Monday, October 31, 2022

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Emmanuel Baptist hosts SHINE event Monday

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SHINE - Shine His Incredible News Everywhere - is an event at Emmanuel Baptist Church this Halloween season.

The church, located in Greenwood Heights, is offering All Treats and No Tricks on Monday, Oct. 31.

Free hot dogs, chili, drinks and candy will be provided.

The church is located at 108 Hillcrest Drive, Marion.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Alarms are test only

 Marion and Crittenden County's alarm system was being tested today.

Two alarms were sounded, the extra alarm was only a test, too.

Young seeks Crittenden Sheriff's post

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Don Young asks for your vote as Crittenden County Sheriff.

Young has been a constable and worked with the sheriff's department for several years.

He pledges his commitment to Crittenden County and asks for your vote Nov.8.

Fredonia Party in Park is Sunday

Fredonia will host a Party in the Park on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Buddy Rogers Park. 

There will be a Family 5K to kick off the party. Registration begins at 2 p.m., and the race is at 3 p.m. Cost is $25 per runner/walker and those who wear a costume will get a discount. 

Party in the Park will follow from 4-6 p.m., which will include trunk or treating, games, food and more.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Traffic shift at Smithland Bridge construction zone

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans a traffic shift and an traffic diversion near the U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland starting Friday, October 28.

Starting around 10 a.m., tomorrow, traffic will be shifted and diverted at the east end of the bridge construction zone to allow another round of work on roadway connections to the new bridge.

Motorists should be aware of personnel moving traffic barricades and placing signage to facilitate the new traffic pattern.  Motorists should be alert for changes in traffic flow the diversion will create in the

Local businesses prepare for Trick or Treat on Main

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About 45 local businesses and entities are participating in Trick or Treat on Main Monday.

Children can pass through the businesses, many of which will be set up outside, between 3:30-5 p.m.

The event is sponsored annually by the Marion Tourism Commission.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Job Corps Center seeks employees

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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

Lady Rockets play in regional semis tonight

After dispatching Christian County in five sets on Monday, the Lady Rockets volleyball team (19-14) will be taking on Madisonville (27-10) tonight at 6 p.m., in the  semifinal round at Henderson.

Tonight will be only the second time in school history that Crittenden County has played in a regional semifinal match. The other was in 2018.

The match can be viewed live on the NFHS Network.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Emmanuel Baptist has Halloween event

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SHINE - Shine His Incredible News Everywhere - is an event at Emmanuel Baptist Church this Halloween season.

The church, located in Greenwood Heights, is offering All Treats and No Tricks on Monday, Oct. 31.

Free hot dogs, chili, drinks and candy will be provided.

The church is located at 108 Hillcrest Drive, Marion.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Veterans Park gets facelift

Last week's newspaper included an article about worked planned at Veterans Park in Marion.

The finished product is drawing rave reviews.

See our followup on this community faith-based project in this week's newspaper.

Local officials to begin absentee counting

Crittenden County Absentee Ballot Processing Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the county clerk's office to begin processing mail-in absentee ballots.

Browning seeks election as write-in for Marion mayor

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Marion City Council member D'Anna Browning is seeking election as Mayor of Marion as a write-in candidate.

To vote for a write-in candidate, voters must write the 
candidate's name in the line below the two candidates who 
will appear on the ballot.

Browning, 51, is an employee of Siemens in Marion.

Adult Skill-Building Class Tuesday at school library

Crittenden County Schools’ Crosswalk program, in conjunction with Anthem, Inc., will present an adult skill building workshop Oct. 25.

Between 5-6 p.m., participants will hear tips on how to eat on a budget, how to choose healthy foods and how to decode food labels.

The event will be held in the high school library, and is open to all parents.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

911 Appeals Committee hears cases Oct. 24

Marion-Crittenden County 911 Board Appeals Committee will have a public hearing at 9 a.m., on Monday, Oct. 24 at Marion City Hall to hear from individuals who wish to appeal their 911 fee assessed on the 2022 Property Tax Bills. 

Individuals who feel this fee was assessed in error can appear before the board for consideration and review of their situation.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Marion man sought in Carrsville assault

Kentucky State Police are investigating a possible shooting that occurred in Livingston County late Thursday afternoon.
Police are asking for the public's help in locating a person wanted for questioning in reference to the alleged assault.

Authorities were called to a residence in Carrsville shortly before 5pm yesterday where a woman had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, according to emergency response transmissions.

