Friday, July 31, 2020

Wood joins Grand Lakes, Eddyville clinics

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Laura Wood, a Crittenden County native and veteran nurse, has joined the staff of Grand Lakes Clinic and Eddyville Family Medical.

Both clinics are operated by Livingston Hospital & Healthcare Services.

Wood is a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Appointments are now being scheduled at both clinics.

Crittenden has no COVID hospitalizations now

The person from Crittenden County who had been hospitalized with COVID-19 has been released, as have others in nearby counties that were previously reported hospitalized. 

Above are statistics provided this afternoon from the Pennyrile District Health Department. 

Fair events on as scheduled

Despite the weather, Crittenden County Lions Club Fair events remain on schedule for tonight and tomorrow at the fairgrounds. Here area the events for the last weekend of the fair:

ENDURO DERBY Full-Contact Racing
at Lions Club Fairgrounds, 7pm
Gate fee $10 and $5 kids

at Ag Building Fairgrounds, 9-Noon
4-H competition, No charge

at Lions Club Fairgrounds, 7 pm
Gate fee $12 for 16-over; $5 for ages 6-15; and 5-under are Free.

Smithland Bridge work ramps up next week

The new bridge at Smithland will take three years to build. The deck will be two 12-foot driving lanes with a six-foot shoulder on each side. It will replace the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge which opened to traffic in 1931.

Construction of the New U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland in Livingston County will ramp up substantially next week.

 Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor for a $63.6 million project to erect a new 1,912-foot  structure immediately downstream from the 89-year old bridge it is replacing.  The contractor and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers have established a work schedule for the project.

The contractor has begun maintenance work on the existing bridge and pre-construction activities such as placement of work zone signage, work on access roads, as well as an equipment assembly and supply storage yard.

For more on this construction project see the complete article in this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

More new COVID cases in Crittenden County

This post has been updated to include 2 more cases today

Four new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed today in Crittenden County.

These bring the total to 27 positive cases here since records began being kept more than five months ago.

One is a 54-year-old female isolated at home. Three others reside at the same home in rural Crittenden County and all self-isolating there. They are a 41-year-old male, 64-year-old female and a 13-year-old female.

Here are relevant numbers associated with COVID-19 testing in Crittenden County since March:
27 Total cases have been confirmed
17 recovered and released from care
8 active cases isolated at home
1 active case hospitalized
1 case deceased

Online orientation for online local students

Virtual orientation dates for online learners have been set and students and parents can log on with the links below or go to the Crittenden County School District Facebook page or website for a portal. 

If you are enrolling children in the virtual options, you and your student(s) will need to attend an orientation session. There will be a session at CCES for elementary learners, and a session at CCMS/HS for middle and high school learners. 

Register for either or both using these links:

CCES Virtual Orientation Session Registration:

CCMS/CCHS Virtual Orientation Session Registration:

Fohs Hall rentals available

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Marion's most stately building is available for rent. Several options are available including varying rates for profit- and non-profit organizations.

Rental space is available for small and large gatherings, including the Nunn and Conrad rooms, upstairs meeting area, basement and auditorium.

If you are planning a concert, party or reception, call Elliot West to reserve Fohs Hall.

Get Ready for Derby Weekend

ENDURO DERBY Full-Contact Racing
at Lions Club Fairgrounds, 7pm
Gate fee $10 and $5 kids

at Ag Building Fairgrounds, 9-Noon
4-H competition, No charge

at Lions Club Fairgrounds, 7 pm
Gate fee $12 for 16-over; $5 for ages 6-15; and 5-under are Free.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Delinquent Property Tax list to be published


Carolyn Byford, Crittenden County Clerk, pursuant to KRS 424.130, announces that the 2019 Delinquent Real Property Tax bills (Certificates of Delinquency) will be published in The Crittenden Press on  AUGUST 6, 2020. The list of Certificates of Delinquency is also available for public inspection during the hours of  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday at the Crittenden County clerk’s office located at: 107 S Main St, Suite 203, Marion, Ky.  This list may also be inspected on the County Clerk’s website.  The Uniform Resource Locater (URL) of the website is  The tax sale will be held on SEPTEMBER 8, 2020  beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All interested participants must register with the County Clerk’s office by the close of business on August 31, 2020.  Please contact the County Clerk’s office if you need additional information about the tax sale registration process, the required registration fee or the deposit amounts that will be needed.  TAXPAYERS can continue to pay their delinquent tax bills to the County Clerk’s office any time prior to the tax sale.


