Thursday, July 31, 2014

First District Woman’s Clubs in Marion Friday

Woman’s Club of Marion is hosting the 1st District Woman’s Clubs Summer Workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at their club building on East Carlisle Street.

CCHS SBDM to meet

There will be a special-called meeting of the Crittenden County High School SBDM at 10 a.m. Friday for personnel interviews and consultation.

Signature Boutique: Back to School

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Wings of Freedom Tour in Paducah

A piece of World War II history will visit Paducah through Friday at Barkley Regional Airport's Midwest Aviation at 200 Hardy Roberts Drive.

The Wings of Freedom Tour of the World War II vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang will be displayed.

The tour brings rare bomber and fighter aircraft for local living history display as part of a 110-city nationwide tour.

Visitors can explore the aircraft inside and out. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. World War II veterans can tour for free.

Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $450 a person, and P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour.

For reservations and information on flight experiences,
call (800) 568-8924.

3 More Fair Nights!

Tonight's featured fair event will be dirt drag truck racing.

Friday Night: Truck and Tractor Pulls

Saturday Night: Demo Derby

Carnival is open through Saturday

Fair Pageant Photographs

Exercise Classes this Fall

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Area death

Robert D. Rorer 70, of Marion died July 28, 2014, at his home. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

House For Sale in Marion

What's News in Marion?

Who's the fairest of the fair?

Find out in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.

The newspaper will be on sale this afternoon. Among the articles and information you will find in this week's edition are:

  • Information and schedules for the county fair
  • Back to School Special Section
  • Who's leaving the sheriff's department
  • Marion Inn's covered bridge is in trouble
  • Underdown: Back to Going Springs
  • Longtime swim coach is done
  • Pest is eating local fruit

These items and much more exclusive community news will be available on newsstands today. You can't get this stuff on Facebook. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Races tonight at Fair

Area deaths

Lula Mae Hopkins Gostley, 90, of Indiana, formerly of Crittenden County, died July 19, 2014. Alexander Funeral Home-West Chapel in Evansville, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

James R. Blackburn, 79, of Henderson died July 28, 2014, at Lucy Smith King Care Center in Henderson. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Tucker book-signing Friday in Smithland

Marion author Ethel Tucker will hold a book signing for her book “Tea Time of Life,” in Smithland from 4-6 p.m., Friday at the Livingston County Pubic Library. The book contains recipes and stories from her 96 years in Crittenden County, including a story about a trip she, her siblings and Louis and Jesse Maddux of Livingston County took out West.

Miss Crittenden County crowned tonight

Miss Crittenden County will be crowned tonight at the annual Lions Club Fair Pageant at Fohs Hall. The event kicks off at 7 p.m.

Last night, Miss Teen and Miss Pre-Teen were crowned. Stay tuned for this week's Crittenden Press for all the details from the fair's early-week events.

The Midway starts tonight, too, at the fairgrounds. On the track will be motorcycles and ATVs.

Family night is Wednesday with discounted prices.

Great session for landowners

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Area death

Bobby Lee Williamson, 80, of Marion died July 25, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

David E. Stalions, 86, of Smithland died July 27, 2014, at his home. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

Governor orders flags to half-staff Tuesday

Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday in honor of a Kentucky Marine killed during World War II and whose remains were recently identified.

Marine Pfc. Randolph Allen, of Rush, will be buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in lowering flags in tribute to Pfc. Allen on that day.

According to the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), Allen was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, which landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll, in an attempt to secure the island against stiff Japanese resistance.

Over several days of intense fighting approximately 1,000 Marines were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. As a result of these attacks, Allen was reported killed in action on Nov. 20, 1943.

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries. During World War II, U.S. Navy Combat Engineers, or “SeaBees,” significantly restructured the landscape to convert the island for use by the military. In 1946 when U.S. Army Graves Registration Service personnel attempted to locate all of the battlefield interments, many of the burials could not be located.

