Saturday, October 31, 2020

Local businessman Ronnie Myers dies


Longtime local businessman and community advocate Ronnie Myers died suddenly Friday night of an apparent heart attack.

Myers owned the NAPA auto parts store in Marion and was a longtime dedicate supporter of community affairs, particularly the high school football program. For decades he transported the team’s equipment to away contests and filmed the games for the coaching staff.

Myers was traveling back from the game at Henderson Friday night when he suffered the heart attack. He was rushed to Crittenden Community Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at about midnight.

Many have taken to social media today with heavy hearts to remember a true community servant.

Services are scheduled for 1pm Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Crittenden County High School football field. Burial will be in Mapleview Cemetery.  The family will receive visitors from 5-8pm Monday at Gilbert Funeral Home. The family requests that memorials may be made to the Crittenden County Quarterback Club, 175 Nunn Jent Rd., Marion, KY or any Farmers Bank location. 

Masks and social distancing are mandatory at the funeral on Tuesday as well as the visitation at the funeral home.

Despite Challenges, Trust for Life grows

Despite the many challenges 2020 has brought to communities across the state, the Kentucky Circuit Clerks’ Trust For Life has continued to grow the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry in an effort to save and heal the lives of those waiting on an organ, tissue, or cornea transplant, including the many children on the waiting list. 

“The continued support from our residents means a great deal to so many in need, including our children,” says Melissa Guill, Crittenden County Circuit Court Clerk. “Since 1992 more than two million Kentuckians have joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. Those registrations and support are critical for our ongoing efforts to save the lives of as many patients as possible on the transplant waiting list.”


Classroom learning for the 2020-2021 school year has been anything but typical with many schools operating under non-traditional instruction. However, Kentucky’s children and adolescents continue to learn throughout the state.  The start of this school year is especially meaningful to our pediatric recipients like Katelee, who just began attending kindergarten in Pike County. Katelee was born with a heart defect, a devastating diagnosis for her family. Though shocked, Katelee’s family was provided hope because of the generosity of a donor. Her gift of life came through a heart transplant and now Katelee has the opportunity to grow, learn, and thrive!


The support of generous contributors, especially Kosair Charities, has amplified the Circuit Clerk’s organ donation education.  Children like Katelee have felt that miraculous impact.


To join Trust For Life with its ongoing initiation to grow its database of donors, you may join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry by either of the ways below:


•Online 24/7 at

•Driver’s License Renewals: All Circuit Clerks’ offices re-opened in June, adhering to Governor Beashear’s COVID-19 guidelines and continue to do so

•Using your Apple iPhone, toggle to “organ donor” through the Health App

Pennyroyal Center urges you to lock up prescriptions

The Pennyroyal Center urges Kentuckians to lock up prescription medications.

Many cases of misuse of prescription medications originate in the homes of family and friends.

Locking up prescriptions is the best way to ensure they do not end up in the hands of the wrong people. 

The safety of the ones you love is important to protect. Keep prescriptions locked up.

For more information about prescription abuse or to talk to a professional, contact the Pennyroyal Center.

Need old papers for packing or pens?

Need old newspapers for packing dishes, lining the dog cage or a variety of other reasons?

We have out-of-date newspapers free for the taking. Giving the old newspapers away is part of the way we recycle and repurpose. 

If you need some, stop by our office on East Bellville Street during normal business hours – 9 to 5 weekdays – and we'll hook you up.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Early-voting turnout may point to record balloting

At the start of early voting today, more Crittenden Countians had already voted or received an absentee ballot in this year’s general election than the final number of local voters in last year’s gubernatorial election. 

When voting started today, 2,963 voters in Crittenden County had participated in this election. That’s two more than voted altogether in November 2019.

That is already 44% of the number of registered voters in the county. Turnout across the state has been predicted as high as 80%, meaning about 5,360 of the county’s 6,700 eligible voters might be expected to cast a ballot this year.

In comparison to recent presidential elections, 4,080 voted in Crittenden County in 2016; 3,873 in 2012.

The 2020 election could have the highest turnout in decades.

If forgot to pay city taxes, there's one last chance


The City of Marion’s tax bills were mailed a few weeks ago. They are due without penalty on Friday, Oct. 30. If you miss paying at city hall during normal business hours this week, drop off your payment at the City Hall Drop Box before 8:30 a.m., on Monday and you’ll get credit for timely payment. Otherwise, late payment fees will be applied starting next week.


