Sunday, July 31, 2016

I-24 and Parkway Exchange restrictions

A contractor for The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans additional traffic restrictions along the Purchase Parkway within the Interstate 24 Exit 25 Interchange work zone starting on Monday, Aug. 1.

The contractor plans to close the I-24 Westbound Exit Ramp (Exit 25-B) to the Purchase Parkway Northbound starting around 6pm. A message board will mark the detour. 

This is part of an ongoing reconstruction of the interchange to allow Interstate 69 to be extended southward along the parkway in the future.

This phase of work should not impact through-traffic on the main line of Interstate 24.

This work zone includes a 55 mph speed limit with an enhanced enforcement presence and double fines for citations.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Motorcyclist airlifted from scene

UPDATE: Motorcyclist identified as Harold Wayne Hardin of Salem.
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A motorcyclist was seriously injured when his bike collided with a utility van in front of Crittenden Hospital Friday afternoon.

EMTs were close by and rushed the man's aid. The victim has not been identified at this time. He was taken via AirEvac to an Evansville trauma center.

Area Death

Sandra Kay Autry, 67, of Marion died Thursday. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

City administrator faces felony charges

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An investigation by Kentucky State Police has led to felony charges against Marion City Administrator Mark Bryant.

According to arrest records, Bryant, 55, was taken into custody Thursday night and lodged at 10:09pm, in Crittenden County Detention Center. He made bond Friday, putting up 10 percent of $5,000.

Charges of first-degree promoting contraband, trafficking in a synthetic drug and tampering with physical evidence were filed by state police detective Steve Brynn. All are Class D felonies, punishable by 1-5 years in prison if found guilty. According to state police reports, the United States Postal Inspector notified state police drug enforcement and special investigations west branch of suspected drug trafficking involving Bryant. Detectives responded and interviewed various individuals including Bryant on Thursday. 

State police say their investigation revealed that while overseeing Crittenden County Detention Center work-release inmates assigned to the City of Marion, Bryant was trafficking in synthetic drugs to various inmates. Investigators also say that Bryant was defacing shipping labels on United States Postal Service packages to avoid detection of drug trafficking. 

The FBI, DEA and Crittenden County Detention Center assisted with the investigation.

Trafficking in a synthetic drug was just recently made a felony by the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly. 

Sources say investigators believe Bryant facilitated contraband smuggling into the jail by work-release inmates assigned to the City of Marion. Work-release inmates are allowed to work outside the jail, normally during weekday work hours. In the evening, they are placed back into the detention center.

According to information on the Detention Center's web site, two inmates are regularly assigned to work for the City of Marion at the street department and water department. 

"These inmates receive valuable education and experience in working for local city government," the web site reads. 

The web site lists reading water meters, helping repair busted water lines, fall leaf pick up and litter abatement on city streets among the activities for which inmates are used.

Bryant was certified to oversee inmates working for the City of Marion. Anyone who oversees inmates on work-release programs are required to complete a course taught by the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Instructors provide printed handouts and explain various things overseers can and cannot do while they are engaged in the practice of watching work-release inmates outside the jail.

Bryant has served as the city administrator since October 2006. He is also acting director of the Crittenden County Economic Development Corporation and a member of the Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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KSP murder suspect arrested

UPDATE
Deqavion Marcell James was arrested after he turned himself in at the Hopkinsville Police Department shortly after 3:00 p.m.  He is currently in custody of KSP Detectives and will be lodged in the Christian County Jail. 

ORIGINAL
The Kentucky State Police is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a wanted person.

Deqavion Marcell James, 18, Oak Grove, is wanted by the Kentucky State Police for Murder, Robbery 1st Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence. The warrant stems from the investigation by KSP Detectives involving the murder of De’Andre Marquis Palmer.

Mr. James is a black male, approximately 5’ 6” tall and weighs 130 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

James is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.  Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Deqavion James, is encouraged to call the Kentucky State Police Post 2 at (270) 676-3313 or toll-free in Kentucky at 1-800-222-5555. Callers may remain anonymous.

Must-have back-to-school news this week

Your comprehensive look at back-to-school
Summer is almost over ... at least for school-age children. In just 13 days, riding bikes, playing video games and sleeping in all day come to an end as the little ones head back to the classroom for a new School Year. Schools open for students on Wednesday, Aug. 10, ending another short summer vacation courtesy of Old Man Winter. But just nine months and 170 closing bells later, they'll get summer back again. Closing day is currently scheduled for May 12, 2017. This year promises to be unlike any other at Crittenden County Schools.

For a comprehensive look at back-to-school, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press. It's chock full of information you cannot find anywhere else ... including Facebook. It's a must-have!

Find the following stories and features inside:
  • 2016-17 school calendar.
  • School district: Lunch, breakfast free.
  • Online registration already rolled out for some.
  • Rocket Way Snow Days could prevent late start to summer.
  • Meet every new teacher and administrator in the district.
  • Supply lists, including what FRYSC will be providing each grade level for free.
  • CCHS, CCMS dress codes remain consistent.
  • SUPERINTENDENT CLARK: Schools strive to inspire greatness through tried, new methods.
  • BOARD CHAIRMAN COOK: Each in community serves as teacher to youth.
  • CCHS PRINCIPAL BROWN: Attendance policy big change at HS.
  • CCMS PRINCIPAL RADIVONYK: New MS principal glad to be Rocket.
  • CCES PRINCIPAL TABOR: ES encourages parental interaction.
  • Board of education contact information.
  • Board of education meeting dates.
  • SBDM, PTO membership.
  • School district bus routes.
  • Road damage could affect busing routes.
  • District looking for drivers with the right stuff.
  • District bus miles equal to lunar trip.
  • Board breathes new life into Crosswalk.
  • CCHS focused on avoiding dropouts.
  • Dual credit offered at no cost.
  • CCES PTO seeks books, board games donations.

What's news this week in Crittenden County...

Larry Maness (right) is having his Dodge Demon restored by
a reality show and will be giving the muscle car to his grandson.

Read the full story in this week's issue of The Crittenden Press.

Every student in Crittenden County will eat for free from the cafeteria in 2016-17. The school system got word last week it was approved for the federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) that will save families hundreds of dollars a year. Superintendent of Schools Vince Clark announced at the July 19 board of education meeting that Crittenden County Schools became one of the latest high poverty districts in Kentucky to be able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all 1,300 or so children headed back to the classroom Aug. 10.

