Thursday, September 30, 2021

Fire hazard season begins tomorrow

With wildfires raging in the western United States, Kentuckians are reminded that as the state enters its Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season tomorrow (Oct. 1), their actions can make a big difference in the number and severity of fires in the commonwealth.

In an effort to reduce accidental fires, burning restrictions are in place during fall fire season when fallen leaves can quickly spread flames.  Beginning Oct.1 through Dec. 15, it is illegal under state law to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Delaying burning until late in the evening when humidity levels are typically higher and winds are generally lower makes it harder for fires to escape. 

Duncan's offering local pickup, delivery for businesses

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Duncan's Service Center is now offering pickup and delivery for local businesses.

Businesses in Marion may now request pickup and delivery service for oil changes and tire service.

Call Duncan's to schedule an appointment at (270) 965-9223. 

Duncan's is located at the corner of South Main and Gum streets in Marion in the building formerly occupied by Tabor's Towing & Repair.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

School board calls special session Thursday

Crittenden County Board of Education, which just met Tuesday, will be back on campus at Rocket arena Thursday, Sept. 30 for a special meeting at 6pm.

On the agenda will be discussion of a proposal to amend the Test2Stay policy and procedure the was approved Tuesday. 

Looks like the school district is going to consider using Crittenden Community Hospital for its diagnostic testing instead of a Louisville contractor as previously approved.

Ferry Tales Series: Next Up Is Movie Night

"Cave-in-Rock Pirates and Outlaws" author Todd Carr was at Crittenden County Public Library Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 for the latest event in the Ferry Tales Series, a three-month program spearheaded by the library and sponsored by humanities councils, tourism commissions and historical societies in Kentucky and Illinois. This collaborative program takes a new look at the frontier that existed along the Ohio River in the late 1700s and early 1800s. A driving tour to sites that are typically not open to the public will held in November. On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, Carr will make a presentation at Riverview Park (former Dam 50 site) on the Ohio River before showing the vintage movie Davie Crockett and the River Pirates.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Longer school day, masks and testing policies

Big changes are coming for students in the coming days as new polices adopted tonight by the Crittenden County Board of Education go into effect next month.

Test2Stay for students and staff, a longer school day and new mask rules based on Kentucky’s color-coded COVID map were among measures acted upon Tuesday by the school board at its regular monthly meeting.

Get all of the details in this week’s full edition of The Crittenden Press, on newsstands Wednesday around lunchtime.

Parks abuzz with youth sporting events

Author speaks Wednesday in Ferry Tales series

Next up on the Ferry Tales program schedule is a book discussion about Todd Carr's Cave-In-Rock Pirates and Outlaws at 2pm on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Crittenden County Public Library. 

Even if you have not read the book, you are most welcome to attend to hear about how Todd researched and wrote the latest publication about this dark chapter in local frontier history. 

He will also have copies for sale. 

Monday, September 27, 2021

School board meets tomorrow

Crittenden County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5:30pm Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Crittenden County Elementary School library.

Livingston CARE Clinic celebrates 2nd anniversary

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Meet the providers and celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Livingston Hospital's CARE Clinic.

Located on Main Street in Salem in the former Burkhart Rural Health building, the CARE Clinic providers see patients five days a week.

Providers include nurse practitioners Samantha Greer and Laura Wood.

Register to win a blood pressure cuff and stop in between 1-3 p.m., for a complimentary blood pressure check.

Promote your Highway 60 Yard Sale

The Highway 60 Yard Sale is Friday and Saturday. Crittenden County is part of the 200-mile yard sale.

If you are having a yard sale, contact The Press today to get your yard sale advertisement in this week's newspaper. We will also be posting the yard sale locations online.

Call us now at 270-965-3191.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Regional Driver Testing Site Opens

Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced yesterday a new regional driver testing branch location for Kentuckians to obtain a state driver permit or driver license. The new regional branch will be located in Madisonville. Residents of Hopkins County and surrounding counties should take note of the new regional location in order to make an appointment prior to arrival.

“The new KSP regional driver testing locations are being done in accordance with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) licensing model. Regionalizing these locations will offer more efficient and effective services,” said Gov. Beshear. “I wish all Kentuckians the best of luck as they start the journey in obtaining a Kentucky driver’s license.”

