Sunday, October 31, 2021

Clerk tip deals with vehicle taxes

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Crittenden County Clerk Daryl Tabor is providing consumer tips to help the community.

There are a number of transactions handled in the
clerk's office, and Tabor is sharing information about each of those in a helpful advertising series.

This week's tip deals with motor vehicle taxes. Individuals are responsible for vehicles they
own on Jan. 1 of any given year.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Flippin Fantastic open Thursday-Saturday

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Marion's newest store, Flippin Fantastic, is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

There's no telling what you'll find at Flippin Fantastic located in Darben Plaza behind La Delicia Restaurant.

The store sells overstocks and returns from major U.S. retailers like Lowes, Home Depot, Target and Walmart. A huge variety of items arrive weekly. Shop often.

Rosebud area of US 60 being paved

State highway work to re-pave U.S. 60 between Baker Church Road and the Union County line will begin late this week and continue through mid November. 

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is beginning milling and asphalt operations along a nearly six-mile section of U.S. 60 in the Rosebud Hill area of northern Crittenden County late last week.

Motorists should be alert for one-lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers. Some delays are possible during the movement and placement of equipment to facilitate the work.

Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers and paving personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

Weather permitting, the target completion date is Friday, Nov. 19.

Trick-or-Treat on Main Friday afternoon

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Trick-or-Treat on Main is Friday from 3:30-5 p.m.

Sponsored by Marion Tourism Commission, the annual event takes place throughout Marion - from the court square to Darben Plaza.

Businesses will provide candy to tricksters ages 12-under.

Fohs Hall available for rentals

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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.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Corn maze continues through Sunday

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Saturday is the last night of the Community Corn Maze, located on Pippi Hardin Blvd., just outside Marion on U.S. 60 East.

Organizations working the event will be open late Friday, Saturday and Sunday, allowing visitors to use flashlights in the corn maze after dark.

Proceeds from the entry fee assist partnering organizations with operating expenses.

The corn maze was made possible thanks to Hardesty Farms, City of Marion Tourism Commission, The Branch Manager and the Crittenden County Economic Development Corporation.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Lady Rockets fall in regional tournament

Crittenden's Jaylee Champion digs a ball in
Tuesday's regional tournament.
Crittenden County lost in straight sets to Caldwell County in Tuesday night's opening round of the Second Region Volleyball Tournament at Rocket Arena.

Lady Rocket senior Addy Kirby was named to the All Region Team and coach Bayley McDonald was selected Coach of the Year in the Second Region.

Find more details from tournament action in this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press. 

Rocket Arena will host the semifinal round of the tournament on Wednesday night and the championship game on Thursday.

Corn Maze Open After Dark for Final Weekend

Sunday is the final day for the community corn maze on the north side of town. 

During the final three nights of the maze, Friday through Sunday, it will be open after dark until 10 p.m. Those participating are encouraged to bring their own flashlights.

Volunteer groups have been operating the maze throughout October with all proceeds benefitting their charities and booster clubs. The maze is located on Pippi Hardin Blvd., in Industrial Park North. Cost is $3. It is open 4 p.m., to dark weekdays, 10 a.m., to dark on Saturdays and 2 p.m., to dark on Sundays. 

Lady Rockets open volleyball regional here tonight

Crittenden County High School's Fifth District champion volleyball girls will host Caldwell County at 6pm tonight at Rocket Arena for an opening round matchup in the Second Region Tournament.

The Lady Rockets are 15-10 this season while Caldwell is 19-18. Two of Crittenden's losses were against the Lady Tigers. Caldwell beat the Rocket girls in straight sets in the All A Classic and in a tough-three set match, 25-17, 35-33, 25-13, at Princeton. 

Crittenden County will host the remainder of the Second Region Tournament whether it advances or not. Below are results from first-round games played at various venues and the semifinal and championship round schedules. Get Tickets Here.


Monday’s Results
Henderson Co. 3, Christian Co. 0
Madisonville 3, Livingston Central 0
Tuesday’s Matches
Crittenden vs Caldwell
University Heights vs Webster
Wednesday’s Matches at Marion
Semfinal Round, 5:30pm
Semifinal Round, 7:30pm
Thursday’s Match at Marion
Championship, 6pm

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Clerk addresses rules surrounding "junk" titles

Crittenden County Clerk Daryl Tabor is providing consumer tips to help the community.

