Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Choose Fohs Hall for your next event

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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.

Next week Fohs Hall will host a children's production featuring 
local youth.

Visit the new Fohs Hall website, fohshall.org. 

Bus drivers sought in Crittenden County Schools

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Bus drivers are needed in the Crittenden County School District.

Hourly wages vary from $15.65-$23.47 based on experience.

Apply today at www.crittenden.kyschools.us.

FAWNING SEASON: What to do and don't

A brand new fawn crossed the road this
morning in Crittenden County.
As more people venture outdoors with the onset of warmer weather, encounters with newborn animals are likely to occur. Though young wildlife may seem vulnerable, the mother is likely nearby.

This is why the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recommends leaving young animals undisturbed.

"This time of year, anyone spending time outdoors has the chance of accidentally stumbling upon baby animals," said Ben Robinson, assistant director of the department's Wildlife Division. "The parents will often leave their young unattended, but they usually aren't too far away."

Late spring, the peak of deer fawning season, also brings an influx of calls to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife from well-intentioned people concerned about seemingly abandoned young wildlife.

"The best thing to do is leave them alone, even if they look abandoned. Chances are, they're just fine," Robinson said. "The mother will be watching and listening from a distance."

Deer fawns are carefully groomed by their mothers to minimize their scent and therefore reduce vulnerability to predators. They survive by spending much of their time motionless and bedded down

Summer Meals for Crittenden Kids

Courtesy of Crittenden County School District, free summer meals are available to anyone under 18 years old. 

Meals will be provided each Monday in June, starting on June 6. 

The packages will include five breakfasts and five lunches. 

Pickup points are behind Crittenden County Elementary School from 10:30 a.m., to noon; Farmers Market 10:30 to 10:50 a.m., Shady Grove Fire Department 11:20 to 11:40 a.m., Williams’ Mobile Home Park 10:30 to 10:50 a.m., Mattoon Fire Department 11:20 to 11:40 a.m., Tolu Fire Department 10:30 a.m., to 10:50 a.m., and Caldwell Springs Fire Departmetn 11:20 to 11:40 a.m., each Monday in June.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Ask about First United line of credit

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Have you considered a home equity line of credit? 

Talk to Charlie Day at First United Bank in Marion to determine whether you qualify.

A home equity line of credit can help you finance 
major expenses such as home improvement, medical expenses or college tuition fees. 

Charlie Day can put First United Bank to work for you.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Class of 2022 conferred diplomas Friday

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Diplomas were conferred Friday night to Crittenden County High School's Class of 2022.

A near capacity crowd at Rocket Arena watched commencement for nearly 80 graduates. 

Eleven valedictorians spoke as did Principal Dr. Melissa Quertermous and Superintendent Vince Clark. 

See The Crittenden Press's comprehensive coverage of the Class of 2022's graduation ceremonies in next week's full edition. 

Pictured are graduates enjoying the customary "cap toss" at the end of Friday's ceremony. 

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Congressman checks in on Marion's water issue

Rep. James Comer talks with WPSD-TV and
local leaders during his visit Thursday.
Congressman James Comer brought a glimmer of hope for Marion residents when he came to town Thursday afternoon to tour Lake George and to get further details about the community’s drinking water crisis. 

Lake George, Marion’s source of raw water which is treated at the nearby plant before being piped to customers, has been drained because of a fault in the levee. While Marion has another smaller source of raw water at Old City Lake, and an option to buy some of its drinking water from the county water district, the city must find a longterm solution for raw water.

Comer said he will personally assist Marion’s appeal to the Delta Regional Authority for funding to cover an initial engineering study to see which of more than one dozen options is most viable. That cost could reach around $1 million.

Marion City Administration Adam Ledford was among local leaders that met today with Comer. Ledford told the Republican congressman that Marion residents are looking for answers right now and the city needs financial help to develop a plan. 

Ledford said no matter what course of action is taken, a solution is years away. 

Meantime, the city has issued a conserve water order. 

Staring next month, Marion will not have any guarantees of assistance from the Crittenden-Livingston Water District as a backup water source. The county system typically uses all of its 2-million-gallons-per-day capacity to serve roughly 10,000 customers three counties during summer months. 

