Friday, August 31, 2018

Job Corps opening

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Area death

Rev. A.C. Hodge, 92, of Marion died Thursday. He had served as pastor of Frances Community Church. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harris for School Board

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

First United offers $100 bonus

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Group confirms interest in buying hospital

Mayor Byford was among local leaders who commented
during Tuesday's meeting at the hospital.
The firm hired last year to manage Crittenden Health Systems says it now wants to own the hospital.

Rural Health Group met with local community leaders on the hospital campus yesterday, making a public statement about its interest in acquiring the hospital.

Right now, the group owns another rural hospital in Booneville, Mo., and is near closing a deal to buy another one in Wellington, Kan.

Beyond its interest in CHS, Rural Health Group is currently working on arrangements to acquire two other rural hospitals.

Find out details in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press. You can't get this kind of community news anywhere else. Subscribe now to never miss a big story. Without subscribers like you, this kind of news gathering would not exist.

If you're interested, listen to the entire public portion of yesterday's meeting on the accompanying podcast. While it doesn't provide too many details about the proposed purchase, The Crittenden Press was at the meeting and met with several of the principal parties afterward. Our copyrighted article on the matter should answer a number of your questions. Click here to subscribe and read the entire article.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018

PODCAST: Lady Rocket volleyball on a roll

Enjoy this Rocket Sports Podcast with fifth-year Lady Rocket volleyball coach Cara Hunt and two senior players, Kenlee Perryman and Paige Gilbert.

The girls are off to their best start in the history of CCHS volleyball and just narrowly missed going to the State All A Classic Tournament last week.

As the 10-1 volleyball girls prepared to play McLean County at home Monday night, we caught up to the coach and players in the locker room.

Area Death

Robert Earl Diehl Jr., 54, of Marion died Friday. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Pet Grooming on North Weldon Street

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Tune in to our new You Tube Coach's Show

Each Thursday, The Crittenden Press will be broadcasting a Rocket PreGame and Coach's Show on our You Tube Channel with head football Coach Sean Thompson, along with some special guests like senior center Brock Langton (pictured), who was featured on the first episode last week.

Watch the show anytime from your smartphone or computer. It's available 24/7.

Coach Thompson will discus each week's upcoming matchup and we will have some entertaining and colorful skits with Rocket football players.

Click here to review videos on our Channel and hit the Subscribe button so you will not miss an episode or any of the other video productions by The Crittenden Press Online.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018

Area death

Louise Kitchens, 86, of Salem died Thursday. Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Labor Day event at Johnson's

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Lady Rockets V-ball ranked No. 5

The Lady Rockets came back from a two-set deficit to win
in five sets Thursday at Hopkins Central.
Crittenden County's volleyball girls are off to a 10-1 start this season and just missed going to the All A Classic State Tournament by two points earlier this week.

In the latest Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association (KVCA) poll, Crittenden is ranked No. 5. Caldwell County and Henderson are tied for first. Here are this week's rankings:

KVCA Region 2 Rankings
1. Caldwell County
1. Henderson County
3. Hopkinsville
3. University Heights
5. Crittenden County

Check your driver's license expiration

Crittenden Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Guill is reminding local drivers to check their license expiration date, as the Commonwealth of Kentucky no longer mails renewal notices to drivers.

However, Guill said license holders can now sign up for an email reminder from the state as to when their license is about to expire. Sign up for this service at the Crittenden County Circuit Court Clerk's office.

She said a number of local residents have unwittingly been driving on expired licenses. A license is good for four years. The expiration date is printed on the front of the license.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Area Deaths

Bernice Eloise Jennings, 84, of Marion died Thursday. Myers Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Jonathan Allen, 34, of Marion died Saturday. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

What's news this week

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A tax increase approved last week by Crittenden Fiscal Court is going to cost the average homeowner in the county the equivalent of …. Read the rest in The Press

County employee Yvette Martin was appointed Tuesday by magistrates as interim…. Read the rest in The Press

Every school day in Crittenden County, a child’s life is put in danger when …. Read the rest in The Press

The third annual Boot Scootin’ BBQ Competition and Festival is just around the corner. It will be held on the court square on …. Read the rest in The Press

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

High-speed pursuit last night near Salem

A high-speed pursuit last night in rural Livingston County has led to the arrest of a Salem man on multiple felony charges.