Through their investigation, troopers determined that Charles Edward Walker, 54, of Marion is believed to have been the last person seen with the victim. Investigators were advised that Walker left the area on foot following the alleged assault. Walker remains at large. He is described as a white male, standing 6' 1" tall and weighing 140 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Walker is asked to contact Kentucky State Police, Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. 

Baptists mobilizing to Veterans Park Saturday



Marion Baptist Church is mobilizing forces this weekend to refurbish Veterans Park on North Weldon Street in Marion.

The project is part of its Faith in Action initiative, said pastor Aaron Brown.

“We want our beliefs to be seen in action not just heard in our words,” He added. “The world is tired of hearing people say they love their community, but never show it. We want to show it in action.”

The church had been developing a plan for a block party in that area of town for several weeks and after an on-site inspection at the park, the Baptists realized it needed some attention.

So, they have ordered all of the equipment and will be replacing backboards and rims where needed

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Marion lifts boil water advisor

City officials have lifted the boil water order that was put in place Tuesday following a major water line break on South Main Street.

The boil advisory was officially lifted at 11:20am today (Thursday).

Structure fire on Guy Hodge Road

Firefighters and first responders from various departments were dispatched to a house fire on Guy Hodge Road in the northern quadrant of the county just before 11 a.m.

Two occupants escaped the home, but the structure was fully engulfed by the time firemen arrived.

Bale Trail voting underway online

Crittenden County’s fall Bale Trail is now open and votes are being accepted in the race for the best display. 

Go to Facebook Crittenden County Bale Trail and like the photo of your favorite feature. A grand champion will be named on Nov. 5. 

There is no cost to participate. 

Maps are available at the Extension office, located on U.S. 60 East, about a one-tenth of a mile outside of Marion. Non-perishable food items are being collected during the contest period and can be deposited behind the Extension office. Donated items will be delivered to the Crittenden County Food Bank. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

MARION WATER UPDATE: Boil Advisory Wednesday

Late Tuesday night crews were still working to repair the broken water line on South Main Street in Marion. The problem was expected to be resolved about midnight.

Mayor Jared Byford said a Boil Water Advisory will be in effect citywide on Wednesday. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice. Stay tuned for more details.

LEAK : Marion shutting off water at 5pm

The City of Marion has a major water line break on Main Street near the intersection with Chapel Hill Road.

Crews are on site and working on repairs. 

Due to the size and location of the leak, Marion’s entire water distribution system will need to be shut down for a period of time this evening.

Mayor Jared Byford said the water will be turned off at 5 p.m., and it could be off for several hours.

Stay tuned for updates. 

In another part of Crittenden County, the county water district has been dealing with a leak today. Residents in the southern part of the county have had no or low pressure today. They say the issue should be resolved fairly soon.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Tedrick sale is Saturday in Marion

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A sale conducted Saturday by Buntin Auction Service will include numerous household antiques and personal items belonging to the late Lucy Tedrick.

The estate auction will begin at 9 a.m., on Old Piney Road in Marion.

A host of household furniture will are up for sale, along with televisions, dishes and glassware including Depression Glass.
Outdoor tools are also included in the sale.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Tourism Commission meets Tuesday

Marion Tourism Commission will meet Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 8:30 am at the Welcome Center.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Marion City Council meets Monday night

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Marion City Council will meet at 5pm Monday, Oct. 17 night in regular session.

On the agenda is discussion of the ongoing water crisis.

UPDATE: The Press is planning on broadcasting the meeting on YouTube and Facebook. Electronic issues that appeared to be a problem have been corrected. 

The meeting is open to the public.

Wildfires in Princeton, Kuttawa

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Major wildfires are burning in Princeton and Kuttawa this afternoon.

A volatile mixture of high winds and lack of rainfall for more than a month has created a tinder box in western Kentucky.

Virtually every county in the region, including Crittenden, has a burn ban in place.

There are two fires in Caldwell County. One in Princeton off Varmint Trace behind the industrial park and Cole Lumber. The other is on the county near Pleasant Valley Foods. The Kuttawa fire is off US 641 just south of the interstate. 

Crittenden County Volunteer Fire Department has sent trucks and firemen to assist.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Mexico Revival Oct. 16-19

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Mexico Baptist Church will have revival services Oct. 16-19.

Rob Patterson will be the guest speaker.

Services begin at 6:30 nightly.

