Friday, August 29, 2014

In Marion: Job Opportunity


Paving to begin Tuesday on U.S. 60 in Union County

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) has completed concrete repairs and base repair work along a section of U.S. 60 in Union County. The contractor now plans to start paving on Tuesday.

Asphalt paving along U.S. 60 will run from mile-point 6.734 near the Ky. 270 intersection extending eastward to mile-point 13.077 near the Eagle Creek Bridge.

The contractor plans to restrict paving activity to reduce disruptions to school traffic.  The contractor will be primarily paving outside of peak school travel periods to avoid conflicts with bus traffic.

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 roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

Roger’s Group is the prime contractor on this $1.66 million highway improvement project. This paving work is scheduled on a weather permitting basis. Work along this section is expected to take a week or two to complete.

There will be no paving along a 0.38+mile section of U.S. 60 at the entrance to Union County Hospital. Plans call for this section to be reconstructed to add a turn lane for the hospital entrance at a later date.

Simulcast Sept. 13

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Burn ban lifted for county

Just one day after a countywide burn ban was issued by Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom, the order has been rescinded. The rain that fell Wednesday along with a forecast for more precipitation spurred Newcom to make the decision.

"Even though the majority of the county has yet to reach anywhere near the 2-inch rainfall amount, most of the county has gotten some much needed rain over the past couple of days," Newcom said today in his order. "The forecast for the next several days indicates a greater possibility of rain chances and lower temperatures. I would still encourage all citizens to exercise caution with all planned outdoor burning activities."

The county will revert back to normal state burning laws.

Governor announces I-24 median cable barrier project

Motorists traveling along Interstate 24 will soon see the addition of more median cable barriers in McCracken, Marshall and Christian counties.

During a ceremony at the I-24 welcome center in Hopkinsville Thursday, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that work has begun on the $3.1 million, 24-mile installation project.

“Early in my administration, we had a serious problem – crossover crashes – and a shortage of money, but we were determined to do something about it,” Gov. Beshear said. “The solution we chose was cable barriers. We aggressively began deploying cable barrier systems, and the result has been a dramatic reduction in crossover crashes. That also means fewer medical expenses and liability, and most importantly, fewer funerals and heartbroken families.”

Placement of cable barriers is determined by traffic volume and crash data. Kentucky has more than 240 miles of barrier installed or in the process of installation – most of it along interstates and highways in urban areas. More rural areas have qualified to receive barriers under the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) due to the increase of those data factors.

This year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has budgeted $6.1 million for median barrier installation. The cost per mile averages $140,000 to $150,000 per mile.

The current median cable barrier installation is in two sections along I-24. The project in Paducah starts near the Ohio River and continues past the U.S. 68 Exit 16 interchange in Marshall County.

In Christian County, the project begins near the U.S. 41-Alternate Exit 86 interchange and extends to the Kentucky-Tennessee line. This particular section is a continuation of a nearly 16-mile installation project completed in July 2014.

The project was awarded to the George B. Stone Co. of Sharpsburg. Completion is expected in October 2014.

Over the last 3 and a half years, there have been 27 crossover collisions, four resulting in fatalities, recorded near the McCracken-Marshall County project area. Comparatively, the Christian County stretch has witnessed 25 crossover collisions, four of which resulted in fatalities.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Governor's race heating up

While all eyes are on Kentucky’s contentious U.S. Senate race as Election Day nears, another battle between GOP hopefuls for governor is nearing a boil. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced his gubernatorial ambitions at this year’s Fancy Farm picnic, and he’s set to formally unveil his campaign and running mate Sept. 9 in his hometown of Tompkinsville. His entry in the race pits him against Louisville real estate developer Hal Heiner, the only other Republican on the 2015 gubernatorial ballot thus far.

Read more at The State Journal online.

Paducah named world's fifth smartest city

See if you can complete this list of the world's top five cities as tourist destinations: San Francisco, Paris, Mumbai, Rome and ....... If you guessed Paducah, you would be right. In "The 2014 Traveler 50: World's Smartest Cities," featured in the October issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine, Paducah is right there at No. 5 sandwiched between Paris and Melbourne.

For more, visit The Paducah Sun online.

Backyard BBQ set for Sept. 27

The third annual Backyard BBQ fundraiser for Fohs Hall is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 27.

The celebration of the musical heritage of western Kentucky will be held at Dale and Janet Kemper’s home in Marion. Barbecue ribs and shoulder with all the fixings will be served for $25 per plate. Music will include headliner Too Old to Care, featuring former Marion residents Tom Loyd and Bob Watson.

Reservations are required by Sept. 12 and can be made by calling (270) 965-3332 or (270) 836-3133.

Former jailer, sheriff's deputy dies

Former Crittenden County Jailer and Sheriff's Deputy Rickey Riley has died.

