Monday, February 28, 2022

Local man is jailed on murder charge

Timothy Paris
A Crittenden County man is jailed on murder charges in an ongoing death investigation that began this morning. 

Timothy Paris, 37, of Blackburn Church Road was booked into the Crittenden County Detention Center at 12:30 p.m., today, following an alleged deadly confrontation with his father, Jerry Paris, at some point earlier in the day at the father’s home, which is also on Blackburn Church Road.

At about 3 p.m., state and local law enforcement were still on the scene of the alleged shooting in the eastern part of Crittenden County. Multiple state police vehicles, a crime scene investigation unit and county sheriff’s department cruisers were parked outside of two residences just a few hundred feet apart in a rural part of the county where there are few neighbors.

Authorities and an ambulance were summoned the scene shortly after 9 a.m., Monday where they made entry into the home. The victim was found and warrants were issued for law enforcement to continue their investigation at the two residences.

The suspect was taken into custody shortly after first responders arrived on the scene when law enforcement encountered him sitting on a porch of a doublewide mobile home near the site where the body was found.

Another son of the victim, who lives outside of Crittenden County, had reportedly made a call to local police telling them that he believed his father had been shot. Dispatchers sent multiple police units to the scene. They were first unable to get inside the locked home where the victim was believed. At some point after making contact with the suspect, officers made their way into the home and found the body. An EMS crew had staged nearby, but left the scene without contact with the victim, who was deceased from multiple gunshot wounds when found. The coroner was later called to scene.

The investigation continues by KSP Detective Billy Over.

The Crittenden Press printed edition will have more details when it is published on Wednesday.

Lions Club building available for rentals

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The Lions Club building at the fairgrounds in Marion is available for a variety of rentals.

The building has hosted community dinners, parties, meetings, pageants and wedding receptions since it was constructed, and is available for rent for those and other purposes.

The building contains a spacious commercial kitchen.

If you are planning a special event this year, consider the Lions Club building. Rates vary. 

For more information, contact Natalie Parish. 

H&R Block offering tax prep discount

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H&R Block is offering a tax preparation discount.

New clients are being offered a $75 coupon through April 10.

Marion's H&R Block office is located on Main Street in Marion.

Tax filing deadline is Monday, April 18 this year.

Stop by or call the tax professionals at H&R Block today.

Nan's Coffee and Tea Company reopens Wednesday

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Nan's Coffee and Tea Company will re-open Wednesday, March 1.

Closed for the winter months, the coffee truck will return to East Bellville Street next to The Crittenden Press at 7 a.m., Wednesday.

Nan's Coffee and Tea Company offers a variety of coffees, lattes and teas including seasonal specialities.

Giveaways will be offered on the business' Facebook and Instagram 
pages throughout March.

Job Corps has job openings

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The Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center now has a $15 minimum wage.

The Union County center is seeking employees at a competitive salary with a benefits package and opportunities for advancement. 

View current job openings at

Crash blocking US 60 in Livingston

Site is open.

Two air ambulances have been requested for an injury accident on US 60 in Livingston County.

The crash site is between Burna and Salem in a curve near Old Salem Church Road.

It was reported as a one-vehicle accident shortly before 10am.

Investigators are saying the highway could be blocked for a couple of hours.

Passenger vehicles may detour between Salem and Burna via KY 133 also known as Lola Road, KY 838 (Hampton Road) and KY 135 (Carrsville Road). Trucks should seek an appropriate state route based on weight.

Authorities investigating possible shooting

Update 11:15 a.m. with further details.

State and local law enforcement are on the scene of a suspected shooting in the eastern part of Crittenden County.

Preliminary reports are that there is one male victim at a residence on Blackburn Church Road. 

Authorities and an ambulance were summoned the scene shortly after 9am Monday, where they made forced entry into the home. The body of the victim was found. Police are currently in the process of obtaining search warrants to continue their investigation.

Nearby, Crittenden County Sheriff's deputies detained a potential suspect.

Stay tuned for more information on this breaking news story as information becomes available. 

Girls' open regional tournament tonight at home

Lady Rocket celebrate Thursday, collecting
the Fifth District championship trophy
Crittenden County's girls will host Hopkins Central at 6:30pm tonight at Rocket Arena in the opening round of the Second Region Basketball Tournament.

Crittenden (22-7) beat Hopkins Central (18-10) by 7 points on Feb. 15 at Marion.

The Rocket basketball team will be on the road Tuesday at Hopkinsville to begin the regional tournament against the Hopkinsville Tigers.

For more on the local basketball teams' opening round games, Go Here. 

Tickets are available Here on TicketLeap. No cash will accepted at the door tonight at Rocket Arena, only electronic tickets. For the boys' game at Hopkinsville Tuesday, cash will be accepted at the gate. 

