Sunday, June 30, 2013

Area deaths

John Benjamin Smith, 82, of Salem, died June 28, 2013, at his home. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

Phyllis Gayle Blake, 64, of Marion, died June 26, 2013, at Crittenden Hospital in Marion. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Fire department resets meeting

The date for Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department’s annual meeting has been altered due to next week’s holiday. Originally set for July 4, the meeting has been pushed back a week to July 11. Open to the public, the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Area death

Calvin Glen “Tiny” Hunter, 52, of Salem, died June 26, 2013, at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

Wanda Gayle Sterling, 77, of Morganfield, died June 26, 2013, at Methodist Hospital in Morganfield. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Grimes warns of 'annual minutes' scam

Kentucky businesses have less than one week to file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s office and pay the accompanying $15 filing fee.

More than 60 percent, or roughly 122,000 entities, had already filed for 2013 as of June 20, according to a media release from Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office, with about 63 percent of them filing their reports online.

Those that fail to meet the July 1 deadline will be listed in bad standing with the office and receive a final 60-day notice. Failure to comply with the notice will result in administrative dissolution of the business entity or revocation of authorization to conduct business in the state.

Entities that are already registered can gain access to 2013 annual report forms pre-populated with information from the organization’s previous filings at the Secretary of State’s website. Reports can be filed in person or by U.S. mail, but Grimes encourages entities to file their reports online, in the interest of “saving both businesses and the state time and money.”

In addition, Grimes reissued a warning about a confusing and official-looking solicitation reportedly received by some Kentucky businesses. The mailing from an entity called Corporate Records Service asks recipients to provide information on shareholders, corporate directors and officers for a “2013 Annual Minutes Form” and instructs them to pay a $125 fee. Corporate Records Service is not registered, affiliated or associated with the Secretary of State, Grimes said.

“Businesses should exercise caution before providing information or payment to Corporate Records Service, or any other entity that makes misleading requests,” Grimes said.

Heat index advisory issued

The combination of temperatures as high as 95 and elevated humidity could produce a heat index of up to 105 today, according to the National Weather Service. Special care should be taken for elderly, children, the sick, those working outdoors and pets.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Replica Vietnam memorial comes to Hoptown

The 63rd annual Western Kentucky State Fair kicks off Friday in Hopkinsville and runs through July 6. And in addition to the familiar pageants, tractor pulls, fireworks and midway, there will be a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

The traveling wall is an 80-percent replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C. Fair-goers will be able to spend time viewing the wall, taking etchings and leaving flowers or mementos like visitors at the memorial in the nation’s capital.

Marion's old city hall razed

The City of Marion's old city hall and fire station have been razed by Belt Construction Inc. of Marion. All that was left early Tuesday afternoon was a small pile of bricks left to be hauled off. Check out this week's edition of The Crittenden Press for more on the demolition and what use the city has in mind for the property.

The local construction company won the contract for the job with a $4,000 bid for demolition and removal.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Kentucky National Guard turns 221

The Kentucky National Guard today is celebrating more than two centuries of service to the Commonwealth and the nation.

The Kentucky Militia, the forerunner of the Kentucky National Guard, was formed on June 24, 1792, by Gov. Isaac Shelby.

The celebration will be held at Frankfort’s Boone National Guard Center. The event will recognize the Kentucky Guard's contributions over the past 221 years. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Abramson pushes tax reform while addressing school superintendents

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson on Wednesday urged school superintendents to support proposed tax code recommendations if they want to see public education funding increased. “The day of sitting around and complaining is over. We need to take action,” Abramson told the opening session of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents Summer Institute at Bowling Green's Sloan Convention Center. “You cannot cut your way out of this situation,” he said.

For more, visit The Daily News online.

UMWA taking fight for benefits to Washington

In its campaign to salvage health care benefits for retired Peabody Coal miners and spouses, the United Mine Workers of America will conduct a lobbying campaign in Washington next week. The UMWA said approximately three dozen union members and retirees will “blanket Capitol Hill” Monday through Wednesday, lobbying for legislation to preserve health benefits threatened by the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal Corp. Peabody Energy Corp. created Patriot in 2007 by spinning off several coal mines in the eastern U.S., including four in Henderson and Union counties, into the new company.