Some delinquencies, although they have been advertised, will be excluded from the tax sale in accordance with the provisions of KRS 134.504 (10) (b).  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the County Clerk’s office at 270-965-3403.

KHSAA lays out fall sports plan

Kentucky High School Athletics Association on Tuesday approved a plan for fall scholastics sports.

All Crittenden County fall sports teams, except golf which begins matches this week, will start full-fledged practicing on Aug. 24.

Competition for cross country, soccer and volleyball begins on Sept. 7 and football games begin Sept. 11.

Crittenden sports teams will lose a number of already-scheduled, early-season matches and games based on the later start dates. Customarily competition begins in August.

Football will lose three games, but CCHS is looking to add one at the end of the season on an open date Nov. 6 created by a KHSAA change in the playoff schedule, giving the Rockets eight regular-season contests. The football playoffs begin on Nov. 13.

Golf, which is a sport where safety precautions can be readily made, has been practicing somewhat normally and CCHS will start with matches Friday and Saturday. 

The annual Rocket Golf Preview appears in this week's edition of The Crittenden Press along with more on other fall sports news based on the KHSAA's meeting this week. 

Social wellness important health component

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Being social is healthy.  Healthy social networks help the body respond better to stress and result in an enhanced immune system.

Conversely, being isolated and alone carry some of the same risks associated with smoking, high blood pressure and obesity.

Simply put, social support improves your quality of life.  The Pennyrile District Health Department is celebrating Social Wellness Month by discussing social plans with anyone needing assistance.

Call the health center in your county to receive assistance.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Farmers P2P makes for easy funds transfers

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Sending money is quick and easy with Farmers Bank's P2P (Person to Person) transfers.

Through Farmers' mobile app, customers can send send money or reimburse friends with just a few clicks. All you need is an email address or a phone number.

Simply download the app today or stop by any of Farmers Bank's 10 locations for assistance.

Happy Hearts accepting enrollment

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A new day care is opening in Marion. Happy Hearts Childcare will be opening at the former Quality Day Care building on the corner of Country Club Drive and Rudd Street.

Tara Chittenden, a former employee of Quality Day Care, purchased the business from Pat Winn. Her daughter Emmie Smith will serve as director.

Enrollment is being accepted now.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Online school registration underway

Online registration for Crittenden County students is now open. Because of planning required due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is important that parents register students earlier this year and during a smaller window. 

Registration is open only through Aug. 3. To register, go to the Parent Portal at After updating routine information, select either in-person (in the classroom) or virtual (learning online from home) for your student(s). Learn more about both options by visiting:

Prompt response is needed so the district can plan for both in-person and virtual learners, including bus routes and student spacing in physical classrooms. 

If you have forgotten your portal credentials, instructions for retrieving those are on the Infinite Campus log-in page. 

If you need further assistance registering, phone your student's school or central office. CCES: 270.965.2243; CCMS: 270.965.5221; CCHS: 270.965.2248; Central Office: 270.965.3525.

Sirens sound during maintenance

The siren that sounded twice in Marion just before 10 a.m. Monday appears to be related to maintenance that was being performed on the system.  They were not sounded to signal any type of emergency.

Ag Commish: Beware of unsolicited foreign seeds

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is sounding the alarm about reports of foreign seeds being shipped unsolicited to Kentuckians across the Commonwealth. Kentucky is the fourth state known to receive suspicious packages of seeds that appear to have originated from China.

“It is incredibly important that if you receive a package of foreign or unfamiliar seeds, you report it to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture immediately,” Commissioner Quarles said. “At this point in time, we don’t have enough information to know if this is a hoax, a prank, an internet scam, or an act of agricultural bio-terrorism. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive and introduce unknown diseases to local plants, harm livestock or threaten our environment. If you have received such a package, do not plant the seeds and immediately contact the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.”

Over the weekend, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) was notified of several Kentucky residents who had received unsolicited seed packets that appear to have originated

Rogers local WoodmenLife representative

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Planning for the future can cost you as little as $17.24 a month.

Contact Grant Rogers, representative for WoodmenLife, to learn more about the availability of life insurance policies and other financial savings plans.

Rogers' office is located on Gum Street in Marion behind Tabor's Towing & Repair.

