept the honor on his behalf.

The Crittenden Press will publish a special Graduation Section next week featuring the graduating Class  of 2012.

Bridge will be ready for Memorial Day holiday

Repairs to the U.S. 68 / Ky. 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge are on track for reopening of the damaged bridge in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

Crews from Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc., lifted a new truss span into place on Tuesday. Friday, they placed the last of the reinforcing steel and forms required for pouring a concrete deck on the new span this weekend. 

Due to the amount of truck traffic the concrete work will generate, barricades will be up at each end of the bridge and access will be restricted. The public will be able to watch the work from Ken Lake State Resort Park. 

The Eggners Ferry Bridge crosses Kentucky Lake between Marshall and Trigg counties. A 322-foot span of the bridge was destroyed when struck by an 8,200-ton cargo ship on the night of Jan. 26. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) awarded an emergency contract for the repair project to Hall Contracting. The contract specifies a deadline of Sunday, May 27, for completion of repairs and reopening the bridge to traffic.

KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Jim LeFevre said security will be stepped up around the bridge this weekend to maintain safety at the site. While recognizing there is a lot of public interest in the work, LeFevre asked that everyone stay off the bridge and its approaches to help speed the work and avoid creating safety hazards.

Graduation tonight at Rocket Arena

Crittenden County High School seniors will get diplomas tonight during commencement ceremonies at Rocket Arena starting at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Police need help on hit-and-run

Marion Police Department is seeking information regarding an alleged hit-and-run on East Gum Street early Monday morning. Officer Chuck Hoover is investigating the incident involving what one witness reported as a silver and/or blue older model pickup truck that hit a parked car. Damage to the parked car was severe. The pickup did not stop.

Police say the pickup will have damage to the front, passenger side and may show signs of red paint from the car.

If you have any information, call 965-3500.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Crews put 322-foot span in Eggners Ferry Bridge

A replacement span was lifted into place today on the U.S. 68 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora. 

Construction workers will be swarming the site over the coming days to start the next step in the bridge restoration process.

Workers had already pre-placed supplies they needed to start putting reinforcing steel and forms on the span to prepare for pouring of a new concrete deck. Some of the wooden support structure for the concrete forms had been placed on the span before it was transported Monday from the assembly site at Eddyville to the bridge site.

The new deck will closely match the existing 22-foot wide deck on the rest of the 81-year-old structure.

Spectators lined overlooks along the lake today and at times more than a dozen pleasure boats floated around the bridge to watch the 300-ton steel truss lifted into place by two huge cranes.

Eggners Ferry Bridge has been closed since Jan. 26 when the 8,200-ton cargo ship, Delta Mariner, slammed into the bridge and knocked a single 322-foot span into Kentucky Lake.

Hall Contracting has a $7 million contract to replace the missing span and get the bridge reopened to traffic by Memorial Day weekend.

Fiscal court approves tax, but with amendment

Crittenden County Fiscal Court has unanimously approved a new occupational and net profits tax. However, the court cut the originally proposed rate in half during its regular meeting Tuesday morning.

Therefore, a new one-half of one percent payroll and net profits tax will go into effect on July 1. At least part of the receipts will go toward funding the ambulance service.

See this week's Crittenden Press for details.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Citizens speak out against tax plan

Magistrates seated in background and facing a crowd of about 70
people, listen to comments during Monday's tax hearing at the
Marion Ed-Tech Center.
More than 70 people attended a public hearing Monday night at the Marion Ed-Tech Center regarding a proposed county occupational and net profits tax.

Crittenden County Fiscal Court is expected to cast its final vote Tuesday morning on the plan. It passed 6-1 on first reading last month.

About 20 people spoke out during the two-and-one-half-hour meeting. All except one was against the new tax. 
Of the people attending, about 50 were not affiliated with local government or the hospital, which stands to benefit from a tax through a subsidy for the ambulance service. 

Many of those there were small business owners. Marion's two largest manufacturers were also represented. Joe McDaniel, chairman of the board at Par 4 Plastics; Jeff Waldrop, Invensys plant manager; and Jason Brown, Invensys human resources director, each spoke against the tax. They said it would be bad for their companies and their employees. Each made overtures about taking their companies or any further expansion out of the county.

Several said the payroll and net profits tax is unfair to the working class and asked magistrates to come up with another plan to raise revenue.

