Friday, April 12, 2024

Courthouse furnishings sold April 20

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Contents of the former Crittenden County Courthouse will be sold beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 20 in the center of downtown Marion.

A host of furniture, cabinetry, tools and miscellaneous items will be auctioned by Buntin Auction Services.

Pictures can be found on Buntin Auction Service's Facebook page.

Most of the furnishings in the new Crittenden County Office 
Complex on Industrial Drive replaced items once used in the former courthouse, which is scheduled for demolition.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Gardner estate sale Friday, Saturday

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Furniture and outdoor equipment of the late Travis and Joyce Gardner will be for sale this weekend.

The estate sale will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and from 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday.

Address for the sale is 2860 KY 120 in Marion.

Sen. Howell: Closing out 2024 session

By Sen. Jason Howell 

Collaborating closely with our colleagues in the House of Representatives, we’ve successfully crafted and passed a comprehensive biennial budget that places vital investments in education, public safety, and economic development at the forefront of our priorities.


A notable addition by the Senate to House Bill (HB) 1 leveraged Kentucky’s $3.7 billion budget reserve trust fund to fuel infrastructure enhancements and ignite economic growth. This legislation proposes injecting over $2.7 billion from the trust fund into Kentucky’s infrastructure over three fiscal years. Notably, it authorizes the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to allocate $250 million in 2024 and $200 million in 2025 from the trust fund to the road fund, bolstering projects aimed at fostering industrial growth, economic development, and enhancing quality of life, particularly in counties poised for significant population growth.


In our commitment to enhancing education, we have significantly boosted funding through the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) formula. By doing so, we are ensuring that every child in Kentucky has access to a quality education, regardless of their ZIP code. Specifically, we have increased the SEEK per-pupil base guarantee to $4,326 in FY 25 and to $4,586 in FY 26, representing a 3 percent increase from the FY 24 base amount of $4,200 and a 6 percent increase from the FY 25 amount of $4,326.


We are also making important strides in improving public safety. Through measures like HB 5, the “Safer Kentucky Act,” and Senate Bill (SB) 2, we are taking concrete steps to better protect our communities and support our youth.


SB 2 aims to fortify safety measures, promote trauma-informed care, and enhance mental health support in Kentucky schools through the introduction of the Kentucky Guardian program. Meanwhile, HB 5, targets repeat violent offenders, cracking down on crime at various levels and modernizing outdated criminal statutes. This comprehensive approach seeks to bolster public safety and strengthen community resilience.


Among the bills supporting our transportation infrastructure are HB 265, HB 266, and House Joint Resolution (HJR) 92.


HB 265, the Transportation Operating Budget, allocates $7.2 billion across FY 25 and 26, including

What to expect now that Coach Cal is gone


For the third time in his tenure, Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart will be looking for a men’s basketball coach.

John Calipari resigned Tuesday after 15 seasons as coach of the Wildcats and a likely head coaching position at Arkansas. The move comes 39 years after the late Eddie Sutton left Arkansas to replace late Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall.

Now that Arkansas has its likely replacement for Eric Musselman, who left for USC last Friday, the search is on at Kentucky and what will Mitch Barnhart be looking for in his next basketball coach? It’s the same qualities he has in the coaches in all sports at Kentucky.

“My expectations are high for everybody,” Barnhart said recently. “If you know me long enough, have I ever not wanted to win something? No. I'm pretty stinkin' competitive guy. I want to win and I want (our student-athletes) to compete and (get an education).”

He also is high on academics and the success of Kentucky’s student-athletes in the classroom.


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Cutter & Cash and The Grass at the Grand Ole Opry

This is the uncut, unedited news release issued by the band's promotional firm. The Crittenden Press will have its own coverage of the band's Grand Ole Opry debut in this week's full edition of the newspaper. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cutter & Cash and The Kentucky Grass checked off a bucket list wish on Saturday April 6 as they joined Grand Ole Opry legend, Jeannie Seely on stage during her set as her special guests. The vibrant and captivating young bluegrass ensemble deeply rooted in their West Kentucky origins wowed the fans who filled the Opry with their current single, “Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” a cover of the mega-hit with a bluegrass twist and showcased the talent of the young aspiring artists and winning them a well-deserved standing ovation. They followed with the popular traditional gospel song “I’m Working On A Building” which has been recorded by many Country icons over the years and earned them a second validation from the crowd who stood to cheer for more. To commemorate the occasion for this song,  Ernest Dale Tubb III shared a guitar of his grandfather, Country Music Hall of Fame and famed Grand Ole Opry member Ernest Tubb.

