Saturday, December 31, 2016

Area Death

Judi Le Erickson, 53, of Marion died Tuesday, Dec. 27. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lena Belt, 87, of Marion died Friday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Area Death

Lou Ella “Ann” Miller, 91, of Salem, formerly of Dickson, Tenn., died Friday at Livingston Hospital. Funeral Services are scheduled for Monday at Dickson Funeral Home in Dickson, Tenn.

Crittenden girls sign with Brescia University

MOSS PLAYING 2 SPORTS
Joining Lady Rocket Cassidy Moss in a two-sport scholarship signing recently were (front from left) CCHS basketball coach Shannon Hodge, mother Christy Moss, signee Cassidy Moss, father Ronnie Moss, (back) CCHS Principal Curtis Brown, Kentucky Rage travel softball team coach Ed Ward, Brescia basketball coach Michael Gray, Brescia softball coach Traci Smith, sister Khyla Moss and sister Chandler Moss. Moss will play basketball and softball at the Owensboro university.


BEVERLY INKS FOR SOFTBALL
Joining Lady Rocket Courtney Beverly in signing a softball scholarship recently were (front from left) CCHS assistant softball coach Tori Baker, mother Jennifer Beverly, signee Courtney Beverly, father Donny Beverly, (back) Principal Curtis Brown, CCHS softball coach Stephen Smith and Brescia softball coach Traci Smith. Beverly will play softball at the Owensboro university.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Rockets host Crittenden Holiday Classic

UPDATE: Rockets fall to Ballard Memorial in opener. Details at Rocket Basketball page.

Crittenden County will host a four-team holiday basketball tournament starting tonight at Rocket Arena.

Crittenden opens play in the nightcap Thursday at 7:30 against Ballard.

There will be four games over two days.

Local job opening

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

No newspaper today

Reminder: The Crittenden Press will not be published this week.

The next issue will be published on Jan. 4.

The Early Bird Shoppers Guide will be in the mail early next week on a regular schedule.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Auction Thursday

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Show off your new baby!

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Avoid waste during the holidays

PHOTO BY GREG STOTELMYER, KENTUCKY NEWS CONNECTION
According to the EPA, an additional 1 million tons of household waste ends up in landfills between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. That's why recycling expert Trish Radke encourages you to stick to your regular recycling guidelines.



KENTUCKY NEWS CONNECTION, GREG STOTELMYER
FRANKFORT – There's another gift you can give after all the gifts have been opened. Experts on solid waste say many items can avoid the landfill if they are properly recycled. 



According to the EPA, an additional 1 million tons of household waste ends up in landfills between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. That's why recycling expert Trish Radke encourages you to stick to your regular recycling guidelines.



"We're going a mile a minute and there is a lot to do," Radke said. "But it really doesn't take that much extra time to make sure that you're doing what you do all year long: making sure those basic materials, paper, the plastics with twist-off lids, cans and basic glass go in the cart."



Gift wrap and bags are recyclable as long as they aren't metallic and don't have glitter on them. With tech items as popular gifts, electronic devices are often discarded after the holidays. Radke said they need to be sold, donated or taken to an electronic recycling program, since they are not fit for curbside recycling.



With the explosion of Amazon and other home shopping services, Radke said many folks have piles of boxes to discard. While boxes are perfect for the recycle cart, what's inside often is not.



"Bubble wrap or plastic wrap is not recyclable, nor is the Styrofoam that often comes in that packaging," she said. "So take all of that packaging material out, throw it in the garbage or reuse it if you can."



And something else that should not be recycled, according to Radke, are strings of Christmas lights.



"Those definitely should not go in your cart," she said. "When they get to the recycling-sorting facilities, they actually wrap around the machines and cause a lot of damage and prevent the good recyclables from getting recycled."



If not donated or sold, old artificial Christmas trees should go in the regular trash.


More information from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management is available online at waste.ky.gov.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Area Death

Thelma Lynn Brown, 87, of Marion died Monday, Dec. 26 at Crittenden Hospital. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Health risks greater during winter

KENTUCKY HEALTH NEWS
Heart attacks are 30 percent more likely during winter because of the weather, but there are precautions you can take to reduce your risk.

“The winter months can put even a healthy person at risk for a heart attack or other heart health problems,” said Dr. Suresh Sharma of KentuckyOne Health Cardiology Associates in Lexington. “To help protect yourself and those around you, be aware of the warning signs of heart attack, which include pressure, tightness or pain in the chest or arms, nausea, shortness of breath, cold sweat, lightheadedness and fatigue.”

Very cold weather can increase heart rate and blood pressure, and cause blood vessels to narrow, requiring more pressure to force blood through narrowed veins and arteries, increasing your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Shoveling snow or exercising in the cold can also cause blood vessels to narrow and raise blood pressure. "Your heart also has to work much harder to keep your body warm in the cold," a KentuckyOne news release says. "With heart rate and blood pressure already elevated due to the low temperatures, this can cause blood clots to form and provoke coronary artery spasms. When shoveling snow or exercising outdoors, remember to dress warmly to keep your blood flowing, and warm up your muscles prior to doing physical activity. Do not drink alcohol before or immediately after shoveling snow, as this can increase your risk for heart attack."

