Thursday, November 29, 2018

Area deaths

Sylvia Mae Watson, 87, of Salem died Wednesday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

George “Georgie” Hendrick Harris, 77, of Salem died today. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Joan D. Fox, 78, of Chandler, Ind., formerly of Tolu, died Wednesday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

TRAFFIC ALERT: US 641 to Close Monday

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U.S. 641 just south of the Crittenden-Caldwell County line will be closed for several days to all through traffic beginning Monday, forcing a 10-mile detour for travel between Marion and Fredonia. The closure is for extensive paving for the connections between the old and new U.S. 641 roadways just north of Fredonia in Caldwell County.

Neither local media nor the community had any forewarning of this anticipated closure until about 1pm on Thursday.

A marked detour will be provided for southbound traffic via Ky. 70 at Mott City and Ky. 902 at Dycusburg. Northbound motorists will get on Ky. 902 and Fredonia and take Ky. 70 at Dycusburg to get back onto U.S. 641 at Mott City.

The detour is expected to be in place starting at 8am Monday. The road could be closed all next week.

Once the site just south of Fredonia reopens, there will be a stop sign for southbound traffic. Traffic should then be running on the new U.S. 641 between Marion and Fredonia.

See next week's issue of The Crittenden Press for a projected opening of the new road and further details.

River Road closing in Livingston County

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of Ky. 137 also known as River Road in Livingston County on Monday so a cross drain can be repositioned. 

The closing will be right in front of Birdsville Campground three miles east of the intersection with US 60. 

The work is expected to be completed on Monday with traffic returning to normal by 3:30pm.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Newsy Week with Christmas Trimmings

Get ready for a Big Christmaslike Saturday in Marion!

The annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday evening and Santa will be at a local church earlier in the day. Get all the details about how Marion is beginning to Look a Whole Lot Like Christmas in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.

In this week's newspaper you will read about the parade grand marshals and find out when Santa plans to visit Crittenden Hospital.

In news, there could be some clouds building around plans to build a disc golf course at the park. You will want to follow the money on this one.

A one-time Crittenden County state champion is going back to the football title game Friday in Lexington. Read all about this Marion man's emotions as he retraces some 33-year-old footsteps.

And, there is another story you will not want to miss. A group of local missionaries traveled out of the country last week, lost their clothes and ran out of water, but they're dying to go back. Blessings abound in their story. 

The county's deer harvest is playing second fiddle right now. See our sports section for a breakdown of the rifle deer season harvest figures. 

The Crittenden Press is full of articles to inform and entertain you. These are stories about Marion and Crittenden County. You will not find or hear them anywhere else. Get it The Press regularly by subscribing, or grab this week's issue at any of our participating vendors.

Area death

Donald Beavers, 84, of Marion died Tuesday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Salem man arrested in hit and run case

Chris A. Fitzgerald, 49, of Salem has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident on Butler Road in rural Livingston County.

Fitzgerald faces a variety of drug and traffic charges. He was lodged in McCracken County Jail. See The Crittenden Press Dec. 6 printed edition for details.

Trask, former WMJL station manager, dies

Former WMJL radio station manager Blair Trask died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day at a hospital in Indiana.

Trask, 60, is widely credited with having helped to build WMJL from a low-powered, rural Kentucky AM station into a modern broadcasting company. He did everything at the station from on-air broadcasting to engineering, said Brad Dossett, who was at WMJL as programming manager shortly after Trask left in the late 1980s.

When he passed away, Trask was living in Floyds Knob, Ind., where he was broadcast co-owner-operator of WXKU 92.7 and WZZB 1390/99.3 in Seymour and WUME 95.3 and WSEZ 1560 and WKLO 96.9 in Paoli.

Trask was born in Louisville and graduated from Western Kentucky University. Shortly thereafter, he landed a job at the radio station in Marion. Dossett said George Patmor, who was co-owner of WMJL at the time, thought “Trask hung the moon.” 