Judge-Executive Perry Newcom says the county needs thousands of dollars to meet financial needs. A couple of residents, Curtis Evans and Terri Travis, asked specific questions about where the money will be spent. Judge Newcom said the tax hasn't been approved yet so the exact amount it will generate and where it will be spent is unknown.

The ambulance service is sure to get a portion, but even that number has been elusive. Officials have suggested somewhere around $100,000 to $150,000. However, hospital officials have said that will not be enough.

A one-percent payroll and net profits tax, as proposed, would generate nearly $500,000, according to county estimates. 
Local insurance agent Ricky Brown suggested dropping the rate from one percent to one-half of one percent. 

"A lot of what's been talked about tonight is accountability," Brown said at the meeting. "There seems to be a lot of distrust because no one can tell you specifically where the money is going."

Magistrates will convene at the courthouse at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday to consider final passage of the tax plan.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Road closed Monday at county line

UPDATE: Crews have quickly determined that work at this site will continue through Tuesday.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close Ky. 132 (Fishtrap Road) in Webster County at the Webster-Crittenden County Line on Monday.

This closure on Ky. 132 between mile point 0.0 and mile point 0.5 will be to allow the repair of several base failures in the Oak Grove Church area.  The closure point will between the Tradewater River Bridge and Crab Orchard Creek Road.

Ky. 132 is expected to close about 8 a.m., and reopen around 4:30 p.m.

Motorists who regularly travel this section of Fishtrap Road should make advance alternate travel plans.  No marked detour will be provided.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Whitfield will speak at breakfast

Crittenden County's Republican Party is hosting a pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m., Saturday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church's fellowship hall.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Hopkinsville) is among the confirmed speakers for the event. Others include Melissa Guill, and Vanda Hunt Adamson, candidates for circuit court clerk, and Lynn Bechler, candidate for Kentucky House of Representatives.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tuesday's fiscal court meeting at 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday's Crittenden County Fiscal Court meeting will begin at its regular 8:30 a.m., starting time rather than 9 a.m., which was published in this week's newspaper.

School winding down: Dates to remember

Monday, May 14  8th Grade Graduation 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16 6th and 7th grade Award Ceremony 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 17 Last Day for Students Grade Cards sent home

Friday, May 18 CCHS Graduation at Rocket Arena

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Saluting CHS during National Hospital Week

Crittenden Health Systems is marking National Hospital Week with a variety of activities to honor its staff and volunteers.

Here, volunteer auxiliary members Ruth Veasey and Betty Lynn work discuss one of the library books available to patients at the hospital.

There are a number of activities planned for the rest of the week.

The ladies auxiliary provides many services for the hospital, including operating the information desk just inside the front door of the health care facility.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

First restitution checks available from Eastern

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that his staff will be in Cave City, Ky. on Saturday to distribute the first installment of restitution checks from the Eastern Livestock settlement.  Staff will be at the Cave City Comfort Inn, 819 Sanders Street, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Restitution recipients should have received letters in the mail this week alerting them to the process.  Recipients will need to attend the event on Saturday and bring the letter and photo identification with them.

The Office of the Attorney General has identified 173 victims from the Metcalfe County auction that are entitled to the restitution.  On Saturday, victims will receive their first installment payment, which in total equals $300,000.  Each recipient will receive a payment pro-rated according to his losses.  More installment payments will be made to victims at a later date.

In March, Attorney General Conway announced that his office secured an almost $900,000 settlement for Eastern Livestock victims.

Eastern Livestock Case History
Former Eastern Chief Executive Officer and founder, 71-year-old Thomas “Tommy” Gibson, and Eastern’s former Chief Financial Officer, 58-year-old Steve McDonald, each pled guilty to all counts against them.  Those counts included: one count of criminal syndication, engaging in organized crime; 17 counts of theft over $10,000; 144 counts of theft under $10,000/over $500; and 11 counts of theft under $500.  Criminal syndication is a Class B felony carrying 10 to 20 years in prison. The Commonwealth will recommend a 10-year prison sentence for McDonald and Gibson, concurrent with any federal sentence received. Each still faces charges in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
Gibson and McDonald admitted to being part of an on-going criminal collaboration of several people and/or entities between 2009 and 2010, the purpose of which was to commit on-going theft by falsely inflating the balances of the bank accounts of Eastern Livestock. By use of the falsely inflated accounts and check kiting, Eastern Livestock and its principles continued to buy cattle from Kentucky producers with essentially non-existent funds. Following several bank examinations of Eastern’s operations, Fifth Third Bank of Cincinnati then decided to close Eastern’s accounts and dishonor Eastern’s outstanding checks in early November of 2010. This happened just days after Eastern had purchased more than $800,000 worth of cattle in Metcalfe County. The result was the collapse of Eastern’s operations and the bouncing of more than $850,000 worth of checks to cattle producers.