High water could keep ferry closed for days

Cave In Rock Ferry is closed due to Ohio River floodwaters covering KY 91 North at the Kentucky Landing and will likely not reopen until around March 8 based on projected river levels.

Signs and barricades are posted on KY 91 North.

In Livingston County, KY 137 also known as River Road is closed between Bayou and KY 133 at Berry's Ferry Landing. Signs and barricades are posted.

KY 917 (Tucker Temple Road) is also closed north of Iuka.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Rising Ohio closes ferry, county roads

Update: Ferry closing at 6 p.m., today.

The Cave-in-Rock Ferry plans to temporarily close at 6 p.m., today, due to rising floodwaters. Based on the forecast for the Ohio River, the ferry is expected to remain closed until sometime after March 6.

There are also several roads affected by backwater. In Crittenden County, Providence Road, Enon Church Road, Blackford Church Road (Caney Fork end), Cool Springs Road, River Drive, Elizabethtown Ferry Road, Monroe Wesmoland Road and Phin Croft Road are covered in water.

The Ohio River was at 40.19 ft. on the Shawneetown gauge at 9:30 a.m., today, with a crest expected at 42.9 ft. on March 1. Based on those numbers, the Cave-in-Rock Ferry is expected to remain out of service until sometime after March 6. However, the closure could be extended if there is additional substantial rainfall.

Ferry operator Lonnie Lewis anticipates making the last run from the Illinois Landing at 5:50 p.m., with the last run from the Kentucky Landing at 6 p.m., CST, today. The 6 p.m. closure time will allow many of the ferry's daily commuters to be at the landing in time for the final run.

Temporary closure of the ferry turns a normal 20 minute trip from Cave-in-Rock, IL, to Marion, KY, into a 70 minute detour.

The Cave-in-Rock Ferry will provide timely notice when service is able to resume.

The ferry carries about 500 vehicles across the Ohio River in an average day. The ferry provides an economic link for daily commuters who depend on it to get to and from jobs, and serves a tourism link between the Shawnee National Forest and the Amish Community in Crittenden County. When the ferry is forced to close it turns a 10-mile trip between Cave-in-Rock, IL, and Marion, KY, into a 60-mile detour.

Crash site on westbound I-24 still closed

Kentucky State Police and Marshall County 911 Dispatch and emergency agencies from several counties continue to work a multi-vehicle crash blocking Interstate 24 westbound near the 30 mile marker at the I-24 Tennessee River Bridge.  One lane is open eastbound with traffic moving slowly through the area.  Both westbound lanes are blocked.

The crash site involved a total of 11 vehicles, including 8 semi trucks.  One of the trucks was hauling cattle - a couple of dozen were reported escaped into the median.  They believe all the cattle have been accounted for, but are still checking.

This crash is along I-24 between the U.S. 62 Calvert City Exit 27 Interchange and the KY 453 Grand Rivers Exit 31 Interchange at the Marshall-Livingston County Line.

A crash reconstruction investigation has been completed, allowing some of the vehicles to be removed from the area.  The recovery team is still working on removing some of the SEMI trucks.

Estimated time to clearance is about 2 hours or approximately 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Sleet and ice cancel school Thursday

There will be no school in Crittenden County Thursday because of sleet and ice falling across the region. It will be a non-traditional instruction day, with students working from home.

There is no school on Friday as well. It was a previously scheduled professional development day for teachers on the 2021-2022 calendar.

Courthouse open for warming center

Crittenden County Courthouse will be open tonight for use a warming center for local residents.

The courthouse's Carlisle Street entrance will be left open all night and local law enforcement will be keeping an eye on the facility. 

Little league baseball, softball sign up

Crittenden County Dugout Club will host its annual registration day and skills assessment for softball and baseball from 9:30 a.m., until 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 5 at the park or middle school gym depending on weather. 

The league includes softball, kickball and baseball for players from age 4 to 15.

Find a printable registration form and details HERE.

Fusion salon hosting grand opening event

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Fusion Nail & Hair Salon welcomes customers and friends to its grand opening on South Main Street in Marion.

Jessica and Angie have relocated to Fusion from Professional Touch on Sturgis Road.

A customer appreciation event will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Fusion is located in the former Kenergy building in front of Troy's Collision Center.

Candidates reminded of campaign material rules

While election finance matters are not handled by the county clerk’s office, as the office that oversees local elections, Clerk Daryl Tabor reminds candidates seeking public office of something very important regarding campaign disclaimers.

