Friday, March 1, 2024

Chamber planning Eclipse Party in April

Marion’s proximity to the path of totality is prompting the Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce to plan a viewing party of the April 8 solar eclipse.

President Shanna West hopes the event will create an influx of people and give Marion businesses a showcase opportunity.

“We have a definite geographic advantage being this close to I-69, being on the very edge of totality and being only one of a handful of Kentucky towns even in totality,” West said.

She said geographically, Marion is the easiest and closest route for nearly all Kentuckians to reach the path of totality.

She thinks there are many people interested in seeing the eclipse who will appreciate seeing it in a small town with small-town activities and avoid additional driving to hectic, larger cities.

The chamber plans to have a viewing party from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8 and is offering booth space to organizations looking to offer food or other types of sales. She encourages businesses in the community to have special sales as well to attract visitors.

Booth reservations can be made at

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Final switch flipped on park lights project

Local leaders across multiple government agencies have approved final funding for a project that will update some lighting and add lights to another area for the first time at Marion-Crittenden County Park.

Park, city, county, school and tourism boards and councils have all ratified a plan that will basically complete a long-range update of infrastructure at the park.

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


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Fohs has two big spring events

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Two big events are coming to Fohs Hall in March and April.

The first is the return of the ever-popular Old Kentucky Hayride. Presented by Cutter & Cash and the Kentucky Grass, the Hayride features a host of local country, gospel and bluegrass talent. That event is Saturday, March 9.

For two weekends beginning in late April, a cast of talented youth will present Matilda The Musical JR. 

The event is sponsored by the Community Arts Foundation 
and directed by Corey and Michelle Crider.

Salem responds to failing structures on Main Street

In this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press we examine what Salem is doing in response to questions about the structural integrity of a number of downtown buildings.

What's happening will change the skyline of Salem forever.

Don't miss this week's full edition of your community newspaper.


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Livingston Hospital plans full-scale drill Saturday

On Saturday, March 2, Livingston Hospital is hosting a full-scale trauma simulation with the fire department and EMS in front of the hospital.  

The fire department and EMS will be assisting with a simulated car accident and extrication of patients. 

Since the trauma drill will be visible from the road and entrance of the hospital, the hospital wants to alert the public about the drill.

If there are any questions about this trauma drill, call 270-988-7208. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

First United offers home grant program

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A new program at First United Bank can help home buyers.

Up to $25,000 is available to home buyers through the Welcome Home Grant Program. 

Call Charlie Day at (270) 965-1222 for more information.

McConnell will give up Senate leadership post

 McConnell Remarks On Last Term As Republican Leader

‘To lead my Republican colleagues has been my highest privilege. But one of life’s most underappreciated talents is to know when it’s time to move on…’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor:

“As some of you may know, this has been a particularly difficult time for my family. We tragically lost Elaine’s youngest sister, Angela a few weeks ago. When you lose a loved one, particularly at a young age, there is a certain introspection that accompanies the grieving process.

“Perhaps it is God’s way of reminding you of your own life’s journey to reprioritize the impact on the world that we will all inevitably leave behind.

“I turned 82 last week. The end of my contributions are closer than I’d prefer.

“My career in the United States Senate began amidst the Reagan Revolution. The truth is, when I got here, I was just happy if anybody remembered my name.

“President Reagan called me ‘Mitch O’Donnell’. Close enough, I thought. 

“My wife Elaine and I got married on President Reagan’s birthday, February 6th. It’s probably not the most romantic thing to admit, but Reagan meant a great deal to both of us.

“For thirty-one years Elaine has been the love of my life and I am eternally grateful to have her by my side.

“I think back to my first days in the Senate with a deep appreciation for the time that helped shape my view of the world. I am unconflicted about the good within our country and the irreplaceable role we play as the leader of the free world.

“It is why I worked so hard to get the national security package passed earlier this month. Believe me, I know the politics within my party at this particular moment in time. I have many

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Invasive weed program in March

Italian ryegrass continues to increase as a problematic weed in all of Kentucky’s major agronomic crops.  While ryegrass has been a perennial problem in wheat, it has become increasingly problematic in no-till corn and soybeans.

