Tuesday, April 30, 2013

School's winding down...

This week's Crittenden Press will include all sorts of information about what's happening and what's gone on the last few days as school begins to wind down. Graduation is next Friday, May 10.

Baccalaureate is next Wednesday, May 8 and Class Night is Thursday May 9.

Here a group of youngsters in the preschool class put on a show after last week's PTO meeting at CCES.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Area death

Lorene Henderson, 88, of Marion, died April 25, 2013, at Christian Care Center of Kuttawa. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Farmer pleads not guilty to fed charges

Former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that he misused more than $450,000 of state money and property during his eight years as Kentucky's top agriculture official. Farmer, a former University of Kentucky basketball player whose retired jersey hangs in Rupp Arena, appeared Thursday afternoon with his attorney, J. Guthrie True, at the federal courthouse in Lexington. A grand jury has charged Farmer, 43, with four counts of misappropriating property and money, and one count of soliciting property to influence agriculture department business.

For the full story, visit The Herald-Leader online.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

House introduces congressional term limits bill

Representative Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution today which would limit the number of terms that a member of Congress may serve to three in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate. This is according to U.S Term Limits, a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization that works to promote term limits at all levels of government.

Term limits for members of Congress has been spotlighted in recent weeks as former Senator and Vice Presidential nominee Joe Lieberman announced that after reflection on his 24 years in office that he now supported term limits.

The Lieberman statement was followed by a polls conducted by the Gallup Organization released last week showing that the American people would vote for congressional term limits by a 75–21 margin.

Phil Blumel, president of U.S. Term Limits, the nation's largest term limits advocacy group, called on Congress to send the Constitutional Amendment to the states for them to decide saying, "The public clearly wants term limits, and it is the ultimate conflict of interest for federal elected officials to prevent the states from making the decision on whether their own terms should be limited."

Representative Salmon is introducing the amendment on a tide of public dissatisfaction with Congress, and Blumel believes this public outcry may break the log jam that has prevented consideration stating, "Many members of Congress are hearing from their constituents that they want the tough issues in D.C. to be acted upon rather than a continual kicking of the can down the road. In this context, they are realizing that a constitutional amendment limiting terms for members of Congress may be the only way to make our political system work again.

"Now, Congress faces a crisis. The people hold the legislative branch of our federal government in such low regard largely because they believe that they are no longer represented by fellow citizens but instead by professional politicians. It is time to change this. It is time to put citizens back in charge. It is time to pass congressional term limits."

Senator David Vitter (R-La.) has introduced the same congressional term limits amendment in the U.S. Senate.

To become part of the U.S. Constitution, the amendment requires a two-thirds vote in each house of Congress and ratification by three quarters or 38 out of 50 states.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Richie Farmer indicted by federal grand jury

UPDATE: Farmer was originally scheduled to be arraigned next week, but a judge has moved up the arraignment date to Thursday.

A federal grand jury has indicted former Agriculture Secretary Richie Farmer for allegedly misusing property and funds during his eight years at the helm of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. A grand jury charged Farmer, 43, with four counts of misappropriating property and one count of soliciting property to influence agriculture department business. Each charge has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The indictment follows a string of ethical and legal troubles for the former University of Kentucky basketball standout and one-time Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

For the full story, visit The Herald Leader online.

U.S. 641 work will restrict traffic flow

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on U.S. 641 in southern Crittenden County starting Monday. The work was supposed to start today, but adverse weather conditions have delayed the work.

This lane restriction is to allow shoulder work along U.S. 641 starting at the Crittenden-Caldwell County line at mile-point 0.0 and working northward to Marion at about the 7-mile marker.

Motorists can expect to encounter one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers between about 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. each weekday.  The work is expected to take about a week to complete, weather permitting. Delays are likely during this extensive shoulder work.

Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and maintenance personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

No serious injuries in morning accident

A Union County man was injured in a single-vehicle, injury accident that occurred at 7:30 a.m., this morning on US 60 East, approximately five miles east of Marion.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that Darrian Smith, 23 of Sturgis was operating a 2007 Dodge Caliber eastbound when he failed to negotiate a curve.  The vehicle exited the left side of the roadway and overturned several times. It came to rest on its top off the roadway.  