Crittenden County tax bills should be in your mailbox in the coming days. The bills were sent out a bit later this year because of issues related to the pandemic. The following are discount/penalty dates for payment:

• 2% DISCOUNT: If paid by Dec. 1, 2020

• FACE VALUE: If paid by Dec. 31, 2020

• 5% PENALTY: If paid by Jan. 31, 2021

• 21% PENALTY: If paid after Jan. 31, 2021

Community Christmas registration fast approaching

Registration day for assistance through the Community Christmas project will be held on Friday, Nov. 6 at the Extension Service annex on U.S. 60 East.

The fundraising effort is lagging behind a bit with just under $2,000 raised. Organizers say the program needs upwards of $7,000 in cash contributions in order to meet the typical demand. The program provides food vouchers for families during the holidays and gifts and vouchers for children. Last year, Community Christmas helped 176 people.

For those volunteering on the distribution side of the program, set up date is Thursday, Dec. 17 at Marion Baptist Church from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Contact Brandie Ledford at the library if you can help. Distribution day is Thursday, Dec. 18 at Marion Baptist from 9 a.m., until noon. Distribution will be a drive-through process due to the pandemic.

Watch Live: Rocket football at Henderson County

Crittenden County, ranked No. 6 in Class A, travels to Henderson County Friday night to take on the Class 6A seventh-ranked Colonels.

The Rockets have not faced Henderson County since 1963.

Watch all the action live at The Crittenden Press YouTube Channel. Former Rockets Mike Crabtree, Tanner Tabor and Ethan Dossett will bring you the game with play-by-play and commentary. The broadcast will begin at 6:45pm with a pregame warmup.

Kickoff is at 7pm.

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Liberty Fuels looking for CDL driver

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A position for an experienced CDL driver is open at Liberty Fuels, Inc., in Marion.

The driver position is for Liberty Fuels' propane delivery business.

In addition to a full-time job opening, the company is also hiring a part-time employee.

To learn more about this position, which may include overtime during the winter months, stop by Liberty Fuels.

Feeling sick? No problem. You can vote this way...

Anyone who is feeling sick or who may have a temperature in the last days of early voting or on Election Day is asked to not jeopardize the health of others by voting in-person. However, special arrangements can be made to get a ballot to those feeling ill or even those quarantined.

 A medical emergency ballot application can be requested by calling Crittenden County Clerk’s Office at 270-965-3403. The application can be faxed or emailed from our office and returned by the voter in the same manner. Once the signed application is received in our office, a ballot will be prepared and can be picked up by the voter’s designated family member only; or it may be delivered to the curb by an employee of the county clerk’s office.

The voter can then mark the ballot and have it returned to the county clerk’s office by anyone not feeling ill or feverish.

Honor CDC guidelines while trick or treating

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Halloween will be observed throughout Marion Saturday night. Although nearly two dozen businesses will be handing out treats today (Friday) during the annual Trick or Treat on Main, citizens are still welcome to observe Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 31 by going door-to-door.

City Administrator Adam Ledford encourages everyone to observe CDC guidelines pertaining to being masked and social distancing in crowds.

For more information, see

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Crittenden reports 1 new COVID case

Crittenden County had one new COVID-19 case today. This was a 47-year-old male, who is recovering at home.

That makes 178 cases for the county since the pandemic began. 

There have been 50 cases reported here in October. There were 63 in September.

Melton Auction is next weekend

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Bluegrass Realty-Auction will conduct a sale Nov. 7 near Marion, selling the real estate and personal property of Jessie Melton.

In addition to a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home on 11 acres, broker Robert Kirby and auctioneer Kenny Odom will sell two vehicles and numerous shop tools, guns and household items.

Real estate must be viewed prior to sale. No showings day of sale.

For more information, contact Robert Kirby at (270) 965-0033.

Dr. James retiring from Family Practice

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After 40 years in practice, Dr. Gary James is retiring at the end of the year. 

Dr. James was one of the founding physicians of Family Practice Clinic. 

In a letter to the community, James refers his patients to the existing medical staff at Family Practice Clinic. However, if individuals need to obtain medical records from the clinic, they can call during regular business hours.