Mexico Baptist Church is located on Mexico Road about a half mile from Mott City in southern Crittenden County.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Homestead Auction Saturday in Marion

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Homestead Auction Realty will auction a 3-bedroom Marion home and its contents Saturday, Oct. 15.

In addition to several pieces of large furniture, the auction features numerous Rae Dunn and Kate Spade items, and a collection of Cabbage Patch, Care Bears and UK Memorabilia.

The auction at 810 S. Main St., in Marion, begins at 9 a.m. Contents will sell first and real estate at noon.

Full Report from last night's council meeting

Tuesday's Marion City Council meeting was quite interesting from many aspects. 

Unless you've followed the water crisis closely from the beginning, it might be difficult to sort through exactly what happened. The Crittenden Press' full edition will be on newsstands today around noon. We have broken down the meeting into understandable terms and provided some additional information and insight.

If you're not paying attention to this water crisis, now is the time. Marion is on the cusp of real trouble and there's no apparent end to it in the near future. One local business professional has asked the city to get help from a professional consultant. You can watch the council meeting in its entirety on our YouTube Channel or grab this week's full edition of The Press which will get you between the lines and catch you up on what's happening with Marion's six-month-old water shortage. 

This week's newspaper also includes a look at all 11 city council candidates running in the Nov. 8 election. 

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Browning running as write-in candidate

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Marion City Councilwoman D'Anna Browning is seeking election as a write-in candidate for Mayor of Marion.

Voters who wish to cast a vote for Browning must write her 
name in the space below the list of the two other mayoral candidates.

The image at right shows where the write-in is located.

Accident on Ky. 120

Crittenden County EMS, Crittenden County Rescue Squad and the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department are en route to an accident on Ky. 120.

According to dispatch, there is an overturned vehicle with injuries to at least one passenger.

Registration deadline today for next election

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming general election is today.

Kentucky’s Nov. 8 General Election is now less than a month away. If you are not registered, Tuesday is the deadline at 4 p.m. It can be done in person at the courthouse inside the county clerk’s office or online at

The excused absentee ballot online portal is now open, to have an absentee ballot mailed. Deadline to request a ballot is Oct. 25 and completed ballots must be in the hands of the county clerk by 6 p.m., local time, on Nov. 8.  

Monday, October 10, 2022

City Council Water Crisis Update Tuesday

Marion has gone more than a month without measurable rainfall, putting further strain on its ongoing drinking water shortage.

Marion City Council will meet in special session at 5pm Tuesday at city hall for an update on the water crisis. 

The National Weather Service in Paducah says this is the driest summer and fall in more than 65 years.

Judge declares Homemakers Week in County

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom signs a proclamation during Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association Week. Pictured with the judge are Homemakers (back from left) Jerrell James, Debbie Padgett, secretary; Darl Henley, President and (front) Sarah Ford, Newcom and Nancy Hunt, Treasurer. 

 October 9th – 15th is Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association Week. The Homemaker Association’s  primary objective is to teach educational programs that can provide a better and more meaningful life for themselves and their families.  

There a five clubs currently in Crittenden County: After Hours, Challengers, Cooking Club, Hooks and Needles and the Quilt Club. 

You can also become a Member at Large if you can’t attend meetings and receive a monthly newsletter. Each month After Hours and Challengers have many educational topics. Some topics this year include: Stress Eating, Fun with Fermented Foods and Cook Wild Kentucky.  

Each year the Homemakers award a senior with a $500 scholarship which they raise money for during the year.   Being a Homemaker is a great way to serve, lead and help those in the community. If you are interested in being a Homemaker please contact the Extension Office at 270-965-5236.


Soccer girls open region play tonight

Crittenden County's soccer team, which set a single-season record for the most wins in school history this fall, will open Second Region play at 7:30pm tonight at Hopkinsville's Stadium of Champions against Madisonville.

Madisonville was 9-8-1 this season and were the Seventh District champion. 

The Maroons are ranked right below Crittenden in the KHSAA RPI rankings. The Lady Rockets are 5th in the region in RPI with a record of 11-5-2. Crittenden was the Fifth District runner-up. 

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Bayou Bluff Bales: Livingston's Fall Trail

Getting into the spirit of October, the Williams family of Livingston County has kicked off their fourth annual “Bayou Bluff Bales,” a feature with numerous  decorated hay bales spray painted into intricate designs, both fall and Halloween themed. The idea originated when  neighbors let them borrow hay to decorate for the kids. It quickly evolved and now much time and effort goes into painting the bales and placing them around the area.

