Monday, June 30, 2014

ATV accident claims life of teen

Crittenden County Sheriff Wayne Agent reports Gabrial "Gabby" Schanz, 14, of Crittenden County was killed in the Monday afternoon ATV accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Gabriel Buchanan, 18, of Decatur, Ill., was flown from the scene to St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville with critical injuries.

Emergency responders have been called to the scene of an ATV accident on Long Branch Road in the northern part of the county.

Early reports are that two people were injured and an air ambulance had been called to the scene.

Day care center job opening

Immediate opening for Teachers Associate at Tiny Tot Child Care Center.Must be dependable, responsible, energetic and flexible.  During training will work 25 to 30 hours a week. Would prefer applicants with child care experience.
Apply in person at Tiny Tot Child Care Center Highway 60 West.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Veterans benefits available

Veterans in Crittenden County looking for benefits information can contact Renita Duff with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at (270) 322-9087.

Floyd joins Legacy healthcare group

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Heavy summer time rains

Heavy rains in the late afternoon have become a pattern this week.

Several games at the ballpark have been rained out and many other outdoors activities such as hay cutting and baling have stalled in parts of the county where rains have been falling.

Here, a creek that crosses Adams Street on the north side of town was flooding the street Thursday just before 6 p.m. The photo was taken by a passing motorist.

Citizens speak against closing parkway connector

Marshall County residents made their voices heard Thursday night at a public information meeting regarding the Interstate 24/Purchase Parkway interchange upgrades for Interstate 69. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers, design staff and consultants spoke with approximately 300 attendees at the Calvert City Civic Center, stating that they would "go back to the drawing board" in an attempt to save the parkway spur, which serves as a local connector between the Julian Carroll Purchase Parkway and U.S. 62 in Calvert City.

For the complete story, visit The Paducah Sun online.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CCHS SBDM to hold two meetings next week

Crittenden County High School SBDM will have two special-called meetings. The first meeting will be held at 1 p.m. July 2 for the purpose of developing assistant principal interview questions. The other meeting will at 8:30 a.m. July 3 for the purpose of assistant principal interviews. Both meetings will be held in the high school office.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Comments open on transportation plan

People in counties throughout Kentucky have until Friday to look through a draft of Kentucky’s Long Range Statewide Transportation Plan and submit comments on that plan through a survey to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The 20-year plan sets out the vision and goals for the Kentucky transportation network into the year 2035.

For the full story, visit The Bowling Green Daily News online.

Eddyville still on schedule

The 8u Recreational Baseball Tournament at Eddyville is on schedule for tonight (Tuesday) as of 4:20pm

Ball tournaments off tonight

All of the recreational league softball and baseball tournaments at Marion-Crittenden County Park are cancelled tonight due to wet fields.

Lightning strikes tree in Marion

Detra Campbell of Moore Street captured this photograph of a tree that was struck by lightning about 6:30 p.m., Monday.

The tree smoldered at first, she said, then broke into full flame.

The fire department was dispatched to put out the burning tree. She said it rekindled a bit during the night, and she kept a close eye on it.

The tree is located in an open area behind the nursing home.

"It just goes to show how dangerous these little pop up storms can be," she said.

Area deaths

Wallace W. Arflack, 96, of Marion died June 21, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Sidney Marshall Heady, 76, of Blackford died June 23, 2014, at Baptist Health Madisonville. Vanover Funeral Home in Clay is in charge of arrangements.

Marvin Vaughn, 63, of Clay, formerly of Sullivan, died June 24, 2014, at Baptist Health Madisonville. Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis is handling arrangements.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Crash reroutes traffic near Mott City

A tractor-trailer accident just south of Mott City on US 641 has caused a traffic backup. Some vehicles are rerouting around Mott City.

The driver did not appear seriously injured. The rig was loaded with what appeared to be finished goods from the Siemens plant in Marion.

Conway warns Kentuckians of IRS phone scam

Attorney General Jack Conway is warning Kentuckians to protect themselves from fraud and be vigilant of phone scams claiming to be associated with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Recently, Attorney General Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection has received calls from consumers who report that they have been contacted by scammers identifying themselves as IRS representatives or “officers.”  The scammers are reportedly telling victims they owe money to the IRS.  The scammers are also leaving voice messages stating that the victim must take care of a “time-sensitive matter” and return the call, or the IRS will take legal action against the victim.  To date, the calls have originated from 415 and 202 area codes.

“If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a representative from the IRS who is threatening to take legal action against you, that is a strong indicator that it’s not really the IRS,” Attorney General Conway said.  “Additionally, when the IRS first contacts a taxpayer, they do so via postal mail, not by phone.”

Oftentimes, scammers participating in this type of scheme use common names and fake IRS badges numbers. They may also demand payment via a prepaid debit card or wire transfer; however, the IRS doesn’t ask for either of these payment methods, nor will they ask for credit card numbers.  Consumers are also encouraged to be vigilant of fake emails that look like legitimate IRS correspondence.

