Thursday, June 30, 2022

Marion asks state to manage water crisis

Marion has also banned burning
and fireworks during crisis.
Update: 7am Friday with further details

The City of Marion is turning over administration of the ongoing water crisis to state agencies.

Under the governor’s emergency declaration on June 18, Kentucky agencies already have authority to intervene. They have now been officially asked to lead the charge. The city council voted unanimously Thursday to surrender its direct management of the situation.

Carey Johnson, director for the Department for Environmental Protection, said Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, Energy and Environment Cabinet and Finance Cabinet will take the reins, continuing to explore both short- and long-term solutions to the crisis.

Manpower, expertise and ability to expedite analysis and response to the matter should impove, Johnson said.  

With about seven days of raw water left in Old City Lake and options running out, Marion leaders say they agreed to hand over direct management of the situation to these agencies, each of which has already been involved with response for the last several weeks. Without rain in the coming week, the water shortage could become a humanitarian disaster. Kentucky Dream Center and WaterSteps are statewide programs that are preparing to bring in emergency water stations and portable showers.

The city has also issued a tighter water conservation order. Although Stage 3 of its original order allowed for irrigation of plants and grasses, those activities are now prohibited. Mayor Jared Byford said the crisis has reached a level that makes it necessary to ban watering of any plants, grasses or fields. However, gardens may still be watered, according to the mayor and the environmental director. Officials say conservation remains the most effective tool residents have in combating the water shortage.

The city’s move to give up its control of the response is more of a formality than something of great substance, state officials said. Yet, it will allow Kentucky agencies to narrow the scope of the response and concentrate on potential solutions they deem most attractive. 

The city council met for nearly two hours tonight and heard comments from a number of citizens. 

Johnson said the state's focus will now turn directly to engaging interconnections with other water systems, namely Sturgis and Princeton with cooperation from the Crittenden-Livingston Water District, which has transmission lines all over Crittenden County. 

While other options may remain on the table, they will become secondary, Johnson said. A plan for further testing of water from the Lucile Mine will be among those moved off the board for now.

Through cooperation from Webster County Water District and the Crittenden-Livingston District, Marion is now receiving just over 70,000 gallons per day of potable water. The town’s daily demand is around 450,000 gallons on weekdays and bit lower on weekends, with current conservation measures in place.

Johnson said a Sturgis connection may become the primary focus. It’s the shortest route to drinking water of the options being considered. A water pipe of less than 4,000 feet must be constructed to tap into the Sturgis system. The Princeton route would need about three miles of water line to make a connection. 

If it comes to fruition, the Sturgis connection is believed to be able to provide Marion with about 144,000 gallons of drinking water per day. Together with the Webster and Crittenden-Livingston link, Johnson said that could mean about 216,000 gallons being piped to Marion, or just under half of its daily demand. 

The most certain short-term solution hinges on rainfall. The 10-day forecast shows potential rain on multiple days. About an inch of water will add two weeks of raw water to Marion’s system. 

City council members pointed out that by relinquishing some of its authority to the state, they believe it will trigger greater financial assistance because of the emergency decree by Gov. Andy Beshear. 

Other measures to continue augmenting Old City Lake, the town’s only remaining raw water source, will continue, including National Guard tankers running from the Tradwater River to Marion. There are also ongoing negotiations with area farmers who might be able to provide even larger tankers. The military has bigger tankers, too, that could be deployed, but those vehicles and perhaps even farm haulers would need a better place to offload. The dumping area at Old City Lake would have to be widened or the state would need to allow water to be dropped directly into Crooked Creek at some point above Old City Lake. Crooked Creek naturally feeds Old City Lake. A new plan to bring in ready-to-drink water is also in the works. Bulk loads could be brought from a nearby provider other than Crittenden-Livingston – which is already feeling strains of added demand – and dumped directly into clear wells at the Marion plant.

In other action, the city council approved an emergency order banning fireworks and outdoor burning during the water crisis.

Stay tuned to The Crittenden Press and The Crittenden Press Online for the latest and most thorough review of the ongoing crisis.

Last Chance to Avoid Delinquent Tax List

Crittenden County Clerk Daryl K. Tabor, pursuant to KRS 424.130, announces that 2021 Delinquent Real Property Tax Bills (Certificates of Delinquency) will be published in The Crittenden Press on Thursday, July 7, 2022. The list of Certificates of Delinquency is also available for public inspection between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each weekday at the County Clerk’s office located in Crittenden County Courthouse, 107 S. Main St., Ste. 203, Marion, Ky. This list may also be inspected on the Crittenden County Clerk’s website. The Uniform Resource Locater (URL) of the website is 

The tax sale will be held Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, beginning at 9 a.m. CDT. All interested participants must register with the County Clerk’s office by the close of business on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. Please contact the County Clerk’s office or visit if you need more information about the tax sale registration process, the required registration fee or the deposit amounts needed. Taxpayers can continue to pay their delinquent tax bills to the County Clerk’s office any time prior to the tax sale. 

