Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Patriot Coal to 'permanently close' idled mines

To update a story in this week's issue of The Crittenden Press, Patriot Coal Corp. announced today that it will permanently close two Union County mines it idled earlier this week. The closure will put about 670 miners out of work, affecting dozens of Crittenden County families.

Patriot said in a news release Wednesday that it will shutter the Highland Mine near Henderson and the Dodge Hill Mining Complex near Sturgis. The closure was effective today. The announcement comes just three days after Patriot indicated it would be idling the mines effective Monday of this week.

Meantime, Patriot's Heritage preparation plant and barge loading terminal on the Ohio River will continue processing and shipping coal until inventories are depleted.

As part of Patriot's review of strategic options, the company indicates it is selling certain assets in western Kentucky, along with certain coal supply agreements, to affiliates of Alliance Resource Partners L.P. and certain coal reserves also in western Kentucky to a related party of Alliance Resource Partners L.P.

"The company is engaged in separate talks to sell the closed Highland mine and Heritage facilities to other parties and expects to conclude such transactions in the first half of 2015," today's news release stated.

The impending sale could give the out-of-work miners some hope, but it is uncertain what it may mean or exactly how long operations may be down.

For more on the story, see this week's issue of The Press and pick up one next week for any updates on the story.

Recycle a natural Christmas tree by donating it to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife

A natural Christmas tree is a holiday season tradition in many households.

Cherished are the memories made around it and dreaded is the day when it must come down, even if the needles are dropping like confetti on New Year’s Eve revelers.

A Christmas tree’s usefulness doesn’t end when the holidays are over.

They may be recycled for mulch or donated to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to provide more cover for fish – and better opportunities for anglers.

The department is accepting natural Christmas trees free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland and any other decorations at more than 30 drop-off locations across the state through Jan. 15. To find the nearest location, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov. Click on the “Fish” tab and choose “Fishing Home” from the dropdown menu. A link for the Christmas tree recycling program appears on that page.

Fisheries personnel collect the donated trees and bundle them to create fish attractors that will be submerged in lakes across the state. These brush reefs provide new cover for all fish and nursery habitat for young fish. They also attract baitfish and algae, providing food for young fish and other aquatic organisms.

New habitat is placed in lakes year-round by fisheries personnel. The Global Position System (GPS) coordinates of these features are plotted on lake maps available on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website.

Mobile phone store in Marion closes

The AT&T authorized dealer in Marion has shuttered its business as of today.

A sign on the door says the mobile phone store, which has been in business for several years on Sturgis Road, is closed and prompts customers to visit the Princeton AT&T dealer.

Area death

Jackie Brent Lynch, 35, died Dec. 29, 2014, in Albany, Ky., from injuries sustained in an automobile wreck. Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn Louise Brantley, 84, of Marion died Dec. 30, 2014, at Crittenden Health Systems in Marion. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

What's News in Marion this week...

There's a New Judge in Town
2014 is in the rearview mirror and The Crittenden Press printed edition takes a look at the Year in News in
Crittenden County. Don't miss the Top 10 News Stories in this week's printed edition, which will be on newsstands today and in your mail by Friday.

For now, here are some things in this week's newspaper that you might find interesting:
  • Top 10 news stories of 2015
  • No clue when coal mines will reopen.
  • Woman escapes burning home.
  • Flu: Has it got you, too?
  • Big switch for country club.
  • Supreme Court changes local jury's decision.
  • Clark reflects on first semester
  • Underdown: Marion gets first street lights, shopping goes well into the night.
  • Shelley Singleton receivers honor.
  • Livingston teacher-coach Mike Riley gets jersey.
  • Hoops teams 8-1 and 8-2. What a start!
  • Oliver gets Big K in basketball.
  • Community Christmas by the Numbers.

WE WISH YOU ALL A HEALTHY, 
HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Basketball teams back in Holiday action

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The Rocket basketball team remains undefeated after 8 games this season and will play LaRue County (4-5) in the semifinals of the National Guard Holiday Classic at Hodgenville at 5:30pm today.

Rocket sharpshooter Landon Young scored 26 in the opening round of the Christmas tournament, helping CCHS beat Cumberland County and he earned Player of the Game honors. See the Rocket Basketball Blog for details.

Chelsea Oliver and the Lady Rockets (7-2) beat Central Hardin but lost to Russellville yesterday at the FSNB Christmas Classic at Russellville. The girls play Livingston in the consolation bracket final today at 2:30pm.

Oliver scored her career 1,000th point against Central Hardin Monday, which sparked her team's victory. Read more.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Fire claims Dycusburg home

A fire that began before noon this morning destroyed the home of Frances Joyce on Ky. 295 in Dycusburg. According to a neighbor, Faye Stinnett, Joyce escaped the home unharmed with her help. Stinnett said Joyce's son, Danny Joyce, also lived in the home. The cause of the fire is yet unknown, but the home was a total loss.

Caldwell Springs, Crittenden County and Salem volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze.

Area deaths

Erma Dean Perrin, 79, of Enterprise, Ala., formerly of Livingston County, died Dec. 6, 2014, at Enterprise Health and Rehab in Enterprise. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Troy Polk, 79, of Kuttawa died Dec. 27, 2014, at his home following a short illness. Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville is handling arrangements.

Dorothy Yates Brown, 83, of Salem died Dec. 28, 2014, at Salem Springlake Health and Rehabiliation Center. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Jerry Wayne Ritch, 71, of Marion died Dec. 29, 2014, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Joanne Sperry, 76, of Salem died Dec. 29, 2014, at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Area death

Otis C. Tolley Jr., 72, died Dec. 27, 2014, at the home of his son in Fredonia. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Burna man charged after alleged assault

A Livingston County man was arrested Christmas Day and is charged with assault and public intoxication.

State Police arrested Christopher Stanfield, 27, of Burna after a 911 call reporting an assault on a woman in Salem.

The woman was taken to the hospital in Salem and troopers began looking for the alleged assailant. Stanfield was located a short time later and charged with the assault.