Crittenden EMS and emergency responders were dispatched just after 9:50 a.m. today to Riley's home on Ky. 91 North. When emergency personnel arrived, they found Riley motionless on a tractor he had been using to mow his lawn. CPR was performed on Riley, but he was later pronounced at Crittenden Health Systems.

The cause of death is unclear at present, but Riley had suffered from heart problems.

Riley, 67, served for a number of years with the Henderson Police Department, attaining the rank of assistant chief. He then worked for a brief period as an instructor at Kentucky's police academy before joining Crittenden County Sheriff's Department as a deputy. In 2003, he was appointed Crittenden County Jailer and served in that capacity until his retirement in August of 2013.

Arrangements for Riley are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Three More Nights of Revival


Pleasant Grove General Baptist Church
Proudly Presents
FALL REVIVAL 2014
August 25-29 -- 7pm Nightly

FEATURING
Monday, Aug. 25 -- Bro. Jr. Deason
Tuesday, Aug. 26 -- Bro. Mike Grimes
Wednesday, Aug. 27 -- Bro. David Davis
Thursday, Aug. 28 -- Bro. Herbert Alexander Jr.
Friday, Aug. 29 -- Bro. Shawn Stephens

Church is located on Hwy. 723 north of Salem, Ky.

Burn ban issued for Crittenden County


A no-burn order has been issued for the entire county by Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom effective today. The recent extreme heat combined with the lack of adequate rainfall has created a high risk of wildfire.

"In an effort to protect our citizens, property, environment and the many volunteer firefighters, I find it necessary to implement this burn ban at this time," said Newcom.

This order prohibits all outdoor burning and will remain in effect until the county experiences a minimum rainfall of 2 inches in a 24-hour period or until lifted by Newcom.

Labor Day Appliance Sale

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

County attorney takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge



County Attorney Rebecca Johnson and Assistant County Attorney Wes Hunt take their turn at the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday afternoon outside Johnson's law office.

Revival Continues Tonight at Pleasant Grove


Pleasant Grove General Baptist Church
Proudly Presents
FALL REVIVAL 2014
August 25-29 -- 7pm Nightly

FEATURING
Monday, Aug. 25 -- Bro. Jr. Deason
Tuesday, Aug. 26 -- Bro. Mike Grimes
Wednesday, Aug. 27 -- Bro. David Davis
Thursday, Aug. 28 -- Bro. Herbert Alexander Jr.
Friday, Aug. 29 -- Bro. Shawn Stephens

Church is located on Hwy. 723 north of Salem, Ky.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Community leaders accept Ice Bucket Challenge


Several community leaders accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Monday afternoon. Above (from left) Marion policeman Jerry Parker, Crittenden County Sheriff Wayne Agent, Benny Johnson and Sheriff's Deputy Eddie Myers get doused with buckets of cold water on the courthouse lawn. See this week's issue of The Crittenden Press to find out who else accepted the challenge.

CCHS Curriculum Committee meeting

Crittenden County High School Curriculum Committee will meet at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Big Bucket Challenge today in Marion

Rumor has it that there will be a major Challenge Acceptance today at 4 p.m., on the Courthouse Lawn.

Read more about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a growing trend that's brought in about $80 million for "Lou Gehrig's Disease."

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Victory Gardens need help picking

Help is needed to pick the community Victory Gardens at 6 p.m. Mondays. Organizer Robbie Kirk said about seven pickers showed up this week. More are sorely needed, he said. Fresh vegetables are distributed from the garden each Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. at the garden pavilion. An access to the gardens is on the north side of Shopko.

Pleasant Grove Revival


Pleasant Grove General Baptist Church
Proudly Presents
FALL REVIVAL 2014
August 25-29 -- 7pm Nightly

FEATURING
Monday, Aug. 25 -- Bro. Jr. Deason
Tuesday, Aug. 26 -- Bro. Mike Grimes
Wednesday, Aug. 27 -- Bro. David Davis
Thursday, Aug. 28 -- Bro. Herbert Alexander Jr.
Friday, Aug. 29 -- Bro. Shawn Stephens

Church is located on Hwy. 723 north of Salem, Ky.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Johnson's Labor Day Sale

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Revival at Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove General Baptist Church
Proudly Presents
FALL REVIVAL 2014
August 25-29 -- 7pm Nightly

FEATURING
Monday, Aug. 25 -- Bro. Jr. Deason
Tuesday, Aug. 26 -- Bro. Mike Grimes
Wednesday, Aug. 27 -- Bro. David Davis
Thursday, Aug. 28 -- Bro. Herbert Alexander Jr.
Friday, Aug. 29 -- Bro. Shawn Stephens

Church is located on Hwy. 723 north of Salem, Ky.

U.S. 60 work zone in Sturgis scheduled to come down Monday

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) is finishing out concrete work along U.S. 60 at Sturgis in Union County.

U.S. 60 has been 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.

