Monday, July 31, 2023

Ideal evacuated due to gas odor

Ideal Convenience Store on Sturgis Rd., in Marion has been evacuated due to a potential gas leak.

Employees and patrons were asked to leave the store when a strong gas odor was detected just before noon.

Law enforcement and emergency responders are on site.

Union Baptist VBS is Thursday

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Union Baptist Church is hosting VBS Day Camp Thursday.

From 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., youth pre-K through sixth grade can see fire trucks, police and ambulance up close and personal. Games, water fun and lunch will be provided at City-County Park.

To register, call (270) 564-876.

Friday, July 28, 2023

Stop Sign added to Rochester-Cherry intersection

A new stop sign has been hung this week at the intersection of Rochester and Cherry streets near the former National Guard Armory. 

The intersection will now be a three-way stop. Before, traffic traveling west on Rochester did not stop while vehicles going east on Rochester or north on Cherry had a stop sign. 

Complaints of high-speed drivers through the intersection has prompted the change. 

White stop bars will also be painted on the streets at the three-way stop.

Buntin conducting Green auction Aug. 5

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Buntin Auction Service is handling the estate auction of W.T. and Betty Green.

Farm equipment, tools, furniture, glassware and collectibles are included in the sale, which will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5
in Salem.

Check out this big sale. Pictures are available on the Buntin Auction Service Facebook page.

Fohs Hall available for rentals

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

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

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

Visit the Fohs Hall website, 

Marion flushing system all next week

The City of Marion will be conducting a full flush of its water distribution system Sunday, July 30 through Friday, August 4.  

Flushing will take place during the overnight hours from 8pm to 6am each day.  

Customers will from time to time experience cloudy water and lower water pressure.

This is a routine yearly maintenance procedure. 

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Your Crittenden County Lions Club Fair Guide

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Featured events of the county fair are coming starting Saturday and running through next week.

Here is an electronic form of the annual Crittenden County Lions Club Fair special section. This section has nearly everything you will need to know about the fair from events to exhibits. 

The printed section was included in today's Crittenden Press newspaper. 

District hiring bus drivers

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Crittenden County School District is looking for bus drivers.

Starting pay is $16.15 per hour with benefits including health insurance, retirement, sick days and paid training. 

Apply online at

Sheriff looking for local man

Local authorities are looking for a Crittenden County man who eluded them in a chase that ended in Frances Wednesday night when he crashed a motorcycle.

Sheriff Evan Head said Brian Fitzgerald, 34, is wanted on an outstanding warrant for probation violation. The sheriff said Fitzgerald is also facing other charges from last night’s pursuit and felony drug charges for having a large amount of methamphetamine that was recovered during a subsequent investigation. 

Anyone with information about Fitzgerald's whereabouts is asked to call central dispatching at 270-965-3500.

Truck and Track Pull Saturday Night

Crittenden County Lions Club Fair will present its annual truck and tractor pull Saturday night at the fairgrounds. 

The event is starting earlier than normal at 6 p.m. Cost for 16-up is $15. 

More fair events are coming up next week starting with the pageants on Tuesday night. 

See our special 28-page special fair section inside this week's newspaper.

Cool Springs Road closed to thru traffic

Cool Springs Road in eastern rural Crittenden County will be closed today to thru due to work near the intersection with Nunn Switch Road.

The closure will be on the southern end of Cool Springs Road. The work should be completed Thursday, July 27.

Benefit 5K at park Friday evening

 The second annual Marty McKenney Memorial 5K race and walk will be held at Marion-Crittenden County Park at 6 p.m., on Friday, July 28. This will be a fundraising event for the Marty McKenney Scholarship Fund, which was created recently to honor the late track and field booster. McKenney was one of Crittenden County’s early track coaches and was instrumental in helping get the oval track built at the park. She passed away in 2021 at the age of 89.

Entry fee is a minimum $25 donation to the fundraising effort. Registration can be completed in advance. Forms and payment information are available on the Marty McKenney Memorial Facebook page. 

Monday, July 24, 2023

4-Hers serving Pizza to raise funds

Crittenden County 4-H Emerald Club will participate in a fundraising event at Game Day on Tuesday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Members are raising money to attend the Civics Bee at the Kentucky State Fair held in Louisville next month.