 Grand Ole Opry legend Jeannie Seely, a CMA and GRAMMY® award-winning artist and on-air personality on Sirius XM Willie’s Roadhouse is the producer on their new music project. She first saw the young boys when they were in the front row of one of her Opry performances in 2018, Years later meeting them at the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree. Seely since befriended them and has been working with them

CCHS SBDM meets this week

Crittenden County High School's Site based council will hold a special meeting at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Rocket Arena conference room for the purpose of principal selection training.

The regular monthly meeting of the SBDM will be at 3:30 p.m., Thursday in the school library.

Job Fair Friday at Crittenden Library

A job fair conducted by representatives of the West Kentucky Investment Board will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, April 12 at the Crittenden County Public Library. 

Companies actively seeking employees will be present or provide information and/or training information. Representatives from Marion, Madisonville, Salem as well as the Kentucky Division of Forestry and U.S. Coast Guardwill be present. 

Material from businesses unable to attend the event will be left at the library. 

Anyone who cannot attend April 12 event can pick it up at the library in days following. 

Local companies unable to attend but want to supply information can contact Fred Stubblefield at (270) 832-5730.

Monday, April 8, 2024

VFW welcomes all veterans April 11

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Marion's VFW invites local veterans to monthly meetings.

Veterans who served in all branches are urged to attend.

The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11 at 412 N. College St. Free meals follow business meeting.

Eclipse draws hundreds to park

Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce hosted an Eclipse Party at the park this afternoon.

A couple hundred people were present to watch the eclipse.

People from various states were there, including Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois and North Carolina. 

Eclipse party today at park

Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce is having an Eclipse Viewing Party today at Marion-Crittenden County Park. 

The solar eclipse will reach its peak darkness here around 2 p.m. The Chamber has marketed the event on social media, particularly aiming toward non-residents. However, it’s open to everyone. Vendors are welcome to participate by contacting the chamber. This is a free event.

The eclipse will pass over North America with almost 32 million Americans living in its path. It marks the last total solar eclipse visible in the US for the next 20 years. 

Onlookers are urged to wear eclipse glasses, which are at least 1,000 times darker than sunglasses, to protect their eyesight.

Reports: Coach Cal appears to be leaving UK

National news organizations are reporting that Coach John Calipari is in negotiations with Arkansas and will be leaving Kentucky. 

Reports began surfacing on Sunday that Arkansas has been in discussions with Calipari about its opening. ESPN is among the sports news agencies citing anonymous sources that Calipari is finalizing a five-year deal with the SEC school.

Calipari, 65, has spent the last 15 seasons at Kentucky. 

Despite its No. 3 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats had an early exit with an 80-76 loss to No. 14 Oakland in the first round. Two years ago, UK was upset as a No. 2 seed by No. 15 Saint Peters in an NCAA opener. For those and other reasons, many Wildcats fans have been calling for a change.

Lake George Rehab meeting Wednesday

As approved earlier this year by the city council, Marion intends to file an application with the U.S Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service for a $1 million grant that could be used to fully rehabilitate Lake George to its former condition. 

A public meeting will be held at 12:30 p..m., Wednesday, April 10 at city hall for the purpose of providing general information on the project. The public is invited to attend and comment on issues such as economic and environmental impacts and alternatives to the project or any other pertinent issues. Additionally, anyone wishing to submit comments may also do so by emailing Layten Croft at up until the time of the hearing. 

Saturday, April 6, 2024

10 Under 40: Agriculture - Taylon Polk

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 Taylon Polk in the Agriculture Category.

In case you missed it, you can read a feature story about Polk in the March 14 issue of 
The Crittenden Press. Subscribe.

Thank you to our 10 Under 40 sponsors:

Crittenden Schools hiring bus drivers

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The Crittenden County Board of Education his hiring bus drivers.

Transportation positions pay $16.15 per hour, and there are benefits for full-time employees. 