Area death

Bobby Lynn Brown, 72, of Marion died Dec. 24, 2014, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Area death

James E. "Bud" Crider, 87, of Marion died Tuesday at Crittenden Health Systems. Services are at 1 p.m., Friday December 26 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will be at Piney Fork Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m., until service time Friday. 

Merry Christmas from Brown's!


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Upcoming holiday closings for public offices

Federal offices
- Closed Dec. 25.
- Closed Jan. 1.

State offices
- Closed Dec. 25-26.
- Closed Jan. 1-2.

Marion City Hall
- Closed Dec. 25-26.
- Closed Jan. 1-2.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive
- Closed Dec. 25-26.
- Closed Jan. 1-2.

Crittenden Circuit Clerk
- Closed Dec. 24-27.
- Closed Jan. 1-3.

Crittenden County Clerk
- Closed Dec. 24-27.
- Closing at noon on Dec. 31 and remain closed Jan. 1-3.

Crittenden County PVA
- Closed Dec. 24-26.
- Closing at noon on Dec. 31 and remain closed Jan. 1-2.

Crittenden County Sheriff's Department
- Closed Dec. 24-27.
- Closed Jan. 1-3.

Crittenden County Public Library
- Closed Dec. 24-27.
- Closed Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

Crittenden County Senior Citizens Center 
- Closed Dec. 24-26.
- Closed Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

UK Cooperative Extension Service
- Closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2.

Post offices
- All area post offices will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Also, many will be altering their hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and the Fridays following the holidays.

No Crittenden Press printed this week

There will be no printed edition of The Crittenden Press this week. The next issue available on newsstands will be the Jan. 1 edition. It will be for sale in news racks on New Year's Eve.

During the holidays, The Crittenden Press office will be closed all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The office will also be closing at 2 p.m. New Year's Eve and all New Year's Day.

Driver’s testing schedule altered

The schedule for driver’s testing for the remainder of the year has been altered because of the holidays, according to Crittenden Circuit Clerk Melissa Guill. There will be no testing on Friday or Jan. 2.

From Post-it Notes to Pop-tarts, it's all made in Kentucky

Everybody knows Kentucky makes bourbon and Thoroughbred horses. And most folks know about the Camrys and houseboats made here, too. But the state's 4,000-plus manufacturers make a lot more than that. And these goods are sold all over the world.

For the full story, visit The Herald Leader online.

Area deaths

James C. Van Pelt Sr., 93, of Norfolk, Va., formerly of Crittenden County, died Dec. 10, 2014. He was a retired U.S. Navy captain. His remains are to be interred at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Luther Nichols, 79, of Providence died Dec. 20, 2014, at Baptist Health Madisonville. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.


Joseph "Joe" Wade Maxfield Sr., 59, died Dec. 21, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.


Sylvia J. Yoder Hershberger, 91, of Marion died Dec. 13, 2014 at her home.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Accident on Ky. 120 sends one to hospital

UPDATE
According to Crittenden County Sheriff Wayne Agent, a woman and at least one child suffered injuries in the wreck.

The driver of the car, a 2001 Lincoln Continental, was Kendra Young, 29, of Madisonville. Her two children, ages 8 and 6, were also in the car.

Agent said Young was taken by Crittenden EMS to Crittenden Health Systems for treatment of serious injuries. The 8-year-old daughter was also said to have suffered a broken bone.


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At least one adult was taken to the emergency room following a rollover automobile accident about 7:30 p.m. on Ky. 120 near the intersection of Blackburn Church Road.

Reports are that two children were also in the vehicle, but neither was seriously hurt.

Crittenden County Rescue Squad, ambulance, sheriff's department and county constables all responded to the single-vehicle crash.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Area deaths

Danney A. Ball, 66, of Chesterton, Ind., formerly of Crittenden County, died Dec. 5, 2014. Moeller Funeral Home in Valparaiso, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Byarly, 56, of Princeton, formerly of Crittenden County, died Dec. 19, 2014, at his home following a short illness. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is handling arrangements.

Season's greetings from FRP Law Office

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Light snow is possible tonight in western Kentucky

Though only a small amount of snow - or maybe none at all - is expected to accumulate tonight in the Western Kentucky region, drivers are warned to use caution while on the roads Saturday morning. Robin Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Paducah, said there is a 30 percent chance of precipitation after 7 tonight and before 7 Saturday morning, which could result in less than an inch of snow accumulation.

For more, visit The Paducah Sun online.

Ky. 855 in Caldwell Springs area closed Tuesday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of Ky. 855 in Crittenden County on Tuesday.

The closure on Ky. 855 at mile-point 1.4 in southern Crittenden County is to allow a cross drain to be replaced. This is along Ky. 855 between Caldwell Springs Road and Main Lake Road.

The roadway at this site is expected to close at 8 a.m. Tuesday. It is expected to reopen to traffic by about 1 p.m.

Motorists who regularly travel this section of Ky. 855 should make advance alternate travel plans.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Area death

Doris Ann Marvel, 77, of Marion died Dec. 16, 2014, at Crittenden Health Systems in Marion. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Merry Christmas from Brown's!

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County Christmas dinner Friday; courthouse closed

Crittenden County Courthouse will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. Friday so that the county may host its annual Christmas dinner. Courthouse offices will reopen to the public after the meal.

The newspaper incorrectly reported that the meal was today.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fall forest fire hazard season ends

KENTUCKY PRESS NEWS SERVICE
The fall forest fire hazard season officially ended Monday, but officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry continue to urge caution when conducting any kind of outdoor burning.

“Kentucky’s forests have weathered serious storms over the past few years and the increase in dead and fallen trees are of particular concern for fire suppression efforts,” Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry, said in a news release. “We were fortunate to receive timely precipitation this fall, which kept the fire dangers low.”

Since Jan. 1 of this year, 1,399 fires have burned 40,251 acres across the state. While arson continues to be the leading cause of wildfires in Kentucky, many regions of the state showed an increase in debris fires.

Forestry officials reported these numbers as causes for this year’s wildfires: 900 arson fires, 305 debris fires and 194 fires due to lightning, faulty equipment and other causes. The increase in debris fires is likely due to the accumulation of dead trees and limbs from storm damage.