Marion has less than one month's supply of raw water on hand at Old City Lake. An unseasonably dry summer could create a more immediate crisis for the townspeople.

Until Marion comes up with a $1 million to develop a plan that will meet Division of Water standards, the ball is in Mother Nature's court.

Marion has multiple options on the table for a lon

Coming Soon to Fredonia

Crittenden Community Hospital is expanding its service area to Fredonia and is taking with it a familiar face in the medical community. Anticipated opening date for the hospital’s new clinic, Fredonia Family Care, is July 1. 

Beverly Jones, APRN, will see patients at Fredonia Family Care, and until the clinic is open, Jones is seeing patients at Marion’s Family Practice Clinic. 

Jones has worked in healthcare for 36 years, most recently in Fredonia under retired family physician Dr. Scott Graham.

Congressman Comer visiting Lake George

Lake George is almost empty.
U.S. Rep. James Comer is coming to Marion today to get a first-hand look at Lake George and to discuss the city’s drinking water crisis. 

The congressman will meet with local leaders at the courthouse at 2 p.m., then drive out to the lake, which is now virtually dry.

The lake was emptied recently due to a leak in the levee. It is a source of Marion’s raw water, which is treated at the nearby plant and distributed as potable water to customers.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Work Zone Caution Advised near Princeton

A contractor will begin the installation of a new turn lane Tuesday, May 31 for the Caldwell County Primary School in Caldwell County on KY 91. This work area is between the high school and parkway. 

The project is expected to be complete in October.

Motorists are encouraged to reduce their speed and be aware of the work zone.

Keller vying for Mountain Laurel crown

Salem's Kate Keller, a freshman at Kentucky Wesleyan College, has been chosen to compete in the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Pageant this weekend in Pineville.

Each May since 1931, colleges and universities from Kentucky select one representative to participate in the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival which is held Memorial Day weekend. The winner gets a $5,000 scholarship. 

During the coronation ceremony, each candidate is expected to perform an original, elaborate 15-second curtsey to the current Kentucky governor, who later crowns the queen.

Keller is a Crittenden County High School graduate and a distance runner on her college track team.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Limit lowered on bridge on 654 near Mattoon

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reduced the load limit on a bridge along KY 654 in Crittenden County.

The bridge is one-tenth of a mile southeast of Mattoon new the River Region office. It is now restricted to a 13-ton maximum load limit. The bridge crosses Mattoon Creek.

The restricted load limit came after an inspection of the bridge found deterioration of the bridge substructure.

Truckers and farmers are asked to take note of this 13-ton load limit and avoid crossing the restricted structure with loads that exceed that limit.  The load limit is posted on signage at each end of the bridge.

KYTC District 1 engineers will evaluate the bridge to determine if it can be repaired or should be replaced.

All Kentucky bridges get a detailed safety inspection every two years with long-span river and lake bridges getting an extra walk-through safety check annually.  Bridges that have reduced load limits posted are also subject to more frequent inspections.

Livingston among randomly chosen for election audit

Livingston is one of the Kentucky counties selected randomly for a post-primary election audit, according to Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

Consistent with state law, 12 randomly-selected Kentucky counties will undergo a 2022 post-primary audit. The audits will be conducted by the Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Nicholas, Monroe, Graves, Metcalfe, Jackson, Hopkins, Pendleton, Boyd, Madison, Powell, Rockcastle, and Grayson Counties to determine if any irregularities took place during the 2022 primary election.  

“Post-election audits are an important part of our efforts to protect the integrity of Kentucky’s elections and to ensure our elections remain free and fair,” said Attorney General Cameron.  “Our Department of Criminal Investigations works closely with county clerks and their staff to conduct the audit in each county, and we appreciate their partnership in this process.”

During the 2022 legislative session, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 216, which amended KRS 15.243 to expand the Attorney General's independent inquiry of potential election irregularities from not fewer than five percent of Kentucky counties to not fewer than 12 counties.  Today, these twelve counties were randomly selected in a public forum within twenty days of the 2022 primary election, as the statute requires.

State law prohibits counties from being audited in two consecutive elections.  Counties audited following the 2020 General Election were not eligible for today's drawing and include: Fleming, Hickman, Lawrence, Livingston, Anderson, and Boone. The post-election audits conducted by DCI in each of these counties did not uncover any criminal conduct. 

