Friday, February 28, 2020

Jobs available for operators, laborers

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Pollard & Sons Excavating, LLC in Madisonville has positions available for local and traveling crews.

Training will be provided but not required for all positions.

Openings include experienced operators for excavating equipment, operators with GPS experience, site foreman, laborers and CDL drivers.

For more information about any of these positions, or to send a resume, email the company at the address listed.

Aggressive drivers target of enforcement campaign

The KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Division announced the start of a two-week statewide enforcement blitz targeting aggressive driving behaviors.

“Many preventable crashes result from unsafe driving behavior such as speeding, distracted driving and following too close. Often times, we see this on our highways when motorists and commercial vehicle drivers struggle to share the road,” says Sergeant Jason Morris.

For this reason, KSP is kicking off the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) Blitz, March 1, 2020 which will target drivers (both passenger car and commercial vehicle) who exhibit aggressive behaviors such as improper lanes changes, speeding, following too closely, not leaving enough space to pass and failure to yield the right-of-way.

In 2019, there were 6,147 crashes involving commercial trucks on Kentucky roadways resulting in 88 deaths.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Director, Major Nathan Day, said the agency will use social media, radio and other forms of public outreach to educate the public on the dangers of aggressive driving.

“Along with high visibility enforcement, we will use media outreach to educate drivers,” says Day. “It’s not about writing tickets - It’s about saving lives and at the end of the day, we want everyone to arrive to their destination safely.”

TACT enforcement and public information efforts are funded by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

HANDS program for new, expecting parents

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HANDS is a program offered by the Pennyrile District Health Department to assist expecting mothers and parents of newborns.

The program offers information on how to nurture and encourage growth and development for infants and toddlers.

The HANDS button located at the left of The Press Online will link to a 2-minute informational video that describes the program in more detail.

Residents of Crittenden and Livingston counties are encouraged to enroll in HANDS and begin reaping its benefits.

For more information, contact any of the phone numbers listed on this advertisement.

Area Deaths

Billie E. Travis, 79, of Princeton, formally of Crayne, died Thursday. Morgan’s Funeral home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Eddie Wayne Shewmaker, 84, of Jackson, Tenn., formerly of Marion. died Thursday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Area death

Glenda Doris Leet, 71, of Shady Grove died Wednesday. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Area Death

Mary Jo Guess McNeely, 83, of Fredonia died Tuesday. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Auto accident on Ky. 120

First responders are working a single-vehicle accident on Ky. 120 in eastern Crittenden County at the intersection of Ky. 654.

Reports are that the highway is at least partially blocked.

A vehicle has run off the roadway and down an embankment.

Area Death

Joyce A. Quertermous, 70, of Marion died Monday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Gilkey joins Shelter Insurance

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Mike Gilkey of Princeton has joined Shelter Insurance.

Shelter Insurance has locations throughout Kentucky and offers insurance for auto, home and life. 

Gilkey is a former Marion postmaster.

For more information about any of the products Shelter Insurance offers, contact Gilkey at (270) 365-6214.

Latest Crittenden County Water of Over Road List

Here is a list of roads under water in Crittenden County:

River Drive in Tolu
Elizabethtown Ferry Landing
Kemper Road
Monroe Wesmoland Road
Phin Croft Road
Claylick Creek Road
Weston Road
Blackford Church Road
Providence Road
Enon Church Road
Cool Springs Road

Ferry reopened this morning

Cave in Rock Ferry has re-opened this morning after being closed for days due to high water. It started running again at 6am.

Soccer registration is Saturday at H&H

Online registration is now available for youth soccer sign ups.

The Crittenden County Youth Soccer Association will also host two walk-up registration opportunities at H&H Home and Hardware from 9 a.m., until noon on Saturday, Feb. 29 and from 5-8 p.m., on Thursday, March 5 at Marion’s Dairy Queen store.

Online registration will be open until April 3.

Follow CYSA on Facebook or email organizers at for assistance.

Youth soccer season begins March 16.

Rockets open playoff action tonight

Although Trigg County has beaten the Rockets twice this season, including once in overtime, the pollmakers have largely leaned toward Crittenden being the better team.

A game tonight at Lyon County in the opening round of the Fifth District Tournament will determine which team hangs up its sneakers for the rest of the season and which one advances to next week's Second Region Tournament at Hopkinsville.

The Rockets play Trigg tonight at 7:30pm.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Update: Ferry should re-start on Tuesday

Based on the latest river forecast, the Cave in Rock Ferry is now expected to resume service sometime during the day tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 25).