Stress related to the holidays "can also lead to heart problems," the release says. "People who display symptoms of heart-related illnesses might delay getting treatment because they don’t want to disrupt holiday festivities. Or, holiday travelers might take longer to find medical care away from home, which heightens the risk.

"Overindulgence during the holidays can also put your heart in danger. At family gatherings and holiday parties, people tend to consume alcohol and eat more than usual, including unhealthy foods that are high in sodium. Busy schedules due to holiday engagements cause people to neglect their exercise routines, which can put even more strain on the heart."

Sharma says, “Many people let their health take a backseat during the winter, but it’s actually even more important to ensure your heart is healthy during the colder months. Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the holiday season, and talk to your primary care provider about ways to protect your heart during the colder months.”

The release says, "If you or someone near you is presenting symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Then, if you are able, perform hands-only CPR by placing your hands on the victim’s chest and administering compressions hard and fast, 100 times per minute, in the center of the chest. Don’t stop until help arrives." For more about heart-disease risk factors, or to take a heart-health risk assessment, visit kentuckyonehealth.org/heart-disease-risk-factors.

(Editor's note: Kentucky Health News is an independent news service of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, based in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky, with support from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.)

Realignment would add Livingston to Crittenden's judicial circuit

A plan to realign Kentucky judicial circuits and districts would place Livingston county in the same judicial circuit as Crittenden, Union and Webster counties.

Chief Justice Minton announces judicial redistricting plan for Kentucky’s Circuit and District courts

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has introduced the first Judicial Redistricting Plan Kentucky has seen in decades. It would move Livingston County into the current 5th Judicial Circuit comprised of Crittenden, Union and Webster counties.

The Kentucky legislature will consider the plan during the 2017 regular session of the General Assembly. If passed, the plan will take effect in 2022, when all Circuit Court, Family Court and District Court judges are on the ballot.

“I am pleased to announce that the Judicial Branch has fulfilled its directive from the legislature to produce a plan that will update Kentucky’s circuit and districts to reflect current judicial workloads,” Chief Justice Minton said Monday.

“Changing boundary lines and reallocating resources is never easy, which is why judicial redistricting hasn’t been addressed for so long. The fact that we’re making this announcement today is a major achievement and I appreciate the judges’ support of what is a tremendous milestone for the Kentucky Court of Justice.”

He said it’s important to remember several things when considering the proposed plan. “The first is that we were scrupulous in how we collected and analyzed data on judicial workloads. This process was driven by the data, and we based our decisions on sound research principles and input from stakeholders statewide.

“Second, we recognize there are differing opinions about how to allocate judicial resources and not everyone will agree with the proposed changes. However, the Supreme Court believes this plan will move us beyond the years of inaction and provide a solid start to correcting the pockets of workload imbalances we identified across the state. When timely justice is compromised by unmanageably high caseloads, we must consider that a call to action. Giving all citizens the same access to justice is our standard and this plan will help us fulfill that responsibility.

“And finally,” he said, “the plan will not go into effect until 2022, which gives those affected by the changes significant time to prepare.”

Chief Justice Minton said he looks forward to presenting the Judicial Redistricting Plan to the legislature early next year. “And I want to thank our justices and judges for their patience during this exhaustive and intense process. They deserve credit for tackling a tough job and seeing it through to the end.”

The proposed plan will do the following:
  • Move a limited number of counties from one jurisdiction to another.
  • Combine circuits and districts that are currently different and reduce the number of circuits by one, from 57 to 56.
  • Bring Family Court to all but 10 jurisdictions.
  • Reallocate existing resources by moving judges from circuits with lower workloads to areas of greater need.  
  • Calculate the appropriate number of judges by using a 1.4 implied judicial need as the cutoff to determine where more than one judge is needed.
The judicial circuits and districts have remained largely unchanged since the passage of the Judicial Article, which created Kentucky’s modern court system in 1976. Since that time, Kentucky has seen significant changes in caseload and population.

The goal of redistricting is to ensure that Kentucky’s judicial resources are allocated appropriately. That means adding resources in jurisdictions with heavy caseloads and reducing resources in jurisdictions with lighter caseloads.

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Path to Judicial Redistricting
The Judicial Redistricting Plan has been nearly three years in the making. The process began in 2014 when the General Assembly included language in the Judicial Branch budget bill requiring the Administrative Office of the Courts to complete a judicial workload assessment study as the basis for a redistricting plan. Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. asked the legislature to include that language as support for an evidence-based approach to redrawing circuit and district boundaries.

Unlike redistricting for legislative boundaries, judicial redistricting cannot be accomplished by making changes based solely on population. The judicial process is more difficult because it impacts commonwealth’s attorneys as well as judges and it is the type of caseload – not population – that ultimately determines the workloads of circuit, family and district judges.

Measuring Judicial Workloads
The AOC’s first step was to engage the National Center for State Courts to measure judges’ workloads statewide through what was likely the first Judicial Time Study ever conducted in Kentucky.

For four weeks in the spring of 2015, circuit, family and district judges logged how they spent their time handling cases and taking care of judicial duties outside of court. Despite the burdensome task of recording every minute of every workday for a month, 95 percent of judges participated.

