Saturday, June 15, 2024

10 Under 40: Volunteer - Taylor Crabtree

This spring The Crittenden Press honored 10 of the brightest in their field 
with the 10 Under 40 community recognition program. 

 Today we're celebrating our final honoree, Taylor Crabtree in the Volunteer Category.

In case you missed it, you can read a feature story about Crabtree was published 
in the May 16 issue of The Crittenden Press. Subscribe.


Thank you to our 10 Under 40 sponsors:

Mr. Paint offers interior, exterior services

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Mr. Paint LLC is transforming the home improvement scene with its comprehensive and high-quality painting services. Known for their meticulous approach and use of top-tier brands like Valspar and Emerald paints, Mr. Paint is rapidly becoming the preferred choice of residents in Marion and surrounding counties.

Mr. Paint offers an impressive range of services such as walls, ceilings, trim and furniture and challenging projects on metal roofs, chimneys and fences. It also offers wood staining, ensuring that both new and old decks receive the perfect finish. Mr. Paint's licensed and insured teams operate multiple crews, guaranteeing efficiency and reliability on every job.

What sets Mr. Paint apart is its systematic and customer-focused process. Each project undergoes rigorous planning and supervision, with final inspections personally conducted by the owner alongside homeowners. This decision to excellence and customer satisfaction is making waves, positioning Mr. Paint as a game-changer in the local home improvement industry.

Get your estimate today by calling (270) 454-4088. You can also visit us at Mr. Paint Homes mrpaint.homes or by clicking the link provided on the button on The Crittenden Press blogspot.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Redbone Coonhound puppies for sale

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Outstanding bloodline of Redbone Coonhound puppies are available from a Crittenden County breeder.

Puppies were born May 19. Sire and dam are on site.

Call for more information, (270) 969-0739.

Cicadas responsible for dead limbs, leaves


While the cicada serenade has died down, evidence of their spring fling is never more evident.

Trees across the landscape have been damaged by the insects egg-laying ritual.

See this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press for further details.



Thursday, June 13, 2024

June PTSD Awareness Month

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New Beginnings Behavioral Health is offering free, confidential PTSD screenings this month.

June is PTSD Awareness Month, bringing attention to the condition that is caused by multiple types of trauma, including abuse, violent crime, war or disasters.

On June 27, New Beginnings is encouraging everyone to wear teal on PTSD Awareness Day.

To learn more about New Beginnings' services or to speak to a clinician, call (270) 988-2675.


US 60 closing farther out on Tuesday

Motorists have dealt with a closure of US 60 in front of the schools and hospital this week. 

Next week it will be closed farther out of town. 

The highway will be closed to traffic from 6:30 a.m., until 2 p.m., on Tuesday, June 18 to allow crews to replace a cross drain at the top of Moore Hill near the water tower. 

The road will be closed to through traffic between KY 297 and KY 1668.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Drama Camp Registration Deadline June 14

Students in grades 2-6 will learn acting techniques and public speaking skills and enhance self-confidence and memorization skills during a five-day drama camp at Fohs Hall.The camp runs daily from 1-4 p.m., at Fohs Hall.

"Drama Camp is the most fun kids will have all summer – it’s an experience they won’t want to miss," says Community Arts Foundation member and coordinator 

Kim Vince. "This is a great opportunity for kids to gain skills locally to enhance their acting skills, build confidence, and create lifelong memories."

Pre-registration is required to ensure a spot. Early bird registration is $75 through June 7. Late registration is $100, with a final deadline of June 14. Registration is required to help organizers plan and pick an appropriate play for the number of participants. 

Professional guidance will be given by Corey and Michelle Crider and additional volunteers.

Camp activities will include workshops, interactive games and rehearsals, all leading up to a public performance at 4 p.m. on June 21. This final showcase will allow campers to shine and share their newfound skills with family and friends.

To register, contact Vince at 270-704-1446 or register at https://forms.gle/invjwCWwWH3czdk4A.

Get out your Time Machine


This week's Crittenden Press newspaper has a big announcement from Fohs Hall and Community Arts Foundation. 

Get out your Time Machine and get revved up for this week's news. 

Can you name everyone in this 1989 picture of the Living Christmas Tree?

We have taken a stab at it in this week's paper.

Some voices of the past could be rocking the holidays once again.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Cash Auctions selling Repton property

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An auction of a large Crittenden County home and 
event venue will be sold by James R. Cash on 
Sunday, June 30.

Located on Repton Cemetery Rd., near Mattoon, the property will be sold in two tracts. One with 12.83 acres plus home and event center and a second grant of 8.63 acres.

Photos can be found at JamesRCash.com.





Moth survey on Crittenden County trees

Residents of Crittenden, Livingston and other nearby counties may see a bright red box tacked to a tree along a roadside in their neighborhood. These are traps designed to help scientists survey spongy moths.