The ferry closed at 6 p.m., Saturday,  Feb. 15 due to rising floodwaters that covered Ky. 91 near the Kentucky Landing.  Floodwaters have been dropping slowly since Friday night.  

Ferry Operator Lonnie Lewis was optimistic the ferry could be back in service sometime today.  However, floodwaters are dropping slower than expected.  Based on the most recent river forecast and observation of water levels at the Kentucky Landing, Lewis and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers have concluded it will be sometime during the day Tuesday before ferry service can resume.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Crittenden County Highway Maintenance Crew started efforts to remove drift, mud and other debris from a section of Ky. 91 where floodwaters have dropped. However, floodwaters still cover about one-quarter of a mile of roadway leading to the Kentucky landing area. Debris removal along that flooded section will have to wait until water drops about another two feet.

Removing debris from the roadway and inspection of drainage structures along the flooded section of Ky. 91 will take two to three hours. Lewis anticipates being able to provide notice to commuters about an hour or two before ferry service resumes.

The ferry normally has to close when Ohio River floodwaters go above about 42 ft. on the Shawneetown gauge. However, Lewis said for this event floodwater backed up from below, forcing the ferry to close about a half a day earlier than what the river forecast indicated. As water drops, it takes about a half-day or more for water levels at the ferry landing to match those at the Shawneetown gauge.

Lewis said it appears it could be sometime Tuesday morning before a timeline can be established for resuming ferry service.

Basketball PostSeason Begins Tonight

Crittenden County's girls open district playoff play tonight at Lyon County.

The girls will play Livingston Central in the 6pm contest.

How much tax on a bottle of beer?

Ever wonder how much tax you pay for a longneck?

Now that Marion is wet, The Crittenden Press broke down how much tax you pay on every can of beer or mixed drink at the local bars.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Ferry could resume operation Monday PM

Based on the latest river forecast, the Cave in Rock Ferry could reopen sometime in the afternoon Monday.

The Ferry temporarily closed at 6 p.m., Saturday due to rising floodwaters that covered KY 91 near the Kentucky Landing.  Floodwaters have been dropping slowly since Friday.

Stay tuned to The Press Online for further notices. 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Ferry remains closed for high water

Cave in Rock Ferry remains closed due to high water on the Ohio River.

Officials believe it will be early next week before it may reopen, if not later. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Answers to all your Wide Load questions

In case you missed it, The Crittenden Press printed edition included a lengthy article this week detailing that super-load and its journey through downtown Marion and rural Crittenden County.

We know you had lots of questions, and we've tried to answer them in this article.

If you are not a regular subscriber, grab a copy of the newspaper from newsstands located at convenience stores, groceries, pharmacies and other locations in Marion and the surrounding area.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Rogers WoodmenLife representative

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If you want to learn more about preparing for the future, contact Grant Rogers.

Rogers is a WoodmenLife representative serving Crittenden and surrounding counties.

WoodmenLife offers insurance plans that assist families with funeral expenses as well as other savings plans.

Contact Rogers at (270) 965-3333.

City's largest meth case going federal

It appears that a federal grand jury will soon be taking a look at a Marion methamphetamine case.

While heroin, fentanyl and other opioids have dominated much of the nation's focus, crystal meth rules the streets in Kentucky.

From a Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper report last week to your very own Crittenden Press, statewide media has been blowing the whistle on meth. Lawmen and prosecutors say Mexican cartel is largely responsible for the influx of highly pure methamphetamine rolling into the Kentucky.

The cost is dropping as the demand is rising.

See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for more on that local case going before a federal grand jury and what others across Kentucky are saying about the "traffickers of this poison..."

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

List of Crittenden County Roads Under Water

Here is an updated list of Crittenden County roads that are currently underwater due to flooding.

  • Monroe Wesmoland Road
  • Elizabethtown Town Ferry Landing Road
  • River Drive in Tolu
  • Water Street in Tolu
  • Barnett Chapel Road
  • Phin Croft Road
  • Charlie May Road
  • Weston Roard on 365 end and at intersection of Bells Mines Road
  • Blackford Church Road on US 60 end and Nunn Switch Road end
  • Bells Mines Road on Weston end and Ky. 365 end
  • Long Branch Road
  • Axle Creek Road
  • Claylick Creek Road
  • Walnut Street in Dycusburg
State Roads that are closed due to high water:

  • Ky. 135 (Tolu-Carrsville Road) at Sawmill Hollow west of the Tolu
  • Ky. 91 at Cave in Rock Ferry

Comer's rep will be at courthouse Thursday

Congressman James Comer will have a representative in Marion on Thursday morning.