This exercise provided the number of minutes it takes to complete specific tasks at each level of the court system. Using this data, the NCSC compiled a time study report that included case weights and measured workloads for each phase of a case and its jurisdiction. These case weights were then put into a formula to get the implied judicial need for each jurisdiction.

The AOC and NCSC followed up the Judicial Time Study with site visits to circuit, family and district judges in several jurisdictions. The site visits helped identify challenges that judges face in handling different types of cases and variations in trial court work across the state. Smaller “Delphi” groups of circuit, family and district judges also reviewed the data for accuracy. That process took about 18 months and provided the first critical information – weighted caseloads and implied judicial needs.

Example of Caseload Discrepancies

The Family Court in Lincoln, Pulaski and Rockcastle counties shows the importance of using a weighted caseload system to measure the need for judges. While it has long been known that the Family Court judge in that circuit has the highest caseload in the state, the judicial time study data made it possible to determine that the implied judicial need for that Family Court is 2.18. That means the one Family Court judge in that circuit is currently doing the work of 2.18 family judges.

Conversely, in other areas across the state there are two judges where there is an implied judicial need of fewer than one. The Judicial Redistricting Plan attempts to correct the imbalance in jurisdictions that are significantly under-judged and over-judged.

Judicial Workload Assessment Committee
The data on weighted caseloads and implied judicial needs was evaluated by the Kentucky Judicial Workload Assessment Committee, a group created by Chief Justice Minton to work closely with the NCSC on this project. The JWAC is comprised of judges from all four levels of the court system, circuit court clerks, commonwealth’s attorneys and legislators from throughout the state.

Interim Report Presented to Legislature
The NCSC compiled the weighted caseload information and implied judicial needs into a report that was vetted by the JWAC members and the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Minton presented the Interim Report of the Kentucky Judicial Workload Assessment to the legislature in February 2016.

Comprehensive Judicial Redistricting Plan
The second phase of the project required redrawing circuit and district boundary lines and reallocating judicial resources using the data collected from judges statewide. JWAC members have met three times since May 2016 to discuss and review various redistricting plans. At the committee’s last meeting in October 2016, the members voted on a plan that was then submitted to the Supreme Court of Kentucky. In early December 2016, the Supreme Court justices approved a plan based on the one recommended by the JWAC. Chief Justice Minton announced that plan on Dec. 20, 2016. The Judicial Redistricting Plan will be formally presented to the legislature in early 2017.

About the Supreme Court of Kentucky
The Supreme Court is the state court of last resort and the final interpreter of Kentucky law. Seven justices sit on the Supreme Court and all seven justices rule on appeals that come before the court. The justices are elected from seven appellate districts and serve eight-year terms. A chief justice, chosen for a four-year term by fellow justices, is the administrative head of the state’s court system and is responsible for its operation. The Supreme Court may order a ruling or opinion to be published, which means that the ruling becomes the case law governing all similar cases in the future in Kentucky.

About the AOC

The Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort is the operations arm for the state court system. The AOC supports the activities of nearly 3,400 court system employees and 404 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC executes the Judicial Branch budget.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Area Death

Saddle maker Robert “Bob” Marshall, 66, of Salem died Thursday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Vaught's Views: UK ready for Taxslayer Bowl

"Vaught's Views" can be found weekly in The Crittenden Press. Find the next installment in our Jan. 5, 2017 edition.

PHOTO BY VICKY GRAFF
Kentucky offensive lineman Nick Haynes of Florida knows he'll
have a lot of family and friends at New Year's Eve's TaxSlayer Bowl.
 By LARRY VAUGHT
Instead of having to travel from Florida to Kentucky to see her son, Kentucky offensive lineman Nick Haynes, play as she usually does, DeDe Haynes will be able to stay in Florida to watch UK play in the Saturday, Dec. 31 TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville.

However, being in Florida for a bowl game is not what has her most excited about UK football.

“She was more excited that we beat Louisville (to end the regular season),” said Haynes. “That game was huge and don’t overlook that. But she just loves to see us play. For her, this bowl game is just another opportunity for me to play and any time I get a chance to play, she is excited.

“She loves where the bowl game is. It could not have been any better unless it was right in NIceville (where the Haynes live). Not a better location for her, but she just loves that we are playing.”

He’s not sure how many family members/friends he’l have at the game. His mother put together an initial list but then his father added to it.

“More people are getting on this train,” Haynes said.

He spent time at home with family and his newborn niece before driving to Jacksonville for UK’s final bowl practices this week. After the game, he’ll get to go back home to “hang out” more with family before heading back to UK.

When Kentucky started the season, his mother boldly took to Twitter to urge UK fans not to give up on the team. She’s been known to even remind media members during a game to not abandon her Wildcats.

“She is not one of those to say things now to those people who didn’t believe in us,” the junior lineman said. “She is a very humble person and taught me that, too. She would never do that. But at the same time, some of those people left the bandwagon and now they have come back.”

Indeed they have. That’s what winning seven of the last nine games and getting a Florida bowl spot on New Year’s Eve can do for a program.

Haynes knows the offense needs to sustain drives and avoid turnovers against Georgia Tech, a team known for its running attack.