Any campaign materials such as signs, door hangers, advertising, printed materials, etc., need to have "Paid for by (candidate name)" on them to comply with campaign finance laws. The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (KREF) has exempted certain items from the disclaimer requirement, including balloons, calling cards, emery boards, bumper stickers, matchbook covers, pencils, shirts, caps and some other items. Any calling card smaller than 3½ x 5 inches does not require a disclaimer. However, the general rule is the disclaimer must be included. It should not say Paid for by Candidate, but must have the name of the candidate.

The county clerk's office does not oversee any aspect of campaign finance and cannot answer any related questions. Candidates may call KREF at 502.573.2226 or visit

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Buntin selling Corley collectibles, equipment

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Tractors. Farm equipment. Trailers. Collectibles. Hunting Accessories.

These items and more are on a long list of personal property Buntin Auction Service will sell for Ronny and Laura Corley.

The Corley retirement auction will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 26 at 3000 SR 387 in Marion.

At least a dozen collectible guns are included in the sale.

For more information, contact Curt Buntin, auctioneer.

Rising waters closing county roads

Heavy rain and rising water along creeks and rivers are causing travel woes for many.

Currently cut off due to high water are Cool Springs Road, Enon Church Road, Providence Road, Elizabethtown Ferry Road, River Drive, Monroe Wesmoland, Charlie May and Phin Croft Road. 

More road closings are likely to close due due to heavy rains.

In Livingston County, several roads and highways are being affected, including the following:

  • U.S. 60 near Clarks Ferry Road in Ledbetter
  • U.S. 60 near Livingston Central High School west of Smithland
  • KY 3489 (Jim Wilson Loop) near Bear Road
  • KY 723 (Pickneyville Road)near Kitchen Road / Faris Springs Road
  • KY 133 near Lick Skillet Road north of Salem

CCHS junior Taylor Guess breaks scoring record

Crittenden County High School junior basketball player Taylor Guess went into last night's girls' basketball district tournament needing eight points to eclipse the previous school scoring record of 1,825 points set by Cassidy Moss in 2017. 

Guess scored 24, including four straight baskets to close out the first half as CCHS took the game’s lead for the first time and went on to beat Livingston Central in the tournament opener. The girls will host Lyon County at 7pm Thursday for the Fifth District Tournament championship. Read More Here.

The Rockets host Trigg County tonight at 7:30pm in the opening round of the tournament. 

Monday, February 21, 2022

Ky. 91 re-open to traffic

The diversion bridge on Ky. 91 washed out by last week's heavy rainfall has re-opened. 

State officials re-opened the section of roadway Monday. The diversion is a temporary road built around a bridge on Ky. 91 that is being replaced. 

Bechler bill aims to stop mask mandates

By Melissa Patrick, Kentucky Health News

A bill to prohibit public schools, colleges and universities from requiring masks has passed out of committee and is on its way to the full House. 

Rep. Lynn Bechler
House Bill 51
, sponsored by Rep. Lynn Bechler, R-Marion, would prohibit mask requirements "on any public school premises," school-sponsored transportation and at school-sponsored events. It would also ban requirements at public colleges and universities, and allows parents of children enrolled in publicly funded child-care facilities to refuse masking for their children without any retribution. 

The bill conflicts with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order that required students and drivers to wear masks on buses, regardless of their vaccination status. The rule applies to all public transportation conveyances. 

The bill, with a committee substitute that drops references to viruses other than Covid-19, passed out of the House Education Committee on a 12-7 vote, with Republicans Adam Koenig of Erlanger and Killian Timoney of Lexington voting "no" with the Democrats. 

Explaining his "no" vote, Timoney, who works in the Fayette County Public Schools, said his constituents are asking him to do what it takes to keep kids in school rather than at home with non-traditional instruction.

"So for me, this is a mask versus an NTI," he said. "And all the evidence about mask wearing and harms, it's anecdotal. What's not anecdotal is NTI being a detriment. So that's why I'm a no vote...

With rain coming, backwater affecting roads

There is more rain coming over the next few days and already backwater from the Tradewater River and Piney Creek is affecting county roads.

In eastern Crittenden County, Cool Springs Road, Enon Church Road and Providence Road are all covered in water at points. The rising waters of Ohio River tributaries is a result of nearly three inches of rainfall late last week.

Rain is in the forecast every day this week, except for Friday and the weekend when it's predicted to turn much colder. 

KY 91 North remains closed near the edge of Marion where a temporary diversion for replacement of the Crooked Creek Bridge washed out during last week's flash flooding. A detour is marked via portable message boards with repairs to the diversion bridge expected to take about a week to complete. 

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Free spay, neuter for new adoptions

In an effort to promote the need for spaying, neutering and pet adoption, Crittenden County Animal Shelter is hosting an event in observance of World Spay Day. 

Adoptions completed Feb. 21-28, will have all spay and neuter fees waived. The only adoption fee will still be $25. 