Beginning Sept. 27, KSP will offer driver testing at the KYTC Regional Drivers Licensing Office, located at 56 Federal Street, Madisonville, KY 42431, for residents of Caldwell, Crittenden, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg and Webster counties.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday and can be made online by visiting KSP’s website. Residents must make an appointment prior to arrival for a permit, driver or commercial driver license test.

“One of the benefits of regionalization is increased availability of testing services,” said KSP’s Commander of Driver Testing, Captain Marshall Johnson. “New appointments will be posted daily at 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, and this availability is the product of regionalizing our services.” 

KSP is continuing to work with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky’s circuit court clerks to open the remaining regional offices statewide by June 30, 2022.

Prior to an appointment, new drivers should prepare for the exam by accessing the only approved Kentucky driver’s Kentucky driver’s manual or by viewing it through the official KSP mobile app, ‘kspolice’. All driver

Friday, September 24, 2021

PDHD offers tips to combat childhood obesity

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During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Pennyrile District 
Health Department (PDHD) is sharing several tips to help youth achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

One in five children in the United States is obese, which can be influenced by a number of factors including eating habits, activity level, genetics and social factors. 

To combat obesity and prevent lifelong health problems, the PDHD recommends the following:

-Eat the Rainbow... half a child's meal should be fruits and vegetables.
-Move more... Kids need 60 minutes of exercise every day.
-Slow down on sugar... Stick with water, low-fat milk or 100% juice.
-Reduce screen time... Get away from phones, TVs and computers and get active.
-Sleep well... Kids need at least 8 hours of sleep per night.

WATCH LIVE: Rockets vs Union County



The Crittenden Press Live Broadcast Team will not be able to stream tonight's Rockets at Union County football game because WMSK Radio has the exclusive rights to LIVE STREAM Union County games. 

You will be able to watch the Crittenden County vs Union County LIVE STREAM Here at WMSK's Facebook Page.

Kickoff is at 7pm. Get all of the post-game stats and highlights at and tune into our Press YouTube Channel for post-game interviews. You can follow the game through Twitter updates, too, @CrittendenPress.

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This Week's Press: Indictments, pleadings, sentences

Your community newspaper continues to report on what's happening on the upper floor of the courthouse. We bring you regular coverage of grand jury, district court, circuit court and other proceedings from the criminal courts of Crittenden County.

This week's Press includes coverage of September's dockets for felony cases, and includes pleadings and sentences.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Job Corps offering sign-on bonus

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The Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center is offering a sign-on bonus.

The Morganfield academy also offers competitive salaries, a benefits package and advancement opportunities.

Both full- and part-time positions are available.
To learn more about the sign-on bonus or any of the employment opportunities available, visit

Deadly coronavirus hitting community hard

Kim & Stacy Collyer
Gov. Andy Beshear announced yesterday that the coronavirus has claimed 52 more lives in Kentucky and it’s hitting younger people harder than at any other time during the public health crisis.

In Crittenden County, there have been nearly a half dozen deaths over the past couple of weeks, and the virus is also affecting younger adults. In the paste few days, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of a husband and wife in Marion, for whom a prayer vigil was held late last week at the park. Stacy Collyer died Sunday at a Paducah hospital and his wife Kim, a former Crittenden Press employee, died Wednesday at a Paducah hospital. They were both in their mid 50s and leave two adult children.

The latest virus-related deaths in the Bluegrass State included people as young as 34, 38 and 39, Gov. Beshear said. The statewide death toll reached at least 8,422 since the pandemic began.

Over the past seven days, the virus incidence rate has fallen a bit in Crittenden County, yet it remains elevated. The average number of daily cases has gone from more than 10 to about 6 early this week.

A 29-year-old teacher in eastern Kentucky has died from the virus despite being vaccinated and a meticulous mask wearer, read more about how COVID is affecting teachers and others across the commonwealth Here @KYToday.

Be a Bale Trail Fall Feature Site: Here's How

Go Register at Extension Page

Deadline is approaching to have a fall feature in the Crittenden County Bale Trail. 

The University of Kentucky's local Extension Service is coordinating the program again this year and deadline to register your site on the official map is Oct. 8. 

Trail maps will be available Oct. 16 and voting for the best site will be done on the Extension Service Facebook page. Register by emailing

Go here for more.

Family fun event at Keeping It Rural Saturday

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A fall event designed for the whole family is being held 
Saturday at Keeping It Rural in Kentucky.