The moth was accidentally introduced to America just over 100 years ago. 

Since then, it has spread across a great portion of the country, particularly the Northeast and now westward and southerly.

See the June 6, 2024 full edition of The Crittenden Press for further details on the program to track the month's movement. 


Monday, June 10, 2024

CCHS SBDM meeting Thursday

There will be a special meeting of the Crittenden County High School Site-Based Decision-Making Council meeting at 3:30 p.m., Thursday at the high school.

UK Transfer Almonor will not be overwhelmed

Kentucky basketball fans can sometimes overwhelm a player with their attention but that should not be a problem for Fairleigh Dickson transfer Ansley Almoner.

“If people reach out to me, I am not too big for anybody,” said the 6-7 Almoner. “I am open to any opportunity and talking to anyone. That’s just my natural personality. I am a nice guy. If you want to talk to me, I will. I am not the most outgoing person but I am not shy either.”

He admits it did surprise him a bit when he had “thousands of people” following him after he became interested in transferring to UK to play for coach Mark Pope. 

“It was tough at first but I got used to it,” he said. “I am from a small town, a small school. We didn’t get that much coverage or recognition.”

Almoner made a school record 93 3-pointers at Fairleigh Dickinson last season when he averaged 16.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game to earn first-team All-Northeast Conference honors.

“I always thought I could play at the highest level. I was not always thinking about that but I knew if the opportunity came, I would jump on it,” Almoner said. “It was a pretty easy sell with Kentucky. I asked my questions. I wanted some feedback and to get the Kentucky vibe. It worked out perfectly.”

Almoner had never been to Lexington before  his official visit. He liked the “city vibe” but was surprised that Lexington was bigger than he thought. He also liked what the opportunity to play at Kentucky could potentially do for his basketball career.

“I want to play at the highest level to get me ready to play at the next level (NBA). I want to be able to enjoy the next level,” the Kentucky transfer said. “Shooting is my best strength. I have a good midrange game and can make plays with the ball in my hand. I use different angles and footwork.

“I have worked to develop my all-around game. My dad always told me to stay in the gym and everything you deserve will come to you. Just pray and work and good things will come. My dad

Night closure of I-24 Bridge Tuesday

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans a night closure of Interstate 24 between the U.S. 62 Calvert City Exit 27 interchange and the KY 453 Grand Rivers Exit 31 interchange starting at 7 p.m., tomorrow.

Milling and paving at the end of the I-24 Tennessee River Bridge will require both eastbound and westbound lanes to be closed from 7 p.m. to about midnight on Tuesday.

Eastbound Detour
Eastbound I-24 traffic will be detoured off at the U.S. 62 Calvert City interchange to take U.S. 62 East to KY 453 North to return to I-24 eastbound at the Grand Rivers Exit 31 interchange.

Westbound Detour
Westbound I-24 traffic will be detoured off at the KY 453 Grand Rivers Exit 31 interchange to take KY 453 South to U.S. 62 West to return to I-24 westbound via the Calvert City Exit 27 interchange.

Flaggers will be stationed at key intersections along the detour to assist with traffic flow.  There will be a substantial police presence along the detour.

Motorists who regularly travel U.S. 62 and KY 453 along the detour route should be aware of increased traffic volume while the detour is in place.

When traffic returns to normal flow around midnight on Tuesday, motorists should be aware that the I-24 work zone from the 29 mile marker to the 33 mile marker will continue to be active from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.  


Gospel music to benefit medical patients

A gospel singing to benefit four families undergoing serious medical situations will be presented by Cutter & Cash and The Kentucky Grass June 22 at Fohs Hall.

The show will feature performances by local entertainers to raise money for Troy McGahan, Kevin Maxfield and Amanda Locke, all of whom are fighting cancer; and Lee Boone, who is hospitalized after a series of strokes, according to information posted on the band’s social media. Donations accepted at the event will be divided among the four families. McGahan is a WMJL on-air radio personality and Maxfield is a member of the Marion Tourism and Recreation commission. Boone is a longtime auto body repair specialist and Locke works in the nursing field.

The event begins at 7 p.m., and includes performances by Corey and Michelle Crider, David Conyer, The Davis Family, Linda Brown, Regina Merrick, Lacie Duncan and Anna Beth Blackburn. Admission is free.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Mr. Paint focuses on customer service

Mr. Paint LLC is transforming the home improvement scene with its comprehensive and high-quality painting services. Known for their meticulous approach and use of top-tier brands like Valspar and Emerald paints, Mr. Paint is rapidly becoming the preferred choice of residents in Marion and surrounding counties.

Mr. Paint offers an impressive range of services such as walls, ceilings, trim and furniture and challenging projects on metal roofs, chimneys and fences. It also offers wood staining, ensuring that both new and old decks receive the perfect finish. Mr. Paint's licensed and insured teams operate multiple crews, guaranteeing efficiency and reliability on every job.