The University of Kentucky Weed Science team will be hosting a field tour to highlight Italian ryegrass research being conducted at the UKREC in Princeton.  The team will cover ryegrass control in the fall and spring prior to no-till corn and soybean planting as well as continued research on ryegrass control in wheat.   

The field tour will occur on March 28 in Princeton, and will be led by Dr. Travis Legleiter, Extension Specialist in Weed Science. The day will begin at the Caldwell County Extension office with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The tour will start with opening remarks at approximately 9 a.m., followed by a caravan to the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center to tour ryegrass research plots. The tour will wrap up prior to noon.  

Pre-registration for the event is recommended, but not required. For more information about the ryegrass field tour call (859) 562-2569 or email UK Extension Associate Jason Travis

Monday, February 26, 2024

CAF hosts Greek chat Tuesdauy

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A lesson in Greek art and architecture will be presented by Kathleen Guess at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27 at historic Fohs Hall.

Sponsored by Community Arts Foundation, the "It's Greek to Me" discussion is the featured topic for the organization's annual Fireside Chat.

Guess will share elements of Greek art, which is characterized by its beauty, harmony and enduring influence on architecture. It will focus on some of the classic works of Ancient Greece, their importance and influence.

Admission is free.

Home engulfed by brush fire near Mott City

At 12:30pm Monday, multiple agencies are on the scene of a structure fire just south of Mott City.

Early reports are that a brush fire spread to a nearby home, totally engulfing it before firemen could control the blaze.

Residents should be reminded that open burning outdoors is prohibited during what is basically daylight hours during wildfire season, which started earlier this month and runs through April 30. 

Burning can only be done after 6 p.m., in the evenings anywhere within 150 feet from a brushland or woodland, which is almost everywhere in Crittenden County. Burning is not allowed from 6 a.m., to 6 p.m. See more about the spring wildfire season on page 8. 

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Voter info for 2024 primary, beyond

On the ballot

• Democrats: U.S. President.

• Republicans: U.S. President, State Senate District 1.

Voter registration deadline

April 22. Can register online at

Mail-in absentee voting

Request ballot April 6 to May 7 online at or in the Crittenden County Clerk’s office.

In-office absentee voting on machine

May 8-15 in large conference room at County Office Complex.

Early voting

May 16-18 in fiscal court room at County Office Complex

Election Day

• Voting Center at County Office Complex.

• Also at Repton Baptist, Shady Grove Fire Department, Mexico Baptist and Deer Creek Baptist.

Filing deadlines

•Filing deadline for non-partisan races like city council, school board, conservation district is 4 p.m., June 4. 

•Deadline to file as write-in candidate is 4 p.m., Oct. 25.

Do not let government hide behind texts

COMMENTARY By Press Editor Chris Evans

Your government is wanting to dismantle the public’s right to know, partly by saying communications in a text message are protected by privacy laws even when those communications   circumvent laws to provide transparency in governing.

A recent opinion piece written by Jon Fleischaker and Michael Abate is making its way across the commonwealth and it bears printing here. Fleishaker has been around for a long time and helped craft Kentucky’s very good open meetings and open records laws back in the 1970s right after Watergate when it became clear that backroom politics was for mobsters and had no place in the government of and for the people.

“It’s become an annual tradition in Frankfort: a new bill designed to chip away at the government transparency Kentucky citizens have enjoyed for nearly 50 years under the Open Records Act. This year’s bill – HB 509, endorsed by Speaker David Osborne and others in House leadership – is different, though. It would completely eviscerate the public’s right to know even the most basic things about what the government is doing in its name,” Fleischaker and Abate have written.

They go onto to say the following:

“How would it accomplish this goal? Primarily by changing the definition of what a “public record” is. Today, that definition is clear: any record prepared, owned, used, possessed, or retained by a public agency, regardless of its form (paper or electronic), what it says, or where it is stored. Sure, agencies can claim that records are exempt from disclosure under other provisions of the law, but the agency must search for the records, admit they exist, and explain why they should not be released. 

“Not under the new law, however. Legislators are proposing to smuggle various limitations and exclusions into the definition of “public record” – opening the door to mischief and misdirection by public agencies. Under HB 509, nothing would be a “public record” unless it documents a “transaction” or “final action” of a public agency. Those terms are not defined by the law, but it’s easy to see how they will be abused.”