Livingston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Kirk was patrolling in Salem about 6 p.m., when he observed a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser westbound on US 60 driven by Clayton Dickerson, 22, who the deputy knew to have an active warrant against him from Crittenden County for theft.

When the deputy tried to stop the PT Cruiser, Dickerson sped away, turned into a gas station parking lot and circled the building. Dickerson then drove onto Ky. 133 and the chase headed toward Lola, where Dickerson eventually crashed on Slocum Road and Dickerson took off running in a soybean field but was caught.

Dickerson was lodged in the McCracken County Jail on charges of first- and second-degree fleeing or evading police, five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, driving without a license and other traffic offenses.

A woman in the vehicle with Dickerson also fled on foot after the car crashed. She was not immediately apprehended, but will likely be facing charges once authorities find her. 

Mattress event at Johnson's

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

This week's specials at A Cut Above

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Undefeated V-ballers 2 wins from state tourney

Senior volleyball star Kenlee Perryman and her teammates
host the one-day All A Classic Tournament tonight.
With a perfect 8-0 record and its best start ever on the line, Crittenden County's volleyball girls host the All A Classic tonight at Rocket Arena just two wins away from a small-school state tournament berth at EKU.

Livingston Central faces University Heights at 5:30 then Crittenden plays Fort Campbell at 7pm. The winners will square off in the nightcap for the Second Region championship.

Also, the Lady Rocket soccer team (1-4) will host Lyon County (0-1) in the All A Classic opening round at 6pm tonight at Eddyville.

Piano lessons available

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Area death

Terrie Lynn Clinton, 56, of Burna died Saturday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Fiscal court meets in special session Tuesday

Crittenden Fiscal Court will meet in special session at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for the sole purpose of appointing an interim county treasurer until Sue Padget returns from a health-related issue.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Rockets win home opener

Youth Basketball Camp starting

There will be a Youth Lady Rocket Basketball Camp for grades K-5 after school on five consecutive Mondays starting this week at the Crittenden County Elementary School gym.

Cost is $25 which includes camp T-shirt.

The camp will be from 3:15-4:45 p.m., on the following Mondays:

  • Aug. 20 
  • Aug. 27
  • Sept. 4
  • Sept. 10
  • Sept. 17

For more details contact

Friday, August 17, 2018

Area death

Dr. Edward Cason Williams, 82, of Marion died Tuesday at Crittenden Hospital. Myers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Flag Football Sign Up / Assessment Saturday

Flag football is available for girls and boys in grades K-2. Assessments are at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 at Rocket Arena.

Players may register on day of assessments. Cost is $25.

Games are played Saturday mornings this fall at Rocket Stadium. For more information call Serena Dickerson at (270) 704-1871.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Law enforcement on scene of incident

UPDATE: According to local authorities, the gunshot wound was self inflicted.

Crittenden County Sheriff Wayne Agent and deputies were on the scene of an apparent domestic disturbance in the northern part of the county at about 4:15pm Thursday.

An air ambulance has apparently transported a male gunshot victim to a nearby trauma center.

No other information was immediately available.

Chiropractic Care

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US 641 meeting is postponed

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Traffic accident south of Crayne

First responders are currently working an injury automobile accident just south of Crayne on US 641.

An SUV ran off the roadway and hit a utility pole.

Disc golf at the park? See the Press for details

Local tourism officials have made a decision about its plans with regard to a disc golf course at Marion-Crittenden County Park. There was some varied viewpoints about this subject on social media last weekend.

Get the details to this and other local news in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press, which is on newsstands now in Marion and surrounding communities.

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Area Deaths

Edwin W. “Bart” Johnson, 91, of Marion died Sunday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

World War II veteran Lloyd Brazell, Jr., 93, of Tolu, died Tuesday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Holifield, 67, of Marion died Tuesday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Candidate list finalized for November election

Want to know who's running for public office in Crittenden County?

Tuesday was the filing deadline for candidates seeking election in November.

Seven individuals have filed for six seats on the Marion City Council. See the entire general election candidate listing in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press, on newsstands now.