For more on this story, an entire back-to-school section and the following headlines, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • County fair starts Thursday.
  • Reality show restoring local Dodge for project.
  • Filing deadline for city council, school board hopefuls near.
  • Magistrates taking close look at local road system.
  • Magistrates growing increasingly road weary.
  • Road damage could affect busing routes.
  • Ky. 365, U.S. 641 to get new pavement.
  • Marion's new outdoor market named, should open in August.
  • Fed: Ky. water systems get clean bill of health.
  • 2 Livingston teens face felony charges.
  • Morganfield police chief resigns post.
  • Latest Ky. jobless rate at 5 percent.
  • Aviation commish wants to see airport’s runway extended.
  • Report: CCEDC’s bottom line shows improvement.
  • Yarbrough head of all superintendents.
  • Woman’s Club plans fundraisers, events.
  • Dobyns new minister of Marion Christian Church.
  • Back to school time ideal to begin 4-H.
  • OPINION: Big difference in Democrats then, now.
  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Free meal program at schools should be preserved as it is.
  • Future of gas prices likely to see drop.
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: Annuals help recall Tolu High School Class of ‘49.
  • OUTDOORS: Hunters will see big moves for September geese, woodcock later in fall.
  • Fredonia Lions Club festival Aug. 13.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ky. 1917 re-opens to traffic

Ky. 1917/Wolf Creek Road in Crittenden County is now open to traffic.

Middle school football registration

Crittenden County Middle School football team will be gearing up for the season later this week.

There will be a team meeting for registration and equipment issuing at 6 p.m., Friday, July 29 at the middle school gym.

Practice will begin on Monday, Aug. 1. Players must have a physical before they may practice. An approved physical form can be found online at http://khsaa.org/forms/CombinedMS01andPPEForm.pdf.

It is also available at local clinics offering physicals. The middle school football season will begin in late August.

Ky. 365 paving work starts today

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans milling and paving along a section of Ky. 365 in northern Crittenden County starting today. 

This work zone runs from Chandler Farm Road at mile point 2.310 extending northward to the Crittenden-Union County line and the Tradewater River Bridge at mile point 8.540, a distance of 6.23 miles. 

The contractor will start with installation of construction signage and cutting back shoulders today to be followed by milling on Wednesday and the placement of wedging and leveling asphalt on Thursday, with surface asphalt paving to follow. 

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

Rogers Group is the prime contractor on this $454,232 highway improvement project. The target completion date is Aug. 5, weather permitting.

Monday, July 25, 2016

All you need for back-to-school


Area Deaths

Keith E. Poindexter, 84, of Rosiclare, Ill., died Saturday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia L. “Ginny”  Tinsley, 65, of Marion died Friday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Helen L. Hart, 78, of Flint, Mich., died Wednesday. She was born in Crittenden County. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Lane restriction Monday on Smithland Bridge

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to place a daytime lane and 9 ft. load width restriction on the US 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland in LIVINGSTON County starting on Monday, July 25.

Traffic on the US 60 Cumberland River “Smithland” Bridge will be restricted to one lane to facilitate installation of new navigation lights on the bridge structure.

Motorists should be prepared to encounter one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers.  Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are working along the bridge deck in close proximity to traffic flow.  Delays should be minimal.

Due to limited deck width, the US 60 Cumberland River “Smithland” Bridge will be restricted to vehicles no more than 9 ft. wide which prohibits farm equipment and oversized loads from crossing the bridge through this work zone.

Work to place new navigation lights on the Smithland Bridge is expected to take about 3 to 5 weeks to complete, weather permitting.

The US 60 Cumberland River bridge at Smithland, also known as the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge and the Smithland Bridge, is at US 60 Livingston County mile point 12.696.  The 1,817 ft. through truss structure was opened to traffic in 1931.  About 5,500 vehicles cross the bridge in an average day.

Davis H. Elliot Construction Company, Inc, is the prime contractor on this $938,750 project that also includes navigation light installation on the US 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge at Paducah.  The daytime work zone on the Brookport Bridge is expected to continue a few more weeks.

Closure set for Ky. 1917 Tuesday

The the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a secton of KY 1917/Wolf Creek Road in CRITTENDEN County on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

KY 1917/Wolf Creek Road will be closed at mile point 1.5 to allow a cross drain to be replaced.  This is along KY 1917/Wolf Creek Road between KY 120 and the Shady Grove community.

The roadway is expected to close at approximately 7:00 a.m., CDT, Tuesday.   KY 1917 is expected to reopen to traffic around 1:00 p.m., Tuesay.

There will be no marked detour.  Local access will be maintained for property owners on each side of the clousre.

The Crittenden County Highway Maintenance Crew plans to be at this site on Monday to do some prep work in advance of the Tuesday closure.  That prep work will occasionally require one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jackson School Road is Closed

A state bridge inspector has ordered the county to close Jackson School Road at Dry Fork Creek just below Pond Road where recent water damage has created safety concerns at the bridge.

Crews will begin Monday working to either repair or replace the bridge. County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said it could be several weeks before the road is reopened to traffic.

The closure is approximately 1.3 miles from Ky. 70 where a bridge crosses a tributary of Livingston Creek.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Area death

Madux Wayne Copeland, 7, of Fredonia died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at St. Mary Hospital in Evansville, Ind.

He was a student at Caldwell County Primary School and a member of Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of the Caldwell County Gold All-Star's baseball team.

Surviving are his parents, Chad and MacKenzie Copeland of Fredonia; sister, Brylee Copeland of Fredonia; paternal grandparents, David and Chris Copeland of Marion; maternal grandparents, Richard and Jodell P'Pool of Princeton; paternal great-grandparents, Louis and Kathy Salas of Portage, Ind., and Juanita Copeland of Joplin, Mo.; and maternal great-grandparents, Ernest and Kay Lundstorm of Princeton.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday at Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday at Morgan's Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Boyd officiating assisted by Rev. Joe Farless. Burial will follow in the Lebanon Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon Baptist Church Youth Group, P.O. Box 412, Princeton, KY  42445 or Youth Incorporated of Caldwell County, P.O. Box 336, Princeton, KY 42445.

What's news this week in Crittenden County...

Crittenden County Middle School opened as a high school in 1950.

Built in 1949, Crittenden County Middle School is far from the oldest building in Kentucky where students learn to read and write; in fact, some date back to the early 1900s. But nearing seven decades since the school first opened – and with a looming enrollment boom – CCMS is at the head of the class when it comes to needed facilities upgrades in the school district. That's part of what a local committee formed to develop a plan for educational building priorities in the district is likely to recommend when it wraps up its work in the coming weeks.