Smith, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported via ambulance to the Crittenden Hospital for treatment. There were no passengers.

Trooper First Class Darron Holliman investigated the collision. The Mattoon Volunteer Fire Department, Crittenden County Rescue, Crittenden County EMS, and the State Highway Department assisted at the scene.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Project Graduation selling pizza kits

Crittenden County Project Graduation Class of 2013 is now selling Little Caesars pizza kits for a limited time. Contact any member of the 2013 graduating class or a parent of a graduating senior to purchase your Little Caesars pizza kit today.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Area death

Lawrence Eugene Bryan, 62, of Hampton, died April 21, 2013, at his home. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Carter Watson, 81, of Marion, died April 22, 2013, at Crittenden County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Marion. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Area death

Doyle C. Walker, 91, of Eddyville, died April 21, 2013, in Christian Care Center in Kuttawa. Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel in Eddyville is in charge of arrangements.

Ohio River flood warning issued

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Crittenden County. The flood warning continues for the Ohio River at Shawneetown, Ill., from Monday afternoon through Thursday. At 10:30 a.m. today the river stage was 30.7 feet. Flood stage is 33.0 feet. Minor flooding is forecast.

The river is expected to rise above flood stage by Monday afternoon and continue to rise to near 34.2 feet by early Wednesday morning. Minor flooding will occur, affecting mainly bottomland and surrounding low lying areas. The Ohio River should fall below flood stage by Thursday evening.

Cave In Rock Ferry operation is not affected until the river stage is 44.5 feet.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Photography club meets Tuesday

Reese Baker will be the speaker for the Crittenden County Extension Service Photography Club meeting Tuesday at the EdTech Center.  His topic is storing photos online. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

The club is open to all ages and skill levels.

Southbound traffic to be affected by U.S. 41 Ohio River bridge work

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict southbound traffic to one lane on the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges between Henderson and Evansville, Ind., on Monday.

This southbound lane restriction is to allow the repair of a section hand railing that was knocked off the bridge by a recent traffic crash. Southbound traffic will be restricted to one lane starting at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. The lane restriction is expected to be in place about three to five hours to allow the railing repairs.

The U.S. 41 Twin Bridges, also known as the Bi-State Vietnam Gold Star Memorial Bridges, are located at U.S. 41 mile-point 19.649 about a mile south of the Kentucky-Indiana state line. They carry approximately 37,000 vehicles per day across the Ohio River between Henderson and Evansville.

Frost advisory issued for tonight

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory effect from midnight to 8 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures are expected to fall into the upper 20s to mid-30s later tonight and very early Saturday. Widespread frost will likely occur over much of western Kentucky. Some locations may even experience a freeze. A frost advisory means that frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.

CCES operating on limited power

An underground power line is damaged near Crittenden County Elementary School, causing the school to operate on one-third of its normal power today.

There is no indication at this time that school will be let out early due to this situation.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Area deaths

Rugena Marie Etters Owen, 69, of Paducah, died April 17, 2013, at her home. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Sheila Jean Scarbrough, 49, of Salem, died April 18, 2013, at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Three departments respond to house fire

A house fire on A.T. Crider drew the response of Marion, Crittenden County and Mattoon fire departments this afternoon.

The house was fully engulfed when firemen arrived.

The home belonged to Phillip and Julie Wright. She was home when the fire started, but was able to escape.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Noel declares for NBA draft, UK says

Nerlens Noel will enter the NBA draft and not return to the University of Kentucky for his sophomore season.

The announcement was made Monday by the university on its men's basketball website. The announcement came as no surprised as it had been widely anticipated that Noel would enter the draft despite his season-ending torn ACL.

"I support Nerlens' decision to enter his name in the draft and am excited for him and his future," UK Coach John Calipari said in the university's news release. "The hard work and will to win he showed on the floor this year and the dedication and attitude he has shown in his rehab will only be a reward for him and whatever team drafts him in June."

"I have loved my time at Kentucky, but I feel that I'm ready to take the next step to the NBA," Noel said in the news release. "I've learned so much here at UK and am thankful for Coach (John) Calipari, the staff and my teammates for all of their support. I especially appreciate the Big Blue Nation and all of the support, prayers and well-wishes I've received from them during my rehab and decision-making process. I'll always be a Wildcat!"