There are a number of transactions handled in the
clerk's office, and Tabor is sharing information about each of those in a helpful advertising series.

This week's tip deals with junk titles to
vehicles. Titles to vehicles deemed as junk must be submitted the clerk's office and accompanied by a signed affidavit.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Livingston man wanted by authorities

The suspect has been found in St. Louis, Mo.

Livingston County authorities are looking for a wanted man.

Sheriff Bobby Davidson is requesting the public's assistance in locating Kim A. Smith, 56, of Livingston County.  

Smith is described as 5'11' tall and weighing 180 lbs.  He has hazel eyes and gray hair.  

Smith may be driving a 2009 Saturn four-door vehicle, gray in color.  

He is wanted at this time for Tampering with a Prisoner Monitoring Device a Class D Felony.  

If you know the whereabouts of Smith contact the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at (270) 928-2122.  Do not approach Smith if you encounter him, the sheriff said. 

Friday, October 22, 2021

A.T. Crider Road reopens to traffic

 Crittenden County road crews competed work on A.T. Crider Road to repair a failing base and improve drainage on a second of the roadway. 

The county road was closed most of this week, but reopened earlier than expected on Friday.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Tailgating prior to Friday's football game

Lady Rocket Basketball will host a fundraising tailgate party 5 pm to 6:30 pm Friday at the multi-purpose room prior to kickoff of the Rockets' home football game against Russellville.

Pork chop meals are $7 each, which includes chips, drink and dessert. Pork chop only is $5. Hot dog meals are $5.

The football game will decide which team wins the regular-season district title and earns the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye for the Class A playoffs. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. 

Senior Night festivities begin at 6:20 p.m. Tickets are available on TicketLeap

Tune to The Crittenden Press on YouTube for the LIVE game webcast.

COVID's deadly toll on Crittenden County

COVID-19 has killed 2 or 3 out of every 100 people in Crittenden County who have ever been diagnosed with the virus.

Since public health officials began counting at the start of the pandemic in April 2020, at least 35 individuals in this community have died.

According to figures released late last week by the Pennyrile Area Health Department, the disease has been deadlier in Crittenden County than most other surrounding communities. See the rest of this article in this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.

Wizards and Witches Theme at LBL this weekend

Woodlands Nature Station will celebrate Howl-o-Ween: Detention with Hagrid on October 23, 2021.
The Friends of Land Between the Lakes invites you to a magical event from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, October 23 at the Woodlands Nature Station in Land Between the Lakes. Howl-o-Ween: Detention with Hagrid will include multiple natural history programs based on the beloved fantasy world of wizards and witches!
You have earned a detention with Hagrid! Touch the Portkey to be transported into the Forbidden Forest to help Hagrid care for his Fantastic Beasts. Help find Aldo the baby Sasquatch, seek for the misplaced Golden Snitch, and census the forest for magical creatures. Costumes are welcome and encouraged. You can even wear your house colors! 
Ongoing Activities:
*Wand Making
*Patronus Charm Craft
*Divinations & Nature Fortune Telling
*Tri-wizard Tournament Practice Obstacle Course
Class Schedule:
11am Parseltongue 101 (Snakes Up Close)
12pm Messenger Owls (Owls Up Close)
1 pm Defense Against the Dark Arts (Animal Defenses)
2 pm Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Backyard tour)
3 pm Messenger Owls (Owls Up Close)
All activities are included in Nature Station admission fees, which are $7 for ages 18 and up; $5 for ages 5-17; and free for ages 4 and under. For more details, call Woodlands Nature Station at (270) 924-2299 or visit 

Fourth grade students can go to, get their free Every Kid in a Park pass, and get their family in for free. For more information, call the Nature Station at 270.924.2299. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

US 641 south of Fredonia resurfaced

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will begin Thursday, Oct. 21 resurfacing a section of U.S. 641 from Fredonia south to the Lyon County Line.

Motorists can anticipate milling and paving activities during this one- to two-week project to resurface 2.87 miles of highway. 