Additionally, General Conway and his Office of Consumer Protection recommend the following tips for consumers:
Don’t provide any account or other personal information.  Hang up the phone.
Never wire money to a person you don’t know.  Once you wire money, particularly to a destination out of state or out of county, it is very difficult or impossible to recover the funds.

If you owe - or think you owe - federal taxes, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040.  IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.

Forward emails from the IRS to

Victims and consumers wishing to report phone scams can contact the Office of Consumer Protection at (888) 432-9257 or visit  Consumers can also report scams to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at (877) 382-4357 or

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Area death

Patricia Crawford, 66, of Salem died Sunday afternoon at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Part of Old Ledbetter Bridge on ground


After an initial check of the fallen approach spans on the Old Ledbetter Bridge, inspectors found one of the approach spans is still elevated. The section attached to the main truss is suspended above the ground supported by one land-based pier that is standing but severely leaning.

Due to the inability to fully evaluate the two fallen sections of the approach in the darkness, inspectors plan to await the aid of daylight when they will be able to make a better assessment.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel continue to urge the public to avoid areas around the bridge due to continued instability and land slippage along the bluff.

Area law enforcement agencies have secured the site until assessment efforts can continue after sunrise.

We hope to have an update around 1 p.m. Sunday.

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The west approach spans of the Old Ledbetter Bridge near Paducah are on the ground. Kentucky State Police contacted Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Engineers to indicate they had received word that the two land-based piers at the west end of the structure and the three approach spans they supported on the McCracken County side of the Tennessee River had dropped to the ground around 2:10 a.m. Sunday.

Sensors placed on the bridge indicated the approaches dropped at 2:07 a.m.

The approach spans had significant movement during the early morning hours Friday and had continued to move a few inches a couple of times a day since then.

After the approach spans slid to the ground this morning, transportation officials immediately contacted the US Coast Guard to alert tow boats in the area. The Coast Guard had already advised boats to avoid stopping in the river near the bridge and bluff.

At this time Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 Engineers and inspectors are running an initial safety check on the main truss over the Tennessee River navigation channel to assure that it was not damaged by the approach collapse.

After daylight they plan to conduct a full inspection of the main truss spans.  A full inspection of the truss spans Sunday morning would be expected to take about four to six hours to complete.

The 83-year-old structure has been closed since the end of July 2013 when U.S. 60 highway traffic was moved to the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge upstream.

Late this week a contractor had started marshaling equipment at the site to prepare for demolition of the old bridge over the next six months. A small crane and track hoe were on-site with parts of a 200-ton crane expected to start arriving for assembly over the next three or four days.

On Friday, inspectors indicated the girder siting atop South Pier 2 on the upstream side was hanging on by just inches.  While decking on the three approach spans had remained standing, the deck sections had dropped several feet since movement along the bluff at the west end of the bridge was discovered on April 30. Due to continuing land slippage since then, an old concreted stairway about 50 yards upstream from the bridge that inspectors initially used to access the lower portion of the bridge has gone down the bluff, as well as a utility pole that provided power to the bridge. Engineers had placed solar powered navigation lights in the structure to help maintain river traffic.

Kentucky Transportation officials continue to warn the public to avoid areas along the bluff and Tennessee River shoreline near the bridge as they assess the stability of the bluff and the fallen approaches.

Also known as the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge, the old Ledbetter Bridge was opened to traffic in 1931 connecting Livingston County and McCracken County between Ledbetter and Paducah. It has been closed since traffic moved to the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at the end of July 2013.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer arrives officially today

Though this week’s weather has certainly felt like summer, the season didn't officially arrive until today's solstice. The summer solstice day has the longest period of daylight in this area, with sunrise at 5:32 a.m. and sunset at 8:16 p.m. After Saturday, the amount of daylight each day will gradually decrease until winter arrives.

Friday, June 20, 2014

At Conrads Friday / Saturday

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New surgeon: Marion and Salem

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Area death

Virginia Faye Hughes, 82, of Carrsville died June 20, 2014, at her home. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

Reception to be held for Dr. Yarbrough

A public reception for Dr. Rachel Yarbrough, who will be leaving as superintendent of Crittenden County Schools, will be held Tuesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Rocket Arena. Dr. Yarbrough will be giving up her post June 30 after six years as head of the school district. She will be taking the same position in Webster County.

Dog Days Festival set for Saturday

The Dog Days of Summer Festival to benefit a local animal shelter will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Marion Commons. Activities include a pet show, bounce house, silent auction, cake auction, snacks, a petting zoo and children’s games. All proceeds benefit the Mary Hall Ruddiman No-Kill Animal Shelter.

CCMS SBDM meets Wednesday

Crittenden County Middle School SBDM's regularly scheduled June meeting has been rescheduled to 10 a.m. Wednesday in the school conference room.  It has been rescheduled due to a conflict in member schedules.