The field representative will be on the main floor of the Crittenden County Courthouse in the fiscal court room to hear from citizens.

No appointment is necessary.

FFA holds community forum Monday

Crittenden County FFA is seeking ideas to mutually benefit the community and Crittenden County FFA.

A questionnaire has been made available on the Crittenden County Schools' website, the FFA Facebook page and distributed throughout the community. The information gathered will be used to determine the future vision, mission, goals and strategies of Crittenden County FFA.

FFA advisor Jessica Abercrombie invites any and all stakeholders, including current students and their families, to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24 in the CCHS ag classroom.

Friday Census forum open to public

There will be a community forum Friday for citizens and stakeholders interested in learning more about the upcoming U.S. Census.

Kisha Mische Jeffrey, a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, will present information about the Census during a meeting at 8am at the Crittenden County Public Library.

This program was originally scheduled to be presented at a Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Breakfast on Friday, but it was cancelled today.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said the Census program is particularly important to the county's future. Crittenden has lost population over the past several decades. Newcom hopes that a recent bump in the number of retirees coming to the community might have an affect on the Census figures in 2020.

More people equates to more funding for a variety of community programs, Newcom said.

Coffee and doughnuts will be provided courtesy of T&T Concrete.

Leadership Breakfast Cancelled

The Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce has cancelled its leadership breakfast scheduled for Friday.

Cave Springs back open with new bridge

Pictured is the old bridge that was replaced, which had
been given a low load rating in recent months.
Cave Springs Road in rural Crittenden County is back open.

The local contractor replacing a bridge over Olive Branch Creek on the south end of the road completed the project ahead of schedule.

The road had been closed since Feb. 10.

M&G Services of Marion won the bid to replace the bridge.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Road closings in Crittenden County

Here is a list of county roads that are closed due to flooding.

Providence Road
Enon Church Road
Cool Springs Road
Elizabethown Ferry
River Drive-Tolu
Phin Croft Road
Axel Creek Road
Claylick Creek Road
Walnut Street-Dycusburg
Monroe Wesmoland Road
Water Street-Tolu
Barnett Chapel Road
Weston Road
Blackford Church Road

Coyote contest Friday and Saturday

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If you like hunting coyotes, this weekend you can hunt and possibly win some money.

A night hunt sponsored by the City of Marion Tourism Commission and Hodge's Sports & Apparel will begin at sundown, Friday.  Night hunting is permissible, and the contest ends with a check-in at Hodge's at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The annual comest has a $20 entry fee, but payback for the two-person team with the most coyotes withs 75 percent of the pot.

For more information, call Hodge's at (270) 965-4717.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Don't miss youth soccer sign-up

Online registration is now available for youth soccer sign ups.

The Crittenden County Youth Soccer Association will also host two walk-up registration opportunities at H&H Home and Hardware from 9 a.m., until noon on Saturday, Feb. 29 and from 5-8 p.m., on Thursday, March 5 at Marion’s Dairy Queen store.

Online registration will be open until April 3.

Follow CYSA on Facebook or email organizers at for assistance.

Youth soccer season begins March 16.

Farmers public forum on Thursday

Under the current farm bill, farmers will be asked to decide between Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for their eligible commodities.

There will be a forum held in Marion on Thursday which will be moderated by Tom Miller, a Ballard County Agriculture and Natural Resources agent.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., at the Crittenden County Extension Service Annex building on U.S. 60 East.

A bean and ham meal will be served. Producers are encouraged to bring to the forum an abbreviated 156 Farm Record from the Farm Service Agency.

Call the Crittenden County Extension office for more information, 270-965-5236.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Concerns rise for missing Salem man

In case you missed this article in the printed edition of The Crittenden Press, here's the latest on a missing Salem man. Articles like this appear weekly in the full edition of the newspaper. Subscribe today to never miss the reporting our newspaper provides to the community.

Last seen at the restaurant in Salem just before noon on Wednesday, Jan. 22, Gary “Gabby” Cowan, 62, had left home without his wallet, a jacket or cigarettes.

“He wouldn’t even go out on the front porch without cigarettes,” said his niece, Heather Franklin, who along with other family and friends, has been turning over every stone they can find in search of Cowan.

He has been described by law enforcement and family as having suffered from mental health issues. He also has a number of physical health issues, including a heart condition and high blood pressure.