Motorists should anticipate reduced speeds and stop conditions. Flaggers will be on site for traffic control. 

RB and Paving was awarded the project bid at $391,321. 

Halloween 5K at M-CC Park Saturday

There will be a Halloween 5K after dark this Saturday, Oct. 23 at Marion-Crittenden County Park. 

Proceeds will benefit the Marion Hall Ruddiman Canine Shelter. Cost is $20 on race day. 

Work begins Thursday for KY 91 N bridge

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 21, there will be daytime work zone restrictions on KY 91 North where a contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will begin work associated with replacing Crooked Creek Bridge just outside Marion City Limits. Work to replace the bridge will be done by Scott & Murphy, Inc., at a cost of $940,938.

A roadway diversion will first be constructed to move traffic off of the current bridge. 

Construction of the diversion begins this week, and will include a temporary bridge. This phase will take about two months. The diversion is necessary to maintain traffic along KY 91 when construction begins on a new Crooked Creek Bridge sometime next spring.

Lady Rockets Four-Peat in 5th District

As expected, Crittenden County won its 4th straight Fifth District Volleyball championship Tuesday night, beating Livingston Central 26-24, 25-16, 25-16.

The girls won all of their regular-season round-robin matches against district opponents and earned a first-seed bye in the tournament. Livingston beat tournament host Trigg County to earn a berth in the title bout with CCHS.

Crittenden was a tad slow out of the chute. Perhaps nerves, coach Bayley McDonald said. But the girls settled in after a close first game and won the match in straight sets. Get more details in this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.

Crittenden will host the regional tournament at Rocket Arena. Right now it’s scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, but that’s tentative. The tournament draw is Thursday.

Bunch Brothers to conduct auction Oct. 23 in Marion

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Unique antiques, guns, knives and tools will be on the auction block when Steven and Joe Bunch conduct an auction on Weldon Road in Marion Oct. 23.

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A rare restored 1947 Ford pickup, vintage equipment and decor will be sold, along with modern firearms and collectibles like Coca-Cola memorabilia at the auction, which begins at 10 a.m., at 1985 Weldon Road.

Monday, October 18, 2021

A.T. Crider Road temporarily closed for work

A.T. Crider Road (CR 1346) in rural Crittenden County will be temporarily closed to through traffic starting today near the 0.3 mile point to near the 0.5 mile point.  

This closure is to allow county road crews to complete work necessary to provide major base failure repairs and drainage. Work will likely take about two weeks.

Motorists are asked to self-detour along alternate routes.


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Clerk tip: Title transfers

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Crittenden County Clerk Daryl Tabor is providing consumer tips to help the community. 

There are a number of transactions handled in the 
clerk's office, and Tabor is sharing information about each of those in a helpful advertising series.

This week's tip deals with transferring titles to 
vehicles, boats and trailers. Transfers are common occurrences in the clerk's office that can come with confusion if not handled timely or properly.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Berry completes term as KBA chairman

This article originally appeared in the Oct. 7, 2021 full edition of The Crittenden Press.

Farmers Bank & Trust Company President and CEO Wade Berry recently presided as chairman over the Kentucky Bankers Association’s 130th annual convention at Asheville, N.C. The convention marked the end of Berry’s 12-month term as chairman of the state’s largest banking association. 

The Kentucky Bankers Association (KBA) lists its primary mission as lobbying and advocating for Kentucky’s banks in Frankfort and in Washington D.C. Besides its government relations and industry advocacy role, the KBA is also a provider of key services and education to its members. 

The KBA is one of the strongest trade associations in Kentucky and one of the strongest banking associations in the country. 

As KBA chairman, Berry has represented the interests of the association’s 151 member banks in meetings with state and federal officials including meetings with Kentucky senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. 

In May, Berry led a group of KBA officers, executives and employees on a statewide barnstorming tour meeting with bankers in all nine of Kentucky’s KBA districts. 

Speaking of the statewide tour Berry noted, “It’s unbelievable how far it is from western Kentucky to eastern Kentucky. One of our meetings was in Prestonsburg. As the crow flies, my office is as close to

Solar farms enter final stages before construction

Three renewable energy companies are on the cusp of building large solar farms in nearby counties.