The danger of setting fire to debris piles and fence rows is often underestimated and the potential for these fires to spread to the woods is much higher than in years past due to the condition of our woods.

For more information about fire hazard seasons, outdoor burning laws and safe debris burning practices, contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry at (800) 866-0555 or visit the division’s website at http://forestry.ky.gov/.

Citizens should also check with the Kentucky Division for Air Quality, the Kentucky Division of Waste Management and local agencies to ensure that you are obeying all outdoor burning laws.

What's News This Week in Marion!

Here are some newsworthy items in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.
Percy Cook
  • Percy Cook's legacy as a public servant.
  • Nativities and more for the holidays.
  • New digs for dispatching unit.
  • Children's play at Fohs big hit.
  • Debate on alcohol continues.
  • Inmate finds $1,200 cash!
  • Chris Winders leads ARC welders.
  • Landon Young makes news in FFA and on court.
  • Rockets remain undefeated.
  • See why Reid Baker, Cole Foster and Brayden McKinney were honored.
  • Rocket Role Models announced. Is your student there?
  • Letters to Santa! They're adorable.
The Press will be on newsstands this afternoon. It will be the final edition of 2014. There will be no printed edition on Christmas day.

MERRY CHRISTMAS !

Officials: Wild mountain lion population not concerning

In the wake of the shooting of a mountain lion in Bourbon County, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officials believe this to be an isolated incident and said Kentuckians should not be scared there are more mountain lions in the state. KDFW Spokesman Mike Marraccini said there is not a resident population of mountain lions in Kentucky.

Marraccini said Kentucky's mountain lion population became extinct around the late 1700s, and he does not believe there is any concern of a wild population in the area.

"We just went through a deer season," he said. "There are thousands of trail cameras out there hunters are using to scout for deers. If there was a free-range population in Kentucky they would show up on those cameras."

He said it is illegal to own mountain lions in captivity in Kentucky.

For more on the story, visit the Winchester Sun online.

Deadline closes in for changing political party registration

KENTUCKY STANDARD
If you’re a registered voter in Kentucky and you want to change your party affiliation before the 2015 elections, you must do so before the end of this year.

The regular voter registration deadline is April 20, but years ago, the legislature established Dec. 31 of the year prior to the election as the date for voters to decide which party’s primary they want to vote in on the primary day, which next year is May 19.

Voters should complete their registration cards at Crittenden County Clerk Carolyn Byford's office no later than noon on New Year's Eve.

Light wintry mix expected tonight

According to The National Weather Service at Paducah, light snow, sleet and freezing rain are likely in some areas of western Kentucky tonight, including Crittenden County.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews have been out in force pretreating roads for the forecast wintry precipitation.

A weather bulletin from NWS reads, "A weak upper level disturbance will lift northeast into the mid-Mississippi River Valley later tonight. This will likely create light wintry precipitation as it moves over a cold dome of high pressure near the surface. Mainly light snow is expected to occur north of a Marble Hill, Mo., to Vienna, Ill., to Greenville, Ky., line (which includes most of Crittenden County). A light wintry mix and even some light freezing rain will be likely south of that line. Travel should not be impacted, mainly due to the relative warm pavement temperatures and air temperatures nearing the freezing mark. The precipitation will taper off in most locations after sunrise Thursday."

Sturgis man dies in mining accident

A Sturgis coal miner has been killed at an underground mine near Waverly.

According to the Kentucky Division of Mine Safety, the miner was Eli Eldridge, 34. He was apparently struck by a coal-hauling car at Patriot Coal Highland No. 9 around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The Associated Press reports, "Eldridge was hit by a ram car, a long flat motorized car that hauls coal to the feeder."

It was just the second mining fatality in Kentucky in 2014.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Cub, Boy Scout event rescheduled

The Cub Scout and Boy Scout event originally scheduled for 7 p.m. today  at Marion United Methodist Church has been rescheduled for tomorrow night. It will begin at 7 p.m. at the same location.

Area deaths

Douglas L. Glore, 69, of Salem died Dec. 14, 2014, at his home. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Rosemary Dunbar Beverly, 60, of Possum Trot died Dec. 12, 2014, at her home. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Ridin' Shotgun: New Year's Eve Concert

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Encore performance Sunday at Fohs Hall



There will be an encore performance of Angelhead, a Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation production, on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., at Fohs Hall. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. About two dozen local children are cast in the 45-minute play. The play is the story of Angelhead, an ornament who discovers the true meaning of Christmas, overcoming disfigurement by the family cat, rejection and loneliness as she looks for and finds redemption and community. Pictured (from left) during Saturday's opening performance are Arie Kirk, Sara Jones, Haylee Perrin, McKenna Myers (with mustache) and Natalie Boone, as Angelhead.


3 injured in Friday wreck

Kentucky State Police investigated a two-vehicle injury collision that occurred on U.S. 60 approximately 1 mile east of Marion on Friday at 12:25 p.m.  

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Dallas E. Burchard, 20, of Burna, was operating a 1999 Ford Ranger eastbound on U.S. 60.  World F. McGuire, 22, of Morganfield, was operating a 2003 Nissan passenger car westbound on U.S. 60 with Randa Leidecker, 19, of Marion, and Izayah Leidecker, 1, of Marion, as passengers.

 

While attempting to make a lefthand turn, Burchard’s vehicle struck by McGuire’s vehicle. Burchard’s vehicle came to rest upright, in the eastbound lane of the road. McGuire’s vehicle came to final rest upright in the eastbound lane of the road, and caught fire after the accident.  

 

Leidecker, the 1-year-old and Burchard were transported by ambulance to the Crittenden Health Systems for treatment.  McGuire was not injured. Burchard was wearing a seatbelt. Izayah Leidecker was in a childseat. 

 

McGuire was charged with tampering with physical evidence and the investigation is ongoing.

 

Trooper 1st Class Darron Holliman investigated the collision. He was assisted by Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department,  a Crittenden County constable, Crittenden County Fire Department and Crittenden County EMS.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Area death

Martha Watson, 71, of Princeton died Dec. 11, 2014, at Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton from a sudden, apparent heart attack. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is handling arrangements.