For more on this story and the following headlines, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • Fredonia boy dies in car-bike crash.
  • Man facing 13 years for drugs.
  • 8 individuals indicted last week in county.
  • Big Rivers WMA adds 841 acres.
  • Marion council members hear housing concerns.
  • First-time fair event to help feed children.
  • Noted outdoorsman ordered to pay back $300,000 for duping investors.
  • IN PICTURES: Weekend BBQ festival, competition a hit.
  • Homeless couple abandons dog at Lake George.
  • Schools roll out online registration.
  • Crosswalk hosts freshmen event.
  • Clerk receives grant to digitize deed records.
  • Relay exceeds its goal of $45,000.
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: Voters choose leaders of Crittenden for 1926-30.
  • GOP continues to grow in county.
  • Felony expungement informational sessions planned.
  • Society memberships help keep museum open.
  • KU named leading utility.
  • Western Ky. hospital region one of few deemed healthier.
  • SPORTS: Pre-season football competition kicks off practice.
  • SPORTS: Local golfers reap honors at Novadell qualify event.
  • SPORTS: Softball tournaments this weekend at park.

Ky. 133 re-opens to traffic

Ky. 133/Shelby Store Road has reopened to traffic at the Livingston-Crittenden County Line. 

Erosion repairs have been completed near the Kitchen Road intersection in Livingston County.

This means Axel Creek Road in Crittenden County is also open to through traffic at the county line.

Fredonia boy dies in crash

A Fredonia boy died Tuesday afternoon from injuries sustained when the bicycle he was on was struck by a vehicle on Ky. 902 East.

The collision occurred at 4:11 p.m., taking the life of 7-year-old Madux Copeland, who has family in Caldwell and Crittenden counties. 

See this week's newspaper for more details on the tragedy. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Area death

Joyce Moxley Collins, 60, of Marion died Saturday. Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis is in charge of arrangements.

Ky. 1917 back open in Crittenden County

Water has dropped off the roadway along Ky. 1917/Wolf Creek Road in Crittenden County. Ky. 1917 has reopened to traffic between mile point 1.3 and mile point 1.6.

Fair catalog available online


The 2016 Crittenden County Lions Club fair catalog is now available for downloading/viewing online. Follow this link to access the PDF, which contains rules for exhibits, a schedule of events, entry details and ads from local supporters of the fair.

Ky. 133 closed to all traffic possibly into Wednesday

Ky. 133/Shelby Store Road is closed to all traffic at this time.  The Livingston County Highway Maintenance Crew is digging out and replacing the smaller of two cross drains at mile point 0.665 south of Salem. This is near the Livingston-Crittenden County line.

The roadway will be closed to all traffic today, Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday, to allow erosion damage to the cross drains and the roadway to be repaired.  The smaller of the two drainage pipes is being replaced today.  The larger and deepest of the two will be replaced on Tuesday.  Depending on the scope of work the closure could continue into Wednesday.

Ky. 133/Shelby Store Road becomes Axel Creek Road in Crittenden County, so it is closed to all traffic at the county line.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Ky. 133 remains closed at county line

A section of KY 133/Shelby Store Road south of Salem in Livingston County remains closed to through traffic due to erosion at a couple of cross drains.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers have been evaluating the site today, formulating repair plans, and ordering materials required for repairs to begin on Monday.

KY 133/Shelby Store Road is closed to through traffic between the Livingston-Crittenden County Line at mile point 0.0 and Kitchen Road at mile point 0.667.    When KY 133 enters Crittenden County at the end of state maintenance it becomes Axel Creek Road which is closed at the county line.

The Livingston County Highway Maintenance Crew plans to be at the site early Monday to start repair efforts.  Two cross drains will have to be replaced.  One is more than 12 ft. deep, requiring extra equipment for the work.  Based on the best estimate, KY 133 could reopen by sometime Wednesday.

During flash flooding last week some erosion was reported in this area.  Highway personnel made a temporary repair at that time.  Additional heavy rain rolling thorugh the Salem area Thursday caused further erosion damage requiring the roadway to close.

KY 133/Shelby Store Road remains closed to through traffic.  However, access will be maintained for local property owners through the weekend.  KY 133 will then be closed to all traffic on Monday and Tuesday to allow the necessary repair work.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ky. 133 near county line closed

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has closed a section of KY 133/Shelby Store Road south of Salem in Livingston County due to erosion at a couple of cross drains.

KY 133/Shelby Store Road is closed to through traffic between the Livingston-Crittenden County Line at mile point 0.0 and Kitchen Road at mile point 0.667. When KY 133 enters Crittenden County at the end of state maintenance it becomes Axel Creek Road.

During flash flooding last week some erosion was reported in this area. Highway personnel made a temporary repair at that time. Additional heavy rain rolling thorugh the Salem area today caused further erosion damage.

KY 133/Shelby Store Road is closed to through traffic. However, Local access will be maintained for property owners on each side of the closure point.

Comer visiting Marion Friday

James Comer, the Republican candidate for 1st District Congressman in Kentucky, will be in Crittenden County Friday making several stops. The best opportunity for the public to catch Comer will be at The 88 Dip in the morning. He is scheduled to be at the restaurant at 7 a.m. Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said Comer will also be visiting Marion Feed Mill and, if time allows, distribution at the Victory Gardens before 9 a.m.

Sen. Paul in Princeton next week

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will be in Princeton Wednesday afternoon for a town hall meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. at Adams Breezy Hill Farm at 1222 Cadiz Road (Ky. 139).

"I am so excited to hear from Kentuckians about the issues facing their communities and our nation," the first-term Republican senator told The Times Leader newspaper.

Though Paul is seeking re-election, the meeting is not billed as a campaign stop. It is free an open to any the public from any area. It is part of a series of town hall events scheduled in the area that day.

Sen. Paul hosted a town hall meeting in Marion earlier this year.

Area death

Betty Jean Slaton Janosi, 82, of Lindenhurst, Ill.,  died July 10. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

This Weekend in Marion


Substitute teacher training next week

Ask any teacher his or her top desire for students when illness or professional development takes him or her away from the classroom, and you are likely to get the same answer: Continuous instruction.

That’s why the role of substitute teachers is so vital to a school system. In fact, the Crittenden County school district is so committed to its substitute program that it hosts annual training sessions and even established a Substitute of the Year award at each of its three schools.

Those considering substitute teaching may be eligible in one of three ways:
  • If a person is a certified teacher (either retired or not currently teaching).
  • If a person has a bachelor‘s degree in any field.
  • If a person has at least 64 college credits.
Pay ranges from $65 per day to $109 per day, depending upon rank and certification.

According to Diana Lusby, Personnel Director for Crittenden County Schools, those considering substitute teaching should enjoy working with young people and desire to continue instruction in a teacher’s absence.

Those interested in substitute teaching opportunities should apply online at the school’s website at Crittenden.KySchools.us.

All classroom substitute teachers are required to attend a training session which will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 22 in Rocket Arena.

Lusby said substitutes, bus drivers, custodians, food service workers, office staff and instructional assistants also are needed, but are not required to attend the July 22 training. People interested in these positions also may apply online.

