Saturday, June 29, 2019

Teen in church van dies in I-24 crash

A teenager in a church van died and about a dozen others were injured, some critically, in a multi-vehicle crash in Lyon County on I-24 shortly before 5pm on Friday.

The crashed backed up traffic on the interstate for hours. The site was cleared at about dawn this morning.

According to state police, the chain-reaction accident happened about 4:38pm in the eastbound lane of the interstate between the Eddyville and Cadiz exits.

A preliminary investigation indicates that a dozen vehicles were involved in the collision. All involved were traveling east on I-24.

The crash happened as traffic had come to a near stop around the 51 mile marker due to construction ahead of the collision scene. State police say Coleman A. Strachman, 42 of Sharpsburg, N.C., was operating a tractor-trailer eastbound and that his inattention was partly to blame for the accident based on eye-witness reports and their investigation. The semi ran into the rear of stopped or slowed traffic, causing a chain of events with multiple injuries.

Jace Ashton Lee Smothers, 19 of Norton, Kan., was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Lyon County Coroner. Smothers was a passenger in a van occupied by multiple occupants. The van is registered to Christ in Youth Incorporated out of Joplin, Mo.

More than 20 people appear to have been in vehicles involved in the crash. At least two are in critical condition. Four people were air lifted to Skyline Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.; one was air lifted to Deaconess Midtown hospital in Evansville. Eight people were transported via ambulances to other area hospitals. The remaining individuals were released. Some out-of-town travelers were put up in nearby hotels.


Circuit clerk's office closed July 4 and 5

Crittenden Circuit Clerk's office will be closed next Thursday and Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. That means no driver testing will be offered July 5.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Fourth of July Specials at H&H Home&Hardware

First responders at injury accident on 365

Crittenden County first responders were at the scene of an injury accident on Ky. 365 in the rural northern part of the county shortly after 1pm today.

It appears the vehicle rolled over multiple times and one person was injured.

The patient was being transported to a local hospital via ambulance.

No other details were immediately available.

Kirk achieves Eagle at blistering pace

In case you missed it, here's a feature from the June 20, 2019 printed edition of The Crittenden Press. Get local articles like this by subscribing in print or to the complete on-line edition.

Despite a humble nature, Michael Kirk can run a mile in about five minutes flat and is a second-degree black belt in karate. Ironically, the local teen may have just completed one his young life’s toughest challenges – earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

Kirk, 16, is a bit younger than today’s average Eagle Scout. In fact, he finished the requirements about a year earlier than most do. He began in Scouting in the seventh grade and didn’t take serious aim at the Eagle until a couple of years ago.

“A couple of my friends (Zach Weathers and Jordan Urbanowski) referred me to Scouting when I was in seventh grade,” Kirk said last week, a few days after being officially conferred. “At first, it was just a way to hang out with my friends.”

“The last two years, I really dedicated myself to getting (Eagle),” he said. “There’s a lot of paperwork and it can be a little stressful so I really wanted to just get it done.”

He zipped right through the work required to earn the title and along the way built a zip line for dogs at the Mary Hall Ruddiman Animal Shelter. It’s a device where workers at the shelter can attach dogs on a leash and allow them to run, without getting away or requiring a human handler.
Kirk has studied martial arts for about 11 years and he only recently joined the high school track and field and cross country teams where he’s excelled as a distance runner. A few weeks ago, he ran in the state finals along with three other members of the 4x800 Crittenden County relay team. Kirk is also very active as a young member of ... read the complete story in the printed edition or subscribe now to the online version for just $2.95 a month.


College offers Marion classes

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Madisonville Community College will, for the first time in several years, offer college classes at the Ed-Tech Center in Marion. Beginning this fall, 11 lower level college courses will be offered, ranging from Biology to College Algebra. An on-site registration event is scheduled for 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at the Crittenden County Library on West Carlisle Street. Students will be able to apply and register for the fall semester.

Dr. Scott Cook, MCC Provost, is excited about the possibilities.

“We are thrilled to serve the community with this class schedule,” he said. “There is a good mix of courses available, and we expect to continue with increased offerings in the future.”

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Special PBS showing at library

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The Crittenden County Public Library has been given permission to show a special screening of the PBS documentary "Chasing the Moon."  

KET has given the library public performance rights to show the 3rd part of the series that will air on KET on July 8, 9 and 10.

At 2 p.m., Monday, the library will show the last episode called "The Giant Leap!" as a special attraction of its summer reading program.  The event Monday is free and open to all ages.  