Keeping It Rural is located on Ky. 365 between U.S. 60 and Sturgis. Every product sold in the shop, owned by Stella Guess,
is made in Kentucky.

Enjoy tunes by Crittenden County native Brian Hart and check out the selections from Pace, Love & Grub Food Truck and Snowie Snow Cones.

Bring your chairs and plan to stay a while. The event will be going on between noon-3 p.m.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

News This Week Around the County

This week's full edition of The Crittenden Press will be on newsstands after lunchtime today.

Newspaper coverage this week includes a local healthcare professional's renewed approached to COVID-19 and vaccine options.

Will Marion become a one-stop-light town? We examine that question on this week's front page.

Also, The Press this week has details from a deadly fire in Lola, a new timeline for the Riverview Park Ohio River dock, information on when the community's fall corn maze will open to the public, and more on that search for a time capsule hidden inside the courthouse.

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Street closed between Capitol and Annex

For security reasons, part of Capital Avenue in Frankfort between the Capitol Building and Capitol Annex will be regularly closed to traffic, Gov. Andy Beshear announced this week.

“Upon the recommendation of the Kentucky State Police and our federal security partners, the Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Department for Facilities and Support Services, we will be seeking a request for quotes for the installation of bollards on the grounds of the Kentucky State Capitol,” Beshear said.

Architecturally-styled posts will be installed on what is known as the Capitol Loop, between the Capitol and Annex, from the Floral Clock to the Rose Garden, which means drivers will have to go behind the Annex to get from the west to the east side of the Capitol.

The street has long been a source of concern for security, say officials. Continue Reading this Article at Kentucky Today.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Local grocery store responds to rumor

Food Giant has confirmed that it is NOT closing due to COVID-19 issues.

Completely untrue is a rumor that began this week that the Marion grocery store was planning to temporarily close for several days in order to conduct a deep clean. 

Those rumors are unfounded, the store told The Press and also said in a post on social media today.

See Grant Rogers for family term life insurance

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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.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Rent Fohs Hall for your special event

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Fohs Hall in Marion is the ideal venue for your next event. 

Whether it is a small celebration, anniversary party or corporate meeting, Fohs Hall is an historic setting with plenty of room to accommodate your needs.

The former school is the site of community events such as concerts, plays and special performances by school groups. It is also available for private events.

To learn more about space availability, contact Elliot West.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Illinois trio charged for allegedly 'burning' copper

Three Illinois residents were arrested today inside the dormant Rogers Group quarry on U.S. 60 East near Mattoon, charged with stealing valuable metals from materials at the quarry.

Crittenden County Sheriff’s Deputy Chuck Hoover was following up on a request for extra patrol at the quarry, which the company has temporarily closed. Once inside, the deputy encountered three individuals actively burning insulation off of copper in a remote section of the property.  

The three were charged with a variety of crimes. Charged were Richard A. Ward, 41, and his wife Jin H. “Christine” Ward, 35, of Goreville, Ill., and Gene D. Broadway Jr., 44, of Benton, Ill.  

See this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press for all the details.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Field Day for Homestead Profiting

University of Kentucky’s Extension Service will host a field day titled “Homesteading for Profit,” part of its small diversified farm series, on Sept. 23.

The event will begin at 6 p.m., at Trimble Farms, 3513 Farmersville Rd., in Princeton.

The field day will include a tour of a small diversified farm operation and offers networking opportunities with the Trimble Family, which grows a variety of vegetables, flower crops and livestock production including chickens and hogs.

Call the Crittenden County Extension Service at (270) 965-5236 to register.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Authorities are looking for missing Clay man

Kentucky State Police requests assistance in locating Trevor E. Hook, 25, of Clay.

He was last seen two week ago on Friday, Sept. 3 in the area of Clay, wearing a black Nike hat, orange cut off T-shirt, shorts, Nike shoes and carrying a black Nike backpack. 

Hook frequents areas in Hopkinsville and elsewhere in Webster County.

Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is urged to contact KSP at 1-270-676-3313 or toll-free in Kentucky 1-800-222-5555. You may also call your local law enforcement agency.

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Rocket Football LIVE LINK for Hancock Game

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Due to some COVID-related issues, The Crittenden Press Live Broadcast Team will not be able to stream tonight's Rockets at Hancock County football game. 

