Sunday, May 31, 2020

Quarter of a Million Views

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The-Press Online received roughly one-quarter of a million views during the past two months. That’s a bunch of eyeballs.

It's also a whole lot of traffic that can be moved in your direction.

Ask us how your message can get in front of our audience and not fall on deaf ears. Call our office at 270-965-3191 or email any time

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Annuity Good Option for 401(k)

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WoodmenLife offers investment options with guarantees. An annuity is the ideal choice for many people, and Marion financial representative Grant Rogers can explain the benefits.

WoodmenLife Variable Annuity is an ideal place to put a maturing Certificate of Deposit or a 401(k) from your previous employer. There are also guaranteed death benefits.

Contact Grant Rogers at (270) 965-3333 to learn more.

Friday, May 29, 2020

It's a Good Thing: Watch for sidewalk demolition

A largely, federally-funded sidewalk replacement project is likely to get started early next week in downtown Marion.

Plans are to replace sidewalks along a portion of South Main and West Carlisle streets. This work will connect a previous Safe Routes to School project on West Gum Street to a new public walkway system that will run all the way to the county library.

There will be about 1,700 feet of new sidewalks built along four city blocks. The estimated project cost is almost $200,000 – most of which will be covered by federal grant money. Farmers Bank and Trust Co., of Marion is also participating in the project, contributing $25,000.

The grant money is being made available through the Transportation Alternatives Program. The city applied for a grant funds way back in 2016 for sidewalk rehabilitation.

The new sidewalk will run along South Main Street from West Elm to West Carlisle, heading down West Carlisle from the Farmers Bank & Trust Co., corner past the library and to the end of the 100 block of West Carlisle at South Weldon.

The West Elm Street leg of the earlier Safe Routes to Schools project was completed several years ago, and included a foot bridge over an unnamed tributary of Crooked Creek – often called Rocket Creek – at the high school campus.

The majority of the new concrete flatwork will be 5 feet wide. About 600 feet will be a 12-foot sidewalk, running past city hall and the Farmers Bank and down to the library. Additionally, overhead lines and utility poles will be removed along the stretch in front of the bank. Utilities will be relocated underground to match a Marion Main Street Project several years ago to bury lines on the east side of Main Street.

Demolition and prep work to begin the new sidewalk project can begin on the first work day of June, according to the contract. However, AT&T will likely be the first on the scene, removing its overhead transmission lines.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Crittenden has Sixth Confirmed COVID-19 Case

Crittenden County has a sixth case of COVID-19.

The latest confirmed case is a 77-year-old Marion woman, who is in an area hospital. Her husband has tested negative.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive said a 44-year-old man, who was recently announced as the county's fifth confirmed case, has been released from the hospital.

Of the county's six confirmed cases, one woman has passed away, four other individuals have recovered and one is now in the hospital.

Healthy Feet Important for Diabetics

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Taking care of your feet if you have diabetes is extremely important.

There are a number of suggestions diabetes specialists have to keep feet healthy. One is seeing a podiatrist annually. Another is keeping blood flowing to the feet.

Keeping proper checks of your A1c, blood pressure and cholesterol is also important.

The Pennyrile District Health Department has a diabetes specialist and counselor, Kelly Dawes, who can assist individuals with questions they may have about managing diabetes. To learn more, contact the health center in your county.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Each student could get $313.50

To further provide support to local students, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has begun the Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This financial resource is available for families with students who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-19.

P-EBT provides households with an EBT card with funds to spend on food at home for students. Because all Crittenden students receive free meals, they are eligible for $313.50.

For more information about how you can enroll your student in this program, see this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.

Jumpstart the voting process

It's time for Crittenden Countians to jumpstart the voting process.

Crittenden County Clerk Carolyn Byford encourages registered voters to act now to request an absentee ballot for the June 23 primary election. Of course, this primary was supposed to have been held in May, but due to COVID-19 the election day was rescheduled and mail-in balloting was made universal.