After completing independent investigations in each of the 12 counties drawn today, DCI and the Attorney General’s Office of Special Prosecutions will present their findings to the grand jury and chief circuit judge of each audited county.  

Today’s public drawing was live-streamed and can be viewed on the Attorney General’s YouTube Channel. 

The Attorney General’s office monitors potential election law violations throughout the year through the Election Fraud Hotline. Hotline complaints related to the May 2022 primary election can be viewed by visiting ag.ky.gov/Election-Hotline-Updates. If you suspect election fraud, report the incident to the hotline by calling 1-800-328-VOTE.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Downed tree causes power outage

A line of thunderstorms that moved through the area Saturday afternoon downeda tree on Main Street near the Dollar Store on the south end of town. 

A power line was damaged.

Kentucky Utilities was at the scene. 

KU's website indicates that the power line problem in Marion is one of six issues it's working on right now due to the storm. About 1,000 KU customers in the area are without power and that the outages could last until about 7:30pm.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Golf, swim, dine at Marion Golf & Pool

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If you love to swim, love the sun, love to golf or want to learn how to play golf, look no farther than Marion Golf & Pool.

Reduced rates are available for new members. Pool-only and full memberships are available.

Mulligans Bar and Restaurant are located on site, open for dine in or carry out.

Live music and dancing are offered each Saturday and Extreme Bingo each Thursday.

There's so much fun to be had at Marion Golf & Pool. Call and join today!

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Hadlee Rich Softball Signing Day with SIC

More in next week's full edition of The Crittenden Press

Job Corps Academy has hiring event

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Looking for a new job? Attend a hiring event May 24-25 for the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Academy in Morganfield.

The employment event will be held at the Union County Extension Office.

Sign-on bonuses are offered for most positions.

Job seekers will be assisted with the online application process.

Swim team informational meeting Sunday

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Get information at Marion Stingrays Swim Team during an informational meeting Sunday.

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m., at Marion Golf & Pool, located on Blackburn Street off U.S. 60 West.

If you cannot attend Sunday, swim assessments and registration will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 2.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Kite Flying Contest Saturday

A Kite Flying Contest will be held Saturday at Marion-Crittenden County Airport.

Free kites will be provided to the first 20 participants.

The event begins at 8 a.m., and is designed for youth ages 7-17. 

There will are prizes offered.

Livingston County Election Results

Here are results from Livingston County’s  primary election. All races were among Republicans.

Garrett Gruber* 710
Michael Williams 698

Bobby Davidson* 1,116
Joey Crawford 283

James Utley 422
Benji Guill* 931

Amanda Nelson 409
Jeff Armstrong* 950

Magistrate District 1
Dennis Jones* 34
Brent Stringer 50
Bill Lipham 104
Cody Cherry 42
Joe Ledbetter 37

Magistrate District 2
James Robert Oats 46
Mark Long 173
Franklin Walker* 142

Magistrate District 3
Brad Hunter* 238
Kristine Quertermous 90

Magistrate District 4
Amber Armstrong 118
Klay Southern* 172
Zackery T. Champion 135

District Judge
Brandon Knoth 1,087
Matt Schalk 296
Jennifer Nelson 504

* Incumbent

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

ELECTION TOTALS From Tuesday's Primary

Find More Details in the May 19, 2022 edition of The Crittenden Press 

Some sights from the courthouse Tuesday as results from
the county's primary election were read by Judge Newcom



