Friday, June 30, 2017

Press closed for holiday

The Crittenden Press will be closed until Wednesday, July 5.

Drive Sober or face the Consequences this holiday

The Fourth of July weekend marks the beginning of the traditional summer travel season and the American Automobile Association projects a record 37.5 million motorists will hit the roads this year, an increase of 2.9 percent over last year. Unfortunately, it is also one of the deadliest holiday periods of the year due to drunk driving crashes.

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is urging everyone to plan ahead and designate a sober driver during the upcoming July 4th holiday period, which runs from 6 p.m. today through midnight on Tuesday. KSP, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and its local law enforcement partners throughout the Commonwealth will be out in full force during this period in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road.

“KSP is participating in the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign, which means zero tolerance for drunken driving,” says KSP Lt. Michael Webb. “If you drink and drive during this holiday period, you will be arrested — no excuses.”

If you see a drunken driver, contact law enforcement by dialing 911. You may dial the KSP toll-free line directly at 1-800-222-5555. 

Marion's connections to professional baseball

From the June 22 printed edition of The Crittenden Press

Marion and Crittenden County have made no greater impact on a sport than it has in baseball.
From high school baseball where the Rockets have played in the regional tournament 20 of the last 30 seasons to Marion’s two stints with a semi-pro baseball club, the diamond has given this community more than its share of successes. It has produced one Major League Baseball player, Rip Wheeler, who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs in the 1920s. Lefty Bridwell was a Bonus Baby with the Twins, but never got a shot at the big leagues.

Today, Marion can hang its hat on a number of professional players who passed through during the Bobcats’ years. One former Bobcat is currently in the big leagues and at least three others are in professional baseball at various levels.

The Bobcats played here from 2008 to 2013. Most of their six seasons were as an affiliate of Ohio Valley Collegiate Summer Baseball League. It’s through his Bobcat ties that current San Diego Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski has forever staked himself to a kinship with Crittenden County as have others who may eventually make a name for themselves in the big leagues.

Perhaps the best chance for a second MLB player from the Bobcats’ den is James Naile, who is among the top prospects in the Oakland A’s organization. His fastball has a lot of sink to it, which makes him a great candidate for late innings when a ground ball double play could be in order. Pitchers with that kind of “stuff” sometimes get a shot at the big leagues simply because of their special skill.

Naile pitched briefly in Triple-A last season, just one rung below the big leagues. He was reassigned to Double-A to begin this summer, but has been very effective and is ranked the 14th best pitching prospect in the Athletics’ organization.

Cody Brown, coming off of a career season with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, is the most recent professional with Bobcat ties. He played in Marion during the Bobcats’ final season of 2013. Last week, Brown signed a undrafted minor league free agent contract with the New York Yankees. He played every infield position at Mississippi State, but spent most of his time at shortstop during the stretch run that ended with LSU beating the Bulldogs in a three-game Super Regional series just one step from Omaha, Neb., and the College World Series.

Brown was en route to Tampa, Fla., last week to sign his pro contract when contacted by The Press. He remembers fondly his days playing in Marion.

“I was there my redshirt season, so I didn’t have any collegiate experience at the time,” said the 23-year-old from Biloxi, Miss.

“I remember how well Mrs. Kory Wheeler took care of all us ball players,” he said. “It was a great experience. We shot guns on off days and had a big time.”

Brown lived here for two months that summer, rooming with six other teammates in the old cannery building behind the former Marion High School on College Street.

“That was interesting,” he said with a snicker.

Also, last week a young man with ties to Salem was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Cory Malcom was taken in the 34th round. He set some pitching records at Arkansas-Little Rock after a stellar career at Elkhart (Ind.) Central High School. In college, he was a Rawlings All-American Honorable Mention.

Malcom is the grandson of James Malcom, formerly of Salem, and great-nephew of George Maclom, who owns and operates Deer Lakes Golf Course in Salem.

Below are snapshots of the former Bobcats playing professional baseball at various levels:

Travis Jankowski
Age: 26
Lancaster, Pa.
College: Stony Brook
San Diego Padres
60-day disabled list
Career BA: .229
- Jankowski has missed more than the last 2 months with a bone bruise on his right foot. On June 6, the Padres moved him from the short-term DL to the long-term list. Jankowski was a first-round MLB draft pick in 2012 by the Padres. He’s played in 182 big league games over the past three seasons. A speedy center fielder, Jankowski began the season as one of the starting outfielders for the Padres. He struggled early with a .160 batting average then hurt his foot in late April.