The purpose of the Emerald Club is to allow youth to connect to their community through historical and current local leaders, get to know local and state elected officials and attend meetings and explore local and national landmarks.  

Anyone interested in joining can get more information by contacting the Crittenden County Extension office at 270-965-5236.

Job Corps Center offering sign-on bonus

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The Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center is hiring! Minimum wage is $16.20, plus sign-on bonus for most positions.

Pay for Residential Advisor positions for nights and overnights is $16.45 per hour plus a $2,000 sign-on bonus.

The Job Corps Center offers a benefits package and opportunities for advancement. 

Chamber After Hours Event Thursday


5-7pm Thursday, July 27 at First United Bank

Crittenden Jail now accepting bonds 24/7

Crittenden County Detention is now processing bonds round the clock, seven days a week.

Jailer Athena Hayes said the jail has traditionally processed bonds overnight or weekends, during typical non-business hours. Otherwise, bonds were processed at the Crittenden Circuit Clerk’s office in the courthouse. 

With the circuit clerk leaving the courthouse and relocating temporarily at 208 South Main Street – during demolition of the existing courthouse and construction of a new justice center – Hayes said the jail is stepping up to help.

Beginning immediately, all cash bonds up to $9,850 can be processed 24/7 at the detention center. 

Friday, July 21, 2023

A Closer Look at new US 641 to Eddyville

Join us for a closer look at the proposed route for the new US 641 highway between Fredonia and Eddyville. 

In this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press you will find a high-resolution, full-color map of the entire 9.2-mile section. This map shows properties that will be impacted by the new highway and indicates precise locations for connector roads. 

This map is printed on an entire newspaper page and is only available in this form in your Crittenden Press, which is available digitally starting at $2.95 a month or at newsstands for $1.

The Crittenden Press is your primary source of news and information for this community. We’re proud to serve our community and we take great pride in bringing you real news, sports reporting and other information that helps you know what’s going on in town and across the county. Help ensure that real reporting continues in this community by subscribing today. You can subscribe online to the full version of the newspaper for only $2.95 a month. Try our new e-Edition newspaper emailed straight to your inbox every Wednesday. Click here to SUBSCRIBE.

Four-Dollar-Rides to out-of-town appointments

Pennyrile Allied Community Services (PACS) is helping seniors get a ride to the doctor, even if that means out of town. Through an Aging Transportation Pilot Program available to Crittenden and Livingston county residents, seniors can get medical transportation for just $4 to 12 regional counties including McCracken and Henderson.

Informational fliers are posted in medical facilities in these counties.  You must schedule a ride 24 hours in advance to verify availability. 

To reserve a seat, call PACS Transportation at 1-800-462-4601.

For more information, contact Jenny Sosh, Crittenden and Livingston County Senior Center director, at (270) 965-5229 or (270) 928-2811.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Water: It's Big News Here and Beyond

Water is in the news a whole lot these days. Whether it's too much or a lack thereof, water plays a critical part in all of our lives.

Flooding in Western Kentucky over the past couple days is an indication of pain that can be caused by water, but in Marion there's still a crisis over not having enough. 

This week's full edition of The Crittenden Press takes a look at a couple of big water-related stories. In Marion, the city council is discussing how it can pay for a struggling water department that's been nearly crippled by a problem with one of its raw water sources. Meanwhile Crittenden-Livingston Water District stands to benefit to some degree from the situation in Marion as federal officials try to help by earmarking big money for the two-county system. 

In this week's newspaper, see how your water rates could be affect in Marion and what congress may do to help.

Also, this week we take a look a novel approach for welding students at CCHS and there is a full report from last week's grand jury and circuit court proceedings.

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Meet the county's new librarian

If you cannot make tonight's Meet & Greet at Crittenden County Public Library to visit with Leah Chumbler, check out this week's newspaper feature on new librarian. 

Chumbler began her duties recently and will be meeting with patrons from 6:30 to 7:30 Thursday evening in the library meeting room. 

The event is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

VBS Friday, Saturday at Marion United Methodist

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Marion United Methodist Church, located on the corner of 
South College and East Carlisle streets, will host Vacation Bible School Friday night and Saturday.