Please Note: All payments must be received in the County Clerk’s office prior to the tax sale date listed in this advertisement. Payments received after the tax sale has been conducted will be returned without exception. Personal and business checks are not acceptable forms of payment. 

Some delinquencies, although they have been advertised, will be excluded from the tax sale in accordance with the provisions of KRS 134.504(10)(b). 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Crittenden County Clerk’s Office at 270-965-3403. 

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DONE DEAL: Ferry contract agreement complete

Update: 4:40pm Contract is signed

Negotiations ended last night and a contract for the Cave In Rock Ferry's operation was approved. It will be formally finalized today.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said last-minute work between local leaders, the ferry operator and the two states prevented a temporary shutdown. 

"Given we have the holiday weekend coming up, it was imperative to all of western Kentucky and southern Illinois that we ensured operations were not disrupted," Newcom said.

Today was the deadline for a deal in order to avoid any type of closure. 

Illinois and Kentucky have a contract with the Cave In Rock Ferry Authority which then contracts operation of the service to Lonnie Lewis of Hardin County, Ill.

There has been a ferry at Cave In Rock for more 200 years. The current operator has managed it for the past 28 and says he wants to continue.

Volunteers needed for water center

Crittenden County Emergency Management and the City of Marion is asking for volunteers to assist at the bottled water distribution center at the former armory. 

The Kentucky National Guard's mission at the former armory will be complete today. The Guard's job was only to help get the center set up and going. Now, volunteer manpower is needed at the site.

Helps is needed in short shifts to load bottled water into vehicles.

Churches, organizations or individual can volunteer. Ask to be scheduled as a helper by calling Marion City Hall at 270-965-2266 between 9 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. 

The new schedule for bottled water distribution at the former armory is last names A-M on Thursdays and N-Z on Fridays until further notice. 

The distribution center opens at 9 a.m., and closes at 6 p.m. It is also closed between noon and 2 p.m. 

Beginning today, city residents will receive about 2 gallons of water per person in a household, which is a gallon less than previous days.

Summer food program schedule for July


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Driver Licensing Will Still be at Armory

Kentucky's Pop-Up Driver Licensing Center will still be held July 6 at the former armory despite the location also being used for the emergency bottled water distribution site.

Driver's license customers should enter through the front door of the building. Appointments are required.

First United plans fun July 4 activity

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Get the family together and have some July 4 fun!

A scavenger hunt coordinated by First United Bank could earn you a grand prize of four passes to Venture River.

Pick up your participation form at First United Bank on Main Street in Marion and start looking for flags posted in the windows of Marion businesses. Find them all and return your form to the bank by Friday to be entered in to the grand prize drawing.

Help wanted at Job Corps Center

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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

Big decisions face local leaders

Crittenden County School District is facing some difficult decisions with regard to its planned new school and other construction projects. 

Last night, the school board meeting lasted more than four hours as district leaders worked through options, trying to meet its budget against inflated construction costs. What's next? Find out in this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.

Also in this week's full edition is an in-depth article on Marion's water crisis. We have all the details on what's to come and what has occurred over the last week or so. You'll want to read the entire article that is almost two full pages long. Like the school board, city leaders have some big decisions to make in the coming days.

Find out who with Crittenden County ties has a chance of playing at UK and who made it to the Show. History columnist Brenda Underdown steps back in time to a bustling Marion full of commerce and activity. 

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Tapestry next on Fohs Hall event calendar

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The events calendar at Fohs Hall features a variety of quality acts for the remainder of 2022.

Crittenden County's premiere venue for arts and cultural events will 
host a return of The Tapestry, a rock and opera blend of music that will feature selections July 23 of The Beatles' Abbey Road soundtrack. 
Tickets for The Tapestry event can be purchased at Bowtanicals or The Crittenden Press beginning July 1.

Other highlights on the Fohs Hall calendar include the Gospel Gathering, Old Kentucky Hayride, Terry Mike Jeffrey and a return of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. 

Visit for more details.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Senator pays visit to Marion; talks water

Nearly 50 people listen to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul during a brief meeting Tuesday afternoon inside an upstairs conference room at Farmers Bank. Paul discussed a number of issues, including Marion’s water woes.

The Republican senator from Bowling Green spoke on a variety of issues, including vaccines, pandemic relief funds, the economy, federal budget and his persistent criticism of COVID-19 lockdowns.

Get all the latest information on Marion’s water crisis inside this week’s full edition of The Crittenden Press, which will be on newsstands Wednesday about noon. We will have almost two full pages devoted to providing in depth coverage of the water shortage. 