Fohs Hall CAF Presents... This Weekend

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Conrad's Sale Begins Today!

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Fall Leaf Collection Schedule



City residents are encouraged to participate in the town-wide leaf collection process. Residents should rake leaves to the curb, but not into the street, as the schedule dictates for their particular area of town. City workers will come by and collect the leaves according to this schedule, which is also printed in The Crittenden Press newspaper. Weather or other factors could prompt changes to this schedule so be aware of it weekly through November and December. CLICK HERE for a higher resolution PDF of the schedule, which can be printed.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Catch Rocket Basketball News Here!

Your Local Basketball Headquarters is Right Here. Follow all of the action in The Crittenden Press and at The Press Online.

Game summaries, photographs, podcasts, statewide scores, basketball history and more are available on the Rocket Basketball Blog. Click here and visit often.

Crittenden County's girls are 4-0 and the boys are 2-0 to start the season. Lyon County comes to Rocket Arena Friday night. Listen to this week's podcast with the coaches:


http://cchsrocketbasketball.blogspot.com/2014/12/pre-game-podcast-lyon-county-up-next.html

Kentucky flu activity upgraded to widespread

KENTUCKY PRESS NEWS SERVICE
Kentucky Department for Public Health officials have reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week that the flu activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.”

Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

"With current widespread flu activity being reported in Kentucky and National Influenza Week still ongoing, now is a good time to protect yourself and your family by putting a flu shot on your holiday to do list," Dr. Stephanie Mayfield, commissioner of DPH, said in a news release. “As the holidays approach, people will be traveling and families will gather together, increasing the potential for exposure to the flu. We are strongly urging anyone who hasn’t received a flu vaccine, particularly those at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with local health departments or other providers.”

National Influenza Vaccination Week began Sunday and will run through Saturday, coinciding with the holiday season to help reduce the spread of illness as Kentuckians gather for shopping, travel and holiday parties and family events.

Flu vaccinations are widely available at local health departments, provider offices, local clinics and pharmacies. Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine.

Public health officials emphasized that it isn’t too late for the vaccine to be effective. The flu season can begin as early as October and last through May. The holiday season is still a good time to get vaccinated against the flu because it takes about two weeks for immunity to develop and offer protection against flu.

However, vaccination can be given any time during the flu season, and this year there is a plentiful vaccine supply.

Give wisely this season, avoid being taken

KENTUCKY PRESS NEWS SERVICE
As Kentucky residents open their pocketbooks and wallets for those in need of a helping hand this holiday season, state Attorney General Jack Conway wants to make sure your charitable donations do not end up in the hands of scam artists.

“Much like storms and natural disasters, the season of giving brings out the best and worst in people,” Conway said in a statement. “Scam artists and dishonest or fraudulent charities not only take advantage of the kindness of others, they deprive reputable charitable organizations of crucial resources needed to help provide clothes for a child or food for a struggling family. If you plan to give to a charitable organization over the holidays, gather as much information as possible to make sure the charity is not a scam and that your donation reaches someone in need.”

The Office of Consumer Protection reminds Kentuckians it's a good idea to keep the following tips in mind if you choose to make a charitable donation this holiday season:

  • Donate to charities you know and trust. When possible, take the time to verify the address, phone number, and additional contact information. Consider a charity's history, purpose, track record, and reputation.
  • If you are contributing over the Internet, make sure that the website you are visiting belongs to a legitimate, established, and registered charity, and that the website and the charity match. Also, make sure the site is secure and will offer protection for your credit-card information.
  • Be cautious of sound-alike charities and solicitors unable to answer questions.
  • Where possible, make donations by check or credit card rather than cash.
  • Beware of unsolicited email requests that appear to come from a legitimate charity. These requests may actually be phishing scams designed to gain access to passwords, credit-card data and personal information.
  • Don’t be pressured into making a donation.
  • Ask for identification and written information when you’re approached in person.

Conway said Kentuckians can utilize his office’s charitable giving database to research a charity before making a donation. The database at ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection/charity lists which charities have registered with the Office of the Attorney General.

Consumers also have the ability to find out what percentage of their charitable donation actually goes to the charity and what percentage goes to a paid solicitor. Websites such as CharityNavigator.com and the Better Business Bureau’s Give.org can also provide individuals with information about a large number of charitable organizations.

Persons who fear they have been the victim of a consumer scam can get help by contacting the Office of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at (888) 432-9257 or by visiting ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection.

Attorney General Conway warns of solicitation targeting recent homebuyers

Attorney General Jack Conway, the Kentucky Real Estate Commission, and the Kentucky County Clerks Association are joining together to warn recent Kentucky homebuyers to be vigilant of official-looking mailings being sent by “Record Transfer Services” that attempt to sell homebuyers copies of their property deeds for an excessive fee.

“These direct-mail solicitations ask homebuyers to pay an $83 document fee to obtain copies of their current deeds,” Attorney General Conway said.  “These mailings are confusing and misleading, and I want consumers to know that the service isn’t necessary.  You do not need to pay exorbitant fees for a copy of your deed.  Property deeds and other public records are readily available at your county clerk’s office for a nominal fee.  It’s important for recent homebuyers to be aware of these mailings so that they can quickly identify and disregard them.”

The mailing, which is titled as a “Recorded Deed Notice,” attempts to look official.  The envelope includes the labels “Open Immediately” and “WARNING: $2,000 fine, 5 years imprisonment, or both for any person interfering with or obstructing with the delivery of this letter.”

Inside the envelope, the mailing contains a number of accurate details regarding the recent home purchase, including the sale price of the home, recording date, construction date, and the square footage of the home.  The mailing could also be easily confused as a bill.  It includes a respond-by date and a detachable insert to return with a check.

In addition to Kentucky, Record Transfer Services has mailed these solicitations to homeowners in several other states.  The return address for Record Transfer Services is listed as 3835 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 78, Westlake Village, CA 91362.

Anyone who receives the Record Transfer Services mailing or any direct-mail solicitation that they believe to be deceptive or fraudulent may alert Attorney General Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection at (888) 432-9257.