What sets Mr. Paint apart is its systematic and customer-focused process. Each project undergoes rigorous planning and supervision, with final inspections personally conducted by the owner alongside homeowners. This decision to excellence and customer satisfaction is making waves, positioning Mr. Paint as a game-changer in the local home improvement industry.

Get your estimate today by calling (270) 454-4088. You can also visit us at Mr. Paint Homes mrpaint.homes or by clicking the link provided on the button on The Crittenden Press blogspot.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

US 60 / Gum Street Closed starting Monday

Construction of a new turn lane in front of the high school and hospital will temporarily close U.S. 60 (Gum Street) for a few days starting on Monday, June 10.

The closure will be only a short stretch of highway, but will prevent through traffic and prevent access into the main entrances of Crittenden Community Hospital and the school campus. Alternative access to the hospital on Country Club Drive and the U.S. 60 entrance to Family Practice Clinic will remain open. Also, the school campus can be accessed from West Elm Street near the bus garage. 

U.S. 60 will be closed about 150 feet east of Country Club Drive to allow a large cross-drain to be replaced near the hospital entrance. 

The roadway at this site is expected to close at 6 a.m., Monday and remain closed for about three days.

For more details on the road work and closure see the full edition of The Crittenden Press dated June 6, 2024.

 

10 Under 40: Food Service - Dustin Greenwell

This spring The Crittenden Press honored 10 of the brightest in their field 
with the 10 Under 40 community recognition program. 

 Today we're celebrating Dustin Greenwell in the Food Service Category.

In case you missed it, you can read a feature story about the staff of Greenwell was published 
in the May 9 issue of The Crittenden Press. Subscribe.


Thank you to our 10 Under 40 sponsors:

Friday, June 7, 2024

Police launch death investigation into incident

A death investigation is underway into what appears may have been some type of traffic accident near Dycusburg this afternoon.

An Illinois man in his late 30s was found deceased in a ditch. It’s unclear at this time what exactly happened. 

An ambulance and local authorities were called to the scene about 3:30pm and found the man. Kentucky State Police is in charge of the investigation.

A female, who is believed associated with the victim, was taken into custody. Although both have Illinois identification, the couple is believed to have been residing not far from the scene where the man was found near the intersection of KY 902 and Stinnett Road.

Backwater affects 3 county roads

Three Crittenden County roads are affected by high water as of this morning.

They are Providence Road, Cool Springs Road and Enon Church Road. All of them are in the eastern quadrant of the county and affected by backwater from Piney Creek and Tradewater River.


Hurricane Camp Meeting next week

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Next week marks the 136th annual Hurricane Camp Meeting, the week long non-denominational church revival on the grounds of Hurricane Church.

Nightly church services coincide with the annual youth camp. Meals are available in the dining hall at 5:30 p.m., followed by church services Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m., and at 6 p.m., Sunday. An 11 a.m. service on Sunday is also scheduled.

Bro. Steve Stone is the evangelist, with music provided by The Stone Family and Cutter & Cash and The Kentucky Grass.



We write the history of your community

Every week we're writing the history of Marion and Crittenden County, and beyond. 

We invite you to enjoy enjoy this living history by subscribing to The Crittenden Press either in print or electronic form. Our mission is to inform you of current news, but to also provide archival material for later generations. With that in mind, we started many years ago keeping electronic archives of our news and obituaries. 

Below you can find links to what was making news here 20 years ago this month. 

Each week in the full edition of The Crittenden Press, we publish a similar feature called ThrowBack Thursdays where we highlight happenings from 10, 25 and 50 years ago that week. 

June 3, 2004 / June 10, 2004 / June 17, 2004 / June 24, 2004 

In order to keep the news coming, we need your help. Please consider subscribing. We can send the paper to your mailbox or your in-box. There is even an SMS option. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Junior golf begins Monday in Marion

The second season for a junior golf league sponsored by Marion Baptist Church begins Monday, June 10 at the Heritage Golf Course in Marion.

Cost is $50 and includes five sessions and a collared golf shirt. Students first grade through high school are encouraged to participate.

Golf league will be held on the following dates: June 10, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 29. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m., on each of these dates with play beginning at 5 p.m. Pre-registration is available online or at MBC during regular office.

For more information, call Shawn Holeman at (270) 704-1493.









Fredonia considering higher water rate

Water, sewer and garbage collection rates are likely to rise in July for Fredonia utility customers.

A proposed increase was introduced during last month’s Fredonia City Council meeting. Final approval will be considered when the council meets in regular session on Monday, June 17.

For more details on this proposed increase, see this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.


Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Ferry company rejects state contract

Cave In Rock Ferry has rejected the offer of Kentucky's two-year contract to operate the service across the Ohio River. 

The current contract expires at the end of June. Negotiations for the last three 2-year contracts have gone until the 11th hour or later before a pact has been signed.