The City of Marion has made changes to the way it will give away free water. The new schedule for bottled water distribution at the former armory is last names A-M on Thursdays and N-Z on Fridays, until further notice. The distribution center opens at 9 a.m., and closes at 6 p.m. It is also closed between noon and 2 p.m. Beginning Thursday, city residents will receive about 2 gallons of water per person in a household, which is a gallon less than in previous days.

Safety prompts change in water route

After reviewing safety of travel issues along roads in southern Crittenden County, the Kentucky National Guard and Emergency Management teams have decided to change rivers and routes on its mission to support Marion's raw water crisis.

A military tanker truck crashed Sunday afternoon near Fredonia in the edge of Caldwell County on KY 902 with a 2,500-gallon load of water. One crewman was slightly injured. That incident triggered a safety review of the routes from Marion to Dycusburg, where water was being taken from the Cumberland River.

Now, the Guard and Emergency Management will be moving. The water collection station will go to the northern side of the county to draw water from the Tradewater River at the Crittenden-Union County Line.

Crittenden County Emergency Management Director Jason Hurley said US 60 has broader shoulders and other assets that make it more suitable for the larger tankers, which are making multiple runs per day, seven days week. 

Motorists on US 60 East in the upper section of the county should be alert to slow-moving military vehicles. 

Water transportation from the Cumberland River to Marion's Old City Lake began Saturday. Hurley said it will take most of today to move the pump and other equipment to the Tradewater River. Therefore, hauling will not resume until Wednesday. 

Monday, June 27, 2022

VAUGHT's VIEWS: Steinier better than McLaughlin


Kentucky track has produced some fantastic performers and Olympic medalists in recent years.

Sydney McLaughlin won the 400-meter hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics with a world-record time of 51.46 seconds — a mark she lowered to 51.41 Saturday at the USA Track & Field Championships — and was the first woman to break 52 seconds. She was also on the 4x400 gold medal relay team. At UK, she was national champion in the 400 hurdles in 2018.

Still, with the senior season and career that Abby Steiner just completed at UK, who had the better Kentucky career — Steiner or McLaughlin?

“It’s Abby, hands down. Abby is the one. She brings excitement. I don’t even know the words to describe her,” said Sharieffa Barksdale, senior manager of alumni relations at USA Track & Field and a former Lexington resident. “Nothing against Syd. They are clearly in two different events but Abby is unbelievable.”

Steiner was named U.S. Track &Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Women’s

Without contract Ferry will close Friday


Updates with more information 3pm Monday

With just days remaining on its current two-year contract, the Cave In Rock Ferry could be shut down later this week if a new deal isn't struck between the two states and the ferry owner. 

The current contract expires Thursday. 

Illinois and Kentucky have a contract with the Cave In Rock Ferry Authority which then contracts operation of the service to Lonnie Lewis of Hardin County, Ill. The ferry authority is waiting on transportation officials in Frankfort, Ky., to respond to the latest contract changes. Negotiations have been ongoing since January. 

Lewis, the Cave In Rock Ferry operator, hopes the impasse is broken before later this week.

“We will not be able to open Friday without a new a contract,” Lewis told The Crittenden Press this morning.

Local leaders and the Cave In Rock Ferry Authority are working with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials trying to prevent a shutdown like the one a few years ago.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom says he's confident a contract will be executed before the deadline. 

There has been a ferry at Cave In Rock for more 200 years. Lewis has operated it for the past 28 and says he wants to continue.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Guard tanker crashes on KY 902

A military tanker transporting water from the Cumberland River to Marion's Old City Lake crashed on KY 902 between Fredonia and Dycusburg Sunday afternoon.

Two members of the National Guard crew in the vehicle were taken to a regional hospital as a precautionary measure.

The National Guard has been mobilized in support of Marion's water crisis.

Soldiers hauling water to Marion

Kentucky National Guard hauled 49,000 gallons of water from the Cumberland River Saturday to Marion’s Old City Lake in support of the town’s ongoing water crisis.

Crittenden County Emergency Management Director Jason Hurley said today’s rainfall will not slow the convoy from Dycusburg to Marion unless thunderstorms threaten the safety of soldiers or other support staff.

Five military tankers capable of hauling 2,500 gallons of water each are making multiple round trips per day to keep the city’s only remaining raw water source viable.

See this coming week’s full edition of The Crittenden Press or more information about the mission and guard members deployed here to support Marion. We will also have more details about the governor’s visit last week and what that means for the city in the short and long term.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Book the Lions Club building for your next event

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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. 

Work on 2 county bridges will alter traffic

The one-lane bridge on KY 135 between KY 91 and Tolu will be closed for about two weeks in July while repairs are made. 

