Thursday, March 31, 2022

Crittenden County Clerk's office hiring

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The Crittenden County Clerk's Office is seeking to fill one vacancy.

The full-time position includes a 34- to 40-hour 
workweek with benefits.

Send resume by mail or email. Please no calls or 

Spring's Free Dump Days

Spring cleaning time brings Free Dump Days at the Crittenden County Convenience Center Thursday and Friday, April 7-8 from 8 a.m., to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 9 from 8 a.m., to noon. 

Waste tires will be accepted, but no household trash, residential or agriculture chemicals nor paint unless dried with kitty litter. 

This is a residential event only with no trash accepted from commercial operators. This is for residents or property owners of Crittenden County only. Identification will be checked prior to dumping. 

For more information, call 270-969-1914.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Courthouse open as storm shelter

The Crittenden County Courthouse will be open tonight as a shelter from severe weather.

Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said individuals who do not have a safe place to shelter may access the courthouse through the Carlisle Street entrance.

Ferry closed due to high winds

 The Cave In Rock Ferry is closed due to high winds. Operations will resume when winds subside.

Fohs Hall a community gem, available for rentals

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Once a school, historic Fohs Hall is an ideal location for your next event.

Available as a rental for parties, weddings, receptions and concerts, the building recently received a sound and light upgrade that further 
improved its value as a cultural arts center.

During April, two performances will be held at Fohs Hall, including a country/bluegrass event and a children's production featuring 
local youth.

Visit the new Fohs Hall website,

Severe weather threat cancels school early

Crittenden County Schools is releasing school early today due to incoming severe weather.

The impact from high winds is prompting the dismissal of school at 2 p.m., to ensure student and staff safety, according to the school district.

All after-school practices and activities also are canceled.

Keeping It Rural in Ky reopening March 31

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Winter has broken and Keeping It Rural in Ky is celebrating with its return to spring business hours on March 31.

Located on Ky. 365 about four miles from Mattoon, Keeping It Rural in Ky has only Kentucky-made products.

Shop for gifts for others or spices, jellies and sauces for your kitchen. You will be amazed at all the Kentucky-made products like soaps, lotions, hand-carved wooden bowls, t-shirts, appliqué baseball caps, throw rugs, aprons and much more.

Stop by today and see Stella Guess and keep it rural, Kentucky.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Brandi Rogers and Brooke Winterrowd place pinwheels along the sidewalk at the Crittenden County Courthouse Tuesday morning in recognition of April as Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Judge-Executive Perry Newcom signed a proclamation recognizing the efforts of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Family Court Judge Brandi Rogers to bring awareness to the severity of child abuse in Kentucky.

Crittenden County substantiated 57 cases of child abuse in Crittenden County last year. Kentucky ranks fifth in the nation for child abuse rates in the nation.

CASA volunteers represent abused and neglected children in the family court system.

Caldwell Springs site of candidate forum March 31

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Meet your candidates for elected office in Crittenden County in the third of a five-night series.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom, running unopposed in the May 17 primary, is hosting meet the candidate events at rural fire departments throughout Crittenden County and at the Lions Club building for Marion residents in April.

The next event, held Thursday, March 31, will be at the Caldwell Springs Volunteer Fire Department located next to the old Frances Elementary School on Ky. 70.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Bunch Bros. to sell Perryman estate Saturday

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The family of Geneva Perryman has enlisted Bunch Brothers Auctioneers & Realty to sell the real estate and personal property in her estate. Additional items from the Barry Gilbert estate will be included in the sale.

The auction begins at 10 a.m., April 2.

To be sold is three-bedroom historic 100-year-old brick home on East Depot Street in Marion. The home features two fire places, eat-in kitchen, covered patio and a 24x26-foot outbuilding.

Personal effects in the auction include antiques, collectibles, furniture, guns, knives, tools, coins and more. 

Early-voting options finalized for May

Early-voting details have been approved by the Crittenden County Board of Elections. Its decisions will require final approval from the state, but will likely stand, as they fall within legal parameters. 