Cloning Asian tick found in Kentucky

Tick that can clone itself is found on cattle in Southern Ky. and wildlife in Eastern Ky.; it's also a threat to pets, and hard to identify

Asian longhorned tick (Photo by Anna Pasternak, UK)
By Katie Pratt 

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

The Asian longhorned tick, which preys on a variety of hosts including humans and wild and domestic animals, has been found in Kentucky. This new tick is known to attack animals in large numbers and will be a concern to livestock producers, wildlife enthusiasts and pet owners. 

“This tick is an aggressive biter and frequently builds intense infestations on domestic hosts that can cause stress, reduced growth and severe blood loss,” said Jonathan Larson, UK extension entomologist. “One reason for their rapid buildup is that the female ticks can lay eggs without mating. It only takes a single fed female tick to create a population of ticks. Potentially, thousands

Cairo bridge temporally closed in August

Beginning on Saturday, Aug. 1, the Ohio River Bridge at Cario, Ill., near Wickliffe, Ky., will be closed for 30 days for repairs to a two-mile section of the approach on the Kentucky side.

The U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge serves as a north-south connection for U.S. 51, as well as an east-west connection for U.S. 60 and U.S. 62. The bridge carries about 7,000 vehicles per day between Kentucky and Illinois. About a third of the traffic on the bridge is commercial trucks, many of them hauling wheat, soybeans,

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Student on-line registration begins Monday

There will be a shorter time frame for online registration for Crittenden County students heading back to school.

Because of COVID-19 planning, school administrations want to have registration completed as soon as possible in order to better prepare for the new academic year.

Starting Monday, July 27, registration will be open. Active links will be shared with parents on the school's parent portal and school website. Students will have one week to register online. 


To register, go to your Parent Portal at After updating routine information, you will select either in-person (in the classroom) or virtual (learning online from home) for your student(s). You can learn more about both options by visiting: .

Your prompt responses are needed, so we can plan accordingly for both in-person and virtual learners, including bus routes and student spacing in physical classrooms.  

If you have forgotten your portal credentials, instructions for retrieving those are on the Infinite Campus log-in page. If you need further assistance registering, phone your student's school or central office. CCES: 270.965.2243; CCMS: 270.965.5221; CCHS: 270.965.2248; Central Office: 270.965.3525

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Banking app streamlines transactions

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Farmer's Bank's smartphone app puts your banking capabilities in your hand, on your time.

Did you know that the Farmers Bank mobile banking app allows users to make deposits by simply taking a picture of your paycheck?

To learn more, visit the App Store or call any of the bank's 10 locations for assistance.

Friday, July 24, 2020

COVID-19 cases in five-county health district

Here are the latest figures for COVID-19 cases in the Pennyrile Health District.

Crittenden County reported two new cases this week, including one today which required hospitalization. 

Governor asks churches stop indoor service for 2 weeks

Gov. Andy Beshear is asking Kentucky churches to not hold in-person services for the next two Sundays.

During a news conference on Friday, Beshear says he asked the Kentucky Council of Churches this week to consider recommending that congregations go back to some type of virtual service temporarily due to a spike in cases in Kentucky.

There is no executive order, only a request and a recommendation, the governor said.

In the briefing, the governor said he's concerned about people taking vacations and then returning to their churches, where the novel coronavirus can easily spread among a congregation. 

He also wants churches to make sure congregants are masked if they do have service.

Photovoltaic instructor sought in Morganfield

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HBI training center is seeking a photovoltaic instructor at its Morganfield center. Photovoltaic relates to the use of solar energy.

HBI provides training in a number of career fields including carpentry, masonry, solar installation and heating and air.

To apply or to learn more about HBI, visit

County COVID-19 cases reach 23 since March

Crittenden County officials have just received confirmation of an new positive COVID-19 case in the county. This makes 23 confirmed cases since records started being kept in March.

The new case is a 60-year-old male who is hospitalized at a local facility. As far as local officials know, this is only case of about 10 active here where the patient is hospitalized. 

District planning meeting July 28

Crittenden County School District will have a District Facilities Planning Meeting at 5:30pm on Tuesday, July 28 at the Rocket Arena Conference Room.

This meeting is open to the public. 

Marion Main Street, Inc., is Dissolved

A group dedicated to breathing life into downtown for more than two decades took its final breath last week, and with it Marion Main Street, Inc., left a gift that will keep on giving.

Marion Main Street, Inc., closed its books last Thursday, completing the dissolution of an organization that began 22 years ago. Over that time, Main Street had reinvested through grants and other financial means about $713,000 into the community, according to Susan Alexander, who had served as the group’s executive director the last several years.