The library will provide beverages and popcorn for the screening. For more information, contact the library at (270) 965-3354.


Fireworks store open through next week

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Crazy Train Fireworks in Marion has what you're looking for to light up your Independence Day celebration.

Within the City of Marion, shooting fireworks is legal June 27-July 5 until 10 p.m. except on the July 4, when fireworks can be shot until 11 p.m.  There is no ordinance within the county that limits the dates or times fireworks may be used. 

See this week's Crittenden Press for information about area fireworks shows.

Goodbye Doc! ... and more in this week's Press

The Press spent some time with Dr. Greg Maddux over the last couple of weeks, sketching a perspective of his longtime medical practice here. You'll want to read this article that will conjure up a chuckle and let you see the man behind the doctor as he prepares for retirement. 

Also in the news this week are some new developments in that case where a dog allegedly attacked a young boy in rural Crittenden County and local government news with regard to your taxes.

Also, you'll need to take a close look at Publisher Chris Evans' viewpoint piece that draws into focus the real issues behind delays in choosing a final route for the rest of US 641.

When it comes to keeping you informed about local issues there's only one trusted source of comprehensive news and sports coverage in Marion and Crittenden County. Never miss out on what’s going on in your community. We're always around town and will 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.

Football Countdown! Get the inside scoop

The KHSAA Dead Period started this week and runs through July 9.

After that, football season shifts into gear with a conditioning program as second-year coach Sean Thompson gets ready to blast his crew into overdrive when the official starting date arrives for preseason practice on July 15.

Until then, The Crittenden Press has put together an offseason primer to get you ready for what's to come. Get the entire preseason package with 7on7 schedules, dual team practice dates, the lineman challenge and scrimmages in this week's printed edition of The Press.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Area Deaths

Linda Williams Schumann, 71, of Marion died Tuesday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kerry Preston Green, 74, of Dycusburg died Tuesday. Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville is in charge of arrangements.

CCH radiology offers 60 years of experience

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The staff of Crittenden Community Hospital's radiology department serves patients with a combined 60 years of experience and training.

Located inside the emergency room entrance of the hospital on West Gum Street in Marion, the radiology department administers numerous types of tests ordered by physicians in Marion and surrounding areas.

The department provides diagnostic imaging in the areas of X-Ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, mammography, MRI, echocardiogram, DEXA scanning and nuclear medicine.

For more information, contact the department by calling the main hospital switchboard, (270) 965-5281.







Tuesday, June 25, 2019

House for sale in Hebron community

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Job Corps has job openings

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Jobs are available at the Earl C. Clements Job Corps Center in Madisonville.

A number of opportunities exist for employment in the form of full- and part-time jobs. Substitute positions also are available.

To learn more, visit the Earl C. Clements Job Corps Center's website at 222.mtcjobs.com.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Air Evac called to Frances for broken leg


Crittenden County Rescue Squad and other emergency responders are in Frances right now at 7:45pm Monday, responding to a call for help by a man who apparently broke his leg while on the roof of Frances Baptist Church.

Air Evac Lifeteam is also responding and will land its helicopter at the nearby Caldwell Springs Fire Department to evacuate the man to a regional trauma center.

Rare antiques, historic home to auction Saturday

The highly-anticipated estate auction of the late Ethel Tucker of Marion will be held this Saturday, June 29 at Fohs Hall in Marion, Ky.

Selling will be numerous family heirlooms, antiques, collectibles and personal effects belonging to the lifelong Crittenden County resident and author, who died at age 100 earlier this year. Also selling will be her historic 3-bedroom, 3-bath home which is located on Main Street in Marion in an area known in an earlier era as Silk Stocking Row.

The auction begins at 9am and will feature rare antiques, fine china, artwork and much more. The real estate will sell at 10am. Remember, the auction is held offsite at Fohs Hall, a civic auditorium two blocks from Marion's court square.

An early showing of the real estate is available, and more photos and information can be found on the auctioneer's website. Click Here to Go to the Auction Brochure.

Cave in Rock Ferry closed for maintenance issue

UPDATE: Ferry Back Open
The issue has been repaired and the ferry was back up and running by 1:30pm

ORIGINAL POST
The Cave in Rock Ferry has temporarily halted service due to a mechanical issue. The ferry stopped carrying passengers across the Ohio River just before noon today.

There is no indication at this point how long the ferry will be idled. We will try to provide an update soon.

Community Patriotic Service is Wednesday

This file photo is from the 2013 Community Patriotic Service.