James Naile
Age: 24
Cape Girardeau, Mo.
College: UAB
RH Pitcher  Double A
Midland RockHounds
60-day disabled list
Career ERA: 3.17
- Naile, a sinker ball pitcher, is currently on the disabled list following a 1-1 record on six starts in the Texas League this spring. Naile had Tommy John surgery before his senior season at Alabama-Birmingham. Though he reached Triple-A while pitching at four levels last year in his first full professional season, Naile's shining moment came in the Texas League finals, when he tossed six scoreless frames to lead Double-A Midland to their third straight title and he won a Minor League Gold Glove. While starting in the minors, he projects as a long reliever or ground-ball specialist in the majors. MLB Pipeline rates him the 25th best prospect in the A’s organization.

Scooter Hightower
Age: 23
Clarksville, Tenn.
College: Columbia St. CC
RH Pitcher  Class A
W.Virginia Black Bears
Career ERA: 2.86
- Hightower was drafted in 2015 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 15th round. He has pitched in 32 minor league games during his career, which included two Class A teams last year and rookie ball in 2015. Hightower has not thrown in a professional game so far this season. Hightower was a relief pitcher and sometimes a position player for the Marion Bobcats in 2013, the team’s final season of existence. In the pros, he has an 8-7 career record and WHIP of 1.12. He has started four games and earned two saves in two save opportunities. In 94.1 innings pitched, Hightower has given up 91 hits.

Cody Brown
Age: 23
Biloxi, Miss.
College: Mississippi State
Infielder   Rookie
Unassigned at this point
Undrafted Minor League Free Agent
- Cody Brown had a stellar senior season at Mississippi State as the Bulldogs made a valliant playoff run before bowing out of post-season play in a close series against LSU last week. He was a career .292 hitter at Starkville. Brown hit cleanup and played mostly shortstop for Mississippi State in the final weeks of this season. He played one summer in Marion for the Bobcats, finishing third on the team in hits and leading the club with a .453 on-base percentage in 2013. He hit three homers for the Bobcats, including one inside the park. The Yankees signed Brown two weeks ago to a minor league contract. He reported to the club’s developmental headquarters in Tampa, Fla., where he will be evaluated and likely will end up on the organization’s rookie league roster.

Cory Malcom
Age: 22
Elkhart, Ind.
College: Ark.-Little Rock
Drafted in 34th Round
St. Louis Cardinals
- Malcom never played for the Bobcats, but he does have local roots. His family hails from Salem. Malcom is a RH pitcher who was drafted last week during the MLB 2017 first-year player draft. He set the Arkansas-Little Rock record for strikeouts in a single season with 109, appearing in 16 games.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

City of Marion survey deadline Friday

The City of Marion’s Goal Setting Session will be held on Thursday, July 13 at the Marion Ed-Tech Building.  The purpose of the session will be to identify and prioritize the city’s overall goals and objectives for the next three years.  In order to prepare for this session, you are requested to identify key issues and potential objectives that will be reviewed and discussed at the session.

Major Accomplishments
Please list the major city accomplishments over the past two years.  These accomplishments could be as large as a street project or as simple as a newly adopted city policy.  The items do not need to be in any particular order.

Issues, Concerns, Trends, and Opportunities
Please list specific issues, concerns, trends, and opportunities that affect future city services, policies, finances or operations (for example, loss of population, major new economic development success or resolving a policy question).  You do not need to identify potential solutions to your concerns.

Significant Initiatives or Programs
Please list any initiatives, programs or policies that you think the City should consider in the next three years (for example, downtown revitalization, updating employee job descriptions, adopting a policy on open burning, conducting an annexation study, reviewing water and sewer rates, etc.) 

Organizational Effectiveness
Please list several things that the Mayor/City Council and/or staff could do in the future to improve organizational effectiveness, decision-making process, teamwork and the ability to accomplish the City’s stated goals and objectives.

Return of questionnaire
Return this questionnaire to Marion City Administrator Adam Ledford by Friday.
  • By person: Marion City Hall, 217 S. Main St., Marion, Ky.
  • Fax: (270) 965-5235
  • Email:

Fourth of July happenings

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Johnson's has 10% off Sale

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Area Death

Launa Cox, 92, of Fredonia died Wednesday. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Late fireman leaves money to local agencies

Four county volunteer emergency agencies were recipients of a bequest of the late Orman Hunt.

Hunt, 89, died June 17, 2016. He grew up in the Pleasant Hill area of Crittenden County and retired from both Moore Business Forms and Crittenden Health Systems. He was a volunteer fireman for more than 30 years with multiple departments.

“He enjoyed it,” said his brother Harold Hunt. “Basically that was his life.”

Bequests in the amount of $1,000 each were left to the Crittenden County Rescue Squad and the Sheridan, Crittenden County and Shady Grove volunteer fire departments.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PODCAST: Sports legends donate museum memorabilia

Some local sports legends made contributions of memorabilia to the Crittenden County Historical Museum last week.

Pictured (from left), Gordon Guess, former president of the Marion Bobcats collegiate baseball league team, donated uniforms, bats, balls and other Bobcats items to the museum which will be included in the sports display on the second floor. Harry and Willard Easley (pictured center and right, respectively) were on hand to donate articles and a Hall of Fame plaque commemorating the 1942 Marion Blue Terrors football team, which was the only squad in county history to go undefeated.