The state, which in cooperation with Illinois reimburses the ferry operator for expenses, has offered a 13-percent revenue bump for the coming contract period.

We will have full details in next week's Crittenden Press.


Marion High School demolition

 


Bike crash sends 10 year old to Vanderbilt

A 10-year-old Marion boy injured Monday in a bicycle crash involving an automobile on East Bellville Street is recovering at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. 

The crash happened during a brief rainstorm at about 6:30 p.m.

While the investigation remains open, no charges are pending against the driver of the automobile.

More details can be found in this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.

Summer farm consignment sale is Saturday

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The summer consignment sale at Buntin Auction Service June 8 will offer farm equipment of all makes and type. 

Auctioneer Curt Buntin has tractors, trailers, tools, vehicles, recreational vehicles and miscellaneous farm equipment ready to be sold to the highest bidder.

The sale begins at 9 a.m., behind Buntin Trailer Sales on KY 297 near Sheridan.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Drama camp June 17-21

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Students in grades 2-6 will learn acting techniques and public speaking skills and enhance self-confidence and memorization skills during a five-day drama camp at Fohs Hall.The camp runs daily from 1-4 p.m., at Fohs Hall.

"Drama Camp is the most fun kids will have all summer – it’s an experience they won’t want to miss," says Community Arts Foundation member and coordinator 
Kim Vince. "This is a great opportunity for kids to gain skills locally to enhance their acting skills, build confidence, and create lifelong memories."

Pre-registration is required to ensure a spot. Early bird registration is $75 through June 7. Late registration is $100, with a final deadline of June 14. Registration is required to help organizers plan and pick an appropriate play for the number of participants.
Professional guidance will be given by Corey and Michelle Crider and additional volunteers.

Camp activities will include workshops, interactive games and rehearsals, all leading up to a public performance at 4 p.m. on June 21. This final showcase will allow campers to shine and share their newfound skills with family and friends.

To register, contact Vince at 270-704-1446 or register at https://forms.gle/invjwCWwWH3czdk4A.

Free Summer Meal Program begins today

Crittenden County School District’s free summer meals program began this week and runs through July 23. 

There are five locations around the county where students, parents or guardians can pick up meals every Tuesday during the program period.

This locations are Crittenden County Elementary School at the back entrance 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., Mattoon Fire Department 11 to 11:15 a.m., Frances Fire Department 11 to 11:15 a.m., Shady Grove Fire Department noon to 12:15 p.m., and Tolu Fire Department noon until 12:15 p.m. 

Each week, meal packages will include five breakfasts and five lunches. 

This program is available for anyone 18 and under.

Monday, June 3, 2024

10 Under 40: Retail - Staff of H&H Home and Hardware

This spring The Crittenden Press honored 10 of the brightest in their field 
with the 10 Under 40 community recognition program. 

 Today we're celebrating H&H Home and Hardware in the Retail Category.

In case you missed it, you can read a feature story about the staff of H&H Home and Hardware was published in the May 2 issue of 
The Crittenden Press. Subscribe.


Thank you to our 10 Under 40 sponsors:

Mr. Paint offers local services

Mr. Paint LLC is transforming the home improvement scene with its comprehensive and high-quality painting services. Known for their meticulous approach and use of top-tier brands like Valspar and Emerald paints, Mr. Paint is rapidly becoming the preferred choice of residents in Marion and surrounding counties.

Mr. Paint offers an impressive range of services such as walls, ceilings, trim and furniture and challenging projects on metal roofs, chimneys and fences. It also offers wood staining, ensuring that both new and old decks receive the perfect finish. Mr. Paint's licensed and insured teams operate multiple crews, guaranteeing efficiency and reliability on every job.


What sets Mr. Paint apart is its systematic and customer-focused process. Each project undergoes rigorous planning and supervision, with final inspections personally conducted by the owner alongside homeowners. This decision to excellence and customer satisfaction is making waves, positioning Mr. Paint as a game-changer in the local home improvement industry.

Get your estimate today by calling (270) 454-4088. You can also visit us at Mr. Paint Homes mrpaint.homes or by clicking the link provided on the button on The Crittenden Press blogspot.



Commuting: Who's In and Who's Out

If you missed the May 23, 2024 full edition of The Crittenden Press don't worry!

An article starting on that front page examined Commuting in Crittenden County. We detailed who is coming into the county for work and who's driving out. 

The article was complete with data showing precisely where people are driving to in order to earn a paycheck, and why.

You can still get that issue either in hard copy at our office in Marion, or by subscribing to the full edition online. 

Online, we archive our newspapers back to 2008 so when you subscribe to the full electronic edition, you get them all. 

Our archives are great for historic and genealogy research. 

We also have options for subscribing to an emailed or texted version of The Crittenden Press.

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Sunday, June 2, 2024

Fraschilla impressing hoops observers

Jasper Johnson is in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this week with USA Basketball playing in the FIBA U18 AmeriCup along with 11 other talented USA players.