A copy of the mailer is available here: ag.ky.gov/pdf_news/RTCmailer.pdf.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Area deaths

William Eugene Threlkeld, 83, of Salem died Dec. 10, 2014, at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem.

Robert Brown, 78, of Benton died Dec. 10, 2014, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

What's News in Marion This Week...

It's early, but celebrations on the hardwood have begun!
There's big stuff going on in our rural community and the only truly trusted place to find out what's happening is The Press. Since the 1800s, we've been here to bring you the News!

Don't miss this week's issue which includes these and other interesting and colorful stories:
  • Coal miners worry about keeping the lights on.
  • New twist in family court judge election.
  • Community Christmas still in need.
  • Hooten joins war as a sophomore.
  • Four and Ohhh! It's a great start for the girls' basketball team.
  • Landon Young had a huge night in a big win for the Rocket boys.
  • Collins, Wall, Tinsley, Fox among students recognized.
  • Blue Knights rolling on Chess boards.
  • Salem student Outstanding at Murray State.
  • Underdown: Illegal still found in county.
This week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press will be on newsstands this afternoon.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Area death

Roberta Gilland May, 84, of Chicago, formerly of Lola, died Dec. 8, 2014, at Franciscan St. Margaret’s Health in Dyer, Ind. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Whooping cranes spotted in area

Wildlife biologists have confirmed the presence of five federally protected whooping cranes in Hopkins County and sixth in Barren County.  In addition to these confirmed reports, whooping cranes have been seen in more than a dozen counties across Kentucky in the last two weeks.

Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources caution hunters to be vigilant for the possibility of whooping cranes being present in areas being hunted.

The whooping crane is a federally endangered bird that may not be hunted. The Eastern Population of whooping cranes migrates between Wisconsin and Florida with their main migration corridor taking them through west-central Kentucky. There are approximately 100 whooping cranes in this population.

Whooping cranes are solid white with black wingtips. They have a red crown. Adults may have a wingspan of 7 ½ feet and stand up to 5 feet tall on stilted legs. Juvenile birds are similar to the adults, but will have patches of brown or tan mixed in with the white. Both adult and juvenile whooping cranes are currently present in Kentucky.

Whooping cranes are similar in silhouette to sandhill cranes. However, sandhill cranes have gray bodies and are smaller than whooping cranes. Whooping cranes may associate with sandhill cranes so caution must be used while hunting sandhill cranes. Kentucky's sandhill crane hunting season begins Dec. 13 and continues through Jan. 11, or until 400 sandhill cranes have been taken.

Hunters should be aware of other large-bodied birds which may appear similar to whooping cranes.

Large flocks of snow geese may be present in western areas of Kentucky and small groups may be present statewide. Snow geese are white-bodied birds with black wingtips. They do not have stilted legs.

 Tundra swans and trumpeter swans have also been reported across Kentucky. Swans are large, solid white birds with wingspans approaching 7 feet. They do not have stilted legs. Swans may not be hunted in Kentucky.
Hunters should always be sure of their target before firing a gun, regardless of the species being hunted.

More park vandalism; information sought

Police are investigating vandalism at Marion-Crittenden County Park again this morning. It's the third serious case of damage to public property in the last few weeks.

This time, someone in a compact truck left ruts on the soccer field. Police think the culprit might have also been responsible for similar damage to nearby lawns.

It happened Friday night. Damage to the field could reach into the thousands of dollars. The soccer field was sodded in recent years at great public expense.

Anyone with information may call (270) 965-3500 to report what they know.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Eagle Watch Weekends available at Kentucky state parks

A Kentucky State Park tradition – Eagle Watch Weekends – will be offered once again in January and February 2015.



The park system will sponsor the wildlife-watching opportunity as bald eagles gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food. The park tours allow guests to observe and learn about these birds of prey.



For four decades, the Kentucky State Parks have offered Eagle Watch Weekends, a chance to view the eagles from land and water and learn about the national symbol and other wildlife, a park's system news release said.



The tours take place at three state resort parks during weekends in January and February, on an excursion yacht and by van. They are led by state park naturalists and Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources biologists.



New this year is a field trip cruise for students on Jan. 30 for $15 a person. Also new is a luncheon cruise on Jan. 31 for $65 a person. For reservations for the school and lunch cruises, which will leave from Kenlake State Resort Park, contact Lisa Deavers at (502) 564-8110, ext. 246, or email lisa.deavers@ky.gov.



Ticket prices for the weekend tours range from $25 to $50 a person. Most tours last from three to 3½ hours. The weekend tours include evening programs on Friday and Saturday.



The parks, phone numbers and dates for the 2015 Eagle Watch Weekends are:



  • Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, (800) 325-0146: Jan. 9-11. Yacht tours and van tours to the Ballard Wildlife Management Area.

  • Lake Barkley State Resort Park, (800) 325-1708: Jan. 23-25. Yacht tours and van tours to the Land Between the Lakes.

  • Kenlake State Resort Park, (800) 325-0143: Feb. 6-8. Yacht tours only.




Guests should bring warm clothes, rain gear and binoculars. These trips can take place under extreme weather conditions. The resorts offer lodges, cottages and restaurants. Registration is required for the Eagle Watch Weekends. Call the parks for registration, details and fee information or visit: www.parks.ky.gov

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The Eagle Watch Weekends at Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley and Kenlake will include an option to view eagles from the CQ Princess, a 96-foot yacht. Guests can view eagles from inside the CQ Princess or from outside decks.



Any group or organization interested in a special cruise on the CQ Princess should call Tammy Nanney at Kenlake State Resort Park at (800) 325-0143.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Highland, Dodge Hill mine layoffs looming

Patriot Coal Corporation today issued WARN Act notices to all employees at the Highland mining complex located near Henderson and the Dodge Hill mining complex located near Sturgis.  Together, the Highland and Dodge Hill complexes employ approximately 670 people and produced 3.9 million tons of thermal coal in 2013.

Low natural gas prices, together with EPA regulations designed to curtail low-cost coal-fueled energy, continue to drive down thermal coal prices, resulting in operating losses at many mines across the United States.  Management is evaluating various strategic options for Highland and Dodge Hill that may result in substantial workforce reductions within the next 60 days. 