“Depending on the creation, they usually take about 30 minutes each,” said Sonya Williams, who is the county clerk in Livignston. “The McGrew family (our neighbors) work hard during multiple seasons cutting, raking, baling and storing the bales. The Williamses retrieve, create and build the displays. It’s a complete team effort. When our sons were toddlers, my husband (Michael) painted a Jack O’ Lantern that they adored. The next year, they begged for another, which was the birth of the spider bale. Year after year, while they were young, they came to expect it around Halloween.”

Now, their creations are not only placed all around Livingston County for the public to view, but the project has morphed into a drive where canned goods and money can be donated.  They also

Friday, October 7, 2022

Kickball Tournament at Park Oct. 16


Squad conducts fundraising campaign

Crittenden County Rescue Squad has mailed out reminders of its annual fundraising drive. The squad has announced that due to lasting pandemic issues, it will not be having the customary portrait shoot in conjunction with the fundraiser.

The rescue squad is asking for a donation of $25 or more. The squad sent about 4,200 letters to residents and supporters. It says that 100 percent of the donations received goes to better outfit the squad with lifesaving equipment and training.

The rescue squad responds to automobile accidents and other emergencies, searches and rescues. It operates solely on government and community support and does not charge for its service. Fire dues that are paid as part of county tax bills do not benefit the rescue squad.

If you did not get a letter, but want to support the fundraising effort, mail your contribution to Crittenden County Rescue Squad, PO Box 346, Marion, KY.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Marion gets over $1 million for sewer project

The City of Marion received some welcomed news today in its efforts to fortify funding for a new waste water treatment plant being built in Industrial Park North.

Marion will be getting just over $1 million in the form of infrastructure grant from the Delta Regional Authority.

The project, which included replacement of sewer lines a couple of years ago, will have a total cost of about $19 million.

It will be a few more months before the sewer treatment plant construction is finished.

For more on this development and other details about the waste water project, see the upcoming full edition of The Crittenden Press.

Inside This Week's Crittenden Press newspaper


There is a statute in Colorado that has a distinct tie to Marion, Kentucky.

Find out the link in this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.

Plus, in this week's newspaper: An update on the water crisis, Marion City Council's response to losing its city administrator, a look at the upcoming magisterial race in District 6 where longtime Magistrate Dan Wood has opted to not seek re-election and a story about a Pedal Pull National Runner-up from right here in Crittenden County. 

The Press also has sports coverage from the historic soccer season and much more.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Foster tees off for final state round

Crittenden County junior Jeremiah Foster teed off at 8:10 this morning for the second round of the KHSAA state golf tournament. 

Foster shot 5-over 77 in the first round of play Tuesday with tough pin placement at the Bowling Green Country Club. The lowest score Tuesday was a five-under 67.

Before this year’s sub-state round was implemented, golfers needed to shoot well on the first day of state competition to make it to the second round.

Because of the new format, all 89 golfers played rounds on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Coach Vicki Hatfield said flags were in tough spots, tucked on the edge of greens behind sand traps, which made the greens quite tricky.

Foster ended Tuesday's first round tied for 28th, hitting seven greens in regulation and double bogeying the last hole after hitting into some trees.

Hatfield commends the new format for a smaller state tournament. In the past, 144 golfers slowed play. 

“I’m so proud of him, I thought played really well,” Hatfield said. “We tried to play conservative, because the pins were in sucker spots.”

Foster missed qualifying for state in 2021 by one stroke. His goal Wednesday was to finish in the top 15.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Candidate Forum at Fohs Hall Tuesday

The Crittenden Press is providing video coverage of Tuesday night's candidate forum at Fohs Hall. The video coverage is not the entirety of the program, but it includes mayoral, city council and sheriff's candidate portions.

Press Online will broadcast Q&A portion of forum

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The finale of tonight's political forum at Fohs Hall will be broadcast live on The Crittenden Press Online and our YouTube Channel.

The event features Republican and Democratic candidates seeking election next month.

The last 30 minute of the event, which will include a question and answer portion, will be broadcast.

Buntin consignment auction Saturday

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Buntin Auction will conduct its annual fall consignment sale Saturday, Oct. 8 beginning at 9 a.m.

The sale is held at Buntin Trailer Sales, 4736 State Route 297 in Sheridan.

In addition to consigned farm machinery and farm products, Buntin Auction Service has been authorized to liquidate Greg's Small Engines, a repair shop in Marion that recently closed.