Ashwood Solar I will likely be the first to break ground and it could come as early as December. The 1,506-acre solar farm will be located south of Fredonia off U.S. 641, near the Western Kentucky Correction Complex. The company has received preliminary approval to construct an 86-megawatt alternating current photovoltaic electric generating facility in Lyon County.

Two more solar farms are in the process of acquiring permits and Public Service Commission approval. Caldwell Solar seeks to open a 3,060-acre facility and Golden Solar Project seeks to build an 800-acre farm. Both of those are in Caldwell County off KY 91 between Fredonia and Crider.

This article was originally published in The Crittenden Press newspaper on Oct. 7. Subscribe today in order to get timely news from Marion and beyond. 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Football game postponed until Saturday

Due to forecast of severe weather tonight in western Kentucky, the Crittenden County football game at Fulton County has been postponed until 2pm on Saturday.

This game will not be broadcast on Saturday due to logistical issues. We regret not being able to provide a live webcast from Fulton County. 

H&H Fall Festival Saturday in Marion

A car show, hay maze and numerous vendors will set up at H&H Home and Hardware in Marion Saturday for a fall festival hosted by the plumbing and hardware store.

Kids will be entertained by a hay maze sponsored by Marion Feed Mills, while adults can browse the booths set up in the H&H parking lot.

Vendor booths include crafts, artwork, jewelry, home decor, personal care, clothing, books, industrial and commercial products and demonstrations and more.

Between 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Piney Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church will host a car show to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 

Air Evac will make an appearance on the lot at noon pending weather and barring emergencies that may prevent its participation.

H&H will offer prizes and give-aways throughout the day.

Several food vendors will be set up at the event, which will begin at 9 a.m. and end at dark.

The festival will be held rain or shine.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Bunch Brothers selling unique treasures Oct. 23

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Unique antiques, guns, knives and tools will be on the auction block when Steven and Joe Bunch conduct an auction on Weldon Road in Marion Oct. 23.

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A rare restored 1947 Ford pickup, vintage equipment and decor will be sold, along with modern firearms and collectibles like Coca-Cola memorabilia at the auction, which begins at 10 a.m., at 1985 Weldon Road.

Uptick puts Crittenden back in Red

The late summer spike in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant had been losing steam in Marion until a slight uptick at mid-week put the county back in the bad zone.

Crittenden is one of  only a few western Kentucky counties that had for about a week remained out of the so-called Red Zone and in the more tolerable Orange Zone on the state’s COVID map. The county ticked back into the Red on Wednesday, but the local caseload is still trending downward compared to the past 8 weeks.

Red Zone counties have greater restrictions. 

Crittenden County School District has established a masking policy based on the colored map. The district will announce Friday  its masking requirements for next week.

For more detailed figures from the local COVID caseload, see this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Shear Illusions adds new stylist

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Megan Chambliss Jackson has joined the staff of Shear Illusions in Marion.

Megan joins stylists Casey Winstead, Debbie Summers, Tiffany Brown and Ashley Worley. 

She offers complete hair and nail services, in addition to providing 
special occasion makeup, eyebrow tinting and facials.

Shear Illusions is located on First Street in Marion. Call (270) 969-1111 for an appointment with Megan.

Bail Trail kicks off Saturday in Crittenden County

Maps will be available starting Saturday for the Crittenden County Bale Trail. 

The Extension Service is coordinating this self-touring progam and you can vote online for your favorite feature. 

Trail maps are available in a kiosk behind the Extension office on U.S. 60 East and at the 4-H booth at H&H Home and Hardware’s Fall Festival starting at 9 a.m., Saturday. 

You can also get a map at the Crittenden County Bale Trail and  Crittenden County Extension Service Facebook pages.

Vaxxed? Here's your chance at the gym

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Students, parents, guardians, faculty, staff and community members – 12 and older – are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination provided by the Pennyrile District Health Department from 8 a.m., until noon on Friday, Oct. 22, in Rocket Arena’s conference room. 