For more, visit the district’s website or email diana.lusby@crittenden.kyschools.us.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

PRESS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR POLICY

The Crittenden Press accepts and encourages letters to the editor on a variety of subjects. 

Letters should be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday the week before publication. 

Submissions must include only the author’s name (no multiple names or groups), address, including hometown, phone number and signature. Phone numbers will not be published. They are for our records only in order to authenticate a letter’s author. 

Letters should be written in good taste and in most cases should not exceed 300 words. Letters will be edited for spelling and grammar and The Crittenden Press reserves the right to reject or edit letters for clarity, brevity and otherwise at our discretion. 

Writers should limit their letters to no more than one per month. Original copies of submitted letters will be retained in our files. 

Letters may be brought into our office, sent to P.O. Box 191, Marion, Ky., 42064 or thepress@the-press.com.

Schools to unveil online registration soon

It's almost time to head back to the classroom, and Crittenden County Schools is about ready to unveil its new online back-to-school registration. The school district will be offering two sessions later this month to offer assistance to those in need.

"We’ve been working hard all summer preparing for the transition to online registration through Infinite Campus," said district Personnel Director Diana Lusby.

Parents of currently-enrolled students will need to be sure they have access to their Parent Portal accounts. Those who don’t have an account may contact Vanessa Shewcraft at the central office at (270) 965-3525 or by email at vanessa.shewcraft@crittenden.kyschools.us. She can also help those who do not remember their password.

"If you are unable to meet with Vanessa during business hours, we will provide two evening sessions where parents can get help with their portal accounts," Lusby said.

Parents can come anytime between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on July 21 or 28 to the Annex Lab at Crittenden County High School.

"We will let you know when it’s time to register through the Portal, but in the meantime, please get your portal accounts," Lusby added. "We are very excited to offer this opportunity to keep Crittenden County parents from having to fill out all those back-to-school forms."

Motorcyclist injured in Marion

The Kentucky Bike Rally in Sturgis will bring thousands of motorcycles and motorcycle enthusiasts into the area this week. Gates open today and the event runs through Sunday.

Motorists are urged to be extra alert for an influx of motorcycles as riders from all over the nation. Already today there has been an injury accident on Sturgis Road in Marion involving and out-of-state biker.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds motorists to be extra alert for an influx of motorcycles as riders from all over the nation hit the road to attend the annual event.  Motorcyclists are reminded to be safety-minded as they cruise back roads during the event.

Regular commuters along U.S. 60 and Ky. 109 should be aware of traffic congestion near the Union County Fairgrounds at Sturgis as motorcycles, RVs and other support vehicles make their way in and out of the bike rally. Early registration starts today.

The Kentucky Motorcycle Association has purchased and placed "Share the Road" signs along major routes in Union and neighboring counties to remind motorists to be alert for riders.

For info on the rally go to http://www.kentuckybikerally.com. For our Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Motorcycle Safety Fact Sheet go to http://transportation.ky.gov/Highway-Safety/Documents/Motorcycle.pdf. For general tips on motorcycle safety go to http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles.

Mediacom outage again today

Mediacom customers in Marion, Salem and Fredonia areas are experiencing outage today in phone, internet and television services.

Modicum says repairs are being made and the services are expected to return to normal by 2:30pm.

Program helping participants cope with grief

FROM THE CRITTENDEN PRESS, JULY 7, 2106
Tucked away in the corner of  the 88 Dip each Monday afternoon is a group of ladies who shares a bond they would rather not have in common. But eavesdropping from a nearby table in the close quarters of the restaurant, you might be surprised just how they came together.

“It’s just been a blessing,” Dorothy Hobbs said of the support and friendships she has gained through her participation in a biblically-based program geared to help people cope with the loss of a loved one. “I couldn’t get through anything. Then I found people who understand what I feel and no one else can.”

Hobbs’ husband Mike died two years ago. Soon after, she found every-day life difficult to muddle through. But those dark days began to clear when she joined the GriefShare program offered by Crooked Creek Baptist Church. No, she’s not over the loss, but she and the other women participating in the weekly sessions are learning to better cope with the pain. The Monday meals they share together can get pretty rowdy with a lot of good times.

“It just helps that we learn to laugh again,” explained Peggy Ritch, whose husband Jerry died in December 2014. “But with these ladies, they’ve all been there. They understand.”

Ritch said the seven other women currently participating in GriefShare are about the only other people she feels comfortable enough to still cry around over Jerry’s death.

“In other settings, you try to hold back,” she said.

She explained that crying around their children who also suffered a loss can be difficult for a parent grieving over the death of a longtime companion. The pain is just different.

“I try to hold back, because he was their father,” Ritch said, “and they’re hurting too.”

Of course, GriefShare is not solely for women. The group led by Donna Girten, the wife of Crooked Creek pastor Mark Girten, just happens to currently have no men enrolled. She said over the course of the year-plus the program has been offered locally, there have been male participants.

It’s also not exclusive to losing a spouse. Girten, who suffered at the hands of an abusive husband in a previous marriage, is deeply emotional when she speaks of her late-grandmother who helped her through a very difficult period. And a few years ago, Nora Metheny lost a male companion with whom she had built a special relationship.

“No loss is any different,” Girten said.

GriefShare meets at the church at 11:30 a.m. Though held at the Baptist church, the Bible-based program is non-denominational. In fact, the eight women who gather at the Dip after sessions to laugh, talk about cooking and hairstyles and maybe even share the latest from the grapevine represent five different community churches of varying denominations.

“It brightens up my Mondays when I’m with this group of women.” Metheny offered over the din of a busy lunch crowd.

When the cards and flowers have stopped and everyone else seems to be going on with their lives, many are still left with crippling, lingering grief. The aim of GriefShare is to build a network of support among participants and offer paths to getting life back on track.

“It’s so much more than a class that meets for 13 weeks,” said Girten, adding that new participants can come in at any time and repeat enrollees are always welcome. “I can’t imagine being without these ladies.”

There is a $30 cost for materials, but Girten said there are scholarships available. She added that no one in need of GriefShare, a worldwide support group, will be turned away if they simply cannot afford the fees. They will find a way to cover the cost, she said.

For those just joining GriefShare, the first meeting is the most difficult.

“The first time you go, you are forced to face reality,” said Linda Cook, who thought she was coping well with the loss last year of her husband Virgil until the days apart grew to be too much. “Many just cry the first time, the whole time.”

Girten said walking through the door for the initial gathering, indeed, is the hardest step.

The women who share such similarities on the surface, each take away something different every Monday. There is no single recipe for dealing with grief.

“Every individual has to cope in their own way,” Cook said.”

