Thursday, August 31, 2023

Road work today in Amish community

Road repairs are closing Valley View Road today in the Amish community from Fords ferry Road to the Yoder Road intersection. Beware of a need to change your travel plans.

19th Century Explorers Return to Crittenden

After about 200 years, Lewis and Clark are returning to Crittenden County and local tourism leaders are hoping to feel a little bump in traffic from this unique homecoming. 

In this week's Crittenden Press we take a look at how these early 19th Century explorers could affect things in contemporary Crittenden County, and we do a little exploring of our own to find other connections the famous Corps of Discovery has to this area. 

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

LBL hosting family holiday weekend

 Friends of Land Between the Lakes invites families to Woodlands Nature Station during Labor Day weekend for Outdoor Kids' Weekend, a kid-friendly foray into essential outdoor and camping skills. Guests will learn new ways to enjoy the outdoors, like creating an animal track guide, knot-tying skills and about venomous animals.

There will also be a guided canoe trip on Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. The trip will explore nooks and crannies of Energy Lake looking for wildlife like eagles and beavers. Registration is limited. Reserve space by calling 270.924.2020.

Outdoor Kids' Weekend will take place at the Woodlands Nature Station inside Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Hours will be extended on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will return to normal opening hours on Monday, which is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $7 for ages 18 and up, $5 for ages 5-17 and free for ages 4 and under. For more information, call 270.924.2299 or visit

County government closings for Labor Day

All Crittenden County government offices will be closed Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day, including he county judge, sheriff and clerk. The Road Maintenance Department, Animal Shelter, and Convenience Center will also be closed. 

In addition to Monday, the Animal Shelter and Convenience Center will be closed to the public on Saturday, September 2, 2023.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Stone Family singing at Emmaus Sunday

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The Stone Family will be singing during Emmaus Baptist Church's Homecoming Sunday, Sept. 3.

Bro. Steve Stone will deliver the morning message, which will be followed by a meal and music.

Emmaus Baptist Church is located on Emmaus Church Rd., outside of Salem.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Hodges offers wound care, pain management

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Nurse practitioner Sharon Hodges has begun seeing patients in Crittenden Hospital's wound care clinic.

She is certified to provide treatment of chronic wounds caused by 
pressure sores, diabetes and other conditions. 

Additionally, Hodges sees patients for pain management for issues 
caused by nerve damage, back pain, fibromyalgia and more.

Call the Family Practice Clinic at (270) 918-9990 for an appointment.

Park walking trail to close for maintenance

The 1.25-mile walking trail at Marion-Crittenden County Park will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 30-31 weather permitting, so a contractor can seal coat the pavement and repair cracks. 

MaxCorp will be doing the work and will post signs at entry points to the trail. Walkers, runners and cyclists should avoid the track on these days. 

Sunday, August 27, 2023

H&H celebrating beard day with deals

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World Beard Day is a good time for a celebration. That's what they're doing at H&H Home and Hardware Saturday, Sept. 2.

Free gifts for kids, door prizes and demonstrations and deals will be offered on Milwaukee and Stihl tools. There will even be a plunger flipping competition.

Stop by for lunch and see what the buzz is about on World Beard Day.

Friday, August 25, 2023

Yandell Street home to sell online

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An online auction will be used to sell this Marion home.

The sale ends Aug. 31.

Visit Herron Auction Realty's bidding website to learn more.

The Yandell Street home features a private back yard, covered porches 
and off-street parking.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Lost cat in Greenwood Heights

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A reward is being offered for a cat last seen in Greenwood 
Heights subdivision.

The orange and white cat answers to Zeke.

If you see it, call the number listed on the accompanying post.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Job Corps Center has openings

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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. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Fugitive is caught in Muhlenberg County

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Authorities in Muhlenberg County have arrested fugitive Brian Fitzgerald of Marion.

Fitzgerald, 35, had been on the run since avoiding capture in rural Crittenden County on July 25. He was wanted on drug trafficking and other charges. A record amount of methamphetamine and other drugs were allegedly found at his home in July.

Taken into custody early Tuesday morning, Fitzgerald faces multiple charges in Muhlenberg County after apparently being involved in a traffic accident and then trying elude police.

See more details in this week’s printed edition of The Crittenden Press, which will be on newsstands Wednesday.

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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, 

Monday, August 21, 2023

Paving work on Wolf Creek Road

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans asphalt paving along a section of KY 1917 (Wolf Creek Road) in eastern Crittenden County starting Wednesday, August 23.

Paving work will run from Roberts Road extending northward to KY 120 (Providence Road), a distance of just under 1.5 miles.

Motorists should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers. Some delays are possible during the movement and placement of equipment to facilitate the work.

This paving project is expected to take about three days to complete, weather permitting.