In 2013, DPMO confirms a private organization known as History Flight excavated what was believed to be a wartime fighting position on the island of Betio. During this excavation, History Flight recovered five sets of remains, personal effects and military equipment. Four sets of remains were determined to be Japanese service members and the fifth set was believed to be that of a U.S. Marine. Two sets of military identification tags which correlated to Allen were also found in the fighting position.

In the identification of Allen’s remains, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools such as dental and skeletal comparison, which matched Allen’s records.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Area death

William Dale "Bill" Kemper, 66, of Tolu died July 26, 2014, at his home. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Area death

Thelma Marie Phelps, 88, of Princeton died July 24, 2014, at Princeton Health & Rehab Center. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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 Kentucky airman who recently died as a result of non-combat related injuries. 
Staff Sgt. Dirk Shelton, 29, of Corbin, died July 16 in Washington D.C., from injuries sustained from a training mission in Fairfax, Va.  He was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command, based at Fort Bragg, N.C. 
Funeral services for Staff Sgt. Shelton will be held today in Corbin.  Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.

Area death

Robert D. "Bob" Brantley, 71, of Douglasville, Ga., formerly of Crittenden County, died July 20, 2014, at his home. Whitley Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home in Douglasville is handing arrangements.

Beshear announces award of Interstate 69 contract in Webster County

Sen. Dorsey Ridley
Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday announced the awarding of a contract for more of the improvements needed for bringing a portion of the Ned Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway up to interstate highway standards and eventual designation as Interstate 69.

The project involves reconstruction of the parkway’s Ky. 56 interchange near Sebree, in Webster County. Dumey Contracting was awarded the contract on a low bid of $10 million. The project has a completion date of Oct. 1, 2015.

“This is another important step toward completion of I-69 in western Kentucky,” Beshear said in a news release. “An additional interstate route means additional opportunity for economic development in western Kentucky and, indeed, throughout the Commonwealth. And the improvements being made in the I-69 corridor will result in safer, more efficient travel through the region.”

The contract to Dumey was the second awarded this year for the I-69 corridor. The first, to Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc., was for improvement of a 36.4-mile stretch of the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway in Hopkins, Webster and Henderson counties. It has a completion date of August 2015.

Once complete, I-69 in Kentucky will run north to south from the Ohio River at Henderson to the Tennessee border at Fulton. Completion of the corridor requires improvements to portions of three Kentucky parkways, all of which originally were toll roads – the Breathitt-Pennyrile, Ford-Western Kentucky and Carroll-Purchase parkways.

“I-69 is the most important infrastructure project Western Kentucky has seen in decades,” state Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson said in the release. “It is an integral part of western Kentucky’s future and these improvements will lead to economic benefits for our region and state. I am very pleased to see this project moving forward because of the positive impact that will ensue. Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Steve Beshear, I-69 will be a reality before his term ends.”

“I-69 is extremely important for our region, and this updated interchange will play a key role in that development,” said Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence. “Making it easier for drivers to merge with traffic will also increase the safety for those of us who use this interchange. I’m certainly pleased to see this project move ahead and want to thank Gov. Beshear and the Transportation Cabinet for making it possible.”

To date, 55 miles of the corridor are complete – from roughly Nortonville to the interchange of I-24 and the Carroll-Purchase Parkway near Gilbertsville – and bear the red, white and blue shields of I-69. The first shield was unveiled by Beshear and then-Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez in October 2011.

A major challenge of the I-69 corridor project has been the need to rebuild interchanges that were designed to accommodate drivers who were slowing and stopping at toll plazas – as opposed to merging with or exiting from 70 mph interstate traffic.

Reconstruction of the KY 416 interchange in Henderson County is underway, as is reconstruction of the Pennyrile Parkway-Western Kentucky Parkway interchange, near Nortonville. With the awarding of a contract for a new interchange near Sebree, the only interchange remaining is the Ky. 813 interchange with the Breathitt-Pennyrile near Mortons Gap. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet expects to put it out for bids in January 2015.