At meetings, the group watches a video and discusses a different issue or challenge.

“It’s about sharing experiences, and it’s helped me out more than I expected,” said Reta Conger, still fresh off of losing her husband Pat in March. “I wondered, does the way I’m feeling just happen to me, does it happen to anyone else. I’ve learned, yes, it does.”

Last week was a particularly emotional session to get through.

“We each struggled today,” Girten said while waiting for lunch to arrive at the table, “and they need to understand this is going to happen.”

“I still have bad days,” said Linda Morris, hurting over her husband Joe who died almost four years ago.

In 2007, Mabel Campbell lost her husband Archie. Just months ago, she thought she was simply volunteering to help Girten organize GriefShare, but she fast became a member of the group.

“I thought I was over it, but I wasn’t,” she said. “It’s helped me to express my feelings by being around other people with the same experience.”

The support participants share goes far beyond Mondays. Each woman said she feels like she can pick up the phone and call any one of the other women when they need an ear.

“Everybody cares about everyone else,” Campbell said.

“I think we’ve built a family,” Girten added.

GriefShare even travels together. Recently, Girten, Morris and Conger returned from a mission trip to Fort Worth, Texas. While there, they returned a favor to Springdale Baptist Church who had sent their own mission team months ago to help renovate Crooked Creek Church.

Reaching out for help can be difficult at first. After rejecting repeated invitations to join GriefShare from her friend Ritch, Cook finally relented. Now, she cannot imagine life without the sorority that has emerged.

“We all believe in the love Jesus has given us, and we’re all here to help others,” Cook said. “We all rely on each other, right ladies?”

Around the table, seven heads nodded yes in unison.

To join or learn more about GriefShare, contact Girten at (270) 969-8553.

What's news this week in Crittenden County...

When most people think of the local Community Arts Foundation, they think of events from the world of Shakespeare, Rembrandt or Mozart. But this weekend, CAF enters the realm of Julia Child. The first-ever Boot Scootin’ BBQ Competition and Festival is this Saturday, and a handful of 6competitors are poised for a cook-off in pulled pork, ribs and sauce categories. There's also a lot more fun for all ages.

For the rest of this story, a full schedule of festival events and the following stories, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • New Ky. laws go into effect Friday.
  • Schools celebrate Par 4 partnership.
  • County recommended for Work Ready status.
  • Storms leave wake of damage.
  • Sunday fire destroys Shady Grove-area home.
  • County department gets new fire chief.
  • Combs to sing on European tour.
  • Police seek help with tractor stolen from Burna.
  • Bikers raises money for shoes for local kids.
  • Ex-teacher pens illustrated book aimed at youth.
  • Local genealogists uncover reason few smiles seen in old pictures they dig up in research.
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: Dycusburg a booming river town in 1882.
  • Food preservation workshop July 26-28.
  • Ky. property tax rate stays steady.
  • SPORTS: Marion Swim Team results.
  • Annual study: Kentucky 35th in child well-being.

Union floodwaters along U.S. 60 rising

Floodwaters have been slowly rising along US 60 between the 25 and 26 mile marker in UNION County near the Union-Henderson County Line.

After holding at the edge of the pavement through much of the night, floodwaters have inched out a few feet into to the driving lane.  While the water is only an inch or two deep, it creates a hazard for traffic along this section as motorists maneuver around these spots.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Union County Highway Mainteance Crew has placed Water Over Road signs at a couple of locations along this section near Royster’s Curve and Highland Creek.

Motorists traveling this section of US 60 near the Union-Henderson County Line between Waverly and Corydon are advised to slow down and use extra caution.   At this time, the roadway is open with water into the driving lane at a couple of locations.

KYTC personnel will be carefully monitoring floodwaters in this area through the day and provide regular updates as appropriate.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Cutoff Road reopens to all traffic

A critical transportation connection provided by KY 937/Cutoff Road in LIVINGSTON County has been restored.    The temporary culvert replacement at KY 937 mile point 2.8 has been completed and the roadway reopened near the KY 937 intersection with KY 453.  The roadway reopened about 1:00 p.m., today, about an hour earlier than expected.

A washout near the US 60 end of KY 937/Cutoff Road was repaired and reopened to traffic about 11:30 a.m., today.

KY 937 has been serving as a detour for KY 453 which is closed for reconstruction south of Smithland.  KY 937 was severed when a culvert washed out early Thursday morning.  While the culvert was being repaired engineers were called to the Lee Creek Bridge just south of US 60 where a void had washed out beneath the roadway, forcing the roadway to close at that location.

Repairs to both ends of KY 937/Cutoff Road are now completed.  Motorists are urged to use appropriate caution at these two repair sites as some settling of the roadway is likely to create rough pavement.   Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel will be checking the area regularly to repair the driving surface as needed.  Once these fill areas have settled a more permanent surface will be added.

Thanks to everyone for your patience during what has been a tough week for highway crews across the region.

Courthouse offices closed Saturday

The offices of Crittenden County Circuit Clerk and Sheriff's Department will be closed Saturday for the barbecue festival that will be taking place around the courthouse.

Area deaths

Mona E. McDaniel, 93, of Marion died Friday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mary Virginia Pogue 94, of Marion died Thursday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Portion of Cutoff Road should reopen Sunday

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers have made substantial progress on efforts to restore a crucial transportation link in Livingston County.  KY 937/Cutoff Road is expected to reopen near the KY 453 end sometime Sunday afternoon.  
 

Traffic at the site may be one lane with alternating flow controlled by flaggers for a time as work to finish out the repair is completed.
KY 937/Cutoff Road will likely remain closed at the Lee Creek Bridge about 8/10ths of a mile south of US 60 until Monday or possibly Tuesday of this week.
The critical transportation link has been closed since early Thursday when floodwaters washed out a large culvert at KY 937 mile point 2.8, near the KY 453 intersection. Engineers found a culvert that could be used to temporarily repair the roadway and got it delivered to the site Friday afternoon.  Just as installation work ramped up an excavator required for the work had a mechanical issue that put it out of service.
As if that delay weren't enough, engineers were called to the Lee Creek Bridge near the US 60 end of KY 937, today, where a small hole had appeared in the pavement.  On inspection, they found a void underneath the pavement just off the south end of the bridge.
Engineers quickly developed a repair plan only to find the void beneath the roadway was much larger that it initially appeared.  The estimated repair time at that site went from a few hours to a couple of days.
With both ends of the highway cut, Engineers recognized the need to get the connection to KY 453 restored as quickly as possible.  Once the excavator was repaired, the Livingston County Highway Maintenance Crew redoubled their efforts to replace the washed out culvert.
The crew completed a substantial amount of the necessary fill work this evening and are confident they can finish placing the remaining fill and complete a temporary surface on the repair by Sunday afternoon.  They expect the KY 937/Cutoff Road connection to KY 453 to be restored sometime after about 2:00 p.m., Sunday. 