“We need a lot of sustained drives and lot of trips to the red zone because that is what they are going to be doing. We need to have long drives, too, to help our defense out. But we can do that,” he said.

That belief has been there since the fourth game of the season when UK lost to Alabama, the nation’s No. 1 team. After the game, Alabama coach Nick Saban and Tide defensive players praised UK’s physical play in the offensive line.

“Against Alabama, we realized we could play. That’s the best team in the country. If you can play with them, you can play with anybody. When we realized that, we kept the same mentality every game after that,” Haynes said. “That game turned the switch for us. You were a little anxious against the best team in the country. You don’t know how good the best team is until you play them. Just having that as a measuring stick for us was good.

“We watched a lot of Alabama games before. Now we are not trying to say we are better. We got blown out, too. Up front I feel we took a different approach against Alabama. No one really went at them. We were the first team to really run power and downhill zones where we had to get physical with them. It was just nice to get a compliment about playing hard. That’s all you care about.”

 
Kentucky signee P.J. Washington will be playing at Marshall County
Feb. 17 and 18. So will Shai Alexander, another UK signee.

Vegas recruit at Benton
Las Vegas forward P.J. Washington, a Kentucky signee, will be playing in Marshall County Feb. 17-18. It will be the only time the 6-8 Washington will play in Kentucky this season and be the best chance for UK fans to see him in person.

Other teams scheduled to be in Benton are Hillcrest Academy of Arizona that features 7-footer DeAndre Ayton, an Arizona signee; Prolific Prep and sensational guard Gary Trent Jr., a Duke signee; and Rock School of Gainesville.

Also coming back to Marshall County will be UK signee Shai Alexander, a guard for Hamilton Heights (Chattanooga).

Washington is considered one of the best, if not the best, rebounders in the 2016 recruiting class. He chose UK over North Carolina and Nevada-Las Vegas. He has a 7-3 wing span which helps make him such a dominant rebounder. Washington is a consensus top 20 player and five-star prospect who plays at Findlay Prep for his father, Paul.

Alabama signee John Petty, a former UK recruiting target who played in the Marshall County Hoop Fest in December, says Washington is one of the best power forwards in the country.

“He can just do so many things on the court. He has a great feel for the game. He's tough to stop,” Petty, a wing player from Alabama, said. “His strength and his mind for the game are his strengths. He can see the floor very well. He is not only a power forward, but he can actually shoot the ball and he can handle the ball kind of well. He just has a great mind, vision and IQ.”

UT-Martin coach Anthony Stewart had a son play on the same AAU team as Washington. The coach called him “awesome” because of all he does.

“Kids like that get so much praise but they are humble and good people. He is ‘Yes sir. No sir. Thank you.’ He is a class act from class family. He is kid you love to coach and he is a great player,” Stewart said.

QB Johnson sells UK
Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson has enjoyed being able to tell recruits about the UK football program when they visit campus. He’s hosted several recruits and said he tries to provide each one with a player’s point of view about what to expect from the program.

“A lot of times coaches will tell you what they want you to hear. I am able to tell future players what to expect and about different situations from my perspective,” Johnson said.

He’s been just as open with those who have attended Fellowship of Christian Athletes meetings at UK with him.

“Growing up I was raised in a Christian family. I have kept those beliefs to his day,” he said. “I try to keep my faith first. Any opportunity I get to give my testimony and be a light, I do it.”

On New Year's Eve he’ll be leading Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Georgia Tech.

His parents, brother and sister will all travel from California to be at the bowl game.

“They get the SEC Network at home. If they don’t get to come to games, they watch there,” he said. “They are excited. My sister has been telling me how happy she will be to see me play for the second time this year.”

His sister, Sydney, played on Southern Cal’s national championship soccer team. He admits she’s the best athlete in the family.

“She’s a beast,” he said. “We have such a competitive family it is not funny. Anything we do, even something like monopoly, is the most competitive thing you will ever see. She’s probably the most competitive.”

He said her hand-eye coordination “was not all there” and she seldom played football with him.

“But with her feet, she is tremendous,” Stephen Johnson said.

Could she outdo UK placekicker Austin MacGinnis, who had two game-winning field goals this year?

“With a football I am not sure, but with a soccer ball absolutely,” he said with no hesitation.

RB Snell All-American
Freshman running back Benny Snell had 1,079 yards rushing in UK’s final 10 games after not getting a carry the first two games, both UK losses. He finished the season averaging 5.9 yards per carry and rushed for 13 touchdowns. That earned him freshman All-American honors.

“I think it helps us a great deal. I think it’s impressive to have a true freshman do that, and hopefully it will excite some other recruits to come here and have an opportunity to play early. It just goes to show you, because that’s a position we were very deep but the best players are going to play,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.

Snell was not a four-star or five-star prospect. What he could do is run with power and speed.

“I think Benny is another great example of where our coaches just did our evaluation of him and we were very excited about him all along. He’s been steady. He was steady with us through the process, and we were steady with him. It’s been very good,” Stoops.

Snell says players are “excited” about the bowl game and that this season was more than he ever imagined it would be for him.