CCMS SBDM to meet Friday

Crittenden County Middle School SBDM Council will meet at 9 a.m. Friday for the purpose of interviewing and consultation in hiring an eighth-grade social studies teacher.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Area death

Bobby Gerald McDowell, 75, of Joy died July 22, 2014, at Salem Springlake Health and Rehabilitation Center. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

Garage Sale

Garage Sale at 2003 Ky. 506, about 1 ½ miles past Marion Baptist Church. Too many items to mention.Rain or shine, Fri. and Sat., 7 a.m.-?, home of Bill and Ketrina Meyers.

Demolition of old Ledbetter Bridge progressing

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) has completed saw-cutting of decking on the main three spans of the old Ledbetter Bridge. This morning, a crew started some initial demolition work that included jack-hammering along the end of the main span nearest the McCracken County side of the Tennessee River.

The contractor plans to complete the initial dismantling of concrete along the end of the span by hand. Once the crew loosens the concrete decking along the edge, the contractor plans to start using mechanized equipment to take out the concrete decking. The crew will be working from west to east along the bridge.

The contractor submitted plans for the demolition to the U.S. Coast Guard for approval several weeks ago. The Coast Guard has indicated it would take about 30 days to fully review the plan.

Once that plan is approved, the contractor will be able to provide a timetable for the ongoing demolition work through the summer. The contractor has indicated the safety of workers, the public and river traffic will be the top priority throughout the demolition process.

Also known as the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge, the old Ledbetter Bridge was opened to traffic in 1931. KyTC has issued a $5.6 million demolition contract that requires the old bridge to be removed by Dec. 1 of this year.

The old Ledbetter Bridge has been closed since July of 2013, when traffic was moved to the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge just upstream.

At the end of April a section of the west approach on the old Ledbetter Bridge dropped several feet due to land movement along the bluff on the McCracken County side of the river. Due to the continued land slippage along the bluff, one land-based approach pier and two approach spans at the west end of the bridge collapsed in the early morning hours of June 22, prompting engineers to expedite demolition of the structure.

Demolition of the bridge will require close coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard to help minimize disruptions to navigation along the Tennessee River.

Disaster assistance for 2012 frost or freeze fruit crop losses announced by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.

Farmers who did not have access to crop insurance and are in primary and adjacent counties that received a Secretarial disaster designation because of frost or freeze in 2012 are eligible for NAP assistance. Losses due to weather damage or other adverse natural occurrences may also qualify for program assistance.

NAP enrollment began Tuesday. Applications must be submitted to Farm Service Agency county offices by Sept. 22, 2014.

“After the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted into law, USDA expedited the restart of disaster assistance programs as a top priority,” said FSA Administrator Juan Garcia. “Fruit producers experienced significant financial losses from weather-related damage in 2012. NAP provides them with long-awaited disaster relief.”

To expedite applications, producers who experienced losses are encouraged to collect records documenting these losses in preparation for the sign-up in this program. Producers also are encouraged to contact their FSA county office to schedule an appointment. Limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and beginning producers are eligible for premium reductions and also may be eligible for fee reductions.

Interested producers can view the 2012 NAP Coverage for Frost, Freeze or Weather Related Fruit Losses Fact Sheet at, or visit a local FSA office. To find out if land is located in an eligible frost/freeze county, visit

Tuesday's announcement was made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America.

For more information, visit

What's News in Marion?

Today's Crittenden Press printed edition has a variety of local articles and information about upcoming events in the community. Don't miss what's News in Crittenden County. Among the things you will find are:

  • Reward is offered in theft of public property.
  • Fair pageants start this week, other events next week.
  • Officer Chuck Hoover is leaving Marion PD for another agency.
  • Man with local ties is now a New York Yankee.
  • Moxley is Veteran of the Month.
  • Back to School information. Classes start Aug. 12.
  • CCHS is now short a basketball coach.
  • Underdown's History: Election of 1918.
Get the details from these and other stories in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press. On sale this afternoon at newsstands or available by subscription.