Hear more about these men and their respective sports stories on this week’s featured podcast at 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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

The Community Victory Gardens are in full swing, offering free produce to county residents.

What many consider Crittenden County’s largest tourist destination could be in trouble following the resignation of two leading volunteers. In the last month, both the chair and vice chair of Marion-Crittenden County Park Board have resigned their seats, leaving big shoes to fill on the six-member panel. Longtime Chair Kory Wheeler, a city representative, tendered her resignation at the June 19 Marion City Council...

For the entire story, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press available on newsstands Wednesday afternoon:
  • Clark KAPT super of year
  • New state laws take effect today
  • Average KU bill up $3.85 starting July 1
  • Find an Independence Day activity for you
  • Local man faces 2 charges after Livingston crash
  • Birds, bats not cause of 641 delay
  • Rescue squad has 1st-of-its-kind call
  • City, county looking for board volunteers
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: Marion, Crittenden County enjoyed prosperity from tobacco, lead, zinc
  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: For Adebayo, mock NBA draft meant little
  • New scoring would prioritize road work
  • ABOUT TOWN: To know is to appreciate
  • Sorghum pesticide OK to us
  • County jobless rate up in May
  • SPORTS: Past success helping CCHS girls find identity for ‘17-18

Marion man accused in DUI crash on US 60

Former local sports reporter and broadcaster Chris Hardesty, 48, of Marion is charged with driving under the influence following an injury crash in Livingston County. 

WPSD-TV first reported the incident last weekend. Here is a link to the station's report:

Monday, June 26, 2017

City cracking down on water meter vandals

City officials say stealing water is a crime and police are working to have those skirting the law prosecuted.

City Maintenance Director Brian Thomas said that over the last 18 months or so, there have been at least a dozen residents caught stealing water by breaking locks off secured city water meters.

At times, the culprits are damaging water meters, which are costly to repair or replace.

“It can be $300 and that’s just parts. It doesn’t include two men out there digging it up to replace it,” Thomas said about some of the meters that have been tinkered with and broken lately.
City Police Chief Ray O’Neal said one woman was put in jail last week for stealing water and damaging a meter. She also received a hefty court-ordered restitution sum.

The charge in court is theft of services and can lead to fines, up to a 365 days in jail and restitution costs.

The police chief said anyone caught altering meters in order to gain illegal use of water services will be accordingly charged.

A fun place to shop near Fredonia

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One of the most fascinating new places in the area is Pleasant Valley on Ky. 91 between Fredonia and Princeton.

It's a bulk grocery store, gift and novelty shop and a sit-down place to eat.

The deli has sandwiches, soups and more. And there are plenty of fine candies and deserts around the store.

Check them out. You'll see how much fun one place can be for lunch, groceries and gifts.

There is also a wide assortment of outdoor furniture, fire pits and accessories.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

No driver's testing June 30

There will be no driver’s testing Friday, June 30 in Crittenden County. According to Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Guill, both the written and road exams have been cancelled for that day due to a shortage of license examiners.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Governor orders flags to half-staff

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff today in honor of Sgt. William M. Bays, 29, a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Services for Sgt. Bays will be at 2 p.m. today at Belmont Cemetery in Allensville.

According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. Bays died on June 10, 2017 in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained there. The incident is under investigation.

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Area death

Johnie Richard Young, 81, of Marion died Tuesday. Myers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cindy bringing dangerous weather to area

Tropical Storm Cindy could bring flooding to Crittenden County
Tropical Storm Cindy will be making landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border today, packing with her torrential rains that could cause life-threatening weather across a swath of the Southeast, including western Kentucky. Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom has been in a conference call today with the National Weather Service, which is notifying area leaders of the potential hazards Cindy will bring to the area Thursday and Friday.

"They are predicting rainfall from 5 to 6 inches in some areas, 2-4 inches in general, gusty winds, significant wind shear, possible small tornadoes and possibly small hail risk," Newcom said.

According to, an online weather center, the chances of rain in Crittenden County should start around 8 a.m. Thursday and continue through late-night Friday.

"The moisture from Tropical Storm Cindy will combine with an approaching cold front to cause heavy rain and possibly some flooding. A few strong thunderstorms are possible Thursday through Friday evening. An isolated weak tornado is possible Thursday afternoon and night. However, the main hazards with any storms will be heavy rain and lightning. The heavy rain and thunderstorms will end Friday night in the wake of a cold front," reads a NWS hazardous outlook bulletin.

As usual, the courthouse basement will be open as a storm shelter.