More movement at old Ledbetter bridge

The west approach spans of the Old Ledbetter Bridge had significant movement during the early morning hours Friday.

Sensors placed on the bridge by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet indicated movement at about 5:15 a.m.  A neighbor reported two distinct sounds came from the 83-year-old structure about that time.

A check of the bridge found South Pier 2 had apparently moved causing about a foot drop in the approach span deck above.

Inspectors indicate the girder that sits on top of the pier on the upstream side is hanging on by just inches.  While decking on the three approach spans remains standing, they have dropped several feet since movement along the bluff at the west end of the bridge was discovered on April 30.  Two land-based piers are leaning toward the west end of the bridge.

Engineers say with dry weather movement of the bluff beneath the piers would be expected to  slow or stop.  However, today's drop indicates there is still movement of soil at the base of the two approach piers on the McCracken County side of the Tennessee River.

Kentucky Transportation officials continue to warn the public to avoid areas along the bluff and Tennessee River shoreline near the bridge.

This week a contractor started moving equipment to the bridge site to prepare to start demolition of the structure which closed to traffic in late-July 2013.

Also known as the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge, The Old Ledbetter Bridge  was opened to traffic in 1931.  It has been closed since traffic moved to the New U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at the end of July 2013.

SCAVENGER HUNT: Saturday at Park

Kory Wheeler is looking for a few good sleuths.

As chairperson of the Marion-Crittenden County Park Board, Wheeler tries to hold an annual fundraising event to benefit the park's capital projects fund. 

This year it will be a Photo Scavenger Hunt at 9 a.m., Saturday at the park.

"I wanted to think something other than a 5K," she said.

The scavenger hunt will be for folks of all ages, and teams will be comprised of 4-5 people. At least one team member will need a driver's license and a vehicle in order to for the outfit to be competitive, Wheeler said.

Some of the items featured by the scavenger hunt organizers will be found in rural areas, others might be readily available in town or right under a participant's nose.

"It's going to be fun," said Wheeler, who's conscripted some local teenagers to help spread the word and organize teams. "It's definitely going to be something different."

Each team will need a digital camera or smartphone that has a camera. There are more than 100 items listed on the organizers' list of defined objects. Points are assigned to each item. The difficulty factor of locating and photographing each item drives its point value. 

For instance, a picture of a poodle wearing a tera might be worth 10 points. A poodle wearing a Scottish kilt might be with 100.

The cost to enter the game is $5 person if paid in advance. Day of the event, the price goes up to $7. Registration begins at 9 a.m., at the park. Check-in will be at 11:30 a.m. Wheeler says teams will have about two hours to track down as many points as possible.

Local merchants have donated gifts and prizes for the event and Gilbert Funeral Home is a sponsor the contest.

"I don't know how many teams to expect," Wheeler said, "but some of the items they will be looking for are really funny."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Governor orders flags to half-staff Friday

Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Friday in honor of a Kentucky soldier who died while a prisoner of war during the Korean War and whose remains were recently identified.

The funeral for Sgt. Paul M. Gordon will be Friday at Sherman Baptist Church in Dry Ridge, followed by interment in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in lowering flags in tribute on that day.

According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), Sgt. Gordon, 20, of Dry Ridge, was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

In 1951, Gordon was deployed in the vicinity of Wonju, South Korea. On Jan. 7, 1951, following a battle against enemy forces, Gordon was listed as missing in action. In September 1953, as part of a prisoner exchange, known as Operation Big Switch, returning U.S. service members reported that Gordon had been captured by the Chinese during that battle and taken to a prisoner of war camp, where he died in June 1951.

Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea gave the United States remains of U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents also turned over indicated that some of the remains were recovered from a POW camp in North Hwanghae Province, near the area where Gordon was believed to have died.

To identify Gordon’s remains, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, including DNA comparisons. Two types of DNA were used, mitochondrial DNA, which matched his sister and brother, and Y-STR DNA, which matched his brother.

Area death

Nancy Jane Dalton, 61, of Marion died June, 17, 2014, at Baptist Health Paducah. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Rev. Garvey retiring Sunday

Methodist minister Rev. Wayne Garvey will be behind the pulpit for the final time Sunday at Marion United Methodist Church.

Rev. Garvey is retiring after a 46 years in ministry. He has been preaching at Marion United Methodist Church for 14 years.

The local congregation will honor Garvey with a special meal following Sunday's service. 

See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for a detailed look at Garvey's work in the ministry and hear what some of his peers and church members have to say.

Community patriotic service planned

A community patriotic service in observance of Independence Day is being sponsored by the Crittenden County Ministerial Association and American Legion Post 111. The annual event will take place at 6:30 p.m. July 2 at Marion Baptist Church Family Life Center.