However, there's good news. The 3rd Region Sports Network provides a live stream and these guys do a great job. We recommend tuning into their broadcast to watch the game live from Hancock County. Here is a link to their YouTube Channel

Kickoff is at 7pm. Get all of the post-game stats and highlights at the Rocket Football Web and tune into our Press YouTube Channel for post-game interview. You can follow the game through Twitter updates, too, @CrittendenPress.

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Examining Intersecting Questions

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet representatives were at Main and Gum Friday, Sept. 17 watching school traffic move through a blinking red light. Find out more about what they were looking for in the September 23, 2021 full edition of The Crittenden Press. Please subscribe to our YouTube News Channel to stay informed about what's happening in your community.

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What will happen to other courthouse memorials?

Illinois Central Centennial marker
There has been much talk about what will happen to the courthouse gazebo and the memorial bricks that surround it.

The gazebo and bricks are to be preserved in some manner, even though it’s unclear at this point where they will go once the new courthouse is built.

There are a handful of other memorials on the courthouse lawn. Grab this week's Crittenden Press to find out what will happen to those cherished monuments and markers and get a little information about each one. 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Masking mandate extended in Crittenden schools

A mask mandate in the Crittenden County School District is extended through Oct. 15. The recommendation comes on the heels of the passage Sept. 9 of SB 1, which gives more local decision-making power to boards of education regarding COVID-19 protocol, including mask mandates.

The five-member board, after hearing results of a survey taken by 718 teachers, parents, students and community members, voted unanimously to accept Superintendent Vince Clark's recommendation to continue masking.

Clark based his recommendation on school survey results, CDC guidance and feedback from local healthcare workers and community members.

Crittenden students begin fall break Oct. 1. The mask mandate will be in effect for one week following the  week-long break. The board meets again Sept. 28, at which time masking and further procedures again will be evaluated.

COVID climbing again in past 7 days

COVID-19 cases continue to be elevated in Crittenden County.

Although public health officials have not been providing age and gender information for newly diagnosed cases over the past week, the Pennyrile District Health Department has revealed that there were 78 new cases during the seven-day period from Sept. 9 through Sept. 15.

That's an increase from the previous seven-day period when there were 50 new cases.

Meanwhile, the county's vaccination rate continues to climb. It has risen more than 10 percentage points in the past couple of weeks to 37 percent of the population.

Today is the weekly vaccine clinic at Crittenden County Health Department. You can get the vaccine on other days with an appointment, and vaccine is available at some area pharmacies.

Tonight, Crittenden County's Board of Education meets at 6pm to discuss how it will proceed with regard to a masking policing at schools in light of last week's SB1 legislation which gives local control on the matter to school boards.

Fohs Hall half way to fundraising goal

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Fohs Hall’s fundraising effort to replace sound and lightening system is about halfway to its goal, according to Fohs Hall, Inc., President Alan Stout.

“To date, 22 individuals, businesses and foundations have made contributions or commitments to the Fohs Hall Performing Arts Center Fund. The total stands at approximately $22,000 in contributions and pledges received toward the overall goal of $50,000,” Stout said.

Stout said Fohs Hall directors are appreciative of the support and working diligently toward reaching the goal.

"If you have ever attended school or an event at Fohs Hall, please consider supporting this project to renovate the lighting and sound system,” Stout said.  

Coordinators hope the project cis completed by the Nov. 13 when the next production of Kentucky Hayride will be held.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Early Reports: Corn harvest looks good

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Area farmers are in full gear harvesting corn and it looks like another bountiful crop. 

Last year, Crittenden County averaged about 189 bushels to the acre for its corn yield, according to USDA's Agriculture Statistics Service. Early indications are that this fall's crop will be as good or better.

The corn harvest is rolling hard right now while the harvest of early soybeans is just getting off the ground in some parts of the state. 

Both corn and soybeans continue to be in mostly good condition. Early reports on corn yields have been positive, however much of the crop is still in the ground. Corn harvest appears on schedule compared to a typical year, according to the USDA.

Prayer Vigil Thursday for Collyers

Kim & Stacy Collyer
A prayer vigil for a local couple, Kim and Stacy Collyer, will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16 at Marion City-County Park. 

Organizers David Godfrey and Rene Sizemore are asking friends, family and others affected by COVID-19 to meet at the competition track at the end of Upper Park Drive for a time of prayer and music. 