Work crews are planning deck maintenance and joint work on the Hurricane Creek Bridge. 

Also, the Piney Creek Bridge on KY 506 at the county line will be getting some repairs next month. 

Traffic will be restricted to one lane with alternating flow controlled by an automated signal. Work at the Piney Creek Bridge is expected to take about 30 days to complete, weather permitting. 

These jobs are tentatively set to begin around July 5.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Health department has job openings

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The Pennyrile District Health Department is seeking candidates for three positions. 

The starting pay for each is $20-$22 per hour.

Applications – including transcripts –must be postmarked by July 8 for consideration.

Positions to be filled include full time health educator, registered nurse in Lyon County and nutritionist.

Beware of water tanker trucks on local highways

Illustration only. Actual tankers may differ.
Motorists in the southern part of Crittenden County and near Fredonia in Caldwell County are urged to exercise caution and be on the lookout for large military vehicles that will begin hauling water from Dycusburg to Marion this weekend.

These 2,500-gallon Kentucky National Guard tankers will be running seven days a week. Trucks will use two different routes going to and from the Cumberland River landing at Dycusburg. 

The empty route from Marion will be southward on Mott City Road then along KY 70 to Dycusburg. The return trip loaded with water will be along KY 902 from Dycusburg to Fredonia then northward on US 641. 

The dual routes are planned to keep these large rigs from having to pass one another on narrow highways between town and Dycusburg, according to Emergency Management Director Jason Hurley.

Some water hauling could begin late this afternoon, but beginning Saturday there will multiple trips per day and multiple vehicles making the hauls. The National Guard is moving the raw water to Old City Lake. 

About 70,000 to 80,000 gallons are expected to be hauled daily. Marion’s daily demand for drinking water is just under 500,000 gallons.

Water: City now drawing from county

Bottled water is available at the armory.
See Distribution Schedule Here.
For the first time since the crisis began, Marion has begun drawing supplemental drinking water from Crittenden-Livingston Water District. For the past several weeks, the county water system has been unable to help Marion because of a water main break and the routine requirements of meeting daily demands of its own customers, which are spread over three counties. 

The City of Marion said in a news release that it's now receiving about 8 percent of its daily water needs from Crittenden-Livingston. 

Distribution of bottled water continues today at the former armory on Rochester Street. Today, individuals whose names begin with H through L will be able to pick up 3 gallons of bottled water per individual in the household. See the alphabetized distribution schedule here. This distribution is for residential customers only. Identification is required. 

After the first round of bottled water distribution, the number of gallons per family could be reduced if inventories are unable to be rebuilt. Lines were long at the water distribution center early Thursday, but it tapered off by midday. Members of Life in Christ Church helped administer distribution yesterday. Kentucky National Guard soldiers are also involved the distribution process. If any church, group or individual wants to volunteer at the distribution center, register first at city hall. Volunteers are needed for short shifts each day.

Efforts continue to find a short-term remedy to the water crisis, and a longer-term solution. In the short term, Marion continues to explore a possible connection to water districts in Webster County, Sturgis and Princeton. 

A water tank that can hold almost a day's worth of drinking water will continue being repaired and hopefully put into service today. When it does, Marion will have two storage tanks in operation above the town on Wilson Hill.

Officials are asking water customers to notify city hall immediately if a leak is detected anywhere in the drinking water distribution system. They ask that homeowners be alert to leaky faucets and toilets. 

At Dycusburg today, local crews from the city, county and National Guard will continue working to build a water pumping system so Marion can draw raw water from the Cumberland River then dump it into Old City Lake to supplement its raw water level. Tanker trucks from the National Guard hope to be convoying water from Dycusburg landing to Marion by early afternoon.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Marion preps for Cumberland draw

Workers at Dycusburg landing. In background
is a WPSD-TV reporter and cameraman.
UPDATES with new information 3:42pm and new photo

Local crews are setting up a pumping system today on the Cumberland River in Dycusburg from where it will draw raw water if Old City Lake gets too shallow.

Without sufficient rainfall, Marion could run out of raw water in Old City Lake in another week or so. Therefore, with help from county government, state agencies and the Kentucky National Guard preparations are underway to suck water from the Cumberland and truck it to town.

Some obstacles have been encountered due to the river being low, but officials believe they will soon be drawing water from the river.

The raw water would be dumped into Old City Lake to keep levels sufficient for manufacturing drinking water at the nearby plant. 

Much of the work now underway is being facilitated by Gov. Andy Beshear's State of Emergency declaration issued late last week. He was in town yesterday morning to meet with local officials. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Park closing restrooms to conserve water

Marion-Crittenden County Park will close its public restrooms on Friday in order to help the community conserve water.