The contractor is working on a final concrete pour along this section. The concrete will be allowed to cure over the weekend. The work zone is expected to be removed early on Monday.

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. The contractor has completed base repairs along this section. The contractor plans to pave this section sometime after Labor Day.

When asphalt paving begins, the contractor will restrict activity to reduce disruptions to school traffic. The contractor will be paving at night and on weekends to help avoid conflicts with bus traffic.

Roger’s Group is the prime contractor on this $1.66 million highway improvement project.

There will be no paving along a 0.38 mile section of U.S. 60 at the entrance to Union County Hospital. Plans call for this section to be reconstructed to add a turn lane for the hospital entrance at a later date.

Area death

Carolyn Sue Bailey, 67, of Crittenden County died Aug. 21, 2014, at her home following a long illness. Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville is in charge of arrangements.

Rockets' kickoff still on schedule

Although summer is heating up just in time for  the first football game, Crittenden's opening contest tonight vs. Fulton City is still on schedule for 7 p.m. Coaches and school officials will closely monitor the heat index and follow KHSAA rules regarding sporting events during heat advisories.

PACS in search of fans for needy

The local PACS office is currently in need of donations of fans for cooling for individuals in the community without air-conditioning. Donations can be made at The PACS office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 402 N. Walker St. in Marion. For more information, call their office at (270) 965-4763.

Pleasant Grove General Baptist Church
Proudly Presents
FALL REVIVAL 2014
August 25-29 -- 7pm Nightly

FEATURING
Monday, Aug. 25 -- Bro. Jr. Deason
Tuesday, Aug. 26 -- Bro. Mike Grimes
Wednesday, Aug. 27 -- Bro. David Davis
Thursday, Aug. 28 -- Bro. Herbert Alexander Jr.
Friday, Aug. 29 -- Bro. Shawn Stephens

Church is located on Hwy. 723 north of Salem, Ky.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Monday deadline for a race day shirt


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Press seeking local World War II veterans

The Crittenden Press would like to honor all World War II veterans living in Crittenden County in an upcoming issue of the newspaper. If you are a veteran of the war or know of someone who is, contact Editor Daryl K. Tabor at (270) 965-3191 or email thepress@the-press.com

Construction alters Eddyville traffic signal

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) has made adjustments to a traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 641 and U.S. 62 east of Eddyville in Lyon County to facilitate ongoing construction along a section of U.S. 62.

The traffic signal at U.S. 62 and U.S. 641 has been traffic activated. Due to construction, the traffic detection loops have been disconnected and technicians have put the signal into timer mode. Due to the addition of lanes along U.S. 62, a new signal will eventually be constructed for this intersection. The switch from traffic activation to timer mode is to facilitate that work and other construction along U.S. 62.

In addition to U.S. 62 and U.S. 641, this signal also handles traffic from Ky. 3305, which is the south leg of the intersection.

Motorists should be aware of the timed phasing at this signal and take note of changes in traffic flow it may create at the intersection. Motorists should also be alert for traffic shifts that may be required to facilitate ongoing construction along U.S. 62  in this area.

Jim Smith Contracting is the prime contractor on this $14.8 million four-laning project. This project is on a working day schedule with an anticipated completion in the summer of 2015.

Area deaths

Larry Lee McKinney, 71, of Marion died Aug. 19, 2014, at his residence. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Donald May, 85, of Gilbertsville died Aug. 19, 2014, at his home. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Frances Goolsby, 84, of Marion died Aug. 19, 2014, at Baptist Health Paducah. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Heat, humidity a concern through Saturday

August is about to live up to its reputation as the hottest month of the year.

The National Weather Service office in Paducah has issued a heat advisory for the western third of Kentucky through 7 p.m. Saturday as the mercury climbs well into the 90s over the next several days, pushing the heat index into triple digits. The heat will combine with high humidity to create a situation where heat illnesses are possible.

Outdoor activities should be limited and rescheduled for the early morning or evening, the weather service advised.

McConnell and Grimes assail each other, talk farm policy at Farm Bureau forum

In a warm-up for their only scheduled debate this fall, Kentucky's two major U.S. Senate candidates assailed each other as they discussed farm-related policy at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's "Measure the Candidates" forum. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, didn't break much new ground as they divided the afternoon into a punctuated stump speech by Grimes and wonkish filibusters by McConnell.

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

CCHS KCID to meet this afternoon

Crittenden County High School KCID will meet today at 3:15 p.m. in Room 121 at the high school.

False alarm on fire

Shortly after 8 a.m., emergency personnel were called to a house fire on Wilson Farm Road. However, once firemen were on the scene, they discovered it was a false alarm.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What's News in Marion?