Dossett said Trask helped design and build the studio at WMJL’s headquarter’s on Old Morganfield Road after the station moved from its previous location in downtown on East Bellville Street.

“He was an electronics guy, but Blair could do a little bit of everything,” Dossett said.
“At a small station like that, you had to. This was before they added the FM frequency. Blair can be credited with making (WMJL) into a real radio station with the programing ideas he brought in the 1980s. He knew radio,” Dossett added.

Trask is survived by his wife, Kelly Oma Anderson; his children, Taurean (Vanessa) Trask, William Trask and Claire Trask; a brother, Everett A. (Becky) Trask IV; sisters, Myra (Bo) Mattingly and Jane (Wayne) Meredith.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. Voss Funeral Service in Seymour, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Don't be alarmed by police cars

Don't be alarmed if you happen to see a number of police vehicles parked at local schools today.

Kentucky State Police are conducting a training exercise on the high school/middle campus and the elementary school campus today in Crittenden County.

New 641 intersections pose possible danger

When the first traffic begins to flow on the new U.S. 641 from Marion to Fredonia in a few days, drivers will need to be vigilant to potential hazards.

As the first new highway in Crittenden County in decades, U.S. 641 blazes a 5.2 mile-trail of unknowns across a landscape that just five years ago was mostly farmland and wooded areas.
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There will be new intersections with county roads, untested pavement and regular crossing points for animals like deer that have yet to be identified, as well as unmarked areas of potential flooding in downpours and other unknown risks engineers cannot account for.

State highway officials are asking motorists to be particularly engaged in driving as everyone becomes familiar with the new highway and its crossings at county road intersections. During the construction phase, drivers have largely ignored stop signs at those intersections.

"We have folks who have been crossing without stopping and looking due to the lack of cross traffic," said Keith Todd, a spokesperson for the Department of Highways. "We’ll have standard stop signs up at all of the intersections, if they are not up already. Stop signs mean exactly that, stop."

"If you’ll recall, the first couple of years the U.S. 60 Morganfield Bypass opened there were a couple of fatal crashes due to drivers failing to stop on the cross roads or failing to see oncoming traffic," Todd added.

For more on this subject, see The Crittenden Press printed edition from Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 where the complete article appears on the front page. Subscribe here to the full version of the newspaper online or by mail, starting at just $2.95.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Area deaths

Rev. Ronnie Cunningham, 75, of Symsonia, formerly of Marion, died Saturday. Collier Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda Sue Shewmaker, 88, of Marion died Saturday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James S. "Jim" Roberson, 78, of Marion died Saturday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joan Garcia, 76, of Salem died Friday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Mechanical issue idles ferry today

Ferry has reopened.

UPDATE: Repairs taking longer than expected. Could be almost dark before it’s running again.

The Cave in Rock Ferry is temporarily closed today, Thanksgiving Day, due to mechanical issues.

The ferry shut down abound shortly after 11am and is expected to be back up and running about 2pm.

Blessed and Thankful

A grateful heart we have at The Crittenden Press for this community, our customers and readers.

We are grateful for so much more, but you are a big part of our blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving, and don't forget Small Business Saturday all over Marion this weekend. See our promotional video (top left on this page) about Small Business Saturday and the deals you'll encounter.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Area Death

World War II veteran, William Earl Clarke, 95, of Marion died Monday at Christian Care Center in Kuttawa. Myers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Local Holiday News this Week

This week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press is smoking full of local news that you will find nowhere else.

From the latest update on US 641 to what local shoppers can expect in town this weekend for Small Business Saturday, your Crittenden Press is blazing the news trail this holiday season.

Perhaps the most interesting article this week is one about a local woman who will be testing her knowledge on Jeopardy! next week.

Although football season just ended – and we have plenty of coverage from the state quarterfinal game at Campbellsville – it is now basketball season. Our annual Rocket Basketball Special Section is included in this week's newspaper.