Dr. James' longtime partner, Dr. Greg Maddux, retired in 2019.

Leaf Collection Begins Monday

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The City of Marion will begin its leaf collection schedule Monday.

City workers will make three passes through town according to the schedule posted here between Monday and Dec. 14.

Leaf pick-up will only be done on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Leaves must be raked to the curb.

All questions about the schedule can be directed to Garry Gerard or city hall.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Two new COVID cases today

Crittenden County officials have announced the confirmations of two new COVID-19 cases today. Both are males. One is16 and the other 28.

These latest cases bring the county's virus total to 177 since records began being kept in the spring.

The governor has issued a number of new recommendations as many counties are seeing a spike in cases. Crittenden's numbers have been fairly steady, and not too high, over the past several days.

The governor released a list of the county's in the so-called Red Zone with high incidence rates. You can see that list here.

Click here to read Gov. Andy Beshear's recommendations for those counties. 

Trick or Treat on Main is Friday

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Trick or Treat on Main will be held Friday in Marion.

Sponsored this year by Marion Tourism Commission, the event will take place between 3:30-5 p.m. for children ages 12-under.

Families are encouraged to wear masks and to social distance.

There are a number of downtown businesses participating as usual; however, this year most businesses in Darben Plaza are also offering treats for tricksters.

The Crittenden Press, which for the last 20 years has taken photos of children in Halloween costumes, will not bet set up for photos this year, but families are welcome to submit photos. Cost is $10 and they may be sent via text to (270) 704-0447 or by email to by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

City property taxes due before Sunday

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Property taxes are due Nov. 1 for residents of the City of Marion.

Because Nov. 1 is a Sunday, Friday, Oct. 30 will be the last opportunity citizens have to pay taxes in person at city hall.

All payments submitted in the drop box outside city hall will be accepted without penalty if received by 8:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 2. 

Additionally, tax bills returned with a Nov. 1 USPS postmark will be accepted without penalty.

For more information, contact Marion City Hall.

Discounted vaccines at Animal Practice this week

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If it's time for your pet's vaccines, call the Animal Practice of Marion.
Animal Practice is offering discounted vaccines this week, Oct. 26-30.

Call Dr. Stephanie Call and staff to schedule your appointment.

The Animal Practice offers full veterinary care and boarding. It is located just outside Marion on U.S. 60 West.

Job Corps has employment opportunities

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Looking for a job with good benefits and a competitive salary? Go to the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center's website to browse job openings.

The Union County academy has full-time, part-time and substitute positions available.

Seven new cases reported early this week

 There were seven new cases of COVID-19 reported n Crittenden County Sunday and Monday.

Four were female and three were male, five were age 59 or older. One was 33 and the other was 14. All were recovering at home.

That brings the county’s total to 174 cases since the pandemic began and 17 cases in the previous seven days. That will put Crittenden in the so-called Red Zone on the statewide, color-coded COVID map. Based on local population figures, any time there have been 16 or more cases in a seven-day period in Crittenden County, it will trigger a Red Zone designation. 

Power up! Juice is becoming more available

With Electric Vehicle charging stations popping up across the commonwealth, there has been a push to get a public plug or two in Marion.

Pictured here is local electrician Randy Dunn putting the finishing turns on an EV charging station close to you.

Grab this week's Crittenden Press full edition to find out where it's at and how to get some juice.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Melton auction Nov. 7 on Ky. 120

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Bluegrass Realty-Auction will conduct a sale Nov. 7 near Marion, selling the real estate and personal property of Jessie Melton.

In addition to a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home on 11 acres, broker Robert Kirby and auctioneer Kenny Odom will sell two vehicles and numerous shop tools, guns and household items.

Real estate must be viewed prior to sale. No showings day of sale.

For more information, contact Robert Kirby at (270) 965-0033.

WoodmenLife policy focuses on families

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Considering new life insurance? Call Grant Rogers.

As a WoodmenLife representative, Rogers can provide information about the company's life insurance options, one of which includes Family Term Life.

A popular feature of the Family Term Life is the policy changes with your growing family. Furthermore, WoodmenLife guarantees no premium increase for 20 years.

Call Grant Rogers today.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Lady Rockets 2nd as a team, Keller runner-up in region

Senior Kate Keller is going to the the high school cross county meet for the fourth straight season and the Lady Rocket team is headed back for the second fall in a row.