There will be other ways to vote such as on an absentee machine which will be set up soon at the courthouse, or on election day there will be two voting machines at the courthouse. However, there will be only one voting location for the entire county. Normally, there are a dozen voting precincts throughout the county. This time, there will be just one, and that will be at the courthouse from 6am to 6pm on Tuesday, June 23.

You may also request a ballot by calling the Crittenden County Clerk’s office at 270-965-3403 or email your request to

Candidates wishing to file for election in the fall general election have until 4pm Tuesday, June 2. Crittenden County will a handful of non-partisan elections in the fall, including six seats on the Marion City Council and three seats on the Crittenden County School Board.

Press publishes Graduation Section today

Today's Crittenden Press will include our annual Graduation Special Section with photographs, text of speeches, messages from administrators about this unprecedented graduation and much, much more.

The newspaper will be on newsstands today.

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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

May is Stroke Awareness Month

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Everyone needs to pay attention to the risk factors for stroke, particularly individuals with diabetes.

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and health educators are sharing important information that could help prevent a potentially life-threatening condition.

It is important to think FAST if you sense you or someone you are with could be experiencing stroke symptoms.

To learn more about how to manage the risk factors of stroke, especially for people with diabetes, contact the Pennyrile District Health Department's diabetes specialist.

Anyone needing a haircut?

A line had already begun to form outside of Roy and Tim's Barber Shop on Main Street well before opening time this morning.

By 7:30am, there were already five in line and the shop wasn't scheduled to open until 8. Three were sitting out front and others waiting in cars parked curbside. Down Main about a half of a block, Crabtree and Stoner's shop was also attracting customers a half hour before opening.

Monday was the first day that barbers and hairstylists could reopen for business, but because of the Memorial Day Holiday most were opting to restart today.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Tuesday is voter registration deadline

Tuesday is the final day to register for the June 23 primary election.

You can go online to make sure your voter registration is correct by logging onto or call the Crittenden County Clerk's office (270-965-3403).

This will not be a normal election due to COVID-19. Only one voting location will be open in Marion. It will be at the courthouse. A post card will be sent out from the State Board of Elections to all registered voters, informing them of the changes and how to get a ballot by mail.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Honoring Crittenden County's Fallen

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The Crittenden Press publishes every year just ahead of Memorial Day weekend this full page feature depicting local warriors who have fallen in the line of duty throughout the last 100 years.

We salute all of the men and women who are serving and have served our country. We are grateful for our freedoms and wholeheartedly respect the incredible sacrifices made by those who gave their all. And we remember their families, who also gave so much.

God Bless each of you on this Memorial Day weekend. Be safe and be reminded of those who gave everything so that you can have anything at all. 

You can get a copy of this full-page image in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press, or CLICK HERE for a full resolution image of the fallen soldiers from World War I through the Cold War.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Man dies in Crittenden tree accident

UPDATE: The identity of the victim has now been released by the coroner.
Dead is David Halliman, 32, of 8491 Blackburn Church Road.

A 32-year-old man died after a tree fell on him in an accident Friday afternoon on Blackburn Church Road in the eastern part of Crittenden County.

The rescue squad and ambulance service was summoned to a remote area near the intersection of Blackburn Church Road and Gum Creek Road at about 6:30pm.

The victim had apparently cut a tree that fell on him.

No further information was immediately available about the identity of the man.

Class of 2020 Graduation Video

Crittenden County High School's Class of 2020 graduation video is posted at the following link:

The program was videotaped recently as a consolation to graduates who missed their traditional commencement ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A Senior Parade was also held tonight in downtown Marion to allow the community to celebrate its graduates.

Job Corps Center has job openings

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

The center offers benefits and full-time, part-time and substitute positions.
See openings and apply online.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Fatal auto accident on Fords Ferry Road

The victim has been identified as Michael Brasher, 32, of Marion.

One person is dead following a single-vehicle accident on Fords Ferry Road just north of Marion near the city limits.