The service, the 13th since 9/11, is being called "Remembering Our Heroes." All veterans, current members of the military, law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and dispatchers will be recognized.

According to Barry Gilbert, a retired colonel from the Army National Guard and organizer of the event, Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Gulf War, will be the keynote speaker.

Singers are invited to join in the community choir under the direction of Jason Dunbar. Rehearsals will begin 6 p.m. the night of the event.

For more information on the service, contact Gilbert at (270) 965-4741. For more information on the community choir, contact Dunbar at (270) 965-5232 or (270) 704-0317.

Finally time to cut...

Farmers are hitting the fields in earnest this week, cutting hay after being idled due to so much rain.

See this week's Crittenden Press for details.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Area death

Arminta Casper Franklin, 85, of Fredonia died June 18, 2014, at Princeton Health and Rehab. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Limits placed on Smithland bridge

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) plans to place a lane and load width restriction on the U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland in Livingston County on Thursday and Friday.

The lane and width restriction is to allow a detailed inspection of the bridge structure.  Motorists can expect to encounter one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers between about 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day.

Due to the use of a Snooper unit to facilitate the inspection, the work zone will be limited to vehicles that are no more than 8 feet wide. This will essentially limit the bridge to passenger vehicles only while the inspection team is on the bridge deck.  Inspectors will also be climbing the bridge superstructure as they go about their work.

Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and inspection personnel are on the bridge deck in close proximity to traffic flow.

All Kentucky bridges get a detailed inspection every two years, with all long-span bridges getting an additional walk-through inspection on an annual basis.

The U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge, also known as the Smithland Bridge and the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge, is at U.S. 60 Livingston County mile point 12.38.

The 1,817-foot through-truss structure was opened to traffic in 1931. About 5,500 vehicles cross the Smithland Bridge in an average day.

Victims' family discusses impact

Family of the late Kenneth Guess describe to the court their devastating loss during the sentencing phase of a Georgia man's DUI and manslaughter case.

Guess, 76, of Marion died as a result of injuries suffered in a drunken driving crash 19 months ago. His wife was badly injured.

The man driving drunk told the family he didn't remember a thing.

Details in this week's Crittenden Press.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Swim team meet cancelled

The swim meet with Calvert City has been cancelled. Regular practice resumes tomorrow.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Community Christmas classes available

Families wanting their children sponsored through Community Christmas in 2014 must attend a minimum of three approved educational classes or programs between February and September.  Classes are free and open to the public, however, pre-registration is required for all of these classes. This is important in case there is a location change.

Registration is required for several classes within the next few days.

New listings will be available every two months. Following are the classes scheduled for June and July:

  • Quick Clothing Repair: 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Learn how to sew on a button and hem a pair of pants. Supplies will be provided. The program will be located at the University of Kentucky Crittenden County Cooperative Extension Service office at 1534 U.S. 60 East in Marion. Cindy Davidson, a Master Clothing Volunteer, will be the presenter. Those wishing to attend must register by Friday by calling (270) 965-5236.
  • Pest Management for the Home: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. next Thursday. Learn how to deal with insects, spiders, bed bugs, etc. The program will be located at the Extension Service office in Marion. The presenter will be Meredith Hall of the Extension Service. Those wishing to attend must register by June 24 by calling (270) 965-5236.
  • Know the Limits on Fats, Sugars and Salt: 1:30 p.m. June 30.  Find out how much fat, sugar and salt you should consume and the hidden foods you find them in. A door prize will be given. The program will be located at the Extension Service office in Marion. The presenter will be Sue Parrent. Those wishing to attend must register by June 27 by calling (270) 965-5236.
  • What’s Up with E-Cigarettes: 6 p.m. July 1. The use of E-cigarettes and other vaping devices has skyrocketed. We will talk about nicotine addiction and its impact on health. We will discuss how e-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA and how the vapors contain harmful chemical as well.  The program will be located at the Extension Service office in Marion. The presenter will be Chris Sparks, a prevention specialist with the Pennyroyal Regional Prevention Center. Those wishing to attend must register by June 24 by calling (270) 965-5236.
  • Positive Discipline: A Guide for Parents: 1:30 p.m. July 9. Learn about developmental stages from birth to teens and what discipline works best for each group.  The program will be located at the Extension Service office in Marion. The presenter will be Marcie Ellington of Crittenden Health Systems. Those wishing to attend must register by July 2 by calling (270) 965-5236.
  • Traffic Safety: 6 p.m. July 10. Located at the Ed-Tech Center on Industrial Drive in Marion. The presenter will be Mary E. Rohrer of the Law Offices of Rebecca J. Johnson, Crittenden County Attorney. Those wishing to attend must register by June 24 by calling (270) 965-5236.
  • GED and Work Keys Informational Meeting: 9 to 10 a.m. or 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 10. There are new changes taking place in regard to the GED, and you will receive information on the changes and opportunities for assistance in completing the GED. The Work Keys Test is a job skills assessment system that connects training and skill testing. This test is a requirement for some employers. Participants will learn how this test can better prepare you for the ever-changing workplace. The program will be located at the Crittenden County Adult Education Center at  118 E. Bellville St. in Marion. Contact Missy Myers, coordinator and instructor at (270) 965-9435 to register or Cheryl Burks, site coordinator of 21st CCLC/Crosswalk Learning Center (270) 965-2248 or 965-9833.
  • Breakfast Makes the Difference: 1:30 p.m. July 24. Learn why it is important for you and your family to eat breakfast. A door prize will be given. The program will be located at the Extension Service office in Marion. The presenter will be Sue Parrent. Those wishing to attend must register by July 23 by calling (270) 965-5236.
  • Ice Cream & More: 5 p.m. July 24. This is a parent and child activity. Class will be limited to the first five adults and five children. Children should be 5 years of age or older. This is a hands-on class, so prepare to get messy and have fun with your child. The program will be located at the Extension Service office in Marion. The presenter will be Nancy Hunt of the Extension Service. Those wishing to attend must register by July 22 by calling (270) 965-5236.
  • Crochet Classes are being taught at the Extension Service office on the first and third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m.  The class is designed for both beginning and experience crocheters. Learn about yarn, hooks, patterns and how to make inexpensive gifts. Rebeccca Zahrte is the instructor. Those wishing to attend must pre-register with the Extension Service at (270) 965-5236.