The May 17 Primary Election will be held form 6 a.m., to 6 p.m., but there will be other opportunities to cast votes. 

Paper ballots can begin being requested on April 2. They will be available until May 3. Paper ballots must be received at the county clerk’s office by May 17.

There will be six days of what’s called “excused absentee in-person voting” for anyone who will be out of town on election day, or have another approved excuse. Ballots for individuals qualifying to absentee in-person voting will 8 a.m., to 4:30 p.m., in the county clerk’s office May 4-6 and May 9-11.

Lastly, there will be three early-voting days where ballots can be cast inside the law library on the main floor of the Crittenden County Courthouse. Those opportunities are for anyone in the county and voting

Friday, March 25, 2022

Electrician injured while working at CCHS

An electrician was injured Friday afternoon while working on electrical upgrades at Crittenden County High School. School officials say the individual suffered severe burns when upgrading an electrical panel as part of the school's renovation project.

"Thanks to the swift action of our middle/high nurse Brandy Whitney, as well as high school art teacher, Elizabeth Rodriguez, also a certified EMT, the gentleman received immediate quality care until paramedics with Crittenden Community Hospital arrived on the scene," said Tiffany Blazina, Crittenden County Schools public relations officer.

Crittenden County High School students were moved to Rocket Arena until the panel was evaluated and it was deemed safe for them to return to the building around 2:30 p.m.

The individual was airlifted to Nashville, Tenn.

"Our thoughts, first and foremost, are for him and his family. Please join us in prayer for his recovery," Blazina said in a news release.

Crittenden County Clerk's Office hiring

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The Crittenden County Clerk's Office is seeking to fill one vacancy.

The full-time position includes a 34- to 40-hour 
workweek with benefits.

Send resume by mail or email. Please no calls or 

Free tree seedlings today at CCCD

Free seedlings will be given away by the Crittenden County Conservation District to county residents while supplies last starting at 10 a.m., Friday, March 25 at the office on East Bellville Street.

This year’s seedlings will be northern red oak, nuttall oak, white oak, willow oak, river birch, red shumard oak, pecan, white pine and cypress. The Kentucky Division of Forestry has matched purchases of some of the trees. Trees are bagged two per bag, with a limit of four bags (8 trees). 

The district’s goal is to help the community beautify yards and homeplaces, provide habitat and keep the county one of the forested treasures of the state. 

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Lundy graduating from KSP trooper academy

Jared Lundy of Marion will be among 71 new Kentucky State Troopers graduating from the state police basic training academy's Cadet Class 101 on Friday. The class is the largest since 2014.

Graduation ceremonies are at 9 a.m., Friday at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort.

See more in your full edition of The Crittenden Press.

Marion office looking for employee

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A Marion office has a job opening.

Resumes for the fast-paced office position are being accepted by email.

The position is for weekdays only. Email resume to

Kenergy seeks legislative help to provide broadband


Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom is calling on local residents to respond with support for the following legislation, which is endorsed by the local electric cooperative. Newcom said Kenergy's plan to provide rural broadband to Crittenden County and other nearby areas is the best chance to improve internet service here. 

"This bill language provides the lane that will allow Kenergy to proceed with its plan to cover our entire county with high-speed, affordable internet," Newcom said in a letter to area leaders urging them to support the plan by contacting their state senator. 

"We need to ensure that our state senator hears from everyone possible regarding the vote on this bill," Newcom said.

Newcom says it's his understanding that the governor is not in favor of this plan being approved by the General Assembly. 


We need your help to expand access to highspeed broadband in Kentucky. 

Last week, the Kentucky House of Representatives unanimously approved broadband expansion legislation. Now, the Kentucky Senate is considering this bill, HB 315. Senators need to hear from rural Kentuckians like you about the important of broadband for our homes, businesses, families, schools, churches, hospitals and so many other parts of our daily lives.

Contact your state senator today and ask for a Yes vote on HB 315

Red tape and a cumbersome bureaucratic process have held up broadband funding approved a year ago. HB 315 clears the way for that funding to reach the areas that need it most. HB 315 streamlines the regulatory process for cooperatives wishing to deploy broadband and appropriates $300 million to expand broadband in rural Kentucky, specifically targeted for citizens who are unserved today.