The driver, a male, was the only person in the vehicle and died at the scene at around 9pm.

Further details were not immediately available.

Over air TVs need to rescan today

Viewers who get their television from an antenna will need to rescan today in order to continue getting local channels like WPSD Channel 6.

The TV Rescan Alert was issued May 21, 2020, for Paducah, KY-Cape Girardeau, MO-Harrisburg-Mt Vernon, IL.

TV viewers who receive free, over-the-air local TV will need to rescan their TV to continue receiving local channels, including emergency and weather alerts. TV rescans are free and simple using the TV remote: Select Scan or Autotune from the TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. The TV will do the rest in only a few minutes. More information is available at There may be more than one TV rescan required in each city, and by signing up to receive free email and text alerts at, consumers can be notified the precise day a TV rescan is required.

Consumers can perform the TV rescan beginning immediately

The Federal Communications Commission is requiring nearly 1,000 TV stations to change frequencies in order to provide more channels for wireless broadband services, and when these stations change frequencies, consumers must perform a TV rescan.

Senior Parade Route Changed

Due to some restrictions that would have been required for Friday's Senior Parade route if conducted as previously proposed by the Crittenden County School District, a new route has been developed.

The school district issued a statement just before 4pm on Thursday, making changes to the route, substantially shortening it, yet allowing a more festive atmosphere for students.

The parade will still begin at 5pm. It will largely be along Main Street in Marion, taking the same route as other downtown parades such as at Christmas and homecoming. It will still start at CCHS parking lot and end there, in front of the Rocket. The route will go from the school eastward along Gum Street to US 60 then northward on Main Street to First Street at Subway where it will end for spectators. From there, seniors will go back to campus.

"The City of Marion and the health department have been very gracious to allow us the opportunity to have this event to celebrate (seniors) and (their) accomplishments. With that said, there are some rules and guidelines that we must follow," the statement from the school said.

Following are the guidelines that were set forth by the school and sent to all of the student-participants:
  • Seniors will lineup at CCHS in designated spots at 4:45. 
  • At 5pm, a fire truck will escort the seniors along the new parade route.
  • New Parade Route: Upon exiting from the parking lot, the parade will turn left onto Highway 60 and proceed to the light at the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway 641. The parade will travel Main Street. Students’ names will be announced by WMJL radio station as they pass the Farmers Market. The parade will continue on Main Street and end by turning right at Subway. 
  • Once the students have driven the parade route, they will drive back to the CCHS parking lot and return to their original designated spots. 
  • After students have returned, they will proceed to the front of the high school to receive their graduation packets in front of the rocket.
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UPDATES Livingston Teen Missing from Lola Area

Livingston authorities say the teen has been found and is safe.

A teenager is missing from the Lola area and the Livingston County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in finding her.

Jacey Campbell, 13, has been missing since this morning when she was last seen on Ditney Road in the northern part of Livingston County. She was wearing a pink American Eagle shirt and black jogging pants with white stripes down the side of the pants.

The sheriff's department describes her as a white teenager, 5-foot-6 and weighing approximately 140 pounds with brown eyes and auburn hair.

If you have any information or have contact with the teenager please contact the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at (270) 928-2122 or the Kentucky State Police at 1(800) 222-5555.

COVID reappears in Crittenden County

Crittenden County officials have confirmed a fifth positive case of COVID-19 here.

Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said a male in his 40s has been admitted to an area hospital outside of Crittenden County. The health department is tracing his contacts, which could potentially be quite numerous, the judge said.

Of the five cases that have been reported here since the pandemic started, one person has died, three have recovered and now this is the only active case.

Will Crittenden ban cell phones at school?

See this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press to find out what's being discussed by the Crittenden County Board of Education after a proposal from one school's SBDM Council.

A meeting in June will determine whether whether cell phone use will be prohibited when classes return for the fall semester.

Teachers and administrators say cell phones are distracting and there are other issues, too. That's why the district is looking at pouches like the one pictured that could help it silence phones.