And speaking of Small Business, there's one in town that is a finalist for a national award and we couldn't be more proud for them.

Some "Friends" are kicking up smoke over at the library. Check out what's going on.

Coming up are the final days of the rifle deer season. Grab a Press to see where Crittenden County ranks when it comes to whitetail deer hunting. You probably won't be too surprised.

There’s only one source of comprehensive news and sports coverage in Marion and Crittenden County. Never miss out on what’s going on in your community. We have our ear to the rail and always keep you posted on what’s happening. Subscribe today to ensure that real news reporting continues in your community. Get the printed edition or read the entire paper online with a subscription to The Press, starting at just $2.95.

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The Crittenden Press

Consider avoiding traffic jams on I-24

With heavy Thanksgiving Holiday traffic along I-24, local motorists might serve themselves well by avoiding the interstate between the Lyon County scales and Calvert City.

Long delays are expected in both eastbound and westbound lanes.

The traffic jams are on either side of the Tennessee River Bridge as lane restrictions on the bridge are requiring one-lane traffic in both eastbound and westbound directions. On Wednesday, traffic was backed up about five miles in one direction.

Avoid this particular of I-24 if you are in a hurry.

Small Business Saturday

Black Friday savings at Feagans

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Livingston man faces charges

Robert E. Mallory, 29, of Smithland has been arrested on a variety of theft charges. 

Livingston County Sheriff's Deputies along with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officers executed a search warrant today at Mallory's residence on Heater Store Road and recovered several items taken from thefts and burglaries in recent weeks.  

Mallory was arrested and charged with one count of felony theft, felony receiving stolen property and felony burglary. 

Deputy Shannon Edging is the lead investigator. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible, Accor to Livingston authorities. 

Salon has weekend deals

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NOTICE: Check your DL before traveling

Kentucky no longer reminds you by mail when your driver's license expires!
With large numbers of travelers expected to take to the skies and roads this holiday season, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is encouraging license holders to check their card’s expiration date to avoid delays at airport security checkpoints and possible citations on the road.
“Driver’s licenses are a common form of identification used for domestic air travel, and checking the expiration date now can save travelers from being grounded during this prime travel time,” said Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Henderson. “A quick check can also ensure motorists are not unknowingly driving with an expired license.”

Prior to air travel, Kentuckians should check the expiration date on their license, permit or personal ID to make sure it is valid for both their departure and return dates. Identity credentials can be renewed up to six months before the listed expiration date by visiting the Circuit Court Clerk office in the cardholder’s county of residence.

Public offices closing for holidays

All city, county and state offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. That includes the senior center, Extension service, animal shelter and convenience center.

The PVA, clerk, sheriff and circuit clerk offices will be open only a half-day Wednesday, closing at noon. However, the judge-executive’s office will be open all day Wednesday.

The public library and federal offices, including the postal service, will be closed only Thanksgiving Day.

The Crittenden Press will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving, but the newspaper will be on newsstands as usual next Wednesday.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Fatal accident on US 60 West

The victim in this accident has been identified by state police as 58-year-old David Adams of Providence. See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for details.

There was a single-vehicle fatal traffic accident on US 60 West at the bottom of Moore Hill.

A local man has died. The name of the victim has not been released at this time.

The crashed involved a pickup truck and occurred about 1:45am this morning.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

City's Leaf Collection Schedule

Leaf collection inside the City of Marion started this week and continues through Dec. 21.

Pick-up will be conducted Monday through Thursday of each week, except for Thanksgiving Day.

A general, citywide collection is slated for December to wrap up the service for the year.

Here is the schedule:

Quadrant 1
Area north of West Bellville Street and west of North Main Street/Fords Ferry Road.
Pickup will be Nov. 5, 12, 13, 26, 27 and Dec. 6 and 10.