HB 315 also improves the future broadband funding process, taking critical steps to unlock as much federal funding as possible for Kentucky to access through the Federal Infrastructure Act. 

Please tell your senator to Vote YES on HB 315 and clear the way for expanded highspeed broadband in rural Kentucky.

Thank you,
Kentucky Electric Cooperatives 

Water over a couple of county roads

 Rising rivers and streams - tributaries of the Ohio River – area creating some travel issues in rural Crittenden County. As of late yesterday, Cool Springs Road and Enon Church Road were covered with water.

Exercise caution if you are traveling in these areas in the eastern part of the county.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Magazine photographer in Marion for H&H shoot

The editor of the Hardware Connection, a national publication in the hardware industry, was in Marion today to take pictures for a feature story in H&H Home and Hardware. 

Owners Shanna and David West review photos Chris Jensen took during a mid-morning photo shoot. 

The publication has a circulation of 60,000 and will be available later this spring. 

The Wests, along with Shanna’s parents Alan and Stacy Hunt, have received local and national attention for their innovate marketing approach to their Marion store, located on Sturgis Road.

In this week's full edition of The Press, read more about Shanna West and her speaking engagement at the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Breakfast last week.

Job Corps Center 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

Free financial education at Crittenden Adult Ed

Crittenden County Adult Education is offering a free 8-week financial literacy class at its learning center inside the former armory. The class is based on Dave Ramsey training. 

There are three time options. It is open to anyone 18 years and older, but students must pre-register. 

Materials will be provided, and there will be assignments to complete outside of class. 

Classes will feature video training, supplemental workbook lessons and discussion.

For information, call 270-965-9435. 

Following are dates and times.
•Saturdays 10 a.m., to noon, April 2-May 17.
•Tuesdays, 10 a.m., to noon, April 5 - May 20.
•Thursdays, 4-6 p.m., April 7 May 22.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Perryman house, personal property to be sold April 2

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The family of Geneva Perryman has enlisted Bunch Brothers Auctioneers & Realty to sell the real estate and personal property in her estate. Additional items from the Barry Gilbert estate will be included in the sale.

The auction begins at 10 a.m., April 2.

To be sold is three-bedroom historic 100-year-old brick home on East Depot Street in Marion. The home features two fire places, eat-in kitchen, covered patio and a 24x26-foot outbuilding.

Personal effects in the auction include antiques, collectibles, furniture, guns, knives, tools, coins and more.

Tabor seeks position of Crittenden County Clerk


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Monday, March 21, 2022

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. 

Friday, March 18, 2022

Roads closed next week for repairs

UPDATED with new work dates.

Reiters View Road and Fishtrap Road will be closed for a couple of days apiece next week while repairs are made by county road crews.

Maintenance personnel will replace a cross tile on Reiters View Rd 1.7 miles from Mott City Road on Monday and Tuesday, March 28 and 29. The road will be closed on March 28 and possibly part of the 29.

Additionally, base repair will done on Fishtrap Road three-tenths of a mile from US 60 on Wednesday and Thursday, March 30 and 31. Fishtrap Road will be closed all of March 30 and possibly part of March 31.

Audubon Head Start hiring in Marion

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Chapel Hill Head Start, under construction in Marion, is seeking applicants for several positions.

The new Audubon Area Head Start building will be complete by late summer and will enroll children up to age 5 for the 2022-2023 school year.

Employment opportunities exist for teachers, assistants, kitchen staff and bus drivers.

Scan the QR code on this ad or email Audubon employees for more information.

2023 seniors can vlog for scholarship

Kentucky Class of 2023 high school seniors are invited to enter a vlogging contest sponsored by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

“This contest gives students a great opportunity to show other students that they’re not alone in going through the admissions and financial aid processes or in finalizing their postsecondary plans,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “The winner can have a positive impact on their peers across the state.”

The high school student must attend a school that participates in the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program and plan to attend college in the fall of 2023.