United States Senator - Republican

Arnold Blankenship 57

Dr. Valerie Fredrick 49

Paul V. Hamilton  46

Rand Paul  1,464

John Schiess  18

Tami L. Stainfield 40

State House of Representatives Dist. 12 - Republican

Lynn Bechler 1,198

Jim Gooch Jr. 489

Crittenden County PVA - Republican

Todd Perryman 952

Jason Champion   194

Misty Dalton Hicks 596

Crittenden County Clerk - Republican

Daryl K. Tabor 1,024

Ashley Guess Smith  222

Belinda Williams  492

Crittenden County Sheriff - Republican

George Foster 71

Ray Agent  416

Evan Head  570

Heath Martin 310

Chuck Hoover 387

Crittenden County Jailer - Republican

Athena Perry-Hayes 1,130

Tony Harper 262

Michael A. Puckett 262

Crittenden County Magistrate District 2 - Republican

Daniel Kemper 102

Matt Watson 94

Matt Grimes 184

Crittenden County Constable District 2 - Republican

Jamie Davis 156

Jimbo Dalton 183

Crittenden County Magistrate District 3 - Republican

Willard Guill 119

Robert Kirby 142

Crittenden County Magistrate District 5 - Republican

Dale Willingham 97

Greg Rushing 108

Travis Perryman 146

Crittenden County Magistrate District 6 - Republican

Van Hunt 80

Jeff James 30

Scott L. Belt 110

Bob Rowley 76

United States Senator - Democrat

Joshua W. Blanton Sr. 64

Charles Booker 200

Ruth Gao 29

John Merrill 47 

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School district seeking bus drivers

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Bus drivers are needed in the Crittenden County School District.

Hourly wages vary from $15.65-$23.47 based on experience.

Apply today at www.crittenden.kyschools.us.

Red wolf pups born in LBL

An unexpected litter of critically endangered American red wolves were born April 22 at the Woodlands Nature Station in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Once prevalent throughout the southern United States, red wolves are now the most endangered canine in the world and are only found in captivity and eastern North Carolina. 

The Woodlands Nature Station is home to the only captive breeding pair in Kentucky and has been involved with the Red Wolf Recovery Program since 1991.

Jasper, the 75-pound male, defied the odds as he was widely considered too old to successfully breed at 13 years of age. However, Jasper’s genes are considered the seventh most valuable of all male red wolves alive, making this litter an especially welcome surprise for red wolf recovery efforts. Ember, the four-year-old female and first-time mother, gave birth to five pups: three males and two females. One male did not survive. The remaining four pups, dubbed the “Fantastic Four” by the Nature Station

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Blitz Starts Today

Kentucky State Police will participate in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck enforcement program from May 17-19. This 72-hour enforcement blitz occurs in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to ensure commercial motor vehicles and drivers comply with regulations.

“We want every vehicle on our roadways to be in proper working order for the safety of the driver operating that vehicle and everyone traveling on our roadways,” said CVSA President Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Inspectors will be looking for critical vehicle inspection item violations outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. If a violation is found, the vehicle will be placed out of service and will not be able to operate on the road until the identified issue is corrected.

Each year, CVSA focuses on a specific aspect of roadside inspection during International Roadcheck. This year, the focus is on wheel ends. Wheel end components support the heavy loads carried by commercial motor vehicles, maintain stability and control, and are critical for braking. According to CVSA, wheel end components account for about one vehicle out-of-service violations during International Roadcheck, and past data consistently shows wheel ends as a top 10 violation.

What is happening to Lake George Fish

Daniel Newcom of the Salem
Fire Department pulled a large-
mouth bass from Lake George.
A Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources biologist says many of the fish from Lake George will survive and if and when the levee is repaired and the lake restored, the fishing should be even better.

Adam Martin, sport fish biologist with KDFWR, has been monitoring the situation and staying in touch with local leaders about the affects the draw-down of the lake will have on aquatic creatures. 

Because the water that’s leaving Lake George is flowing into Old City Lake, many of the fish are being somewhat naturally relocated. Martin said some will certainly go through Old City Lake at its spillway and be farther relocated via Crooked Creek to the Ohio River. There will be some die off of fish in Lake George, however, even if pockets of water exist once the draw-down is complete.

There has been discussion of relocating fish that might get trapped in pockets of water, particularly mature bass, which stand no chance of surviving a prolonged stay in such quarters. If fish are transplanted to another location it would likely be to ... Read the rest of this article in the May 12, 2022 full edition of The Crittenden Press.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Hicks seeking PVA position

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Misty Dalton Hicks is asking for your vote!

Hicks vows to serve the office of Crittenden County PVA with honesty, fairness and respect.

Hicks will have an open-door policy and will assist and inform Crittenden County voters.

Bridge deck replacement near Carrsville

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans a work zone lane restriction on KY 135 (Tolu Road) in northern Livingston County starting Monday, May 23.