Main Street was an influential part of growing downtowns during the late 1990s and early 2000s. 
“There was grant money back then and Main Street was once an organization that was in favor at the

Rite Temp seeking qualified employee

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Rite Temp Heating & Air of Marion is searching for a qualified technician.

The business has been serving Crittenden and the surrounding counties for several years and is located on Mott City Road in Marion.

Apply by fax or email.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Fair events this weekend

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The Crittenden County Lions Club Fair continues this Saturday.

On Saturday morning, the Little Miss pageants will begin at 10 a.m. at the Lions Club building, and the fairgrounds will be abuzz Saturday night with the sounds of trucks and tractors in a USA Pullers-sanctioned event.

Miss Pre-Teen, Teen and Miss Crittenden County will be crowned Monday night during the annual pageant at Fohs Hall.

Events are also scheduled for July 31 and Aug. 1, including the demolition derby. See complete list for details.

First responders working boating accident

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The body of a southern Illinois man was retrieved from the river Thursday night about 10pm. Another is believed to have drowned and rescue personnel continue to search for his body.

Crittenden County Rescue Squad sent a crew to Smithland Friday morning to assist in the search for a 46-year-old Herrin, Ill., man, who was one of two fisherman who went into the water after their boat capsized near the dam.

Kenneth Duncan, 60, of West Frankfort, Ill., was the man whose body was recovered Thursday.

First responders in Livingston County are working a boating accident near the Smithland dam on the Ohio River.

Early indications are that a boat capsized shortly before noon near the dam. One person was reportedly rescued and authorities are looking for a possible second victim.

More on this as information becomes available. 

Job Corps Center hiring

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Earl C. Job Corps Center is looking for employees.

The center has positions available in a number of departments. Competitive wages and benefits are provided.

For more information, contact the center.

ONLINE BONUS: Marion Disc Golf Playbook

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Disc golf is relatively new to the Marion-Crittenden County park, but interest is growing rapidly.

The 18-hole course, designed by H.B. Clark, opened in June 2019. Since then, a number of local individuals have developed a newfound attraction to the sport and disc golf enthusiasts from across the region and beyond have been coming to Marion for a round.

The Thursday, July 23, 2020 edition of The Crittenden Press included a full-page feature on the disc golf course with a playbook written by Marion disc golfer Rodney Travis. As an online bonus, The Press is making this in-depth special available to non-subscribers. CLICK HERE TO VIEW PDF.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Another COVID case confirmed today

On Wednesday, Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom announced its 22nd confirmed COVID-19 case. 

This one is a 65-year-old female who is self-isolated at home.

Although the county has about about 10 active cases, the most since the pandemic began, none are reportedly hospitalized at this time.

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Fairgrounds beaming with activities

Shelby and Jared Belt of Belt Construction in
Marion have been working tirelessly to get
the arena ready at Crittenden County Fairgrounds
for this weekend's truck and tractor pull.
The Crittenden County Lions Club Fair continues this weekend with a truck and tractor pull at the fairgrounds. Additionally, there will be Little Miss pageant at the Lions Club building on Saturday and additional pageant competitions on Monday at Fohs Hall. 

Festivities continue next week with Produce Exhibits, Cupcake Wars for 4-Hers and the ever popular Enduro and Demolition Derbies. 

Newborn, Little Miss, Lady of Crittenden County, 10 a.m.
at Lions Club Building, fairgrounds
Gate fee $5, 5-under Free

Local Miss Pre-Teen, Teen, Miss Crittenden County (local), 2 p.m.
at Lions Club Building, fairgrounds
Gate fee $5, 5-under Free

7pm, Gate $12, ages 6-15 $5
Under 5 gets in free

Miss Pre-Teen, Teen, Miss Crittenden County (open), 6 p.m.
at Fohs Hall
Gate fee $5, 5-under Free

Enduro Derby, Friday, July 31
Cupcake Wars, Saturday, Aug. 1
Demolition Derby, Saturday, Aug. 1

Online diabetes classes begin Aug. 4

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Diabetes classes designed to help people learn strategies for handling the disease will begin Aug. 4 in the Pennyrile District.

The free classes are being held online each Tuesday and Thursday Aug. 4-Sept. 1. participants can access the class from their phone, tablet or computer. 

To learn more, contact the diabetes specialists with the Pennyrile District Health Department.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Farmers Bank Digital Banking handy

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Farmers Bank's mobile app is handy! If you don't already have it on your smartphone, you should.

Digital banking allows you to check your account balance, send bill payments, reimburse friends and make deposits.