The Hero Hotline will be open from 6-8 p.m., Friday and 
from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, with lunch provided Saturday.

Music, science, crafts, recreation and Bible stories will 
help kids work together and join God in helping others.

Board of Elections meets Friday

Crittenden County Board of Elections will meet at 3 p.m. Friday in the county clerk's office to finalize an election plan for November and approve new voting precincts.

Cameron picks Mills as running mate

Sen. Robby Mills will be running for lieutenant governor alongside Republican gubernatorial candidate Daniel Cameron.

Mills, a Republican from Henderson, previously represented Crittenden County in the Kentucky senate. His district was changed a couple of years ago to include only Henderson, Hopkins, Union and Webster counties. Mills had previously served in the Kentucky's House of Representatives.

For the first time this election cycle, governor candidates could wait until after the primary election to name a running mate. 

Gov. Andy Beshear, who is running for reelection on the Democratic ticket, will keep current Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman as his running mate. 

Yard sale Thursday, Friday on. Mexico Rd.

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A four-family moving sale will be held Friday and Saturday on Mexico 
Road in Crittenden County. The Mott City Road to KY 70, then turn right 
on Mexico Road. 

The sale is being held to help offload household goods before a move to a smaller home.

Check out the accompanying list to see the items to be sold.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

New librarian Meet & Greet Thursday

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A Meet & Greet for newly-hired librarian Leah Chumbler will be held Thursday at the Crittenden County Public Library.

Chumbler replaces Brandie Ledford, who moved out of state.

The Meet & Greet will be held between 6:30-7:30 p.m., and hosted by the Friends of the Library.

Crittenden fair events begin Saturday

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Mark your calendar for some of the most anticipated local 
events of the summer.

A car show, truck and tractor pull, pageant and derbies are scheduled as part of the annual Crittenden County Lions Club Fair.

The first event of the series is Saturday at the Lions Club Fairgrounds.

Start times and admission vary, so check ad for details and 
watch for more information in the July 27 edition of 
The Crittenden Press.

Monday, July 17, 2023

US 641's novel 2-plus-1 highway design

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently announced its route for the US 641 alternate highway between Fredonia and Eddyville.

The July 13, 2023 edition of The Crittenden Press has details from the formal meeting unveiling the new route.

Here's a video provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that may provide additional information and explain the 2-plus-1 design that is the first of its kind in Western Kentucky. 

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Work zone on I-24 bridge over Tennessee River

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans a daytime work zone lane restriction on the Interstate 24 Tennessee River Bridge between Calvert City and Grand Rivers starting Tuesday, July 18.

This work zone lane restriction alongI-24 at the 29 mile marker is to allow a detailed inspection of bridges over the Tennessee River between Exit 27 and Exit 31.  This work zone will be in place each day from approximately 7 a.m., to about 5 p.m., for about two weeks anytime weather allows.

In addition to climbers, the inspection team will use a UBIV- Under Bridge Inspection Vehicle and a man-lift to access the bridge structure.

Initially, inspection work will start on the westbound bridge, then move to the eastbound lanes.  There may be times when there are work zone lane restrictions for both directions of travel.  The work zone will be taken down during the overnight hours.

Once the detailed inspection is completed, a contractor will conduct specialized testing of T-1 high-

Friday, July 14, 2023

Interstate Exchange at Eddyville closed Monday

As part of ongoing brush clearing along Interstate 24 in Lyon County, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans a brief ramp closure at the I-24/I-69 Exit 42 interchange on Monday morning, July 17.

As the brush clearing operation nears Exit 42, the I-24 eastbound ramp to I-69 northbound is expected to close around mid-morning Monday for about two hours.

Due to space limitations along the ramp, A trackhoe with a brush cutter head will have to be in the roadway - forcing the ramp to be closed for about two hours.  Once the work is completed along the ramp it will be reopened as quickly as possible.