“I knew what I could do and how hard I worked behind closed doors and how ready I was. I knew my opportunity would come and I showed what I could do, but I never expected all of this,” Snell said. “Guys are a lot more excited. We have more energy in practice now. Coaches are on us a lot more now. It is like a Louisville or Alabama game week. But it is fun.”

Snell said a chance to finish with an 8-5 season if UK wins the bowl game provides extra motivation.

“You know it will be different environment at the bowl, but it’s football and part of what it is. It is fun already,” Snell said.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said he eventually knew Snell would get into the playing rotation because he kept getting better daily. But he admits he never thought Snell would become a 1,000-yard rusher or a freshman All-American during the preseason.

“It just, the way it happened, it worked out well for where we were and what we were doing. He has been terrific,” Gran said. 

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John Calipari says assistant Kenny Payne devotes his life to UK players.
He could well be at Marshall County in February to watch UK signees
P.J. Washington and Shai Alexander play.

Calipari praises Payne
Kentucky’s assistant coaches are basically kept out of the spotlight and away from the media by coach John Calipari. However, Calipari is never shy about praising veteran assistant coach Kenny Payne.

“You come to work and sometimes I come in here at night, and I’m in here at 10, 10:30 p.m. and I look out the window and he’s out there working out somebody who wanted some extra work. I mean, his life (is) these kids. That’s his value,” Calipari said.

The UK coach says Payne has a “great basketball mind” but that he also devotes enormous time to the players.

“His life is these kids. You can’t fake that. In this profession I’m in, if you’re 9-5 you’ll have no relationship with these players. You get here at 8, 7 a.m. when no one’s here and then by 5 p.m. the door hits you on the butt, you run home and ‘I was here all day,’ no, doesn’t work,” Calipari said. “This thing is about the relationships you have with those players.”

Calipari says as head coach, his relationship is different with he players than the one Payne has. He says Payne relates well to recruits and comes across as a person parents can trust their sons with at UK.

“He’s harder on our kids than I am. I don’t think there’s any question if you sat in a practice and watched, he’s harder on our guys than I am. And I love it, by the way because I can go over and say, ‘He’s really tough on you,’” Calipari said.

Quote of the week
Kentucky linebacker Kash Daniel of Paintsville on if he could match the dance moves of UK Hoops sophomore Maci Morris of Bell County: “I don't need help to keep up with her. She can't keep a rhythm. And yes, Maci, I am talking to you,” Daniel said.

Princeton couple injured in Ky. 365 crash

The Kentucky State Police is investigating a one vehicle, injury collision that occurred on Ky. 365, approximately 11 miles east of Marion in Crittenden County.

The preliminary investigation reveals that Amelia Farthing, 69, of Princeton was operating a 2006 Ford Escape northbound on Ky. 365 with her husband, Joseph Farthing, 80, of Princeton as a passenger. For unknown reasons, Farthing ran off of the right side of roadway and traveled down an earth embankment before overturning. The vehicle came to final rest on the passenger side.

Amelia Farthing was transported by Crittenden County EMS to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. Joseph Farthing was flown from the scene by Air Evac Lifeteam to Deaconess Hospital.

Crittenden County EMS, Mattoon Volunteer Fire Department, Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department and Air Evac Lifeteam assisted at the scene.

Press closing for holidays


Tyson to expand in Henderson County with $13.5 million investment

Tyson Chicken Inc., a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc., will expand its Henderson County operation with a $13.5 million project expected to create 66 jobs.

“Tyson is once again proving its strong commitment to Kentucky’s economy. The jobs created by this investment from one of the most recognized names in protein production will further strengthen Kentucky’s thriving food and beverage industry,” Gov. Matt Bevin said Tuesday. “We’re proud that Tyson Foods and its employees help feed the world from Robards, Ky. We are grateful that the company’s growing presence will continue to support Henderson County’s economy.”

With the project, Tyson plans to double its thigh-deboning capacity as well as replace a freezer on its production line. The company will also add 24 trimming stations, which will create the overall need for new employees. Company executives expect the positions will include packers, mechanics, supervisors and quality assurance technicians, among others.

“This is an investment in our plant and in our people,” said Noel White, president of poultry for Tyson Foods. “We appreciate doing business in Kentucky and thank the KEDFA for all it has done to make this project possible.”

The latest investment follows an $8.2 million, 91-job project announced in June 2015 that also addressed processing stations and freezer space. Tyson Chicken has been part of the Robards community since 1995 and produces quick-frozen chicken products. The facility currently employs 1,200 Kentuckians.

Tyson Foods, founded in 1935 and headquartered in Springdale, Ark., is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, and the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500. Tyson produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products to customers throughout the U.S. and more than 130 countries.

Sen. Dorsey Ridley said local resources are available to ensure the company’s success in the region.

“This expansion will bring a boost to our area’s economy,” he said. “We welcome this growth and we’re ready to meet the needs of the company. Tyson Foods is already a good corporate partner and I offer them my congratulations on their success now and in the future.”