Crittenden County Ministerial Association will host the annual Community Patriotic Service Wednesday evening.

Crittenden County's Spc. Aaron Davis will be the featured speaker, with Sgt. Sara Brandon helping emcee the event. A special tribute will honor the late Col. Barry Gilbert, who organized the first ceremony in 2002 and continued to do so until the last couple of years. Gilbert died in November of last year.

This year's theme is Celebrating Our Patriotic Family Heritage, and local families are encouraged to attend together. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Marion Baptist Church Family Life Center.

Salem Springlake offers sign-on bonus

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Highway 70 blocked in Frances

UPDATE: Highway 70 is now open thanks to some of the neighbors.

Original Post
A large tree was blown down by high winds about 5:20pm today, blocking Ky. 70.

Road crews have been alerted.

The road, on the east side of Frances, will be impassable for a time.

There was more tree damage around Mott City.

Crittenden County Emergency Management is out now assessing damage throughout the county.

Photo from south of Mott City on the lawn of Michael
and Mandi Hunt.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Four dead in crash; Marion couple will be okay

A Marion couple was injured in a two-car, quadruple fatality on Saturday on Ky. 109  North in Wheatcroft in Webster County.

Charles Barron, 54, and his wife, Linda Barron, of Marion were injured and taken to Baptist Health in Madisonville, but they received non-life-threatenting injuries.

According to Kentucky State Police, a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Eduardo Lopez, 23, of Madisonville hydroplaned into the southbound lane of travel and collided with Barron’s 2005 Dodge Dakota.

Lopez and his three passengers, Jorge Chavez, Miguel Brico, and Christina Chavez, all of Madisonville, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Webster County coroner. The age of all three passengers are unknown.

The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Trevor High.

The deceased victims were reportedly all employees of the Fiesta Acapulco Mexican restaurant in Sturgis. The City of Sturgis Facebook Page said the restaurant was closing early Saturday because of the tragedy.

Reception for Dr. Maddux Sunday

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A reception will be hosted by the staff of Family Practice Clinic Sunday. 

Co-workers of Dr. Greg Maddux are honoring his 40 years of medical service to residents of Marion and the surrounding area ahead of his retirement later this summer. 

Dr. Maddux is one of the founders of Family Practice Clinic, built nearly 30 years ago next to Crittenden Hospital.


Friday, June 21, 2019

Ranch Rodeo Saturday at Crittenden Fairgrounds

There will be a Ranch Rodeo tomorrow night (Saturday, June 21) at Crittenden County Fairgrounds.

Events will include sorting, branding, double mugging and steer riding. There will be divisions for men and women and separate cash prizes.

Also, there will be children’s activities.

Gates open at 5 p.m., and competition begins at 6 p.m.

Admission is $10 and children under 12 are $5.

For more information, call (270) 952-3530.

Area Death

Irvin D. Cobb, 84, of the Cedar Grove community in Livingston County died Thursday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services of Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Gospel Gathering Saturday night

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The annual Gospel Gathering will be held in Marion Saturday night at Fohs Hall. The event will feature performances by the Commonwealth Quartet, New Journey Quartet and Divine Mercy.

This is the ninth annual event presented by Farmers Bank and Trust Co., Cave Springs Baptist Church and the 88 Dip.

Organizers have made contributions to various charities throughout the last nine years as a result of funds raised through the Gospel Gathering.





Rescue crews looking for possible drowning victim


Rescue squads and emergency responders from Crittenden and Livingston counties and other agencies have been searching the Ohio River since last night about 10pm when a small boat capsized about 200 yards from the Illinois shore, and five people were dumped into the river.

Four of the five were rescued, but one is still missing. 

The incident happened on the river between Rosiclaire, Ill., and Carrsville, Ky.

An airplane equipped with a thermal sensor searched the area last night and watercraft with sonar technology is there now sweeping the river.

Billy Arflack, Emergency Management director for Crittenden County, said local deputies and rescue squad crews searched along the Kentucky shore through the night. Because the river is elevated right now and backwater is creeping into low-lying areas, the search is being made more difficult.

Arflack said the victim is believed to be a male from southern Illinois and to be about 30 years old.

The Press will continue to follow this situation and provide updates as soon as possible. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

NEW DEVELOPMENT: Dog owner arrested

Tabor
UPDATE : Thursday June 20
The court reduced Tabor's bond to 10 percent of $5,000 and he made bond today. He will appear for arraignment Wednesday, June 26 in Crittenden District Court.