Shortly following Eastern’s collapse in November, 2010, investigators and prosecutors with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, began to piece together the details of the ongoing criminal fraud that had sustained Eastern’s operations since at least 2009. Much of this evidence consisted of tens of thousands of pages of records kept by banks that held Eastern’s accounts, particularly Fifth Third Bank of Cincinnati. The Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations worked closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney’s Office - Western District and other agencies in completing the initial investigation.

Eastern Livestock accountant 43-year-old Darren Brangers of Louisville and former Eastern Livestock affiliate 48-year-old Grant Gibson of Lanesville, Ind., who is the son of Eastern founder Tommy Gibson, also entered guilty pleas. Brangers and Grant Gibson each pled guilty to facilitating the operations of the criminal syndicate run by Tommy Gibson and Steve McDonald, and to facilitating the several instances of theft committed by the co-defendants.  The Kentucky Attorney General will recommend a five-year sentence for each of these defendants, probated upon payment of restitution.
Defendant Grant Gibson’s plea agreement includes terms under which he will fund $680,000 worth of the total restitution, with defendant Darren Brangers funding $210,000 of restitution.
Final sentencing for Steve McDonald, Darren Brangers and Grant Gibson is June 12 before Barren-Metcalfe Circuit Judge Phil Patton. Tommy Gibson will be sentenced on June 26.

Area Death

Marilyn Travis, 68, of Marion died Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at her home.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Rain cancels opening night games

A late afternoon rain shower in Marion has caused cancellation of all games at Marion-Crittenden County Park tonight. This was to be the opening games of the Dugout Club's 2012 softball and baseball seasons.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Little league schedule available in Press

The master schedule for this summer's little league softball and baseball program is printed in this week's Crittenden Press, which is now available on newsstands.

Games begin Monday night. League games will be played at Marion-Crittenden County Park and Lyon County's Lee Jones Park.

Absentee voting begins today at courthouse

Crittenden County voters who will be out of town on election day, May 22, can vote absentee on a machine set up at the courthouse starting today. Ballots may be cast after 8 a.m., this morning through 4 p.m., Monday, May 21.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Area deaths

Phillip Keith Easley, 71, of Tolu died Wednesday at his home. Friends may call after 6 p.m., Friday in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors. The funeral is at 11 a.m., Saturday at Boyd's.

Georgia Taylor, 89, of Salem, died Thursday at Salem Springlake Health and Rehabilitation Center in Salem.

Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Demo Derby Fundraiser Saturday

There will be a demolition derby at 6 p.m., Saturday at Crittenden County Fairgrounds.

Life in Christ Church is sponsoring the event in order to raise canned and paper goods for senior citizens.

Admission to the derby is five canned or paper goods per person. Preferred items are soups, veggies, fruit, tuna or canned chicken, shampoo, detergents, trash bags, fabric softeners, etc.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mowing in Crittenden County today

State and county road departments are working in Crittenden County today and later this week, mowing right-of-ways. Motorists should use caution when encountering these mowing operations.

Youth baseball, softball begin next week

Crittenden County Dugout Club's youth baseball and softball games begin Monday. Games are played weeknights at Marion-Crittenden County Park and at Lee Jones Park in Eddyville. Teams from both communities make up the league. Play will continue through May and June with post-season tournaments starting June 25.

See this week's Crittenden Press printed edition for a league master schedule. The Press will be on newsstands today after 3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Beware of mowing crews along U.S. 60

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Livingston County highway maintenance crew is mowing right-of-ways along two busy routes through the county.

A mowing crew is starting at the Canal Bridge at Grand Rivers and will be working northward along Ky. 453 (Dover Road) over the next couple of weeks.

A mowing crew is starting on U.S. 60 at about the 13 mile marker near the Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland and working eastward through Burna and Salem to the Livingston-Crittenden County Line.

Motorists are asked to be alert for these mowing crews and use appropriate caution.  Highway crews are also mowing right-of-way in all counties across the region.