Pier bases of the old Ledbetter Bridge gone

The pier bases of the old Ledbetter Bridge are gone. They went out with a mighty blast shortly after 2 p.m. today. About all that is left is cleanup work.

The contractor checked to assure there were no large pieces of concrete remaining on the river floor that might interfere with river navigation.  Starting Monday, the demolition crew will use a crane and clamshell bucket to pluck remaining chunks of concrete from the bottom of the Tennessee River.

Specialists spent much of the day packing the pier bases with explosives to prepare for the blast.  Just before 2 p.m., a series of horn signals from a tow boat provided a five-minute warning that the blast was about to take place. A few minutes later, another series of horn alerts indicated one minute to go, followed by a ten second countdown.

The base of Pier C nearest the Livingston County shoreline ignited first.  Just as the roar of the blast started to resound across the river the base of Pier B nearest the McCracken County shoreline went up in a shower of pulverized concrete and water.

The piers had been standing in the Tennessee River since the bridge was constructed and opened to traffic in 1931.

The aging bridge had been out of service since traffic was moved to the New US 60 Tennessee River Bridge just upstream at the end of July 2013.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd noted that it is something of a relief to have the new bridge constructed and the old bridge in the final stages of demolition without getting any workers killed or seriously injured.

“I’m sure the demolition crew is relieved to be in the final stages of this demolition process. The remaining work is mostly a cleanup operation,” Todd said.

In addition to sweeping the river floor for concrete, there is some additional cleanup work required along the approach to the old bridge on the Livingston County side of the river.

The contractor is expecting help from good weather next week to help finish out removal of the 83 year old bridge.

Flags directed to half-staff in remembrance of Pearl Harbor

U.S. NAVY PHOTO
The USS Arizona burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Sunday in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
This is in memory of and to honor the 2,400 Americans who died in the surprise attack on the U.S. Fleet’s Pearl Harbor base in the early-morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Dec. 7, 1941, “a day which will live in infamy” and signed the Declaration of War against Japan the following day, Dec. 8, 73 years ago.

Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.

Area deaths

Richard E. Rozwalka Sr., 72, died Friday at his residence in Marion. Myers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alfred C. "Al" Winters, 92, of Crayne died Friday at Crittenden Health Systems. He was U.S. veteran of World War II. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elves at Farmers Bank Saturday

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Work on Ky. 453 to restrict traffic

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on the four-lane section of Ky. 453/Dover Road in Livingston County starting Monday.

The four-Lane section of Ky. 453 will be restricted to one lane at mile-point 2.808 north of Grand Rivers to allow deck patching on the overpass that crosses U.S. 62.

Northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane in this work zone on Monday and Tuesday. Southbound Traffic will be restricted to one lane on Wednesday and Thursday.

Due to time required for concrete patching material to cure, the work zone will remain up overnight at this location.

Motorists traveling Ky. 453 should be alert for slowing and merging traffic as they approach the U.S. 62 interchange. Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers and bridge maintenance personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

This maintenance project is scheduled on a weather permitting basis.

Rockets open season tonight at Trigg

Crittenden County's basketball team opens its season tonight at Trigg County. It will be a rematch of last year's Fifth District championship game.

The Lady Rockets will also be in action tonight at Cadiz. The girls have already played twice this season and won both of those games.

See team photos, action shots and other fun stuff on The Crittenden Press Photo Page: click here.

Community Christmas Fundraiser Tomorrow


Marion Leaf Collection Schedule



City residents are encouraged to participate in the town-wide leaf collection process. Residents should rake leaves to the curb, but not into the street, as the schedule dictates for their particular area of town. City workers will come by and collect the leaves according to this schedule, which is also printed in The Crittenden Press newspaper. Weather or other factors could prompt changes to this schedule so be aware of it weekly through November and December. CLICK HERE for a higher resolution PDF of the schedule, which can be printed.

Hay For Sale: Varieties Available

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wreck blocking traffic on U.S. 641 at Mott City

A wreck is blocking traffic on U.S. 641 near Mott City. It appears both lanes of traffic have been blocked off by the two-vehicle collision.

NBC’s Todd to give Murray State Presidential Lecture

MURRAY LEDGER & TIMES
Chuck Todd, NBC News’ political director and the moderator and managing editor of "Meet the Press," will be the speaker for Murray State University’s 2015 Presidential Lecture Series. The event is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium on campus.

Admission to the lecture is free and is open to Murray State students, faculty and staff, and the general public. The auditorium is located at the corner of 15th Street and Olive Boulevard.

BBB warns online shoppers to beware of phishing scams using retailers’ names

The Better Business Bureau is warning online holiday shoppers to watch out for phishing scams that are hitting area email boxes disguised as emails from popular retailers. The links contained in the emails have the potential to cause viruses to be installed on the user’s computer.

BBB has received several calls this week from Kentucky residents who report getting the bogus emails using the Costco name. Online technology news sources also report other stores’ names being used in the emails, like Home Depot, Walmart and Target.

“With Cyber Monday just past, and many people ordering holiday gifts from Internet sites, it would be easy for someone to believe that an email appearing to be from a retailer is the real deal,” Jack Frank, BBB president and CEO said. “The con artists know this and are taking advantage of that by trying to either steal information, or installing a virus on their computer.”

BBB advises consumers who receive a suspicious email that appears to be from a legitimate retailer to place their cursor over the link in the email, without clicking on it. A box will appear showing the true source of the link. Consumers that have reported the scam to the BBB stated that when they click on the link, it takes them to a completely different website.

Woman injured in U.S. 641 wreck


Kentucky State Police investigated a single-vehicle, injury collision that occurred today on U.S. 641 at Weldon Road, about 2 miles south of Marion. The accident occurred just before noon on a rain-slicked roadway.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Gloria Tidwell, 62, of Marion was operating a 2001 Ford pickup northbound on U.S. 641 when she lost control on the wet road. The vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and struck a concrete culvert. It came to rest upright, off the road.

Tidwell, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported via ambulance to the Crittenden Health Systems for treatment. There were no passengers involved.