Rep. Suzanne Miles, of Owensboro, congratulated Tyson on its expansion.
“I want to congratulate Tyson Foods on their expansion, and thank them for their continued commitment to our region,” she said. “I’ve visited Tyson in Robards on more than one occasion, including this past week. It is always great to see such an important partner at work in Henderson County. Tyson’s investment proves the dedication to our families as employees and consumers of quality products locally and nationally. This expansion should be celebrated by both Tyson and all of Kentucky. I wish them continued success and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Henderson County Judge-Executive Brad Schneider said the company’s continued commitment to the community is a positive sign for the region’s future growth.

“Tyson has consistently been one of the region’s largest employers, and they continue to invest in their local facilities and workforce, which is tremendously appreciated,” he said. “The addition of new jobs is terrific and will offer new opportunities to the residents of Henderson, Webster, McLean and Union counties alike. I am encouraged by, and thankful for, Tyson’s confidence in our region’s people, our communities and the agencies and governments that support them.”

To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority in June 2015 preliminarily approved Tyson for tax incentives through the Kentucky Business Investment program. It is anticipated the agreement will be modified at the time of final approval to reflect the additional investment and job growth.

In addition, Tyson can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal year 2016, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for nearly 95,000 Kentuckians and 5,000 companies from a variety of industry sectors.

After-holiday use for Christmas trees

Where to take your old Christmas tree
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KENTUCKY AFIELD OUTDOORS
Those who enjoy a natural pine, cedar, spruce or fir tree for Christmas often don’t know what to do with it after the holidays. Many resort to putting it out on the street or chucking it in the backyard until spring.

You can dispose of your natural Christmas tree and provide habitat for fish by donating it to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources instead of the tree languishing in the corner of your back yard or being ground into mulch.

“Every year we try to get a large number of Christmas trees, so we can sink them as fish habitat,” said Ron Brooks, director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We place them on wooden pallet habitat structures to diversify the habitat or sink just the trees themselves.”

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will accept trees at 35 locations in 29 counties across Kentucky until Jan. 15. Trees must be natural and free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland or any other decorations.

“We added sites this year in our two most populous counties, Jefferson and Fayette,” said Joseph Zimmerman, fisheries habitat program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We added a site at McNeely Lake in Jefferson County and at Jacobson Park in Lexington. We’ve added 15 additional collection sites across the state since 2012.”

To find a convenient location near you, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at www.fw.ky.gov and type in the keyword “Christmas” in the search engine on the top right corner of the page

The construction of most of our state-owned lakes and large reservoirs date to the period from the end of World War II to the early 1970s. As these waterbodies age, the woody cover in them melts away, leaving them starved for habitat.

“Just about all of our reservoirs and state-owned lakes have a habitat problem,” Brooks said. “The aging lakes have a bare substrate; there is not a lot of woody habitat or aquatic vegetation left, especially in reservoirs with highly fluctuating water levels.”

The Christmas Trees for the Fishes program is part of an overall effort to remedy this problem by replacing the lost habitat with items such as Christmas trees, wooden pallet stacks, buckets filled with wooden stakes and other items.

“This is an effort that every fisheries district does,” Brooks explained. “It’s helped out on lakes as large as Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley and on our smallest state owned lakes. The Christmas trees help make our pallet stacks more complex which provides better cover for fish.”

Brooks said algae grows on the sunken Christmas trees, creating multiple benefits for fish.

“Invertebrates lay eggs on the algae and they become a food source for smaller fish, which in turn attracts larger fish,” Brooks said. “It has a two-pronged benefit by providing habitat and a food source.”

The habitat placed in the lakes by fisheries personnel is recorded for use by anglers by plotting the Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates on maps on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at www.fw.ky.gov. Type in “Lakes with Fish Attractors” in the search engine on the homepage to use this valuable information.

Don’t chuck your Christmas tree beside the shed in the backyard until March. Drop it off at one of the collection stations and make better fishing for all Kentuckians to enjoy in the years to come.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Next city council meeting Jan. 9

Marion City Council will next meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 at city hall. This will serve as the regular monthly meeting.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Area Death

Jaivon Wesley Doom, 38, of Marion, Ill., formerly of Marion, Ky., died Tuesday. Myers Funeral Home in Marion, Ky., is in charge of arrangements.

Some county taxpayers still waiting on bills

Crittenden County Sheriff Wayne Agent said some taxpayers may not have received their county tax bills, and those property owners need to act before the end of the year.

Agent said his office recently came to the realization that some property owners whose last name begins with the letter B did not get a tax bill. He is not sure where the problem originated, but suspects it lies with the third party contracted to print the bills.

"All the tax bills we had were taken to post office, but we don't know what has taken place after that," the sheriff said. "We don't know why they didn't get them."

He said the foul-up appears to affect only a few Crittenden County property owners whose last name begins with a B. Any such person still waiting on their tax bill should call the sheriff's office at (270) 965-3400 by Thursday, Dec. 29 to find out what they need to do.

"As far as we can tell, it's only a certain few of the B's," Agent said.

He apologized for the error, but said it appears to have been beyond the control of his office. He added that having the bills printed by an outside third party is different than how the county has prepared them in the past.

The sheriff's office will be closed Friday through Monday for Christmas and Dec. 30-Jan. 2 for the New Year holiday.

Drought status lifted but farmers still face issues

The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are removing the Level One Drought Declaration that was issued for much of the state on Nov. 10.

