Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Historical museum opens Wednesday

The Marion High School Memory Room is one of the most visited displays
in Crittenden County Historical Museum.

Crittenden County Historical Museum will open Wednesday for the 2015 season.

The museum on East Bellville Street in Marion will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday through Saturday until it closes for the season in October. Admission to the museum is free, though donations help keep the museum doors open.

Bernice Maroney will reprise her role as curator of the facility.

Litter abatement crews working roadways

Several litter pickup contractors for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have started work along interstates and parkways across western Kentucky. There are some state highways included in the litter pickup program.

Abatement of trash is expected to continue in these places throughout April. Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and litter pickup personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Deckert found guilty of manslaughter

Britt Deckert
A Crittenden Circuit Court jury has found Britt Deckert, 28, of Marion guilty of manslaughter in the Aug. 1, 2013, death of his half-brother A.J. Vasseur.

Deckert avoided the much stiffer murder conviction which was sought by the commonwealth. The defendant was also found guilty of fourth-degree assault against the victim's wife and wanton endangerment for the crime he committed in the presence of the widow's daughter.

The jury will now go back into deliberations in order to recommend a punishment for the crime. First-degree manslaughter generally carries a penalty of 10-20 years in prison.

SEE THIS WEEK'S CRITTENDEN PRESS PRINTED EDITION FOR the latest from the trial.

Jury get case in Deckert murder trial

Prosecutor Zac Greenwell makes his closing statement while
KSP Det. Matt Foster shows the alleged murder weapon
to the jury at Crittenden County Courthouse.
Testimony ended this afternoon and the jury got the case at 2:30pm in the Britt Deckert murder trial, which has consumed three full days in Crittenden Circuit Court.

The trial began last Thursday as Deckert, 28, faced one count of murder, one count of assault and one count of wanton endangerment. The charges stem from the death of his half-brother AJ Vasseur during a confrontation Aug. 1, 2013 at a home they shared on West Depot Street, injuries to the defendant's sister-in-law and the danger he allegedly created while his step-niece was in the house.

For details of the trial, see this week's Crittenden Press printed edition.




Deckert takes stand in his murder trial

Testimony in the Britt Deckert murder trial resumed this morning at 10:30am following about two hours of behind-the-scenes legal maneuverings by both sides. Once the jury was called to the courtroom, Phyllis Caroline Vasseur, now known as Emmabelle Caroline Deckert, was recalled as a witness for the defense.

The defennd then took the stand.


Deckert, 27, is accused of killing his half-brother AJ Vasseur with what some have described as a Wolverine type claw – a reference to the fictional superhero of comic books and movies.

Today proclaimed Vietnam Veterans Day in Ky.

Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a proclamation naming today as Vietnam Veterans Day in Kentucky.

“During the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration, it is important that we encourage Kentuckians to reach out to the Vietnam Veterans in our communities to recognize, honor and thank them,” said Heather French Henry, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA). “Vietnam Veterans’ Day is a reminder for everyone to do so every day.”

A total 1,109 Kentuckians died in Vietnam, including six from Crittenden County, and their names are inscribed at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort, where the shadow of a giant gnomon falls on each veteran’s name on the anniversary of death. Kentucky’s memorial was the first in the nation to use a sundial design, and it still draws visitors from across the country to marvel at its simplicity and meaning.

There are 118,000 Vietnam veterans still live in the Commonwealth, and many continue to serve their communities and fellow veterans through volunteerism, counseling and camaraderie.
Kentucky’s Vietnam veterans and their families gave much, asked for little and deserve our utmost respect and dedicated support, KDVA Commissioner Henry said.

“On Monday, please reach out to the Vietnam veterans in your community and let them know you respect their service and sacrifice,” she said. “Then keep that respect and appreciation in your heart and your actions throughout the year.”

The Crittenden Press would like to thank all of our veterans who served during the Vietnam War for their service to their fellow Americans.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Road work on Ky. 937 starts Monday

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane along sections of Ky. 937/Cut Off Road in Livingston County Monday to allow prep work for a milling and paving project the following week.

Lane restrictions along Ky. 937 are to prepare for milling and paving between U.S. 60 and Ky. 453/Iuka Road. The contractor plans to start milling and paving on April 6. Paving is expected to take two or three working days, weather permitting.

Base repairs were completed along this section in December to prepare for this resurfacing project.

The contractor plans to phase the work so as to minimize disruptions to school traffic. The paving portion of the work will be completed during spring break so as not to interfere with traffic to and from South Livingston Elementary, which is along this section.

Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on this $448,636 highway improvement project.

Cardinals look to join Wildcats in Final Four

The University of Louisville men's basketball team tips off this afternoon in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., against Michigan State in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinals (27-8) are the No. 4 seed in the East Region, while the Spartans (26-11) are a No. 7 seed.

The game is scheduled to begin at 1:20 p.m. on CBS.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

All state highways in county open

With floodwaters receding ever closer to below flood stage, all state highways and the Cave In Rock Ferry are now open in Crittenden County.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cave In Rock Ferry re-opening Saturday

This photo was taken the day the ferry
closed, earlier this month.
Floodwaters on the Ohio River have dropped sufficiently to allow the Cave In Rock Ferry to resume operation starting at 6 a.m., Saturday, March 28.

Rising floodwaters forced the ferry to halt operations March 12.  Ferry Operator Lonnie Lewis says the ferry crew has taken advantage of the break to perform maintenance and even do some painting on the boat and barge.