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

With the purchase of three properties fronting West Bellville Street, the school system has opened up new possibilities for redeveloping the joint middle/high school campus. It has also taken steps toward alleviating both safety and logistical concerns related to accessing the grounds. Last Thursday, Crittenden County Board of Education agreed during a special-called meeting to pay owner William Tabor his asking price of $69,900...

For the rest of this story and the following headlines, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • Gilkey to head CCES
  • Council debates Marion’s substandard housing crisis
  • MY 2¢ WORTH: City housing, future condemned?
  • County, city populations in steady decline
  • Local BBQ competition returns July 15
  • Road weight limits again discussed by magistrates
  • Cozart billed by ‘Today’ as ‘phenomenal father’
  • Cumberland River Homes adding to Salem facility
  • Woman, 52, dies in crash last week
  • Kentucky 34th in child well-being
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: Commissioner tours 1879 county schools
  • Baseball Legacy: Pros with local ties
  • Crittenden teachers honored at Campbellsville ceremony
  • City cracking down on water thieves who damage meters

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

County roads targeted for improvements

In case you missed this article that ran recently in The Press printed edition:

Sixteen short streets or roads in communities across Crittenden County will be getting a fresh coat of pavement at some point this year.

The county has received $102,949 in discretionary funds from the Kentucky Department of Highways to resurface local roads. Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said he and Road Foreman Audie Maraman surveyed the county’s roads and streets and created the priority list, which was adopted by the fiscal court recently.

“These are short roads that never get much attention,” Newcom said. “They probably don’t get anything done to them but once every 20 years.”

Newcom said the roads are largely in some of the most densely populated areas of the county such as Dycusburg, Crayne and Tolu.

Rogers Group will be doing the paving, Newcom said.

Here are the roads that will be getting new pavement as part of the program:
•Church Road near Crayne for 0.186 miles from U.S. 641 to Crayne Cemetery Road.
•Stallions Drive near Crayne for 0.056 miles U.S. 641 to Church Road.
•Stevens Drive near Crayne for 0.109 miles from Church Road to end of county maintenance. 
•Railroad Avenue near Crayne 0.130 miles from U.S. 641 to Reiters View Road.
•Dycus Road near Dycusburg for 0.403 miles from Ky. 295 to Ky. 70.
•Fifth Street in Dycusburg for 0.160 miles from Walnut Street to Spring Street.
•Spring Street in Dycusburg for 0.362 miles from Ky. 70 to Walnut Street.
•Third Street in Dycusburg for 0.125 miles from Ky. 70 to end of county maintenance.
•Fourth Street in Dycusburg for 0.011 miles from Fifth Street to end of county maintenance.
•Lafayette Heights near Frances for 0.252 miles from intersection with Ky. 70.
•Lake View Drive 0.213 miles from intersection with Chapel Hill Road.
•Twin Lake Drive 0.157 miles from intersection with Chapel Hill Road.
•School Avenue in Tolu for 0.128 miles from intersection with First Avenue.
•Church Avenue in Tolu for 0.145 miles from intersection with School Avenue.
•Croft Alley in Tolu for 0.145 miles from intersection with School Avenue.
•Todd Alley in Tolu for 0.098 miles from School Avenue to end of state maintenance.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Gilkey new CCES principal

Jenni Gilkey today was picked to be the new principal at Crittenden County Elementary School. The school's SBDM tapped Gilkey, a 22-year educator, to replace Melissa Tabor, who is retiring this summer. Gilkey has most recently served as assistant principal at the school.

See this week's issue of The Crittenden Press for more on the story.

Centershot archery begins Wednesday

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Economic development forums planned for late June

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites anyone interested in strengthening the bond between agriculture and manufacturing to three forums scheduled across the commonwealth later this month. The nearest one will be in Princeton.

The Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development (LAND) forums aim to expand upon the existing supply chain for agricultural products to the manufacturing sector. Registration in advance is required, and the registration deadline is Tuesday.

“Agriculture is economic development, and it’s only natural that our farmers and agribusinesses should work with our manufacturers,” Commissioner Quarles said. “These forums will enable stakeholders in these important economic sectors to build mutually beneficial relationships that will generate income and jobs in Kentucky.”

The schedule of LAND forums is as follows:
  • June 27: Bath County Cooperative Extension Ag Center, 2914 East Highway 60, Owingsville
  • June 28: Jeptha Creed Distillery, 500 Gordon Lane, Shelbyville.
  • June 29: University of Kentucky Research and Education Center, 1205 Hopkinsville Street, Princeton.
Each forum will begin with networking at 10:30 a.m. local time. Presentations will include Commissioner Quarles, regional agricultural leaders, and industry management discussing successful collaborations and referencing resources to foster additional development. The program will include lunch with locally sourced farm ingredients and will conclude at 1 p.m.

The forums are intended for agricultural leaders, manufacturers, economic development professionals, local and state officials, educators, and other stakeholders. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers are facilitating the forums with the financial support of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and other regional sponsors.