School Supplies: Get a Voucher

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Monday, July 21, 2014

2 charged in Livingston assault

A Salem man and woman were arrested on assault charges early Sunday morning after the male suspect allegedly attacked another man with a knife at a home in rural Livingston County.

Anthony Floyd, 47, is charged with second-degree assault, a Class C felony; first-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony; and menacing, a misdemeanor. 

According to Livingston County Sheriff's Department reports, deputies were called to a scene near Lola shortly after midnight. They were told that Floyd and Shawnna Murray, 24, of Salem had arrived by vehicle at the residence of Floyd's ex-wife on New Union Church Road off Ky. 838. Floyd allegedly began damaging a vehicle parked at a home. 

A man at the home tried to stop Floyd's alleged abuse of the vehicle and investigators say Floyd turned a knife on him, cutting the man multiple times.

Murray was charged with complicity to second-degree assault, complicity to first-degree criminal mischief and complicity to menacing.

Both Floyd and Murray were lodged in the McCracken County where they remained this morning, each under a $2,500 cash bond

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Traffic restricted on U.S. 60 in Union County

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on U.S. 60 at Sturgis in Union County starting Monday.

U.S. 60 will restricted to one lane with alternating flow controlled by an automated signal from mile-point 6.361 to mile-point 6.734 to allow concrete pavement repairs near the Sturgis floodwall.

This is part of a larger project that will include asphalt paving along U.S. 60 from mile-point 6.734 near the Ky. 270 intersection to mile-point 13.077 near the Eagle Creek Bridge to be scheduled at a later date.

Roger’s Group is the prime contractor on this $1,661,762 highway improvement project.

Entries sought for Fredonia parade

Organizers of the Fredonia Valley Parade are seeking entries. They are also looking for Fredonia residents over the age of 90 to be recognized collectively as grand marshal.

The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 8.

Entries sought include antique cars, trucks and tractors, horses, wagons and emergency vehicles. Organizers are also encouraging school clubs and those seeking or already in political office to participate.

“This year, for the grand marshal we are doing something a little different,” said Michelle Travis. “We are recognizing anyone who is a resident of Fredonia who is age 90 or above.”

Names of those individuals can be given to Travis by calling (270) 625-6936 or Glenna Rowland at (270) 562-4252.

For more information or to enter the parade, contact Travis.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Area death

Robert Lee Rich Jr., 81, of Marion died July 17, 2014, at Crittenden Health Systems. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Ky. 139 in Caldwell County to close Monday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) plans to close Ky. 139 in Caldwell County on Monday.

Ky. 139/Farmersville Road will be closed near the 23-mile marker for major repair work.  This closure is near Towery Cemetery Road, about halfway between Bright Life Farm and the Caldwell-Crittenden County line.

The roadway is expected to close about 8 a.m. It is expected to reopen by about 2 p.m. Monday.

There will be no marked detour. However, motorists may self-detour via Ky. 70, Ky. 293 and Ky. 1592.

This project is scheduled on a weather permitting basis.

Conrad's sale: Today, Tomorrow

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Paducah call center to employ 550

Paducah and McCracken County officials gathered Tuesday to celebrate the 400 jobs that Colorado-based TeleTech Holdings is bringing to the area when they got some unexpected good news - an additional 150 new jobs.

Todd Baxter, senior vice president of operations for TeleTech, made the surprise announcement when he took his turn at the podium during an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company's state-of-the-art call center in Paducah Commerce Park. Originally, TeleTech planned to hire 300 at the new location and an additional 100 employees in the old Commerce Center downtown, which will be remodeled.

"Our intention is to bring 550 new jobs all told," Baxter said, to an outburst of smiles and applause. "I thought I'd start with that."

For the complete story, visit The Paducah Sun.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Local man injured in U.S. 60 wreck

A Crittenden County man was injured in a single-vehicle accident this evening on U.S. 60 East.