One senior will be chosen to provide four vlogs for KHEAA between August 2022 and May 2023. The high school senior vlogs will tell about the winner’s experience with the college admissions and financial aid processes.

The winner will receive a $500 scholarship to a Kentucky college or university.

The contest begins on April 4 and ends May 15. For complete rules, visit
To enter, students must create an original video no more than 2 minutes long that introduces them and tells why they would be the best person to share their experiences. They must submit an entry form and submit their video no later than May 15.

Employees and the immediate family members of KHEAA and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC) are not eligible.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses. Kentucky Lottery funds pay for many of those programs.

In addition, KHEAA disburses private Advantage Education Loans for its sister agency, KHESLC. For more information about Advantage Education Loans, visit
For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Candidate forum tonight in Mattoon

Tonight is the second Town Hall Meeting in a series of pre-election forums sponsored by Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom, who is running unopposed. 

The forum begins at 6 p.m., and will last about two hours.

More than 25 local candidates have registered to speak at the event, which will be held at the Mattoon Volunteer Fire Department.


MSU, UK open NCAA play tonight at Indy

Tonight, Murray State will play San Francisco and Kentucky opens the NCAA Basketball Tournament the same day against St. Peter's. 

The two Kentucky teams – which have never played one another in history – could meet in the second round of the East Regional this weekend at Indianapolis.

Murray State plays its opener at 8:40 p.m., tonight in Indy while Kentucky plays at 6:10 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on CBS.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Rocket Tire hiring mechanic

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Rocket Tire in Marion is hiring.

Apply in person at 314 Sturgis Road in Marion.

Rocket Tire is looking for a full-time mechanic knowledgable in alignments, mufflers, brakes and tires.

More on the late February murder investigation


This week's full edition of The Crittenden Press features a front-page article with new details from that murder investigation on Blackburn Church Road. The suspect was in court last week for a preliminary hearing where the lead detective laid out the basics from the case against Timothy Paris, who is accused of shooting his father after a confrontation at their home on Feb. 27. Get the whole story in this week's newspaper, which is on newsstands today after lunchtime, or available at The Press office.

If you haven't heard The Press full edition is now available in eMail format. We shoot it straight to email's inbox every Wednesday around noon. Go HERE to subscribe. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Police looking for missing child in Marion

UPDATE: The child was found safe.


Marion Police officers are at Bellville Manor Apartments investigating the report of a missing child.

The five-year-old boy with autism was last seen on the apartment complex playground near the intersection of Terrace Drive and East Depot Street around 10:30 a.m.

Police were notified at about 2 p.m.

Police are also looking for an adult male whose relationship to the child was not immediately known. They believe the man had recently moved into the apartment building. 

The child’s mother was in the parking lot talking with officers and other adults as the investigation developed mid-afternoon.

Second candidate forum is Thursday

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The second in a series of events designed to introduce the community to candidates for May's primary election will be held Thursday in Mattoon.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom has organized forums in four Crittenden County locations to allow candidates the opportunity to address voters.

Thursday's event begins at 6 p.m., at the Mattoon Fire Department. 

See a list at right of participating candidates.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Marion office seeking employee

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A Marion office has a job opening.

Resumes for the fast-paced office position are being accepted by email.

The position is for weekdays only. Email resume to

NCAA basketball and a hint of spring

Now that the snow has melted from Friday's gasp of a dying winter, it's time for March Madness, spring sports and daffodils. 

Blooming buttercups have been seen jutting from the earth across Crittenden County, and this afternoon the Rockets and Lady Rockets begin their 30-plus game schedules in baseball and fast-pitch softball. 

The boys will play at Ballard Memorial and girls are at Henderson. 

Also this morning, Chamber of Commerce will be honoring countywide firefighters in front of the Marion Fire Department at 9am. You can expect to see a large gathering there. 

Printable NCAA Bracket
On Thursday, Murray State will play San Francisco and Kentucky opens the NCAA Basketball Tournament the same day against St. Peter's. The two Kentucky teams could meet in the second round this weekend. 

