Monday, October 29, 2012

Area deaths

Mary Alice Sigler 99, of Marion died Oct. 28, 2012 at her home. Sevices are Thursday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Stella Joice Templeton Newsome, 56, of Marion died Sunday at Crittenden Hospital. Services are Friday at Gilbert Funeral Home.

Mircides Melvaleen Rayburn, 89, of Smithland died Friday at Western Baptist Hospital. Services are Thursday at Myers Funeral Home in Marion.

Relay kicks off with free chili Thursday

Crittenden County Relay for Life's annual Kick Off event is at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 at Marion Baptist Family Life Center.

Chili will be served at no charge.  This event is open to the public and all teams and survivors are encouraged to attend.  Vonda Todd, a cancer survivor, will be the featured speaker.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Area deaths

Crawford “Jack” Lanham, 76, of Marion died Saturday at his home. Graveside services are Monday at Mapleview Cemetery.

Shirley Jean Conrad, 79, of Marion died Saturday at Crittenden Hospital. Services are Monday at Myers Funeral Home.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Area deaths

Marilyn “Mickey” Shewmaker, 65, of Marion died Thursday at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. She was of the Baptist faith. Graveside services are Saturday at Love Cemetery in Marion. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

David Allen Perrin, 55, of Salem died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville, Ind. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Myers Funeral Home in Marion was in charge of arrangements.

Donna Cheryl Millikan, 67, of Marion died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at her home. Graveside funeral services were Oct. 17 at the Asbridge Cemetery in Crittenden County. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem was in charge of arrangements.

Semi crash slows traffic on 91

There is a semi wreck on Ky. 91 near Crider. At 7 a.m., traffic was moving on one lane but recovery efforts are expected to close the road temporarily at some point this morning. Stay tuned for updates.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Accident on U.S. 60 sends 2 to hospital

Two people were taken to the hospital this morning following a three-vehicle accident in Mattoon that also involved a pedestrian.

It appeared that a motorist driving an SUV side-swiped an empty log truck, then hit a state-owned pickup parked on the side of the highway. The state vehicle was there because inmates were nearby clearing brush from a guardrail.

A deputy jailer working for the Crittenden County Detention Center was standing on the side of the highway and was injured. That man and a woman driving the SUV were both taken to the hospital. It did not appear either had life-threatening injuries, but both were put onto stretchers and taken by ambulance to Crittenden Hospital.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CCES wants Watch DOGS with pizza today

MEN WANTED: Are you interested in volunteering your time mentoring students and providing added safeguards for elementary age children? If so, Crittenden Elementary School wants to tell you more about a program it's starting called Watch DOGS. The program is aimed at attracting men to serve as positive role models for students during the school day.

CCES is offering free pizza for anyone who wants to come and learn more about the program today (Wednesday) at 5:30 at the school. This program is for fathers of students, uncles, grandfathers, retired teachers, or just any male figure with the time and interest in children.

For more information, contact Principal Melissa Tabor at CCES.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Health seminar tonight at Ed-Tech Center

There will be a free Health Seminar tonight (Tuesday) at Marion Ed-Tech Center. Local healthcare professionals will be discussing non-medical healthier living options. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sirens tested at noon today

Local officials plan on testing early-warning storm sirens each today at noon.

After today, testing will be done each Friday at the same time.

During a real emergency, a long tone will alert residents to serious weather. The sirens will be activated during the following circumstances:

  • A tornado warning has been issued for Marion or Crittenden County by the National Weather Service in Paducah.
  • When a public safety officer such as police, fire or EMS reports sighting a funnel cloud or tornado.
  • When a trained Sky Warn Spotter sights a tornado.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Area death

Charline Haney Ford, 83, of Marion died Wednesday at Crittenden Hospital.
Services are Sunday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion.

District judge injured in fall from treestand

UPDATE: Heady's surgery went well, according to his office.

District Judge Daniel Heady was injured in deer hunting accident Wednesday in Webster County. An avid outdoorsman, Heady fell 18 feet from a deer stand that broke away from the tree while he was hunting. He was able to call for help from his cell phone.

PHI air ambulance evacuated Heady from the scene and took him to an Evansville hospital where he was to undergo surgery today for a serious back injury.

Heady was on the bench in Marion Wednesday morning for the regular weekly district court docket.

Boy who inspired thousands dies of cancer

Lane Goodwin
Lane Goodwin, the McLean County teen who inspired many with his "Thumbs Up for Lane" campaign, has died.
The 13-year old Calhoun, Ky., boy had been battling a rare form of cancer. His mother said on the family Facebook page that her son died Wednesday.
Lane received support from all over the world when word of the campaign spread on the Internet. 

Livingston not issuing licenses tomorrow

Livingston County Circuit Clerk's office will be getting new computers and driver's license cameras installed on Friday. That work means the office will be unable to issue driver's licenses on that day.  Other operations of the Circuit Clerk's office will not be affected and the office will be open all day Friday. The office expects to resume licensing services on Monday. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Power outage affects schools, hospital

UPDATE 2: Power has now been restored to almost everyone, including CCES. KU still says about five customers will be without electricity until 2:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Power has been restored to some areas, however, KU says 431 customers are still without electricity, including the elementary school. Students were fed sandwiches for lunch. School officials anticipate that the lights will be back on at CCES by noon.

A widespread power outage on the southwest side of Marion this morning has affected homes, businesses, schools and the hospital.

The hospital is operating, however, on a back-up generator.

It appears there is a transformer or substation issue on Chapel Hill Road in Marion. Kentucky Utilities crews are on site working on the problem.