It's Game Time !
If you don't read this week's Crittenden Press printed edition, you'll miss knowing about community news and events such as these:
  • It's football time! Special preview section
  • Spay/Neuter vouchers available
  • Victory garden needs pickers
  • Local reunion for veterans
  • Water thefts lead to 3 arrests
  • Schools want more taxes
  • Classic car man in Crayne
  • 88 Dip thieves back to jail
  • Mail carrier wreck
  • Upcoming town hall meeting
The Press is available on newsstands starting today. Most local convenience stores, groceries and drug stores sell single copies of The Press. You can also subscribe to the hand-held version or full electronic version by clicking here.

Area death

Mary Frances Goolsby, 84, of Marion died Aug. 19, 2014, at Baptist Health Paducah. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CCMS SBDM to meet Wednesday

Crittenden County Middle School school-based decision making council will meet on at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

CCHS SBDM moves meeting

Crittenden County High School’s school-based decision making council will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the school.

Wooden Bat Old Timers Baseball

There will be an Old Timers Wooden Bat Baseball Game at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14 at City-County Park.

Proceeds benefit youth baseball. Cost is $20 per player, which includes a T-shirt if you register and pay by Sept. 5.

No one under 30 may pitch.

You do not have to be a Crittenden County alumnus to play.

Wooden bats will be available.

Email Chris Evans or phone 270-704-0435 or Brian "Catfish" Hunt at 270-704-0232.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Spay/neuter vouchers offered

Crittenden County Animal Shelter will be selling spay/neuter vouchers from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 at the shelter off U.S. 60 east of Marion.

The cost is $50 for dogs or cats and will be available to the residents of Crittenden, Livingston and Lyon counties. They are good for 90 days with no refunds and can be used at Animal Practice of Marion, Crittenden County Animal Clinic, Flanary Veterinary Clinic, Lyon County Animal Hospital, Princeton Veterinary Clinic, Rogers Veterinary, Stone Veterinary Clinic, Tradewater Animal Hospital and Williams Veterinary Clinic.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Marion woman injured in crash

Kentucky State Police investigated a single-vehicle, injury collision that occurred today on Ky. 506, approximately nine miles east of Marion. The accident occurred at 2:05 p.m. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that U.S. mail carrier Nancy Robertson, 64, of Marion was operating a 2002 Buick Century westbound on Ky. 506 when she ran off the left side of the roadway, over a guardrail and down an embankment. It came to rest in the creek bed.   

Robertson was removed from the vehicle by the Crittenden County Rescue Squad and transported via ambulance to Baptist Health Paducah for treatment. There were no passengers involved.

Trooper First Class Darron Holliman investigated the collision. Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department, Crittenden County Rescue Squad and Crittenden County EMS assisted at the scene.

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Area death

Bro. Hardin Irvin Hosey, 77, of the Mt. Hermon community in Tennessee, died Aug. 13, 2014, at his home following a four-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was a former pastor of Deer Creek Baptist Church in Crittenden County. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah is in charge of arrangements.

Adult Ed Center hosting open house

Crittenden County Adult Education Center will be hosting an open house Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. for all students and potential students. Officials at the center located on East Bellville Street in Marion invite visitors to check out its new look and new technology, as well as learn about the center's services and enjoy free ice cream.

Livingston middle school SBDM meetings set

Regular meetings of the Livingston County Middle School School-Based Decision Making Council take place on the third Wednesday of each month beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the school's Cardinal Room.

SBDM meetings for the 2014-15 academic year will occur next Wednesday and on Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20 and June 17.

Parent and teacher elections are held in March or April of each school year. Everyone is encouraged to join the SBDM standing committee of their choice at any time to provide input for school improvement. These committees meet monthly on Mondays after school.

Call the school at (270) 988-3263 to put an item on the SBDM agenda, join a committee, volunteer or ask questions.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Monthly senior center fundraiser tonight

Crittenden County Senior Citizens Center's monthly fundraiser for home-delivered meals is tonight.

Beans, cornbread and desserts will be served beginning at 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.

Musical entertainment is provided, and side dishes are appreciated.

The fundraisers are held on the second Thursday evening of each month.

The center is located at 210 N. Walker St. in Marion.

Demolition of old Ledbetter Bridge progressing

Demolition of the old Ledbetter Bridge continues
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) is continuing to make progress on the demolition of the old Ledbetter Bridge.

The contractor has removed all of the concrete decking from the three truss spans and has started removing decking on the eastern approach spans at the Livingston County end of the 83-year-old structure. The demolition crew is using a ram mounted on a trackhoe to break up the concrete decking.

The contractor submitted a demolition plan to the U.S. Coast Guard for approval about a month ago. The Coast Guard shared the plan with a river industry trade group and federal agencies for their input. This week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicated they would like to have more input on the project. At this time, the Corps of Engineers is asking for some additional time to review the plan.

The contractor has indicated that removing the remaining deck from the structure will keep their crew busy for up to a month. However, once the demolition plan gains approval by the various agencies, they can be prepared to use explosives to remove sections of the bridge truss within a couple of weeks.