Following this weekend’s abundant precipitation, all of the state is above normal for precipitation for the past 30 days.

Meteorological indicators suggest some residual dryness, but the demand for water this time of year is minimal which will help ease any impacts. Stream flows are currently running well above normal.

The weather outlook for the next two weeks indicates that above normal precipitation is likely to continue.

The drought contributed to an outbreak of wildfires concentrated in the eastern part of the state that burned almost 50,000 acres. Wildfires burned for several weeks due to the drought and high winds.

“Timely precipitation received in the state along with cooler temperatures have reduced the wildfire risk significantly,” said Steve Kull of the Kentucky Division of Forestry.  “A few wildfires have occurred in December but they were controlled quickly by division crews. The division continues to monitor for wildfires but forecasts do not indicate a major increase in fire danger.”

Despite the Level One drought declaration being lifted, farmers will still continue to feel the impact of the drought for months to come.

“For livestock producers in particular, the drought’s effects have limited fall pastures, forcing them to feed hay earlier than normal,” said Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. “Farmers in need of hay may go to the hay and forage sales directory on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s website, kyagr.com, or call the Hay Hotline at (502) 782-4110.”

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

Find out what kind of animals visited CCMS

Keeping a close eye for any unauthorized spending or improprieties, the accountant auditing the City of Marion’s 2015-16 financials found nothing to warrant any red flags in former City Administrator Mark Bryant’s last fiscal year in the post. He did find, however, that the city’s financial condition has seen better days.

For more on this story and the following headlines, pick the last issue of The Crittenden Press in 2016:
  • CCEDC OKs land option for sewer plant
  • School facilities plan OK’d by board
  • County skips request from city to pay for sewer fix at jail
  • First Newsmaker Tribute to roast Guess in January
  • Board adjusts 2017 fall break
  • Saturday wrecks injure 3 Crittenden residents
  • Parole denied for Davenport
  • Community Christmas wraps up 2016
  • Ky. unemployment rate at 4.8 percent
  • Ridley head of Democratic Caucus
  • County voters still seeing red
  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: ‘96 champs subject of documentary
  • SPORTS: Rockets seek Christmas cheer
  • SPORTS: Crittenden girls get extra in front court at Livingston
  • SPORTS: Moss will play 2 sports at Owensboro
  • SPORTS: Brescia softball coach says Beverly has great potential for infielder’s role
  • Students prepare brunch, Dine-In with Homemakers
  • Blue Knights battle in home tournament
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: Marion native considered for President
  • MY 2¢ WORTH: Special friendships can make life seem better
  • Also, find Christmas greetings from our advertisers to you, our readers

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Area Death

Sarah Frances Holloman, 92, of Marion died Monday. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Paducah woman killed in Sturgis crash

A Paducah woman visiting the Sturgis area for a Christmas gathering died in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 60.

Look here on West Kentucky Star for Details.

Monday, December 19, 2016

New city council sworn

Marion's new city council was sworn by circuit Judge
Brandi Rogers tonight at city hall. The council of (from left)
Don Arflack, Jared Byford, Phyllis Sykes, D'Anna Sallin,
Mike Byford and Dwight Sherer will serve 2017-18. Sykes
and Sallin are the only new members of the assembly.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Wreck injures 2 on U.S. 60 East

UPDATE 4:30 pm
The Kentucky State Police is investigating a two vehicle, injury-collision that occurred on U.S. 60 approximately 11 miles east of Marion in Crittenden County.

The preliminary investigation revealed Julie M Tinsley, 38, of Marion was operating her 2007 Nissan Altima with Helen Renee Stowe, 50, of Marion as a passenger, eastbound on U.S. 60 East. Upon entering a curve Tinsley lost control sliding into the westbound lane of U.S. 60, where she was struck by a 2013 Ford F-250 driven by Floyd Frederick, 68, of Sturgis. Tinsley’s vehicle left the right side of roadway and slid down an embankment coming to final rest uprights facing north. Frederick’s vehicle ran off the right side of roadway down an  embankment coming to rest on the passenger side facing west.
    
Tinsley and Stowe were transported to the Crittenden Health Systems by Crittenden County EMS for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision.

Crittenden County EMS, Mattoon Volunteer Fire Department, Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department, and State Highway Department assisted with the investigation.


UPDATE
The crash occurred near the intersection with Long Branch Road and two patients were transported by ambulance to the hospital. Injuries did not appear severe.

Local rescue personnel and first responders have been dispatched to an injury automobile accident on US 60 East.

Reports are that two vehicles have collided.


Basketball game time changed for weather

Tonight's Rockets' varsity basketball game at Webster County will start at 4pm due to the chance of severe weather.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Highway crews prep for wintry weather

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews across the region are on alert for a chance of winter mix and snow over the weekend.

Rain prior to the start of winter precipitation will prevent pretreating. However, a wide swing toward the warm side on Saturday is likely to warn pavement temperatures sufficiently to meld most winter precipitation as it falls.

There may be some potential for icy spots to develop on elevated areas such as bridges and overpasses during the overnight hours Friday and Saturday as temperatures drop in the night. At this time, the main threat appears to be along the Ohio River border counties.