Noel, an Everett, Mass., native, led the nation in blocks as he averaged 4.4 rejections per game and tallied 106 in 24 games played. Prior to his season-ending knee injury he was the only player standing taller than 6-foot-5 to rank in the top 30 in steals per outing as he had accumulated 50 steals on the year.

He averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. His rebounds and blocked shots led the Southeastern Conference, while he also ranked among the top-10 players in steals per game, defensive rebounds per game, offensive rebounds per game and minutes played per game.

Noel finished the season ranked second in UK single-season history with 106 blocks. His 50 steals ranked as the fifth most in a single season by a freshman. His .590 field-goal percentage is the ninth-best mark in school history, while his steals per game (2.1) is the seventh-best mark in school history, the news release said.Lexington -

Area deaths

Hilda Mae Woodall Alexander, 89, of Marion, died Sunday at Crittenden County Health and Rehab. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Earl Head, 70, of Providence, died April 15, 2013, in Evansville, Ind.  Jones & Erdman in Providence is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Rhea Turley Owen, 94, of Fredonia, died April 13, 2013, at Crittenden County Health and Rehab Center in Marion. Dunn’s Funeral Home in Eddyville is in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Kentucky Grazing School set for this week in Princeton

The spring Kentucky Grazing School will be held  Wednesday and Thursday at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton.

The two-day school features UK faculty and staff, Natural Resources Conservation Service specialists, industry personnel and farmers as leaders and speakers. The cost is $50, which includes notebook, all conference materials, breaks and two lunches.

For a  brochure, which includes a list of speakers and topics along with directions, contact the Crittenden County Extension Office at 965-5236.  Due to limited enrollment, pre-registration is required.  Registration information is included in the brochure.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Uncommonwealth: State treasurer's office might have a surprise for you

It's impossible to argue against the virtues of free money. This is an Uncommonwealth about uncommon wealth—the kind waiting for you and me at the Kentucky state treasurer's office. Simply take yourself to the state treasurer's unclaimed property website, type in your name and—voilĂ !—there might be money or property waiting for you.

For the full story, visit The (Lexington) Herald-Leader online.

To search the unclaimed property database, follow this link.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Area deaths

Mary Kathryn “Kat” Brown, 80,  of Marion, died Thursday at her residence. She was the wife of former Marion city councilman and police officer James Brown. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Allen Belt, of Providence, died Tuesday at his home. He struggled with cancer for several months. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of the arrangements.

Chris Jameson, 53, of Fredonia, died Thursday at his home after a long illness. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Saturday is annual appreciation event

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Free dump days next week

Just in time for spring cleaning, Crittenden County will offer free dumping next week at its convenience center off U.S. 60 East. The yearly program will see the disposal center open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on April 19 and 20. All large items, including tires and appliances, will be accepted, but household garbage cannot be dumped for free.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

USPS forbidden—for now—to end Saturday mail delivery

Saturday mail delivery will continue indefinitely, the U.S. Postal Service announced today, despite plans made earlier this year to discontinue weekend delivery of letters beginning Aug. 5. The announcement was made in response to a recently-passed Congressional budget that prohibits the postal service altering its delivery schedule.

Delivery changes cannot take effect until legislation is passed that provides USPS with "authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule," reads an announcement from the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service found on USPS.com.

The postal service, which continues to operate billions of dollars in the red, announced in early February its intentions for a Monday through Friday mail delivery and Monday through Saturday package delivery beginning in August. The change was expected to save $2 billion annually.

State: Most outdoor burning illegal

It's spring and some Kentucky residents may want to burn unwanted debris as part of spring clean-up. But under state law, most outdoor burning is now illegal in Kentucky. And illegal outdoor burning could bring fines as large as $25,000 per day per violation.

“Today’s trash is different than the trash our grandparents used to burn,” Division of Air Quality Director John Lyons said in a news release. “Plastics, chemicals, and other synthetic materials are far more common in the things we throw away. Burning this trash releases high levels of toxic pollutants such as dioxins, sulfur dioxide, lead and mercury.”