Trial recesses until Monday morning

Sgt. Matthew Jordan shows the jury
the claw-like weapon that police
believe Deckert used in an alleged
attack on his half brother.
Judge Rene Williams has recessed the Britt Deckert murder trial in Crittenden Circuit Court until 8:30am Monday.

Prosecutor Zac Greenwell rested the commonwealth's case against Deckert shortly before 5pm Friday after two days of testimony from a variety of witnesses and experts. Among those testifying on Friday were medical examiners and Matt Foster, the state police's lead detective.

Deckert's court-appointed attorneys began their defense late on Friday, calling three witnesses in fewer than 15 minutes, before the trial was put on hold until next week. Expected to testify for the defense on Monday are fewer than four people, among them the defendant's father.

Judge Williams told the jury on Friday that she believes the case can be wrapped up Monday, as previously scheduled.

Deckert, 28, is accused of killing his half-brother AJ Vasseur in August 2013 with what some have described as a Wolverine type claw – a reference to the fictional superhero of comic books and movies. He is also accused of assaulting Vasseur's wife.


UK seeking Final Four berth

The Kentucky men's basketball team tips off Saturday evening in Cleveland, Ohio, against Notre Dame in the Midwest Region championship game of the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats (37-0) are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, while the Fighting Irish (32-5) are a No. 3 seed. The winner advances to the Final Four next weekend in Indianapolis, Ind.

Kentucky is seeking the first perfect season in NCAA basketball since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. No team in NCAA history has gone a perfect 40-0.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7:49 p.m. on TBS.

UofL Sweet 16 game tips off on TBS

The University of Louisville men's basketball team tips off this evening in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., against North Carolina State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinals (26-8) are the No. 4 seed in the East Region, while the Wolfpack (22-13) are a No. 8 seed.

The game is scheduled to begin at 6:37 p.m. on TBS.

Ky. AG issues information to MCU students

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway today issued important information to current or former students of Mid-Continent University (MCU).

Within the next week, MCU is sending letters to students who did not anticipate the receipt of federal student loans. It is offering the students two discounted repayment options - a 10-year loan at a 20-percent discount and a single cash payment at a 30-percent discount.

If a student receives this letter and believes that he or she applied and qualified for federal student loans to cover any portion or all of the balance, the student should not complete the repayment paperwork. He or she should immediately inform MCU that he or she anticipated federal student loans to cover all or a portion of the MCU balance.  

Once the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General finalizes its agreement with MCU, students who anticipated the receipt of federal student loans will receive a separate packet offering the two discounted repayment options, plus the option of a loan matching the terms of federal student loans. Those terms provide consumer protections for students that include; in-school deferment, forbearance, and flexible repayment options. This packet will also include information about applying for closed school discharges of MCU balances.

If students have any questions about repayment or their obligations, they may e-mail the Office of the Attorney General at mcu3@ky.gov. They may also leave a message at (502) 696-5395. Students leaving a message should say and spell their full name and provide a telephone number and e-mail address. You may also mail the Office of Consumer Protection, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Frankfort, KY  40601.

Please continue to check the Office of the Attorney General website at www.ag.ky.gov for more information.

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Day 2 of testimony to begin shortly

Detective Matt Foster (left) and Commonwealth
Attorney Zac Greenwell confer Friday morning
before testimony began.
Jurors were in their seats at 8am this morning at Crittenden County Courthouse, but some behind-the-scenes legal maneuvering by attorneys briefly delayed the start of the second day of testimony in the Britt Deckert murder trial.

Deckert, 28, is accused of killing his half-brother AJ Vasseur with what some have described as a Wolverine type claw – a reference to the fictional superhero of comic books and movies.

The prosecution put Vasseur's wife and step-daughter on the stand Thursday (each was witness to the alleged crime. Vasseur's wife was also allegedly assaulted during the altercation). On Friday, the state is expected to get into the meat of its physical and forensic evidence with state police detective Matt Foster expected to take the stand.

The trial is scheduled to wrap up on Monday.

Crash blocking Interstate 24

UPDATE: As of 11:10 a.m., the site had been cleared.

There is a semi crash blocking the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 at the 13-mile marker in McCracken County.

According to McCracken 911 Dispatch, the truck was hauling a large piece of equipment and has overturned. Some other vehicles hit the piece of equipment.  Removing the equipment from the roadway will require special recovery efforts.

The accident occurred around 5:30 a.m.

Eastbound I-24 traffic is being detoured off at Exit 11.

Traffic is backed up for miles. The road could remain blocked until late morning or mid-day.

Ferry remains closed

The Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed this morning due to high water.

Healthcare Organization: Local job opening

Biller / Collector
Crittenden Health Systems has an immediate opening for a Biller/Collector at Burkhart Rural Health Clinic in Salem, Ky. This position performs duties associated with insurance collection, i.e., filing claims, posting payments, follow up on denials, answers all inquirers concerning insurance from patients, insurance companies, etc. Candidates must be high school graduate or equivalent. Knowledge of CPT and ICD coding system preferred. Computer experience, including basic typing and word processing required. Experience in a physician’s office preferred. Please send resume to the HR Department, Crittenden Health Systems, PO Box 386, Marion, KY 42064. Or, you may apply online at www.crittenden-health.org. EOE.

Vehicle registration about to change

The vehicle registration system in Kentucky is
about to see an overhaul that will be very apparent
through changes to the decals and receipts.
Some time- and cost-saving changes to Kentucky’s vehicle registration system should be implemented across the commonwealth by the end of next month.