The public has a right to know about its employees and what is in their personnel files. Whether it be teachers, police, coaches, dog catchers, mayors, judges or jailers, public employees work for the public and their personnel files are yours. Under proposed legislation, most of their work record will be hidden forever.

Fleischaker and Abate point out that even if you somehow surmounted this new hurdle, there are more roadblocks in your way. “For example, “preliminary” documents will no longer be public records. Under current law, these records can be withheld, but only temporarily. Once a final decision is reached, the reasons for it must be disclosed. Not under HB 509—the records showing why your government is doing what it is doing are permanently off limits.”

Lastly, is the cell phone provision in this proposed new law, and it’s the real head scratcher. 

Remember, Fleischaker and Abate are not politicians. They’re attorneys who are hired to keep an eye on legal manuevering to water down or circumvent the laws that provide transpancy in government. What

Friday, February 23, 2024

Reserving the park or farmers market

As warmer weather approaches and folks begin to spend more time outdoors, Marion Tourism and Recreation Commission and Marion-Crittenden County Park Board remind citizens that organized use of the farmers market and/or park requires an approved reservation. 

There is a small fee for commercial vendors at Imogene Stout Market on Main and a small cost for groups or individuals who charge an entry fee for organized events at Marion-Crittenden County Park. 

Call Marion Welcome Center at  (270) 965-5015 to make a reservation.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Sykes Reading Garden seeks memorial funds

A GoFundMe has been established to raise money for the Phyllis Sykes Reading Garden at Crittenden County Elementary School. 

Former students, colleagues and friends say an inviting, outdoor space for students to develop a lot for reading is the perfect memorial for the beloved late first-grade teacher and Marion City Council member.

Here is a LINK to “Ms. Phyllis Sykes’s Reading Garden” on GoFundMe, or you can make monetary donations directly to Crittenden County Elementary School.

The reading garden will also include a lending library so students can borrow and share books throughout the school year and summer months.

Leads sought in burned vehicle case

Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a vehicle that was found burned early this morning near the Tradewater River boat ramp at the intersection of KY 132 and Cool Springs Road. 

Sheriff Evan Head said the vehicle was damaged to the point that most identifying marks were destroyed, including the Vehicle Identification Number. However, the sheriff believes the SUV is one that was reported missing from Marion about an hour earlier.

Kevin and Wendy Bingham reported that their GMC Acadia was stolen from their home on North College Street about 3:30 a.m. 

A passing motorist discovered the burning vehicle around 4:30 a.m., and called authorities.

Anyone with information can contact Crittenden County TipLine at 270-965-3500. Information leading to an arrest could result in a reward. Tipsters can remain anonymous. 

Former state Rep. Mike Cherry dies

Former Kentucky state Representative Mike Cherry of Princeton died Wednesday. He was 81.

Cherry was a retired US Navy captain when he first ran for and was elected to the General Assembly. Cherry served in the state House from 1998 to 2012. 

He was also a Princeton businessman and former owner of the movie theater.

Funeral services are at 2 pm Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church in Princeton.

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Tick-picking info sought from Crittenden

A University of Louisville student is studying the distribution of tick-borne illnesses in Kentucky and wants local citizen input. 

Dana McKenzie of Winchester is particularly interested in surveying Crittenden County residents, since Crittenden has what she says is the highest prevalence proportion of tick-borne illnesses in the state. She is writing a thesis for geography coursework and has created a study to identify key factors in tick-borne disease distribution throughout Kentucky. 

Using a smartphone, scan the QR code above to take her survey, which asks respondents about their use of tick repellant, repellant clothing and their history of tick bites. The survey takes about two minutes to complete. McKenzie will be in Marion this weekend doing research for her study.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

It's Wildfire Season reminds Jason Hurley


Crittenden County Emergency Management Director Jason Hurley reminds residents that it's wildfire season in Kentucky, meaning conditions are ripe for dangerous and damaging brush fires.

In fact, in most circumstances, it's illegal to burn during daylight hours.

Hurley said local volunteer fire departments have been busy the last several days responding to brush fires.

During wildfire season, burning is prohibited between 6am and 6pm. Wait until after dark to burn trash, leaves, debris or start a campfire, Hurley says.