Before leaving work today, each county crew will mount spreaders and load one or two trucks with salt so they will be available to respond quickly should slick spots develop.

The Snow & Ice Team will continue to monitor weather conditions and alert highway crews to any changes in the weather forecast that might require a change in response strategy as the approaching system develops.

Highway crews will be doing their part to spread salt when and where needed anytime there is a winter weather event. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking motorists to do their part by checking their tire tread and preparing their vehicle for winter travel.

Anytime the area forecast includes winter precipitation road condition reports are available at www.goky.ky.gov. Information on snow priority routes can be found at www.snow.ky.gov.

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

Area Deaths

Holly Catherine Bullock, 44, formerly of Salem died Thursday at Brookport, Ill. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Tomorrow at Conrad's

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Courthouse closed at lunchtime Friday

Crittenden County Courthouse will be closed Friday from noon until 1 p.m. to accommodate the annual Christmas dinner for county workers, This means driver’s testing on Friday will be from 1 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Beginning to look a lot...


LIKE CHRISTMAS!
Children in churches across the community like these at Marion United Methodist are practicing for Christmas plays. Pictured here are Caleb Combs, Brady Belt, Morgan Stewart and Elle McDaniel. Their performance will be Sunday morning. 

First 2017 city council meeting Jan. 9

The first meeting of Marion City Council in 2017 will be Monday, Jan. 9. The usual third Monday of the month is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so city hall will be closed, and there will be no council meeting. The assembly will serve as a regular monthly. A story on the front of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press listed the incorrect date for the January meeting.

Ky. 723 now re-opened to traffic

UPDATE
Ky. 723 in Crittenden County between Deer Creek Church Road and Ky. 838 has re-opened to traffic.

ORIGINAL POST
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of Ky. 723 in western Crittenden  County starting Monday.

Ky. 723 will be closed at Crittenden County mile-point 5.15 to allow repairs to a box culvert that carries Belmar Branch under the roadway. This closure is along Ky. 723 between Deer Creek Church Road and Ky. 838. This is along Ky. 723 north of Salem about 5 miles north of the Crittenden-Livingston County line.

The culvert was damaged during flash flooding back in the summer.  A crew will be driving sheet piling around the culvert to provide erosion protection and making repairs to the concrete structure.

The roadway at this site is expected to close at approximately 8 a.m. on Monday. Due to the placement of heavy equipment in the roadway to facilitate the work, Ky. 723 is expected to remain closed until around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

There will be no marked detour. However, passenger vehicle traffic may self-detour via Deer Creek Church Road. Trucks should use an appropriate state route.

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

Deer Creek live Nativity still growing after 45 years

Mark Bryant, the former Marion City Administrator accused of criminal wrongdoing, has agreed to a plea deal on three felony charges and is facing six years in prison. Standing alongside his attorney Don Thomas of Benton during a pretrial hearing last Thursday in Crittenden Circuit Court, the defendant changed his original plea of not guilty to guilty based on a recommended sentence by special prosecutor Raymond McGee.

For more on this story and the following headlines, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • Monday new start for city government
  • Sentences handed down in drug cases, others
  • Grand jury indicts 3 last week
  • Rocket Docket saved jails $18.7 million
  • Realignment would move Livingston to 5th Circuit
  • Grand Rivers OKs liquor sales
  • Ex-Morganfield police chief jailed after investigation
  • Deer Creek Church recreates biblical village, celebrates true Christmas story
  • Sanders Family back at Fohs Hall
  • IN PICTURES: Salem's Lighted Christmas Parade
  • Deal could ease burden on Kenergy customers
  • County’s child well-being 69th
  • Holiday closings, shipping deadlines
  • KFB success recognized
  • Bechler to chair Ky. House Program Review & Investigations Committee
  • Dual credit class benefits realized
  • JUDGE'S JOURNAL: Roads at fore of county’s efforts of late
  • SUPER NEWS: Community key to education success
  • PASTOR'S PEN: ‘Tis the season to be blessed or stressed
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: Church, school center of Chapel Hill community
  • SPORTS: Fouls keep Rockets on heels in 5th loss to undefeated Lyon
  • SPORTS: Lady Rockets miss chance to eliminate hex from Lyon wand
  • SPORTS: Rocket football awards distributed
  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: UK, UofL square off Dec. 21 at KFC Yum! Center
  • OUTDOORS: Sick deer suggests baiting deadly to wildlife
  • OUTDOORS: Wildlife commission proposes hunting changes

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Open House

Williams, Faughn and Associates greeted a number of clients and guests this evening for their Open House event. 

The Certified public accounting firm is located in the offices formerly of Larry Orr, CPA.
 

Gift Idea: Season Tickets CCHS Basketball

Crittenden County fans can purchase basketball season tickets and save big money on admission to home basketball games.

Season tickets are available at the general admission gate during any home varsity basketball game or by contacting a member of the coaching staff.

Adult season tickets are $30. That is a savings of $50 off regular admission price.

Season tickets for students are only $10, which is a substantial savings over the gate price, which is anticipated to be $5 across the board this season.

Email Coach Denis Hodge to Order Season Tickets