Crittenden County Animal Shelter is able to offer waivers through a spay and neuter grant awarded by Kentucky Department of Agriculture. For more information, call the animal shelter at 270-965-1054.

Friday, February 18, 2022

College Athletics Signing Day at Rocket Arena

Four Crittenden County High School seniors on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 formally signed their letters of intent to play sports at the next level during a ceremony at Rocket Arena. Signing wereMaddox Carlson to play baseball at Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College, Luke Crider to play football at Thomas More University in northern Kentucky, Dylan Yates to play football at Kentucky Wesleyan in Owensboro and Zech McGahan to play sprint football at Midway University near Lexington.

Tax relief available for auto owners

Before renewing your tags and paying taxes on your motor vehicle today, visit the PVA downstairs at Crittenden County Courthouse to have the value of your car, truck or SUV lowered to its 2021 value. This should reduce your tax burden when you pay inside the county clerk's office.

"We greatly appreciate Ronnie, Sherry and Libby for working with our office and taxpayers to help reduce a few headaches and save hard-earned money," said County Clerk Daryl Tabor. "That's just another example of how well our courthouse offices work together."

Starting Feb. 28, values will have been corrected automatically and you will not need to visit the PVA to lower the value; you can simply renew in our office as usual. But until then, PVA Ronnie Heady has agreed for him and his staff to work with the public to offer immediate relief.

Anyone who has already paid higher 2022 motor vehicle taxes will have to wait a bit. They will be mailed a refund check by the Kentucky Treasury by Aug. 15. You will not have to request the refund.

Two flooded roads are reopen this morning

KY 855 North is now open at the 5 mile marker at Dean Spring Creek north of Frances between KY 70 and US 60. 

KY 902 is now open at the 5mm at the Dry Creek Bridge between March Oliver Road and the Crittenden-Caldwell County Line near Fredonia. 

College signing day for Rocket athletes


Four Crittenden County senior student-athletes will formally sign their letters of intent today to play collegiate sports. 

The signing ceremony is at Rocket Arena at 11 a.m.

Family, friends and supporters are encouraged to attend this event. 

Signing will be Maddox Carlson to play baseball at Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College, Luke Crider to play football at Thomas More University in northern Kentucky, Dylan Yates to play football at Kentucky Wesleyan in Owensboro and Zech McGahan to play sprint football at Midway University near Lexington.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Temporary bridge on 91 washed out by high water

Updates with new details Friday morning 

The temporary diversion around a bridge under construction on KY 91 just on the edge of the Marion city limit has failed during hours of heavy rain late today.

The northbound lane collapsed after flash flooding jeopardized the integrity of the bridge and a tractor-trailer passed over it, according to Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom.

The temporary diversion had been in service since late last year to allow a contractor to start prep work for construction of a new bridge. During heavy rain today, waters in Crooked Creek undercut fill along the diversion at the site of a temporary bridge.

Approximately 850 vehicles travel this section of KY 91 North of Marion in an average day.

The closure requires traffic to and from the ferry to detour via KY 135 West to KY 1668 (Crittenden Springs Road) to connect with U.S. 60 West of Marion. Fords Ferry and Bridwell Loop to A.T. Crider Road are alternatives for local passenger vehicles. 

Judge Newcom said the bridge on KY 91 could be out for about two weeks.

Kentucky transportation officials said an engineering team was on-site last Thursday checking the extent of damage. 

  • KY 91 is CLOSED near the 5mm at the northwest edge of Marion where a temporary diversion for replacement of the Crooked Creek Bridge has washed out - signs and barricades posted
  • KY855 is CLOSED at the 5 mile marker at Dean Spring Creek north of Frances between KY 70 and U.S. 60 - signs and barricades posted
  • KY 902 is CLOSED at the 5mm at the Dry Creek Bridge between March Oliver Rd and the Crittenden-Caldwell County Line

Afternoon bus routes affected by today's rain

School buses will likely run behind today due to flash flooding and obvious weather conditions.

A number of streets, county roads and state highways are affected by the heavy rains and flash flooding. Crittenden County School District issued a statement at about 2pm today cautioning parents and guardians that bus delays are likely this afternoon.

"Also, drivers may discover flooded areas during their route and may need to arrange a different pick up point for your child. If this is the case, you will be contacted by a school official for more information. You also may choose to pick up your student during regular dismissal time. Our students' and staff safety is our first priority, so we appreciate your patience as we transport our students today," the district said in its statement. 

Cannon Concrete offers conventional, decorative work

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When the weather turns the corner, turn to Cannon Concrete & Construction.

Cannon Concrete offers conventional concrete work along with decorative enhancements to your outdoor projects.

Call or email Eric R. Cannon, Sr., today for more information.