The state race, customarily at Lexington Horse Park, has been moved to Paris this year. 

Last year’s regional champion, Keller didn’t have her best time of the season, but paced the CCHS girls team en route to a stellar finish at Murray in Saturday’s 5K race.

See more in the next issue of The Crittenden Press.

Utilities moratorium ending, KU waiving late fees until Dec. 31

With the Kentucky Public Service Commission’s moratorium requiring utilities it regulates to suspend disconnects due to non-payment now at its end, the Commonwealth’s largest utilities are sending a message of reassurance to their customers. Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are reminding their business and residential customers that the utilities are committed to helping them navigate the challenges of the ongoing pandemic climate and to working with them to manage their utility bills.

In an effort to put customers’ minds at ease, LG&E and KU are sharing important facts about how they’re working to relieve customers’ bill-related burdens. More information can be found on the utilities’ dedicated COVID-19 website at

LG&E and KU disconnections remain suspended until at least Nov. 9.

The utilities are not currently disconnecting customers due to non-payment. When timing is determined, the utilities will communicate with customers who are facing disconnect to ensure they are connected to available payment and assistance options.

Disconnections are always a last resort for LG&E and KU, especially in the case of an ongoing pandemic. During the winter season, the utilities monitor the forecast and suspend disconnects in portions of the service territory where extreme temperatures are expected within 24 hours.

Late fees are waived through Dec. 31.

Consistent with the KPSC’s order, LG&E and KU continue to waive late fees for residential customers through the end of the year.

LG&E and KU are prepared to help you manage your bill.

Customers can now choose to set up a payment plan that best meets their needs. The utilities encourage customers to use LG&E and KU’s convenient self-service options, offered online and by phone, or work with a customer care representative, who can assist in setting up a payment plan to help manage outstanding balances. For customers preferring to connect in person, LG&E and KU business offices are open and following CDC, state and federal COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

The utilities help connect customers to available resources and assistance programs in their community. Customers can find organizations in their area and other helpful resources and information on the LG&E and KU website

Pint Glasses on Tap for Oct. 28 unveiling

This year's Kentucky Proud Beer Series begins Oct. 28.
 Each participating brewery will give away commemorative Kentucky Proud and Kentucky Guild of Brewers branded pint glasses and event posters to the first 100 customers purchasing its limited release Kentucky Proud beer. 
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Crafting Kentucky Proud beers with Kentucky agricultural products is the focus of this year’s Kentucky Proud Beer Series, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. Now in its fifth year, the beer series combines the best of what Kentucky has to offer from its breweries with its farms.

“Every October, Kentucky’s craft brewers use locally grown products to brew one-of-a-kind beers to showcase their creativity and honor the Commonwealth’s producers,” Commissioner Quarles said. “We are pleased to collaborate with the Kentucky Guild of Brewers once again on what has become a staple of Kentucky’s fall calendar.”

“This is my favorite beer series that we do every year,” said Derek Selznick, executive director of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers. “This series is a chance for our brewers to get together with our farmers to put their creative minds together to make beers that truly capture the essence of Kentucky. From grains and hops to every berry under the sun, these beers are totally unique and Kentucky Proud.”

Participating Kentucky craft brewers will release special beers infused with Kentucky Proud ingredients on Oct. 28. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) worked with the Guild to match craft brewers with Kentucky Proud producers to create the limited-release beers. Everything from lavender extract, honey, molasses, carrots, apples, blueberries, and pumpkin will be infused into these unique beers for that special fall flavor for the fifth annual series. And for the first time in series history, many of the breweries are using Kentucky malt made from locally grown grains this year, produced by South Fork Malthouse out of Cynthiana.

Local breweries will release their Kentucky Proud brews to the public starting on Oct. 28. Each participating brewery will give away commemorative Kentucky Proud and Kentucky Guild of Brewers branded pint glasses and event posters to the first 100 customers purchasing its limited release Kentucky Proud beer.