There is no cost to attend the forums, but seating is limited. For more information, or to register, go to

Bevin orders flags to half-staff Tuesday

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in honor of Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Services for Sgt. Houck will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville.

According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. Houck died June 10, 2017 in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained there. The incident is under investigation.

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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Area death

Ritchie Steve Roberts Jr., 67, of Marion died Friday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Tradewater Music Fest coming in September

Russell Edwards has a love for music and plans
to share it with others in September.
If the Tradewater Music Fest is a success, the whole community will win, says promoter Russell Edwards.

A music lover with connections to some country artists, Edwards has jumped into the backwoods concert business and will host what he hopes is a 5,000-fan event in September on his farm between Marion and Providence a seasonal hunting preserve that’s home to his Winghaven Lodge.

Edwards is always thinking big, and that’s why community leaders are not surprised he’s dreamed up a star-studded, two-day country festival that will include David Lee Murphy, Confederate Railroad, Pure Prairie League, the Kentucky Headhunters and more. 

Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle” and “Party Crowd” are some of country music’s biggest hits and his songwriting credits are numerous. He’s written hits for Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and Hank Williams Jr., just to name a few.
Other entertainers scheduled are Jack Ingram; Merle’s son, Ben Haggard; and the Strangers and regional artists Alonzo Pennington and Chris Knight. 

“It’s kind of a cross-genre lineup,” said Edwards. “Jack Ingram is kind of a John Prine ballad type guy, Confederate Railroad is a great party band and will get the crowd fired up and the Kentucky Headhunters are great; they’ve been doing concerts for over 40 years.”

Edwards has created a natural amphitheater in the middle of about 40 acres of rolling Kentucky countryside that serves as a backdrop for a weekend of live entertainment Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16. There will be primitive camping available and tickets start at $35 a night or $65 for both days. It’s a great value, Edwards said.

“Where can you go see this many good bands for that price?” he asks.

Edwards is an entrepreneur who started a hunting guide service several years ago then morphed it into an upland game preserve that caters to corporate clients. His rustic lodge is a site to see, and he thinks the hospitality skills he’s developed in the outdoors business make this transition to music quite natural.

“This is something I have wanted to do for a long time,” he says. “I have a love for music (he plays the guitar), and it’s a challenge to see whether it can be done or not.”

Edwards said backwoods concerts are common across the country, but few thrive and most are unable to even survive. Poor management is the biggest problem, he suspects.

“This is like any other venture. If you’re underfunded or lack a good business plan then you’re treading on thin ice,” he explains.
In order to be ahead of the curve, Edwards has engaged the Kentucky Headhunters’ Richard Young as a concert mentor; he’s hired Helix Creative Studio to manage the social media networking and marketing; hired a ticket office manager; and will soon travel for a time with the Headhunters to do homework on how to produce a high-end concert.

If the concert draws enough people, Edwards plans on making a huge donation to Marion-Crittenden County Park, and he says other booster groups and community organizations can earn money by helping at the gate, parking cars and cleaning up trash afterwards.

Edwards said the park will get $10,000 if 5,000 people show up for the festival. He thinks that’s possible because it will appeal to fans from about a 10-county area, plus larger markets like Paducah, Evansville and Owensboro are on the marketing map.

CCES interviewing principal candidates

Crittenden County Elementary School Site-Based Decision-Making Council will meet at noon Monday to interview and discuss candidates for the position of principal. Longtime principal Melissa Tabor’s retirement becomes effective July 1. Any new business will also be discussed. 

Tambco celebration today!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Marion woman dies in parkway crash


Ann Newcom, 52, of Marion died in an automobile crash this morning on the Purchase Parkway near the Benton US 641 exchange.

She was apparently en route to work in Mayfield.

According to the Marshall County Sheriffs Department, the crash happened about 8 a.m. According to information from Deputy Steven Oakley, who investigated the crash, Newcom was traveling southbound on the Purchase Parkway. Her vehicle apparently hydroplaned and she lost control, crossing the median and striking a tractor-trailer.

Newcom was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the semi Sean C. Mohs 48, of Paducah, was not injured.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cozart to be featured on NBC


Update: If you missed the show this morning, you can find the segment on David Cozart at:

Crittenden County native David Cozart of Lexington will be featured during the 9 a.m. hour of NBC's Today Thursday as part of its phenomenal fathers series. Cozart is a 1989 graduate of Crittenden County High School, a graduate of Campbellsville University and is now program director for Lexington Leadership Foundation. A team of Today Show representatives interviewed Cozart and filmed the segment recently in Lexington. 

Board of ed considering property purchase

Crittenden County Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in special session in the Rocket Arena conference room to consider purchase of property at 420/424 W. Bellville St. That is the only item on the agenda.