For the full story, visit The Gleaner online.

Area death

Nina Mae Watson, 81, of Salem, died June 19, 2013, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bridge work to affect area traffic

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) plans maintenance work on a number of area bridges starting Monday.

KyTC District 1 Bridge Crew will be using a snooper truck that will require lane restrictions at the following locations and start times:
  • Monday, 10 a.m.: U.S. 68/Ky. 80 Lake Barkley/Cumberland River Bridge at Canton, also known as the Henry Lawrence Memorial Bridge at U.S. 68 mile-point 8.588 in Trigg County. Traffic will be restricted to one lane with an 8-foot maximum load width.
  • Monday, 1:30 p.m.: Interstate 24 Tennessee River Bridge eastbound lanes at I-24 mile-point 29.243 at the Livingston-Marshall County line.
  • Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.: U.S. 62/U.S. 641 Cumberland River Bridge at Lake City, also known as the Eureka Highway Bridge and the Blue Bridge, at U.S. 62 mile-point 2.852 at the Livingston-Lyon County line.
  • Wednesday,8:30 a.m.: U.S. 45 Ohio River Bridge in McCracken County, also known as the Irvin Cobb Bridge and the Brookport Bridge, at U.S. 45 mile-point 13.429 at the Kentucky-Illinois state line. Traffic will be restricted to one lane with alternating flow controlled by flaggers and an 8ft. maximum load width.
A work zone lane restriction will be in place at each of these locations for about one to two hours. Motorists should slow down and use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and bridge maintenance personnel will be along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

Sutton to retire from PADD

Pennryile Area Development District Executive Director Chris Sutton has announced his retirement effective Jan. 1, 2014. Sutton has been with PADD for almost 25 years.

"This decision, though far from easy, comes at a point when PADD is stronger than ever both financially and programmatically and when we enjoy historically strong staff and board leadership and engagement," Sutton said.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said Sutton has been an asset to the region.

"Chris has been instrumental in many of the economic and infrastructural improvements that have so positively impacted our area and will certainly be missed," Newcom said.

Kenergy plans outage to upgrade service in Crittenden

About 190 Kenergy members who live in the Marion area can expect to lose power beginning about 8 a.m. Friday while the electric cooperative upgrades a power line.

The outage is expected to last about two-and-a-half hours. It will affect members in Crittenden County who live along Lewis Croft Road, Phin Croft Road, Siloem Church Road, Deer Creek Church Road, Highway 723, Highway 838 and Claude Belt Road.

In case of inclement weather, the upgrade will be postponed until Monday beginning about 8 a.m.
For more information about this outage, call Kenergy at (800) 844-4832.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Farmers continue to make progress on crop planting

Helped by a stretch of favorable weather, Kentucky’s farmers continue to make up ground on getting their row crops planted. As of Sunday, 95 percent of the state’s corn crop had emerged, and 79 percent was rated in good or excellent condition, according to a USDA weekly report. Corn has grown to an average of 21 inches, with the most advanced corn averaging 35 inches.

For more, visit The Gleaner online.

Area death

Orbin N. Penn, 74, of Marion, died June 19, 2013, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Area death

Jack Little, 78, of Marion, died Monday at Princeton Health and Rehab. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Area deaths

Mary Etta Feagan, 75, of Fredonia, June 16, 2013, at her home. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is handling arrangements.

Arlene Mae Summers, 76, of Marion, died June 16, 2013, at her home. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

UMWA: Patriot Coal ends settlement talks

The United Mine Workers of America said Wednesday that Patriot Coal Corp. has walked out on negotiations aimed at seeking a settlement regarding planned cuts to health insurance for some 22,500 retired union miners and family members. The UMWA warned of a possible strike at Patriot’s union mines, which includes the Highland Mine near the Union-Henderson county line.

For the full story, visit The Gleaner online.