For assistance, contact the bank or simply download the app from the App Store.

Details for Driver's license, ID cards, CDL, testing

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Renewing a driver’s license or getting one for the first time has become one of the toughest challenges during the pandemic.

Crittenden County Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Guill says she understands the frustrations many feel, and she wants residents to understand the easiest and safest ways to renew their driver’s license. 

For starters, everyone with a normal Kentucky operator’s license or ID card that expires between March 1 and Sept. 30 can do everything by mail. There is no need to come in person to the courthouse. In fact, Guill says the U.S. Mail is clearly the safest way to handle the renewal. You may call the clerk’s office at (270) 976-4200 and request a renewal form, or print it at home. 

A FORM PERSONALIZED for the CRITTENDEN COUNTY CLERK'S office is available online at It includes instructions on how to complete the form and pay the renewal fee. The form and fee must be left in the drop box at the front entrance of the courthouse or sent by mail. 

The clerk’s office does not accept debit or credit cards so payment must be made in cash, check or money order.

The clerk says written exams and road tests for new drivers are temporarily cancelled. She says it will be sometime in August before the can resume.

Renewal of a commercial driver’s license requires the licensee to appear in person; therefore, an appointment should be made with the clerk’s office. 

The clerk’s phone number is 270-965-4200.

Pace estate auction Saturday

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Bunch Brothers Auctioneers & Realty will sell the contents of the late John S. Pace, Jr., estate on Saturday.

The auction will be held at 416 N. Hayden Ave. in Salem.

Pace accumulated a large selection of antiques over his lifetime. Furniture, appliances and tools will also be included in the sale.

Call Bunch Brothers for more information.

Cave In Rock Ferry reopens earlier than expected

The Cave In Rock Ferry will reopen at 6am this morning, a bit earlier than anticipated when it first broke down on Sunday.

A gear box on the tug required repairs and the ferry was closed Sunday afternoon. 

It was expected to be down until sometime on Wednesday. However, quick work was able to get it going today.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Kentucky issues travel, quarantine advisory

Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) today issued an advisory for Kentuckians who have traveled to states reporting high numbers of COVID-19. 

The advisory recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers who went to any of eight states reporting positive testing rate equal to or greater than 15% for COVID-19 testing. The advisory also includes one state quickly approaching a positive testing rate of 15% and one U.S. Territory. States were identified from data reported to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center. 

They include Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas. 

The rate of positive patient tests in Mississippi is nearing 15%, so travelers to Mississippi are also asked to voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days. Puerto Rico is the U.S. Territory that has been added. 

Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s Public Health Commissioner, stressed that this is a recommendation and not a mandate. “I am appealing to Kentuckians who have traveled to these states or to Puerto Rico to consider the interest of your health and the health of others. Please, if you have been to any of these places, stay home for 14 days, starting from the date you left that location.” 

He added that people planning to visit these destinations in the near future would be wise to reconsider their travel plans. 

“Avoid going to these areas, if you are able,” Dr. Stack said. “If plans can’t be changed, self-quarantine after getting back to Kentucky.” 

He cautioned that this list could change, and he asks the public to remain aware. 

Briefly, home quarantine includes these steps: Remain at home and avoid all in-person activities. This includes work, grocery stores and pharmacies, public events and public places. Do not have visitors in your home. If you live in a home with other people, stay in a separate room. If this is not possible, wear a face mask when you are in the same room and stay at least six feet away from others. Wash your hands and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer often. Do not share personal items such as dishes, cups, forks, spoons and towels. Do not leave home except to seek medical care. If you need to see a provider for reasons other than a medical emergency, please call in advance and discuss the care you need. In the event of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. Indicate that you are in home quarantine for novel coronavirus exposure. Keep a face mask on until you are asked by a health care provider to remove it. Do not use public transportation or ride-share services. Check yourself for fever twice a day and record it in a log or piece of paper. 

Contact your local health department for additional help, including arranging for food and other essential deliveries if you are in need. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever of greater than 100.4 degrees; respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and loss of smell or taste. If any of these symptoms are present, the person experiencing them should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. A list of testing sites is posted on the site.

Winn tag sale this week

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The estate sale for the late Judy Winn will be held this week at her residence on US. 641.

Masks are required, and those attending are asked to bring their own boxes and packaging material.

Numerous antiques are included in the sale, which begins at 5 p.m., July 22.

Fair lineup includes pulls, derbies, pageants

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A series of weekend events will highlight the Crittenden County Lions Club fair this summer. 