Brewers participating in the 2020 Kentucky Proud Beer Series include:

  • 3rd Turn Brewing, in Louisville and Crestwood;
  • Abettor Brewing Company, Winchester;
  • Alexandria Brewing Company;
  • Broken Throne Brewing, Pikeville;
  • Country Boy Brewing, both Lexington and Georgetown locations;
  • Dreaming Creek Brewery, Richmond;
  • Dry Ground Brewing, Paducah;
  • Ethereal Brewing, Lexington;
  • Flywheel Brewing, Elizabethtown;
  • Fusion Brewing, Lexington;
  • Gallant Fox Brewing, Louisville;
  • Goodwood Brewing, both Louisville and Frankfort locations;
  • Gravely Brewing Co., Louisville;
  • Hopkinsville Brewing;
  • Maysville Brewing;
  • Monnik Beer Co., Louisville;
  • Old Louisville Brewing, both Louisville and Shelbyville locations;
  • Paducah Beer Werks;
  • Pivot Brewing, Lexington;
  • Ten20 Beer Exchange, Louisville;
  • Turtleback Ridge Brewing, Ewing;
  • Uncrafted Territory Brewing Co., Beaver Dam;
  • West Sixth Brewing’s Lexington, Frankfort and Louisville locations;
  • Wise Bird Cider, Lexington; and
  • Wooden Cask Brewing Company, Newport.

For more information about the 2020 Kentucky Proud Beer Series and Festival, go to

Friday, October 23, 2020

Fourth COVID death confirmed in county

Crittenden County reported its fourth COVID-19 death today and one more new case.

This the first COVID death reported in the county since Sept. 15.

No further details were immediately available. 

One person remains hospitalize with the disease and there are 26 individuals recovering at home right now, according to the Pennyrile District Health Department.

The newest case is a 46-year-old male, who is isolated at home. There have been 167 cases reported in the county since the pandemic began.  

Liberty Fuels seeking experienced CDL driver

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A position for an experienced CDL driver is open at Liberty Fuels, Inc., in Marion.

The driver position is for Liberty Fuels' propane delivery business.

In addition to a full-time job opening, the company is also hiring a part-time employee.

To learn more about this position, which may include overtime during the winter months, stop by Liberty Fuels.

Schools seek photos to honor veterans

Crittenden County Schools will honor veterans this year with a virtual Veterans Day celebration that will be posted to the schools' social media outlets on Nov. 11. 

This event is typically held in person at Rocket Arena, but COVID-19 precautions have changed the plans. 

The school is looking for participation from veterans through the submission of photographs. You may submit veteran photos to by Nov. 3 or send an email authorizing use of a picture was sent for 2019’s ceremony. Include the veteran's name, branch and years of service. 


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Trick or Treat on Main is Oct. 30

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Marion businesses are working to make Halloween as fun as always for kids 12 and under while practicing social distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols.

A number of new businesses are joining in on the annual Trick or Treat on Main Halloween festivities scheduled for Oct. 30 in Marion.

Marion Tourism Commission is sponsoring the event which includes a host of downtown businesses and also a half dozen in Darben Plaza. 

Participants are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing. 

County's COVID incidence average falling

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Crittenden County should drop out of the so-called Red Zone on the state's color-coded COVID-19 map after a relatively low number of new cases reported here this week.

On Thursday, Crittenden had one new diagnosis of the disease, bringing its seven-day incidence rate to 21.07. Although the state's map was today still showing Crittenden in Red, or in the critical stage, it's likely due to data lag.

The county has had 13 cases reported in the seven-day period from Friday, Oct. 16 to Thursday, Oct. 22. The formula the state uses is based on cases for every 100,000 people.

Today's latest case was a 46-year-old female who is recovering at home. One local person remains hospitalized, and three have died from complications of the disease since the pandemic began last spring.

Parade off, Christmas Trail is on


Growing concerns about the pandemic and the safety of local residents has caused Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce to reverse course on its plans for the annual Christmas Parade. 

It had been only about a week earlier that the Chamber had met and decided to have the parade. But now, the organization has a new plan. Instead of a parade, the Chamber will sponsor a light up the county decorating contest. 

They plan to call it the Crittenden Christmas Trail, tailored after the Extension Service’s Fall Bale Trail. 

The Chamber is encouraging businesses and residents to decorate homes and offices. Participants will need to register by Nov. 30 and have decorations completed  by Dec. 4. A map of the official Christmas Trail will be available Dec. 5. 

There will be an online contest with voting on Facebook for two winners – one for residential and the other for business. The winners will receive a $75 voucher to donate to their local charity of choice. Trail applications will be available at the Chamber office, both Farmers Bank locations and online (click here for registration form).