Area death

Joann Belt, 75, of Marion died Tuesday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Area Deaths

Theresa Jane  Meadors, 57 of Marion died Monday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Minos Cox, 95, of Fredonia died Monday. Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, June 12, 2017

SBDM meeting this week

Crittenden County High School SBDM will meet at 10 a.m., Wednesday at the school.

101st soldiers killed by Afghan soldier

Three Fort Campbell soldiers—Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland; Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina—who died while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

According to the Department of Defense, the Fort Campbell soldiers died on June 10 in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained there. The soldiers were reportedly killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on U.S. troops.

The soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.

Service arrangements for the soldiers are not yet complete. Gov. Bevin will order flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Sgt. Houck, Sgt. Bays and Corporal Baldridge on the date of interment, and encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.

Crittenden church group is on mission to Haiti

Life in Christ Church of Marion is sending a youth group on a mission trip to the city of Cap Rouge, Haiti this summer to help build a house for those in need.

The volunteers are going to help a family get a roof over their head alongside the Haitian workers. The activities of the missionaries will also be focused on evangelism in the city, working with the Haitian people teaching English and playing soccer with the local kids.

The youth group raised $5,500 to build the house for the family. The home will be a small block structure with a metal roof, no frills, but a palace to the Haitian people.

The 15 youth and five adults have worked hard at raising their financial support. They have sent out sponsor letters, sold pork-chop sandwiches, carried out groceries and sold T-shirts.
The idea for this mission trip arose last summer when the Youth of the church attended Crossings Camp.

“Last summer our Camp Pastor was Brent Gambrell. He is the founder of A Door to Hope ministry in Nashville, Tenn. After the service one night, our group was talking to him about his ministry. A Door to Hope does missions in Haiti year-round. It stirred in the hearts of our youth. They felt that camp was awesome and they had been poured into but now it was time for them to pour into others,” said Kanley Hadfield, a church member and one of the trip organizers.

“They decided they wanted to go to Haiti this year instead of camp,” Hadfield continued. “Our motto is The Flexible Shall Not Be Broken. So whatever the Lord has us to do while we are there will be awesome. We are going there to be the hands and the feet of Jesus.”

In partnering with communities and churches in Haiti, A Door to Hope works to empower the local people to grow and sustain their own communities. The house that the missionaries are hoping to build in just seven days possibly is going to belong to a Haitian pastor who had previously left his residence and lifestyle in a bigger city where he used to live and moved to the small village of Cap Rouge to serve the people there. At the present time, he and his family don’t have a home.

For more see the June 8 printed issue of The Crittenden Press

Friday, June 9, 2017

Area Death

Jerry Glen Agent, 78, of Marion died Thursday at Crittenden Hospital. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Get all the baseball, softball stats this week

Spring sports season statistical recaps are available in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hog Rock underway across the river

An influx of motorcycles and RVs are heading in the direction of the Cave In Rock Ferry for the 21st annual Hogrock Music Festival.

Attendees were seen as early as Wednesday traveling through Marion en route to Cave In Rock to set up tents in preparation for the festival that begins today and runs through Sunday. Marion is the last stop for tourists heading to the festival, which is expected to amass close to 50,000 campers.

Hogrock officially open at 8 a.m. today and is open to guests 18 years or older. It features musical performances by rock groups like Hairbanger’s Ball, Rachel Timberlake and Number 9 Blacktops.

CCHS SBDM meets Wednesday

The next regular meeting of the Crittenden County High School SBDM will be Wednesday, June 14, at 10 a.m.

Ky. 1668 work set for Saturday

Rogers Group plans roadway repair work along a section of Ky. 1668/Crittenden Springs Road in Crittenden County during daylight hours on Saturday.

Rogers Group plans roadway repair work along Ky. 1668/Crittenden Springs Road between the Rogers Group Quarry entrance at mile-point 1.88 extending to the US 60 intersection at mile-point 0.0.

Motorists who regularly travel this section of Ky. 1668/Crittenden Springs Road should be prepared to encounter one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers.   Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and maintenance personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

Some delays are possible during the movement and positioning of equipment to facilitate the required work.  Short sections of this work area will be restricted to one lane between approximately 7 a.m., and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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

If the Tradewater Music Fest is a success, the whole community will win, says promoter Russell Edwards. A music lover with connections to some country artists, Edwards has jumped into the backwoods concert business and will host what he hopes is a 5,000-fan event in September on his farm between Marion and Providence a seasonal hunting preserve that’s home to his Winghaven Lodge.