Events are scheduled each weekend through Aug. 1.

This weekend is the Truck & Tractor Pull and a portion of the Crittenden County pageant lineup.

FAQs and Survey from School District

Crittenden County School District has developed an online informational Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ Presentation.

After reviewing this information, the school district would like for parents/guardians to complete its online survey at to help Crittenden County Schools better plan learning options for our students.

Also, there are parent forums scheduled for Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, 21, at noon and 6 p.m., in Rocket Arena, giving parents and caregivers a chance to ask additional questions. Masks are required, and social distancing will be practiced.

"Please remember that the pandemic is an ever-evolving one, and the possibility exists that plans could change at any time. Thank you for your support as we work together toward #RocketRelaunch," the district said in a news release this morning. 

County reports 21st coronavirus case

On Saturday, Crittenden County announced its 21st confirmed COVID-19 case. 

This one is a 72-year-old female who is self-isolated at home in rural Crittenden County.

Although the county has about 10 active cases, the most since the pandemic began, none are reportedly hospitalized at this time.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Cave In Rock Ferry stopped by mechanical problem

The Cave In Rock Ferry has ceased operations because of a mechanical issue.

The ferry was forced to stop carrying passengers across the Ohio River Sunday afternoon due to a gear box issue on the tug.

The ferry will likely remain closed until some point on Wednesday so that repairs can be completed.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Pennyrile District COVID-19 case detail

The above chart is the most detailed look available at COVID-19 information from Crittenden County and nearby communities that are part of the Pennyrile Health District.

Although there have been a number cases reported in the last few days in Crittenden and other nearby counties, these figures updated this afternoon show that most people with the virus are not sick enough to be hospitalized.

Nine people in Crittenden County have active cases – four from the same extended family – and none are in the hospital. Of the 20 total cases here since records began being kept in March, half have recovered. One person has died, a 59-year-old female, and COVID-19 was listed as one of eight contributing factors in that person's death.

The rate of confirmed infection in the five-county Pennyrile District since March is .00274 of the 53,484 population. 

Job Corps Center seeking employees

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The Earl C. Clements Job Corps Center has employment opportunities.

The Union County center offers a benefits package and opportunities for advancement for full-, part-time and substitute positions.

To learn more, visit the website

County confirms COVID case No. 20

Crittenden County has verified its 20th case of COVID-19 since records began being kept in March.

The latest confirmed case is a 29-year-old female who is self-isolated at home in Marion.

This is the ninth case reported this week. Until this week, the county had not had more than two cases confirmed in a given week.

So far, the infection rate in the county is .0022 of the population of 8,915.

School district holds forums for parents

A series of forums for parents of Crittenden County students begins at noon today in the Rocket Arena Conference Room.

Superintendent Vince Clark will facilitate, allowing parents to ask questions about the school district's plan for a safe return to school amid COVID-19 concerns.

Forums are scheduled at the following times:
    -Noon, Friday (today)
    -Noon and 6 p.m., Monday
    -Noon and 6 p.m., Tuesday

Thursday, July 16, 2020

More COVID cases brings weekly count to eight

Two more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Crittenden County today. That brings this week's total to eight, by far the most recorded in a seven-day period since the outbreak began and records started being kept in March.

These mark the 18th and 19th cases in the county since March 1. The infection rate is now .00213 of the county's population. 

They are a 58-year-old female and a 60-year-old male living at the same address. 

Pace estate auction July 25

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A large estate auction is scheduled for July 25 in Salem.

Bunch Brothers will sell the contents of John S. Pace, Jr.'s estate beginning at 10 a.m.

Aside from a two-bedroom house and two commercial buildings, the estate includes a large antique collection, furniture, tools, vehicles and more.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Two more confirmed cases today

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom has announced that the county has had two more positive COVID-19 cases confirmed today. That makes three today and six this week.

These are the 16th and 17th cases since records began being kept in March.

The latest are a nine-year-old male sibling of the previous 11-year-old female confirmed earlier today, and a 67-year-old male. All three of today’s confirmed cases are isolating at home.

First responders working injury accident

UPDATE: The vehicle has been found, but there does not appear to be a victim at the scene or nearby. Authorities have made contact with the owner of the vehicle and are seeking more details. 

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First responders have been summoned to an injury accident on Amos Road in rural Crittenden County.

Amos Road is located between Mexico Road and Ky. 855 North in the Frances community.

Stay tuned for updates as information becomes available.