ORIGINAL POST
There is a new development in the dog attack story.

Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department arrested 60-year-old Larry Tabor shortly after 3:30pm today at his home on Sulphur Springs Road in rural Crittenden County. Tabor is the owner of the dogs that allegedly attacked a five-year-old boy Monday.

Tabor was lodged in the Crittenden County Detention Center under a $5,000 cash bond. He is charged with second-degree wanton endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by 90 days to 12 months in jail and a fine up to $500.

A more detailed article in this week’s printed edition of The Crittenden Press said Tabor would face a charge of harboring a vicious animal, which is not an arrestable offense.

However, after the county prosector and district judge reviewed evidence in the case today (following the newspaper's print deadline), Tabor was subsequently charged with second-degree wanton endangerment, and arrested.

The boy suffered serious facial and head lacerations among other injuries from the attack by two dogs, according to investigators. The victim was taken to Crittenden Community Hospital Monday morning then transferred by Air Evac Lifeteam to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where he underwent surgery.

The dogs were described by the county's animal control officer as a "mix between a pit bull and Labrador retriever."

See this week’s printed edition of the newspaper for details of this investigation.

This Week's Press Full of Community News

This week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press is packed with news and information you will find nowhere else.

You will meet the newest Eagle Scout, learn about tax matters in the community, find out what has happened to the last remnants of the historic Crittenden Springs Hotel and get the fastest information on new liquor laws.

Plus, The Press has the horrifying story about a young Crittenden County boy who was attacked by dogs and suffered serious injuries head and facial injuries.

In sports, see who won a little league crown and get caught up on other summertime activities.

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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County Under Severe Storm Warning


Crittenden County is under a severe thunderstorm warning, particularly the western part of the county, that could included winds exceeding 60mph.

The warning is in effect until 4:15pm today.

Looking West on Carlisle Street about 4pm today.

Marion High Reunion struggles to stay alive

Marion High School's
mascot was the Blue Terrors.
A lack of interest from those who attended the school before it closed when Marion Independent School District merged with Crittenden County Schools 62 years ago has been cited for what looks like at least a year off for the reunion. However, it could be the end altogether.

”I got a negative response from both in-county and out-of-state patrons or no response at all, which tells me to quit," said Tom Crider, a 1954 MHS graduate. "Others really liked it. But the main movers and shakers don't seem interested."

Together, Crider and Paul “Tiddle” Ryan organized last year’s reunion. Ryan, who has been battling health issues, is more hopeful.

“I hope not,” he said when asked if the reunion had met for the last time. “We’ll probably take a year off.”

Ryan said it is late in the game to try to organize a 2019 gathering, but has not completely given up. He plans to make a final decision in the next few days.

Last year, the reunion held each annually around Independence Day expanded its reach, inviting those who attended or taught at any Crittenden County School. About 40 attended the reunion at Fohs Hall, which organizers chose as the venue to rekindled memories at the former school and continue interest in the facility preservation.

The youngest graduates of MHS, which closed in 1957, have now turned 80. Many of those still surviving are in poor health or .... (for the rest of this article, see the June 13, 2019 full edition of The Crittenden Press.)

Tucker Estate Sale June 29

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Retirement reception for Dr. Maddux Sunday

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A retirement reception for Dr. Greg Maddux will be held Sunday.  The event is hosted by co-workers at Family Practice Clinic from 2-4 p.m. at the clinic.


Maddux was one of the founders of Family Practice Clinic. He is retiring later this summer.


Area Death

Douglas Wade Fitzgerald, 57, of Marion died Monday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Area Deaths

Claude R. Jennings, 91, of Burna died Saturday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Scarbrough Casey, 87, of Ledbetter died Sunday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Faith-based author and speaker Jennifer Kennedy Dean, 65, of Marion died Wednesday. Myers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Boy allegedly attacked by 2 pit bull-Lab mix dogs

Pictured is one of the suspected dogs being
held in quarantine at the county animal shelter.
A five-year-old Crittenden County boy has been life-flighted to Vanderbilt Hospital after being allegedly attacked this morning by two dogs in rural Crittenden County.

Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case and the two dogs, described as being of pit bull and Labrador mix, have been taken into custody by the county’s animal control officer.

The incident took place on Sulphur Springs Cemetery Road in the southern part of the county shortly before 9 a.m.

Further details are unavailable at this time.