KyTC has indicated they will provide updates on the progress every week or two as the work progresses. The demolition contract calls for all of the bridge to be removed by Dec. 1.

The old Ledbetter Bridge opened to traffic in 1931. It was restricted to a 3-ton load limit while construction of the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter was expedited. Traffic was moved to the new bridge in July 2013.

Two western approach spans on the old Ledbetter Bridge dropped several inches at the end of April this year. The approaches were eventually brought down by land slippage along a bluff on the McCracken County side of the Tennessee River that moved two of the land-base support piers on the bridge. That land movement prompted transportation officials to expedite demolition of the old bridge.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

McConnell leading in re-election bid

A private polling firm based in North Carolina has released its latest results for Kentucky's hotly-contested senate race and a wide-open governor's race in 2015.

The poll from Public Policy Polling has Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell leading Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell leads Grimes and Libertarian David Patterson by a margin of 44/40/7 with 9 percent undecided. Both major party candidates in this race face negative ratings; McConnell’s approval rating is only 37 percent while 54 percent disapprove of his job performance. Grimes' rating is at 45 percent disapproval and 41 percent approval.

The bright spot for Grimes in addition to the fact that the race is so close is that she leads among women in the state. Grimes has a net favorable rating among women at 44/40 and leads among women by one point 42/41.

“Mitch McConnell’s starting to see Republican voters unify around him a little bit more,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. “That’s allowed him to regain a small lead although the race remains very competitive overall.”

Meantime, in the 2015 race for governor, Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway leads each of his likely Republican challengers; Cathy Bailey, Matt Bevin, James Comer and Hal Heiner. Conway leads Bevin and Comer each by three points; 39/36 and 38/35, respectively. Conway leads Bailey and Heiner by wider margins; he leads Bailey 42/30 and Heiner 39/32.

For the full story, visit Public Policy Polling online.

What's news in Marion?

First week back to school in Marion
This week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press will be on newsstands this afternoon. 

Here are some points on interest in this week's issue:
  • City: No more warning before water cut offs
  • Paddy's Bluff quarry changes plan
  • Delinquent taxes: 2 weeks or else
  • Nine file for city council seats
  • Woman threatens teen with gun
  • Fohs Hall BBQ fundraiser coming
  • Book signing at library
  • Youth football information
  • 5K race coming up
  • Soccer and volleyball previews
  • Social Security in Crittenden County
  • Hunting season officially begins
  • Meet the new drug dog
Don't miss these and other interesting local articles in this week's newspaper...on sale in Marion at local groceries, convenience stores, drug stores and at The Press office.

2 teens missing from Union County

UPDATE: The missing girls have been safely located.

Union County authorities are searching for two teens missing since Tuesday night.

Cassandra L. Pinkerton and Alyssa D. Lovell, both of Union County, were last seen at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information on the missing teens is asked to call the Union County Sheriff's Department at (270) 389-1303.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Area deaths

Barbara Markham Bell, 70, of Marion died Aug. 11, 2014, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy “Dottie” Edna Janus, 76, of Portage, Ind., formerly of Marion, died Aug. 8, 2014, at her home. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of local arrangements.

Floyd A. Daughtrey, 79, of Henderson, formerly of Crittenden County, died Aug. 10, 2014, at St. Anthony’s Hospice Lucy Smith King Care Center in Henderson. Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home in Henderson is handling arrangements.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Drivers be aware: It’s back to school time

It's back to school time in Crittenden County for hundreds of students, parents, educators and school staff.  The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is reminding drivers to be alert, use extreme caution and be safe behind the wheel.

Children head back to the classroom Tuesday in Crittenden County.

Each year in the United States, approximately 450,000 public school buses travel 4.3 billion miles to transport 23.5 million children to-and-from school and school-related activities. In 2013, there were 825 collisions either directly or indirectly involving a school bus in Kentucky. These collisions resulted in 316 injuries and one fatality.

“Safety on our roadways is the responsibility of every driver,” KOHS Director Bill Bell said. “Traffic is increasing in and around school zones and school buses are on the road again. This busy time of year can also be a dangerous one – especially for children.”

Fewer daylight hours can make it harder for motorists to see young students. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more school-age pedestrians have been killed between 7 and 8 a.m. and between 3 and 4 p.m. than any other times of the day.

Whether walking, riding a bicycle or catching a school bus to and from school, KOHS is reminding parents and students of safe transportation practices.

School Bus
School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Even so, kids need to be especially careful around the school bus "danger zone" – 10 feet in front, 10 feet behind and on each side of the bus. Kids should:
  • Wait five giant steps from the road and when the school bus arrives, wait until the driver says to board.
  • When boarding the school bus, quickly find a seat, sit facing the front and do what the school bus driver says to do.
  • When exiting the bus, look out for cars. When off the bus, take five giant steps from the school bus.
  • Look left-right-left to make sure no cars are coming and wait for the driver to signal it's safe to cross.