For the full story and the following headlines, pick up a copy of this week's issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • Board OKs school tax bump: Recall petition already gathering names
  • Virtual vote 1st for public agency
  • Tabor retires from CCES
  • Eagle found Scouts to open new world
  • Local Relay generates $35K to battle cancer
  • Late fireman leaves $4,000 to agencies
  • Murray student  begins internship
  • Chamber survey to guide goals, strategies
  • Salem FSA county committee nomination period open soon
  • County recycling trailer schedule set
  • Jailed Salem men charged with theft
  • U.S. 641 getting new asphalt
  • Scripture moves mission trip to Haiti
  • Family continues Clement legacy, hosts annual show, vendors
  • FORGOTTEN PASSAGES: City Drug. Co. fond memory for generations
  • SPORTS: Special Olympians earn 16 medals
  • VAUGHT'S VIEWS: Knox Jr. transitioning from gridiron to court
  • SPORTS: Summer retools CCHS hoops lineup
  • SPORTS: Crittenden County Rocket Baseball Final Statistics
  • SPORTS: CCHS Lady Rocket Softball Final Statistics

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

No one surprised by Person of Year

In Case You Missed This One in Last Week's Crittenden Press printed edition .....

No one in the room was surprised that former mayor Mickey Alexander was named Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year for 2017, except for the man himself.

Blushing with modesty and clearly caught off guard by his selection, Alexander showed rare emotion last Thursday in accepting his second Person of the Year honor.

Alexander retired as mayor in February after serving for 29 years as the town’s chief. He was first selected as Person of the Year in 1989, the first time the Chamber presented such an award.

Billed as a lifetime achievement honor, the Chamber’s Person of the Year almost always personifies the town’s spirit.

“I can truly say that I would not want to live anywhere else on earth,” Alexander said in accepting the award. “And I have to say that I couldn’t have done anything these last several years without the help of my wife Susan.”

Alexander said he was both greatly honored and humbled to have twice been selected for the Chamber’s most coveted honor.

Robin Curnel, a former Chamber president and last year’s recipient of the year’s top award, described Alexander as a great ambassador of the community who is continually positive and always has a smile on his face.

“The individual selected for this award always puts the community first and offers to do the often thankless jobs,” Curnel said.

Alexander, she pointed out, has been president of the Lions Club and helped form the local economic development corporation among other deeds that have been positive factors for Marion.

Brennan Cruce and Kathleen Guess were selected as Unsung Heroes. Cruce is a volunteer fireman, active in the historical society and heir apparent to Brenda Underdown as the community’s official historian. He was instrumental in helping to refurbish the old Marion City Cemetery on Gum Street a few years ago. Guess has developed a number of community-minded activities at the public library. She is both an educator and creator, having taught art at local schools and led academic teams. She led a group that created a large mural of the county which hangs inside the tourism center.

The City of Marion Tourism Commission was given the Community Pride Award, largely for its development of the new Imogene Stout Market on Main, a more than $200,000 farmers market project built largely through state grants.

Selected for the Community Service Award was Phillis Hardin of H&H Supply. She, too, was quite surprised and moved by emotion when her name was called.

“I don’t deserve this,” she said, but Chamber Director Madison Qualls disagreed.

“She is the perfect example of grace and kindness,” Qualls said when she presented Hardin with the award.

The Chamber chose one of its own as Volunteer of the Year, but it wasn’t solely her work with the Chamber that lifted Elizabeth Floyd to recognition. Manager of Legacy Oxygen and Home Care, Floyd has spearheaded a number of local projects. She is perhaps best known, however, for raising more than $23,000 for Project Graduation this year.

Hurricane Camp Meeting Next Week

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Woodmen Picnic is Saturday

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Area Deaths

Helen Springs, 99, of Marion died this morning at Crittenden Hospital. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Former longtime Livingston County magistrate Charles Edward Babb, 76, of Lola died Sunday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Chamber installs officers, directors

Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce swore in officers and three directors for new terms on the board recently during the group’s annual awards dinner at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Pictured are (from left) Dee Brasher, installed for another term as director; Elizabeth Floyd, installed for another term as director; Natalie Parish, installed as a new director; Todd Perryman, reinstalled as treasurer; Randa Berry, reinstalled president; and Angel Henry, reinstalled as vice president.

Local health screenings available

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Get Your Graduation Special Section

In case you missed it!
The Graduation Special Section
was in the May 25 edition
of The Crittenden Press
It's a Keepsake and they
are still available at
The Press office in Marion

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Motorcyclist hurt in Ky. 91 crash

Kentucky State Police investigated a single-vehicle collision that occurred at 3:12pm Saturday on Ky. 91, seven miles north of Marion.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Warren Stricklin, 64, of Harrisburg, Illinois was operating a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound, when for an undetermined reason the motorcycle exited the southbound shoulder of the roadway.

Stricklin’s motorcycle went down an embankment, struck a culvert and a tree before overturning. The motorcycle came to final rest upright in a wooded area.

Stricklin was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Lourdes Hospital in Paducah by ambulance.

The investigation is ongoing by Master Trooper Darron Holliman. Trooper Holliman was assisted on scene by Sgt. Craig Engler, the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department, Crittenden County Rescue Squad and Crittenden County EMS

Friday, June 2, 2017

U.S. 641 milling, paving starting

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans milling and paving along existing US 641 in southern Crittenden County starting Saturday.