With parent or guardian approval, students will be allowed to participate in this voluntary vaccine clinic. More information, including a consent form, has been sent home with middle and high school students. A completed consent form must be returned to the school by Wednesday, Oct. 20, along with a copy of the child's insurance card.

Non-students do not need an appointment, but should have a copy of their insurance card. 

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available.

Get a copy of the consent form by emailing, or stop by the school district's central office on the high school / middle school campus.

What's News this Week?

The Crittenden Press full edition will get you caught up this week on what's happening around town. 

With fall draping the community, there's a whole lot going on and we've got it covered for you.

From bale trails and fall festivals to car shows and corn mazes, The Press has the details from A to Z.

The big story this week is reaction from local workers, some of whom are facing immediate decisions on whether to be vaccinated in order to stay on the job.

We also take a look at some of Marion's interesting trees, a handful of which are destined for the lumber pile, and historian Brenda Underdown steps back into the early days of Crittenden County and Marion High football for some interesting features on former players.

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. Try out new e-Edition newspaper emailed straight to your inbox every Wednesday. Click here to subscribe.

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The Crittenden Press

Cross country gearing up for regional race

Crittenden County High School's cross country squad finished its regular season Tuesday at the Fellowship Christian Academy meet at Noble Park.  

All of the running Rockets did amazing, said coach Sandra Martinez.

Leading the way on the girls' team was Mary Martinez in 2nd place and Karsyn Potter 5th in the high school division.  Ella Geary was 6th and Presley Potter was 7th in the middle school division.  

For the boys' team, Asa McCord led the way followed by Dennon Wilson.  In the middle school division Colt Belt was the top Rocket finisher.  

The cross country team will be competing Oct. 23 in the regional race at Trigg County.

Diabetes education series begins Oct. 26

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Registration for the next series of diabetes classes offered through the Pennyrile District Health Department's Diabetes Education Program ends Oct. 19.

The health department's certified diabetes experts routinely conduct classes to educate people recently diagnosed or those with diabetes who need help managing the disease.

Classes meet each Tuesday and Thursday Oct. 26-Nov. 18. Classes are free and 
are available online.

To learn more, contact your local health department.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

School starting 5 minutes earlier today

Fall break wraps up today for Crittenden County students. They return to class this morning (Tuesday, Oct. 12) to a 10-minute longer day in order for the school district to bank four extra days into the calendar in case of pandemic cancelations or inclement weather this winter. 

For the remainder of the academic year, the school day will officially begin at 7:50 a.m., and conclude at 3:05 p.m. Director of Pupil Personnel Diana Lusby said the added minutes allow the district flexibility in case more days are needed for closings. 

Trick or Treat on Main is Oct. 29

Marion’s Trick or Treat on Main Street will return to downtown late this month. Plans are for the event to be held on Friday, Oct. 29 from 3 p.m., until 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Marion Welcome Center at 270-965-5015. The Touism, Recreation and Convention Bureau is organizing the event.

Also, through October, the community corn maze is open in Industrial Park North. It is open 4 p.m., to dark on weekdays, 10 to dark on Saturday and 2 to dark on Sunday.

Buntin fall consignment auction Saturday

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The annual fall farm consignment auction hosted by Buntin Auction Services is Saturday.

Auctioneer Curt Buntin will sell a wide range of farm equipment and miscellaneous outdoor pieces beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday.

Located at his shop on Ky. 297 near Sheridan, the sale is always a popular opportunity to get rid of unneeded equipment and swap it out for something you've been searching for.

For more informations contact Buntin at (270) 704-0726.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Flippin' Fantastic opening this weekend behind Darben Plaza

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A new store opening in Marion will be Flippin' Fantastic.

The grand opening for the store is Oct. 15-16 at the former skating rink behind Darben Plaza in Marion.

Flippin' Fantastic has items from major retailers at discount prices.

Some of the items you can expect to find at Flippin' Fantastic are bedding, toys, tools, gadgets, small furniture and cleaning supplies, among other things.

Life is expensive, but Flippin' Fantastic will carry low-priced items with new truckloads of merchandise arriving regularly.

Grand opening hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 15 and Oct. 16. 