Dr. James retiring from Family Practice

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After 40 years in practice, Dr. Gary James is retiring at the end of the year. 

Dr. James was one of the founding physicians of Family Practice Clinic. 

In a letter to the community, James refers his patients to the existing medical staff at Family Practice Clinic. However, if individuals need to obtain medical records from the clinic, they can call during regular business hours.

Dr. James' longtime partner, Dr. Greg Maddux, retired in 2019.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

One new COVID case reported today

 Crittenden County reported one new COVID-19 case today, a 63-year-old male.

The County has seen 20 diagnosed cases in the past seven days, making its weekly average incidence rate 32.4, which is considerably lower than the previous day and closer to dropping out of the Red Zone on the state’s color-coded virus map. The Red Zone begins at 26 cases on a rolling seven-day average. 

If Crittenden reports only two or fewer cases on Thursday, it would drop to the Orange Zone.

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday said the White House is saying Kentuckians in red or orange counties shouldn’t have gatherings at all beyond their immediate families.

The Governor noted Kentucky already has guidance limiting to 10 or fewer people gatherings such as backyard barbecues and house parties, but the recommendation from the White House this week goes even further.

“There is so much spread at family gatherings, events at the house, as well as weddings and funerals,” the Governor said. “At the very least, we need people to be a lot more cognizant of the dangers of these gatherings, especially when people aren’t wearing masks the whole time.”

The Governor said the guidance is timely because today he reported the highest number of cases ever reported on a single day, aside from the day when he reported a significant backlog of cases from Lexington.

Buntin's fall consignment sale is Saturday

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The annual fall equipment sale conducted by Buntin Auction Service is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24.

The consignment sale begins at 9 a.m. behind Buntin Trailer Sales on Ky. 297 in the Sheridan community.

Auctioneer Curt Buntin has a wide variety of tractors, farm equipment, trailers, lawn mowers, recreational vehicles and tools consigned. See complete list at right.

Stop by and see if you find what you've been looking for!

What's Making News this Week...

Your weekly news roundup – The Crittenden Press full edition – is on newsstands and ready for viewing online.

This week has been a busy one in the local news business. Among the developing stories we are following this week is a pivot by the Chamber of Commerce on its parade plans, Halloween details are confirmed, a new doc and Senate leader check in at the hospital, county leaders say pandemic relief funds are exhausted, Census data is gathered, emergency dispatching might include neighbors, volleyball girls three-peat and football Rockets are vying for four-peat this week. And, then there's more, so grab this week's issue for complete details on what's going on in your community. 

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.

COVID cases spiking statewide, here

As Gov. Andy Beshear makes plans for a continued spike in COVID-19 across the state, local confirmations continue to come in.

Beshear announced Tuesday evening that he is prepared to turn hotels and state parks into hospital beds if necessary as cases of the coronavirus are showing a troubling trend.

Over the past seven days, Crittenden County has reported 28 confirmed cases of the disease. Almost everyone is recovering at home, but there is one person hospitalized. Seven new cases were reported yesterday. 

For more details on the local coronavirus situation, see this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press, which will be on newsstands today. 

Lady Rockets three-peat in Fifth District

Crittenden County beat Livingston Central Tuesday night at Smithland to claim the Fifth District Volleyball Tournament championship.

It was the Lady Rockets’ third straight league tournament title and earned them a berth in the Second Region Tournament at Christian County.

The win was also CCHS's second straight district final triumph over the Lady Cardinals.

Crittenden’s girls finished the regular season last week with a 10-10 record and ranked sixth in the 13-team Second Region.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Drugs, weapons found on parole visit

Crittenden County Sheriff's Department recovered drugs, weapons and other paraphernalia Monday while working with Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole authorities.

Officers went the home of Steven Stallion, 64, of Marion where they found a cache of pot and methamphetamine. 

Stallion was arrested on a parole violation plus felony charges of first-degree trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and misdemeanor charges of trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was being held in the Crittenden County Detention Center.

Marion Hardwoods hiring all positions

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Marion Hardwoods is hiring.

Located on U.S. 60 near Crittenden Hospital, Marion Hardwoods operates at the former Turner & Conyer Lumber Company.