Oddly, Cowan left his mother’s home on Church Street in Salem on Tuesday, Jan. 21 without anything except the clothes on his back. Investigators say he was wearing a black and red plaid “lumberjack style” shirt and blue jeans.

There is no particular reason to think he’s met with foul play, but investigators and family say it cannot be ruled out.

“If he died somewhere of natural causes, why haven’t we found him,” asked Franklin. “We don’t really think anyone has harmed him, but where’s he at?”

It is not uncommon for Cowan to leave home and be gone for two or three days at a time, but even then he generally

Cave in Rock Ferry closing

The Cave in Rock Ferry will cease operating tonight at 6pm due to high water on the Ohio River.

It is unclear how long the ferry will be idle due to the rising water.

99-year-old man dies in fire

The body of 99-year-old John W. Floyd was found inside a mobile home after firemen extinguished a blaze at his residence on Nicholes Ave., Friday night around 8pm.

The home was fully engulfed in flames when the first firemen arrived.

We are continuing to follow this tragic incident and working to find out more details for this week's printed edition of the newspaper. 

Fohs Hall rentals available

Fohs Hall is the perfect place for your reunion or reception.

This former school is available for cultural or social events. Built as a school and donated to the community by the late Julius Fohs, this stately building can accommodate large and small gatherings at reasonable prices.

The building is maintained by the Fohs Hall Board of Directors and is available for weddings, receptions, reunions and large holiday gatherings. Kitchen access is available.

To learn more, contact Elliot West.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Superload must repair trailer in Trigg County

That slow-moving superload covered about 50 miles today, moving from near the Deanwood community in Crittenden through portions of Caldwell County and Lyon counties. It stopped near the Cerulean community in Trigg County, parking for the night near the Seven Springs Farms headquarters.

The hauler, Miller Transportation, says some repairs will be required to the specialized trailer before it can resume travel, making it likely the truck and large chemical storage tank it is hauling will not be back on the road until sometime Sunday or Monday.

The multi-axle truck normally moves at about 5 to 10 miles per hour.  Due to the width and height of the load, the effort required by support crews to help the superload maneuver creates significant traffic delays, particularly going through cities where utility lines may have to be lifted to allow it to pass.

Motorists who encounter the load on the road are asked to use caution and follow directions of the support crew.

The crew has been on the road for 9 days.  They expect to take another 7 or 8 days to reach their destination in Mississippi.

First Responders busy tonight in County

A body was found in the burned trailer. Identity has now been confirmed as John W. Floyd, an elderly man who lived there alone.

Marion and Crittenden County emergency responders have been busy tonight.

EMS and emergency responders were working an accident on Ky. 855 North near Tyner's Chapel Church shortly after 7pm and Marion Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire on Nichols Ave., in town just before 8pm. The home was reportedly fully engulfed in flames when the first firemen arrived.

A victim from the Hwy. 855 single-vehicle accident was taken to Livingston Hospital's helipad and taken to a nearby regional hospital via air ambulance. The female victim was ejected from the vehicle, according to reports.

Wide Load Show rolls through Marion

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WIDE LOAD coming through Marion today

That super-loaded tractor-trailer hauling a piece of industrial equipment plans to come through Marion today en route to Eddyville.

The final destination is Mississippi for the load that reportedly originated in Cincinnati.

Local officials say the transport company studied multiple routes on Thursday while the rig was idled on private property in rural Crittenden County on the side of Ky. 120.

The plan is for the transport company to begin heading toward Marion before noon, perhaps as early as 10:30am. Moving at approximately 5mph, the load  could be in Marion around lunchtime if all goes well for the transport crew.

In Marion, the caravan that includes multiple support vehicles is expected to create traffic issues. The super-load takes up almost all of both lanes of traffic.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

High Water Closes Crittenden County Roads

A half dozen county roads are under water due to heavy rainfall and backwater from nearly rivers and streams.

County roads currently closed to due to high water are:
  • Providence Road
  • Enon Church Road
  • Cool Springs Road
  • River Road in Tolu
  • Elizabethtown Ferry Landing Road
  • Phin Croft Road (on Barnett Chapel end)
Additionally, Cave Springs Road is closed on the southern in because of a bridge replacement project.

Big Load Remains Idle Today

It looks like that massive tractor-trailer load that's created a big stir around here may not be coming through Marion today after all.

It appears that state highway officials continue to discuss options for the extra-wide load that disrupted traffic and damaged property in Webster and Crittenden counties on Wednesday.