See this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press for all the details. You can becoming a subscriber to the full printed or e-Edition for as little as $2.95. Click here to subscribe.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Memorial Day Services Cancelled

Due to concerns about COVID-19, all three of Crittenden County’s customary Memorial Day weekend ceremonies are cancelled.

There are normally events at Shady Grove Cemetery, including a meal, and at Mapleview Cemetery in Marion and the Blackford Veterans Memorial.

Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said the customary wreath will still be placed at Blackford.

In Livingston County, the Burna American Legion Memorial Day program is also cancelled, but it will be displaying its traditional crosses, and also flags to recognize veterans who have passed away in the past year. This is the first time in more than 57 years Burna has not held a Memorial Day service.

COVID striking out summer camps

Let's take a trip down to the Church of Christ's West Kentucky Youth Camp tucked away in the forests near Sheridan in rural Crittenden County where the pool and pews are empty this summer due to COVID-19. 

Summer youth camps are shelved for 2020, but Hurricane Youth Camp near Tolu has an option for its children. We talked to Kory Cunningham, the evangelist scheduled for Hurricane, about what's he doing to connect with kids in June. And, The Press has the latest from Camp Meeting organizers about whether the 132nd straight Hurricane revival will be held this summer.

See it all in this week's full issue of The Crittenden Press for details. Click here to subscribe.

Monday, May 18, 2020

CCMS SBDM meeting open on Zoom

Crittenden County Middle School Site-Based, Decision-Making Council will meet remotely via Zoom at 3:30pm Tuesday, May 19.

The public is welcome to join the Zoom meeting at the following link:

Crittenden County Courthouse reopen today

Crittenden County Courthouse and a couple of other county facilities are back open to public traffic today.

Livingston County Courthouse in Smithland is also back open today.

Both courthouses have been closed since March.

Normal courthouse business hours in Marion are 8 a.m., until 4:30 p.m. Most offices inside the Crittenden County Courthouse are back open; however, the circuit clerk’s office has been ordered by state officials to remain closed through the end of May.

Also, there will be no regular district, circuit or family court proceedings in May.

A number of guidelines to protect employees and visitors will be in place. Masks shall be worn at the discretion of the individual while keeping in mind that masks are suggested for employees who will be encountering within six feet another employee or member of the general public, said Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom.

There will be no congregating in the hallways, stairwells, doorways or offices and only one family member will be allowed in a county facility at any given time unless otherwise required for court purposes. Also, there can be just one customer in an office at one time, except for the county clerk’s office which can accommodate four customers at one time.

The animal shelter and road department are also reopening Monday. The jail and senior center will not reopen next week.

Sturgis bike rally postponed

The Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally in Union County has been postponed due to the pandemic.

Instead of being held in July, it is now scheduled for Sept. 10-13.

General Election filing deadline June 2

Six city council seats and three school board seats will be on the ballot during the fall general election.

The filing deadline to seek those offices is 4 p.m., June 2 at the Crittenden County Clerk’s office in the courthouse. You can contact the Clark at 270-965-3403 weekdays to make an appointment to file while the courthouse is temporary closed to general traffic due to the pandemic.

All of the two-year terms of at-large, non-partisan Marion City Council seats are up for election.
Also on the ballot will be three school board positions, those in districts 1, 3 and 4 where Bill Asbridge, Chris Cook and Tim Grau are currently the incumbents.

The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 3. Crittenden County Clerk Carolyn Byford said that although the primary election has been moved up to June 23, there is no intention at this time to change the general election date.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Rescue squad searching for 12-year-old boy

UPDATE: The boy has been found.

Crittenden County Rescue Squad is on Ky. Hwy. 1668 (Crittenden Springs Road) searching for a young boy who walked away from his home this afternoon.

The boy is described as a 12-year-old with blond hair and last seen wearing royal blue shorts and a greenish black T-shirt.