Due to the current expansion, Marion Hardwoods is hiring all positions.

Company officials request you apply in person.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

County has 3 new COVID cases Monday

Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Crittenden County on Monday. The cases were two females ages 56 and 38 and a male age 53. All are recovering at home.

There have been 21 cases reported in Crittenden County over the previous seven days.

Hunter killed in muzzleloader accident near Crofton

Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are investigating after a Hopkinsville man was shot and killed in a hunting incident Sunday, Oct. 18 near Crofton.

Officers were notified of the incident around 6:30 p.m. CDT and responded to the 23000 block of McKinney Road along with Kentucky State Police and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

The initial investigation reveals that Charles Newton, 58, died after being shot by Julian Newton, 63 of Sharon Grove.

Julian Newton was hunting from a motor vehicle parked along the edge of a field. At the same time, Charles Newton and his wife were on an all-terrain vehicle trying to observe a deer crossing a power line clearing. The pair saw Julian Newton in the motor vehicle.

Julian Newton told investigators that he thought the couple had left the area before he saw what he thought was a deer and fired his muzzleloader. Charles Newton was struck in the head and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Christian County coroner.

Sunday was the final day of the October muzzleloader deer hunting season in Kentucky.

When hunting in Kentucky for any species during the modern gun, muzzleloader and youth gun deer seasons, or a firearm elk or firearm bear season, all hunters and people accompanying them in the field must wear solid, unbroken hunter orange color visible from all sides on the head, back and chest. No one involved in Sunday’s incident was wearing hunter orange.

The case remains under investigation.

Fifth-grade teachers self-quarantining

Crittenden County School District released a statement late today that a fifth-grade teacher has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Due to close contact during planning time together, the other three fifth-grade teachers are being quarantined, the district said in its statement. 

No students, however, have been deemed to be close contacts by the Pennyrile District Health Department, the school district's news release added, since "the teacher rigidly followed the rules of not being closer than six feet to a student for more than 15 minutes on Friday, Oct. 16."

Substitute teachers will be in fifth-grade students’ classrooms during the 14-day quarantine period, but the fifth-grade teachers may be able to engage children remotely, as well. They will be coordinating plans with substitute teachers to continue learning with minimal disruption. 

The district also will conduct a deep clean the building and continue its daily disinfecting and sanitizing practices.

"We appreciate all parents’ and students’ understanding as we work closely with our local health department to keep all of our students and staff members safe," the district news release said.

Open enrollment aid available through Partners Insurance

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Open enrollment for individuals seeking Medicare or changes to Medicare policies is underway.

Denise Byarley, an agent at Partners Insurance in Marion, provides free Medicare reviews.

If you would like information about Medicare supplements, products for individuals under age 65, call Byarley. She can also provide quotes for prescription drug plans, Medicare Advantage Plans and dental, vision, cancer and life insurance policies.

Byarley can be reached at (270) 965-2239.

New COVID testing capabilities at CCH

A new laboratory instrument now operational at Crittenden Community Hospital has the capability of providing the highest quality COVID testing in this area. The new Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test delivers COVID results from a nasal or throat swab within four hours. The BD Max lab instrument also can do COVID antigen testing in about 15 minutes.

"PCR tests are highly accurate and cutting edge testing technology," said CEO Jonathan Gleason. "This is the test that most people receive that has been taking anywhere from two to seven days to get results."

In addition to detecting an active COVID-19 infection, a second test can be reveal the presence of antigens within 15 minutes.

"An antigen test detects specific proteins on the surface of the coronavirus, this is extremely rapid and if it is positive, you are very likely to currently be infected," Gleason explains.

"We are very pleased to offer both options at CCH," Gleasons aid. "This is a significantly better and more reliable test than any surrounding facility has."

Early Voting Available Now at Courthouse


Highway 135 closed Wednesday near Hampton

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to close a section of Ky. 135 (Carrsville Road) in the Hampton community of Livingston County on Wednesday, Oct. 21.


The highway will be closed at the 3 mile marker to allow a cross drain to be replaced. The work will be done immediately north of the Ky. 838 intersection near the entrance to the New Hampton Cemetery.


The highway is expected to close at approximately 8 a.m., and reopen to traffic around 4 p.m., on the same day.


There will be no marked detour.  