Friday, August 18, 2023

School traffic change for next week

Monday will be the first day of school for Crittenden County students and there will be some changes for parents who drop off their children at the high school or middle school.

After morning drop off of car riders at CCMS and CCHS, drivers are asked to exit the school lot by turning left onto US 60 (Gum Street).  No right turns will be allowed. 

School officials believes this will provide a more steady flow of drop-off traffic. 

This traffic pattern will likely be followed for the entire first week of school.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Delinquent tax bills will be sold next week

Nine buyers have registered as third-party purchasers of $37,400 in delinquent 2022 county property taxes. The Certificates of Delinquency (COD) on those 35 properties will be sold at the annual tax sale at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Third-party purchasers do not have rights to the property for which taxes are owed when they buy a COD, but they can place a lien on the property. They may then start the foreclosure process if the taxpayer does not satisfy additional fees placed on the bill by third-party purchasers.

In some cases, satisfying that lien can cost four times as much as the face value of the original bill mailed by the county to the property owner. Third-party purchasers will contact taxpayers to arrange payment options.

Delinquent taxpayers can avoid this hassle and expense by satisfying their delinquent taxes before the tax sale later this month. Those delinquent taxes can be paid in the county clerk's office weekdays 8 a.m., to 4:30 p.m. A personal or business check will not be taken in the clerk's office to pay real property tax delinquencies. Payment methods include cash, cashier’s check or credit/depit card.

Taxpayers may also owe the $36 E-911 Service Fee payable in the county treasurer's office.

The current list of delinquent 2022 county property taxes can be found online on Crittenden County Clerk's website at If the tax bill is listed, it is still eligible to be purchased by a third party.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Suspect sought in Burna home burglary

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Livingston County authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying a man believed to have been involved in a burglary in the Burna community.

A home surveillance system captured the accompanying image around 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 14 of what investigators believe is a Black man who arrived at the home driving the vehicle in the photograph. The white vehicle could be a Nissan Murano or a Nissan Rogue.

Several expensive firearms were taken from the residence as well as cash and jewelry.  

If you recognize this subject, his clothing or the vehicle contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department at (270) 928-2122. A reward could be available in return for information leading to an arrest.

Local apartment manager sought

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Homeland Inc., is seeking a manager for a Marion apartment complex.

The part-time position offers a flexible schedule for 24 hours per week. Paid vacation and scheduled holidays are provided, along with pre-employment training.

Email resume to

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Tradewater Watershed Area meeting Wednesday


Tradewater Watershed Stakeholders, 

This is a reminder about an important flood hazard mapping meeting for your community.  As part of the Tradewater Watershed Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) Project, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW), have prepared draft regulatory data for your review and comment.  One of KDOW’s goals through Risk MAP is to deliver quality flood hazard data that increases the public’s awareness of flood risk.

The Tradewater Watershed Flood Risk Review Meeting will be on Wednesday August 16th, 2023 at 1:00pm Central Time at the Pennyrile Forrest State Resort Park Lodge.

20781 Pennyrile Lodge Road

Dawson Springs, Kentucky 42408

Representatives from planning, building, zoning, environment, resource management, GIS administration, emergency management, transportation, and public safety may be interested in attending. 

You may preview your draft floodplain data at the following link.  Tradewater Watershed Draft FP Viewer

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter and look forward to meeting with you.  If you have questions or need additional information please contact Shawn Hokanson, Water Resource Branch Manager, at 502-782-6977 or by e-mail at

Estate sale Thursday-Saturday in Marion

A sale Thursday-Saturday this week will contain contents of the estate sale of Don Shaffer.

Located at 1489 U.S. 641 in Marion, the sale will include bedroom, dining room and living room furniture; Harley Davidson collectibles; and lots of outdoor equipment and tools.

Monday, August 14, 2023

CPlant growing money with CDs

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CPlant Federal Credit Union is growing your money.

Stop by today to discuss investing in a certificate of deposit.

Rates vary from 5.25 percent for 13-month CDs to 4 percent for 24-month CDs.

For more information, call (270) 704-4413.

Cameron in Marion Thursday

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Gubernatorial candidate Daniel Cameron will make a stop in Marion Thursday, Aug. 17.

Cameron will be at Marion City Hall at 1:30 p.m., to share his campaign platform.

Marion City Hall is located at 217 South Main in Marion Commons.

Fredonia Festival offers family entertainment

The annual Fredonia Lions Club Summer Festival offered loads of fun Saturday.

Nurse practitioner Beverly Jones (right) had young helpers Ariana Tumero and Carley Montata providing temporary tattoos to visitors of Crittenden Hospital's festival tent.

Bingo, a cake walk, a magician, giveaways, ballgames and live music were part of the festival fun.