Barry Brantley, 30, of Nunn Switch Road was eastbound on U.S. 60 in a 2013 Toyota Camry when, according to Crittenden County Sheriff's Deputy Don Perry, he appeared to run off the right shoulder of the road and overcorrected, exiting the left side of the highway. The car flipped several times and came to a rest on its top.

Brantley was transported to Crittenden Health Systems by Crittenden EMS for what were reportedly non-life-threatening head injuries. Deputy Perry said the man was alert and responsive to EMTs.

The accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. about 3 miles east of Marion near the highway's intersection with J.P. Howerton Road. Speed was probably a contributing factor, said Deputy Perry.

Mattoon Volunteer Fire Department and Crittenden County Constable Billy Arflack assisted Perry at the scene.

Interagency council meeting cancelled

Thursday's meeting of the Crittenden County Interagency Council has been cancelled.

This week's Press

Readers will find a great deal of local news and information in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press, including the following:
  • The county fair is next week. This week's Press includes the annual Fair Guide.
  • Probation is denied and a former school teacher is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • A Murray man with local ties is charged with raping a young girl.
  • See three local folks who are really "into" their cars... Special Automotive Section.
  • It's someone's 50th anniversary.
  • Sean Thompson is back in Rocket colors.
  • Dycusburg burglary leads to arrests.
This week's newspaper will be on newsstands this afternoon.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Area death

Effie Shaffer, 100, died July 15, 2014. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Area death

Frankie Helen Haney, 65, of Marion died July 12, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Metropolis, Ill. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is handling the arrangements.

Animal Alert: Dog missing

Missing from Gum Street area since July 2 is a male, year-and-a-half old, straight-haired black and white Pomaranean. Wearing tags. Has been neutered. Family pet. Please call 270-704-2531.

Tuesday Air Evac Registration at CHS

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

CCHS SBDM to meet Tuesday

The next meeting of the Crittenden County High School SBDM Council is
Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

NWS warns of Sunday weather extremes

The National Weather Service in Paducah is warning of two weather extremes for Sunday.

Sunday will see the heat index approach 100 during the afternoon, but severe storms could make an appearance in the early evening as a cold front passes across western Kentucky. A chance of thunderstorms will continue through Monday night. The primary hazard should severe storms occur, warns the NWS, is damaging winds.

Mowing crews ramping up activity

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and state highway maintenance crews plan to ramp up mowing activities along highways across the region starting on Monday.

Crews will be mowing along interstates, parkways and federal highways, as well as many rural secondary highways.

Mowing crews will be working during daylight hours as weather allows. Litter pick-up crews will be working in advance of contract mowing crews along major routes.

Motorists are urged to use appropriate caution when encountering a mowing zone. Mower operators often have to cross travel lanes as they go about their work cutting grass along state right-of-way. This creates a potential conflict with passing traffic.

Due to the level of activity, mowing zones should be approached with the same level of caution as other work zones. Slow down, put down your cell phone and pay close attention to what is ahead of you.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Armed man fatally shot by Princeton police chief in apparent bank robbery attempt

A Princeton man is dead after being shot this morning by Princeton's police chief in an apparent bank robbery attempt. Kentucky State Police are investigating the shooting.

At approximately 8:52 a.m. today, KSP Post 2 in Madisonville was contacted by the Princeton Police Department in reference to an officer-involved shooting that occurred at Planters Bank located at 208 N. Jefferson St. in Princeton.

Shortly after the bank opened, a lone suspect entered the bank wearing a stocking over his face and armed with a handgun. Princeton Police Chief Don Weedman was inside the bank and confronted the suspect. Chief Weedman instructed the suspect to relinquish his weapon; however, the suspect ignored the chief’s verbal commands, turned towards the chief and discharged his weapon. The chief returned fire and struck the suspect, fatally wounding him.

Caldwell County Coroner Dewayne Trafford pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. Chief Weedman was not injured, and no other injuries were reported.

The suspect was identified as James E. Hamm, 67, of Princeton. An autopsy was performed today at the state medical examiner’s office in Madisonville. The preliminary results indicate that Hamm died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Chief Weedman has been placed on paid, administration leave.