The vehicle registration system is changing to “print on demand” decals for license plate renewals. Instead of county clerks having to stock booklets of preprinted decals, the new decals will be printed at the time of registration.

“This process will save county clerk offices from having to keep preprinted boxes of registration decals,” said Rodney Kuhl, commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “Now that decals can be printed on demand, the system becomes more efficient and more cost-effective.”

For the public, the most noticeable change will be that decals will no longer be color-coded by year. The registration receipt is also changing appearance.

For more on these changes, see this week's issue of The Crittenden Press.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Murder trial recesses until Friday morning

Shortly after 6 p.m., a jury, made up of five women and nine men, was sent home for the evening and ordered to report back at 8 a.m. Friday when the murder trial of Britt Deckert is set to continue in Crittenden Circuit Court.

Deckert is accused of killing his half-brother in August 2013 during an altercation inside their home.

Thirteen witnesses were called to testify for the prosecution Thursday during the first day of testimony. The day's final two witnesses – the victim's widow and stepdaughter – provided emotionally-filled accounts of what happened on the day A.J. Vasseur was killed. They were inside the home and witnessed part of the incident.

Next week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press will have complete details from the trial.


Deckert trial begins in Crittenden Circuit Court

A Crittenden Circuit Court jury was seated and the case began being presented by the prosecution shortly after 2 p.m. today in the Britt Deckert murder trial.

Deckert, 27, is accused of stabbing his half-brother A.J. Vasseur to death during an altercation at their home on West Depot Street in Marion in August 2013.

The trial continued past 5 p.m. today after 11 witnesses had testified for the prosecution. Most of those who testified early in the trial were law enforcement, ambulance personnel and other first responders who were among the initial people on the scene of the alleged murder. At least two more witnesses were scheduled to appear Thursday evening.

The trial is set for three days. It will resume early Friday morning. Monday is the last day currently scheduled for the proceeding in Crittenden Circuit Court.

Redesign of interchange to preserve interstate access for Calvert City

A redesign of an interchange will preserve interstate access for 
Calvert City.
KENTUCKY PRESS NEWS SERVICE
Engineers designing the corridor for Interstate 69 can rebuild a key interchange for Interstate 24 in Marshall County in a way that preserves direct interstate access to U.S. 62 at Calvert City.

“The project team has come up with a design that accomplishes two important objectives,” Gov. Steve Beshear said last Wednesday. “It will result in an interchange that meets federal interstate standards. At the same time, it will maintain a critical connection for Calvert City.”

The key to the project will be construction of a separate ramp – called a “flyover” ramp – to afford traffic an exit from I-69 North onto the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway, which directly connects with U.S. 62 and Ky. 1523 – Oak Park Boulevard – in Calvert City.

Reconstruction of the interchange is part of a larger project to upgrade the Purchase Parkway to become part of I-69. When the corridor is complete, I-69 will run north to south from the Ohio River at Henderson to the Tennessee line at Fulton. In addition to the Purchase Parkway, the corridor includes sections of I-24, the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway and the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway.

A contract for the project is expected to be awarded this fall.

The I-24/Purchase Parkway interchange lies at the western end of an 18-mile segment of interstate on which I-69 and I-24 run concurrently. This interchange is unique in that it involves a major fork where two interstates combine. Under the project design, the interstates will split immediately east of the interchange. Traffic continuing west on I-24 will bear to the right. Traffic going south on I-69 will peel off to the left.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) rules for interstate highways require “route continuity” – meaning traffic staying on a particular interstate route within the confines of an interchange must be able to do so seamlessly, with no loss of speed.

However, there is no such requirement for traffic switching from one interstate route to another – in this case, from I-69 northbound to I-24 westbound. FHWA has approved retention of a cloverleaf ramp for this traffic movement.

Initial alternates for the interchange considered eliminating some or all of the cloverleaf ramps, and with them the existing connection to U.S. 62 at Calvert City. The new design preserves three of the existing cloverleaf ramps. It eliminates a fourth ramp that currently serves as the Fulton exit for I-24 westbound traffic. The design also eliminates the ramp that currently serves as the Nashville exit for northbound parkway traffic merging into I-24 East/I-69 North. In place of that ramp will be the new mainline I-69 movements and the flyover ramp for Calvert City.

Peoples Bank Free Easter Egg Hunt

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Bowtanicals Wreath Exchange: Spring Fever

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'Rain'deer drop in on elementary school

PHOTO BY JASON TRAVIS, THE PRESS

Is it Easter or Christmas? Showers may have forced Crittenden County Elementary School to hold its Easter egg hunt indoors today, but that didn’t stop a few “rain”deer from stopping by the school and hanging around the playground. Although Santa’s herd of deer was caught on camera, the Easter bunny proved to be quicker and was able to come and go without being noticed. See next week's issue of The Crittenden Press for photos from the Easter egg hunt.

CCHS SBDM to meet Friday

There will be a special called meeting of the CCHS SBDM council to discuss staffing allocation on Friday, March 26, at 3:15pm. The meeting will be in the high school conference room.

Area death

David Wayne Agent, 64, of Burna died Feb. 22, 2015, at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. Smith Funeral Chapel of Smithland was in charge of arrangements.

Another state highway re-opens in county

Another highway in Crittenden County has re-opened as floodwaters continue to recede.

Ky. 132 has now been opened to traffic after having been closed for several days.

As far as state highways, only Ky. 91 North at the Cave In Rock Ferry landing, as well as the ferry service, and Ky. 135 at Sawmill Hollow remain closed.