See this week's Press for more photos.

Friday, August 11, 2023

COOL IDEA: School buses getting AC

Crittenden County School District has begun a process to put air conditioning on all of its school buses. 

Superintendent Tonya Driver said money from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund will be used to pay for the retrofitting of its route buses and two special trip buses with AC. 

Two new school buses that should be delivered soon will already have air conditioning. Transportation Director Wayne Winters said buses on the longer routes will be among the first to get a cooling system. 

Cost will be $12,000 to $14,000 for each of about a dozen buses that will be retrofitted with AC. 

“It will be a slow process to get them all retrofitted,” the superintendent said. “But we will get there.”

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Hodges Back to School Bash is Saturday

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Hodge's Sports & Apparel is hosting a Back to School Bash Saturday.

All ladies fall boutique clothing will be 50% off.

Shop a huge selection of new fall jewelry, Rocket gear, new booties and jeans.

An additional 20 percent will be taken off half price summer fashions.

Making News This Week in Marion

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Mother Nature delivered a knock down punch to the 50th anniversary of the Crittenden County Fair last weekend. However, Lions Club members say there's hope, at least for resurrecting the derby. We have some details about when and how much that would cost to see.

Get caught up on all of the fair awards, ribbons and honors in this week's newspaper. We have two full pages of fair results. 

In this week's newspaper we take a look at what's happening in Sturgis where financial issues are causing strains on city-provided utilities. 

Also, our Back-to-School Special Section has all of your bus route information, new teachers, school schedule and much, much more.

And we're on top of fall sports with the latest results and previews for your favorite teams.

Grab this week's full edition of The Press today at local newsstands, or subscribe for the eEdition where it comes to your inbox.

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Cool Springs closed again today

Again today, Cool Springs Road in rural Crittenden County will be closed to thru traffic due to work by the County Maintenance Department.

The road will be closed 1.1 miles from the Nunn Switch intersection, just west of the address 2500 Cool Springs Road.

It was also closed on Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Bates will marshal Fredonia parade Friday

Boyd Bates
Longtime Fredonian and Crittenden County Deputy Boyd Bates has been chosen to serve as grand marshal of the Fredonia Valley Parade.

Educated at Fredonia Elementary, Bates graduated from Caldwell County High School before enlisting in the Army National Guard, where he served four years active duty and had a 23-year career. He served deployments for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003 and Iraqi Freedom in 2005, where he earned at Purple Heart.

Bates was also an ironworker before becoming a law enforcement officer. He joined the sheriff’s department in Crittenden County earlier this year and has served as a Cadiz and Providence patrolman, deputy in Caldwell County and for a time served as sheriff in Caldwell County. He has also provided countless volunteer hours to the Fredonia community.

The parade will be held along Cassidy Avenue in Fredonia starting at 6 p.m., on Friday. Lineup begins at 5:15.

Fredonia Festival will be held Saturday at Buddy Rogers ballpark complete with family fun, food and vendors. 

Lions Club festival is Saturday in Fredonia

The Fredonia Lions Club’s 58th annual Summer Festival is Saturday, Aug. 12 at Buddy Rogers Park behind Akridge Farm Supply.  A parade begins at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11

T-ball, minor and major league baseball games begin at 8:30 a.m., Saturday.  

Caldwell County FFA will hold its annual Tractor Pull for kids beginning at 10 a.m. Other events include a cake walk, pet show at 3 p.m., and a washer pitch contest at 4 p.m. 

Music from The Barry Baker Band and Gary Meeks begins at 5 p.m.

Pork butts and chickens will be fresh off the pit Saturday. 

Vendors are invited to sell any appropriate items other than food.  

Profits from the day's event support the charitable programs of the Fredonia Lions including providing eye exams, and eye glasses for those in need, supporting our youth with H.S. scholarships, and many other activities.  

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Cool Springs Road closed today

UPDATE: Cool Springs Road is now open. 

ORIGINAL POST: Cool Springs Road in rural Crittenden County will be closed to thru traffic today due to work by the County Maintenance Department.

The road will be closed 1.1 miles from the Nunn Switch intersection, just west of the address 2500 Cool Springs Road.

Monday, August 7, 2023

BACK TO SCHOOL Events in Crittenden County


Crittenden County School Disttrict has announced dates for its Back-To-School events in August. These orientation-style events help parents and students learn important information prior to the start of the new academic year. The event schedules are staggered to allow parents with students in multiple schools time to travel between them. Here are the dates: Preschool 5-6:30 p.m., Aug. 14; Kindergarten Carnival 5-6:30 p.m., Aug. 15; Crittenden Elementary School 5-6 p.m., last names A-L and 6-7 names M-Z on Aug. 17; Crittenden Middle School last names M-Z 4:30-5:45 p.m. and names A-L 5:45-7 p.m., on Aug. 17; and Crittenden High School last names M-Z 4:30-5:45 p.m., and names A-L 5:45-7 p.m., on Aug. 17.