Walking
Pedestrians 10 years old and younger should be accompanied by an adult or young adult on their way to and from school. Kids should:
  • Walk on the sidewalk and if there is none, walk facing traffic.
  • Not push or shove others when you walk.
  • When crossing the street, look left-right-left for cars. Do not cross if a car is coming and use a crosswalk if available.

Biking 
The two best protections when biking to and from school are a properly fitted bicycle helmet and a good grasp of traffic safety rules. Kids should:
  • Always wear a helmet and make sure to buckle the chin strap.
  • Ride along streets with low traffic volume and at lower speeds.
  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic, and stop at all stop signs and signals.
  • Never use headphones or cell phones while riding.

Car 
Children should always ride in the back seat. Children in the front seat are 40 percent more likely to be injured in crashes.

One last tip: Whether walking, biking or driving, stay completely focused on the road and put your cell phone away.

“The importance of highway safety cannot be overstated.  By utilizing these tips, you could save a life,” Bell said.

For more back-to-school safety tips, visit Parents Central at www.safercar.gov/parents.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Blood drive slated for Aug. 13 in Salem

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last three months, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood.
There is also an urgent need for platelet donations.

There will be a blood drive from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Enforcement of weight, speed limits stepped up on Smithland Bridge

Truckers should be aware that Kentucky State Police (KSP) Troopers and Officers with the KSP Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement have stepped up enforcement of the load limit on the U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland.

Responding to a number of recent complaints about overweight trucks crossing the bridge, there will be an enhanced enforcement presence at the bridge.

According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regulations, trucks crossing the bridge have the following gross weight restrictions:

  • Type I trucks: 23 Tons (2 axle)
  • Type II trucks: 23 Tons (3 axle)
  • Type III trucks: 26 Tons (4 axle)
  • Type IV trucks: 35 Tons (5 axle-semi)

Load limit information is posted at the end of all Kentucky bridges. It is the responsibility of the commercial drivers license holder to obey bridge weight restrictions.

While farm trucks hauling crops and trucks hauling certain natural resources are given a margin of error on some highways, all bridge load limits still apply and cannot be exceeded.

While officers are on-site they will also be enforcing the 35 mph speed limit on the bridge.

The U.S. 60 Cumberland River bridge at Smithland, also known as the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge and the Smithland Bridge is a 1,817-foot through truss structure that opened to traffic in 1931. About 5,500 vehicles cross the bridge in an average day.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Back to School Bash

CCHS student Elizabeth Price chats with a teacher
Parents and students flocked to local schools Thursday evening for the annual Back to School Bash at CCMS and CCHS and the Sneak-a-Peek at CCES.

There, parents and students were able to get all the information they need to get started back to class next week.

Crittenden County schools resume on Tuesday.

Rain can create road hazards

Rain moving across the region brings the potential for hazardous driving conditions for the next few days.

It has been weeks since we have had substantial rainfall across most of Western Kentucky.  During extended dry periods a film of oil can develop on road surfaces. When rain first starts to fall this film can create hazardous driving conditions.

Additionally, there is a potential for areas of localized heavy downpours which will create additional safety hazards for motorists.

Please remember to slow down adjust your driving habits to meet localized weather conditions.

Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KYTC Highway District 1 are available by going to www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict1.  You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.

No middle school game Tuesday

Due to repairs at Rocket Stadium, the originally scheduled middle school football game Tuesday between Crittenden and Trigg counties has been cancelled. Read more.

Photography fundamentals offered at WKCTC

West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah is offering a five-week class to teach the fundamentals of photography beginning Aug.  26.

Class instructor Jim Ethridge will cover topics such as camera types, exposure settings, composition, posing, lighting, types of photography and more.

Photographs by Ethridge have been used in several books including: "Paducah, Kentucky: A Center for Culture and Commerce," which was published by Turner Publishing; and "In Your Backyard," an article in the fall 2001 issue of Nature Photographer Magazine. Ethridge has also won several local photography contests.
             
Photographic Fundamentals will be held each Tuesday evening Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Each class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in WKCTC’s Emerging Technology Center, Room 214. A short field trip in Paducah is planned for Sept. 16.

The cost for the five classes is $95. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera. A specific type of camera is not required for the class.

To register, call (270) 534-3335 or follow this link.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Johnson's: Big Fridge Sale!


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Marion couple arrested on drug charges

A Marion couple has been arrested by Kentucky State Police on drug-related offenses following an investigation into a complaint of drug activity.

Carl R. Belt, 41, and Beverly S. McDaniel, 40, were arrested Tuesday night after Trooper First Class Darron Holliman and Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department responded around 9:30 p.m. to a residence on Pleasant Hill Road in reference to a complaint of illegal drug activity. 

While at the residence, consent to search was obtained. During the search, officers located suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Belt was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), first offense, which is a Class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. McDaniel was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), second offense, a Class D Felony.