The former Woodford County High School standout who transferred to Link Academy (Branson, Mo.) for his junior season has over 20 scholarship offers including Kentucky, North Carolina, Auburn, Baylor, Kansas, Louisville and Texas A&M. 

ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla considers himself a “hoops junkie.” He’s a former head coach at Manhattan, St. John’s and New Mexico and had his first chance to watch Johnson in person at the USA tryout camp.

“He is not athletically as dynamic as (former UK guard/NBA star) De’Aaron Fox but his smooth lefty game does remind me of De’Aaron,” Fraschilla said. “A lot of guys are shooters but not many are makers. He scores so effortlessly and just has unique skills. I was really impressed with not only his outside shooting but also his ability to get to the basket and be a very creative scorer.

“To be a great scorer you have got to be able to get your own shot off and he has a knack for getting his shots. He’s not piggish at all. He didn’t look to take a shot every time he touched the ball on a team with very good future point guards. But to me, he is the best scoring guard they have. 

“When I coached a guy like Jasper, I always told my staff, ‘Let’s not over complicate this. He needs to score.’ He can really add to this team with all he does but there’s no doubt his strength is putting the ball in the basket.”

Fraschilla knows Johnson is in the “early stages of his physical maturity” just like other players on the USA team. Fraschilla said Johnson, who played football two years at Woodford County, could hold his own physically now.

“He is a very elusive player. He just knows how to get himself into the right places, especially driving

Friday, May 31, 2024

Walking across ferry for social justice

Rachelle Zola, a 76-year-old woman, embarked on a pilgrimage on April 2 walking from Chicago to Montgomery, Ala., and she will be crossing the Cave In Rock Ferry Sunday afternoon, entering Crittenden County.

She is making the southerly march to bring awareness to social and racial injustice.

Zola invites communities along her route to join in conversation, reflection, and solidarity. 

A life-long advocate, Zola works with children with special needs and their families. She’s captured national attention in the past. In 2021 she garnered recognition for a 40-day hunger strike demanding Congress pass H.R. 40: Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Our Graduation Special and More this Week

Country music legend Jeannie Seely gave the
keynote address at this year's graduation. 
The Crittenden Press will publish its annual Graduation Special Section this week with photos of every graduate, special recognitions and text of valedictorian speeches. 

Despite the Monday holiday, your newspaper will be published on time.

This week's community newspaper also takes a look at where Marion is now after a few more million dollars are being earmarked for drinking water. 

In local sports, Rocket baseball was at the regional tournament on Memorial Day and the CCHS track and field team will take several qualifiers to the state tournament Thursday in Lexington.

Our annual Fallen Heroes tribute to Crittenden Countians lost at war will be in this week's full edition.

And... don't forget this weekend's Rock Show at the Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Mr. Paint dedicated to excellence

Mr. Paint LLC is transforming the home improvement scene with its comprehensive and high-quality painting services. Known for their meticulous approach and use of top-tier brands like Valspar and Emerald paints, Mr. Paint is rapidly becoming the preferred choice of residents in Marion and surrounding counties.

Mr. Paint offers an impressive range of services such as walls, ceilings, trim and furniture and challenging projects on metal roofs, chimneys and fences. It also offers wood staining, ensuring that both new and old decks receive the perfect finish. Mr. Paint's licensed and insured teams operate multiple crews, guaranteeing efficiency and reliability on every job.


What sets Mr. Paint apart is its systematic and customer-focused process. Each project undergoes rigorous planning and supervision, with final inspections personally conducted by the owner alongside homeowners. This decision to excellence and customer satisfaction is making waves, positioning Mr. Paint as a game-changer in the local home improvement industry.

Get your estimate today by calling (270) 454-4088. You can also visit us at Mr. Paint Homes mrpaint.homes or by clicking the link provided on the button on The Crittenden Press blogspot.




Screenings May 30 at Chapel Hill Head Start

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Chapel Hill Head Start will conduct preschool screenings on Thursday, May 30.

Qualifying students must be three years old on or 
before Aug. 1.

Appointments are accepted by calling (270) 965-1568.



Monday, May 27, 2024

10 Under 40: Public Service - Todd Perryman

 
This spring The Crittenden Press honored 10 of the brightest in their field 
with the 10 Under 40 community recognition program. 

 Today we're celebrating Todd Perryman in the Public Servant Category.

In case you missed it, you can read a feature story about Perryman in the April 25 issue of 
The Crittenden Press. Subscribe.


Thank you to our 10 Under 40 sponsors:

Vaught: Pope's recruiting strategy

ESPN recruiting director/basketball analyst Paul Biancardi likes what he’s seen from new Kentucky coach Mark Pope’s recruiting strategy.