Additional portable toilets will be in place by then, giving the park four Porta-Potties to serve patrons using the facility.

Gov. Beshear: "The Whole State is Behind You"

City Administrator Adam Ledford explains
details of Marion's water crisis to Gov. Beshear
as officials met this morning at Lake George.
Gov. Andy Beshear and other top government officials toured Lake George and Old City Lake Wednesday morning. The governor brought a sense of comfort to Marion leaders as he promised to mobilize every resource necessary to solve the town's water crisis right now, and well into the future.

Beshear said his staff is already working on funding mechanisms, evaporation remedies for Old City Lake and logistics to ensure Marion's water crisis does not turn into a disaster.

"We are going to see that this is solved so that you don't have to ever go through it again," Beshear told a small contingent of local leaders who met with him for about an hour on the shores of both lakes.

With the governor were Transportation Secretary Jim Gray, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management Col. Jeremy C. Slinker and a host of other government officials from the Division of Water to Kentucky National Guard leaders. 

"I hope you see that we have everybody here to help. The whole state is behind you," Beshear told Marion Mayor Jared Byford, City Administrator Adam Ledford, city council members and other community officials who were at the rendezvous. 

"I feel it was a great visit with the governor, reassuring us that every resource at his disposal will be available to us," Mayor Byford said. "With his declaration and the support of the National Guard, we will not run out of water. However, we must continue to conserve water."

Marion will begin giving away free bottled water Thursday at the former armory on Rochester Street. Residents are encouraged to follow a recommended route to the armory in order to prevent traffic jams. Water pickup should be done according to the city's alphabetized plan posted below or here.

Bottled water will be distributed to Marion residents only. The distribution will be conducted perpetually until this crisis ends. Each household will be provided 3 gallons of water per person, each week.


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

WATER: Marion's daily news release on Tuesday

June 21, 2022  - Press Release from City of Marion

The City of Marion released information today to begin distributing water to city residents beginning Thursday.  This will take place at the old National Guard Armory located on Rochester Ave.  You can find a pickup schedule and additional information on the Crittenden Press’s page and the City of Marion Facebook’s page.  

The City of Marion met with regional partners today and have started entertaining the idea of Sturgis being a possible source for water.  Engineers have started working out the details of what needs to be done to make Sturgis a short time water supplier for the city.  We will release further information as it becomes available. 

Webster County is working on expanding their maximum coverage to be able to provide the city with as much water as possible.  It will be next week before we have additional information on engineering and testing on Webster.    

Caldwell County is starting to finalize engineering plans to possibly start testing water flow.  Next week they will begin the testing phase.  We will provide information as it becomes available.

We continue to ask everyone to keep conserving water.  If you have any questions about how you can help conserve water, please contact the public library or the extension office.

Water Distribution Schedule

Local partners along with the National Guard will begin distributing water to city residents at the Armory. You will be required to show your driver’s license when picking up water. We’re asking for this water to be used for drinking and cooking purposes. If you need to make special arrangements due to health or transportation, please contact City Hall at (270) 965-2266.

Location: 131 Rochester Ave. (Old National Guard Armory)

Arrival Directions: Turn onto East Bellville Street, then turn LEFT onto Cherry Street. At the stop sign turn RIGHT onto Rochester Ave. The Armory is on the LEFT. Once you arrive at 131 Rochester Ave pull into the large parking lot and follow the signage posted.

Distribution Days By Last Name
A-G 9:00AM- 6:00PM (Thursday, June 23)
H-L 9:00AM- 6:00PM (Friday, June 24)
M-R 9:00AM- 6:00PM (Monday, June 27)
S-Z 9:00AM- 6:00PM (Tuesday, June 28)


Job Corps center has employment opportunities

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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

Monday, June 20, 2022

WATER: City issues Monday news release

Below is the City of Marion's official news release issued today with an update on the water crisis.

Today city officials met with the Division of Water and the National Guard to discuss more viable options for alleviating the City of Marion’s water crisis. Currently the city has a 19-to-20-day supply of water, with no significant rain expected in the forest for the next 10 days. Because of this, Stage 3 emergency procedures remain in effect, and we ask that you continue to limit your water usage to necessary activities of daily living such as personal hygiene, washing laundry, cooking, etc., and to avoid unnecessary water usage such as watering lawns, washing vehicles, and filling swimming pools. Further information on Stage 3 procedures and how to help conserve water can be found on the City of Marion’s Facebook page, and at the Crittenden Press, the public library, and the Extension Office. 