Both subjects were lodged in Crittenden County Detention Center.

To anonymously report any type of suspected illegal drug activity, citizens can call the KSP toll-free drug tip hotline at (800) DOPE-TIP. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Demolition of old Ledbetter Bridge progressing


A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) has removed about half of the concrete decking on the three main spans of the old Ledbetter Bridge. The contractor cut the concrete and over the last week has been using a trackhoe to break off 3-foot sections of the decking, then using a loader to haul the concrete chunks back down the bridge to the Livingston County side of the Tennessee River for disposal. 

The contractor plans to continue working from west to east along the bridge until the concrete decking is removed from the main spans.

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. They have also provided the plan to other agencies and river industry organizations for their input.

Once the plan is approved, the contractor will be able to provide a timetable for the ongoing demolition work through the summer. Throughout the demolition process, the safety of workers and the public will be of prime importance.

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.

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 and river industry groups to help minimize disruptions to navigation along the Tennessee River.

What's News in Marion!

Donnie Phillips has a new Job
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in this week's Press
School starts Tuesday and there's plenty of banter about the Rocket football team kicking off its season in a few days.

This week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press is full of interesting things you will find nowhere else, not even on the Web!

Here is a taste of this week's Press:
  • 2 local businesses see big changes
  • School District gets a huge insurance bill
  • New gas lines going in ground
  • Some Livingston folks are in trouble in Paducah
  • Info on 1973 and 1974 CCHS Reunions
  • There's a new band director in town
  • Lots and lots of Fair Results
  • William Ralph Paris makes headlines
  • See who's the Rocket Ironman
This and much more awaits readers of the printed version this week. The Press will be on newsstands this afternoon.

Russian hackers steal more than 1 billion Internet passwords

A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say. The records, discovered by Hold Security, a firm in Milwaukee, include confidential material gathered from 420,000 websites, including household names, and small Internet sites. 

Because the hacking was so widespread, computer users are advised to change all online passwords for security reasons.

For the full story, visit the New York Times online.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Area deaths

Bettie June Tremper, 74, died Aug. 1, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Titzer Family Funeral Homes in Newburgh, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.

Donna K. Munsch, 70, of Salem died Aug. 5, 2014, at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Paducah. Arrangements are incomplete at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem.

Swim team meets today

Swim team will meet at 6 p.m., today. Then, from 7 to 9 p.m., they will be having a retirement party for Sherry and all past swimmers are invited to attend at Marion Country Club

Monday, August 4, 2014

Area deaths

Marvin Duane Ordway, 79, of Crayne died at his home Aug. 2, 2014. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Marcus Eugene Cornish, 78, of Danville, Ky., formerly of Marion, died Aug. 3, 2014, at Danville Centre Health and Rehabilitation. Gash Memorial Chapel in Lawrenceburg is in charge of arrangements. 

Aug. 8-9 Final Days

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

U.S. 60 reopens to traffic at Dyer Hill Curve

U.S. 60 at Dyer Hill Curve in Livingston County has reopened to traffic.

Motorists should be aware that this is still an active work zone. There are a number of side road tie-ins remaining to be constructed. The contractor will come back in about a week to apply a finish coat of asphalt.

Comer to run for governor in 2015

State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer confirmed his entry into the 2015 governor's race on Saturday while taking shots at political opponents and telling rowdy crowds at the annual Fancy Farm picnic that he will defend coal and fight for smaller government. He was drowned out by applause from his GOP supporters when announcing that "I will be a candidate for governor in 2015.

For the full story, visit The Courier-Journal online.

National Farmers' Market Week kicks off

Kentucky consumers can buy nutritious local foods and honor the people who produced them at the same time by visiting a farmers’ market during National Farmers’ Market Week today through Saturday.

“At a Kentucky farmers’ market, you can buy the freshest fruits and vegetables as well as meats and other foods you can serve to your family with confidence,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “you also can meet the people who produced those foods. They’re your friends and neighbors, people you see in town or at the ballgame or at church, and when you shop at a farmers’ market, you’re helping them provide for their families.”

More than 155 farmers’ markets in Kentucky, including the one on Main Street in Marion, offer a vast array of fruits and vegetables along with cheese, eggs, meats, honey, fresh cut flowers, crafts, and more. Shoppers can enjoy the sounds, smells, and tastes of Kentucky’s finest foods at markets that provide sampling and live entertainment. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Office of Agricultural Marketing and Product Promotion offers marketing assistance and educational training to Kentucky’s farmers’ markets and their vendors.

“We recognize farmers’ markets as viable retail outlets for agricultural products, and we want to strengthen these markets to help Kentucky producers,” said Sharon Spencer, the department’s farmers’ market specialist.

The KDA maintains a statewide farmers’ market directory and produced a comprehensive farmers’ market manual and resource guide in cooperation with the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

For more information, or to find a farmers’ market near you, go to http://www.kyagr.com/marketing/farmers-market.html.