Monday, February 19, 2024

West KY Player just 'different' Coach Thompson says

Paducah Tilghman coach Sean Thompson knew a little bit about Martels Carter before he moved to Paducah before the start of the 2023 football season.

“One of my coaches used to coach with his father. I had seen film of him because of my assistant,” Thompson said. “Seeing him in person on the field, though, you immediately knew how special he was. He does things you do not typically see. I don’t even know how to explain it. I have never coached a kid with the explosion he has. He just practices and plays at a different level from others.”

The 6-1, 190-pound Carter already has about  50 Division I college scholarship offers to back up what Thompson said.

“He is heavily recruited and he should be,” the Paducah Tilghman coach said. “He works hard and I hope he ends in a situation that is really good for him in college.”

Carter had 43 catches for 1,066 yards and 10 scores in 13 games last season at Tilghman and also ran 17 times for 214 yards and three scores. He returned five punts for scores and had one kickoff return for a touchdown.

On defense, he had 44 tackles and three interceptions to help Tilghman reach the Class 4A semifinals where it lost to Covington Catholic.

While he has the size, speed and skill to be an offensive player in college, he’s being recruited primarily as a defensive back.

“He definitely a defensive back first. He plays offense and special teams  and probably his most immediate impact in college will be on special teams. You  can’t kick it to him. If you kick him the ball

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Job Corps has employment opportunities

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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.  

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Presidents' Day sales event at Johnson's

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Buy more, save more at Johnson's this President's Day.

Through Feb. 28, Johnson's is offering discounts on appliances with these special deals.  Buy two appliances and save $75; buy up to five and save $400!

Johnson's offers no-interest financing for 12 months.

Stop in today to browse the selection.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Tick survey helps UofL student research

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A University of Louisville student is researching the spread of tick-borne illnesses across Kentucky and asks for local citizens' help.

To take the survey, which asks questions about the use of tick repellant and other tick-related behaviors, scan the QR code contained in the attached advertisement.

Jada McKenzie of Winchester is particularly interested in Crittenden County residents' experiences with tick bites and preventative measures since Crittenden County has the highest transmittable rate in the state.

The link to the survey is:

County revokes roofer's business license

UPDATE | On Thursday, Feb. 22, the company's account was made current and the revocation of its business license was lifted.


Crittenden County Fiscal Court on Thursday voted to revoke a business permit for All In One Contracting, a Madisonville firm that has been operating in the community for more than a year.

The county cited an unpaid, past-due accumulated dumping fee in excess of $7,000 for the action. 

After meeting in executive session to discussion pending or possible litigation, Judge-Executive Perry Newcom said the court is giving the roofing company 10 days to pay the bill in full or it will file suit against All In One.

This appears to be the first time a county business license has been revoked in more than 25 years.

All In One is currently doing hail-damage repair for an insurance claim filed by the City of Marion on its buildings in town. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Estate sale Friday, Saturday in Marion

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An estate sale will be held Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17 on Harmon Drive in Marion.

The furniture, cookware and collectibles belonging to the late Nancy Croft will be sold from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday. 

See photos on Facebook by searching Serena Jent Dickerson.

Caldwell Springs Road closing for repair

Caldwell Springs Road near Frances will be closed to through traffic at Koon Cemetery Road two this week.

Repairs at the site make road closure necessary on Thursday and Friday of this week.

HUMP DAY | Things to know this week

  1. Spring Wildfire Season starts Thursday. What's that?
  2. Registration for Youth baseball, softball, kickball and soccer is underway.
  3. Recycling program is still stalled in the county, but...
  4. Line Dancing is Thursday, where?
  5. What will happen now to the city's golf course?

  6. Your weekly newspaper has details on these and other community issues. Don't miss this week's edition, which is available on your phone or in paper form in your hand.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Construction underway at CCMS

Contractors clear site for CCMS addition
Dirt work began this week on a construction project 
behind Crittenden County Middle School.

M.P. Lawson of Paducah was awarded the contract late last year to build the $8.6 million two-story addition. 

The west wing of CCMS built in 1949 will be 
torn down after completion of the addition, which 
will be connected to the current middle school and gymnasium.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Spring events planned at Fohs Hall

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There are two big events to set your signs on at Fohs Hall this spring.