Entertainer's career recognized by Hall of Fame

Grab this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press to find out more about why local entertainer Franklin Hamilton is being honored by the Crittenden County Music Hall of Fame.

Hamilton grew up performing at Fohs Hall in Marion and on Saturday during the latest Old Kentucky Hayride show, at the same venue where his career began, Hamilton's endeavors as a Johnny Cash tribute performer were spotlighted.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Fire Hazard Season: No Daytime Burning

The Spring Wildfire Season, which begins today and lasts until April 30, is in effect in every Kentucky county. The law prohibits any person to burn between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland. 

The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) urges residents across the state to exercise caution when burning debris during this season. The KDF has responded to 93 wildland fires since January 1, 2022, and nearly 40 percent have been attributed to debris burning.

It is important to remain vigilant about wildfires. In the spring, people conduct yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard debris. The KDF encourages residents considering debris burning to exercise caution and consider all factors to help maximize the safety of people, property and the forest.

“Any time a citizen decides to burn brush, they should make that decision by using all the information

KSP has warrant for alleged bank robber

Kentucky State Police believe they have solved a 2021 Providence bank robbery.

Post 2 Detective Billy Over has obtained an arrest warrant on Matthew Lee Arthur, 28, of Dawson Springs in regard to the alleged crime. 

On Tuesday, Arthur was charged with first-degree robbery in reference to the incident that occurred on April, 5, 2021 at Planter's Bank in Providence. Arthur is currently incarcerated at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in Lagrange for previous unrelated convictions.  

The investigation remains ongoing.

The robbery investigation initially revealed that a white male, approximately 6 feet 3 inches entered the bank wearing a hoodie and mask, and demanded money while stating he had a gun. The male then exited the bank with an undetermined amount of cash, and left the property on foot. 

KSP provided no further details as to evidence against Arthur.

New Crosser Signals west of Ledbetter Bridge

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans a traffic signal phase change at the US 60 and U.S. 62 Crossover Intersection in McCracken County near the west end of the US 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter on Friday, Feb. 18.

Motorists should be prepared for a work zone lane restriction at the intersection on Friday from approximately 9 a.m. to about 11 a.m. Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers and traffic signal personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow. Some minor delays are possible during the moving and placement of equipment to facilitate the work.

The KYTC District 1 Signal Crew and a contractor will be adjusting the traffic signal phasing for traffic moving eastbound and westbound through the crossover.

US 60 westbound traffic coming off the Ledbetter Bridge planning to turn left onto US 62 eastbound

Monday, February 14, 2022

NOMINATE NOW: 10 Under 40 Community Recognition

The Crittenden Press wants to recognize some of the rising stars in our local workforce.

We are accepting nominations for individuals in 10 business sectors to be recognized as The Crittenden Press’ “10 Under 40” community recognition program.

One individual from each of 10 categories – ranging from agriculture to retail – will be selected and featured for this feature. An article about each individual selected will be included in 10-week series in The Crittenden Press.

We want to spotlight 10 deserving community members and share the successes of these young professionals.

The general categories include:
•Agriculture and Ag-Related Industries
•Automotive Sales and Services
•Commerce and Retail
•Construction and Trade
•Early Childhood/Public Education   
•Food Service (Restaurants and Grocery)

Marion City Council meets tonight

 Marion City Council will meet in regular session tonight at 5pm at city hall.

The council typically meets on the third Monday of the month, but due to President's Day being next week, it will hold its February meeting tonight. 

Clerk's office closed early Tuesday for training

On Tuesday, Crittenden County Clerk's office will not open until 10 a.m.

The late start will allow staff time to train on new voting equipment, which was recently delivered to the courthouse. The new voting machines will deployed for the May primary election.

"We apologize for the inconvenience," said County Clerk Daryl Tabor, "but there was only a small window available for training."

Friday, February 11, 2022

Shop for your sweetheart at Bowtanicals

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Don't forget your sweetheart! 

Valentine's Day is Monday.

Bowtanicals, with shops in Marion and Salem, wants to help you treat your sweet this Valentine's Day.

Stop in today and order early for best selection.

Press delayed to Salem, Sturgis, other areas

There are delays in the delivery of this week's Crittenden Press to Salem, Sturgis and other outlying communities. The papers were entered into the U.S. Postal Service's mail distribution system on Wednesday, but some communities are experiencing a delay receiving this week's Press. 

Canned food admission to Saturday Hayride

Old Kentucky Hayride returns Saturday night to historic Fohs Hall. 

About two dozen area musicians will entertain the crowd with classic country music in a 7 p.m., show produced by Classy & Grassy.

Classy & Grassy is the local bluegrass band comprised of brothers Cutter and Cash Singleton, Brennan Cruce and Kayla Maxfield.