MCC hosting open house for Plus 50 adults

Madisonville Community College (MCC) will host an open house for adult students as a part of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Plus 50 Encore Completion Program. The program is a national effort to train 10,000 Baby Boomers over the next two years for new jobs in health care, education and social services, while helping them complete certificates or degrees.

MCC’s open house will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Thursday at the college’s North Campus in Room 225 of the John H. Gray Building. Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet with professors in the fields of human services and medical information technology, in addition to having access to the college’s admissions services and career planning services.

To learn more about career training opportunities at MCC, contact Plus 50 Program Coordinator Beth Moore at (270) 824-8610 or Savanna Garrity at (270) 824-8645.

Governors wager on tonight's Sweet 16 game

Gov. Steve Beshear and West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin are wagering on their home teams in tonight’s Sweet 16 NCAA tournament basketball game.

Gov. Beshear bet a selection of Kentucky bourbons from Lexington-area distillers that the Wildcats will prevail over the Mountaineers. Bourbons are provided by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

A similar offer has been extended to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for tomorrow night’s game between the University of Louisville Cardinals and the N.C. State Wolfpack.

“The Wildcats are talented, unselfish and focused, and by the way, they’re also undefeated. They’ve been a thrill to watch all season,” said Gov. Beshear. “The Mountaineers have a gritty and gutsy team, so this game is sure to be tough, but I’m certain the Wildcats will march on the Elite Eight.”

Gov. Tomblin offered a small basket of West Virginia favorites, including pepperoni rolls, West Virginia spirits and a commemorative Homer Laughlin China plate if the Wildcats beat the Mountaineers.

“Joanne and I wish both teams the best of luck as they take the court Thursday night in Cleveland,” Gov. Tomblin said. “I look forward to joining fellow alumni, students and fans to cheer on the Mountaineers during what is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting game. Although Kentucky is undefeated this season and is the top ranked team in the country, I have great confidence Coach Bob Huggins and the #PressVirginia defense will find a way to shut down the Wildcats’ high-powered offense.”

The University of Kentucky Wildcats and the West Virginia University Mountaineers play tonight at approximately 8:45 p.m. on CBS.

Jury still not seated in Deckert murder trial

Circuit Judge Rene Williams and attorneys are whittling away at the jury-selection process, but it appears it will be afternoon before a jury is seated in the Britt Deckert murder trail, which is scheduled for three days beginning today at the Crittenden County Courthouse.

Decker, 27, is accused of killing his brother and assaulting his sister-in-law during a dispute in August 2013 at a home they shared with their father and others on West Depot Street in Marion.

About 160 potential jurors showed up this morning shortly after 7 a.m. and packed into the small upstairs courtroom. By 11:30 a.m., somewhere around 70 had been dismissed for various reasons. Fourteen will be selected, but on 12 will be asked to reach a verdict. Two serve as alternates.

Ferry remains closed today

The Cave In Rock Ferry has been closed since March 12 due
to flooding along the Ohio River.
The Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed today due to flooding along the Ky. 91 North approach to the ferry landing. Ohio River floodwaters are receding slower than anticipated, but Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd said he expects the service will resume either Friday or Saturday.

At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, the river stage was at 44.3 feet as measured at Shawneetown, Ill. Flood stage is 33 feet, so a flood warning remains in effect along the Ohio River in Crittenden County until 1 p.m. Saturday. The river is expected to fall below flood stage sometime Saturday morning.

Updates on ferry operation will be posted here as they become available.

Poll: Kentuckians health varies by age, income

Self-reported health status of Kentucky adults varies by age and income.

That’s according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) conducted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Cincinnati-based Interact for Health. As in past years, KHIP data reveal higher income adults report better health status.

KHIP highlights include:

  • Just more than 4 in 10 (41 percent) of Kentucky adults describe their health as excellent or very good.
  • More than 5 in 10 (52 percent) adults age 45 and younger consider their health as excellent or very good while only 33 percent of those over age 45 report excellent or very good health status.
  • Only 3 in 10 (29 percent ) of adults who earn 200 percent of Federal Poverty Level (FPL) or below reported excellent or very good health status; 55 percent of adults who earn more than 200 percent FPL indicated excellent or very good health status.

Since KHIP began capturing data in 2008, Kentucky adults with higher incomes have consistently reported better health status than those with lower incomes. A majority of Kentucky adults living above 200 percent FPL reported being in “excellent” or “very good” health each year since 2008. This compares with about 3 in 10 Kentucky adults living at or below 200 percent FPL in those years. Overall, the percentage of Kentucky adults reporting their health as “excellent” or “very good” has dropped significantly from almost half (49 percent) in 2008 to only 4 in 10 (41 percent) in 2014.

“KHIP provides important data regarding the connections among a person’s age, earnings level and perceived health status,” said Susan Zepeda, President/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “By asking the same question year to year, we can spot trends in perceived health. The latest results are an important reminder of the links between poverty and poor health.”

KHIP was conducted Oct. 8 to Nov. 6, 2014, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. A random sample of 1,597 adults from throughout Kentucky was interviewed by telephone, including landlines and cell phones. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.

Transfer Madness for college students today

Kentucky college students who wish to transfer their credits or associate degree to a four-year institution will have the opportunity to connect with those institutions and ask questions during a 6-hour online Transfer Madness fair today.

Transfer Madness is from 1 to 7 p.m. local time.