Portable message boards will direct I-24 eastbound traffic that seeks to take I-69 northbound to detour via Exit 40 to follow U.S. 62 East through Eddyville to reach I-69 North. Any vehicles that miss the detour can travel to KY 293 Eddyville-Princeton Exit 45, loop through the interchange and return westbound to reach I-69 North.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Copperas Springs Road closed to thru traffic

From now though Friday, July 21, Copperas Springs Road in rural Crittenden County will be closed to traffic for one-quarter of a mile starting at the intersection with James Conger Road to just south of the Piney Creek Bridge. 

County Road Department will be conducting base repair work on the road. 

It was closed starting at 8 a.m., Wednesday. There are no homes in the work zone, so no traffic will be permitted until all work is complete.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Watch Courthouse Project Board's Meeting

Due to the recent 4th of July holiday conflicting with the regularly scheduled meeting of the Crittenden County Project Development Board, the group will now meet virtually at 4:30 p.m., on Thursday,  July 13. 

The board is overseeing planning and construction of the proposed new Judicial Center.

Here is a link to watch the meeting live:

You can also navigate to the live meeting on the Justice Department's YouTube Channel.

Interesting twist to US 641 design

A highway design very rare in Kentucky and completely unique to this region will be used to build US 641 alternate between Fredonia and Eddyville.

A number of residents who could be impacted by construction of the new highway attended a public meeting Tuesday at Fredonia. For the most part, the route is defined, but there could be a few minor tweaks.

See this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press for a complete report on details of Tuesday's meeting and a timeline of when this new road will be ready to carry traffic. 

U Bid Auction's first sale Saturday

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A new auction barn is opening art the location of the former Marion Auction Mart.

The first sale for U Bid Auction House will be Saturday, July 15.

The 9 a.m. sale features a collection of antiques, appliances, miscellaneous household, hunting, fishing, tools and other items.

Call (270) 704-3927 for more information.

Local Golf Tournaments

 Upcoming Golfing Events

•July 10 Marion Baptist Church Junior League at The Heritage.

•July 15 Par 3 Tournament (18-hole Individual play) at The Heritage.

•Deer Lakes Orange Jacket Invitational will be July 22-23 at the 18-hole course in Salem. 

•July 24 Marion Baptist Church Junior League at The Heritage.

•July 26 Quarterback Club 4-Person Scramble at The Heritage.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Major expansion plans at Livingston Hospital

We are gathering information today on a major hospital expansion in Salem.

Livingston Hospital is formally ready to announce its plans to spend millions of dollars to upgrade the healthcare facility in Salem.

The hospital has been located in Salem for 70 years and in January 2022 announced a formal affiliation with Deaconess Hospital of Evansville.

This week's full edition of The Crittenden Press will have details. 

Monday, July 10, 2023

Hodge's summer savings underway

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Hodge's Sports & Apparel in Marion is celebrating summer 
with a sale.

Great finds and great savings are part of this summer clearance 

Stop by today for 30% off summer fashions.

Tourism and Rec group to meet Tuesday

City of Marion Tourism and Recreation Commission will meet Tuesday, July 18 at 8:30 a.m., at Marion Welcome Center.

This is a public meeting. 

In Our Town 10, 25, 50 Years Ago

The Crittenden Press full edition is loaded with news, information and entertainment you can find nowhere else. It's not on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media app. Here is a look at our Weekly Feature Called ThrowBack Thursdays where we gather and reprint happenings in Marion and Crittenden County as found in our newspaper archives from 10, 25 and 50 years ago. Go Here to Subscribe and Get all of the Benefits of Being a Crittenden Press full-edition reader. 


July 4, 2013

• The Crittenden Press polled its readers by asking, “What is your biggest concern about Kentucky’s future?” Most of the online voters viewed poverty and drug abuse as the major problems facing the Commonwealth. The results were as followed; Poverty, 31%; Drug Abuse, 26%; Education, 22%; Public Health, 9% and Other, 12%. 

• Retiring faculty and staff members were recognized for their dedication and service to the Crittenden County School System at the June 25 Board of Education meeting, Special recognition was given to Anna Jay, Dena Duncan, Lynette Miller, Janet Stevens, Ruth McClure, Freda Roberts and Marceia Ellis. 