The load was force to idle overnight in eastern Crittenden County, and it was expected to begin moving slowly through Marion today. However, a county official at the scene says that may not be the case.

The superload remained stalled at 11am today on private property near Deanwood. According to Magistrate Dan Wood, who has been in almost constant contact with the moving crew over the past 18 hours, says it will be at least tomorrow before it resumes travel.

It remains unclear which way the load will be allowed to go once it gets moving again. There is some discussion of making it backtrack to a more suitable highway system.

The Press will continue to monitor this situation and bring you the latest information.

Marion and Fredonia Beware of Wide Load

There is some indication that the super-wide load traveling along public highways in Crittenden County today will come through downtown Marion, turning left at Main Street and heading south on US 641 with plans of moving into Lyon County.

The caravan, which includes multiple flaggers and support vehicles, will pass through Fredonia on this proposed route.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Vehicle Enforcement officials have been working with the load's crew to design the best route possible. It was originally planned to go through Livingston County on US 60. It appears those plans have changed, but this information has not been confirmed by state officials.

The 195 ft. long truck and trailer has a load that is17 ft.- 6 inch tall and weighs 400,000 pounds. It is a high-pressure industrial device that originated in Cincinnati and is heading to Mississippi.

The load was stopped yesterday afternoon and idled east of Marion near the Deanwood community. There is some indication from crew members that the caravan will begin moving again this morning at about 9:30am and heading toward Marion at a pace of about 5mph.

Wide Load Not Moving Early

The long, wide load was parked overnight next to
grain bins on the Steven Hill Farm off Ky. 120.
According to the Kentucky Department of Transportation, that wide load which disrupted traffic yesterday while moving slowing along Ky. 120 is not expected to get started early today.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials anticipate getting an update on the load and planned route before the truck resumes travel sometime during the day today.

"Movement of the load is not expected to disrupt morning commuter traffic along Ky. 120 between Marion and Providence," the state said in a news release earlier this morning.

Former Rocket is championship coach

This former Crittenden County basketball player is now coaching at a private school in western Kentucky, and his teams have won a state championship and finished state runner-up another season.

Get all the details about this 1993 CCHS graduate's coaching philosophy, career record and his new connection to a former Rocket coach and his son.

See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for the full story.

The Crittenden Press is your primary source of news and information for this community. We’re proud to serve our community and we take great pride in bringing you real news, sports reporting and other information that helps you know what’s going on in town and across the county. Help ensure that real reporting continues in this community by subscribing today. You can subscribe online to the full version of the newspaper for only $2.95 a month. Click here to subscribe.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Update on Oversized Load Plans for Thursday

Updated from Kentucky Transportation Department

A slow-moving superload hauling caravan was traveling Ky. 120 through eastern Crittenden County today. It created traffic delays and disrupted traffic along the route.

The 195 ft. long truck with several support vehicles is hauling an over-dimensional 17 ft.- 6 inch tall 400,000-pound load to a destination in Mississippi.

The Kentucky State Police Division of Vehicle Enforcement was initially contacted about the load after it snagged a light pole traveling Ky. 120 through Providence in Webster County. As the over-weight/over-dimensional load continued traveling along Ky. 120 toward Marion it generated significant complaint calls about traffic delays in eastern Crittenden County.

About 2:30 p.m., officers contacted the hauler and made arrangements to the load to get off the roadway to allow backed up traffic to pass. The load has stopped for the night along Ky. 120 near the 6-mile marker east of Marion.

A KSP Division of Vehicle Enforcement officer, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel and KYTC permitting staff are working with the hauler to determine the most efficient travel route from that point. Tonight, the hauler will be checking on possible routes that may help minimize traffic disruptions.

An update on the load and planned route should be available before the truck resumes travel on Thursday morning.

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WARNING: Wide Load Coming through County

Update 3:40 p.m. The oversize load is stopped for the night on a farm near Deanwood on Ky. 120, and the highway is open to traffic. The extremely large load is being hauled to Mississippi and reportedly is too tall to go under many interstate overpasses, therefore is taking a more rural route.  It is expected to travel through Marion Thursday and head toward Paducah.
These photos of the wide load were provided by witnesses.

Local and state highway departments and public safety officials say they were unaware and for the most part unprepared for a wide load that is coming through rural Crittenden County, taking up both lanes of the highway.

The tractor-trailing pulling a massive piece of equipment was last reported on Ky. 120 near the intersection of Ky. 1917 in eastern Crittenden County at about 2:15pm. It moving at a very slow pace, according to witnesses.