KU says about 1,372 customers are currently without power. The company estimates that electricity will be restored by 11 a.m.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thursday last chance for Community Christmas

Thursday is the last day to sign up for Community Christmas. Individuals may register at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Greenwood Heights from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Community Christmas organizers say they saw lower turn out than expected on the first registration day earlier this month.

“We have always had our largest number to sign-up on the first day. We would like to think not as many people are needing assistance but we’re afraid for whatever reason households just didn’t sign up on the first day,” said Nancy Hunt, one of the program coordinators.

Individuals wishing to participate in Community Christmas need to bring proof of income for everyone living in their household.  Residents are considered part of a household if they receive mail at that address.  Parents are encouraged to bring wish lists for children 12 and under. The wish lists will be attached to their application.
Wish list items should not exceed $50. Anyone having questions about their income eligibility can call the PACS office at 965-4763.  

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Area death

Kathleen Reed, 76, of Marion, Kentucky died Friday at Salem Springklake Heath and Rehabilitation Center. Services are Tuesday at Myers Funeral Home.

Friday, October 12, 2012

SBDM meeting notice

The Crittenden County High School SBDM will meet at 3:30 p.m., Monday in the CCHS teachers conference room.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Victory Garden ends harvest season

The Crittenden County Victory Garden is finished for 2012. There will be no more community vegetable giveaways for this growing season. 

"We have already plowed an additional 12 gardens which will bring our total gardens to 28 for next year," said Robbie Kirk, one of the men spearheading the effort. 

Kirk hopes more churches take part next year with plans to have daily giveaways. 

Pumpkin Festival Schedule: This weekend

11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Carnival rides at Farmers Bank parking lot
Carnival Food Available, Farmers Bank parking lot
3 p.m.- 6 p.m. Crittenden County Pumpkin Festival Photography Contest
 Enter at the Woman’s Club of Marion Building.

All Day Carnival rides & food at Farmers Bank parking lot
All Day Vintage Tractor Show, West Carlisle Street and on vacant lot south of Farmers Bank
Morning Health Fair by Crittenden Health Systems on West Carlisle Street
6 p.m.-7 p.m. – Awards Reception for Photography Contest

All Day Carnival rides & food at Farmers Bank parking lot
All Day Vintage Tractor Show West Carlisle Street and on vacant lot south of Farmers Bank
8:30 a.m. Fun Run for all ages at Marion Commons
9 a.m. Pet Show at stage area behind courthouse
9 a.m. Hay Maze and Duck Pond in front of Farm Bureau
9 a.m. Booth vendors open on court square
9 a.m. Pumpkin Art Contest at Crittenden County Library
9 a.m. – Photography Contest Exhibits Open for Viewing (Check-out 12-1)
Mid Morning Living Statues by Community Arts Foundation at courthouse
10 a.m. Kenergy electrical display beside of library
11 a.m., to 3 p.m. Top 50 car show at Darben Plaza

The Little Miss and Mr. Contest scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday has been cancelled due to low participation.

1 p.m., to 4 p.m. Band Cantegeus at stage area
1 p.m. What Sounds Good Bake Off upstairs at Main Street Italian Grill
1 p.m. Corn hole contest on West Carlisle Street
2 p.m. Dash for Cash on West Carlisle Street
3 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull on West Carlisle Street

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


T. Rankin Terry, 98, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Marion died Tuesday. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion Oct. 20 with a reception to follow at the Main Street Italian Grill. 

Group seeks vendors for Oct. 20 event

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Area Death

Sandy Lynn Carter, 44, of Marion, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 at her home in Marion.
Services are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11 at Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home in Cave-In-Rock.

Area Death

Nellie Farley Qualls, 99, of Marion died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at Crittenden County Hospital.
Services are scheduled for Saturday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Leet, Clark are queen, king on soggy night

Crittenden County High School seniors Devin Clark and Alyssa Leet were crowned homecoming king and queen during coronation ceremonies prior to Friday night's 55th annual Rocket football homecoming game.

The pre-game ceremonies were conducted during a steady downpour as was the game.

Click here to read about the Rockets' disappointing loss to the Murray Tigers. Also, stay tuned for next week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for complete coverage of homecoming week.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Homecoming festivities continue this week

Crittenden County High School continues football homecoming festivities this week with the annual parade at 5 p.m., Thursday on Main Street.

The annual powder puff football game will be played immediately following the parade at Rocket Stadium.

The football game Friday against Murray will begin at 7:30 p.m., with coronation of a queen before kickoff.

Pictured are Taylor Champion and Cody Caraway in a race against the clock during the annual Banana Split Eating Contest at Dairy Queen Tuesday night.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Freddie Cowan going in Union County Wall of Fame

Union County Public Schools Wall of Fame will induct former University of Kentucky basketball player Freddie Cowan during a ceremony Friday at Morganfield.

Cowan, who graduated from Union County High School in 1977, played for the Wildcats' 1978 national championship team. He was drafted by the Houston Rockets, but chose to play professionally in Japan.

Brenda Cowan, a 1981 Union County graduate, will also be inducted. She died in 2004 in the line of duty while working for the Lexington Fire Department.

Crash at Tradewater Bridge near Sullivan

A tractor-trailer crash at the Union and Crittenden County line could create some traffic problems this afternoon. Right now, state transportation officials say traffic is moving, but at some point the road will be temporarily closed while the semi is recovered. The wreck is near the Tradewater River Bridge near Sullivan.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Junior Pro football cancelled this evening

Due to rain and wet fields, Junior Pro football practice for fifth- and sixth-graders and third-grade B-team is cancelled today. Fourth-grade A-team will watch film as previously scheduled.