This project runs along US 641 from the Crittenden-Caldwell County Line at milepoint 0.0 extending northward to the US 60 intersection in Marion at mile point 7.494.

Initial prep work is expected to start Saturday morning with milling starting on Monday.  The existing pavement will be milled along the entire project area.

The milling and paving crews will skip a small section of existing US 641 near the intersection with Coleman Road where a culvert project and a connection with the new US 641 is under construction.  Pavement along the existing US 641 in this area will be replaced once connections to the new roadway are completed in mid-2018.

Motorists should be prepared to encounter one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers during daylight hours.  Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

This section of US 641 includes the KY 70 intersection at Mott City and the Crayne community.

Approximately 5,000 vehicles travel this section of US 641 between Marion and Fredonia in an average day.

Rogers Group is the prime contractor on this $819,226 highway improvement project.  Weather permitting, the target completion date for this milling and asphalt paving project is July 1.

Area death

Nancy Brewer, 71, of Marion died Thursday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Signature Boutique now on Main Street

Stop in to see Gina or Tammy today!

We have 2 special racks – a Buy-2-get-1-Free Rack and a $10-Rack! 

We’ve moved! We’re excited for you to see our new location on Main Street across from the courthouse in Marion.

We’re proud to have relocated Signature Boutique to 106 S. Main, next to Tony’s Main Street Italian Grill.  We’re excited about being in the heart of downtown Marion where we offer boutique brands at reasonable prices for women and children, including plus sizes.

Trendy & Affordable is our motto! We have casual t-shirts, sophisticated dresses and everything in between!

You’ll find the latest styles for all ages, including jewelry and sandals, LipSense lipstick and Corkcicle tumblers! Come see us today! Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.

Tammy Owen, Owner

Bevin orders flags to half-staff

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags across Kentucky be flown at half-staff from 2 p.m. today until sunset on Saturday to honor the memory of former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, who is being laid to rest this weekend.

School tax recall petition filed

Just more than 12 hours after Crittenden County Board of Education approved a 6-cent school tax increase for new school construction, a petition was filed to recall the levy. The appeal calling for the tax to head to the ballot box in a special election later this year was filed with Crittenden County Clerk Carolyn Byford just after 9 a.m. today. The five-person committee required by Kentucky law has until July 16 to collect the signatures of 408 registered voters in order to force the countywide election. The committee is comprised of Brenda Croft, Anthony Easley, Pam Larue, Beverly Davidson and Wanda Olson.

KSP troopers rescue Rocco

Stuck in a tree, Rocco was rescued by 2 KSP troopers
Two off duty Kentucky State Troopers rescued a dog trapped inside a tree Thursday afternoon. KSP Sergeant Michael Williams and Trooper Gerick Sullivan were mowing a cemetery in Salem when they heard the barks of a dog coming from a wooded area.  After several minutes of looking, the troopers found a dachshund, later identified as Rocco, trapped inside the trunk of a tree.

The dog had gotten inside the tree through a nearby groundhog hole and was unable to get out. The troopers summoned the assistance of Salem Fire Department, after attempts to free the dog were unsuccessful. Salem Firefighter Daniel Newcomb cut part of the tree, allowing for the dog to be freed safely.  The dog was then returned to his owner.  The opening in the tree was made larger, should Rocco or another dog find themselves inside the tree again.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

School tax increase approved

Crittenden County Board of Education voted 4-1 this evening to approve a 6-cent property tax increase for the purpose of new school construction. This was the final vote on the matter, and voters now have 45 days to file a petition for recall, or special election, that would put the fate of the tax in the hands of county voters.

No drivers' test June 9

There will be no driver testing in Crittenden County on Friday, June 9.

McKinney enshrined into memorial

Spc. Donnie P. McKinney
Spc. Donnie P. McKinney of Marion was enshrined Monday into the Patriots Peace Memorial in Louisville. The 20-year-old Army National Guard soldier died in 1986 when he was struck by lightning during an exercise at Fort Campbell.

“He was a soldier, through and through, and I know he was looking down today, and he'll be proud of this memorial, and he'll be proud of us being here and honoring his sacrifice,” his brother, Sean McKinney, a Crittenden County High School graduate and Kentucky State Police captain who lives in Henderson, told WLKY TV in Louisville.

The soldier’s name was added to the memorial along with another Kentucky man who died in uniform while serving in peace time.

These warriors did not die in battle, but organizers say their sacrifice is no less significant.

“They were ready. They were deployable. They were men and women that were ready to go, and it never happened for them,”  Gary Eady, chairman of the Patriots Peace Memorial committee, told WKLY. “Instead, their lives were cut short in some other way.”

For a video clip of the WLKY segment, click here.

Mexico Baptist VBS starts June 5

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