The event is the first entirely online, statewide transfer fair where students can chat online with transfer advisers, search for scholarships, download materials and have questions answered at a time that suits their schedules.

To register and view a list of participating Transfer Madness colleges, universities and education partners, go to www.transfermadness.org.

Ky. 365 closed at Union County line

UPDATE: At 3 p.m. today, the cross drain had been repaired and the road re-opened.

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Due to erosion from heavy rain overnight that damaged a cross drain, a section of Ky. 365 in Union County will be closed today for repairs.

Ky. 365 is blocked between the 1- and 2-mile markers between the Tradewater River Bridge at the Union-Crittenden County line and Sturgis.

It will likely remain closed for most of the day. There is a detour via U.S. 60.

A notice will be provided here as updates are received.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Flood warning remains in effect

A flood warning for Crittenden County along the Ohio River remains in effect through Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service at Paducah.

At 10 a.m. today, the river stage at Shawneetown, Ill., was 45.1 feet. Flood stage is 33 feet.

As floodwaters continue to recede, it is probable that the Cave In Rock Ferry will re-open at some point Thursday, as this morning's measurement at Shawneetown was roughly only 6 inches above the level at which the service can resume.

As soon as The Crittenden Press is notified of resumption of ferry service, it will be posted here.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

The National Weather Service at Paducah has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Crittenden County through 2 a.m. Thursday.

Racers' basketball season ends

Murray State University's run in the NCAA basketball postseason is over. The No. 3 seed Racers fell 69-72 tonight in the NIT quarterfinals to top-seeded Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

The Racers ended the season at 29-6, including a 25-game winning streak and 16-0 record in the Ohio Valley Conference regular season. 

This year's run in the postseason matched the team's deepest venture ever in either the NIT or NCAA Tournament. In 1980, the Racers reached the quarterfinals of the NIT before losing a 2-point game to Illinois.

Area deaths

Elizabeth Ann DeBoe, 88, of Marion died today at her daughter's home in Marion. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel M. Eskew, 84, of Marion died today at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

What's in the news this week...

A view from the air shows a swollen Ohio River at the
Henderson-Evansville area.
With this year's snow and flooding, roads have been on the minds of a lot of people in Crittenden County, particularly those charged with keeping them in good repair. In this week's issue of The Crittenden Press, find out how one Tolu resident views the job the county is doing in his community to keep the roads smooth.

Also inside this week's issue:
  • Flooding persists across the county, keeping the ferry and numerous roads closed, as well as causing further damaging road surfaces. So when will things get back to normal?
  • Crittenden Health Systems offers its annual state of affairs snapshot. Find out how the health care facility is doing financially.
  • The Rockets have opened their baseball season. See how they're doing early in the season.
  • State legislation signed into law has allowed both Crittenden and Livingston school districts to tenuously finalize their academic calendars.
  • The county's vehicle registration system has some changes in store.
  • To many, baseball is a religion. So what exactly do baseball and religion have in common?
  • Recent jail and ambulance service reports paint different picture than this time last year.
  • There's a new Master Conservationist in Crittenden County.
  • Reading was the focus at schools last week. Pictures tell the story.
  • Tonics were once lauded to be a cure for whatever ails you, and several Crittenden Countians made a living hawking their potions.
Find it all out in this week's Press, on newsstands this afternoon.

Ferry still closed, Ky. 1917 now open

The Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed today due to high water, but Ky. 1917 in Crittenden County has re-opened as floodwaters continue to recede.

Storms, freezing temps on weather radar

Severe weather could rumble across the area tonight, followed by sub-freezing temperatures the following three nights.

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected tonight across western Kentucky and southern Illinois. A few thunderstorms will be possible throughout the night. Large hail and damaging winds will be the primary concerns.

The weather service is further predicting frost and below-freezing temperatures Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. People with agricultural interests should make plans to protect any tender vegetation during this early spring cold spell.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Baseball, softball at park this afternoon

Rocket batter Seth Birdwell
The Rocket baseball team hosts Livingston Central in a Fifth District showdown at 5:30pm today at Marion-Crittenden County Park.

The Lady Rocket softball team hosts Webster County today, also at the local park.

Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed

The Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed due to high water on the Ohio River. Observers believe that the river will have fallen enough by perhaps Thursday so that the ferry can re-open. However, that is subject to change based on the forecast of more rain later this week.

Here are other roads closed in Crittenden and Livingston counties due to high water:

Crittenden County

  • KY 132 Closed @ mile point 1.79 at Crittenden-Webster Co. Line
  • KY 135 Closed @ 4mm in Sawmill Hollow
  • KY 1917 CLOSED between 1.3 & 1.6mm
  • KY 91 CLOSED at mile point 10.5 near the Cave-in-Rock Ferry Landing

Livingston County
  • KY 133 CLOSED @ mile point 19.75 at KY 137 intersection at Berry’s Ferry
  • KY 137/River Road CLOSED @ 14.3 mile pont at KY 133 intersections at Berry’s Ferry
  • KY 137/River Road is CLOSED from mile point 5.286 at the KY 763 intersection to the 15mm
  • KY 137 Water Over Road at 3.7mm- Signs Posted
  • 917 CLOSED @ the 7mm- Between KY 93 and KY 866
  • KY 1436 is CLOSED at the KY 137 Intersection

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Racers move on to NIT quarterfinals

Murray State University's quarterfinal NIT game against Old Dominion University tips off Wednesday on ESPN2, according to NCAA.com. The Racers (29-5) will face the Monarchs (26-7) at 6 p.m. in Norfolk, Va.