• Crittenden County’s 8-under Lady Wildcats softball team won the league championship and the post-season tournament. The girls beat Caldwell County A’s 9-3 and knocked off the Caldwell County White Sox 15-3 for the championship. The girls finished the season with an 11-1 record and won two in the

Boys, Girls Youth Basketball Camp

Boys and girls can sign up for the three-day Crittenden County Youth Basketball Camp July 19-21 at Rocket Arena. Cost is $30 per camper and there is a half-price discount for siblings. 

The camp is for participants in grades K through 8th. There will be two sessions per day with K-3 from noon until 2 p.m., and grades 4-8 from 2-4 p.m. 

All campers will receive a T-shirt. Instruction will be from Lady Rocket and Rocket coaching staffs and high school players. There will be daily ice cream and money shots. 

For more information, call boys’ coach Matt Fraliex (615) 975-3958.

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Stamps Going Up to 66 cents today

First-class stamps are going up again. It has only been about seven months since the last increase. Beginning Sunday, July 9, Forever Stamps will cost 66 cents. 

Stamps had gone up from 60 to 63 cents in January.

In April, the postal service made the announcement about the second increase this year. It will also bump up the price for sending domestic postcards to to 51 cents. A 1-ounce letter or postcard mailed to another country will increase to $1.50. There will be no change to the single-piece letter and flat additional-ounce price, which remains at 24 cents.

Friday, July 7, 2023

Stone Family sings at Piney Homecoming

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The annual homecoming celebration at Piney Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church is Sunday.

Bro. Steve Stone will deliver the morning message.

A meal will follow the service, and the Stone Family will sing in the afternoon.

Everyone is welcome.

Traffic affected next week at Smithland bridge

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans a work zone lane restriction on the New U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland on Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day, to allow the first detailed inspection of the new bridge structure which opened to traffic on May 15.

641 Connect meeting July 11

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The Kentucky Department of Transportation will host a public meeting for Lyon and Caldwell county residents July 11 to present final plans for the reconstruction 
of U.S. 641 at Fredonia to U.S. 62 at Eddyville.

The meeting will be an open house format, allowing attendees to view exhibits and talk to representatives about the project.

Written comments also will be accepted by Aug. 15 to Kyle Post, P.E., KYTC District 1 Office, 5501 Kentucky Dam Rd., Paducah, KY 42003.

All oral and written comments will be part of the official meeting record and later compiled.

The meeting is planned or 5 p.m., at the Fredonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church Activities Building.

Court moving to city hall starting July 25

There will be no disrict, circuit or family court proceedings held during the week of July 17-21 while the courts and clerks pack up to temporarily leave the downtown courthouse, which will be torn down soon to make room for a new justice center. 

Crittenden County Circuit Court Clerk will reopen at its interim site at 208 South Main Street on Monday, July 24. 

All court proceedings beginning July 25 will be at Marion City Hall’s council chambers. Family Court will convene at city hall for the first time on Tuesday, July 25. District Court’s first session at city hall will be Wednesday, July 26 and Circuit Court will hear its first docket there Thursday, Aug. 10.

Thursday, July 6, 2023

US 641 meeting Tuesday at Fredonia

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will host a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, July 11 at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fredonia to announce a route for the final section of the new US 641 highway that will ultimately finish the super 2-lane between Marion and Eddyville. 

The first 5.5-mile section of the new highway between Marion and Fredonia was opened Dec. 6, 2018 after six years of construction. 

For more on the meeting in Fredonia, see Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s advertisement in the full edition of this week's Crittenden Press newspaper.

Monday, July 3, 2023

Sheriff announces new courtroom safety rules

Crittenden County Sheriff Evan Head has issued a notice about courtroom safety in Marion. 

Going forward, no purses, backpacks, fanny packs, pocket knives, food or beverages will be allowed in the courtroom during district, circuit or family court. 

Cell phones must be silenced before entering the courtroom. If a phone rings during court, the phone will be confiscated by bailiffs and kept for the remainder of the proceedings. 

The sheriff said these rules are being enforced to provide for general safety and security.

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Path led Akridge away from Fredonia plans

Fredonia native Jay Akridge took a different course in life. 

Rather than coming home from college to help run the family's generational ag and hardware business, influencers along the way encouraged him down a path that has led to notable benefits for thousands of Indiana farmers. 

It all started with the University of Purdue. Continue reading this Farm Progress article here.