Tyson is world champion jump roper

A former Marion girl is now a world champion jump roper.

Katie Tyson, 19, of Shelbyville, Ind., and her teammates won four titles in various divisions at the Wold Jump Jump Rope Championships last month in Orlando, Fla.

The four-person team competed against others from countries around the globe. 
Tyson was born in Marion lived here with her parents, Scott and Lori, until the family moved to Indiana when she was seven. She still has family here.

A student majoring in forensics and biology at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Tyson had competed a number of other times in the World Championships, but this was her squad’s best performance ever. They compete under the moniker Indy Air Bears and have been doing this at a high level for about 10 years.

WTHR-TV Channel 13 is Indianapolis produced a segment about the girls’ championships. You can see it below.

Serta sale at Johnson's

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Preschool Kickoff Monday

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cut Above hosts Grand Opening

A Cut Above Meat Market held its Grand Opening Tuesday afternoon at the town's new butcher shop on South Main Street. Sharon and Tony McDonald opened the business a few weeks ago and this week hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by community leaders.

Among those attending to celebrate alongside the McDonalds and their employees were contractors who helped build the new facility, bankers, city leaders and Chamber of Commerce members.

In addition to its retail business, A Cut Above also provides a food service for the river transport industry.

Grand Opening Savings

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Catch this Week's Press Fall Sports Special

Your Comprehensive Look at Fall Sports
is available this week in The Crittenden Press
Subscribe or pick one up at local newsstands

Area deaths

Ralph Edward Owen, 72, of Sturgis died Saturday. Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis is in charge of arrangements.

Kathleen “Kathy” Buchanan, 63, formerly of Marion, died Monday at her home in Spring, Texas. A memorial service will be held next month.

Pilot's eclipse flight lands new home, starts aircraft group

Daniel Rubino moved to Marion after landing here
last year during the solar eclipse.
Expanded opportunities for youth will be available at the Marion-Crittenden County Airport thanks to a newly formed chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

You might credit the 2017 solar eclipse for the development of this group, which is one of 1,600 worldwide but rare in this part of the country. It is the only EAA chapter between Evansville, Ind., and Paris, Tenn.

Daniel Rubino and his wife Annie flew into Marion’s airport last August to view the solar eclipse. Theirs was one of 60 planes arriving in Marion specifically for the eclipse, due to Marion’s expanded viewing time during the solar event. The Rubinos liked Marion well enough that they decided to relocate here from the Chicago area.

Rubino is president of the newly formed EAA Chapter 1619 incorporated at the Marion-Crittenden County Airport. There are 15 members so far, and an organizational meeting at 7 p.m., tomorrow night (Aug. 14) will offer more details to interested pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

“You don’t have to be a pilot, just interested in aviation,” Rubino said. “The EAA has divisions focusing on home-built airplanes, ultralights, light sport, warbirds, vintage aircraft and aerobatics,” Rubino explains.

The EAA opens the door to many exciting opportunities for youth interested in aviation, said Jim Johnson, a local pilot and airport board chairman.

Young Eagle rides will be free to children ages 8-17, and the local chapter is planning its first Young Eagle Rally for October.

As a past president of an EAA chapter in Illinois, Rubino knows Young Eagles who evolved into pilots and others whose interest in aviation originated due to the EAA program. There are also summer camps for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) designed for youngsters with a potential career in mechanics and other careers that support commercial aviation, Rubino said.

Rubino encourages anyone with an interest to attend the informational meeting. There will be monthly social and educational activities offered by the EAA.

Prayer event Aug. 18

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Fire on Nunn Switch Road

Fire departments from Mattoon, Sullivan and Crittenden County were responding to a structure fire on Nunn Switch Road at 6pm Sunday.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Area Death

Wanda Faye Guess, 75, of Marion died Friday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Tourism to discuss disc golf course

Marion Tourism Commission will meet at noon Tuesday at the Marion Welcome Center. On the agenda will be discussion of a proposed disc golf course.