Once traffic is restored Sunday afternoon, motorists are advised to slow down and use caution as pavement at the culvert repair site is likely to settle and create rough driving conditions for several weeks.

Meanwhile, highway personnel plan to continue their attack on the void near Lee Creek Bridge on Sunday afternoon.  Workers used a backhoe to tear away pavement over the void today to allow it to be back-filled with asphalt millings.  Engineers estimate it could take a couple of days to get the void filled and the roadway properly repaired at the US 60 end of KY 937.

As all this work continues, motorists with passenger vehicles who need to access KY 937 in the Potters House Church area are advised to use Armstrong Road and Condra Road. Condra Road provides the only access to churches, homes, and businesses along KY 937/Cutoff Road.  While Armstrong Road and Condra Road have recently been paved, the narrow one lane roadway is not designed for increased traffic flow generated by the closure of KY 937.

Restoring the transportation link provided by KY 937 is made even more critical by the closure of KY 453 South of Smithland for a bridge replacement project.   KY 937/Cutoff Road is the marked detour for KY 453.  The closure of both highways has meant about an extra half-hour of driving to make the connection between Smithland and the Grand Rivers area in the southern portion of Livingston County.  The two highways carry about 3,000 vehicles per day.

KYTC Engineers are optimistic they can restore the KY 937 connection to KY 453 by Sunday afternoon. 

Again, at this time, the only access to the Potters House Church area is via Armstrong Road and Condra Road.  Armstrong Road turns off US 60 at mile point 8.921 about a mile east of the KY 937 intersection.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Governor orders flags to half staff

Gov. Matt Bevin has ordered the Kentucky state flag be flown at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers in Dallas, Texas.

“We are deeply offended and heartbroken by the cowardly assault on police officers in Dallas,” said Gov. Bevin. “As a society we must strongly condemn acts of violence against innocent lives, especially those who put their lives on the line to protect us. United we stand, divided we fall.”

For updated information on flag status in Kentucky, visit http://governor.ky.gov/office/Pages/flagstatus.aspx.

Area death

Chuck Crowell, 74, of Marion died Thursday. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

BBQ competition still taking entries

It may seem a bit of a departure from the usual events sponsored by the Fohs Hall Community Arts Foundation, but there would be plenty of people in western Kentucky to argue that the best barbecue cookers truly are artists. CAF certainly agrees.

The first-ever Boot Scootin’ BBQ Competition and Festival is next week, and several competitors are poised for a cook-off in pulled pork, ribs and sauce categories.

The event is intended to be a unique foray into the arts.

“CAF has chosen to host this festival to showcase culinary arts,” said foundation member Kim Vince. “Our mission is to help the community recognize that the arts are much more than crafts, a ballet or a symphony. The Community Arts Foundation intends that its projects include many types of art-related activities for all kinds of people.”

The Saturday, July 16 festival is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to at least 4 p.m. around the court square in downtown Marion. The competition will be judged at 10:30 a.m. and a half-hour later, the winners will be announced. Barbecue, chips, drinks and other food items will go on sale at 11:30 a.m. for festival-goers to take home or enjoy at a picnic area set up onsite.

Vince said there will be live music throughout the day featuring Hillbilly Funk, a rock band from Nashville, Tenn.; and also Just A Mere Band featuring local youths Cutter and Cash Singleton.

“We are hoping to have a hog calling contest in the early afternoon if there is enough interest,” Vince said last month in a front-page story in The Crittenden Press.

People responded, so CAF has scheduled the hog callin’ competition for 12:45 p.m.

There will be vendors of crafts, politicians, organizations and direct sales items such as Tupperware, Jamberry and Damsel in Defense.

If you still want to enter the BBQ competition or be a vendor, call Vince (270) 965-0243.

Ky. 855 reopens for traffic

Ky. 855 in Crittenden County has REOPENED to normal traffic flow at the 5 mile marker. Floodwaters dropped off the roadway this afternoon. At this time all highways in Crittenden County that were impacted by floodwaters earlier in the week have reopened to traffic.

City to enforce curfew for youth

FROM THE CRITTENDEN PRESS, JUNE 30, 2016
Marion has a curfew, and police are cautioning parents and guardians to understand the consequences of allowing children to roam around unattended throughout town at night and causing problems.

Starting immediately, City of Marion Ordinance 136.01 will be enforced to the letter of the law, said Marion Police Chief Ray O’Neal. The strict adherence to the ordinance is prompted by a number of incidents recently involving juveniles who are vandalizing and creating other problems well after curfew hours.

According to the city’s 37-year-old curfew ordinance, it is unlawful for minors, 18 and under, to loiter, idle or remain in or upon public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, playgrounds, public places and public buildings, places of amusement and entertainment, vacant lots or other unsupervised places. The curfew is in effect beginning at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, but kids can stay out on Friday and Saturday nights until midnight. The curfew ends at 5 a.m. each day.

Marion police have on multiple occasions since school has let out for the summer dealt with issues involving children who are getting into mischief. While some of it has been during daytime hours – like the vandalism and theft of concession stand merchandise at Rocket Arena one day a couple of weeks ago – most of the problems are occurring overnight.

At Marion-Crittenden County Park, children have been observed damaging public property well after midnight.

“Last week, one of our officers picked up two young boys at 2:30 a.m. at the park,” the chief said.

“There has just been so much vandalism and other problems that we are going to have to start enforcing the city curfew,” he continued. “There is no reason children 10 to 15 years old should be out all night long without supervision. There is nothing they can do at 2 o’clock in the morning other than get into trouble.”

The city ordinance holds parents and guardians accountable for making sure their children do not violate the law. The parent or guardian can be fined up to $100 plus court costs and jailed for up to 30 days for each offense, according to the ordinance.

Minors who are accompanied by a parent, guardian or adult designated by their parent or guardian are not subject to the curfew. Also, minors who have their driver’s license are not subject to the ordinance if they are participating in or returning from lawful employment or a lawful athletic, educational, entertainment, religious or social events.

The young boys involved in vandalizing and stealing drinks and chips at Rocket Arena were ages 7, 11 and 13. Security cameras caught them entering the concession stand numerous times during the daytime hours to steal items. Despite their ages, they were apparently aware of the surveillance cameras because at various points they tried to cover their faces with shirts.

The boys were caught and their families were held accountable for restitution to the school for the items taken and damage to the locker rooms.