Area death

Edna Lee Shewcraft Macon, 85, of Owensboro, died June 12, 2013, at the Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson. James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory in Owensboro is handling arrangements.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Area death

Billy Joe Campbell, 77, of Marion, died June 11, 2013, at Crittenden Hospital. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Today's baseball camp canceled

Today's Bobcats camp for youth has been canceled due to rain. All kids that attended this morning or were planning on attending are welcome to come back any day this week to the older children's camp for the same $25 price and the same hours. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Area death

Deon Jones, 70, of Lola, died June 6, 2013, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Joseph E. Damron Jr., 64, of Salem, died June 8, 2013, at his home. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem are handling arrangements.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

BBB warns consumers of FBI computer virus

BBB is warning local consumers of a Highly Intelligent FBI virus known as ASHISH VERMA.
Scammers are posing as the FBI, sending out a virus which locks up a computer and makes false claims. BBB has categorized this as ‘scareware’ because hackers distribute it and try to scare individuals into paying for a crime they never committed.

The message accuses the user of illegally downloading music or movies, or other criminal activity. The message locks up their computer and displays information about potential penalties and/or jail time. With this, the virus convinces owners to pay for the “crimes” as it will allow them to use their computers properly again. Both the threat and the claims are fake and do more harm to the computer.

One local consumer said she was given 72 hours to pay the fine, “or action would be taken.” She was afraid not to pay, but when she did and her computer was finally unlocked the next day, her computer had 38 different viruses, such as Trojans, malware, etc. She is now unable to get on the internet, and has to pay over $100 to have her computer fixed.

Another consumer affected by the scam was asked to pay a $450 fine to unfreeze her computer. She did not fall for the scam, but was told by Norton Protection Support it will cost her $190.00 for them to get rid of the virus.

Both consumers were advised to pay by Green Dot MoneyPak.

The virus looks legitimate, as it even provides a seal that appears identical to the actual FBI badge. However, like other malicious software, it may have different faces and use alert messages that seem believable.

The virus attacks the computer through malicious downloads and software update pop-ups. It can even disable legitimate anti-virus software.

The BBB advices consumers that fall victim to this scam to not to click anything! Turn off the computer, and contact a certified computer specialist.

For more consumer tips, go to

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Welcome to Marion Pit BBQ

Marion Pit BBQ in Marion -- also known locally as Jack's by the Tracks" -- is our newest online partner.

Visit Marion Pit BBQ's online store and buy some sauce for yourself or have it shipped as a gift.

PSC to take public comments in Big Rivers rate case

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will offer opportunities next week for members of the public to provide comments on a request by Big Rivers Electric Corp. to increase rates.

A public meeting will be held on the afternoon of June 13 in Henderson, followed that evening by a video conference linking a public meeting in Owensboro with a site in Paducah.

Both sessions will begin with a presentation by PSC staff on the regulatory processes governing the case and an overview of the Big Rivers proposal.

“These meetings are an opportunity for the public to learn how the PSC reaches a decision in cases such as this,” PSC Chairman David Armstrong said in a news release from the agency. “The meetings also allow the PSC to hear directly from ratepayers in these matters.”

Because Big Rivers provides power to an area extending from Meade County near Louisville to Ballard County on the Mississippi River, conducting simultaneous meetings by video conference is an efficient way to reach the entire service territory, Armstrong said.

Big Rivers is seeking approval to adjust rates to increase adjusted annual revenue by $74.5 million. Of that amount, $63 million is to partly offset the loss of revenue that will occur when the Century Aluminum Co. smelter in Hawesville ceases to be a customer in mid-August. Century Aluminum consumes about 40 percent of the power generated by Big Rivers, and a slightly larger share of total revenue.

The remaining portion of the $74.5 million is needed for Big Rivers to maintain financial stability and meet its debt obligations, the utility says.

In its application, Big Rivers estimates that the rate changes will increase average monthly residential bills by about $24 per month, or about 19 percent. Large industrial customers would see rates go up about 17 percent, the utility says.

The current case does not take into consideration the impending loss of Big Rivers’ second-largest customer, the Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter in Sebree, which has been purchased by Century Aluminum. It uses about one-fourth of the power Big Rivers produces and has announced its intention to close in January.

Big Rivers has file notice of a second request for rate adjustment to account for the loss of the Alcan revenue.