The National Guard plans to coordinate a convoy for water hauling from the Ohio and/or Cumberland rivers to City Lake to further support the City’s water supply, pending chemistry results of water samples from these locations. Should any issues arise with chemistry, the Division of Water is prepared to assist in their resolution. The Transportation Cabinet will also assist with preparations of City Lake. Information regarding water sample testing and the water hauling convoy should be available later this week.  We will release this to the public as soon as it is available. In addition, we continue to expect partial water needs to be met by Crittenden-Livingston, Webster and Caldwell Counties. Efforts are ongoing to resolve gravitational flow issues to allow the Webster County production project to provide support.        

Further meetings are planned tomorrow to coordinate with regional water supply partners to discuss additional efforts. The National Guard, Emergency Management, County, and City will be coordinating a water distribution program to begin operation as early as Thursday this week. We will release full details regarding this distribution tomorrow.  We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation.  We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

Marion City Council met Monday night in regular session and about 30 individuals were in attendance. This week's full edition of The Press will have further details about the ongoing water issue.

County water now flowing into Marion

Water from a collaboration between Webster County and Crittenden-Livingston Water Districts is now flowing in Crittenden County, determining to some degree what type of support can be provided for Marion. Results should been clear early this week. If engineers see that the collaboration is working, then Marion could soon start receiving supplemental drinking water from the county water district. A collaboration of this type has never been exercised among these water providers.

Stage 3, the highest level conservation order, remains in place, but thanks to the governor's declaration of a state of emergency late last week and supplementary gallons from the county are helping to ensure that Marion does not go completely dry.

Read Entire City Water Conservation Order

The Crittenden Press will have new details and a closer look at what's to come in this week's full edition that will be on newsstands Wednesday. 

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Pop-Up Driver Licensing in Marion July 6

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is partnering with Crittenden County Judge Executive Perry Newcom to host a Popup Driver Licensing Event on Wednesday, July 6 from 9:30 a.m. – noon and 1-3 p.m., at the Community and Recreational Center (Old Armory) located at 131 Rochester Ave, Marion, KY 42064. This event is only for Crittenden County residents.

Popup driver licensing is ideal for residents who need services exclusively performed in-person at a Driver Licensing Regional Office. This includes: 

  • Upgrading to a REAL ID license 
  • Requesting an 8-year license if you are due to renew
  • Updating your name 
  • Renewing your CDL  

Appointments are required and must be scheduled on Slots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and walk-in appointments are unavailable to ensure cabinet staff can answer questions or review documents of appointment-holders ahead of their scheduled visits. The traveling service currently only accepts payments by credit or debit card, check or money order.

A minimum of two popup visits will be scheduled in every county that does not have a Driver Licensing Regional Office. 

Appointments for the Crittenden County Popup Driver Licensing Event will be available online beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 20.

Schedule an Appointment


More than 150,000 Kentuckians have skipped a trip to a licensing office and renewed their driving credential online! A Kentucky driver's license, motorcycle license or combination driver/motorcycle license can be renewed online or by mail up to six months before it expires. In addition to license renewals, replacements for lost  or stolen cards, as well as address changes, can be made by mail. Cash can also be accepted by using the mail-in form.

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

City news release on water issue

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News release provided by 
City of Marion posted 
In its entirety as released 

Governor declares State of Emergency

Gov. Beshear Declares State of Emergency for City

Need to repair levee, limited rainfall have left city without sufficient water

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2022) – Today, hours after receiving a request from the city government, Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for the City of Marion in Crittenden County due to a water shortage.

“The number one priority of government is to keep our people safe,” Gov. Beshear said. “Today’s action of declaring a state of emergency for the City of Marion is intended to put into motion all the things we, the state, can do to help alleviate the situation and provide support. My administration is committed to helping the city and all of our Kentucky families who live there.”

Hearing of the pending water shortage, the Kentucky Department of Emergency Management (KYEM) contacted local officials to help them with the process of requesting state assistance and an emergency declaration. State officials are expected to travel to Marion to discuss remedies with the city and to begin implementing a plan that will provide short- and long-term guidance to the city to ensure that families have access to water.

Lake George, the primary reservoir for Marion’s residents and businesses needed to be drained because of a levee failure. That, coupled with limited rainfall and unseasonably warm weather, has now caused the water shortage to become critical.

With the declaration of a state of emergency by the Governor, KYEM can begin to coordinate a response and relief activities and the Kentucky National Guard can mobilize the personnel and equipment that may be required. 

Additional cabinets and state agencies can also act with the state of emergency in place. The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has been tasked with assisting the City of Marion and Crittenden County to stop all nonessential uses of water, and the Finance and Administration Cabinet has been directed to provide assistance with resource management and to help with procurement or contracts necessary to deal with the water shortage.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Water: Understanding the ebb and flow

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There seems to be some confusion in the community about where the city's raw water source(s) are or have been located. 

Marion Water Tanks on Briarwood Dr.
Lake George is the reservoir which was recently drained. It is pictured as a brown spot above in the far background. Old City Lake is between Lake George and the City Water Treatment Plant, which is off Chapel Hill Road. Before it was drained, Lake George held about a year's worth of raw water. 