Youth Football Camp Winners



More than 40 local youngsters participated in this summer's annual Rocket Football Camp. Here are those who earned awards in various age groups of the Punt, Pass and Kick and Obstacle Course competition:

Punt 5-Under
1) Roane Topp
2) Reece Travis
3) Brayden Duncan

Punt 6-Under
1) Dezyon Jones
2) Avery Thompson
3) Drake Young

Punt 7-8 year olds
1) Quinn Summers
2) Xavier Cozart
3) Jaxton Duncan

Punt 9 Year Olds
1) Bennett McDaniel
2) Caden Howard
3) Dalavoun Coffey

Punt 10-Up
1) Noah Perkins
2) Preston Morgeson
3) Keifer Marshall

Pass 5-Under
1) Roane Topp
2) Reese Travis
3) Brayden Duncan

Pass 6 Year Olds
1) Avery Thompson
2) Dezyon Jones
3) Miles Asbridge

Pass 7-8 Year Olds
1) Xavier Cozart
2) Quinn Summers
3) Jaxton Duncan

Pass 9 Year Olds
1) Caden Howard
2) Bennett McDaniel
3) Kaiden Travis

Pass 10-Up
1) Noah Perkins
2) Seth Guess
3) Tyler Belt

Kick 5-Under
1) Roane Topp
2) Brayden Duncan
3) Reese Travis

Kick 6 Year Olds
1) Avery Thompson
2) Drake Young
3) Easton White

Kick 7-8 Year Olds
1) Quinn Summers
2) Xavier Cozart
3) Jaxton Duncan

Kick 9 Year Olds
1) Hunter Duncan
2) Ryan Chaney
3) Kaiden Travis

Kick 10-Up
1) Rowen Perkins
2) Preston Morgeson
3) Noah Perkins

Obstacle Course 5-Under
1) Roane Topp
2) Brayden Duncan
3) Reece Travis

Obstacle Course 6s
1) Avery Thompson
2) Miles Asbridge
3) Hudson Stokes

Obstacle Course 7-8
1) Xavier Cozart
2) Quinn Summers
3) Brady Dayberry

Obstacle Course 9s
1) Caden Howard
2) Bennett McDaniel
3) Jaxon Cartright

Obstacle Course 10-Up
1) Preston Morgeson
2) Keifer Marshall
3) Noah Perkins

Overall PPK 6 Year Olds
1) Avery Thompson
2) Dezyon Jones
3) Drake Young

Overall PPK 7-8
1) Quinn Summers
2) Xavier Cozart
3) Jaxton Duncan

Overall PPK 9 Year Olds
1) Bennett McDaniel
2) Caden Howard
3) Kaiden Travis

Overall PPK 10-Up
1) Noah Perkins
2) Preston Morgeson
3) Rowen Perkins

KyTC schedules Ky. 120 closure

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of KY 120 East of Providence in WEBSTER County on Monday, July 11, 2016.

KY 120 will be closed during the day at mile point 9.2 to allow a cross drain to be replaced.

This is along KY 120 just east of the Corinth Church Road/Old Stanhope Road intersection.  The closure is between the Corinth Church Road/Old Stanhope Road intersection and the KY 2836/Picas Austin Road intersection.

The roadway at this site will close at approximately 6:30 a.m., CDT, Monday.  It is expected to reopen to traffic around 2:30 p.m., Monday, weather permitting.

There will be no marked detour.  Motorists may self-detour via KY 2836 and US 41-Alternate.

Local access will be maintained for property owners on each side of the closure.

Approximately 600 vehicles travel this section of KY 120 East of Providence in an average day.

This project was originally scheduled for Thursday of this week, but had to be delayed until Monday, July 11th due to weather conditions.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

State of emergency declared in county

UPDATE
In response to the flooding events which are impacting portions of western Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin declared a statewide emergency today, July 7, 2016, in order to provide local officials immediate access to state resources for public safety and assistance.

ORIGINAL
A state of emergency has been declared in Crittenden County following last night's torrential rains.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom made the declaration today due to significant damage to local infrastructure from wind and flash flooding. "This storm created considerable hardship on emergency response agencies and departments of transportation that provide services to the citizens of Crittenden County," the declaration read.

The state of emergency will last through and indefinite period of time due to the probability of more storms.

It makes the county eligible for federal and state emergency funding, should the governor also declare a state of emergency in the county. It also gives Newcom some latitude in operating county government outside normal procedures in order to facilitate recovery.

Following is a list of county roads temporarily closed by water, felled trees and tile and road damage:
  • Enon Church
  • Cool Springs
  • Lloyd Road
  • Paddy's Bluff
  • Erma-White Road
  • Youth Camp Road
Also, Mediacom internet and phone service is out, affecting courthouse offices, the public library and The Crittenden Press.

Area Deaths

Bernice Ann Travis, 80, of Marion died Wednesday at Crittenden County Health and Rehabilitation Center. Myers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William G. Tyner, 93 of Murfreesboro, Tenn., formerly of Salem, died Wednesday. Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Murfreesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Mediacom outage affects all of Marion

UPDATE: Mediacom customers are now experiencing a return to services.

ORIGINAL POST: Mediacom customers have been without phone, television and internet service today in Marion and it could be tonight or longer before repairs are complete.

A fiber line was damaged in the service area during last night's storm. Repairs are being made at this time.

The outage has disrupted service from Marion to Salem and Fredonia.


What's news this week in Crittenden County...

Just for Seniors
Find five pages dedicated to issues concerning those over 50
inside this week's edition of The Crittenden Press
Concern for hungry children has garnered quick response from citizens and prompted the organization of the Community Summer Food Program in Crittenden County. Donations and manpower are still needed in an effort to serve lunch to those ages 0-18 between July 11 and Aug. 5. The local program is modeled after the Summer Food Service Program administered by the Kentucky Department of Education.

For more on this and the following headlines, pick up today's copy of The Crittenden Press:
  • Gardens offer produce to supplement local diet.
  • Wednesday record wet day in county.
  • Downpours damage several county roads.
  • Concerns emerge among farmers.
  • Crittenden hoping for Work Ready certification.
  • Program helping participants cope with grief.
  • Gifted, talented WKU summer camp offers Crider taste of future.
  • LEASH training pairs inmates, dogs.
  • Sturgis biker rally next week.
  • OPINION: Late-night celebrations of independence not patriotic.
  • OPINION: Southern Baptist Convention’s position on Confederate flag disappointing.
  • EDITORIAL: U.S. coal hysteria devastating mining communities from Kentucky to Utah.
  • Quilt club makes stops in Benton, Murray.
  • Cozart attends CHFS training.
  • Five youth earn NICE trip to national events.
  • Marion educators honored at Campbellsville.
  • 6th graders can JumpStart in July.
  • Greenwell honored at bar meeting.
  • Newcom named to coal-mineral coalition.
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: History of local Guard armory, unit a rich one.
  • SPORTS: Riley named new CCHS soccer skipper.
  • SPORTS: Edwards is finalist for wildlife commission post.
  • SPORTS: Area barrel racers qualify for national racing championships.
  • SPORTS: Horse show back as county fair event.