This work zone is near the 12 mile marker is to allow deck restoration and maintenance work on the Buck Creek Bridgein the Carrsville community about a mile west of the Livingston-Crittenden County Line.  The bridge is immediately west of the KY 137 (Bethel Hill Road) intersection.

Motorists should be prepared to encounter one-lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by an automated signal. Some delays are possible during the movement and placement of equipment to facilitate the work.  Caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

Approximately 100 vehicles travel this section of KY 13 in a average day.

Harper Construction, LLC, is the prime contractor on this $252,629 bridge deck and maintenance project.  The target completion date is June 24.

All you need to know about voting Tuesday

Voting in what could be one of the most important local primary elections in decades begins at 6 a.m., Tuesday in Crittenden County. In the debut of a new election framework, Republicans will almost single-handedly choose a new generation of leadership in the county.

Technically, some voting started in April with mail-in absentee balloting and last week early voting was held at the courthouse. Through early voting and absentee voting, there have already been 440 ballots completed for the primary election. 

Now, traditional voting will be held at local polls from 6 a.m., until 6 p.m., tomorrow, which is Primary Election Day in Kentucky. Some of the poll locations have changed, which will we discuss further into this article.

The state’s primaries are closed, meaning voters from the two major parties can vote for only their own party’s candidates. Independents and third-party voters cannot vote in Kentucky primaries.

Three long-serving office holders are retiring this year – Sheriff Wayne Agent and PVA Ronnie Heady, each with 24 years; County Attorney Rebecca Johnson with 16 years; and Jailer Robbie Kirk, with eight years. Additionally, former County Clerk Carolyn Byford retired mid-term in late 2020 after more than two decades in that office.

“Turnout for primaries is typically low,” said County Clerk Daryl Tabor, “but with familiar names not on the ballot for the first time in more than two decades, our election team is expecting a busy four days of voting … at least from Republicans.”

That’s because Democrats in Crittenden County have little to vote for in this election, with only U.S. Senator on the ballot. Only three Democrats are running for the 20 partisan local offices that will be filled by voting this year, and each are unopposed in their primary, so they do not appear on the May ballot.

Republicans, though, will essentially pick the next county clerk, PVA, and jailer, all of whom will face no Democratic opposition in the November general election in November, though write-ins and third-party

Sunday, May 15, 2022

SBDM meets Tuesday afternoon

Crittenden County High School Site-Based, Decision-Making Council will meet at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17 in the school library

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Hicks seeks PVA position

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Misty Dalton Hicks is asking for your vote May 17.

Hicks vows to serve the office of Crittenden County PVA with honesty, fairness and respect.

Hicks will have an open-door policy and will assist and inform Crittenden County voters.

Swim team informational meeting May 22

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An informational meeting has been scheduled for Marion Stingray Swim Team.

An informational meeting will be held at 2 p.m., 
May 22 at the pool. Registration is 6 p.m., June 2.

The Stingrays practice at Marion Golf & Pool and compete in several home and away competitions 
during the summer months.

Election Day: Clerk's Office Limited to Voting Activity


Need credit? Talk to First United Bank

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Have you considered a home equity line of credit? 

Talk to Charlie Day at First United Bank in Marion to determine whether you qualify.

A home equity line of credit can help you finance 
major expenses such as home improvement, medical expenses or college tuition fees. 

Charlie Day can put First United Bank to work for you.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Willingham running for 5th District magistrate

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Dale Willingham is seeking a seat on the Crittenden Fiscal Court. 

Willingham is against government over-reach, against mandates and against higher taxes.

Willingham humbly asks for your vote. Early voting is underway in Crittenden County, and Election Day is 
May 17.

Perryman vying for 5th District Magistrate

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Travis Perryman of Marion is seeking election as 5th District Magistrate.

As a magistrate, Perryman would represent his district on the Crittenden County Fiscal Court.

Perryman appreciates your consideration May 17.

Williams vies for county clerk

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Belinda Williams is seeking election as Crittenden County Clerk.

Williams has worked in medical billing for more than 20 years. She holds certificates for medical office technology and medical billing specialist.

If elected, she pledges she will work for the people and appreciates your 
vote May 17.

Hoover seeks Crittenden County Sheriff position

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Crittenden County native Chuck Hoover asks for your vote 
in the May 17 primary election.