Officially, spring is six days away, but warmer temperatures are here – at least for the next week or so – as nothing below freezing is expected for the foreseeable future. Happy Monday!

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Ohio River stops rising, ferry good to go

The river level forecast for the Ohio indicates floodwaters will hold steady for the next few days, so Cave In Rock Ferry should be able to continue operating on a regular daily schedule, unless something changes. 

Ferry operator Lonnie Lewis is reasonably confident service can continue on the normal operating schedule going forward without further interruptions. 

The ferry begins running at 6 a.m., 7 days a week. The last run from the Illinois landing is at 9:40 p.m.  The last run from the Kentucky landing is at 9:50 p.m., daily.

Floodwaters forced the ferry to halt service for several days, then fluctuating river levels forced the ferry to run 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a few days. 

Friday, March 11, 2022

Bridge closed on Mexico Road

A bridge on Mexico Road is closed following an inspection by state engineers.

The bridge, which crosses a Claylick Creek, is between Frances Road and View Road in the southwest quadrant of the county. 

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said this morning that the bridge could be closed for several months before proper repairs can be made.

Mexico Road turns into Sisco Chapel Road, also known as SR 2132, near where the bridge is out. The road serves local traffic, commuters and agriculture vehicles. 

Ferry OPEN again today, closed for weekend

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Cave In Rock Ferry is OPEN today, but will remain idle through the weekend, possibly until sometime Monday or Tuesday.

River levels dropped enough to allow the ferry to serve many of the regular commuters on Thursday. However, Ohio River floodwaters are once again on the rise, likely forcing the ferry to close for a few more days starting Saturday.

The Ohio River was at 40.7 feet on the Shawneetown gauge when the ferry halted service on Feb. 25.  

The accompanying graph shows projected levels on the river through next week. 

Thursday, March 10, 2022

A-Z Cleaning accepting clients

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If you are looking for cleaning assistance at your home or business, contact Leah Eggleston.

Eggleston at A-Z Cleaning believes Clean Spaces 
Create Happy Faces!

Call today for free estimates.

Ferry open now, perhaps only temporarily

Cave In Rock Ferry will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., today, March 10, 2022.  

Ferry Operator Lonnie Lewis and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel checked the Kentucky Landing at 5 a.m., and determined that service could resume at 6 a.m., with the ferry remaining in service until 6 p.m., today.  

However, the river forecast indicates the river will rise again overnight and likely keep the ferry closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The drop in river levels today will allow the ferry to serve most of the regular commuters.

The ferry has been closed since 6 p.m. on February 25, when floodwaters covered KY 91 near the 15 mile marker in northern Crittenden County.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Telecommunications position available in Marion

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Marion-Crittenden County 911 Center is hiring.

Are you or someone you know qualified as a telecommunications professional? Are you willing to attend training?

Marion's E911 service has a full-time opening for a dispatcher. Resumes must be accompanied by a City of Marion job application from City Hall and submitted to the E911 coordinator.

Salary is $26,171.26 per year with a 10% raise after training. Position includes 100% employee health insurance premium.

What's on the horizon for school classes?

Students are beginning to schedule classes for the 2022-23 academic year.

Sophomores were up on Tuesday, working with counselors and instructors to determine their classroom courses for school starting in August. 

Spring break is April 4-8, then students will be winding down with the final weeks of classes. April 11 was originally scheduled as a day off for students at the end of spring break, but school will now be in session on that day, per a decision Tuesday at the Crittenden County Board of Education meeting.

The last day for students is for May 25. 

Three nights of graduation events are scheduled for May 25-27 including Baccaleaurate May 25, Class Night May 26 and graduation May 27.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

FERRY UPDATE: River dropping slower than expected

Although the Cave In Rock Ferry was expected to open first thing Wednesday morning, an updated Ohio River forecast appears to dictate a later opening.

Ferry operator Lonnie Lewis said the dam at Smithland back off its discharged some today which means the river is dropping at a slower rate.