If you see this boy please contact the Marion Police Department at 270-965-3500.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Mental health important, especially for diabetics

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May is Mental Health Month, which makes it a good time to discuss some of the signs and symptoms of depression.  In light of COVID-19, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and also to make poor food choices. But individuals with diabetes must pay special attention to these things, especially to what they eat and be committed to physical activity, expert say.

People with diabetes are more likely to experience depression. If you have any of the symptoms of depression, or if you are tired, frustrated or unable to care for your diabetes, you should talk to a health care provider.

Support is only a phone call away. The Pennyrile District Health Department has a certified diabetes and education specialist who can discuss these and other important topics related to diabetes.

Friday, May 15, 2020

School district seeks NTI feedback

Crittenden County School District is interested in feedback from parents, students and teachers about its Non-Traditional Instruction period brought on by the pandemic crisis.

The district issued a request this week, seeking comment on the matter.

"Rocket students, parents, and teachers: Thank you for your hard work, flexibility, and resilience as we navigated unfamiliar territory in distance learning due to COVID-19. To help us determine what worked well and how we can improve, please give input," the district said.

Click Here to send feedback to the school system.

Some East Kentucky Counties COVID-free

A handful of eastern Kentucky counties remain COVID-free – as shown on the accompanying map – while the state heads into its third month of the pandemic.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his daily press briefing yesterday that restrictions on travel and group gatherings of 10 or less are being lifted just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

The new date is Friday, May 22, the governor said.

“We originally had it on May 25 but realized that people are making plans for Memorial Day.  I trust we can do this right, that we can do this safely, and I’d much rather get out there with some good guidance and rules as a number of people are going to do this anyway and encourage you to do it well," Beshear explained.

While guidance on group outings appears on the Healthy at Work section of the state’s website,, Beshear mentioned a couple of points.

“Hold the gathering outside whenever possible.  If you’re thinking about a picnic, spread those blankets out so they are six feet apart, since you can still see each other and still talk.  Remain six feet apart from those who are not in your household.”

He also added a few other tips: “Do not share food, drink, containers, plates, napkins, or utensils.  Don’t do a buffet, and I wouldn’t do a potluck.”

Beshear announced 199 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, making the ... for the rest of the article see KENTUCKY TODAY.

Popcorn drive-thru raises money for Project Graduation

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Members of the community can grab a bag of popcorn Thursday afternoon and support Crittenden County Project Graduation at the same time.

Partners Insurance is hosting an event to raise money for Project Graduation, and will display a large banner of names of the Class of 2020 between 3-7 p.m., Sunday.

Donations can be dropped into a bucket in the drive-thru of the insurance agency's parking lot on E. Bellville Street. After coordinating with the City of Marion Police Department, agent Shelley Davidson said it was determined the best route will be for cars to form a line from Walker Street in front of Fohs Hall and travel west on Bellville Street into the Partners Insurance parking lot.

Since Project Graduation is cancelled because of COVID-19, money raised by Project Graduation will be divided evenly among all seniors.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Plans coming together for Senior Parade

The community is encouraged to participate in the May 22 senior recognition parade to honor the Class of 2020.

It will start at 5 p.m., may last nearly two hours and will include a couple of new wrinkles to perhaps add a touch of traditional feel to an otherwise consolation settlement for the normal pomp of graduation ceremonies.

“We invite our community to come join us in celebrating these seniors,” said Supt. Vince Clark.

The event will start and end on the high school campus. It will wind its way through Marion and make a loop through ... Read the rest of this article in this week's full version of The Crittenden Press, in traditional print form or our e-Edition. Click here to subscribe, starting at just $2.95 a month.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

No new cases reported here

Here is an update on COVID-19 testing since March at Crittenden Community Hospital as of today:

Tests administered: 80
Positive tests: 0
Tests pending: 7

Crittenden County had no new confirmations of positive cases of COVID-19 in the last couple of weeks. It has had four confirmed cases since March (all of the positive cases were confirmed at healthcare facilities other than the local hospital). One victim passed away and the other three have recovered. Livingston County reported its seventh positive case early this week. The new case was a 38-year-old male, who is quarantined at home.