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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Area Death

Wendell "Cobb" Travis, 87, of Marion died Thursday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friday, June 14, 2019

ALCOHOL: Who will Sell and When?

This week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press will answer many of the pressing questions around town, following the recent vote to approve alcohol sales in Marion.

Find out how permits to sell it can be obtained, how much they cost, when they will be issued and who's already saying they will or will not sell alcohol by the drink or package.

The Press has talked to several restaurant owners and convenience store operators. Find out what they're planning in this week's newspaper.

The Crittenden Press is on sale now at local stores and pharmacies. If you want to always be in the know about what's happening in Marion and Crittenden County, subscribe online or in print for as low as $2.95 a month.
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Help Solve Marion's Murder Mystery on Saturday

Presented by
Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce
Community Arts Foundation
Promotions by Marion Tourism Commission

MYSTERY EVENT IS $10, DESSERT REVEAL IS EXTRA
Local investigators need your help Saturday to solve a make-believe crime as the Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce presents its second annually Downtown Murder Mystery, Carnival of Carnage.

Actors and clues will be prevalent in Marion from 11 a.m., until 3 p.m., then there will be a wake for the victim, along with dessert, at the reveal event at 6 p.m., at Fohs Hall.

Community Arts Foundation and the Chamber collaborate on this whodunnit with about two dozen cast and crew. This year’s plot centers on the death of a carnival barker. His body was found at the community water fountain on Main Street and there’s plenty of characters in town with a motive to eliminate Ded Barker. Among them are Poppy (Elizabeth Floyd) a local popcorn vendor; Fifi Souffle (Becky Tyner-Belt), owner of a local French restaurant; and Ima Mink (Phyllis Sykes), who has a downtown boutique. Those three, along with CSI Commander Segal appear in a couple of online videos – which may have some clues – posted this week on the Chamber and Crittenden Press Facebook pages. Marion Tourism Commission is helping promote the upcoming event and about a dozen downtown businesses will be participating with clues. A clue and site list can be purchased for $10 Saturday the Marion Welcome Center. Cost does not include the dessert reveal event Saturday evening. 

To participate in the mystery and to reserve seats for the reveal, call (270) 704-1446 or purchase ticket online at https://murdermysteryreveal.eventbrite.com. Fees apply to online purchases. 

Salem Sprinklake offers bonus for CNAs

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Area Death

Rick Lanham, 59, of Weston died Tuesday. Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis is in charge of arrangements.

House for sale in Hebron community

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H&H Home & Hardware celebrates Dads

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tucker Estate Auction June 29

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An estate auction of the late Ethel Tucker of Marion will be held June 29 at Fohs Hall.

Selling will be a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home which is located on Main Street in Marion, Kentucky, plus numerous heirlooms, antiques, collectibles and personal effects belonging to the lifelong Crittenden County resident and author, who died at age 100 earlier this year.

Among the items to be auctioned beginning at 9 a.m. are fine antiques, china, artwork and more.

An early showing of the real estate is available, and more photos and information can be found on the Bunch Brothers website. Click Here to Go to the Auction Brochure.





Monday, June 10, 2019

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Day joins First United

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Marion's newest banking institution, First United Bank, welcomes Sturgis resident Charlie Day to its banking center.

Day is employed as the manager of First United Bank's Marion office, where he is also a lender. 

He is married to the former Lynsey Taylor of Marion, and they have three children.

Area Death

Darrel Lee "Peanut" Grissom, 62, of Marion died Friday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

School buys more West Bellville Street frontage

The Crittenden County School District is buying the property at 428 W. Bellville St. in Marion to add to its frontage along the street gained from the purchase of adjoining lots in 2017.

The school district will pay $10,000 to James and Amanda Belt for their home, which will subsequently be razed.

The home and 0.34-acre lot is valued at $12,000, according to the Crittenden County PVA’s online database.

Two years ago, the school district purchased 2.38 acres from the estate of Don Hodge for its initial West Bellville Street frontage. The parcels adjoin the joint middle and high school campus, including Rocket Arena, Rocket Stadium, the bus garage and central office. It creates an additional option for entry and exit from the campuses.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Firemen respond to Marion Pit BBQ blaze

Marion Fire Department was dispatched to Marion Pit Barbecue just before 9am Saturday morning after the report of a fire in the cookhouse at the drive-thru restaurant on South Main Street.

Workers who were cooking barbecue this morning grabbed a garden hose and had most of the fire knocked out before firemen arrived.

It appears a cooker shorted out. 