KSP Sergeant Derek Smith is continuing the investigation.

KSP Post 2 units, Princeton Police Department, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department and the Caldwell County Coroner’s Office assisted at the scene.

Suspect in Princeton bank robbery killed by police

The Times Leader in Princeton is reporting the suspect in an attempted bank robbery on Friday, the second robbery at the same bank in three days, was shot and killed by local police. The Planters Bank on North Jefferson Street was the target of a robbery for the second time this week Friday morning. Another robbery occurred at the bank at about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday. Kentucky State Police secured a wide perimeter around Planters Bank as the investigation into Friday morning's apparent robbery and shooting unfolded.

For more, visit the Kentucky New Era online.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Try Regency Inn, Eddyville

Have guests coming to the area?

Need a place to stay near the lakes area?

Try the Regency Inn in Eddyville.

Signature Boutique: Grand Opening

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Wreck blocking I-69 on-ramp

At 9:30 p.m. the ramp re-opened.

There is an oversized load that has overturned blocking the Ky. 91 ramp to Interstate 69 southbound at Princeton.

The truck was hauling a 110,000-pound section of a drilling rig. Three industrial-strength wreckers have been called to the site in an attempt to upright the load.

Estimated duration is three to four hours.

Detour for the ramp is via the other Princeton exit and looping back or via U.S. 62 to I-69 South at Eddyville.

Area death

Willie "Billie" York, 88, of Providence died July 9, 2014, at Salem Springlake Care Center. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

State's 2014 highway fatalities trail 2013

Through Monday, Kentucky has recorded 313 highway fatalities this year, according to the state's Office of Highway Safety. That compares with 338 fatalities through the same period in 2013.

Of the fatal wrecks so far in 2014, there have been 34 fatalities involving commercial vehicles and 35 fatal motorcycle mishaps.

Alcohol was a factor in 21 percent of the state's fatalities through Monday, the Office of Highway Safety said on its website.

Of 2014's fatalities through Monday, 27 have been pedestrians or non-motorists. Of the 35 motorcycle fatalities through the period this year, helmets were not in use in 25 of them.

Kentucky offers big discount on GED test

Getting a General Education Diploma in Kentucky just a lot got cheaper — for a while.

For a limited time, qualifying students can take the test for as little as $40, a savings of $80, state education officials announced Wednesday.

The test can be taken in four parts, and $20 vouchers are available for each part. The vouchers are being financed with federal Workforce Investment Act funds.

"We are pleased to offer this opportunity and are hopeful that Kentuckians will take full advantage of it," said Reecie Stagnolia, vice president for Kentucky Adult Education at the Council on Postsecondary Education.

The vouchers will be distributed while supplies last. To determine eligibility, residents should contact their local adult education centers. Contact information is available at

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Governor directs flags to half staff

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

Services for Staff Sgt. Studenmund, who died June 9, will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.

According to the Department of Defense, Studenmund, 24, of Pasadena, Calif., died in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell.

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

Farmers Bank phone number spoofed

Officials are warning of a caller ID spoofing scheme in which a caller disguises themselves as being from Farmers Bank & Trust Co. of Marion.

A call was received by a customer of the bank earlier today in which an automated message prompted the customer to push a number on the keypad if they were interested in lowering their interest rate on their line of credit. After following the prompt, the customer was then directed to a call center.

"It was possibly from a foreign country according to the caller's accent," said Chris Cook, executive vice president of the bank.

The customer was deceived by the caller ID, which showed the number (270) 965-1820, the phone number for the loan department at the bank. Caller ID even identified the call as coming from Farmers Bank.

Marion Police Department and the bank were notified of the spoofing incident.

"It's important to never give out your personal information," warned Cook in regard to suspicious calls.