If the Racers win Wednesday, they would next play March 31 in the semifinals of the NIT tournament. They would face the winner of Tuesday's Vanderbilt-Stanford game on ESPN at 8 p.m.

Meantime, in the NCAA Tournament, on Thursday, Kentucky (36-0) will face West Virginia (25-9) in the Sweet 16 in Cleveland, Ohio. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. on CBS.

On Friday, Louisville (26-8) will take on ACC foe N.C. State (22-13) in the Sweet 16 in Syracuse, N.Y. The game will air on TBS beginning at 6:37 p.m.

Ky. AG, W.Va. AG make NCAA wager

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced Monday that he will enter into a friendly wager with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey over the outcome of Thursday night’s Midwest Regional Sweet 16 game in Cleveland, Ohio, between the No. 1 ranked University of Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 5 five West Virginia University Mountaineers. 

If Kentucky wins, Attorney General Morrisey will give Attorney General Conway a piece made by Milton-based Blenko Glass Co. If West Virginia wins, Conway will give Morrisey a Meacham’s country ham from Union County, where Conway’s father was born and raised.

“While UK has a great team, I believe WVU – a squad with incredible heart – can pull off this big upset. Our offices have worked together in a bi-partisan manner on several initiatives, but when it comes to men's basketball, we must draw the line," Attorney General Morrisey said. “Let’s Go, Mountaineers!”

Conway responded by saying, “Given the recent history of this developing NCAA tournament regional rivalry, this game is likely to be a battle. The Kentucky players, guided by Coach Calipari, have proven all season long that they will rise to any challenge, and we are all looking forward to taking on our neighbors to the East. Congratulations to the Mountaineers on their berth in the Sweet 16, but I look forward to celebrating a Kentucky victory over WVU with my spoils from Attorney General Morrisey. Our Wildcats are on an historic roll. Here’s hoping for the continuation of a perfect season for the University of Kentucky that culminates with a ninth national title. Go Cats.”

The last time West Virginia and Kentucky met in men’s basketball was in 2011, when the Wildcats  beat Mountaineers in the NCAA East Regional in the third round and eventually went on to the Final Four in Houston, led by Brandon Knight, Josh Harrellson and others. One year earlier, when Kentucky was the No. 1 seed led by Demarcus Cousins, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe, West Virginia upset the Wildcats  in the NCAA East Regional finals when Kentucky finished 4-for-32 from the 3-point line. 


Overall, the two teams have played each other 19 times since 1924. Kentucky has 14 overall wins to West Virginia's five.

Area deaths

John L. "Jack" Sullivan, 87, formerly of Marion, died March 22, 2015, at Moses Care Givers in Valparaiso, Ind. He was a World War II veteran. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Phyllis Phelps, 66, of Fredonia died March 22, 2015, at her home. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is handling arrangements.

Ferry still closed, floodwaters receding

An Ohio River flood warning continues until 1:24 a.m. Saturday for Crittenden County, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah.

At 10:30 this morning, the river as measured at Shawneetown, Ill., was at 47.4 feet after cresting over the weekend at just more than 48 feet. Flood stage is 33 feet. The river is expected to fall below flood stage Friday evening.

The Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed today, but it could re-open later this week when waters drop below 44.5 feet at Shawneetown.

Thunderstorms predicted for Wednesday and rains forecast for Thursday could alter projections.

Next round of post-season basketball set

Murray State University's second round NIT game against Tulsa tips off tonight on ESPN. The Racers (28-5) will face Tulsa (23-10) at 8 p.m.

If the Racers win tonight, they would next play Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the NIT tournament. They will face the winner of today's Old Dominion-Illinois State match-up.

Meantime, in the NCAA Tournament, on Thursday, Kentucky (36-0) will face West Virginia (25-9) in the Sweet 16 in Cleveland, Ohio. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. on CBS.

On Friday, Louisville (26-8) will take on ACC foe N.C. State (22-13) in the Sweet 16 in Syracuse, N.Y. The game will air on TBS beginning at 6:37 p.m.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Area deaths

Gene Summers, 76, of Marion died today at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, former Crittenden County Jailer and was retired from the Kentucky National Guard. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Robert Clifton Nichols, 75, of Eddyville died Saturday at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cardinals tip-off 8:40 p.m. Sunday

The Louisville Cardinals (25-8) will face the University of Northern Iowa Panthers (31-3) Sunday in Seattle, Wash. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. on TBS. 

The Cardinals are the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament's East region, while the Panthers are the No. 5. The winner of the game will advance to the Sweet 16 in Syracuse, N.Y., playing the winner of Sunday's Oklahoma-Dayton matchup.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

UK tips off at 1:40 p.m. Saturday

The Kentucky Wildcats (35-0) will face the Cincinnati Bearcats (23-10) Saturday in Louisville. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. on CBS.

The Wildcats are the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, while the Bearcats are the No. 8 seed in the Midwest region. The winner of the game will advance to the Sweet 16 in Cleveland, Ohio, playing the winner of Saturday's West Virginia-Maryland matchup.

Planes spraying ag nutrients

Many residents of the community may have noticed numerous planes flying relatively low today over the area. The aircraft, according to Deputy Mandi Harrison in Crittenden County Sheriff's Department, are spraying nutrients on croplands. Because the ground is so wet, it is said many farmers are having difficulties getting their tractors in fields to do the job. The spraying is expected to be finished in a few days.'