Proceeds from the event will go to Crittenden County Food Bank. Canned goods will be accepted at the door. 

Crittenden County FFA will operate concessions.

Visit Old Kentucky Hayride on Facebook for additional information.

School district looking for super search help

A screening committee to participate in the search for the next superintendent of Crittenden County Schools is forming and the school district is looking for help from parents. 

The district is working to replace Superintendent Vince Clark who is retiring in June.

This committee will include one parent representative. 

A parent representative is defined as any parent of a child enrolled in the district, the district said in a news release. 

If you are interested in being nominated or want to nominate someone else, let the school district know by either completing a brief survey HERE or phoning your child's school.

  • CCES 270-965-2243
  • CCMS 270-965-5221
  • CCHS 270-965-2248

Nominations must be received by Monday, Feb. 21. 

Once nominations are received, a ballot will be created, with PTO presidents from each school coming together to elect the parent representative from the ballot. 

Serving as a parent representative will consist of some time commitment, including attending approximately three to four meetings that may be a couple of hours in length. 

Direct questions to Tiffany Blazina at 270-965-3525 or

Rent Fohs Hall for your next 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.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Water over two county roads

Crittenden County Road Department has issued a notice that Providence Road in the eastern part of the county and Elizabethtown Ferry Road in the northern part near Tolu are covered with water. 

The roads are either near the Ohio River or its tributaries. 

False alarm on siren in Marion

The community alarm siren that sounded in Marion at 11:16am Thursday appears to be part of a maintenance issue.

Jason Hurley, Emergency Management Director of Crittenden County, confirms that there are no emergencies that would warrant the siren being set off. He said central dispatching did not set off the alarm.

Hurley said a crew is doing maintenance on the alarm system today.

Check your mailbox; everyone gets a Press

Local residents will find a newspaper in their mailbox today even though many of them may not be regular subscribers to The Crittenden Press.

Through this special issue distributed to every address in Crittenden County we hope to show readers what they can expect from their weekly community newspaper. The Press always includes news, sports, obituaries, commentary, history and more.

This free February 10, 2022 issue is being made possible with cooperation from the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Press Association and the Kentucky Association of Health Plans. It contains important information about vaccinations – COVID and other inoculations. 

To become a regular subscriber, GO HERE to learn more about the options we offer, which include the traditional printed version, a full digital version and a full-edition ePress which can be mailed directly to your inbox. This month, we’re offering a special subscription price for new subscribers. We appreciate our loyal readers and hope others will join us.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Traffic light back on, data to be studied

The traffic signal at the intersection of Main and Gum streets in Marion has resumed operation. The intersection had been functioning as a temporary 4-Way Stop since Jan. 18.

The intersection had been temporarily converted to a 4-Way Stop for a little over two weeks to allow engineers to study peak traffic flow.  

Approximately 8,200 vehicles travel through the intersection in an average day. A pole that supports the existing traffic signal at the intersection has been hit by turning trucks from time to time.  State traffic engineers have been looking into various options to provide a better turn radius for trucks while enhancing traffic flow.

In coming weeks, traffic engineers from the KYTC District 1 Traffic Group and the agency's central office will comb through data gleaned from traffic flow observations at various times of the day to determine if the traffic signal should be upgraded or replaced by a 4-Way Stop.

Press launches community recognition endeavor

Go Here for an Application Form
The Crittenden Press wants to recognize some of the rising stars in our local workforce.

We are accepting nominations for individuals in 10 business sectors to be recognized as The Crittenden Press’ “10 Under 40” community recognition program.

One individual from each of 10 categories – ranging from agriculture to retail – will be selected and featured for this feature. An article about each individual selected will be included in 10-week series in The Crittenden Press.

We want to spotlight 10 deserving community members and share the successes of these young professionals.

They will be chosen based on their decision to work in our community. Individuals considered do not have to live in Crittenden County, but must be active members of the local workforce. Because we believe in the importance of volunteerism, we have also established a category for those individuals. In that case, volunteers’ day job may be out of town but their volunteerism conducted within or for the benefit of Crittenden County.

Who do you know that is the best and brightest under-40? 

Whose expertise, competency, integrity, courteousness and achievement have you bragged on to your family or friends? Submit those names by Feb. 28 to The Crittenden Press.

Based on information provided in. Nomination forms, our panel of reviewers will select one individual from each category who we believe embodies the work ethic, integrity and desire to serve Crittenden County. Nominees must be under age 40 by March 1, 2022.

The individual selected in each of the 10 categories will be recognized in The Crittenden Press and on each of our social media platforms through a 10-week “10 Under 40” feature beginning in March and presented a plaque by a sponsoring business in their field.