It is possible river levels at mid-morning Wednesday could allow a specific timeline to be set for service to resume - with service likely to be restored sometime in the afternoon on Wednesday.

However, Lewis said that too remains questionable at this time.

Clerk's office remains stalled by outage

UPDATE: Problem is resolved. Clerk's office is open for all services.

Crittenden County Clerk's office, which was unable to conduct many of its services on Monday, remains stalled this morning because the remote connection between the courthouse in Marion and state databases in Frankfort is broken. The problem apparently lies somewhere in the AT&T connection.

The issue prevented the clerk's office from processing tax payments and renewing vehicle tags all day Monday. 

Clerk Daryl Tabor said that due to the problem, the office will delay its opening today until 9am.

Tabor said this morning that AT&T has yet to respond to the Commonwealth Office of Technology, which is trying to resolve the matter. 

The clerk's office deed room remains open. Land records are on a different system and are fully accessible for searches. However, customers will have to pay for copies or printed pages with cash or check for the time being.

Cave In Rock Ferry to reopen Wednesday morning

Cave In Rock Ferry will restart its service Wednesday morning as the Ohio River continues to rapidly fall following several days of flooding.

Ferry operator Lonnie Lewis said the landing areas on both sides of the Ohio appear clear of any debris that is sometimes associated with flooding. 

So once the river drops to a safe level, which will be overnight Tuesday, the tug will begin operating at around dawn tomorrow morning. 

Kentucky Transportation officials are not confirming the precise timing of the re-opening. 

The ferry has been closed since Feb. 24 due to high water. 

KY 135 also known as the Carrsville-Tolu Road is now open at Barnett's Branch Bridge in Sawmill Hollow between KY 297 and KY 723.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Internet outage at courthouse cripples service

An internet outage at the Crittenden County Clerk's office inside the courthouse has crippled services offered there.

Clerk Daryl Tabor said the AT&T broadband service has been on the blink for a few hours, and there is no indication of how long it will take to get it back online. 

Without internet, the office cannot to renew vehicle tags, process tax payments or much of anything else because computers are tied electronically to state databases. 

The phones are still working at the clerk's office.

Outages are not affecting other services inside the courthouse. 

Poll workers needed for primary election

Spring is in the air and election-year politics are on the lips of folks from Tolu to Shady Grove and beyond.

The county is currently looking for poll workers to handle precinct responsibilities during the May 17 Primary Election. These are paid positions, earning $120 for the day. Contact the county clerk for more information. 

Last week's community forum to introduce candidates at Shady Grove Fire Department was well attended. This week's full edition of the newspaper will have a report from the event. If you missed last Thursday's Town Hall Meeting at Shady Grove, worry not, for more are more on tap. Below is a schedule of the other candidate forums planned in Crittenden County ahead of the May 17 Primary Election. Every event begins at 6 p.m., and will last about 2 hours.

  • Thursday, March 17 at Mattoon Fire Department.
  • Thursday, March 31 at Caldwell Springs Fire Department.
  • Thursday, April 14 Tolu Community Center.
  • Thursday, April 28 Crittenden County Lions Club’s Agriculture Building at the fairgrounds.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Several county roads remain under water

Several county roads remain closed due to floodwaters from area rivers and streams. The Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed, too.

Here are the county roads closed as of Friday:

  •  Long Branch Road
  • River Drive in Tolu
  • Water Street in Tolu
  • Elizabethtown Ferry Road
  • Monroe Wesmoland Road
  • Phin Croft Road
  • Barnett Chapel Road
  • Hebron Road
  • Weston Road
  • Providence Road
  • Enon Church Road
  • Blackford Church Road
  • Cool Springs Road
  • Bells Mine Road

Coach Hodge retires from basketball court

 MARION, Ky. - After 11 seasons as head coach of the Rocket basketball team, Crittenden County coach Denis Hodge has resigned.

Hodge, whose team finished 14-17 this season as district runner-up for the fifth straight year, held a meeting with his players Friday at school to make the announcement.

Although he’s been head coach for just over a decade, Hodge has spent many more years as an assistant basketball coach. He is also a former baseball coach at CCHS. 