Teachers, staff honored at Rocket Launch

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hometown Foods Grand Opening Friday

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Chamber honors Rogers Group

Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce recently awarded Rogers Group with its Business of the Month Award. Rogers Group donated several tons of gravel to the fairgrounds to help improve parking and driving areas inside the complex. The Crittenden County Lions Club just finished hosting its 2018 county fair. Rogers Group, Inc. has been operating a limestone rock quarry in Crittenden County for 18 years. It had mined aggregate at the former Kentucky Stone quarry on U.S. 60 East for several years before moving to a new quarry on Ky. 1668 in 2010. Rogers Group has a dozen employees with its opeations in Crittenden County. Pictured are Chamber Director (from left) Michael Parshall, Executive Director Susan Alexander, Director Madison Qualls, Director Kelsey Berry, Rogers Group representative Amanda Dossett, Chamber Director Shana West and Chamber Director  Dee Heimgartner.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Major news brewing in Marion

You will want to grab The Crittenden Press printed edition when it hits the streets about noon today. In it is news you will find nowhere else.

There's a major news story brewing in Marion with one of the community's largest employers. It's apparently for sale and there's a potential buyer.

If you want to stay informed, subscribe to The Press in print or online.

Preschool Kickoff at Bright Beginnings

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

Area death

Herbert “Herb” Tucker, 77, of Portland, Tenn., formerly of Marion, died Sunday. Gilbert Funeral Home in Portland is in charge of arrangements.

Last full week of summer break

Crittenden County students will be enjoying their last full week of summer break.

Classes resume next week on Wednesday.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Fair’s big final night

Last night of the Crittenden County Lions Club Fair. The week’s featured event!

Friday, August 3, 2018

e-Petition asks for support to fully restore ferry

An online petition to restore the Cave In Rock Ferry to 16 hours of operation a day is available until early next week. The change would allow the ferry to go back to operating from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. On July 1, the private contractor who operates the service across the Ohio River cut back operational hours until he receives additional funding.

The e-Petition is available through the Pennyrile Area Development District website. It asks only for your name and ZIP code. The petition is merely to show support for restoring full operation to transportation officials. It is not legally binding.

Anyone is eligible to sign the petition at

There are also plans to distribute a survey over the weekend to users of the ferry.

Area Death

Martha E Beavers, 84, of Marion died Thursday. Gilbert Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Life in Christ event Sunday

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fair kicks into full gear for weekend

Jessi Brewer and her goat Gator were among those taking
part in Wednesday's livestock events at the fairgrounds.
Crittenden County Lions Club Fair kicks into to high gear as the weekend nears.

Tonight is the Pony Pull and Family Night at 7pm

Friday is all about Horses with the Jackpot Barrel and Pole Show at 7pm

Saturday is the ever popular Demolition Derby at 7pm


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Fiscal court meets Friday

Crittenden Fiscal Court will meet in special session at 9 a.m. Friday for an update of discussion regarding hospital operations and procedures. A meeting notice in this week's issue of The Crittenden Press incorrectly identified the date of the meeting as Thursday.

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

One Marion business is about to close and a Salem farm supply store has already shut its doors. Find out more to these stories and the following headlines in this week issue of The Crittenden Press:
  • New fair queen crowned Monday
  • School board seat could be empty a while
  • Tradewater Music Festival this weekend
  • Trade group visit likely first ever of its kind
  • City plans routine flushing of hydrants
  • Reward offered for park vandalism info
  • Businesses making plans on opposite ends of town
  • ABOUT TOWN: Scoot over! New state law protects cyclists from cars
  • Gospel gathering raises money for local organizations
  • Eclipse fosters pilot’s move to Marion, bringing idea for new local aircraft club
  • SPORTS: Keller sharpens skills at Smoky camp
  • SPORTS: New CCHS running coach was freshman state race qualifier as Lady Rocket
  • Asian carp meeting draws hundreds
Plus, find our annual Back-to-School supplement in this week's edition.

All you need to know for back-to-school...this week

Pick up a copy of this week's edition of The Crittenden Press to find out all you need know about heading back to school. The special supplement to the newspaper includes:
  • Profiles of new teachers
  • School calendar
  • School supply list
  • Bus routes
  • Welcome from all three principals, superintendent
  • Number of retirements, moves offers fresh look
  • Hep A vaccine now law
  • Kids’ health monitored by school nurses
  • Counselors offer mental health options to students, parents