Trooper First Class Darron Holliman investigated the collision. A Crittenden County constable and Crittenden County EMS assisted at the scene.

Christmas Parade is Saturday

The annual Christmas Parade in downtown Marion starts at 1 p.m., Saturday.

Lineup for entries is at noon. There are 82 entries in this year's parade.

Santa will be in town, too. See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for details.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Old Ledbetter Bridge demolition continues

The demolition contractor on the old Ledbetter Bridge has successfully topped Pier C nearest the Livingston County shoreline of the Tennessee River. The 83-year-old pier proved to be more resilient than expected.

The demolition crew tried to pull the pier over early this morning. That effort was unsuccessful. The crew then spent the rest of the day chipping additional concrete off the base of the pier just above the water line. At about 3 p.m., the crew hooked onto cables attached to the pier and started pulling again. The top of the pier came over with a resounding splash at 3:19 p.m.

While the extra work required to top the pier cut into the demolition timetable, engineers are confident they can still drill the pier base and have it prepared for explosives by sometime on Friday. With several hours needed to load explosives into both piers, a detonation would be expected late Friday afternoon, weather permitting.

Once the crew has drilled Pier C on Thursday and Friday morning, they’ll be able to establish a more accurate blasting schedule for the pier bases.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 Spokesman Keith Todd says extra time required to top Pier C is a good indicator of craftsmanship and engineering that went into the old bridge when it was constructed in 1931.

While there could be some weather issues on Friday, the demolition crew is optimistic they can be ready for a detonation. The crew will then use a crane to pluck concrete chunks of the remaining piers from the river bottom.

Area deaths

Paul Fraliex, 79, of Burna died Dec. 3, 2014, at his home. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

James Michael Reynolds, 37, of Mayfield died Dec. 2, 2014, at his home. Dunn’s Funeral Home in Eddyville is in charge of arrangements.

US 60 closed in Livingston County

UPDATEBoth lanes of the road were opened as of 1:25 p.m.

UPDATE: One lane is now open and traffic is moving slowly through the crash site. Crews will be there most of the day making repairs to the power lines so slow=moving traffic can be expected.

U.S. 60 is closed in Livingston County at the Birdsville 'Y' where Ky. 137 intersects the highway.

The crashed knocked down a power pole and lines are across the highway.

Kentucky transportation officials say a vehicle crash has occurred there and it could be several hours before the highway is re-opened.

What's News this Week in Marion?



We're answering these and many other questions in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press, which will be on newsstands this afternoon.

Find The Press at Conrad's, Food Giant, Five Star, Glenn's Apothecary, Rocket Fuels, Liberty Fuels, KB Pharmacy, Salem Pharmacy, Salem Foods, Newton's Grocery, Tambco, Fredonia Foods, Salem Pit Stop and at The Press Office where our news rack is open 24/7.
  • What time is Lunch with Santa on Saturday?
  • When's the Christmas Parade?
  • Where is the county's longest road?
  • Is Rocket Arena's name for sale?
  • Why are all the gas lines being replaced in town?
  • What's the name of the new 4-H agent?
  • What national honor did Mauri Collins receive?
  • Who solved the bottle mystery?
  • Which local group named Elizabeth Floyd and Wendy Lucas to its board of directors?
  • County Attorney Rebecca Johnson's office is among the top 10 in what category?
  • Underdown: Where was the Marion Opera House?
  • What's the Lady Rockets basketball record after 2 games?

Monday, December 1, 2014

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Area deaths

Frankie Estelle Cook, 93, of Marion died Nov. 29, 2014, at Crittenden Health Systems in Marion. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Nina Mae Fritts of Marion died Dec. 1, 2014. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra "Sandy" Frederick Duncan, 46, of Fredonia died Nov. 29, 2014, at home. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy M. Grimes Henry, 80, of Dycusburg died Nov. 30, 2014, at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.


Robert Roy Driver, 78, of Marion died Nov. 29, 2014, at Crittenden Health Systems in Marion. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Area death

Belva Ann Carter Newcom, 63, of Elizabethtown, Ky., died Nov. 28, 2014, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Today! It starts at Conrad's!

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Area deaths

Paul Ray Holloman Jr., 56, of Kuttawa died Nov. 27, 2014, at his home. Gilbert Funeral in Marion is handling arrangements.

Edward Bruce "Eddie" Wheeler Jr., 66, of Marion died Nov. 27, 2014, at Crittenden County Health and Rehab in Marion. Gilbert Funeral in Marion is handling arrangements.

Etta Louise McConnell, 86, of Marion died Nov. 26, 2014k at Crittenden County Health and Rehab in Marion. Gilbert Funeral in Marion is handling arrangements.

Old Ledbetter Bridge demolition continues Monday

The demolition contractor on the old Ledbetter Bridge has halted efforts to top Pier C until Monday.

The in-water pier closest to the McCracken County shoreline of the Tennessee River was pulled over Tuesday. The demolition crew moved to rig the pier nearest the Livingston County shoreline with the hope of topping it Wednesday. However, the pier turned out to be more resilient than expected.

The contractor used an industrial-strength jackhammer mounted on an excavator in attempt to weaken the pier above the water line so it could be pulled over into a trench outside of the navigation channel.

The demolition crew made several unsuccessful attempts to pull over the 83 year old pier, today. As dark approached, engineers chose to halt the demolition work and wait to resume efforts Monday, following the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Once Pier C is topped, the contractor has tentative plans to use explosives to detonate the remaining portion of the two in-water piers around Dec. 4.

Holiday traffic enforcement continues

Just because Thanksgiving has passed doesn't mean police will be relaxing their highway patrols.

Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday of the year for motorists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This includes the enetire four-day holiday driving period when heavy traffic, weather and long-distance road trips combine to create severe travel conditions. Often, family celebrations include alcohol, which later evolves into impaired driving. Add that to heavy holiday traffic and you have a recipe for disaster.

Last year, 10 fatal vehicle crashes across Kentucky claimed the lives of 11 people during the Thanksgiving travel period. One fatal crash involved alcohol and four fatalities resulted from not wearing a seat belt.