Area death

William “Sonny” Travis, 70, of Providence died June 15, 2014, at his home. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Governor orders flags to half staff

Gov.  Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff today in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, 20, of Hillsboro, Missouri, died June 5 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell.

Services for Pfc. Walker will be at 11 a.m. today at Manchester United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Mo., with interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.

Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute of lowering the flag in honor of Pfc. Walker.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Area death

Pharmacist Norris Glenn of Salem died June 15, 2014, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Wreck injures Marion couple

Kentucky State Police investigated a two-vehicle injury collision involving a police car that injured a Marion couple Saturday on Ky. 91 in Caldwell County at at approximately 9:20 a.m.


The preliminary investigation revealed that Donna Curnel, 66, of Marion, was operating a 2002 Chevy Venture northbound on Ky. 91. Benjamin Lane, 22, of Princeton, was operating a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, while on duty with the Princeton Police Department, eastbound on West White Sulpher Road.  Lane failed to stop at the intersection of Ky. 91 and Curnel was unable to avoid a collision and struck Lane's cruiser.


Curnel, her husband, Donnie Curnel, 72, and Lane were transported via ambulance to the Caldwell County Hospital for treatment. Donna was later flown to Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., for treatment. 

All three were wearing seatbelts. 


Trooper 1st Class Darron Holliman investigated the collision. The Princeton Police Department, Princeton Fire Department and Caldwell County EMS assisted at the scene.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Area death

Floyd Moore "Rip" Wheeler, 89, of Marion died June 13, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be private and are under the direction of Myers Funeral Home in Marion.

U.S. 641 paving in Caldwell starts Monday

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) plans milling and asphalt paving along U.S. 641/Marion Road in the Fredonia area of Caldwell County starting Monday.

This asphalt paving project runs along US 641 from the intersection with Ky. 70 and Ky. 91 at mile-point 2.877 extending northward to the Caldwell-Crittenden County Line at mile-point 4.629, a distance of 1.75 miles.

Motorists should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers.  Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the highway in close proximity to traffic flow.

The work along this section of US 641/Marion Road is expected to take two or three days to complete, weather permitting.

Movie: God's (not) Dead

 Family Movie Night at Marion Baptist Church
Sunday, June 15, 6:30 pm, in the Family Life Center
Movie & Popcorn!

Area death

Mamie Carline Lawrence, 87, of Smithland died Friday, June 13, 2014, at Calvert City Convalescent Center. Arrangements are incomplete ay Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

CCHS SBDM meeting this morning

Crittenden County High School SBDM will have a special called meeting for the purpose of principal interview 10 a.m. at the high school office.

Flag Day Saturday

Saturday is Flag Day in the United States, so don't forget to fly Old Glory in recognition. The day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

The U.S. Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

Upcoming public meetings

  • Marion City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Marion City Hall.
  • Crittenden Fiscal Court will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the judge’s courthouse office.
  • Salem City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Salem City Hall.
  • Crittenden County Republican Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the upstairs courtroom of Crittenden County Courthouse.
  • Livingston Fiscal Court will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the judicial center in Smithland.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

County offers free dumping of tires

Crittenden Fiscal Court is offering a limited amnesty day at the county’s convenience center off U.S. 60 just east of Marion behind the county road garage.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said money left over from a grant earlier this year to allow the free disposal of tires at the center has allowed the county to offer Saturday as another free dumping day for tires. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to noon to accept waste tires of a residential nature only. Commercial businesses will not be allowed to dispose of tires.