Press out on newsstands today

The Crittenden Press will be available at newsstands around mid-day today.

Caution advised for morning commute

A heavy band of rain streaming across Livingston County has put water over US 60, KY 453, KY 70, and KY 133 in numerous places.  This has pushed emergency responders and transportation personnel to the limit to keep up with reports of flooded roadways and stranded motorists.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel report water several feet deep at some locations.  Fire Department and Rescue Squad members have rescued a number of people from stalled out vehicles.

At this time, some KYTC personnel have become stranded on high spots between flooded areas as they were patrolling and placing Water Over Road signs.

At this time we are urging everyone to avoid travel in Livingston County until daylight hours.  Radar indicates a heavy band of showers running from Paducah to hear Hopkinsville adding rain to already saturated ground in Livingston, Marshall, Lyon, Trigg, Caldwell and Christian Counties.

Extreme caution is advised on the morning commute.

Water covering additional highways

Water is over US 60 near the 20 mile marker between Marion and Sullivan.  This is along US 60 in the lower Rosebud Hill area west of the Crittenden-Union County Line.

KY 365 has Water Over the Road in the Baker Church area.  This is along KY 365 near the 2 mile marker between US 60 and the Crittenden-Union County Line.

Water is reported over US 641 in several locations south of Marion between Marion and the Crittenden-Caldwell County Line.

Water is over KY 70 at the 2.5 mile marker between Dycusburg and Frances.

KY 855 is Closed at the 5 mile marker between the Frances community and Tyner's Chapel.

Rain is continuing across the region.

Motorists in area counties are urged to avoid unnecessary travel overnight and use extra caution on the morning commute.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Deluge closes major roads

Flash flooding made West Bellville Street at the intersection
with Yandell Street impassable for a period Wednesday night.
Crittenden County Emergency Management reports water is over US 60 at several locations near the 20 mile marker between Marion and Sullivan.  US 60 is closed at this time.  This is along US 60 in the lower Rosebud Hill area near the intersection with Tradewater Bottoms Road and the Crittenden-Union County Line.

KY 365 is CLOSED in the Baker Church area due to water over the road.  This is along KY 365 near the 2 mile marker between US 60 and the Crittenden-Union County Line.

Motorists in area counties are urged to avoid unnecessary travel overnight and use extra caution on the morning commute as rain continues across the region.

Storm hampers travel, stalls power

A number of county roads in the northern part of Crittenden County were blocked or partially blocked by downed trees and limbs, courtesy of this afternoon's heavy thunderstorm.

Most of the damage was in an area between Ky. 91 North and the Forest Grove area of Ford's Ferry Road.

A portion of Forest Grove Road is impassable, and a home (pictured) on that road was slightly damaged.

More damage was noted in the Fredonia and Frances areas in the southern part of the county. Downed trees and damaged buildings have been reported on Jackson School Road.

Kenergy was also reporting at 5pm that more than 100 customers were without power in the Fredonia area. And Kentucky Utilities had about 40 customers without power in that same area.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning

2:15pm: The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Marion and Crittenden County. Damaging winds are anticipated over the next 20 minutes.

Ky. 120 closed in Webster Thursday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of Ky. 120 East of Providence in Webster County on Thursday.

KY 120 will be closed during the day at mile point 9.2 to allow a cross drain to be replaced.

This is along KY 120 just east of the Corinth Church Road/Old Stanhope Road intersection. The closure is between the Corinth Church Road/Old Stanhope Road intersection and the Ky. 2836/Picas Austin Road intersection.

The roadway at this site will close at approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday. It is expected to reopen to traffic around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

There will be no marked detour.  Motorists may self-detour via Ky. 2836 and US 41-Alternate.

Local access will be maintained for property owners on each side of the closure.

Approximately 600 vehicles travel this section of KY 120 East of Providence in an average day.

Area Deaths

Marie Annette Brantley, 56, of Marion died Monday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gail M. (Richter) Caraway, 76, of Caldwell County died Saturday. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Samuel Lynn Boone, 58, of Burna died Monday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

James Corbett Binkley Jr., 83, of Denver, Colo., died Sunday. He was born in Livingston County.

Edwina E. Belt, 88, of St. Louis, Mo., formally of Marion, died Tuesday. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is charge of arrangements.

I-24 ramp closed at Eddyville

ALL LANES NOW OPEN

UPDATE: Both the entry and exit ramps are blocked to I-24 eastbound lanes.

The Interstate 24 and Interstate 69 interchange eastbound exit near Eddyville is closed this morning due to an overturned tractor-trailer.

Crews have been on site since about 6am. The truck was carrying motor oil. It's unknown at this time whether there was leakage that will require cleanup.

No press today; out tomorrow

There will be no Crittenden Press available today. Due to Monday's holiday, the July 7 issue of the newspaper will not be available on newsstands until mid-day Thursday.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Road closed due to wash out

Lloyd Road in southern Crittenden County is closed to through traffic until Thursday while repairs are made at creek crossing that was damaged by last weekend's heavy rainfall.

County crews have been on site all day and will be resurfacing the crossing tomorrow. The road is expected to be open by Thursday if the weather cooperates over the next couple of days.


Fireworks must end tonight by law

The fuse on Fourth of July fireworks runs out tonight. The City of Marion's ordinance dictating the use of fireworks prohibits any use of them beyond 10 p.m. today and lasting until June of next year.

Use is restricted to the hours between noon and 10 p.m. June 27 to July 5, excluding the Fourth, when fireworks can be shot until 11 p.m. Violation of the ordinance could result in a fine.

Walking Trail Closed for Repairs

The 1.25-mile recreational trail at Marion-Crittenden County Park will be closed for seal coating and repairs starting at 6am today.

There will be no walking, running or biking allowed on the trail today or tomorrow.

Fowler Seal Coating of Marion is the contractor for the project and will have barriers as signage at trailheads to notify users. Once barriers are removed, normal use of the trail may resume. 

The park’s oval track will remain open and available for use during this period. Walkers and runners are encouraged to use the oval Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Flooding covers 2 rural roads

Ky. 855 in Crittenden County remains closed at the 5-mile marker due to floodwaters at the Claylick Creek Bridge. The roadway at this site has been closed since about 1 p.m. This is along Ky. 855 between the Francis community and U.S. 60.

Ky. 902 has Water Over Road signs up at the 1-mile marker. This is along Ky. 902 between Dycusburg and Fredonia.