In today's Crittenden Press

Today's Crittenden Press printed edition has a variety of informative articles about what is happening in Marion and Crittenden County. Among them are the following:
  • Kentucky's state auditor finds problems at the Crittenden County Detention Center from 2013 when Rickey Riley was jailer. The auditor's findings have been handed over to Kentucky State Police for further investigation.
  • Victory Garden: It's harvest time. See what's available for the public.
  • Roni Asbridge served as county judge, jailer and sheriff. Take a trip with him along memory lane.
  • You know Belt is a common Crittenden County name. See why the family reunion has international flavor.
  • Another local boy is headed to college to play baseball... and he's a Belt.
  • Tammy Duvall has a new job at the high school. She's No. 2.
  • Football camp starts tomorrow. Get the details.
  • Marion Pit BBQ is recognized by USA Today.
Get your newspaper today at The Press office or from several area retail outlets. Newsstands are located at: Five Star - Liberty Fuels - Ideal - Food Giant - Conrad's - KB Pharmacy - Glenn's Apothecary - Salem Foods - Fredonia Foods and More - Tambco - Salem Pit Stop - Glenn's Prescription Center - Newtown's Grocery

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Area deaths

Donald Reed “Hurtsy” Easley, 75, of Birmingham, Ala., formerly of Marion, died July 7, 2014. Ridout’s Trussville Chapel in Birmingham is in charge of arrangements.

Eric Lee Knight, 34, of Adolphus, Ky., formerly of Marion, died July 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Home For Sale

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Youth football camp this week

Crittenden County’s youth football camp will be held Thursday through Saturday (July 10-12) at Rocket Arena.

The camp is for youngsters age 5-15 and will run from 8 to 11 a.m., each day of camp.

Rocket football coaches and high school players will be instructors. Campers will learn fundamentals of football in individual and team settings. There also will be flag football games held at the end of each day. That event is a favorite among campers.

Registration forms are available at The Crittenden Press. Campers may also register on the first day of camp.  Cost is $30, but discounts are available for families with more than one registrant.

Area death

Steven A. Newcom, 62, formerly of Chandler, Ind., died July 4, 2014, at Gentiva Inpatient Unit in Fort Worth, Texas. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Local girl on hunting show

Katya with her big Tolu buck
Katya Davies, a high school girl from Crittenden County, will be featured in a hunting segment on the Pursuit Channel tonight. The 9 p.m., program is Spook Nation, hunting with Spook Spann. 

Davies harvested a huge buck in Tolu early last fall and the hunt was recorded on videotape.

The show can bee seen on DirecTV channel 604.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

'How the West Was Won' showing in Smithland

Livingston County Historical and Genealogical Society will show “How the West Was Won” on Saturday in the old courthouse in Smithland.

Portions of the 1962 movie were filmed in Smithland.

Were you an extra in this movie? Come by and share your stories with the group. Those wishing to dress in costume are encouraged to do so.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. for everyone to reminisce, socialize and enjoy the music, displays and memories. The movie will start at 5 p.m. and will be shown in the courtroom.

Concessions will be available. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

The historical and genealogical society hopes to be able to present other movies throughout the year. For more information, call (270) 928-4656.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Area death

Shelby Jean Penn, 75, of Marion died July 3, 2014, at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Area death

Randy Campbell, 55, of Ledbetter died July 4, 2014, at Baptist Health Paducah. Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Area death

William G. “Bill” Adams, 57, of Marion died July 3, 2014, at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Man injured in Fords Ferry Road crash

Kentucky State Police have identify the individual in the wreck as Danny A. Fowler, 39, of Marion. He was flown by PHI Air Medical from Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services to an Evansville, Ind., hospital for treatment. There were no passengers involved.

Fowler was charged with DUI and cited to court by Trooper First Class Darron Holliman.

One man was injured in a single-vehicle crash this morning on Fords Ferry Road.

The identity of the injured man has not been released. He was reportedly being flown to a regional hospital with a head injury.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Work to close Wilson Farm Road

Today, Crittenden County's state highway maintenance crew plans to close Ky. 1905/Wilson Farm Road at mile-point 0.9 near Duke's Golf Course. This closure is to replace a cross drain.