Both Kim and Stacy Collyer are on ventilators at separate Paducah hospitals as a result of COVID-19. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Clerk's Statewide Computers on Blink Again

Computers are working now

Computer issues at the Crittenden County Clerk's office is creating problems in processing most vehicle transactions.

Clerk Daryl Tabor said there were problems yesterday, too, with the statewide computer system that allows the local office to communicate with databases in Frankfort. 

The statewide system also experienced glitches in July for several days.

"We apologize yet again for the inconvenience. Feel free call ahead at 270-965-3403 before visiting our office to see if we will be able to serve you. If you have a simple renewal, you may drop it off in the office or leave it in our blue drop box outside the front entry to the courthouse," the clerk said. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

No good deed goes unpunished

No good deed goes unpunished, particularly in the cancel culture in which we're currently residing. 

Seems as though a few folks were offended Friday by the way the American Flag hung during the playing of the National Anthem before the high school football game.

Marion Fire Department crewmen attached a very large American Flag to a ladder truck and hoisted the Stars and Stripes high in the air. The department wanted to do it to honor America and for a special remembrance of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan last month. 

Clearly, the fire department had only noble intentions and the agency should be commended for its willingness to bring its truck and flag to the game.

Plans were to hang the flag vertically off of the long fire truck ladder. In that case, the proper way to display an American Flag is with the stars on a blue field in the upper lefthand corner. And that's what occurred, until it was determined that the ladder needed to be raised a bit higher so everyone could see the full glory of Old Glory. That's when the flag draped downward a bit, giving it an appearance of being upside down, which is a sign of distress. 

Firemen drew down the flag and repositioned it more appropriately on the ladder after realizing how it was hanging. 

We can only hope that no one was terribly offended by what was a very well-intended gesture. 


Big Buck Contest entries now being accepted

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Register today for the Big Buck Contest in Crittenden County, and you could win $1,000.

The biggest buck killed in Crittenden County will be named at the end 
of deer season.

The annual contest is sponsored by Marion Tourism Commission and Hodge's Sports & Apparel.

Entries into the contest must be made before harvesting a buck.

Two sites considered for temporary courtroom

Two property owners would like to play host to the county’s judicial operations and circuit court clerk during the construction of a new Crittenden County Courthouse.

Hometown Foods and Strong’s Enterprises each submitted sealed bids in response to request by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to lease local property beginning no later than March 1, 2022.

The state has budgeted about $12 million to tear down the current courthouse in Marion and build a new judicial center in its place. Local government offices will not be going into the new courthouse. They will move to the Marion Ed-Tech Center.

During the demolition and construction, district court, family court and circuit court, along with its administrative support staff, will be looking for a building to occupy that would accommodate.... for the rest of this article see the Sept. 9, 2021 full edition of The Crittenden Press, on newsstands now.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Area firm offering marketing grant

Collaborate Marketing and Creative Services, an Eddyville-based marketing group, is offering a $5,000 promotional grant for design and creative services.

Applications are accepted each year from Sept. 1 until Oct. 31. To apply, fill out an online form at Collaborate’s website by describing your project in as much detail as you find necessary to communicate your goals, needs and limitations. 

The grant is open to anyone who would like to apply, however there is preference given to several factors including, but not limited to: budget, local or regional affiliation, local or regional impact of proposed project, nonprofit status, and prior history of local/or regional community service.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Witness to fatal crash is sought

Individual has been located by authorities.

Authorities in Livingston County are attempting to reach an individual that is believed to have been present at the scene of a fatal traffic collision on U.S. 60 near Smithland Dam Road at approximately 11 a.m., this morning.  

The individual is a white male, driving a black GMC pickup truck that was pulling a trailer with an orange lawn mower.  

The Livingston County Sheriff's Department has issued a statement saying that the individual left the scene and drove westbound toward Smithland.  

"Let me stress, this man is a potential witness and we need to speak with him regarding the events that transpired just prior to the collision," Sheriff Bobby Davidson said in the statement, which was posted on social media and sent to area media.

Anyone with information can call the Livingston County Sheriff's Office at (270) 928-2196.  

Further details of the fatal crash have not been released. However, early reports were that a motorcycle was involved. 

Masks stay until Thursday, take school survey

Crittenden County Schools will return to class on Monday, and masks will still be required until the local board of education meets to make a decision on how it will respond to this week’s legislation that eliminates mandatory masking in schools.

The legislation goes into effect starting Thursday, Sept. 16.