DISTANT by NATURE: Surviving COVID in Crittenden County

If the coronavirus is going to catch up to John Croft or Cole Easley, it will have to hitch a ride into the ridges of Crittenden County on a hydraulic hose or some other tractor part imported for repairs. Because these two young farmers are like many in rural western Kentucky, they social distance by nature, and to be honest, it ... Read the entire article in this week's full version of The Crittenden Press, in traditional print form or our e-Edition. Click here to subscribe, starting at just $2.95 a month.

Former Crittenden teacher shot, killed

UPDATE: Read more details, click here.

A former Crittenden County school teacher was shot and killed yesterday in Paducah.

The Paducah Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a victim it did not immediately identify; however, friends and colleagues on social media and elsewhere have confirmed that it was CD McCord, who taught school here about a decade ago.

 She was shot at about 1:30pm Tuesday afternoon near Fountain Avenue and Harrison Streets. First responders found her dead on the lawn of a home on Harrison Street, which is between downtown and Noble Park.

Police say they caught the suspect a few blocks from the scene riding a bicycle. Authorities have not released the suspects name at this time.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

May is Vision Month, good time for eye review

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Diabetes is the main cause of blindness for people under age 74, and during the month of May the Pennyrile District Health Department is focusing special attention on healthy eyes.

May is Vision Month, and a good time to consider an eye exam. A routine dilated eye exam helps your eye doctor determine whether there may be signs of health problems.

It is not uncommon for people with diabetes to suffer from retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. All of these things can be detected with routine eye exams.

Kelly Dawes is the Pennyrile District Health Department's certified diabetes care and education specialist and can provide additional information.

Last Day of School is Today

Today is the final day of an unprecedented end to the school year.

In Crittenden County Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) officially ends today.

School personnel will be manning the phones at offices until 3 p.m.

CCHS Releases Academic Recognition

Crittenden County High School is sharing its 2019-2020 Academic Recognition program online.

The school district congratulates the student winners and recognizes their hard work and the dedication

"We are happy to celebrate these accomplishments with you!" the district said in a news release issuing the link to program. Click Here to Watch.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Guidelines released for return to work protocol

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New requirements went into effect today for Kentucky businesses slowly re-opening after a two-month shutdown in some cases. 

Included is a list of 14 precautions and regulations in effect for businesses that have remained open and for those opening this week. Additional sectors of business will open May 20 and May 25.

This information is provided by the Pennyrile District Health Department. Also included with the information supplied are web addresses to learn more about specific measures put in place.

Greer seeing patients at CARE clinic

A new provider has joined the staff of Livingston CARE Clinic in Salem.

Sam Greer, APRN, has joined Alicia Clark, APRN and is accepting appointments for patients with a variety of primary care needs two days a week.

The Livingston CARE Clinic is located in the former Burkhart Rural Health Clinic on Main Street in Salem. The clinic is owned by Livingston Hospital & Healthcare Services.

To make an appointment with Greer, contact the clinic at (270) 988-3839.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Act FAST if you suspect a stroke

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The key word to remember if you suspect a stroke is FAST: Face, Arm, Speech, Time.

Individuals with diabetes are at a heightened risk for heart problems such as stroke, which is why it is important to know the warning signs and to act fast.

To learn more about controlling diabetes or to speak to a professional about your health condition, call the health department in your county to discuss your concerns.

Kelly Dawes, is a certified diabetes care and education specialist with the Pennyrile District Health Department and answer your questions.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Senior Parade, more surprises coming

As Crittenden County High School continues to salute the Class of 2020 with senior spotlights on social media and surprise cap and gown deliveries, filming is well underway in the production of the school’s first ever virtual graduation.

The graduation video will be shared at 7 p.m., on Friday, May 22. A link to the video will be shared with students, parents, and the community on the school’s web site and Facebook page. Prior to the airing of the graduation, a Senior Parade is being planned for seniors and their families. More details will be shared with students and the community soon.