Quadrant 2
Area north of East Bellville Street and east of North Main Street/Fords Ferry Road.
Pickup will be Nov. 6, 14, 15, 28, 29 and Dec. 11 and 12.

Quadrant 3
Area south of East Bellville Street and east of South Main Street.
Pickup will be Nov. 7 and 19 and Dec. 3 and 13.

Quadrant 4
Area south of West Bellville Street and west of South Main Street.
Pickup will be Nov. 8, 20 and 21 and Dec. 4, 5, 17 and 18.

Random collection
Citywide collection in areas where necessary will take place Dec. 19-21.
Questions about leaf collection should be directed to the detention center by calling (270) 965-3185.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Watch Now: Crittenden County at Campbellsville

Tonight's Special Live Webcast will be brought to you by


Schools on schedule today

Crittenden County schools on regular schedule today but will dismiss at 1:00 for the football  game. School will start at regular time today!.Buses will run most roads.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

School decision in morning

Crittenden County school officials will be checking roads early in the morning ithen making a decision on whether to have classes on Friday. 

Stay tuned to The Press online for all of your up-to-date information about school closings.

Area Death

Monroe Butler, 93, of Marion died Wednesday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Live Football Game Video Broadcast

The Crittenden Press, in cooperation with the Crittenden County High School Technology Department, will be providing a LIVE GAME STREAM of Friday night's Class A State Quarterfinal football game at Campbellsville.

This will be the very first time for a Rocket football game to be shown Live on the Internet.

A special thanks to Rogers Group, Partners Insurance, Magnolia Bank Mortgage, Mike’s Barber Shop, Riley Tool and Machine and Marshall's Heating & Air for making this broadcast possible.

Tune in at 5:45pm (Central Standard Time) for the pregame show. The game begins at 6pm.

A Live Stream Link will be available on this website.

Area Death

Barry Gilbert, 71, of Marion died Tuesday, Nov. 13. Gilbert is a former Marion City Administrator and retired National Guard colonel. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Major News: 400 Jobs Coming to Area

This week's Crittenden Press has some wonderful news for the local economy. In an exclusive report, we have all the details about a solar farm that's going to bring hundreds of jobs to the area.

You will not want to miss the details on this major development.

Also in this week's newspaper there are stories about a new grading system being implemented at local schools. A, B, C and  the rest of the letters are out. 

A handful of people were sent to prison last week. Get all of the court news, sports – including Jr Pro Football Season Statistics Totals – and information about upcoming community events in the printed edition of The Crittenden Press. There are stories in there that you not find anywhere else in the world!

There’s only one source of comprehensive news and sports coverage in Marion and Crittenden County. Never miss out on what’s going on in your community. We have our ear to the rail and always keep you posted on what’s happening. Subscribe today to ensure that real news reporting continues in your community. Get the printed edition or read the entire paper online with a subscription to The Press, starting at just $2.95.

Copyright 2018
The Crittenden Press

Firemen respond to house fire in county

Local volunteer firemen are currently fighting a blaze at a two-story home on Mt. Zion Church Road, which is in the Amish Community near Mattoon.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

School is Cancelled for Thursday

Due to weather, classes for Thursday, Nov. 14, 2018 
have been cancelled in Crittenden County.

Food Bank is This Friday

Crittenden County Food Bank distribution will be this Friday, Nov. 16.

Distribution is a week earlier due to Thanksgiving. This week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press had an incorrect date.

Individuals and families can pick up food from 8am until noon at the Crittenden County PACS office at 402 North Walker Street.

Back problems? Call Hometown Chiropractic

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Schools letting out early for weather

Crittenden County School District will be dismissing classes at 2pm today in order to stay ahead of the predicted weather storm heading this way this afternoon.

All after-school activities will be cancelled, including Rocket football practice.

Football tickets on sale online

Avoid waiting in line to buy your regional championship football tickets at Campbellsville Friday.

Tickets are on sale at

Cost is $7 adults and $5 students.