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LCMS SBDM parent-members sought

Livingston County Middle School (LCMS) will be accepting nominations from Monday to April 3 for the SBDM council parent members who will serve during the upcoming 2015-16 school year. Any interested parent of a current sixth- or seventh-grader in Livingston County Schools District may be nominated.

Please complete the form to be brought home today by your student and return it to the front offices of North or South Elementary schools or at LCMS. Additional forms or information may be obtained at LCMS or on the LCMS website. You may also contact Mrs. Robertson at LCMS for any further questions at (270) 988-3263.

Elections will be held on April 22 in the middle school front lobby from 7 to 8 a.m. and 1 to 6 p.m.

Cardinals face Anteaters today

The University of Louisville Cardinals will try to continue their perfect season this afternoon in their first game of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals (24-8) are the No. 4 seed in the East bracket and will face No. 13 seed UC Irvine (21-12).

The game will be telecast on TBS with a schedule tip-off at 3:10 p.m.

If Louisville wins, on Saturday, they will face the winner of today's Northern Iowa-Wyoming game.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Some floodwaters may be subsiding

As floodwaters continue to rise along the lower Ohio River, those associated with the Tradewater River in Crittenden County may be on their way down as the tributary empties into the Ohio River.

Magistrate Dan Wood today said that the floodwaters in his district appear to have reached their high mark and should begin subsiding. There are several roads in his district closed due to flooding, primarily from the Tradewater River, including Ky. 1917 and Ky. 132. He said the water has come within just a couple of feet of putting a portion of Ky. 120 under water.

As the waters in the eastern portion of the county begin to drop, they are still on the rise along Crittenden County's northern border formed by the Ohio River. In fact, a flood warning remains in effect for areas along the river through March 28. At 10 a.m. today, the stage was 48 feet at Shawneetown, Ill. Flood stage is 33 feet. According the National Weather Service at Paducah, the river will crest overnight at around 48.2 feet and remain near that level through the weekend.

Ohio River floodwaters have now kept the Cave In Rock Ferry closed for a week, and it will be several more days before the service can run again. Operation of the ferry stops at 42.5 feet as measured at Shawneetown.

The river has also closed Ky. 91 North at the approach to the ferry landing and Ky. 135 at Sawmill Hollow and at the Hurricane Bridge.

The list of county roads closed due to high water includes:
  • Aunt Jane Tabernacle Road.
  • E-Town Landing Road.
  • Phin Croft Road.
  • Weston Road.
  • Baker Hollow Road.
  • Long Branch Road.
  • Blackford Church Road.
  • Enon Church Road.
  • Cool Springs Road.
  • Providence Road.
  • Charlie Wesmoland Road.
  • Barnett Chapel Road.
Water is also affecting traffic along Water Street in Tolu and Caney Fork Road.

Officials advise that driving through any water over a roadway is always discouraged.

The list of closures will be updated as available at The Press Online.

Wildcats face Hampton tonight

The undefeated University of Kentucky Wildcats will try to continue their perfect season tonight in their first game of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats, 34-0, are the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament and will face No. 16 seed Hampton (17-17) in the Midwest bracket.

The game will be telecast on CBS with a schedule tip-off at 8:40 p.m.

If UK wins, on Saturday, they will face the winner of tonight's Cincinnati-Purdue game.

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Tree seedlings given away Monday

Mature white pine
Free tree seedlings will be offered to the public from 10 a.m. until noon Monday in front of the Crittenden County Conservation District office located at 118 E. Bellville St. in Marion. Each spring the local conservation district gives away a variety of seedlings.

Seedlings will include northern red oak, willow oak, pawpaw, bald cypress and white pine. Quantities will be limited per person. The conservation district encourages persons throughout Crittenden County, both inside the City of Marion and in rural areas, to take advantage of this opportunity.

The northern red oak, willow oak, pawpaw, bald cypress seedlings were purchased by the conservation district with a matching contribution of white pines made by the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF).

KDF offers 49 species of hardwoods and conifers for sale to Kentucky landowners at a reasonable price. They are shipped to individuals from January through April.

Seedlings can be planted on open crop or pasture land, enhancing wildlife habitat, improving urban areas. For further information, visit forestry.ky.gov.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Murray State Racers tip off Monday

Due to misinformation offered on multiple sports websites Tuesday evening, the date and time for Murray State University's second round NIT game published on the front of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press was incorrect. Today's issue of The Paducah Sun also printed an incorrect date for the Racers' second round game in the basketball tournament.

However, according to GoRacers.com, the official website for Murray State athletics, the Racers play at Tulsa Monday in the NIT. At present, no time has been announced for tipoff. It is also uncertain which ESPN network channel will carry the game.

Area death

David Bruce Boone, 39, of Grand Rivers, formerly of the Mexico community, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Marshall County Hospital in Benton. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Boone formerly was a delivery person for The Crittenden Press.

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And there's much more...

  • A murder trial is scheduled to start in Crittenden Circuit Court next week.
  • March Madness is under way and our local historian recounts one of the county's most exciting basketball stories.
  • Also, fill out your NCAA Tournament brackets found in this week's edition.
  • Got tires? Find out when and where to dump your waste tires for free.
  • Saturday school. The governor's signature may be all that keeps students in Crittenden County from making up snow days on at least one Saturday.
  • Fire causes extensive damage to Marion residence.
  • Man accused of stealing guns from employer.
  • After 13 years, Conrad's Food Store is under new management.
  • Gabby's wish: 14-year-old girl lives on through her organ donations.
  • Preview the high school softball, baseball seasons.