KSP warns of leaving children in hot cars

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in 10 minute time when outside temperature is 80 degrees.

The Kentucky State Police remind parents not to leave a child alone in a hot car as temperatures in the Bluegrass are on the rise. It may seem like common sense, but every year law enforcement agencies answer calls about unattended children in vehicles. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that nine children have already died in 2014 from being left in hot cars across the U.S.

An ongoing study by San Francisco State University estimates that since 1998, there have been 615 heatstroke deaths of children left in vehicles, an average of 38 deaths per year. Most of those deaths were children under the age of 2.

In 2000, Kentucky passed “Bryan’s Law,” which makes a person liable for second-degree manslaughter or first-degree wanton endangerment for leaving a child younger than 8 years of age in a motor vehicle where circumstances pose a grave risk of death.  The law was named after 11-month old Bryan Puckett, who died July 13, 1999, after being left in a hot car by his babysitter.

KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb says most people know the dangers of leaving a child in a hot car, but each year these senseless tragedies continue to occur.

“A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than that of an adult,” says Webb. “The temperature inside a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes.  Together, this can be deadly in a very short period of time.”

Kentucky’s last reported death from a child being left in a car was during 2012 in Louisville. The NSC reports that 44 children died last year from vehicular heatstroke in the U.S.

Webb offers the following safety tips:

  • Never leave a child in an unattended car, even with the windows down.
  • Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don't overlook sleeping babies.
  • Always lock your car. If a child is missing, check the car first, including the trunk. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver as a reminder.
  • Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
  • Make ‘look before you leave’ a routine whenever you get out of the car.

Webb says while a person will face criminal charges for leaving a child in a car, the pain and guilt from making such a mistake will last far longer.

KSP asks citizens to keep an eye out for children left in vehicles on hot days and to call 911 if they think the occupant is in danger.

100 years at Lola

Lola Pentecostal Church will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary next week. See this week's Crittenden Press printed edition for details about its celebration and take a peek into its past.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Hog Rock starts Thursday

If you're a resident of Crittenden County and you notice a lot more motorcycles than usual over the next few days, it's because HogRock 2014 starts Thursday across the river in Hardin County, Ill.

The four-day biker festival, billed as for adults only, is located on private property outside of Cave In Rock, Ill. Several shows, contests and live performances are scheduled for the "largest and wildest party in the Midwest," according to the event's website.

The overflow of thousands of bikers and and event-goers typically spills over into Crittenden County over the weekend of the annual festival.

Area death

William E. "Bill" Mitchell, 78, a native of Crittenden County, died June 11, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio, of natural causes. 

Patriot Coal recalls more than 100 miners, begins restarting Highland 9 mine

Patriot Coal Corp. said it has recalled more than 100 miners at its Highland 9 underground mine in Union County near the Henderson County line as it begins to restart production. The mine was idled May 6 after a structural failure damaged a portion of the Camp Preparation Plant several miles away where the mine’s coal is cleaned and processed for shipment. Patriot corporate spokeswoman Janine Orf said in an email message that “limited production” began this week, and the company still expects “that the complex will resume full operation by the end of June,” as it announced a month ago.

For the full story, visit The Gleaner online.

.410s may be okay for turkeys

The Kentucky Wildlife Commission is wanting to allow .410 shotguns for turkeys. See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for details.

Circuit clerk's office closed Saturday

Crittenden County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be closed Saturday, according to Circuit Clerk Melissa Guill.

Tragic story of slain officer

Brian Jones grew up in Livingston County and was living in Virginia, raising a family while working on the police force. 

This week's Crittenden Press has coverage of his tragic death and the gripping legacy he leaves behind.

Spar price going up

The price of fluorspar is rising on the global market. See this week's Crittenden Press printed edition to find out what impact that might have on the local economy.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Accident on US 60 West


A single-vehicle accident on US 60 shortly after 1 pm today has left two people injured.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene of the reported rollover and took two individuals to Crittenden Hospital. Their injuries did not appear life-threatening.

Kentucky State Police say that Thomas Maynard, 56, of Marion, was operating a 2010 Honda Fit eastbound when the vehicle exited the right shoulder of the roadway.  It struck an embankment and overturned.  The vehicle came to rest upright off the roadway.

Maynard and his son, who was a passenger, Alex Maynard, 16, of Marion, were transported by ambulance to the hospital.  Both were wearing seatbelts.

Trooper First Class Chris King investigated the collision.  Crittenden County EMS assisted at the scene.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Former jailer, wife injured in wreck

A single-vehicle accident Saturday morning has left a former Crittenden County Jailer and deputy sheriff injured along with his wife.