Work zone shift planned for Monday along U.S. 60 at Sturgis

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a work zone traffic shift along a one-lane section on U.S. 60 at Sturgis in Union County on Monday.

U.S. 60 has been 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.  Work along the eastbound lanes of U.S. 60 is nearing completion. Sometime Monday evening, traffic in this work zone will be shifted to allow concrete repairs along the westbound lanes. Some delays are possible during changes in traffic control required to facilitate this shift.

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. The contractor has started base repairs along this section which will require short lane restrictions from time to time.

When asphalt paving begins, the contractor will restrict activity to reduce disruptions to school traffic. The contractor will be paving at night and on weekends to help avoid conflicts with bus traffic once school starts on Aug. 7. The contractor and Transportation Cabinet personnel have also been coordinating with Union County School District to avoid delaying the movement of school bus traffic through the work zone at the edge of Sturgis.

Roger’s Group is the prime contractor on this $1.66 million highway improvement project.

There will be no paving along a 0.38 mile section of U.S. 60 at the entrance to Union County Hospital. Plans call for this section to be reconstructed to add a turn lane for the hospital entrance at a later date.

With candidates largely unknown, Bluegrass Poll suggests wide-open race for governor

Kentucky voters remain largely unfamiliar with the two announced candidates for governor in 2015, as well as a third politician who is expected to make clear his intentions for the race at this weekend's Fancy Farm picnic, according to a new Bluegrass Poll. The three men — Attorney General Jack Conway, former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer — were viewed favorably by fewer than one in four voters, suggesting a wide-open race with room for others to join the contest.

For more, visit The Courier Journal online.

Opposition to gay marriage waning, poll finds

Opposition to gay marriage continues to erode in Kentucky with only half of the state's voters favoring prohibitions on same-sex couples that were struck down in federal court this month. Results from the latest Bluegrass Poll, released Tuesday, show 50 percent of registered voters in Kentucky oppose same-sex marriage, while 37 percent favor it and 12 percent remain unsure. That's a drop from the 55 percent who said they opposed gay marriage in February and a sharp decline from the 72 percent that voted in favor of a ban in 2004 — when the state constitution was amended to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

For more, visit The Courier-Journal online.

Bluegrass Poll: Voters focused on economy, say McConnell, Grimes have obligation to debate

More than half of Kentucky voters say creating jobs and improving the economy is the top issue facing the United States, and two-thirds of voters say Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates have an obligation to debate each other. According to the latest Bluegrass Poll, 56 percent of respondents answered "economy and jobs" when asked to choose the nation's most pressing issue. In addition to jobs, respondents were given six other topics to choose from: immigration, foreign policy, health care, energy, social issues, and taxes and spending. Economy and jobs was the top issue among all demographics and regions of the state.

For more, visit the Lexington Herald Leader online.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Restrictions set for U.S. 41 Twin Bridges starting Monday

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) tentatively plans lane restrictions on the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges between Henderson and Evansville, Ind., starting Monday.

The lane restrictions are to facilitate a detailed inspection of the bridges.

Motorists should be prepared to encounter one-lane traffic from approximately 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. Lane restrictions may be up for additional hours on weekends.

Inspectors will be climbing the bridge structure and using a snooper truck as they go about their work.

Motorists should be prepared to encounter slowing and merging traffic on the bridge approaches.
The detailed inspection is expected to take about 10 days to two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Portion of U.S. 62 in Lyon closed Tuesday

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of U.S. 62 in Lyon County on Tuesday.

U.S. 62 will be closed to through traffic east of Eddyville at mile-point 10.75. This along U.S. 62 just east of the U.S. 641 intersection between Eddyville and Princeton. The closure point is at about the mid-point between Paul Jones Drive and Gill Pike Road.

The closure is to allow the contractor to place a cross drain under the existing roadway as part of ongoing work to widen this section of U.S. 62 to four lanes.

The roadway will close at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday. It is expected to reopen to traffic late in the day on Tuesday. Local traffic will be maintained on each side of the closure point.

There will be no marked detour. Motorists should self-detour via Interstate 69 and Interstate 24.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Demo Derby Saturday

Chris and Heather Penn of Rochester Avenue in Marion get their demolition derby car ready for Saturday night's Crittenden County Lion's Club Fair.

Friday night is the truck and tractor pull starting at 7 p.m. The midway carnival starts at 6 p.m.

Saturday night is the demolition derby. Same times.

Century Aluminum to add 45 jobs at Sebree smelter

Century Aluminum Co. on Thursday announced a $3 million expansion at its 530-employee Sebree smelter that will create 45 more jobs and help cement its presence in the region. The announcement came one day after Century announced a $49.7 million improvement in net quarterly profits and 10 days after the company ratified a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with the Steelworkers union, which represents approximately 400 hourly workers at the Sebree plant.

For the full story, visit the Henderson Gleaner online.