In dry times, water was pulled from Lake George to keep what's commonly called Old City Lake full. Old City Lake can hold about 17 days worth of raw water.

From Old City Lake, the plant pulls in raw water and treats it to make drinking water, which is then piped to the water tank on top of Wilson Hill. Gravity provides ample pressure as water leaves the tank – from the highest point in Crittenden County – and flows to your faucet.

Neither the pond near Marion-Crittenden County Park nor the settling pond between the golf course and Vibra Finish (old CeraTech building) are sources of raw water for Marion. 

Trash interruption will be short-lived

Residential and commercial trash hauler GFL experience some labor issues this week and did not service all of its routes in the county.

The company will issue a credit to customers by calling 270-365-6200 or emailing

The problem should be solved by next week.

Marion getting help from Mother Nature

Old City Lake behind the water plant
Updates 3:00pm June 17 with more info

Marion Marion Jared Byford said this morning's rainfall was a blessing.

While it's too early to know for certain, the mayor said Friday's precipitation may have added another week to the city's raw water cache. 

"We believe that it’s going to reset the clock to about 20 to 22 days," Byford said.

A gauge at the city water plant identified about 1.5 inches of rainfall. 

Prior to today's rain, the city was down to about 10 days or fewer of raw water.

The mayor also said work to bring Webster County Water District online so Marion can receive help from that source is going well. Water could start flowing today, which will provide Marion a portion of its daily needs and offset the pressure on its own raw water source.

Meantime, area groups and reaching out to help Marion. Here is an article about a real estate agents who are offering assistance. Also, here is a link to WPSD-TV's report from Thursday's council meeting on the water topic.

Here is a link to the Health Department's Guidance for Businesses during the Water Crisis. This link goes to Home Tips for Conserving Water.

The storm that passed through the are this morning may have given the city some relief, but it created problems for others. 

County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said there were several downed trees creating travel issues on  Irma White, Pleasant Hill, Providence, Cave Springs, Tom Hill and Youth Camp roads. Also, power was out for many residents, including most of Tolu. 

Marion Discount has gifts for Dad

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Consider something for Dad from Marion Discount Tobacco & Liquor.

Located on Sturgis Road in Marion, Marion Discount Tobacco & Liquor has a wide variety of tobacco products, beer, bourbon and specialty liquors along with new Happy Dad Hard Seltzer.

Stop by today to check out the selection.

See this week's Press for playground update

Park goers in Marion will want to take a look at this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press to learn the latest news about efforts to bring a new playground to Marion-Crittenden County Park.

Discussion about adding a new, large playground at the park has been ongoing for several months.

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

City adopts new water conservation order

The largest crowd in more than 30 years for a Marion
City Council meeting assembled Thursday to hear the
latest details of the town's water crisis.

Mayor Jared Byford said state officials tell him that no other town in Kentucky has ever had to deal with an issue like Marion is currently facing.

More than 100 residents crammed into Marion City Hall Thursday night for an update on the ongoing water crisis facing the town and the council approved an emergency water conservation order that goes beyond its original order issued a few weeks ago. This one provides for penalties if residents fail to comply.


Many individuals who attended the council meeting had questions and leaders tried to answer all of them. City Administrator Adam Ledford said Marion will be under Stage 3 Restrictions by Friday, June 17. Details of Stage 3 are spelled out in the new water conservation order. 

Mayor Byford says city residents should operate under the Stage 2 limitations as of tonight, but Marion will move to more restrictive measures tomorrow.

The Press will try to provide updates soon with further interpretations of the new water conservation order. Meantime, Mayor Byford said businesses should continue to operate, but to deploy water conservation practices wherever possible.

For now, anyone who missed the live broadcast of Thursday’s meeting can watch it on our YouTube Channel by clicking this link: Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel. It's free and helps us continue to bring you important news coverage like this.

Community Victory Gardens open Monday

A few vegetables, lots of blackberries, peppers and squash will be available starting Monday from the Community Victory Gardens near the park off Old Morganfield Road. Distribution will continue weekdays until further notice.

Distribution will be from 9 a.m., until 11 a.m. All produce is free and available to anyone in the community.

Gardens are planted and tended by work release inmates from the county jail. Jailer Robbie Kirk stresses that only a few vegetables are ready at this time.

Ohio Valley League game in Marion Saturday

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Gordon B. Guess Field will host two Ohio Valley League baseball squads in a unique match-up Saturday, June 18.

The Paducah Chiefs and the Owensboro River Dawgs will meet on neutral territory in Marion for an evening game featuring several players from the region. 