In case you missed it... trash bills

Residential customers of GFL Environmental, the home garbage collection company, should pay particular attention to their recent bills.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said the company has eroneously charged an Energy Recovery Charge.

See the Oct. 7, 2021 full edition of The Crittenden Press for complete details, including what to do to get a refund. 

911 Center Seeks Your Information

911 Center Director Kellye Dalton
In order to improve public safety and to better serve the community, Marion-Crittenden County Emergency 911 is asking residents and businesses to provide important information that can reduce response times and enhance safety for everyone during emergencies.

Kellye Dalton, who was recently hired as the new 911 coordinator, says updating the dispatching center’s database is critical to improving first responder services and meeting the needs during non-emergency response to issues that arise daily.

The dispatching center has created a form and is asking residents, caretakers, business owners and others to complete the one-page document and return it to central dispatching at city hall.


Dalton, a former Kentucky State Police dispatcher, explains that the 911 center needs to constantly update its files because things change. 

“Now is a good time to update our records, and I would encourage anyone whose situation changes to in the future to let us know,” she said.

Sought is critical information that might include the following: hard-of-hearing or sight-impaired individuals residing at an address, the names and phone numbers of key-holders to businesses or

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Salem man charged with murder

A confrontation involving two Salem men Saturday night ended in an alleged murder, according to state police.

Kentucky State Police have charged Jimmy Crider, 21, with killing his father-in-law, Joseph Harris, 52, during an altercation at a home on Butler Road in Livingston County.

Crider allegedly stabbed Harris. 

Livingston County deputies arrived on the scene about 10 p.m., and detained Crider while Livingston County EMS attempted life-saving measures on Harris, who was transported to Livingston Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Crider is currently lodged without bond at the McCracken County Jail.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Coon Dog Inn open for breakfast, lunch

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Hungry for some home cooking?

Stop by the Coon Dog Inn in Fredonia.

The Coon Dog Inn is the gathering place in the 
Fredonia Valley during breakfast and lunchtime.

The restaurant, located on Cassidy Avenue in 
Fredonia, is open Monday through Saturday 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It is no longer open on Friday 

WATCH: Rockets at Trigg County tonight

Tickets for tonight’s varsity football game at Trigg County are now available at The process it a bit different than most other online sales programs. For this game, eTickets will be texted to the phone number of the purchaser or the phone number entered at time of purchase. 

The Crittenden Press crew will broadcast the game live on its YouTube channel. Go Here to Watch.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

ThrowBack Thursdays Every Week

Every week, The Crittenden Press full edition includes a feature that re-examines some of the articles that appeared in the newspaper over the past 50 years. It's a fun opportunity to find out what our grandparents, or maybe even what we were doing many years ago. Here's just a sampling of the weekly ThrowBack Thursday feature. Subscribe or grab a Press every week to enjoy this look back into our local history. 


October 7, 1971

  • Mattoon 4-H Club members elected Tracy Winders king and Kristie Young queen. Officers elected at their meeting included Gary McConnell, president; Vicky Trowbridge, vice-president; Ricky Elder, secretary-treasurer and Fonda Quertermous, reporter. 
  • Distance runners at Crittenden County High School captured wins at two meets and took second place in another. In the previous three meets, sophomore James Willoughby placed first leading his Rocket running mates. 
  • County Judge John W. Chandler officially proclaimed Oct. 3-9 as National 4-H Week in Crittenden County. 


October 10, 1996

  • Californian Rosalind Hills opened the Marion Inn Bed and Breakfast.
  • Barbara Myers of WMJL presented Myrle Dunning, Merle Myers and Barbara Vaughn with a bouquet and gift certificates from Conrad’s and Sureway as winners of the Crittenden County Homemaker Bake-Off. 
  • Crittenden County native Judy Woodring was elected by the National Forensics Association to serve on the Lincoln/Douglas Debate Committee. This committee determined the national debate team topic as well as the rules for the 1997 college debate season. 
  • Crittenden County High School Chorus students attended and participated in the annual First District Choral Festival even held in the Curris Center at Murray State University. Crittenden County students participating were Reta Baker, Jennifer Driver, Melissa Jenkins, Shawn Vandevender, Chrystal Stone, Melinda Tinsley, Kristy Walker, Shannon Joyce, Rodney Stinnett and Ricky White.         
  • Golfers Michele Stone and Kayla Hardin qualified for the state golf tournament. 
  • Tabi Morris finished fourth in the middle school division of the Webster County Cross Country Invitational. The Lady Rocket runner posted a time of 14:30 on the two-mile course. 
  • Sanders “Cotton” LeFan of Dycusburg was inducted into the Trail Riders Hall of Fame. He received the Outstanding Trail Rider award at the ninth annual National Trail Ride and Wagon Train Association Convention. 