Hoover has served as a Crittenden County Sheriff's Deputy 
since 2014 and worked for the Marion Police Department for 
10 years prior.

As a deputy, Hoover sees the problems facing Crittenden County and pledges to use his resources to help combat those issues.

Hoover asks for your vote May 17.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Candidate cited after false alarm at home

Copyright 2022 The Crittenden Press

A home invasion call to police Wednesday night led to a candidate for local public office being cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. 

Ashley Smith, a candidate for county clerk, told officers who went to her home to answer a 911 call that two pipes containing burnt marijuana residue found in the garage were not hers. Police charged Smith with possession of marijuana. 

Smith told investigators the pipes belonged to her husband, who was at work out of town. 

Her husband, Kyle Smith, told The Press Thursday in a phone call that the drug paraphernalia was indeed his and that he plans to speak with the county prosecutor to take responsibility for the items.

Marion Assistant Police Chief Bobby West and County Deputy George Foster responded to the home late Wednesday night on Depot Street in Marion after Smith’s teenage daughter feared someone was breaking into the house and phoned for help. A residential alarm system had indicated that someone had tried to enter the home. However, police found no evidence of a break in.

Smith, 37, was not home at time, but she arrived soon after police had gotten there and determined that the intrusion was a false alarm. 

Investigators told Smith that during their search of the home they smelled burned marijuana in the garage. Smith denied being responsible for it. She told police that she had not smoked marijuana. 

Other than denying ownership of the pipes containing marijuana residue, Smith told The Press that she could not speak further about the incident without an attorney’s advice.

The election for county clerk is Tuesday.

Simple possession of marijuana is not an arrestable offense in Kentucky. It is a Class B misdemeanor. Smith was cited to district court and she is scheduled to appear on June 1.

Rushing seeks 5th District magistrate seat

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Greg Rushing is seeking re-election as 5th District Magistrate. 

He has served Crittenden County residents in various capacities for 40 years, including a career in law enforcement. 

Rushing would appreciate your vote May 17.

Head seeks election as Crittenden Sheriff

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Crittenden County Sheriff's candidate Evan Head asks for your vote in Tuesday's election.

Head is committed to the community, dedicated to progress and seeks justice for all.

Head was born and raised in Crittenden County and pledges to be proactive in his efforts to protect and serve his community.

Hicks seeks PVA post

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Misty Dalton Hicks is asking for your vote May 17.

Hicks vows to serve the office of Crittenden County PVA with honesty, fairness and respect.

Hicks will have an open-door policy and will assist and inform Crittenden County voters.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Agent seeks election as Crittenden sheriff

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Crittenden County Sheriff's Deputy Ray Agent is seeking the county's top law enforcement post.

Agent, the has been endorsed by Livingston County Sheriff Bobby Davidson.
He commends the career he has had, the fairness he exhibits and the professionalism with which he has executed his position.

Agent asks for your vote May 17.

Grimes seeks seat on fiscal court

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Matt Grimes is seeking a seat on the Crittenden County 
Fiscal Court. He wants to put his managerial experience to 
work for the citizens in District 2.

Grimes will be dedicated to managing road and bridge 
projects, attending to the needs of his district, and he  has the knowledge necessary to weigh financial decisions facing 
the fiscal court.

Grimes appreciates you selection for #3 on the ballot May 17.

Clerk's office will be closed on Election Day


Ferry highway temporarily closed today

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a 30-minute closure today followed by one-lane traffic on KY 91 at the northwest edge of Marion in Crittenden County starting around 10:30 a.m.

This temporary closure followed by several hours of one-lane traffic at KY 91 is to allow prep work for opening the New Crooked Creek Bridge. This work zone is at the Marion City Limits just over a half mile north of town. 

The contractor anticipates closing the roadway for about a half hour to allow a paint truck to stripe the new pavement while the construction crew finishes out connecting points and guardrail.  Motorists are likely to encounter one-lane traffic for several hours while some of the work is completed.

Traffic has been running on a diversion to allow demolition of the old bridge and construction of a new bridge over Crooked Creek. Following the half-hour closure, motorists should be alert for one-lane traffic on the new bridge with alternating flow controlled by flaggers to allow additional finish work and removal of beams from the diversion crossing.

The contractor anticipates having traffic fully moved to the new bridge and returned to near-normal flow by mid-afternoon.