List of road closures updated

The Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed today. It will likely be several days before service resumes, as the Ohio River is not expected to crest at 48.5 feet at Shawneetown, Ill., until Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah.

The ferry does not operate above 42.5 feet as measured at Shawneetown. Flood stage is 33 feet.

Meantime, the list of road closures in Crittenden County due to high water includes multiple state highways and numerous county roads.

Besides Ky. 91 North at the ferry landing, Ky. 132 is closed at the Crittenden-Webster County line, Ky. 135 is closed at mile-point 4 at Sawmill Hollow and Ky. 1917 is closed between mile-points 1.3 and 1.6.

Water is also reported over the highway on Ky. 135 at the Hurricane Creek Bridge.

The list of county roads closed as of Wednesday morning includes:
  • Aunt Jane Tabernacle Road
  • E-Town Landing Road
  • Phin Croft Road
  • Weston Road
  • Baker Hollow Road
  • Long Branch Road
  • Blackford Church Road
  • Enon Church Road
  • Cool Springs Road
  • Providence Road
  • Charlie Wesmoland Road
  • Barnett Chapel Road
  • Charlie May Road
Water over these roads has altered bus routes, according to Wayne Winters with Crittenden County Schools Transportation Department. In addition, waters on Water Street in Tolu and Caney Fork Road have affected busing.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Area death

Willie West, 87, of Marion died today at Crittenden County Health and Rehab in Marion. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

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Waste tire collection offered this week

Crittenden County residents will have an opportunity to dispose of their waste tires for free this week.

Crittenden Fiscal Court in partnership with the Kentucky Division of Waste Management will be hosting a waste tire collection event Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the County Road Department just east of Marion on U.S. 60.

For further information, see this week's issue of The Crittenden Press or contact Crittenden County Solid Waste Coordinator Sue Padget at (270) 965-5251.

AG warns of scam targeting seniors

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) is warning consumers of a reported scam targeting Kentucky’s seniors.

DAIL has reported to the Office of the Attorney General that it has received multiple reports of an individual or individuals who falsely identify themselves as a representative of the “Division of Aging” offering a complimentary Life Alert system paid for by the state. The callers are telling consumers all they need to do to receive this service is to verify some personal information.

“Please warn your family, friends and neighbors not to fall prey to this scam targeting our seniors,” said Attorney General Conway. “The Department for Aging and Independent Living is not involved, nor would it call seniors at home to request personal information.   If you or someone you know receives such a call, please hang up, and do not provide personal information over the phone to someone you did not call or do not know.”

Kentuckians who have received such a call and have questions or concerns should contact Attorney General Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection at (888) 432-9257.

Consumer Tips
  • Never provide personal information to unsolicited callers.  The caller may use the information to either take money from your bank account or steal your identity.
  • Beware of callers offering “free” items.  Never engage in conversation with these callers.  Hang up the phone immediately.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never commit to offers over the phone.  Take the time to research any offer by asking friends, family or contacting the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection.
  • If you or someone you know has been a victim of identity theft, contact law enforcement and visit http://1.usa.gov/1bchVgT.
  • For more identity theft protection tips, visit the Office of the Attorney General’s website at http://1.usa.gov/18TrShi.
  • For more information regarding services provided by the Department for Aging and Independent Living, call (502) 564-6930. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Area deaths

Sallie Ann Fritts, 70, of Marion died March 13, 2015, at Baptist Health Paducah. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Martha Jane McClure, 82, of Marion died March 13, 2015, at Salem Springlake Health and Rehab Center. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Larry G. Tabor, 52, of Hobart, Ind., formerly of Salem died March 12, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Hobart. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is handling arrangements.

Friday, March 13, 2015

More highways closed in county

More highways in Crittenden County have been closed by flooding after today's rains, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Ky. 132 is closed at mile-point 1.79 at the Crittenden-Webster County line. On Ky. 135, water is over the road at mile-point 11.994 at the Hurricane Creek Bridge/Sawmill Hollow. Signs have been posted.

Earlier today, Ky. 91 North near the Cave In Rock Ferry landing was closed. The ferry is also shut down for several days due to the high water. Additionally, Ky. 1917 is closed between mile-points 1.3 and 1.6.

Several county roads are also closed. See previous posts for that list.

Governor orders flags lowered in honor of Korean War casualty from Mayfield

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

The funeral and interment of Army Pfc. Anthony Massey Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Rest Cemetery in Mayfield. Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in lowering flags in tribute on that day.

According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), Pfc. Massey, 22, of Mayfield, was assigned to Company C, 1/24 Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. While deployed near Anju, North Korea, Pfc. Massey was reported missing on or about Nov. 28, 1950. According to DPMO, Massey was reported as having been captured by enemy forces and died in captivity in March 1951, at prisoner-of-war Camp 5, in Pyoktong, North Korea.

In September 1954, Chinese forces repatriated a box of human remains they claimed to have recovered from POW Camp 5 at Pyoktong, and that they associated to Pfc. Massey. In 1956, a military review board declared Pfc. Massey’s remains as unidentifiable. His remains were buried as “Unknown Remains X-14493” in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, known as the “Punchbowl.”

In 2014, due to advances in forensic technology, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) determined that the possibility of identifying the remains was likely at that time. The Unknown Remains X-14493 was disinterred for re-analysis and possible identification.

Scientists from JPAC used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as a comparison of antemortem and postmortem chest radiographs. The process led to the association of the X-14493 remains to Pfc. Massey to the exclusion of other reasonable candidates.