Although Big Rivers and Century have been working toward an agreement that would keep both smelters operational - by purchasing power on the open market rather than from the utility - documents outlining the arrangement have not been filed with the PSC. If an agreement is reached, it will require review and approval by the PSC in a separate proceeding before it can take effect. Its impacts may be considered in connection with the current case.

The public meetings are scheduled for:

June 13, 2013, 1 p.m.
Auditorium, South Middle School
800 South Alves St.

June 13, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Room 107, Advanced Technology Center
Owensboro Community & Technical College
4800 New Hartford Road

June 13, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Crounse Hall Room 228
West Kentucky Community & Technical College
4810 Alben Barkley Drive

For those unable to attend the meetings, the informational presentation will be made available on the PSC website,, on the morning of June 13. A video recording of the meetings also will be available on the website.

The Big Rivers application and related documents are available on the PSC website. The case number is 2012-00535.

In addition to the public meetings, the PSC will conduct a formal evidentiary hearing in the case beginning at 9 a.m. on July 1. The hearing will be held at the PSC offices at 211 Sower Blvd. in Frankfort. It will be open to the public and may be viewed live on the PSC website.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Walk through Fredonia's past on Friday

The Fredonia Valley Heritage Society will be presenting “A Walk Through Fredonia’s Past” on Friday. The second annual presentation will take place at the Fredonia Cemetery where you will take a guided tour through the cemetery and meet a variety of real life characters from Fredonia’s past.

This is rescheduled from April 27 due to it being rained out at the time.

Parking will be available at the parking lot of the First Baptist Church on Cassidy Avenue. There will be no parking at the cemetery. Bus tours will leave the church parking lot every 15 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m. and running through 9 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.

Area death

Gerald "Hoopy" Tabor, 76, of Morganfield and a native of Crittenden County, died June 3, 2013, at Methodist Hospital in Union County.  Whitsell Funeral Home in Morganfield is handling arrangements.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Area death

Nancy Santangelo, 75, of Salem, died June 1, 2013, at Livingston Hospital. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handing arrangements.

Storms hamper travel

Due to heavy rain overnight Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has reports of flash flooding along highways in several counties that has severely hampered travel.

Motorists are urged to slow down and use extreme caution.

Several counties report water over the road In places that have not been flooded before.

McCracken County and Carlisle County highway crews report water is over roadways in so many places they are having difficulty getting signs up.

Due to continuing heavy rain flash flooding is likely to continue through the day.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Carlisle, Ballard, McCracken and Marshall Counties.  Radar indicated 2 to 3 inches of rain has fallen over these counties with another inch or two possible.

Remember, as little as 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet or push a vehicle off the roadway.

Motorists should be alert for flooding in areas of heavy rainfall and us extra caution as heavy rain continues to move through the region.

Medicaid Managed Care forums set for providers

As part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s emphasis on enhanced education efforts related to Medicaid managed care, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has scheduled forums for health care providers in each of the eight Medicaid regions during May and June.

Senior officials from CHFS will attend the session, including Cabinet Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes, Medicaid Commissioner Lawrence Kissner, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson and Behavioral Health Commissioner Stephen Hall, according to a news release from the cabinet.

The forums are designed to allow medical providers to meet face-to-face with representatives of the managed care organizations (MCOs) and the Department of Insurance (DOI) to discuss concerns about proper billing, appeals processes and any specific regional issues, in addition to a general conversation about how to improve the overall system of health care delivery in Kentucky. The first two sessions were held earlier this month in Morehead and Prestonsburg.

“We have enjoyed the conversations we’ve had with the health care community to this point and look forward to traveling to other areas of the state to engage our Medicaid providers,” Haynes said in the news release. “Managed care is the right approach for Kentucky, but we can continue to improve the system to make it work better for everyone involved from providers to patients.”

The sessions follow the same agenda, beginning with a 9-11:30 a.m. local time provider information general session with cabinet officials and concluding with a 1-3:30 p.m. local time session on provider billing with the MCOs in each region. The dates and locations of the remaining forums are:
  • Region 2, June 20: Main Lodge, Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park (20781 Pennyrile Lodge Road., Dawson Springs)
  • Region 1, July 15: Curris Center, Murray State University (102 Curris Center, Murray)
More information on each location, including parking, is available at the Medicaid website at