Hodge's basketball team won the Fifth District championship in 2018, only the second league title since Crittenden and Marion consolidated high schools in 1957.

Hodge plans to continue his educational role as a health and physical education teacher at the school.

Rocket Results Under Coach Hodge
2011-12 11-20
2012-13 15-16
2013-14 9-21
2014-15 16-12
2015-16 5-24
2016-17 7-24
2017-18 7-20
2018-19 11-19
2019-20 16-17
2020-21 13-10
2021-22 14-17
Total       124-200

Youth leagues register Saturday for softball, baseball

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 at Marion-Crittenden County Park.

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

Find a printable registration form and details HERE.

Open House today from 11 to 2

See More About Whitetail Properties and
Superior Whitetail Habitats in this week's Press

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Town Hall Meeting Tonight Featuring Candidates

Shady Grove Fire Department will be the first stop in a series of local Town Hall Meetings being orchestrated by Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom and community leaders. 

Starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, nearly 20 candidates for county offices will be introduced and have an opportunity to speak.

The event is open to everyone in the county. 

In the coming weeks, more Town Hall Meetings will be held at Mattoon Fire Department, Caldwell Springs Fire Department, Tolu Community Center and the Lions Club building at the fairgrounds in Marion.

What's News This Week in Crittenden County

It has been a tragic and difficult week in Crittenden County as murder and arson investigations were opened here.

This week’s printed edition of The Crittenden Press has details on those unfortunate matters plus much more, including a look at one of Marion’s newest businesses which will have its Open House this week – that’s Superior Whitetail Habitats, which shares space with Whitetail Properties. Owner Mark Williams and his partners will open the doors to their new digs on West Gum Street from 11 a.m., until 2 p.m., Friday. It’s one of the trendiest, outdoorsy places you will find the community.

Also in this week’s Press are articles about new old problems at the courthouse, what could be an odd mess for local magistrates when reapportionment finally happens next year, pickle ball on the horizon, basketball’s postseason and the Lady Rockets’ historic playoff run, plus our March feature on Women in Local History.

All of this and more is inside this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

County firemen battling field fire

Crittenden County firemen are on the scene and additional manpower has been requested for a field fire on Copperas Springs Road not far from the intersection of KY 506.  The field fire began near 4281 Copperas Springs Road and is approaching a wooded area.

Lady Rockets playing in regional semifinal tonight

Crittenden County’s Lady Rocket basketball team takes on Webster County in tonight’s nightcap at the Second Region Semifinals in Madisonville.

Crittenden (23-7) is playing in a regional semifinal for just the fifth time in school history. The girls split regular-season encounters with Webster County (18-11).

The Lady Rockets have played in two regional champion games in their history, winning the title in 2011. The girls finished runner-up in 1978 to West Hopkins. They also played in the semifinals in 1984 and 2010, losing to Webster and Henderson counties, respectively. 

Admission to tonight's game can be paid for with cash at the gate. Estimated start time is 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 each.

Henderson and Madisonville will open semifinal play in a 6pm tipoff. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Sirens sound Wednesday for tornado drill


Crittenden County will be participating in the statewide tornado drill
at 9:07 a.m., Wednesday morning. The alarm sirens throughout the
county and in Marion will be sounded at that time.
This will be only a test.

Livingston crash involves out of state victims

Four people from out of state were injured in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 60 near Salem Monday morning.

Livingston County deputy Bryan Martin said Anthony Gisclair, 19, of Mississippi, was headed to Pinckneyville to get on a river boat when he fell asleep behind the wheel, ran off the highway and hit a stand of trees.

Gisclair was treated at released from Livingston Hospital. Three passengers from Louisiana in the Infiniti SUV were flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville where they are in stable condition. 

Meet the candidates event Thursday night

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Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom is hosting a series of events aimed at introducing candidates to the community.

Five events between March 3 and April 28 will be held at various locations throughout the county.

Candidates for all countywide offices have been invited to participate in each of the sessions.

The first meeting is Thursday, March 3 at Shady Grove Fire Department.