The hugely popular Old Kentucky Hayride returns to the stage March 9. Check out the event's Facebook page for ticket information. 

In April, the Community Arts Foundation will present its children's musical under the direction of Cory and Michelle Crider. Auditions have been held, and rehearsals are beginning soon.

As always, remember Fohs Hall as Marion's premier event center as you plan for 2024 events, including receptions, banquets, celebrations and community meetings.

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Mr. Fix-It All does it all

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Need it fixed? Call Mr. Fix-It All.

Mr. Fix-It All does it all, including refurbishing work, cabinets and floors. 

Painting is also among their speciality. 

Call today to discuss your next project.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Honor loved ones lost this Valentine's Day

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New Beginnings Outpatient Behavioral Health wants people suffering from loss to know there are healthy ways to remember loved ones on Valentine's Day.

February 14 can be a lonely and painful time for those suffering from grief. 

The memory of loved ones can be celebrated by lighting a candle in their memory or honoring Valentine traditions of the past.

Professional help for individuals overcome with sorrow is available at New Beginnings.

Glam-R-Us has open house Feb. 14

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A new Marion business, Glam-R-Us, is holding its grand opening from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Glam-R-Us, owned by stylist Veronica Herrington, is located on East Carlisle Street next to The Venue (formerly Woman's Club of Marion.)

Herrington invites you to check out the Glam-R-Us salon, which also features clothing and jewelry.

What is Kentucky's most dangerous interstate?

Interstate 65 is most dangerous in Kentucky, but a stretch of I-24 ranks nationally among the deadliest stretches of highways when data from Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois area combined. 

A recent study by Assurance IQ, an insurance policy shopping platform, examined National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data to determine the most and least safe interstates across the country with regard to the number of fatal accidents.

Data show that I-65 is the deadliest in Kentucky, averaging 1.53 fatal crashes every 10 miles per year. The interstate enters the commonwealth in the north from Indianapolis and crosses Kentucky from Louisville to Bowling Green then leaves the state toward Nashville, Tenn.

Interstate 24 holds the dubious honor of being among the fifth deadliest with 18.3 fatal crashes annually per 100 miles.

Running 316 miles from near Marion, Ill., to near Chattanooga, Tenn., I-24 also passes briefly into Georgia giving it a three-state footprint. In Tennessee near Nashville, I-24 is the most congested stretch of highway in the entire state. 

Overall, Kentucky’s interstate highways rank 22nd among the nation’s most hazardous.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Johnson's has President's Day savings

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Buy more, save more at Johnson's this President's Day.

Through Feb. 28, Johnson's is offering discounts on appliances with these special deals.  Buy two appliances and save $75; buy up to five and save $400!

Johnson's offers no-interest financing for 12 months.

Stop in today to browse the selection.

Two going into Hall of Fame Friday night

Two former student-athletes will be enshrined in the Farmers Bank Marion-Crittenden County Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony Friday night at Rocket Arena. 

There will be a memory room for new inductees of the Hall of Fame, their families, friends, well-wishers and former coaches and teammates and a come-and-go reception in the Rocket Arena meeting room. 

It will be open from 6 p.m., until the end of the boys’ varsity game. 

Friday is also the annual basketball homecoming game. Crowning of a queen and king and recognition of the court will be prior to the varsity game against Tilghman. 

Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be at halftime of the varsity basketball game.

For more about this year's inductees, Shawn Thompson and J.D. Gray, see this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.

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Marion's Leading Cause of Accidental Death

If a trend continues, the new leading cause of death in this community will be fentanyl overdose. Over the past seven months there have been four fentanyl-related deaths, including three overdoses. That's more than any other accidental cause of death over the last few decades. 

Local leaders say it's an alarming trend that bears immediate attention from everyone in all walks of life. 

This week's full edition has information about how to recognize fentanyl, what it is and what it's called on the streets and its grim grasp on Marion. Don't miss this week's coverage of a frightening situation in your neighborhood.


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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Vehicle registrations may be paid online

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Crittenden County Clerk Daryl Tabor reminds citizens they can save time with online vehicle registration. 

If you simply have a renewal of tags, you may do it online.

Credit card fees and $2 postage per vehicle apply.

Past due bills cannot be paid online.