The general categories include:

•Agriculture and Ag-Related Industries
•Automotive Sales and Services
•Commerce and Retail
•Construction and Trade
•Early Childhood/Public Education   
•Food Service (Restaurants and Grocery)

Be thinking of the people you would like to see recognized.

Why is this person deserving of this recognition? How long has the nominee worked in our community and made it a better or more enjoyable place to live and do business?

Be prepared to describe their work ethic and involvement with a short response.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Tax services offered by Debra Bostick-King

Are you looking for tax preparation assistance? Call Debra Bostick-King.

Bostick- King is a veteran bookkeeper and tax preparer serving Crittenden and surrounding counties.

New clients are being accepted.

Call today for more information or for an appointment.

Monday, February 7, 2022

School in session; one-hour delay Tuesday

After three days off due to weather, school will resume on a one-hour delay Tuesday, Feb. 8. Buses will be running on main roads only, and drivers are communicating pick-up points for students. 

Staff will report at regular time, so students may arrive as early as 7:25 a.m., if needed. Breakfast will be served, up until school start time of 8:50 a.m.

Students are reminded to take fully-charged chromebooks and chargers with them to school. Sudents unable to meet their bus or be transported by car are expected to join class remotely via their Google Classrooms.

Survey for Caldwell County tornado impact victims

Individuals living in Caldwell County, who were impacted by the Dec. 10 tornadoes, are being asked to complete a relief survey.

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The newly-formed Caldwell County Long Term Recovery Group led by Princeton Mayor Kota Young and Caldwell Judge-Executive Larry Curling wants to identify every local resident impacted by the December 10 tornado.

The Caldwell County LTRG wants to reach all local households affected by the tornado in order to assess each family’s recovery progress, identify unmet needs, and work with partners to prevent residents from falling through the cracks. County leaders encourage all households to register with FEMA. 

To receive additional assistance such as housing assistance from the county and state, all affected households must complete the application for FEMA assistance. County, state and partner assistance may be available for those who receive a rejection from FEMA. 

Caldwell County households need to register with FEMA by February 11. To register for FEMA visit or call 800-621-3362.

Those who complete the Caldwell County Tornado Relief Survey survey need to be residents of Caldwell County whose homes were impacted by the Dec. 10 tornadoes and storms.

Individuals and organizations interested in joining the Long Term Recovery Group effort in Caldwell County may email

Blood drive here today amid national shortage

A West Kentucky Regional Blood Center drive will be held from noon until 6pm, Monday, Feb. 7 at Crittenden Community Hospital. Donations will be taken on the Bloodmobile on the hospital campus.

The American Red Cross, which handles 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, is urging donors to step up in the face of a critical shortage. 

Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center is the region's non-profit community Blood Center. That means community donors can be assured that blood they give stays in their community first—helping family, friends and neighbors. Blood donated at Monday's drive will go to Crittenden Community Hospital, Caldwell County Hospital and four other area hospitals, plus Air Evac based in Marion.

There us currently an urgent need for O Negative and O Positive blood.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

No school Monday

Due to continued icy conditions on back roads and bus 
turnarounds, there will be no school Monday in Crittenden County.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Marion hosts first Indoor S3DA Archery Tournament

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There’s no surprise that archery is becoming a popular sport among young Crittenden Countians.

The only question most have, is what took it so long to take root here?

More than 30 years ago an adult archery club was born in Marion, which also incubated young bow shooters. However, that organization has all but disappeared.

Over the past year, a new group of dedicated archery enthusiasts has developed team here and this weekend it is hosting its first regional S3DA competition at the former National Guard Armory. 

Inside Out Archers of Kentucky is the club’s name and it has some budding stars in the target-shooting network, including Tucker Boudro, who has won state and national championships. Boudro was first introduced to archery several years ago at a faith-based, outreach program called Centershot Ministries hosted by Marion Baptist Church. Since then, his passion for archery has taken on new flight. 

Local competitors have shot in a handful of regional events already this season, including those at Williamsburg, Ky., Anderson County and Madisonville. There are six regional S3DA events Kentucky

Friday, February 4, 2022

American Legion reschedules 4 Chaplain Service

The Burna American Legion’s annual Four Chaplain Service, which was originally set for Feb. 6, has been rescheduled for 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 13 at Old Salem Baptist Church. 

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Friday cancellations and closings

•The Crittenden County Public Library is closed today.

•The two master commissioner sales scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday at the Crittenden County Courthouse have been postponed due to weather. They will be re-scheduled, and notice will be given in the newspaper about the new date and time. 

•The rummage sale scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Sugar Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church has been postponed until March 4-5.

Many courthouse offices closed Friday

Kentucky Transportation snow plows were out in full force
today. Here, Kevin Wring plows along US 641 south of town.