The event has been orchestrated by Mr. Baseball himself, 
Gordon Guess of Marion, on the Crittenden County High School baseball field, which is where the Marion Bobcats played. 
Guess was instrumental in bringing the Marion Bobcats to Crittenden County. 

First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available.

The game is being made possible thanks to local sponsors: Marion Tourism Commission, Johnson's Furniture, Frazer Law, The Peoples Bank and Farmers Bank & Trust Co. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Council approves emergency water funding

Marion's Water Plant on Chapel Hill Road.
Marion City Council met in special session this afternoon and took steps to fund emergency engineering and configuring of county water lines in Caldwell, Webster and Crittenden counties that could potentially solve at least part of Marion’s water woes.

While water from those sources would not solve the town’s longterm raw water problem, it could provide a portion of the immediate demand. 

Marion leaders are working with state representatives from the Division of Water and regional agents from various water districts in those nearby counties. It’s being estimated that about one-third of the city’s daily water demand could be available from those other districts.

Although the price for that engineering and work was undetermined, the council passed the proposal unanimously. 

True Value has gifts for dad

Clark's Marion True Value has what dads want. 

Father's Day is Sunday and Clark's Marion True Value is ready.

Stop by and check out the selection of grills, grill accessories and Crittenden County tumbers.

True Value has created some nice gift sets with dad in mind. 

Come by today and see the changes that are taking place at Clark's Marion True Value!

Yard sale at Catholic Church


As summer percolates, Marion's water crisis deepens

It's clear here at the boat ramp at
Old City Lake that levels are
dropping rapidly at the reservoir.
Marion City Council will meet in special session at 5pm Thursday at City Hall to tackle a deepening water crisis that could leave Marion unable to process potable water by next week.

Water level in Old City Lake continues to drop without any significant sign of rainfall in the forecast. Since Lake George was purposely drained weeks ago to prevent a levee breach, the old lake off Chapel Hill Road is Marion's only source of raw water.

Mayor Jared Byford on Tuesday outlined several directions the town is exploring to stave off the catastrophe of running completely out of water. Today's full edition of The Crittenden Press will be on newsstands around noon with the latest details of those efforts to prevent a major disaster. 

Meantime, the city will gather tomorrow to discuss ratcheting up its water protection order issued earlier this spring. In the face of running out of drinking water, city leaders will consider new measures and prohibitions that will require by ordinance bolder conservation practices for the town's 1,500 customers. Those new orders would likely be backed up fines.

Marion is also currently trucking in bottled water and storing it at various locations just in case all of its efforts fail. Leaders are also discussing relief efforts with state and federal authorities.

Get all of the details in this week's full edition of your community newspaper.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Yard sale in Salem this week


Chamber hosts leadership breakfast

Edward Jones financial advisor Grant Rogers was the keynote speaker at this morning's Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Breakfast.

The event was held at Farmers Bank and Trust headquarters in Marion.

Rogers is taking over as the principal financial advisor at Edward Jones in Marion as Mickey Alexander moves into retirement. 

Stone home to evangelize Hurricane

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In 50 years of ministry, evangelist Steve Stone says he’s never seen anything quite like Hurricane Camp Meeting.

A native of Crittenden County’s Piney area, Stone and his family moved to Henderson when he was about 10 years old. The ties to Marion remain strong and this week The Stone Family is spreading the gospel at Hurricane Camp Meeting’s 134th annual revival.

“We go to places where you will find a tent set up for an outdoor revival, but nothing like this in a wooden tabernacle that’s over 100 years old,” Stone said Monday night after delivering a message to good-sized crowd that braved near record-setting June temperatures. 

The Stone Family is a tight-knit group that includes his sister, brother-in-law and others with close ties. Their music and ministry has filled pews in churches across the tri-state for decades and this is their fourth year to lead worship at Hurricane Camp.

“We love coming down here. This is home and it will always be home,” Stone said.

His message on Monday challenged Christians to embrace their differences in a world moving further secular by the day. Longing for the days when God’s houses of worship were full of faithful followers,

Monday, June 13, 2022

Hurricane Camp Meeting begins tonight

The 134th annual Hurricane Camp Meeting will be held for seven straight days starting tonight at the open-air tabernacle near Tolu.

Held since 1888, the non-denominational, revival event includes a youth camp during the day and nightly meals, singing and worship.

Evangelist this year is Bro. Steve Stone with music every night by the Stone Family, plus appearances by Classy and Grassy on Monday and Bro. Danny Hinchee on Sunday, June 19.

Hurricane Camp Meeting is held on the grounds of Hurricane Church off Ky. 135 on Hurricane Church Road.

Meals will be served starting at 5:30 each evening with services to beginning at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the last day of Camp Meeting, there will be services at 11 a.m., and 7 p.m. Parent Night is Thursday.