Local youth soccer registration

Spring registration is underway by the Crittenden County Youth Soccer Association. 

A registration event will be held from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 24 at H&H Home and Hardware and from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 29 at Crittenden Elementary. 

Registration forms are available at The Crittenden Press. Deadline to register is March 1, and payment must accompany forms. 

Cost is $45 for 4u and 6u and $55 for 8u, 10u and 12u players. All players must have shin guards, cleats and a ball. 

Practices for 4u and 6u begin the week of March 18, with the season concluding the week of May 6. Players in 10u and 12u will begin practice the week of March 11, and the season-ending tournament will be May 11. 

Call Bridgett Tharp for more information 270-625-4634.

H&H is sharing the love this Valentine's Day

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Ladies and gentlemen alike will find something they love at H&H Home and Hardware. 

Mr. Fix it would love something from the Stihl or Milwaukee sections. The gardener would appreciate anything to make her life a little easier. 

H&H's new lumber yard will make everyone's building projects more convenient.

Stop in H&H Home and Hardware to find something practical and appreciated this Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Time to sign up for youth baseball, softball

Registration is open for Crittenden County Dugout Club’s youth baseball and softball recreational leagues. There is also a league for kickball. 

Deadline is March 9 to register. 

Cost varies depending on the age of the player and there are family discounts.  

Skills assessment is 10 a.m., to noon, Saturday, March 9 for some players. 

For more information and a registration form GO HERE or call Tanner Tabor at 859-333-9751. 

Games will be played April 28 through June 15. Practices begins in late March. 

Dugout Club Facebook Page also has a registration form and questions can get answered there. 

Forms are also available at The Press and YTG Insurance.

Great local options to pamper your Valentine.

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Pamper your Valentine this year with a service 
from one of their favorite local businesses.

Every Valentine would love a gift certificate from 
their favorite stylist, or one of these services.

Women, there is something here for the man
on your list as well!

Monday, February 5, 2024

UK recruit excited about next season's line

Zach Yenser was excited about the potential for UK’s offensive line next season and is “extremely disappointed” he won’t get to coach that unit after being fired despite signing a contract extension in December.

“We battled for two years to get to this point. We have four guys back. We have been building depth with two high school recruiting classes,” Yenser said. “Both Marques (Cox) and Eli (Cox) coming back is huge so that we did not have to rely on young guys and could play other guys so they are ready when their turn comes.”

Yenser said transfers Jalen Farmer of Florida and Gerald Mincey of Tennessee added needed daily competition and depth.

“Farmer brings some competition to the middle and Mincey will provide great competition at tackle that is great to have,” Yenser said. “I think we were going to be as close to the 2021 offensive line and felt like we were going to have that kind of front again.

“I just keep telling myself I left it (the offensive line) better than I found it and I know (former UK offensive line coach John) Schlarman would be happy with what I did.”

Yenser said he told 2024 offensive line signees Hayes Johnson, Marc Nave and Aba Selm they were at

Friday, February 2, 2024

City sells building, lot on Nichols Avenue

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The City of Marion is accepting bids for a building and lot declared surplus. The building is located on 
1.43 acres between Nichols Avenue and Watson Street near Crittenden County Health and Rehab. 

Bids will be accepted at City Hall through noon Wednesday, Feb. 21. Bids will be opened at 12:05 p.m., the same day.

The city set a reserve bid amount of $125,000.
The building was formerly used as a laundry facility
 for Crittenden Hospital.

Upcoming Events | Spring in Marion

Marion Tourism and Recreation Commission met last week and discussed a number of projects scheduled for the coming months.

Events of note include a March 30 Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Marion Baptist Church, which will be held March 30.

On April 13, the annual H.B. Clark Disc Golf Tournament will be held at Marion-Crittenden County Park.

The commission will sponsor a bowfishing tournament on May 4. Weigh in will be at the fairgrounds.

Show and Shine Car Shows will be held the fourth Thursday of each month from May through September. Typically held on the court square, the shows will now be held at Marion Commons because of demolition and construction that will take place in the near future at the courthouse site.

Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum’s annual gem, fossil and mineral show will be June 1-2.