Crittenden County Board of Education will meet in special session Thursday to decide how to proceed. 

The school district is asking parents, students and community members to respond to a survey that will help leaders determine the best path forward. Go Here to take the survey.

Accident blocking U.S. 60 near Smithland

Update: U.S. 60 is open to one-lane traffic.

Livingston County 911 Dispatch reports a multi-vehicle crash is blocking U.S. 60 at the 14.5 mile marker in Livingston County. Early reports indicate the crash involves a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle.

The crash is just north of Smithland near the Smithland Dam Road Intersection.  U.S. 60 is blocked between KY 137/River Road and the Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland.

Estimated duration is 3 hours.

There is no nearby detour for this section of U.S. 60. Motorists traveling between Smithland and Burna on U.S. 60 should self-detour via KY 453 South to I-24 and U.S. 62/U.S. 641 through Marion to connect with U.S. 60.

Fire trucks take pressure testing

All area first responders will be recognized at halftime of tonight's game
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Five of the community’s fire trucks were tested for performance standards earlier this week. 

Pictured are Jason Hurley, who is assistant chief at Caldwell Springs Volunteer Fire Department and engineer at the Crittenden County Volunteer Fire Department, and Tim Rice of Benton, who works for Fire Specialty Equipment. 

The company tested water pump pressures and engine factors such as temperature and oil pressure and all of the gauges. A fire truck’s hose needs to blast somewhere around 200psi. 

Fire engines must be checked and certified every year.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Big River WMA burning fields Friday

There will be a controlled burn on the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area in northern Crittenden County on Friday, Sept. 10.

KDFWR personnel will be torching about 30 acres behind the WMA office off KY 365 between Sturgis and Mattoon.

John Zimmer, manager of the WMA, said there will be a good deal of smoke generated from the fire because moist, green conditions exist in the plant life that will be consumed by the blaze.

The fire will be started after noontime.

CWD found in Kentucky border county

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has activated its CWD Response Plan after a deer found in northwest Tennessee was confirmed to be infected with Chronic Wasting Disease. 

CWD is a neurological disease that affects deer, elk, moose and caribou. It is always fatal to the infected animal.

There is no strong evidence to suggest that CWD can be transmitted to people. However, states have gone to great lengths to prevent the spread of the disease among deer herds since it was first discovered in Colorado in 1967. As of now, no CWD has been detected in Kentucky's deer herd.

The disease was found in a three-and-a-half-year-old whitetail female in Henry County, Tenn., about 17 miles southwest of Murray. The deer was emaciated and acting odd, according to a news release by the KDFWR and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission plans to meet at 9 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 10 to receive a report on the situation and to discuss implementation of the response plan.

Checking processes for harvested animals and perhaps baiting practices may be required to change in the counties closest to the confirmed case. We will know more in the coming days about Kentucky will react to this matter.

Kentucky's archer deer season is currently underway.

New polling places proposed in county

In response to Kentucky’s election reform legislation passed earlier this year, Crittenden County Board of Elections is proposing some changes to voter precincts beginning in 2022.

These changes are not part of reapportionment, which could change the precinct in which voters reside. Those potential alterations would not affect voting until 2023 and will be based upon U.S. Census data.

What’s in the near future are more opportunities for multi-precinct voting centers and an opportunity for consolidation of voting locations, which will save the county thousands of dollars.

An article and high resolution map printed in the Sept. 2, 2021 full edition of The Crittenden Press   reflects the changes, indicating which traditional voting locations would be preserved, where new polling locations will be located and where the countywide voting center will be located under a plan recently approved by the local elections board.

The board of elections is made up of the county ... for the rest of this article see the Sept. 2, 2021 edition of The Crittenden Press either in print or online where archives date back to 2008. Subscribe now to our new PDF version mailed directly to your in-box.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Tuesday's meeting leaves gazebo in limbo

Pictured is a 1940's era photo of a gazebo
that once stood on the courthouse square. Those
who had the new one built say it provided
the spirit for today's modern version,
which was constructed in 1998.
The fate of Marion's beloved gazebo remains in the balance of discussions on options of whether to move it off the courthouse lawn forever, or bring it back once a new justice center is built.

A six-member board made up of local leaders and judges met Tuesday and set a new path for exploring various options with regard to the gazebo's future.

This week's Crittenden Press full edition, which will be in print after lunchtime and online by noon, will have complete details from yesterday's meeting of the justice center's Project Development Board, including a timetable for what and when will be next.