Game time is 6pm central. The football field is located at Campbellsville High School. See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press from championship game details.

Winter weather advisory issued for area

UPDATE: 10:15 a.m.
Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said a conference call with weather officials this morning have shed a bit more light on the approaching winter storm, with lighter totals expected for the county compared with earlier reports.

"They have our area in a Winter Weather Advisory and are expecting precipitation to start late this afternoon and run through mid-morning tomorrow," said Newcom. "Snow accumulations of 2-3 inches possible, but more likely 1 inch. Ice/sleet mix of less than 1/10 of an inch is likely for us."

County officials are asking motorists to stay off the roadway as much as possible tonight and tomorrow morning.

"They did say the morning commute would be the most treacherous time for our area and to use extreme caution if traveling that time of day and to give plenty of extra time for travel," Newcom added.

According to the National Weather Service, snow, occasionally mixed with light freezing rain, is expected to develop and spread north across the region this afternoon into this evening. Snowfall totals of 2-3 inches are expected, with isolated higher amounts possible. Light freezing rain will also mix with the snow in some locations. Ice accumulations of up to around a 10th of an inch are expected.

A winter weather advisor will be in effect from 3 p.m today until 6 p.m. Thursday.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Register now to be in Christmas parade

The Marion Christmas Parade will begin at 5 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 1 and will move along the traditional route on Main Street in downtown.

A variety of entries are expected with floats and much more. Entry forms are available at Partners Insurance at 221 East Bellville Street in Marion, or by calling (270) 965-2239. Partners Insurance is the parade sponsor and organizer.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Follow the Rockets and Local News on Twitter

While many of our readers are already following us on Twitter, there is a large number who have yet to embrace this particular form of social media.

We would encourage you to download the app on your smartphone or log onto Twitter on your computer, then create an account. It's Free!

Once you have an account, simply FOLLOW The Crittenden Press at this Link. Then you will have news and information right at your fingertips, on the go or at home.

Often, Twitter is the first place you will find Breaking Local News and Sports. Our mission is to reach you on a variety of platforms. Twitter is one of them.

And while you're trying out some new technology, log onto YouTube and subscribe to The Crittenden Press Channel at this Link. We like to call it Crittenden County TV. We are regularly producing and posting local news and sports video that you will not want to miss. The YouTube app is also Free!

US 641 may open in a couple of weeks

The new U.S. 641 that will connect Marion with Fredonia could be open by the end of this month, possibly even before the holiday season arrives, according to the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

“We’re thinking around Thanksgiving,” said DOT spokesman Keith Todd.

When the 2018 construction season started, Nov. 15 was the target date for opening. Weather and other various delays have pushed that project back a couple of weeks.

Paving at the north end of the new Super 2 highway just south of Marion has taken place in the last few days, showing visible progress toward completion of the tie-in with the current highway.
Work is also ramping up at the southern connector just outside of Fredonia.

For more on this ongoing local news story stay tuned to The Crittenden Press printed edition. More details were in the Nov. 1, 2018 edition of The Press.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bullet on bus investigation is concluded

Crittenden County School District has concluded its investigation regarding how a .22-caliber bullet – found by an elementary student Monday – ended up on a school bus.  

After interviewing several students and watching bus video, school officials said it is impossible to determine how or when the bullet was brought onto the bus.

"We feel  the action did not involve 'sinister intent' based on the information we gathered from video and student interviews," said Supt. Vince Clark. "The take-away from this incident is that we all have a role to play in providing safety and security for our students and community. Parents and family members need to secure all ammunition and weapons in a secure place in the home, preferably in separate locations. Additionally, all students and staff will continue to be vigilant, as safety and security continue to be our top priority."

The student who found the small-caliber, undischarged bullet, gave it to the bus driver, who then reported immediately to school officials. The bus was already on campus when the driver was altered to the situation. The bus was secured and students and the bus were thoroughly searched, the school district said. After the search found nothing additional, students went to class.