There was no structural damage to the cookhouse, but it was immediately unclear whether the take-out restaurant will be able to open on schedule today because of damage to cooking devices. 

Marion Pit Barbecue is one of the longest established eateries in the community and has been featured in various national magazines, including Southern Living.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Hurricane Camp Meeting Opens Monday

The 131st Hurricane Camp Meeting opens Monday at Hurricane Church near Tolu in rural Crittenden County.

The week-long, old-style revival is held in an historic open-air tabernacle built over a century ago. There will be meals before every service and special music nightly.

Evangelist for the June 10-16 Camp Meeting is Kory Cunningham of Hardin Baptist Church in Marshall County. Cunningham is married to former Crittenden County native Katie (Stout) Cunningham.

The dining hall opens at 5:30pm nightly and pre-service music begins at 6:45 in the tabernacle.

Here's the week's evening menu:
Monday: BBQ
Tuesday: Country Ham Breakfast
Wednesday: Meatloaf
Thursday: Pork Chops
Friday: Fish Fry
Saturday: Roast Beef
Sunday: Fried Chicken and Ham (Father's Day)
  Meal cost: $8.50

Summer Youth Baseball Camp Next Week

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There are still spots available for June 12-13 Baseball Camp at Marion-Crittenden County Park.

Campers will learn techniques to help them steal more bases, improve their defense, hit the ball harder and understand pitch selection and recognition.

This camp will include instruction by former college players, high school coaches and high school players.

Pre-register at The Crittenden Press.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Work begins next week on new state highway garage

Construction on Crittenden County’s new state highway department maintenance and salt storage facility should begin next week.

According to Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC), the contractor for the $1.85 million facility in Industrial Park North plans to begin construction as early as Monday. The target completion date is Jan. 15, 2020, but it could take additional weeks to make the building fully operational with phone lines, data services and other necessities.

"Even though the building is expected to be completed, it may be a couple of months beyond that to get all the services online," Todd said.

Once built, the highway crew and equipment that cares for Crittenden County’s 184 miles of state highways will move from its current facility on Old Salem Road. In a land swap, Crittenden County Schools will pay $60,000 for the current KyTC property to Crittenden County Economic Development Corp., which offered the acreage in its industrial park to the state for its new highway garage.

Crittenden County School District has a contract to buy the current highway garage property on Old Salem Road, which is next to the high school campus.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hardin County Golf welcomes you

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Hardin County Golf Course, located in Cave In Rock, Illinois, has special events each week and welcomes gofers from Kentucky to play a round.

Scrambles are held nearly every day. Teams are paired prior to the start of each round.

Fees are assessed for nine- or 18-hole rounds, and memberships are available for out-of-state residents.

For more information, contact the golf course.


Area Deaths

Korean War veteran Charles William Sisco, 88, of Marion died Tuesday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

U.S. military veteran Marvin Roberts, 89, of Marion died Tuesday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Local Services for Marion and Beyond



HOME & COMMERCIAL
Pressure Washing
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Plus Headstone, Plot Cleaning and Maintenance
Marion, Kentucky
(270) 704-2169 • (270) 969-0655

MISCELLANEOUS
Industrial Controls and Electric
County's Only Industrial Electrical Contractor
Marion, Kentucky
(270) 704-2678

Tradewater Canoes / Kayaks
Starting at just 420 per boat
Seasonal Operation / Weekends / Holidays
(270) 871-9475

Bluegrass Service and Supply 
Cleaning and Supplies 
Allen and Laura Eifler
We Supply Clean!
(270) 969-8643

HOME IMPROVEMENT
1st Choice Construction
Roofing, Gutters, Siding and More
Licensed and Insured
Randy Cowsert
(270) 704-5167

Affordable Home Improvement
Shingled Roofing and General Remodeling
"Why Wait for the Other Guy"
(270) 309-3025

TOWING / RECOVERY
Cooper Recovery
24/7 Recovery and Repo Service
3425 US 641, Marion, Ky.
(270) 704-0943


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Therapy, Swing Bed at CCH

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Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and the Swing Bed Program at Crittenden Community Hospital are designed for rehabilitation services following injury or illness.  

Therapy is available for patients recovering from a multitude of procedures, either on an out-patient basis or during a stay in the hospital's Swing Bed Program. 

Swing Bed is a specifically for patients who wish to recover closer to home while receiving hospital services as well as rehabilitation services.

Crittenden Community Hospital's Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Swing Bed Programs can be discussed with your medical provider, or contact the hospital for more information.