Sunday, October 18, 2020

State announces COVID vaccine plan

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), an agency of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has announced an initial, comprehensive draft plan for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to local health departments and health care organizations.

The first shipment of the vaccine is anticipated for delivery in late 2020 or early 2021 to Kentucky from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Defense.

“The federal government provided a detailed plan for how states should distribute the vaccine, once all safety trials are completed, and the commonwealth’s plan closely mimics their recommendation,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “Protecting the health and lives of our Kentucky families remains our top priority as we battle COVID-19 and as vaccines arrive.”

“The first phase of the plan will help ensure those most at risk – certain health care workers and first

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Liberty Fuels seeks delivery driver

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A position for an experienced CDL driver is open at Liberty Fuels, Inc., in Marion.

The driver position is for Liberty Fuels' propane delivery business.

In addition to a full-time job opening, the company is also hiring a part-time employee.

To learn more about this position, which may include overtime during the winter months, stop by Liberty Fuels.

Bale Trail seeks non-perishables, offers giveaway

Maps for the Crittenden County Bale Trail are available behind the Crittenden County Extension Service at 1534 US Hwy 60 E.

There are 21 entries for this fun family activity. 

There is no cost to participate in the Bale Trail; however, people are encouraged to make donations of non-perishable food to be given to the Crittenden County Food Bank.

For added fun, there are letters of the alphabet at each bale. Write that letter down on your map next to each address. Unscramble the letters, write your name and phone number on the paper and turn it back into the Extension Office by Nov. 9 to be entered in a drawing for a family fun basket.

Participants of the bale trail can also post their pictures on social media with the hashtag #crittendenbaletrail.

Saturday voting taking place at courthouse

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The Crittenden County Clerk's Office is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today (Saturday) for early voting.

Voters may choose to fill out either a paper or electronic ballot.

To comply with COVID-19 recommendations, only one person at a time is allowed inside the clerk's office. Masks are not required but requested.

Voting will take place between now and Election Day, Nov. 2.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Early voting underway in County Clerk's Office

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Early voting is underway in Crittenden County.

All registered voters can vote between now and Nov. 2 in the Clerk's Office.

Masks are not required but are recommended. Some restrictions apply to enter the courthouse. Access may only be gained through the front door, and temperatures are checked by the COVID-19 officer.

Voters may choose to complete a paper ballot or an electronic ballot.

County's COVID rate on the rise again

Health officials have reported 7 new cases of COVID-19 in Crittenden County.

The addition of those confirmations brings the county’s total to 20 over a seven-day period. As data is collected in Frankfort, it appears Crittenden County will be placed in the so-called Red zone on the state’s color-coded COVID map. As of this morning, it was still listed in Orange. 

The latest cases were four males age 5, 30, 49 and 54 and three females age 12, 28 and 48. All were recovering at home.

In October, Crittenden County has seen 24 confirmed cases. 

Riley named CCES principal

Sarah Riley, who has been assistant principal at Crittenden County Elementary School for three years, has been named the new principal.

She will replace former principal Jenni Gilkey, who recently transitioned to the school district’s director of special education and preschool. 

A Crittenden County native, Riley is a former elementary school teacher and an instructional assistant for the district. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Highway 60 closed in Sturgis for leak

A gas leak has closed U.S. 60 in Sturgis. 

Emergency services are working to rectify the situation, but it could be 6 p.m., or later before the highway is reopened to traffic. 

Motorists should seek alternate routes.

Sen. McConnell makes appearance in Marion

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was at Crittenden Community Hospital today to express gratitude for Kentucky’s front-line healthcare workers and to discuss the $13 billion impact the Coronavirus Aid, Relief,and Economic Security (CARES) Act has  made on Kentucky. About 20 people were in attendance at the event, held on the back portico of the hopital.

Senator McConnell discussed the CARES Act, federal assistance including more than $1.7 billion for Kentucky’s state and local government response to COVID-19 and more than $1.3 billion for Kentucky healthcare providers.

Dr. Gary James announces retirement

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Dr. Gary James is retiring at the end of 2020.

Dr. James was one of the founding physicians of Family Practice Clinic.

In a letter to the community, James refers his patients to the existing medical staff at Family Practice Clinic. However, if individuals need to obtain medical records from the clinic, they can call during regular business hours.

Dr. James' longtime partner, Dr. Greg Maddux, retired in 2019.