It was so wide, the rig had trouble passing across the Montezuma Bridge at the Crittenden-Webster County Line.

Motorists should take particular caution in that part of the county. The rig is reportedly going to enter Marion on Ky. 120 and pass through town, but it's unclear what route it will take from there.

Will local 911 service survive?

If you drive, have insurance or own a home or business in Crittenden County there's a chance you will be asked to help pay more for emergency dispatching for the community.

This week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press has all of the details about recent discussions among local leaders who are trying to solve the riddle of higher costs of having a 911 Center.

If they can't find more money, the dispatching center at city hall might close and the job could be outsourced to a center in another county.

The Crittenden Press is your primary source of news and information for this community. We’re proud to serve our community and we take great pride in bringing you real news, sports reporting and other information that helps you know what’s going on in town and across the county. Help ensure that real reporting continues in this community by subscribing today. You can subscribe online to the full version of the newspaper for only $2.95 a month. Click here to subscribe.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

CCHS games tonight at old Butler gym

Crittenden County's boys' and girls' basketball teams will square off against Caldwell County tonight in something akin to a throw-back Tuesday game at the old Princeton Butler Gym.

The girls' game kicks off at 6pm and the boys will player afterwards.

Caldwell's boys are 10-14 on the season and ranked No. 8 in the Second Region while the Rockets are 12-13 and ranked No. 10 in the region.

The Lady Tigers are 12-11 and ranked No. 9 in the region while Crittenden County's girls are currently 15-6 overall and ranked 8th in the region.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Youth baseball, softball registration now open

Youth baseball, softball and kickball will begin organizing in March for summer baseball leagues at Marion-Crittenden County Park.

Skills assessment and registration will be held from 10 a.m., until noon on Saturday, March 7 at the Crittenden County Middle School gymnasium.

Registration fees vary between $25 and $40 depending upon the league. There are family discounts available for multiple children.

Players who fail to register by March 7 will be charged a $25 late fee. Forms are available by CLICKING HERE, or on the Dugout Club Facebook Page, at The Press office or at Insurance in Marion. Forms can be mailed to Dugout Club, PO Box 5, Marion, KY 42064.

Boys and girls may register for kickball or rookie baseball. Kickball is for ages 4-5 and rookie baseball is for ages 5-6. Rookie baseball is an introductory league where coaches pitch to batters.

There are two age divisions for boys and girls who want to play baseball and softball. The minor leagues (age 9-10) are coach pitch and player pitch. The major leagues (age 11-12) are player pitch.

The two leagues for children ages 9-12 will be require some travel to nearby communities.

Practice will begin March 30 and games will played in May and June.

For more information, call Tanner Tabor at 859-333-9751.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Local Phone Scam Reported by Bank

Farmers Bank and Trust Co., of Marion has reported that this afternoon it has received a number of phone calls from customers who believe they have been the victim of an attempted scam.

Customers told bank representatives that they've received calls from the "Farmers Bank Fraud Department." The caller asks for log-in credentials to the customer's digital banking.

"We would never call and ask for that information," said Paja Crider, bank vice president.

Crider says customers should never give their long-in credentials to anyone.

If customers believe their account could potentially be compromised, they should change their password immediately. They should then monitor their account for any unrecognized transactions and if any appear, notify the bank.

Firemen responding to blaze

The Crittenden County and Mattoon volunteer fire departments were called around 2:30 p.m. to a fire on Fords Ferry Road. 

Initial reports are that a camper is fully engulfed and is close to other structures and woods in the rural area.

Downtown Marion Restaurant Status

After almost three years on South Main Street, Anna Mae’s on Main has closed.

The locally-owned restaurant closed at the end of last week.

Owner Keith Davis said he cannot rule out any future changes in plans, but for now he has closed the restaurant.

“I appreciate everyone’s support. We had very loyal customers,” he said. “It was good to be reunited with a lot of people I hadn’t seen in years and I made a lot of new friends.”

Unused gift cards can be redeemed by calling (270) 704-3984.

Job Corps Center has openings

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Job opportunities exist at the Earl C. Clements Job Corps Center in Union County.

Several benefits are offered to employees, including a competitive salary for full-, part-time and substitute positions.

Look online at to see available positions.

Guess Whaaat?

There will be no school in Crittenden County today, Friday, Feb. 7 due to snow and ice on roadways.

This will be an NTI Rocket Way Snow Day. Students should complete the work in the assignments books while off from school today.