October 6, 2011

  • Jeremiah Foster, 5, harvested his first deer with a crossbow. 
  • The Crittenden County third and fourth-grade cheerleaders for 2011 were Sarah Jones, Haley Mathieu, Isabella Holliman, Hannah Faughn, Hailey Belt, Elizabeth Pansano, Taylor Stoner, Anzie Gobin, Jessie Potter, Brittany Davidson, Ellie McGowan, MaKenzie Watson, Kyron Hicks, Amanda Estes, Taylor Koerner, Matthia Long, Cortne Curnel, Jaylin Blackburn, Jenna Potter, Charity Conyer, Hannah Bell, Cameron Howard, Kenlee McDaniel, Lily Gardner, Kirsten DeBoe, Josie Grimes, Morgan Barnes, Emma Stoner, Shelby Brown, Jaelyn Duncan, Loren Morris, Jaycie Driver, Caitlyn Riley and Audrey Croft. 
  • The Crittenden County fifth and sixth-grade cheerleaders were Trista Reddick, Madison Conger, Baileah Barnes, Caitlyn Lynch, Daelynn Hardon, Mayce Simpkins, MaKensie Simpkins, Christina McMackin, Shea Martin, Megan Tabor, RheaVynn Tabor and Kendra Franklin. 

Bale Trail Deadline is tomorrow

Deadline is approaching to have a fall feature in the Crittenden County Bale Trail. The University of Kentucky Extension Service is coordinating the program again this year and deadline to register your site on the official map is this Friday, 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

Salem Springlake hiring for multiple positions

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Looking for a job in the nursing field?

Now is a good time to join the team of Salem 
Springlake Health & Rehab.

The nursing facility is looking to fill a number of positions, including RN, LPN, CNA, dietary cook 
and dietary aides.

Call today to learn more.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Registration ends Oct. 19 for diabetes classes

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Registration for the next series of diabetes classes offered through the Pennyrile District Health Department's Diabetes Education Program ends Oct. 19.

The health department's certified diabetes experts routinely conduct classes to educate people recently diagnosed or those with diabetes who need help managing the disease.

Classes meet each Tuesday and Thursday Oct. 26-Nov. 18. Classes are free and 
are available online.

To learn more, contact your local health department.

Amos Road closed today for repairs

Amos Road north of Frances in rural southern Crittenden County is closed  near the KY 855 end.

The road closed yesterday and will be closed today for repairs.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Corn Maze is Open for Fun!

The Marion Corn Maze is open weekdays 4 to dark, Saturdays 10 to dark and Sundays 2 to dark. Cost is $3 or less depending on age. All proceeds benefit local charities and clubs. Located on Pippi Hardin Blvd. in Industrial Park North.

Some courthouse phones are down

The phone system Crittenden County Courthouse is partially down this morning.

The judge-executive's office and county clerk's office are without phone service. 

It appears to be an internal matter because those office have different carriers.

There is no indication of how long the phones will be out, perhaps all day.

The clerk's office is still able to accept facsimiles at 270-965-3447 or email us at

Rescue Squad seeks donations

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Crittenden County Rescue Squad has begun its annual donation drive. 

To support the squad, mail a $25 check to Crittendne County Rescue Squad, PO Box 346, Marion, KY 42064. 

The squad mailed 2,400 letters to area residents last year seeking contributions. Six hundred were returned to the squad with a donation.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

One-lane traffic coming to 91N tomorrow

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans a work zone lane restriction along a section of KY 91 North of Marion starting on Monday, Oct. 4.