Several offices in the Crittenden County Courthouse will be closed on Friday, including the county clerk, sheriff, PVA and circuit court clerk. The county convenience center and animal shelter will be closed, too.

Crittenden County Courthouse will remain open as a warming shelter round the clock through Saturday night and into Sunday morning.

County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said road crews will continue work to improve driving conditions and his office will be open on Friday at the courthouse.

Thursday's Mid-Day Road Report


School, coyote contest both off Friday

The Crittenden County Coyote Contest scheduled for Friday and Saturday is cancelled. The event, sponsored by Marion Tourism and Hodge's Sports and Apparel, will not be rescheduled. Contestants who have already paid their entry fee will receive a refund.

Schools in Crittenden County have also been cancelled for Friday.

Conditions worsening as day, storm progress

This post will continue to be updated as the winter storm progress

At 11 a.m., Kenergy was reporting 28 Crittenden County customers are without power. Kentucky Utilities had five Crittenden County customers southwest of town without electricity.

Early Morning Post

Roads are icing in spots and bridges are frozen over in Crittenden County.

“And it’s just going to get worse,” said Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom.

Many businesses and public offices and services are closed this morning. City hall and the courthouse are among those places shut down, but the county judge said his office will remain open to take calls and direct road crews that are out trying to fight the elements. 

“They’re putting salt on hills and intersections so we can take advantage of any sun that does happen to appear tomorrow,” Newcom said.

Reports of slick roads and ice forming on trees and power lines are being heard from all parts of the county. 

We have talked with Magistrate Chad Thomas and PVA Ronnie Heady, who are in the northern part of Crittenden County. Conditions are deteriorating rapidly in those areas. All across the county heavy sleet was developing about 7 a.m.

In the Shady Grove area, Magistrate Dan Wood says roads are passable with caution. 

“There’s an eighth of an inch of ice covered with sleet,” said Wood. “I drove KY 139 and KY 120 and they are slushy right now, but the bad news is that it will get worse as the temperature drops and that slush turns to ice.”

Judge Newcom encourages everyone to avoid travel if possible. 

City Administrator Adam Ledford said city hall will be closed until at least 11am this morning. Officials will reevaluate at that point.

The Peoples Bank main office is closed today. The drive through branch will be open until noon.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Courthouse open as warming shelter

The Crittenden County Courthouse is open as a warming center. Anyone needing access should use the Carlisle Street entrance. Periodic safety checks will be made by the Marion Police Department.

Crittenden County road crews plan salt applications on county roads Thursday, but Judge-Executive Perry Newcom warns that may be little benefit given the forecasted ice.

Officials warn everyone who can to stay off of the public roadways, especially until crews have had a chance to treat the roads.

Crittenden cancels school Thursday

Due to impending winter weather, there will be no school in Crittenden County on Thursday, Feb. 3. This will be an NTI day, with students working remotely on lessons assigned today by teachers. If hazardous conditions continue, causing school to be canceled on Friday, Feb. 4, this day will be a non-school day and will not need to be made up at the end of the school year, due to banked days the school system has accrued. 

Here's a look at history; perhaps what's to come


The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded western Kentucky to an Ice Storm Warning.

The warning status indicates that travel across the region will be difficult if not impossible starting tonight and continuing through Friday.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 1 Snow and Ice Team is advising the public to avoid travel starting tonight. Ice, sleet and snow are probably in the region. 

The ice storm warning is from 6 p.m., today through 6 a.m., Friday.  Up to three-quarters of one inch of accumulated ice is expected with additional accumulations of sleet and snow to follow.  Wind gusts running to near 30 mph will magnify the impact of the ice on trees and power lines.

Those who remember the 2009 ice storm may recall that it delivered nearly 2.5 inches of ice. Power was out for more than a week in some places. The good news is that the electrical infrastructure is stronger today than it was then. Many upgrades have been made since 2009.

Rain in the forecast throughout today will prohibit road crews from pre-treating highways in advance of the approaching winter system.  

As areas of freezing rain and sleet develop over the region about dark Wednesday, the National Weather Service that driving conditions could deteriorate quickly - some downed trees and power outages are possible.

The NWS Paducah office shared the following summary:

  • A prolonged winter storm will bring significant accumulations of sleet, ice and some snow to the area
  • Major travel disruptions are expected across the entire
  • region and some power outages cannot be ruled out, especially in the Ice Storm Warning areaMost significant update is to upgrade part of the area to an Ice Storm Warning

Fire departments respond to barn blaze

 Crittenden County and Shady Grove volunteer fire departments were dispatched to a barn fire on KY 120 in the far eastern portion of the county just before 7am this morning.

The fire was noticed by a school bus driver and reported to be near the intersection of KY 1917.