State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food waste. In addition, the burning of trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation is prohibited. Painted, stained or treated wood products like fence posts, pallets, and furniture are illegal to burn, because they release dangerous toxins into the air. Items that cannot be recycled should be taken to a state-permitted landfill, the news release said.

Smoke from open burning is a health problem that affects everyone, but especially children, the elderly, and those with existing ailments like asthma. Children are particularly sensitive to air pollution from open burning, because their bodies are still developing. Children also breathe 50 percent more oxygen per pound of body weight than adults do, so their lungs are exposed to more harmful pollutants.

Open burning isn’t just unhealthy, it’s also dangerous. A small fire can quickly spread, especially during windy weather, resulting in widespread damage. From Friday through Sunday, for example, the Kentucky Division of Forestry reported 110 separate wildfires burning a total of 2,765 acres.

Crittenden County firefighters battled three field fires on Monday and Tuesday.

Some open burning is legal with restrictions. Campfires, fires for cooking, and fires to dispose of tree limbs are permitted in most counties, except when a countywide burn ban has been declared, or when prohibited by local ordinance. During fire hazard season, which runs through the end of April, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland area between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Restrictions may also apply during summer months for certain counties whose current pollution levels exceed air quality standards.

Use common sense before burning anything:
  • Never burn within 50 feet of any structure.
  • Never burn near streams or sinkholes.
  • Never burn near landfills or under utility lines.
To report illegal open burning or to learn more about open burning restrictions in your area, please call the Division for Air Quality’s open burn hotline at (888) BURN-LAW or visit http://air.ky.gov.

UK researchers: Kidney bean leaves may eradicate bedbugs

Until now, getting rid of bedbugs involved an army of technologies — extreme heating, freezing, vacuuming and pesticides. But scientists from the University of Kentucky and University of California-Irvine think they've found an ingenious and natural method to eradicate bedbugs — using kidney bean leaves, which have a unique design in their hairs that ensnares the pests.

For more, visit The Lexington Herald-Leader online.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Departments busy with field fires

Two field fires on opposite ends of the county kept local firemen busy this afternoon.

Both fires started between noon and 1 p.m. One was off Brown Mine Road on Lark Loop in the southern part of the county. The second fire was on Collie Brown Road off U.S. 60 East.

Kentucky law prohibits burning during daytime hours (6 a.m., to 6 p.m.) until after April 30.

Firemen were also called to put out a field fire Monday.

Area death

William Harmon “Billy” Hardin, 61, of Marion, died April 8, 2013. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Accident at US 60 and Ky 855

UPDATE: Authorities say there has been one fatality at this accident. The driver of a pickup, William Harmon "Billy" Hardin of Marion, died. No further information is available at this time.

Rescue and other emergency personnel are responding to an accident at U.S. 60 and Ky. 855 near Salem. Initial reports are that a vehicle has left the roadway and hit a building. There is no indication of whether anyone has been injured.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ag ed/FFA greenhouse opens Monday

Critttenden County High School's ag ed/FFA greenhouse
Crittenden County High School's agricultural education/FFA greenhouse opens Monday to the public with a variety of botanical specimens are available for purchase. Larry Duvall said the student-grown flora include vegetables like tomatoes and peppers and flower bedding, potted and hanging plants. The greenhouse will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Proceeds go back to the agricultural education and FFA programs.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Area death

Clara Jane Towery, 73 of Marion, died April 3, 2013, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Livingston Hospital on lockdown

Updated at 9:48 p.m.
Fitzgerald has been taken into custody.

Updated at 3:31 p.m.
According to WPSD Local 6 News, authorities are looking for Brian Fitzgerald of Crittenden County in connection with a reported assault on three Livingston Hospital employees and threats made on a Livingston County deputy.

Fitzgerald was born in 1987, has red hair and brown eyes and stands 5-10. WPSD reports the man is possibly under the influence and is considered armed and dangerous.

The hospital remains on lockdown with authorities from state law enforcement and both Livingston and Crittenden County sheriff's departments on hand for protection.