This work zone with one-lane traffic and alternating flow controlled by an automated signal is to allow erosion control work and other improvements around the Crooked Creek Branch Bridge at KY 91 mile point 6.15, immediately south of the Freedom Church Road intersection.

Crittenden County Highway Maintenance Crew will be straightening the ditch line and improving shoulder and slope protection along both sides of the highway near the bridge.

Initially, the guardrail will be removed from the downstream side of the bridge to allow fill and riprap

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Formally Renaming of James C. Johnson Regional Airport

Marion-Crittenden County James C. Johnson Regional Airport was formerly christened Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 with an open house and formal ceremony to rebrand the facility, naming it for longtime airport board chairman Jim Johnson. Federal, state and local dignitaries were part of the ceremony, including Congressman James Comer. See The Crittenden Press newspaper for details.

Conservation District Poster Contest

“Healthy Forests and Healthy Communities” is the 2021 Conservation District’s natural resource focus. 

“Although we see many trees daily, and the Crittenden County Conservation District gives out over 1,000 trees each year, the community may not often think about the importance of the trees all around us,” the district said in a news release.

Healthy forests add to a healthy community, which can be the human community or the forest community.  We humans have hundreds of uses for trees, from environmental, and mental, physical and emotional health, to economic uses. The community of the forest can be the wildlife that is sustained by it but also the health and variety of trees themselves, the news relrelease added.

K-12 students are invited to illustrate these or related ideas in a poster. The size may be anything from 81⁄2 x 11 inches to 14 x 22 inches. Any material may be used to show the idea, but the result must be two-dimensional. Additional rules and suggestions can be found from the District office or online at

Deadline to receive posters at the district office at 118 E. Bellville St. is Oct. 29. 

This contest also awards monetary prizes at the local, state and up to national levels. 

Creating a poster can be a fun and rewarding experience for area youth in many ways. They will also be helping the community understand why “Healthy Forests” lead to a “Healthy Community,” the district said.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Buntin farm equipment consignment is Oct. 16

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Buntin Auction Service's fall farm consignment sale is just around the corner!

If you've been thinking about selling, now's the time.

Call Curt Buntin today to schedule your consignment, which may include tractors, mowers, implements, trucks, boats, and much more.

Auction is Oct. 16.

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7:30 pm Kickoff Due to Homecoming Ceremony

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Therefore, the game is live at 

The Crittenden Press YouTube Channel

A Big Thank You to Our Digital Partners

Local businesses help bring you Rocket Football Coverage

Whitetail Properties, Mark Williams, agent

Frazer Law Firm in Marion 

Moments in Time Pictures / Reese Baker

Hodge’s Sports & Apparel

Riley Tool & Machine

Farmers Bank & Trust Co. of Marion

Deer Lakes Golf Course

First United Bank in Marion

LaDelicia Mexican Restaurant

Ellington Detailing

Homestead Auction Realty

C-Plant Federal Credit Union in Marion

H&H Home & Hardware

Full Body Fitness Studio

Par 4 Plastics

Magnolia Bank in Marion

Mulligans Pizzeria & Pub

Curnel Ag Repair / Corey & Derek Curnel

YTG Insurance

Charah on the NY Stock Exchange

Mike & Stoner’s Barber Shop

Marion Eyecare Center, Dr. Adria Porter


Marion Corn Maze Opens This Afternoon

A community corn maze for children young and old will be open to the public starting Friday afternoon at the end of Pippi Hardin Boulevard in Industrial Park North. The maze will be open 4 p.m., to dark weekdays and 10 a.m., to dark on Saturdays and 2 p.m., to dark on Sundays through October. Cost is $3 per person with 5-under free. 

Airport Open House set for Saturday

On Saturday, Oct. 2, there will be an open house and dedication ceremony at the Marion-Crittenden County Airport. 

The facility is being formally named for longtime airport board chairman Jim Johnson. An article about the renaming of the airport and its new regional designation appears in this week's newspaper. 

The open house lasts from 9 a.m., until 2 p.m., with the formal dedication of the airstrip set for 11 a.m. 

The dedication will be attended by local, state and federal dignitaries, including Sen. James Comer. There will be plane rides, military aircraft, classic airplanes and cars, flight school information and concessions.