On Monday, the crew plans to close the road at mile-point 1.9. This closure on Monday is also to replace a cross drain.

The roadway will close starting at about 7 a.m. each day. The roadway is expected to reopen by about 3 p.m. each day.

There will be no marked detour.

Both dates are weather permitting.

Area fireworks displays scheduled

At least two local fireworks displays have been promoted for Independence Day.

Tolu will present its fifth annual Fourth of July Blowout on Friday at the community center. Giveaways include a 46-inch flatscreen television, a handmade quilt and $100 gift card. Concessions begin at 4 p.m. Fireworks begin after dark. All proceeds go to benefit the Tolu Community Center.

Meantime, Salem Baptist Church will host its own celebration from 6 to 9  p.m. Friday at the Christian Life Center. There will be free barbecue, back-seat lawnmower races, music, games and inflatables. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Other area fireworks displays

  • "Sparks along the River" at Venture River Waterpark in Eddyville, 9 p.m.
  • Moors Resort on Kentucky Lake, dusk.
  • The Homeplace Smoke Balloon at Land Between the Lakes, 4 p.m.
  • Lake Barkley State Park, dusk.
  • Fireworks from Kentucky Dam Marina, dusk.
  • "Blast Over Kuttawa Harbor” shot from Old Kuttawa Beach, 9 p.m.
  • Kenlake Marina in Aurora, dusk.
  • "Thunder Over Eddy Bay" at Eddy Creek Marina Resort, 9:30 p.m.

Italian Grill reopens July 8

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Patriotic service set for tonight

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. today 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.

Area deaths

Norma Wuster, 101, of Franklin, Ind., formerly of Livingston County died July 1, 2014, at the Franklin United Methodist Community Home. Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Lance E. Lynn, 29, of Marion died June 27, 2014, at his home. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Jessica Marie Lynn, 27, of Marion died June 27, 2014, at her home. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Leora Lynch Landers, 88, of Marion died June 30, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Storm has left hundreds without power

As of 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, power had been restored to all KU customers in Crittenden County; however, in the Sheridan area of the county, four Kenergy customers remain without electricity after an outage occurred at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. Power was expected to be restored by 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Pockets of residence across Marion and Crittenden County are without power this evening after strong winds ripped through the area on the front end of a cold front moving east.

Maxine Croft said power has been out since about 6:30 p.m. all across the Tolu area where she lives. In fact, Kenergy Corp.'s outage map shows 748 customers affected by that outage, which covers an area from Crayne to west of Marion and northwest to the river at Carrsville and Tolu. Kenergy crews are currently on the scene assessing the situation.

In Weston, one Kenergy customer is without power and another 35 have no electricity in Dycusburg. A crew is currently at that site as well and expects to have power restored before 9 p.m.

In Marion, Kentucky Utilities Co. is currently showing only two outages affecting five customers. KU is reporting no other outages in the county and expects all electricity to be restored by 10:30 p.m.

There are also several reports of trees down across roads in the county. There are trees felled on Frances Road, Levias Road and Hebron Church Road. There are also six reported down across Reiters View Road. Just before 9 p.m., Crittenden County Road Department crews were working overtime en route to remove the trees from the roadways.

Italian Grill returns July 8

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Trade-In Sale at Johnson's

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Area deaths

Clara Lee Whitt, 91, of Marion died June 29, 2014, at her home. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

William Kent, 70, of Calvert City died June 30, 2014, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Anita Howard, 42, of Salem died July 1, 2014, at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Gabrielle Maria "Gabby" Schanz, 14, of Marion died June 30, 2014, in Marion. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Double death investigation

Kentucky State Police are investigating two deaths. Police were notified about 8:30 p.m., Monday of the discovery of a man and woman found dead in their home on Ky. 91 North. The man was aged 29 and woman 27.

An autopsy is being conducted today at the state medical examiner's office in Madisonville.

No names are being released pending the outcome of the autopsy.