“Every coach recruits to their personal liking. Not every coach goes after one-and-done players. Some are comfortable recruiting, coaching and developing talent,” Biancardi said. “Others want highly recruited players to mix with a returning group and transfers. 

“Every coach loves retaining players but that’s just not the way it is any more. You don’t know if a player is unhappy with his role or if it is NIL but there is no guarantee of retention. That’s why the transfer portal and high school recruiting is so important. Pope is different from (John) Calipari who is different from (Tom) Izzo. Everybody is different.”

Biancardi knows the “market price” for players is escalating due to NIL.

“Players and families can ask for more if they feel they deserve it and it is up to universities to decide how much money to give out. You can lose a player due to NIL or maybe get a player you would not normally get because of NIL,” Biancardi said. “NIL has leveled the playing field to some degree. Blue bloods still recruit off tradition but you still have to be competitive in the NIL world.

“This is a business. Guys who do not show promise and work may not have NIL for a second season. It’s a lot for parents to comprehend when people are offering so much money. That’s why it is important for a recruit to go to the right coach and right program. You should not make a decision just on money but a lot do. It is causing chaos for everyone.”

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Former UK track star Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone showed at the USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix that she was Olympic ready for a dominating win in the 200-meter dash in 22.0 seconds, the second-fastest

County gets grant for poured rubber

Details have not been finalized on a playground upgrade at Marion-Crittenden County Park; however, $75,000 has been secured for its purpose.

As part of Gov. Andy Beshear’s announced $847,878 in grant funds awarded to 23 counties for projects using recycled rubber, Crittenden is getting about half of what it needs to install a poured-in-place rubber base for its new, large playground.

The grant money comes from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 General Assembly, which receives $2 from the retail sale of each new tire in the state. The fund helps manage the approximately 5 million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and promotes the development of markets for recycled tire products. 

“With projects like these, we are creating a new Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are backing innovative solutions that support important values of sustainability and concern for the next generation.” 

Another joint project between the Park Board and Tourism and Recreation Commission aims to build a small pavilion inside of the new playground’s perimeter fence. It will be constructed in the next 30 to 60 days and will include electricity.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Tornado | Storms causing area damage

Down Power Lines in Fredonia

UPDATE 2 | Sunday night 
According to WPSD-TV, the National Weather Service, has confirmed a tornado touched down in northern Lyon County and western Caldwell County about 8:08pm. Based on the television station's weather maps, it appeared the tornado touched down near the West Kentucky Correctional Complex and the Crider community. 

UPDATE | Sunday afternoon 
Power companies have gotten electricity back on for many customers, but a few hundred remain without it as night nears and another storm appears to be headed this way.

ORGINAL POST | Sunday morning
Kenergy and Kentucky Utilities customers are without power due to intense Sunday morning storms.

Kenergy's website shows about 2,500 customers without power in a triangle between Kuttawa, Marion and Princeton. 

Kentucky Utilities' outage map shows an affected area between Marion, Eddyville and Madisonville.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Demolition appears near on old school

The arrival of heavy equipment signals demolition is drawing near of the former Marion Junior High on South College Street in Marion.

A Webster County contractor will raze the structure owned by Tommy Wright. The building has been vacant since it closed in 1980 after completion of  Crittenden County Elementary School.

County government holiday closings

Crittenden County government offices are closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. This closure includes the Road department, Marion Convenience Center and Animal Shelter.  MCC and Animal Shelter will also be closed Saturday.

Area Memorial Day Service Schedule

Multiple Memorial Day Weekend events are being planned for the upcoming national holiday. Following is basic information for those events this weekend in Marion and around the area:

•Blackford Veterans Memorial will host a Memorial Weekend service at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 25. Pastor and veteran David LaNeave will be keynote speaker and former mayor Mickey Alexander will be master of ceremonies. Music and a food truck will be there around 9 a.m.

•Burna American Legion will host a Memorial Weekend service and breakfast at 8 a.m., Sunday, May 26 at its location on US 60.

•American Legion Post 217 will host a Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m., on Monday, May 27 at Mapleview Cemetery.

•Shady Grove Cemetery will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m., with lunch to follow at Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department. District Judge Ben Leonard will be the featured speaker, Lacie Duncan and Kayla Maxfield will provide music and Clay Stevens will play taps.

•Fredonia will host a Memorial Day Service at 1 p.m., which will include a flyover by AirEvac and flag changing ceremony. U.S. Navy veteran Doug Keel will be master of ceremonies and keynote speaker.

Country Music Icon to Speak at CCHS graduation

Country music legend Jeannie Seely and her husband Gene Ward will deliver the commencement address at tonight's Crittenden County High School Class of 2024 graduation ceremony. 

Seely is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and record producer from Nashville.

She has developed a tie to this community as producer of rising Marion entertainers Cutter and Cash and The Kentucky Grass. 

The band's Cutter Singleton is among more than 100 seniors who will graduate tonight at Rocket Arena.