The Kentucky State Police investigated a two-vehicle, injury collision that occurred on Ky. 91, approximately eight miles north of Marion, on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Rickey Riley, 66, of Marion was operating a 1992 Dodge Dakota northbound on Ky. 91. Jared Asbridge, 28, of Marion was operating a 1994 Chevy pickup southbound on Ky. 91. Asbridge’s vehicle struck Riley’s vehicle causing it to exit the roadway and overturn.  Asbridge fled from the scene in his vehicle and was later located by the Marion Police Department.

Riley, the former county jailer and deputy sheriff, and his wife, Barbara Riley, 71, were transported via Air Evac Medical to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind., for treatment. 

Trooper Darren Holliman arrested Asbridge with the following offenses:
  • Wanton endangerment, first degree.
  • Reckless driving.
  • Possession of controlled substance, second degree.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid.

Asbridge was lodged in the Crittenden County Detention Center.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Hurricane Camp Meeting begins

The 126th Hurricane Camp meeting in Crittenden County gets under way Monday and lasts through June 15. Rich Gardner will be the evangelist for the old-fashioned, non-denominational revival on the grounds of Hurricane Church near Tolu. The dining hall opens each night at 5:30 p.m., with services to follow at 7 p.m. Each of the seven nights of revival will feature music from different area churches and groups. The revival is held in conjunction with the youth camp.

Special CCHS SBDM meeting

There will be a special called CCHS SBDM meeting for Principal Selection on Monday, June 9  at 9:00 a.m. in the Rocket Arena Conference Room.

Survey: Criteria for new principal

Crittenden County High School's Site-Based, Decision-Making Council (SBDM) is asking for the community's help in establishing criteria for the hiring process of a new CCHS principal.

The school's current principal, Rhonda Callaway, has resigned to take a job in another county. The school is in the processes of finding her replacement. The SBDM survey allows respondents to prioritize some of the characteristics they seek in a new principal.

The SBDM is asking that concerned citizens respond to the following survey before 8 a.m., Monday. At that time, the survey will close.

Remembering D-Day | June 6, 1944

D-Day 70th Anniversary
Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied troops during World War II stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, to begin a year-long liberation of Hitler’s Fortress Europe. D-Day is an appropriate time to recall the sacrifices made by those serving and those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. To mark this occasion, the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum in Dana, Ind., and Scripps Howard Foundation offer this reprint of a column by famous American World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle immediately after the Normandy invasion. It’s a reminder to all of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many Americans to maintain the freedoms we enjoy.

A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish
NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 17, 1944 – In the preceding column we told about the D-day wreckage among our machines of war that were expended in taking one of the Normandy beaches.

But there is another and more human litter. It extends in a thin little line, just like a high-water mark, for miles along the beach. This is the strewn personal gear, gear that will never be needed again, of those who fought and died to give us our entrance into Europe.

Here in a jumbled row for mile on mile are soldiers’ packs. Here are socks and shoe polish, sewing kits, diaries, Bibles and hand grenades. Here are the latest letters from home, with the address on each one neatly razored out – one of the security precautions enforced before the boys embarked.

Here are toothbrushes and razors, and snapshots of families back home staring up at you from the sand. Here are pocketbooks, metal mirrors, extra trousers, and bloody, abandoned shoes. Here are broken-handled shovels, and portable radios smashed almost beyond recognition, and mine detectors twisted and ruined.

Here are torn pistol belts and canvas water buckets, first-aid kits and jumbled heaps of lifebelts. I picked up a pocket Bible with a soldier’s name in it, and put it in my jacket. I carried it half a mile or so and then put it back down on the beach. I don’t know why I picked it up, or why I put it back down.

Soldiers carry strange things ashore with them. In every invasion you’ll find at least one soldier hitting the beach at H-hour with a banjo slung over his shoulder. The most ironic piece of equipment marking our beach – this beach of first despair, then victory – is a tennis racket that some soldier had brought along. It lies lonesomely on the sand, clamped in its rack, not a string broken.

Two of the most dominant items in the beach refuse are cigarets and writing paper. Each soldier was issued a carton of cigarets just before he started. Today these cartons by the thousand, water-soaked and spilled out, mark the line of our first savage blow.

Writing paper and air-mail envelopes come second. The boys had intended to do a lot of writing in France. Letters that would have filled those blank, abandoned pages.

Always there are dogs in every invasion. There is a dog still on the beach today, still pitifully looking for his masters.

He stays at the water’s edge, near a boat that lies twisted and half sunk at the water line. He barks appealingly to every soldier who approaches, trots eagerly along with him for a few feet, and then, sensing himself unwanted in all this haste, runs back to wait in vain for his own people at his own empty boat.


Over and around this long thin line of personal anguish, fresh men today are rushing vast supplies to keep our armies pushing on into France. Other squads of men pick amidst the wreckage to salvage ammunition and equipment that are still usable.

Men worked and slept on the beach for days before the last D-day victim was taken away for burial.