Hundreds of items have been consigned for this fall auction.

Soccer girls play for championship

Crittenden County's historic soccer season just keeps going. 

The girls beat Lyon County 6-1 at Cadiz Monday night to advance to the Fifth District Championship.

CCHS will face Trigg County at 5:30pm in tonight's district title match at Cadiz. 

Trigg is No. 1 in the region's RPI rankings and Crittenden is No. 5. The Lady Wildcats have beaten Crittenden twice this season and 15 straight times dating back to 2016.

More details in this week's newspaper. 

Monday, October 3, 2022

Homestead auction Saturday

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Homestead Auction Realty will auction a 3-bedroom Marion home and its contents Saturday, Oct. 15.

In addition to several pieces of large furniture, the auction features numerous Rae Dunn and Kate Spade items, and a collection of Cabbage Patch, Care Bears and UK Memorabilia.

The auction at 810 S. Main St., in Marion, begins at 9 a.m. Contents will sell first and real estate at noon.

Soccer girls open postseason tonight

Crittenden County’s winningest soccer team in school history takes on Lyon County tonight in the opening round of the Fifth District Tournament at Cadiz.

The Lady Rockets are 10-4-2 and ranked No. 5 in the First Region, according to the KHSAA power rankings. Lyon County is 8-11-0 and ranked No. 9.

If the Lady Rockets can prevail tonight, they will play tournament host and the region’s top-ranked team in the district championship. Trigg County is 13-2-1 this season.

Deadline to vote in November is week away

October 11 is the deadline to register if you wish to vote in the Nov. 8 General Election. First-time voters can register at the county clerk’s office or go online to to register, update or check on your registration. Just click on Review your Registration. 

The online registration portal closes at 3 p.m., on Oct. 11. 

Once your registration application is accepted, the county clerk will mail confirmation and notify you of your polling location. 

You can also download a voter registration card from, fill it out and take it to your clerk’s office or mail it there, or to the State Board of Elections, 140 Walnut St., Frankfort, KY 40601. 

In Kentucky, to be eligible to vote you must be a U.S. Citizen, be a current resident of Kentucky, be at least 18 years of age on or before Nov 8, not be a convicted felon (or have your voting rights restored following an expungement, executive pardon or executive order), have not been judged incompetent in a Kentucky court of law and do not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Princeton bowling alley closes today for good

Princeton Bowling Alley has announced that it will be closing for good on Oct. 1 unless a crowd-funding campaign takes off.

Northfield Family Bowling Center has operated in Princeton since the early 1990s, according to an article by WKMS public radio station. Current owners have run the business over the past decade. Financial losses during the pandemic and a slow summer has forced owners to close unless something big happens within the next few days.

Capitol Cinemas in Princeton closed two years ago due to similar financial struggles.

The bowling alley has launched an online GoFundMe campaign that owners told WKMS could help keep the business afloat. The goal is $50,000, but the bowling alley could benefit if even half of that amount is raised. In addition to open play, the bowling alley is home to leagues and area Special Olympics teams regularly play there.

A number of Crittenden Countians have for decades participated in leagues and open bowling in Princeton. The alley also established a Ronnie Myers Memorial bowling tournament to recognize the late bowling enthusiast from Marion. 

Candidates to speak, answer questions Tuesday

Crittenden County’s two major parties have jointly coordinated a General Election Forum featuring local, district and state candidates, which will begin at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4. 

The event will likely last three to four hours as candidates for public office have each been given an opportunity to participate. 

Some candidates will also answer questions from an independent moderator, which will be Crittenden Press Editor Chris Evans. 

There will be food available from mobile vendors that will set up outside of Fohs Hall. 

There is no cost and the public is invited.

Clarks River Road one-lane Monday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans a westbound work zone lane restriction on U.S. 60 (Clarks River Road) on Paducah's south side on Monday, Oct. 3.

Westbound traffic on Clarks River Road will be restricted to one-lane at McCracken County mile point 18.625 to allow erosion repairs at the Clarks River Bridge.

During cleaning and maintenance on the bridge this week, the KYTC District 1 bridge crew found a washout that threatened the roadway near the end of the westbound bridge structure.  On Monday, the eroded area will be excavated and filled with concrete.

All westbound traffic will move to the left-hand or passing lane in this work zone starting around 8 a.m., Monday.  The work is expected to be completed around noon on the same day.

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