Area Death

Harry V. Easley, 88, of Princeton died this morning. Morgan’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wow! What a Week for News

This week's Crittenden Press is a full 22 pages and it's packed with news you can use. There are hours of informational and entertaining reading in this issue. And it is all about the people in your neighborhoods.

Here's just a token of what you will find in this week's printed edition, which is available now at local retail outlets:
  • Local Election Details
  • Local Election Reaction
  • Election Results from Livingston County
  • Other election winners with local ties
And, once you've had enough election material, turn your attention to these major news stories that you will find nowhere else:
  • New Pastor at Marion Baptist
  • There's a baseball Hall of Famer from Marion
  • Celebrity Deer Hunter speaking in town
  • State cross country results
  • Rocket football playoff preview
  • Junior Pro Football celebrates BIG! Get statistics and more.
  • Veterans Day Salute
  • West Point Grad Comes Home and will Speak at School
  • Halloween Spooks on Parade
  • Cheerleading honors
  • A Local World Finalist Barrel Rider
  • Chess season is underway
  • Crittenden adds school sport swimming
  • Christmas Parade information, and Much, Much More!

    PLUS : Our ever-popular Fall Home Improvement Special Section!

    There’s only one source of comprehensive news and sports coverage in Marion and Crittenden County. Never miss out on what’s going on in your community. We have our ear to the rail and always keep you posted on what’s happening. Subscribe today to ensure that real news reporting continues in your community. Get the printed edition or read the entire paper online with a subscription to The Press, starting at just $2.95.

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    The Crittenden Press
    Read it today, or hear it next week

    Buck Expo is Friday

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    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    Unofficial Totals: Results with all 12 precincts reporting

    All totals are now complete, however, these are uncertified results.

    The federal, state and multi-county district totals are not included below, only countywide results.

    This week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press will be available on newsstands at noon tomorrow with a complete wrap-up of these and other area races. Plus, we will have comment from candidates and a full review of the Precinct-by-Precinct totals.
    51.4% Voter Turnout in Crittenden County

    Winners in contested Crittenden County races denoted by Bold Color below.

    R-James R. COMER* (districtwide winner)
    D-Paul WALKER
    R-Robert M. "Robby" MILLS (districtwide winner)
    D-J. Dorsey RIDLEY*
    R-Lynn BECHLER* (districtwide winner)
    D-Abigail C. BARNES
    R-Melissa GUILL*
    D-Ronnie HEADY*
    R-Perry NEWCOM*
    R-Bart FRAZER
    D-Rebecca JOHNSON*
    R-Carolyn BYFORD*
    R-Ashley SMITH (write-in)
    R-Wayne AGENT*
    R-Robert Paris KIRK*
    R-Bradley R. GILBERT*
    R-Dave BELT
    D-Danny FOWLER*
    R-Barry R. BROWN*
    D-Curtis Wade BUNTIN*
    R-Wesley CULLEN (moved, cannot serve)
    R-Willard GUILL
    D-Harold COLLINS
    R-Paul BEARD*
    R-Ron HARBOUR (write-in)
    D-Chad THOMAS (write-in)
    R-Greg RUSHING
    D-Donnetta TRAVIS*
    R-Wayne WEST*
    D-J. Dan WOOD*
    NP-Daniel Mark HEADY (I)

    "Marsy's Law" amendment to Kentucky constitution

    Jared Byford, unopposed, 633 votes

    Phylis Sykes 584
    Darrin Tabor 577
    Dwight Sherer 574
    D’Anna Browning 571
    Mike Byford 570
    Donnie Arflack 557
    Jeremy Collins 404

    Tina HARRIS 178
    James "Jamie" HUNT 136
    Eric LaRUE* 308
    Billy FULLER (write-in) 27
    Tim GRAU II (write-in) 55
    Ryan McDANIEL* 577