I stepped over the form of one youngster whom I thought dead. But when I looked down I saw he was only sleeping. He was very young, and very tired. He lay on one elbow, his hand suspended in the air about six inches from the ground. And in the palm of his hand he held a large, smooth rock.

I stood and looked at him a long time. He seemed in his sleep to hold that rock lovingly, as though it were his last link with a vanishing world. I have no idea at all why he went to sleep with the rock in his hand, or what kept him from dropping it once he was asleep. It was just one of those little things without explanation that a person remembers for a long time.


The strong, swirling tides of the Normandy coastline shift the contours of the sandy beach as they move in and out. They carry soldiers’ bodies out to sea, and later they return them. They cover the corpses of heroes with sand, and then in their whims they uncover them.

As I plowed out over the wet sand of the beach on that first day ashore, I walked around what seemed to be a couple of pieces of driftwood sticking out of the sand. But they weren’t driftwood.

They were a soldier’s two feet. He was completely covered by the shifting sands except for his feet. The toes of his GI shoes pointed toward the land he had come so far to see, and which he saw so briefly.

Ernie Pyle biography
The son of tenant farming parents in west-central Indiana, Ernie Pyle became history’s greatest war correspondent. When Pyle was killed by a Japanese machine gun bullet on the tiny Pacific island of Ie Shima in 1945, his columns were being delivered to more than 14 million homes, according to his New York Times obituary.

During the war, Pyle wrote about the hardships and bravery of the common soldier, not grand strategy. His description of the G.I.’s life was more important to families on the home front than battlefront tactics of Gens. Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton or Omar Bradley.

Prior to the United States’ entry into World War II, Pyle traveled to England and wrote about the Nazi’s continual bombing of London. His columns helped move the mood of America from isolationism to sympathy for the stubborn refusal of Great Britain to succumb to the will of Adolf Hitler.

The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist’s legacy rests in his words and the impact they had on Americans before and during a war that threatened to take the world behind a curtain of fascism. His columns open a window to the hardships endured by the common U.S. soldier during World War II and serve today to honor what has been called “The Greatest Generation.”

The Ernie Pyle World War II Museum
The Ernie Pyle World War II Museum features the famous journalist’s birthplace and a museum dedicated to Pyle’s life and writings as a war correspondent. It is owned by the Friends of Ernie Pyle, who are dedicated to preserving and expanding the legacy of the writer whose columns linked the soldiers on the front line to worried families on the home front. To preserve Ernie Pyle’s memory is to preserve the sacrifices made by what has been dubbed “The Greatest Generation.” 

To learn more about the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum located in Dana, Ind., or make a donation to assist the efforts of the Friends of Ernie Pyle to honor him and that generation, go to

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Area death

Timothy Mark Fritts, 51, of Cottage Hills, Ill., a native of Marion, died June 3, 2014 at his residence. Kalmer Memorial Services in Lebanon, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.

Gov. Beshear: Flags at half-staff Saturday

Gov.  Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of a Kentucky soldier who died during the Korean War and whose remains were recently identified. 

The funeral and interment of Cpl. Army Cpl. Richard Isbell will be held at noon Saturday at Highlands Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville, Kentucky. Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in lowering flags in tribute on that day.

According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), Cpl. Isbell, 20, of Fishtrap, Kentucky, was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. While deployed near Popsudong, South Korea, the division was attacked by overwhelming Chinese forces, which caused Isbell’s unit to begin a fighting withdrawal to a more defensible position. During this battle April 25, 1951, Isbell was reported missing in action.

However, according to DPMO, after the war Isbell was reported by returning prisoners of war as having been captured by Chinese forces and died in captivity June 30, 1951, from dysentery, in a POW camp known as Camp 5, in Pyoktong, North Korea.

In 1954, Chinese and North Korean Communist forces exchanged the remains of war dead with the United Nations forces during Operation Glory. In 1956, a military review board declared Isbell’s remains as unidentifiable. His remains were transferred to be buried as unknown in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, known as the “Punchbowl.”

In 2013, due to advances in forensic technology, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) determined that the possibility of identifying the remains was likely at that time. The unknown remains were disinterred for analysis and possible identification.

In the identification of Isbell’s remains, scientists from JPAC used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as dental comparisons and radiograph comparisons.

Relay still on for court square

Despite the day's gloomy start, tonight's Crittenden County Relay for Life is still scheduled to take place around the courthouse square, unless otherwise notified.

Teen struck by train in Sebree

The Kentucky State Police are investigating a train vs. pedestrian collision that occurred Thursday near South Spring Street in Sebree at approximately 9:43 p.m.    


The preliminary investigation revealed that a 17-year-old male juvenile was on the train tracks just south of South Spring Street when he was struck by a CSX train that was traveling northbound.


The juvenile was air lifted to St. Mary’s in Evansville and is listed in critical condition. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

New surgeon at Marion and Salem

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Auction Saturday in Marion

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