Tickets are limited due to capacity of the building. Each senior has 11 tickets to provide their family members. 

Commencement begins at 6pm.




Marion, CLWD gets more water money

Marion and Crittenden-Livingston Water District have received around $4 million to bolster their efforts to provide drinking water security in the city and across the region.

Announcements made yesterday about two community block grants by Gov. Andy Beshear are being met with applause by local leaders.

These recent financial awards bring Marion and Crittenden-Livingston Water District's financial windfall to about $16 million at this point, and insiders say there is more to come to help improve the availability of drinking water.

Get more details in next week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.



Mineral show in Marion June 1-2

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Make plans to attend the 17th Ben E. Clement Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show June 1-2 at Fohs Hall in Marion.

The show features vendor tables at Fohs Hall and free activities for children. On Saturday, June 1, the Fluorescent Mineral Society will fill the Crittenden County Senior Center across the street from the museum will magnificent glowing minerals.

Tours of the museum are available for a fee.

The gift shop at the museum will be open, and there will be hourly drawings for door prize.



Thursday, May 23, 2024

Public hearing on Fohs project Friday

Fohs Hall Inc. and Crittenden County Fiscal Court have agreed to a grant application for a Recreational Trails Program for the walking trails, landscaping and restrooms phase of the Fohs Hall Park Project.  

The proposed walking trail will extend from what’s known as the Hayward House property across from Fohs Hall to behind the nearby Senior Citizens Center. Fohs Hall is applying for a $250,000 gran, 20% of which will be from local funds or  in-kind services.  The project also has the support of Crittenden County Tomorrow and Marion Tourism Commission, Fohs Hall leaders said in a recent news release. 

A public hearing will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 24 at Fohs Hall to hear comments on the proposed grant application.

Fohs Hall was recently notified that a grant it applied for last year to build a rotunda on the site had been denied. So it’s regrouping and devoting efforts toward a different part of its longterm plans to develop the property across North Walker Street from the historic cultural arts center.

Weather forecast moves graduation indoors

Crittenden County High School has chosen to move its commencement ceremonies Friday into Rocket Arena based on the forecast of rain.

Graduates have been given 11 tickets for their respective families. 

Building fire code restrictions have prompted that limitation because this will be a large graduating class.

 

Check with Lone Star for building materials

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Lone Star Building Supply in Princeton offers a full lumber yard and sells building supplies for all types of construction.

Musgove Overhead Doors is part of the business, and both divisions offer free quotes.

Lone Star Building Supply is located on U.S. 62 between Princeton and Eddyville. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Salem demoliiton underway

The first of four buildings being razed in downtown Salem was torn down and hauled away before 3 p.m., Tuesday.

The buildings are being removed to make way for Cumberland River Homes' construction of a training facility, office space and a cafe.

The buildings are adjacent to the Salem Post Office on the south side of Main Street.

Hearell honored with retirement reception

Donna Hearell (center) was honored Monday, May 20 during her first official day of retirement from Williams, Faughn and Associates. 

Hearell worked at Larry Orr CPA and subsequently Williams, Faughn and Associates in Marion for 40 years.

Pictured from left are Rick Williams, Jesse Rea, Hearell, Michael Faughn, Thomas Riley and Karen Vaughn, a 37-year co-worker of Hearell.

Marion Baptist VBS is June 3-5

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Wave hello to Marion Baptist Church's VBS theme, Breaker Rock Beach.

Kids will be challenged as they discover that God’s 
truth never changes, everyone needs Jesus, and learn to speak the truth in love. 

Adventure awaits each day at Marion Baptist  as kids explore tide pools, spot orcas, fly kites, and watch 
the mighty waves crash up against the immovable Breaker Rock!

Monday, May 20, 2024

Noah wisely drops football for hoops

Dondi Noah admits he was always more of a “football guy” than basketball and coached football for almost 20 years before Harlan County schools consolidated.

His son, Trent, used to “travel everywhere” playing football when he was young.

“He started playing contact football at age 4. You were not supposed to start until you were 5 but he was bigger than most kids and we snuck him there, which was probably one of the silliest things I ever did,” Dondi said. “He played football and was a middle linebacker, quarterback or tailback up until the sixth grade and then told me he loved basketball more and would rather spend time in the gym getting better. It has been basketball ever since.”

It was a wise decision. He scored 3,707 points, fifth most in state history, his five seasons at Harlan County and averaged 29.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a senior when he led Harlan County to the state championship game.

He originally signed with South Carolina — he was not offered a scholarship by then UK coach John Calipari — but after  Mark Pope was hired at Kentucky, Trent Noah decommitted from the Gamecocks and a few days later signed with UK. He was the first UK basketball signee from Harlan County since Dick Parsons (1958-61) and only the fourth overall — Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones (1945-49), Rudy Yessin (1943-44), and Henry Farmer (1911-1913). 