Anyone with information on Fitzgerald's whereabouts can contact Livingston County Sheriff's Office at 928-2122 or Kentucky State Police at (800) 222-5555.
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11:50 a.m.: Livingston Hospital & Healthcare Services in Salem is currently on lockdown, according to police and hospital administration. The precautions are being taken due to a specific threat made against an individual on campus of the facility by a person offsite who claims to be armed. The incident reportedly originated overnight.

Both Kentucky State Police and Vehicle Enforcement were on guard outside the building to address any actions threatening the hospital.

12:01 p.m.: Just after noon, both officers on the scene headed west on Main Street with their emergency lights on. They now appear to have made a traffic stop near the intersection with College Street.

12:05 p.m.: Livingston County Sheriff's Department is now on the scene of the traffic stop with two units.

12:19 p.m.: Police have now released the vehicle on which the traffic stop was made.

12:30 p.m.: State authorities are now back at the hospital.

12:38 p.m.: A unit from Crittenden County Sheriff's Department is now on scene at the hospital.

Only people with medical needs are being allowed access to the hospital.

More information will be shared as available.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Higher temps could soon put farmers in the field

An unusually cold spring has some larger farmers holding on to predictions of warmer days late this week. They hope an extended period of warmth will keep them from falling far behind when they prefer to begin planting corn.

For more on this story, visit The News Enterprise online.

March one of coldest on record

Following a record warm March in 2012, a persistent pattern of wintry weather across Kentucky left March 2013 as one of the coldest on record.

The statewide average temperature for March based on the Kentucky Mesonet, the Commonwealth’s official source of climatological observations, was 39.8 degrees while the statewide average temperature for March 2012 was 57.9 degrees, according to Stuart Foster, state climatologist and director of the Kentucky Mesonet.

Based on historical records from stations operated by the National Weather Service, 2013 was the coldest March on a statewide basis since 1969, when the average temperature for the month was 38.3 degrees.

In the Bowling Green area, after a second consecutive mild and mostly snowless winter, March 2013 brought sharply colder temperatures and five days of measurable snowfall.

March temperatures for Bowling Green were 5.5 degrees below normal and ranked as the 12th coldest March since 1894 and among the coldest since 1971, according to Western Kentucky Univeristy meteorology faculty member Greg Goodrich. March 1996 was similarly cold but no official temperature records were collected in Bowling Green that year.

The cold March was surprising for many considering the winter months of December, January and February were 3.8 degrees above normal and ranked as the 11th warmest winter on record. This was the second consecutive mild winter for Kentucky, as the winter of 2011-12 ranked as the second warmest on record.

The big difference between this year and last is that March 2012 was by the far the warmest March on record at 12.7 degrees above normal. March 2012 had 11 days with highs in the 80s and another 11 days with highs in the 70s, but March 2013 had only three days with highs in the 70s and 11 days with highs in the 30s and 40s.

Snowfall in March was 2.5 inches, which ranked as the 20th snowiest March on record. This was also the 12th time on record that March had more snowfall than the other three winter months combined, as only 1.3 inches of snow fell from December through February. The half-inch of snow that fell on both March 25 and March 26 ranks as the latest occurring measurable snowfall in Bowling Green since March 1996, which experienced an inch of snow on April 1.


While the cold and snow of March 2013 may have left many in Kentucky with spring fever, we must not forget about the historic March 1960,” Goodrich said. Nearly 3 feet of snow fell over Bowling Green in the first 11 days of the month that year, he noted, which by itself would rank as the fourth snowiest winter in history. High temperatures stayed in the 30s for much of the month, which left the average temperature for the month at 15.8 degrees below normal.

“A question on the minds of many local farmers and gardeners is whether or not cold and snowy Marches can predict the type of summer we might have here in southcentral Kentucky,” Goodrich said. “Unfortunately, analysis shows that there are no statistical relationships between cold and snowy Marches and the following summer temperatures.”

Previous cold Marches have been just as likely to have been followed by hot summers as cool summer, he said. Summer rainfall tends to be slightly greater in years following cold and snowy Marches, but the relationship is not statistically significant. “Just as with the stock market,” Goodrich said, “past performance in weather is often not a good indicator of future performance.”