CCHS Principal Amanda Irvan added that more senior surprises are planned for the graduates in the coming days. Additionally, all graduating seniors will receive a DVD of the graduation ceremony, so that all students are able to view the ceremony, regardless of internet access.

Greer joins CARE clinic in Salem

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A new provider has joined the staff of Livingston CARE Clinic in Salem.

Sam Greer, APRN, has joined Alicia Clark, APRN and is accepting appointments for patients with a variety of primary care needs two days a week.

The Livingston CARE Clinic is located in the former Burkhart Rural Health Clinic on Main Street in Salem. The clinic is owned by Livingston Hospital & Healthcare Services.

To make an appointment with Greer, contact the clinic at (270) 988-3839.

Get your produce in the County Guide

Crittenden Countians have always enjoyed having meat, vegetables and fruit that they knew were grown by their neighbors.

Now, the Crittenden County Extension Services has developed a plan to gather, catalog and make availble to the public a local product guide.

“I’ve always had people call the office and ask where they can buy locally grown products,” said  Dee Brasher Heimgartner, the Crittenden County Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources.

Particularly now with the threat of COVID-19 potentially lurking on just about anything, Crittenden Countians are even more attracted to locally-produced farm products, she said.

Heimgartner says she has always kept a notebook with names and products scratched in it, but now the idea is to make the information a bit more formal.

“It can get hard keeping track of all the products and producers,” she explained. “This, hopefully, will be an easier way to list them for the public to use.”

The Extension Service has developed a form for local producers to complete and return to the office. CLICK HERE FOR FORM.

“We will put that information into a spreadsheet and develop a product guide,” she said, which can be updated annually.

The guide will include only Crittenden County producers.

“Products that can be included might be seasonal vegetables, whole or half beef, other meats, hay or plants,” Heimgartner said. “We are asking that forms be turned in by May 26.

If you miss the deadline, don’t worry, the inaugral guide will be regularly updated.
You can contact Heimgartner by email at or call 270-695-5236.

Thursday, May 7, 2020


From The Crittenden Press Archives

Thursday, May 7, 1970
• Suzanne James of Marion was one of 786 students to receive awards at Murray State University's annual Honors Day Program. Mrs. James, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Charles Hulse, was named outstanding senior majoring in English.
• The Crittenden track squad took second place in a Class A WKC Meet. In the winning column were Clark Wheeler in the high jump, Mike Heffington discus and Mike Hamilton in the 440.
• Cochran Hardware was in the process of remodeling their storefront on South Main in Marion.

Thursday, May 11, 1995
• Alec Pierce, son of Frank and Janet Pierce, was crowned Little Mr. Crittenden County. Ami Beth Tinsley, the daughter of Eddie and Linda Tinsley, was crowned Little Miss Crittenden County.
• Jimmy Croft was selected from a list of four finalists to become Crittenden County's next boys' basketball coach. Croft was a native countian and 1975 graduate of Crittenden County High School.
• Six Crittenden County High School Special Olympics athletes returned victorious from the regional competition. Those competing were Brent Belt, April Cowan, Robert Johnson, Carmen Orr, Jason Price and David Shipman. The team was coached by Heidi Howard and assisted by Katrina Baker and Donna Orr. The team qualified for the state competition at Eastern Kentucky University.

Thursday, May 6, 2010
• Crittenden County High School senior Tally Nix earned a spot on the Western Kentucky University Cheerleading Squad. Nix was among 50 girls who tried out for the team.
• Salem celebrated its bicentennial with everything from a watermelon eating contest to live music and a parade.
• For what was possibly the first time in more than 25 years, Rocket eighth grade hurler Travis Gilbert became the first pitcher to start a season 4-0 with a satisfying 10-7 win over Fifth District foe Livingston Central.

Schools urged to plan for multiple scenarios

Kentucky Department of Education is urging school districts to be flexible as they plan academic calendars for the next school year. Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown told superintendents during a webcast last week that they should plan for multiple scenarios.