Dondi said it was impossible to put into words how stressful the 48 hours after his son’s decision to decommit from South Carolina were. Schools could not reach out to him until he had his release from South Carolina. However, once Pope and Kentucky reached out, Trent Noah quickly said yes to the offer.

“Obviously Kentucky could not contact us. We were on pins and needles after he made the decision (not to attend South Carolina). He walked out on a limb of faith and didn’t know what would happen,” Dondi said. “When the phone rang the first time (with a scholarship offer), it brought a lot of relief. It was not UK that called first but that gave us hope and then obviously the home run call came from UK. 

“Coach Pope called Trent the first time in between a couple of speaking engagements. The next day all the UK coaches, me and his mom and him all got on a Zoom call together and it took Trent about a half-second to accept the scholarship offer.”

Dondi likely would have said yes just as quick based on his childhood.

“I was born in 1970  and was a coal miner’s son. There was a coal operator who lived here and about once a week he would tell six or seven of us kids who lived nearby that (UK All-American) Kyle Macy would be at his house. He would fly players in on his helicopter and us kids would be screaming,” Dondi said.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

10 Under 40: Trade - Briley Berry

This spring The Crittenden Press is celebrating ten professionals in the top 

of their field with the 10 Under 40 community recognition program. 

 Today we're celebrating Briley Berry the Trade Category.

In case you missed it, you can read a feature story about Berry in the April 18 issue of 
The Crittenden Press. Subscribe.


Thank you to our 10 Under 40 sponsors:

First United offers credit cards

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Applications are available for a new First United Bank credit card.

Upgrade your wallet with the First United card that does everything you need it to do.

Scan this QR code to get the process started or stop by the Marion bank at 305 N. Main Street.



Friday, May 17, 2024

Buntin summer consignment is June 8

Buntin Auction Service is conducting a summer consignment sale Saturday, June 8.

Farm equipment, vehicles, tools, trailers, poultry and much more have been consigned and will be accepted through June 7. No consignments will be accepted day of sale.

Call Curt Buntin (270) 704-0726 to consign.



Dycusburg fish fry is Sunday

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Dycusburg Cemetery is hosting a fish fry on Sunday on the Methodist church grounds.

The annual fish helps raise money for the upkeep of Dycusburg Cemetery. Donations can also by mailed to Faye Stinnett.

The meal begins at 1 p.m. Please bring chairs and a covered 
dish.



Animal Practice vaccine clinic June 1

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Is your pet in need of a vaccination? 

Dr. Stephanie Call is hosting a vaccination clinic at Animal Practice on Marion June 1.

Call today to request an appointment.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Hearell retirement reception is Monday

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Williams, Faughn & Associates, PLLC is honoring longtime employee Donna Hearell on Monday, May 20.

Hearell has worked 40 years in Marion in tax preparation and accounting services in the office of the late Larry Orr, and more recently with 
Williams, Faughn & Associates.

Clients and friends are encouraged to stop by between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to wish Donna well in retirement.





Hurricane Youth Camp is June 10-15

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It's time to register for Hurricane Youth Camp.

The non-denominational religious youth camp will be held June 10-15 on the Hurricane Church grounds near Tolu.
Registration cost is $200 for the week and $185 for day campers. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Reward offered for home vandalism

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for vandalism at home on KY 1901 near Mattoon. Considerable damage to the home and its contents were reported to the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department.

Contact the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department if you have information that can help solve this case.



Three Roads Closed for High Water

As of Wednesday afternoon, Crittenden County has three roads affected by water.  

Cool Springs Road, Enon Church Road, and Providence Road – all in the eastern part of the county – have  water over them. All are near the Tradewater River or its tributaries. 



Marion Baptist VBS June 3-5

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Wave hello to Marion Baptist Church's VBS theme, Breaker Rock Beach.

Kids will be challenged as they discover that God’s 
truth never changes, everyone needs Jesus, and learn to speak the truth in love. 

Adventure awaits each day at Marion Baptist  as kids explore tide pools, spot orcas, fly kites, and watch 
the mighty waves crash up against the immovable Breaker Rock!

Rarity: Grand jury has no indictments

A grand jury did not convene in Crittenden County last week because there were no cases to hear. 

It was the first time in many years that there were no felony indictments during a month. 

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Wes Hunt said it was merely an anomaly and does not suggest that crime is on decline. 

There have been 24 individuals indicted this year by the grand jury over the first four months of 2024. Hunt said those numbers indicate a normal year so far with regard to prosecution of criminal activity.

Regular readers of The Crittenden Press full edition are aware that each month our coverage includes complete accounting of circuit court and grand jury. Every felony case heard in Crittenden County is reported on in your local newspaper. It's information you cannot find anywhere else other than at courtroom or from court records. This week's full edition of the newspapers has our regular report from circuit court, which includes probation revocations, bond hearings, pleadings and sentencings. 

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