“The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is traditionally one of the most traveled weekends of the year," says Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "To ensure we all make it to our destinations safely, troopers will be on Kentucky roadways looking for unsafe driving practices including seat belt and impaired driving violations.”

"It's the simple, common sense things that can make a crucial difference such as wearing a seat belt, reducing your speed and avoiding driving after consuming alcohol or drugs," notes Brewer.

KSP will participate in the official 2014 Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period that extends through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Citywide Leaf Collection Schedule


City residents are encouraged to participate in the town-wide leaf collection process. Residents should rake leaves to the curb, but not into the street, as the schedule dictates for their particular area of town. City workers will come by and collect the leaves according to this schedule, which is also printed in The Crittenden Press newspaper. Weather or other factors could prompt changes to this schedule so be aware of it weekly through November and December. CLICK HERE for a higher resolution PDF of the schedule, which can be printed.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

The ownership and staff of The Crittenden Press would like to wish you and yours a very happy and safe Thanksgiving 2014 holiday.


Thanksgiving
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ky. highway crews monitoring chance of wintry precipitation overnight

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Snow and Ice Team is monitoring weather developments across the region this evening.

While there is some chance of flurries and possible light snow accumulation, mainly along Ohio River border counties, ambient air temps are expected to remain mostly above freezing. Additionally, roadway surface temperatures should be sufficient to melt the snow as it falls.

As a precaution, District 2 has treated some bridges in the northern portion of the district in areas most likely to get winter precipitation tonight.

Otherwise, management personnel will be monitoring road conditions and calling in crews, if required.

Motorists are advised to carefully monitor local road conditions and adjust driving speeds accordingly.

Fire destroys home in Salem

Firefighters help battle a house fire this afternoon in Salem.
A house fire on Mill Street in Salem appears to have heavily damaged a home and a nearby camper trailer early Wednesday afternoon. No one was home at the time the and no injuries have been reported, although a propane tank believed to be from the trailer exploded near firefighters. The fire was reported around noon. At present, firefighters are still on the scene and no cause has been determined.

Area death

Edward Gerald Floyd, 76, of Marion died Nov. 25, 2014, at Crittenden County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Marion. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

What's News in Marion...

Your holiday newspaper will arrive a day late in the mail this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Local subscribers will get the paper on Friday instead of Thursday. However, The Press printed edition will be on newsstands at the normal time today, available on racks this afternoon.

Here is a sampling of what's happening in the News this Week in Marion:
  • Recount is over in Rogers' judge race, but there's still room for an appeal
  • Wheeler fondly recalls adoptive life
  • Farming was soldier's mission in Greatest Generation
  • Ongoing Series: Threlkeld story ends sadly in Germany
  • Community Christmas Food Drive kicks off
  • Binkley presides over state meetings
  • Big Names: Excellence recognized at CCES
  • CCHS Basketball Preview Section
  • Deer season winds down
  • Junior Pros and soccer team dole out awards
Single copies of the newspaper are available at various groceries, drug stores and convenience stores around Marion and in Fredonia and Salem. You can also buy the newspaper at The Press office on East Bellville Street.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !


Johnson's Black Friday Sale


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PVA office closing early Wednesday

Crittenden County Property Valuation Administrator Ronnie Heady's office will be closing at noon Wednesday in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The office will re-open on Dec. 1.

Area death

Lee Corley, 44, of Marion died Nov. 20, 2014, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville was in charge of arrangements.


Dennis “Denny” James Maddox, 65, of Marion died Nov. 25, 2014. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Recount continues today in Webster

The three-day, three-county recount of votes in the family court judge's race between Brandi Hagan Rogers and Ben Leonard continues today in Webster County. Vote recounting yesterday in Crittenden netted no changes from the election night totals.

Rogers, a Marion attorney, won the election Nov. 4 by 50 votes. Leonard filed for a recount.

The recount will go to Union County tomorrow.

See this week's Crittenden Press printed edition for details and stay connected here for Wednesday's final word.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Alternate plan approved for demolition of old Ledbetter Bridge piers

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) has gained approval for an alternate demolition plan for the remaining in-water piers at the Old Ledbetter Bridge site.

The contractor plans to excavate the river bottom outside the navigation channel and knock over the top half of the piers so they will fall into the excavated areas, according to KyTC District 1 Chief Engineer Mike McGregor.

“The natural silting process along the river bottom will then cover the piers, leaving them below the river bottom,” McGregor said.

When the last truss section over the Tennessee River main navigation channel was detonated Oct. 1, the blast rocked over the piers that held it up. The contractor had planned to drill the piers, place explosives and bring them down with a controlled detonation. However, cracks left in the piers raised safety questions about the drilling process.

“We believe this new plan will provide appropriate safety for workers and accomplish our goal of removing the piers from the waterway,” McGregor said.

In a letter outlining the alternate plan, Mark Hutchins with C.J. Mahan Construction Company indicated excavations could be completed this week with plans to pull over one of the piers today, followed by the second pier on Tuesday. Wednesday is a backup date in case of an unexpected delay.

“With all of this work being in the back channels we will not impede navigation traffic,” Hutchins said. “Drilling of the lower sections will start after the Thanksgiving holiday.”

Hutchins noted that once the top of each pier is removed, a date will be set for using explosives to remove the bottom half.

KyTC engineers and the company worked closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies with jurisdiction over the project to gain approval for the alternate plan.

Meanwhile, the contractor has continued conventional demolition of the approach spans along the Livingston County end of the old Ledbetter Bridge and on the McCracken County shoreline.  All steel is down and the contractor is digging and pulling over the land-based piers.

The old Ledbetter Bridge went into service in 1931. In January 2012, it had to be restricted to a 3-ton load limit. Completion of the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter was expedited and traffic flow moved to the new structure July 31, 2013. The old bridge was damaged by land slippage along the western shoreline of the Tennessee River in April prompting the demolition process to be expedited.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday


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Ferry reopens after wind dies down

UPDATE: The ferry has reopened as of 5:30 p.m.


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The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is closed due to high winds on the Ohio River.


The wind is blowing about 18 miles per hour at this time.  The forecast indicates winds will continue to gust from 19 to 25 miles per hour through much of the day.