In this week's newspaper, local historian Brenda Underdown reveals what's in the time capsule hidden somewhere in the walls of the existing courthouse, which is set to be demolished soon. However, a big mystery could prevent the capsule from being opened. 


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

CUTTING CORNERS: Movement on Pesky Pole

It remains unclear what might happen next, but for now there’s progress toward a solution with the troubling utility pole at the corner of Main and Gum streets in Marion.

AT&T recently loosened some of the ties that have created an issue with the pole, which is so close to the street corner that it’s often hit by large vehicles. A few weeks after The Press published an article on the matter, AT&T has removed its transmission lines, and those belonging to Mediacom, from the pole.

The only thing left on the pole is a heavy cable to which the traffic signals are connected. The signals are powered from a KU transformer on the opposite side of the street.

Whether by coincidence or due to an issue related to the removal of the telecommunications lines from the corner pole, the Kentucky Department of Highways had trouble with the traffic signals for a few days recently, and actually made some temporary changes to the intersection’s red light configuration.

City Administrator Adam Ledford said there has been no communication or notification from AT&T or the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet about the changes being made at the corner. However, based on recent activity at that pesky pole, there's reason to believe it may either be gone or moved soon.

Monday, September 6, 2021

County sells past-due tax bills

In an article in last week's full edition of the newspaper, it was published that four third-party buyers purchased 30 certificates of delinquency from 2020 county property rolls during a recent public auction at the courthouse. 

The county collected $25,062.95 as a result of the auction. 

That means almost $9,500 in tax revenue for the school district and $2,500 for the county. 

While those taxing entities will benefit, delinquent property owners could be a in a real bind as those third-party buyers will now have a right to put a lien on the real estate and force its sale. Since the list of delinquent taxes was published in The Crittenden Press in July, the county has collected $41,382.08 in back taxes. There remains $19,227.64 in delinquent 2020 taxes.

Gazebo's fate could be decided Tuesday

A group seeking to preserve the courthouse gazebo and memorial brick sidewalk around the courthouse is asking concerned citizens to show support by attending a meeting at 4:30pm Tuesday, Sept. 7 at the Marion Ed-Tech Center.

Sandy Gilbert is president of the local women's sorority that had the gazebo built more than 20 years ago as a near replica of a former structure that stood on the courthouse lawn in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She and others are organizing support to keep the gazebo after the current courthouse is razed and a new one built downtown. Architects have said there is no room for the gazebo to return, but Gilbert and others are not convinced.

"I am writing this to ask as many supporters of keeping the gazebo where it is to please try to attend a meeting to be held at the Ed-Tech building," Gilbert wrote in a post on social media this weekend. "The people behind taking down the courthouse and constructing a new building are supposed to meet with us. If you value the gazebo and the engraved bricks around it, we need your support."

According to the Project Development Board's agenda for Tuesday's meeting, it will render a decision tomorrow whether the gazebo is allowed to to return to the court square once a new justice center is built.

A recent Crittenden Press survey found that about 80 percent of those polled want the gazebo back on the courthouse lawn.

Riverview Park is now Online

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom
recently took news of the new reservation system
 to campers staying at Riverview Park on the Ohio River.
For two weeks every year, Jane Shore and her husband set up camp at Riverpark on the Ohio River.

“We love it down here because it is so peaceful and relaxing,” she said late last week as she stood in front of her Vengance pull-behind camper.

Shore was excited to learn that reservations at the campground can now be made online. She said the convenience and certainty of knowing a spot is waiting is important because she pulls the camper more than six hours from Portage, Ind., to rural Crittenden County.

“We started coming down here about 10 years ago. Back then we stayed in a tent,” she said.

Improvements to the campground in 2008 included modern campsites complete with water, sewer and electricity. Since then, the park has been a popular destination with campsites full during seasonal peaks. Getting one of those seven RV sites has been on a first-come, first-served basis for more than a decade. Now, you can make reservations and pay ahead of time online to be confident you’ll have a place to unwind when you arrive.

The new automated system is described as user-friendly for campers who would like to book stays at the park well in advance. 

Most older residents know the Ohio River campground by another name – the Dam 50 Recreation Area. It is located at the end of Ky. 387 off Ky. 91 North in remote Crittenden ... for the rest of this article see the September 2, 2021 full edition of The Crittenden Press.