Friday, August 4, 2023

Enduro race is on schedule

Shelby and Jared Belt and the Lions Club 
crew got the track ready to roll.
Despite heavy rains on Friday, Lions Club leaders say the annual Enduro Derby will be held on schedule tonight at the fairgrounds.

Enduro begins at 7 p.m., Friday. 

The Demolition Derby will begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, including three-man teams and lawn mower events. 

Gate fees for both nights will be $15 for 16 and up, $5 for 6-15 and 5-under is free.

Hit-and-run suspect has ties to Marion

Mercedeys Culligan
Details are emerging about a fatal hit-and-run case in Calvert City, and there appears to be at least some loose Marion ties to a suspect. 

Calvert City Police arrested Raymond Jarvis, 45, on Thursday, Aug. 3 after he was questioned at the police department. Investigators believe Jarvis had recently moved to Calvert City, having been residing in Marshall County for only a few weeks prior to when the incident occurred at about dawn on the morning of Aug. 1.

Jarvis is jailed in Marshall County on a $25,000 bond, facing a Class D felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid with death or serious injury possible. 

Eighteen-year-old Mercedeys Culligan of Calvert City, who was walking to work for her job at Dairy Queen, was allegedly struck by a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Jarvis. The teen died at the scene, according to the police report.

Calvert City Police Chief Mike Cannon said the investigation is ongoing and authorities are still

Golf tournament benefits animal shelter

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A golf tournament to benefit the Mary Hall Ruddiman Shelter will be held at the Heritage Golf Course in Marion Saturday, Aug. 12.

Cost is $200 per four-person team. Mulligans and skirts will be available for purchase.

To register, call (270) 965-2006.

County clerk will stop selling KDFWR licenses

Effective later this month, Crittenden County Clerk's Office will no longer sell hunting and fishing licenses. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is adding a 3 percent service fee to all licenses and permits and will no longer allow outlets to charge credit card fees to cover the costs third-party vendors charge for processing card payments. The agency also requires outlets to continue allowing the purchase of licenses and permits with a credit or debit card.

 "Our vendor does not offer the option of not charging the additional fees when a debit or credit card is used, and we cannot prevent customers from using a card to make the purchase of licenses or permits," said County Clerk Daryl Tabor. "Therefore, we have no choice but to stop offering the service as of Aug. 15, when the changes take effect. We hate to eliminate one of our longtime services, but there is really no other option at this point. We do not expect it to be an inconvenience for many, as we sold only 45 licenses or permits in all of 2022 and only 24 so far this year."

 Licenses can still be purchased at Hodge's Outdoor Sports and Apparel in Marion or online at

Thursday, August 3, 2023

CPlant CD rates earn up to 5.25%

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CPlant Federal Credit Union is growing your money.

Stop by today to discuss investing in a certificate of deposit.

Rates vary from 5.25 percent for 13-month CDs to 4 percent for 24-month CDs.

For more information, call (270) 704-4413.

Emmanuel has VBS, Back to School event

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Emmanuel Baptist Church is combining VBS with a Back to School Bash Monday, Aug. 7-Wednesday, Aug. 9.

The church, located on Hillcrest Drive in Greenwood Heights subdivision, will offer a nightly meal followed by Bible study, crafts and music.

Family night is Wednesday night and will include inflatables, popcorn, snow cones and free school supplies.

Fiscal court meets in special session

Crittenden County Fiscal Court will meet in special session on Friday, August 4, 2023 at 3:00 p.m., at the courthouse.  

U Bid Auction House has grand opening

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U Bid Auction House is holding its grand opening Friday night.

Free hot dogs and popcorn will be provided.

Consignments are being accepted. Have something 
you want to send to the auction? Call (270) 704-3927.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Union VBS moved to church Thursday

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The location for Thursday's day camp VBS hosted by Union Baptist Church has been changed.

Due to anticipated inclement weather, the event has been moved 
to the church located on Levias Road between Marion and Salem.

VBS participation is for children entering pre-k through sixth 

To sign up, call or text (270) 564-8768.

Fair events conclude with demo derby

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Two derbies this weekend will satisfy the fascination with wrecking cars during the annual Crittenden County Fair.

The Enduro Derby is Friday night at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, followed by the Demolition Derby Saturday night.

Both events begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for 16-years and up.

Also on Friday, the Crittenden County Extension Service will pay tribute to the late Larry Parish as he is inducted posthumously into the Crittenden County Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Tickets to the 7 a.m. breakfast are available by calling the Extension Service at (270) 965-5236.