Foster noted that in late March 2012 farmers were already planting corn, unaware that the early warmth would be followed by severe drought as summer arrived. Some areas of western Kentucky received more precipitation on March 8, when more than 3 inches of rain fell, than they would receive for the entire spring season in 2012.

One benefit from this year’s wintry weather pattern has been the reduced occurrence of severe weather, Foster said. Last year’s tornado outbreak on March 2 was one of the worst in Kentucky’s history, but only one tornado was reported across the state in March of this year, an EF-1 tornado that touched down briefly in Pulaski County on March 24.

“The dynamic nature of our climate is evident in the extreme contrast in weather that we experienced last year and this year in the month of March,” Foster said.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Area deaths

Gwendolyn Brantley, 63, of Marion, died Tuesday at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Jimmy Charles Black, 82, of Salem, died Tuesday at Baptist Health in Paducah. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Lois Fiala, 82, of Lakewood, Ohio, formerly of Marion, died Monday at Ames Family Hospice in Westlake, Ohio. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Cora Ethel Linzy, 79, of Evansville, Ind., formerly of Marion, died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Marcella Imogene Blake, 84, of Henderson, died Monday at Riverside Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Calhoun, Ky. Benton-Glunt Funeral Home in Henderson is in charge of arrangements.

History musuem opens for 2013

Crittenden County Historical Museum will open for the 2013 season today. The museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.

Brenda Underdown, a board member of Crittenden County Historical Society which operates he museum, said Roberta Shewmaker will return as curator.

There were 626 visitors to the museum on East Bellville Street in 2012, 346 of whom were from out of town.

Underdown said the school room, military collections and Native American artifacts are some of the most popular attractions.

Monday, April 1, 2013

UK's Goodwin to enter NBA draft

Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer will return to the UK men's basketball program for the 2013-14 season, while Archie Goodwin will forego his sophomore season and enter his name in the 2013 NBA draft, head coach John Calipari announced Monday.

"I'm excited that Willie and Kyle have decided to return for next season," Calipari said in a news release on the UK Athletics website. "When we talk about a players-first program, our goal is for each player to reach his dreams. Willie and Kyle believe it is in their best interest to return to Kentucky next season to achieve those dreams, and I fully support their decisions.

"Although I really wanted Archie to return for his sophomore season, I fully support him choosing to pursue his dreams. He has the drive and desire to be great and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure he succeeds in life both on and off the court."

"I'm looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player," Cauley-Stein said in the news release. "I'm also excited for the opportunity to try and win a national championship."

Wiltjer will enter his junior season after earning SEC Sixth Man of the Year accolades during the 2012-13 year. In his sophomore campaign, the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He has sunk 90 3-pointers in his career, which ranks No. 26 on UK's all-time career 3-point made list.

"I'm so excited about the possibilities of next season," Wiltjer said on the UK website. "I love Coach Cal and the staff, the University of Kentucky and the Big Blue Nation. After talking with Coach and the staff, I understand what I need to do. I want to be a part of another championship. This summer I'm going to work the hardest I've ever worked to come back next season better and stronger to help my team fight for number nine."

Wiltjer will enter his junior season after earning SEC Sixth Man of the Year accolades during the 2012-13 year. In his sophomore campaign, the 6-10 forward averaged 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He has sunk 90 three-pointers in his career, which ranks No. 26 on UK's all-time career 3-point made list.

"I'm so excited about the possibilities of next season," Wiltjer said. "I love Coach Cal and the staff, the University of Kentucky and the Big Blue Nation. After talking with Coach and the staff, I understand what I need to do. I want to be a part of another championship. This summer I'm going to work the hardest I've ever worked to come back next season better and stronger to help my team fight for number nine."

Goodwin was the team's leading scorer with a 14.0 scoring average en route to Freshman All-SEC honors. The Little Rock, Ark., native posted 25 double-figure scoring games and had five outings with 20 or more points. He ranked second on the team in assists (87) and steals (35). His 448 points scored in his first season ranks as the 10th best mark for a freshman in UK history.

"This is something I've dreamed about my entire life and I feel like the opportunity is there for me to play at the next level," Goodwin said.

Area death

Deeanna J. Caraway, of Clay, died Sunday in Wheatcroft. Townsend Funeral Home in Dixon is in charge of arrangements.