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

This section of KY 91 carries traffic to and from the Cave In Rock Ferry.  Approximately 850 vehicles travel this section of KY 91 in an average day. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Jones accepting patients at FPC

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Family Practice Clinic welcomes Beverly Jones, APRN.

Jones is now seeing patients in Marion. Soon Jones will see patients at a new clinic operated by Crittenden Hospital in Fredonia.

Jones is a respected nurse practitioner who is certified in family and women's health, and has experience in providing care to people of all ages.

Call today to make an appointment, (270) 965-5238.

Williams seeking GOP nomination for clerk


Monday, May 9, 2022

Martin seeks position of sheriff

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Heath Martin asks Crittenden County voters to give 
him the opportunity to serve them in the county's top law enforcement position.

Martin said he has worked hard over the last eight 
years in his role as a Marion Police Officer to wants to continue in a county-wide position.

Martin pledges to invest in children while supporting 
the DARE program in local schools and wants to enhance public confidence and strengthen state and federal partnerships.

Martin is motivated, dedicated and determined and 
asks for your vote.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

First United offers home equity line of credit

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Have you considered a home equity line of credit?

Talk to Charlie Day at First United Bank in Marion to determine whether you qualify.

A home equity line of credit can help you finance 
major expenses such as home improvement, medical expenses or college tuition fees.

Charlie Day can put First United Bank to work for you.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Drive-through financial literacy credit

There will be a Community Christmas Financial Literacy drive-through event on the Crittenden County High School campus from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12. 

Resource materials may be picked up in front of the high school / middle school during that one-hour period. This adult skill-building drive-through class counts toward Community Christmas credits.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Perryman seeks Crittenden PVA position

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Todd Perryman wants to put his experience to work in Crittenden County as its next Property Valuation Administrator (PVA).

Perryman is a loan officer knowledgable of real estate transactions, 
and he has served in a volunteer capacity on the county's PVA Board of Assessments.

Perryman is a Tolu native who has experience as a magistrate on the Crittenden County Fiscal Court.

Notice those rock piles on US 641?

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Crittenden County highway maintenance crew is stockpiling aggregate for channel lining to complete erosion control on some of the slopes along the new U.S. 641 between Marion and Fredonia.

Once sufficient stockpiles of rock are hauled up from Kentucky’s concrete recycling site on I-24, crews will work on the erosion control project as weather allows and when they don't have other projects in need of immediate attention. The large piles of rock can be seen alongside U.S. 641. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

One injured in crash on US 641

A female patient was taken from a single-vehicle crash scene on US 641 south of Marion at about 6pm Thursday.

First responders were summoned to the scene and AirEvac transported the individual to a regional hospital. 

The woman was the only passenger in the car. She is not from Kentucky, according to her driver's license.

No other information was immediately available.

Driver named Crittenden County superintendent

The Crittenden County Board of Education Thursday night unanimously approved a local search committee's selection of Marion resident Tonya Driver as superintendent of schools effective July 1. She will replace Vince Clark, who is retiring at the end of his current contract.

Driver has been assistant superintendent since 2018. She also most recently served as director of curriculum and instruction. She has spent all but two years of her career as an educator in the Crittenden County School District, where she began as a teacher in 1992.

"As I watched John Belt, Dr. Rachel Yarbrough and Vince Clark leading the district, I really feel like I can take what has been established by them and continue the growth," Driver said. "This is home. This is the place I want to be and eventually retire."

Driver is a graduate of Crittenden County High School. She is married to Eddie Driver and has two children, Adam Driver and Jaycee Driver. Her parents are Harry and Bonnie Nation of Marion.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

On Newsstands Now: This Week's Crittenden Press

Get the very latest on the Lake George issue. Find out what it will mean for drinking water and natural resources in and around the lake. 

This week we take a look at the magisterial races on the ballot May 17. Absentee voting is underway now, so stay up on who's running and where to vote by reading your local newspaper. 

There is much more in this week's Press, including articles on local students recognized for their work, a farmer who's dedicated his life to land conservation, a lawman who's getting a real treat, local sports details and our 10under40 series features a homegrown teacher with a passion for children. 

Stay in tune with the real story and get all the facts in The Crittenden Press.

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