The commission is also beginning to develop a plan for a Christmas tree decorating festival of sorts. Although still in the initial brainstorming stage, plans are to have multiple large trees on Marion Commons. Groups or individuals will be able to decorate the trees. The commission believes the project will generate a spirt of Christmas in the community.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

What's News This Week in Marion and Beyond

In this week's newspaper, find out whey these Livingston Hospital leaders were in Marion visiting a cardboard mock up of a hospital room.

Also, in our full edition this week are articles about drinking water issues in Marion and Fredonia, a new gym floor, local sports, Kentucky's Sports Figure of the Year might be your neighbor, Dean's Lists, state and regional honors for several local individuals and much more.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

County's Recycling Program Idled for Now

West Kentucky Correctional Complex near Fredonia has terminated its recycling program, creating a trickle-down effect for Crittenden and other nearby counties.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom says the county’s recycling bins are currently full and there’s nowhere to take the material.  

“We are out of the recycling business until we can get something resolved and in place,” the judge said Tuesday.

 A coalition of area counties is looking at other options, Newcom said. He hopes to find something short-term even if a permanent resolution to the matter is farther down the road.

So for now, neither the convenience center nor the county’s recycling trailers that are located at various places across the county will not be accepting recyclable material.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Mishap at courthouse Tuesday

Policeman George Foster moves a bench from the scene
A mishap on the lawn of the Crittenden County Courthouse destroyed two aluminum benches around 10:15 a.m., Tuesday while county workers were moving furniture at the building set to be demolished in the coming months.

A vehicle swerved onto the sidewalk along Main Street before stopping at the intersection of West Carlisle Street. 

Marion City Policeman George Foster moved the second damaged bench from the car's path before it was allowed to leave the scene.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Grandparents invited to CCHS lunch Wednesday

Grandparents Day will be observed Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Crittenden County High School cafeteria.

The lunchroom will be filled with social guests during a Grandparents Day event. Pre-registration is required to attend. Check in the front office of CCHS. Cash or check is accepted for lunch, which is $4.75. 

Master gives $1 million to UK

Jim Master
Jim Master played basketball at Kentucky from 1980-84 for coach Joe Hall and finished his career with 1,283 points, 254 assists, 209 rebounds and 60 steals in 121 games. He was a 48.5 percent shooter from the field and 84.9 percent shooter at the foul line. 

He was Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1980 and a McDonald’s All-American. He was a two-time all-SEC pick.

Master, a business major at UK, fell in love with the Big Blue and stayed in Lexington where he works as a financial manager after the career path was suggested to him by his late teammate Bret Bearup. Master appreciated what Kentucky did for him athletically and academically and about 1 1/2 years ago met with UK athletics director to discuss making a donation to the university.

“I manage money and knew some day if I was in a fortunate position I wanted to give back to the university. Mitch is a Christian. I am a Christian. I respect Mitch Barnhart and if UK had another AD I would not have had that meeting,” Master said. “As I get older I am very proud to be a very small part of Kentucky basketball history.

“I also graduated from the University of Kentucky with a business degree. My brother got his MBA at Kentucky. I am all about helping kids and Mitch convinced me these athletes are kids. I am part of the UK tradition and a big fan of Mitch. My son, Leo, is 14 and he didn’t care anything about basketball but is now addicted to basketball because of this team.”

Master and his wife have donated $1 million to the university with half designated for the business school and half to athletics. 

“I’ve had good fortune and this was the right time to do this,” Master, who played in the 1984 Final Four, said. “Mitch said a lot of good things when we first met and my wife and I thought about this for over a year and things got even better for us. We know there are other causes that could use the money but Mitch helped convince us this was also a good move to make.”

Master said he trusted Barnhart to use the donation for what he thinks is needed the

Vehicle taxes are income tax deduction

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Did you know that vehicle taxes you paid last year 
can be used as a deduction on your 2023 tax return?

Scan the QR code on this notice to be directed to the Crittenden County Clerk's vin look-up page or enter 
the web address shown at right.

Saturday, January 27, 2024


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Friday, January 26, 2024

Mud on US 641 creating havoc

Sheriff Evan Head says traffic will be delayed today on US 641 while thehighway is cleared

A spill has left mud on it.

The sheriff recommends motorist detour via Mott City Road for the time being.

Heart scans discounted in February at LH

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Heart scans used to detect plaque and other abnormalities in coronary arteries are discounted to $75 in February at Livingston Hospital.