Brown said possibilities include an early start, possibly in July; a traditional start in August and a late start, possibly after Labor Day, the Associated Pres reported.

Brown also advised superintendents to ask school boards to approve multiple calendars and to be prepared to adapt depending on circumstances.

Clean up ponds with trip to Feed Mills

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Marion Feed Mills has what you need to get your pond in great shape. Whether you want to enhance its appearance or make it suitable for fish and swimming, there are a host of products available at Marion Feed Mills.

The longtime Marion business sells cleaners, bio-stimulants and algae control products.

Get your pond in tip-top shape with a visit to Marion Feed Mills, located on East Bellville Street.

Curbside delivery available.

Status Update on latest COVID patient

Includes latest update on the other male patient.

The most recent confirmed case of COVID-19 in Crittenden County has recovered and is now released from quarantine, according to Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom. 

The 70-year-old man was diagnosed in late April. He and his wife have both been quarantined at home. 

Newcom said the man was cleared yesterday.  

To date, Crittenden has had 4 confirmed cases of the virus. One 59-year-old woman has died, and another 56-year-old female has recovered. The fourth patent, a 65-year-old man, was virus free at last test and was to have been released from the hospital earlier this week.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

UPS will bring your child meals

Two weeks worth of free meals will be available to Crittenden County students through June 30.

Registration is underway for the Meals-to-You program, which ships 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches/suppers for children age 1-18 using UPS delivery.

Enrollment for the free program ends May 13, so school officials urge Crittenden Countians to act quickly.

Every other week participants will receive a Meals-to-You box delivered to their home with 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches/suppers for each child age 1-18 in the household. All foods are shelf stable. Meals are kid-friendly and help alleviate extra trips to the grocery store, extra money spent on food and extra time planning meals kids will like.


To register, fill out an online form at:
The program is possible due to a partnership between the Crittenden County School District, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Baylor University. 

Keep diabetes, heart health in check

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Heart disease is a serious health issue that can be even more problematic for individuals with diabetes.

Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack are imperative. Your doctor can advise you ways to control your blood pressure and cholesterol to lower your risk factors for a heart attack.

To learn more about preventing heart problems as a diabetic, contact Kelly Dawes, certified diabetes care and education specialist, at the Pennyrile District Health Department or contact the health department in your county.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Old Pantry building going down

A decayed commercial building that hasn’t had a permanent resident in decades will be gone by tomorrow afternoon, says one of its new owners.

The site at the corner of Main and Gum streets was a convenience store for many years, operated as a Pantry then locally-owned Mel’s Market. In more recent years, it has been a church and a seasonal fireworks retail store.

The Pantry property at the intersection of U.S. 60 and U.S. 641 – perhaps the busiest location in Crittenden County – and the adjoining lot that was once a muffler shop were purchased Friday by Crittenden Properties, LLC.

Crittenden Properties is a Kentucky limited liability corporation that was formed a week ago by local businessmen Kent Martin and Charlie Hunt.

Hunt told The Press that the old Pantry lot will be gone within hours. A track hoe began tearing down the building today.

See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for more.

Here's what we're up to...

The Press is working a number of story angles this week for the printed edition.

We are visiting with some local mask-makers who will tailor your mouth guard to your liking and we will show you a tie between a major sporting goods manufacture and Crittenden County.

Virtual graduation video shoots are continuing today and we will drop in on that this afternoon.

And, we will be rounding up some folks who are ready to get back to work as the state starts phasing in.

Got some news? Let us know.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Distinguished alumnus Newcom dies

Crittenden County Distinguished Alumnus David L. Newcom has died.

Recognized in 2014 as a distinguished alumnus by Crittenden County High School, Newcom died at his home in Mesa, Ariz., on Thursday, April 23.

He was 80.

Newcom was a global engineer for John Deere and was instrumental in the design of many of its popular tractors, including the 60 Series.