The cardiology clinic at the Salem facility conducts CT Cardiac Scoring, which is a non-invasive scan of the heart to determine heart disease risks.

Individuals who have a family history of heart disease, have high blood pressure, diabetes and related risk factors are ideal candidates for this 15-minute test.

Weekday and special Saturday hours are available in February. Call (270) 988-2181 to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

See how local deer harvest stacks up

 Hunters may be surprised by Crittenden County's total deer harvest this past season.

See where Crittenden's recent take lines up against historic harvest figures, other nearby counties and the rest of the state.

Crittenden was once the state's top harvest county, but things have changed.

Get all the details in this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Pickers looking for Kentucky gems

The History Channel's hit show American Pickers is coming through Kentucky in March and its producers are looking for hidden treasures.

The cable television documentary series explores the world of antique “picking” and follows some of the most skilled pickers in the industry as they hunt for America's most valuable antiques. Pickers do not pick stores, flea markets, malls, auction businesses, museums or anything open to the public, according to an article in the Courier-Journal. Instead, the team is looking for authentic, rare treasures.

Cineflex is the production company that films the program. It has announced that Mike Wolfe, Danielle Colby, and their team will be part of the filming in Kentucky.

American Pickers previously visited Kentucky in 2018.

If interested, send your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to or call 646-493-2184. Follow the team on Facebook @GOTAPICK.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

New Livingston County judge sworn Tuesday

A swearing in ceremony will be conducted Tuesday morning at Smithland to formally seat Teris Swanson as the next Livingston County Judge-Executive.

Gov. Andy Beshear has made the appointment following the resignation earlier this month of Judge Garrett Gruber.

See this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press for more about Swanson, her appointment as county judge and her deep roots in the county. 

Lady Rocket All A game LIVE broadcast

Long Road Trip for CCHS
Basketball Lady Rockets will hit the road today for a long trip across Kentucky to Corbin where the All A Classic State Tournament will be held Wednesday through Sunday at the Corbin Arena.

CCHS will be taking on Lexington Christian (14-2) in the opening round at 7 p.m., (CST). Live video broadcast of the game will be available for a fee at WMJL will carry a live audio feed provided by the tournament’s official broadcast team.

Crittenden County (10-7), making its ninth state tournament appearance, is the winningest Second Region team in All A tournament history.

CCHS lost to Bethlehem in last year’s All A opener.

The Lady Rockets have played LCA only one other time in history, and that result was a two-point loss in the 2011 All A Classic State Tournament. That was the same year CCHS won the Second Region KHSAA Tournament for the only time in history.

Monday, January 22, 2024

UPDATED: Morning drop off procedure at CCMS/CCHS

A modification of morning drop-off at the Crittenden County Middle and High School campus will take effect Tuesday, Jan. 23. The new procedures began Monday, Jan. 22 as a result of upcoming construction project at Crittenden County Middle School.
Superintendent Tony Driver explains the morning adjustment.

Parsons never expected UK HOF

Dick Parsons was an All-America shortstop at the University of Kentucky and three-year letterman in basketball under coach Adolph Rupp who later became UK’s head baseball coach for two years and assistant basketball coach under Joe Hall for 11 seasons, including the 1978 national championship season.

The 1957 Harlan High School graduate hit .400 his senior year to become an All-American and was a two-time all-Southeastern Conference pick. In basketball he scored 511 points in three seasons when UK went 61-19.

In basketball, Parsons scored 511 points in three varsity seasons at UK and helped the Cats to a 61-19 record and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Parson was a team captain in both sports at UK but admits he was a bit surprised when he got the news he was being inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame last fall. 

“(UK athletics director) Mitch Barnhart called me. I was at a stop sign in Harrodsburg and was really pleased I was stopped because it took me by total surprise,” Parsons said. “I just never thought about anything like that happening.

“I had a good baseball career and was part of some good teams for coach Rupp. I really enjoyed coaching at Kentucky, too.”

Being a two-sport athlete when he played at UK was not unusual. He remembers Fran Tarkenton, who went on to a successful NFL career, was a second baseman at Georgia when he was also the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs.

“A lot of us played two sports. It was always a week after basketball ended and we would take off for a