If interested, contact the district at (270) 965-3866 or visit

Friday, April 5, 2024

Help for grandparents raising children

Kentucky Family Caregiver Program (KFCP) provides resources and support to grandparents raising grandchildren in the Pennyrile region. The Kentucky Caregiver program does have a low-income requirement and an age maximum of 18 for the grandchildren served. 

There are over 51,000 grandparents raising grandchildren in the state of Kentucky. The KFCP can provide assistance up to $500 per grandchild per fiscal year to assist with items such as clothing, personal care items, school supplies and furniture for the grandchild. 

This program also assists grandparents who are looking for help with educational needs, legal services, medical/dental services and/or respite for grandchildren. If you or someone you know may be interested in learning more about the Kentucky Family Caregiver Program or would like to apply, contact the Pennyrile Area Development District office at 866-844-4396 or email program coordinators Christi Combs at or Miranda White at

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Livingston special election ballot set

There will be special balloting this fall during the Presidential General Election to determine who will be the next duly elected Livingston County Judge-Executive. 

A special election was necessitated when Livingston County's judge-executive resigned in January. An interim judge was appointed weeks later.

In this week's Crittenden Press, see who will be on the ballot for judge-executive in Livingston County on Nov. 5.

VFW welcomes veterans to April 11 meeting

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Marion's VFW invites local veterans to monthly meetings.

Veterans who served in all branches are urged to attend.

The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11 at 412 N. College St. Free meals follow business meeting.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Let Lone Star Building Supply quote your job

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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. 

From Master Sergeants to Master Conservationists

You will not want to miss this week's top story about a couple who served their country during wartime then settled into the peaceful, rolling hills of northern Crittenden County where they've found a love for farming.

Also in this week's newspaper is great news for local water customers. Big bucks are coming and there's already a plan for what to do with the cash.

High school sports teams are on the move this week during streak break. Get all of the scores, highlights and league standings in The Press full edition.

And, also in this week's newspaper, find out who's featured in our latest 10-under-40 recognition series.


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The Crittenden Press

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Ferry closed due to high winds

The Cave-in-Rock Ferry is temporarily closed due to high winds.  The ferry halted service about 11:45 p.m.

Winds have created hazardous conditions on the Ohio River at the ferry crossing.

The ferry will remain closed until further notice. 

The Cave-in-Rock Ferry will provide timely notice when winds drop to a point where service can resume.

Antique sale April 6-9

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Brick House Antiques in Marion is offering 20 percent of all merchandise.

The store, located at 2287 U.S. 60 East, will be open April 6, April 8 and April 9 from 9 a.m.-? and on April 7 from 1-p.m.-?. 

Enjoy the eclipse and shop for your favorite antiques.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Blood drive today in Marion

The West Kentucky Regional Blood Center is conducting a blood drive in Marion today, April 1.

The public is urged to consider donating blood between noon-6 p.m., at Crittenden Community Hospital.

The bloodmobile is located in the parking lot.

Huge sale includes antiques, furniture

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A large quantity of quality items are included in a sale April 3-5 in Marion.

Antiques, furniture, lamps, baby furniture, toys and much more will be sold from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 3 and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., April 4-5.

Sale will be held on Nunn Jent Road at Full Body Fitness Studio.

Tilghman QB is a champion wrestler

Paducah Tilghman junior Jack James is not your ordinary high school quarterback.

He threw for 4,019 yards and 56 touchdowns last season when he completed 255 of 375 passes (68 percent) and also ran for six touchdowns to help Paducah Tilghman reach the Class 4A semifinals. However, he also won the 215-pound state wrestling championship this season. If that’s not enough, he also has a 3.95 grade-point average.

Paducah Tilghman coach Sean Thompson knew James was talented as a freshman but says he has matured and improved because of his work ethic.

“You don’t hear of many quarterbacks with elite arm talent who also wrestle,” Thompson said. “He didn’t cut weight for wrestling either. I definitely have got the toughest quarterback in the state. He has wrestled his entire life but is a much better quarterback. He wrestles for that edge and his family believes that helps his football and it has worked because wrestling helped him learn to fight through adversity.

“He’s a very willing runner. It’s not something we ask him to do much because his arm talent is so special that we don’t want to risk what we have with him.”

Thompson noted James (6-1, 210 pounds) had an 80-yard run against Mayfield that showcased what he can do when he runs. 

James, who also plays baseball, said his father liked the physical and mental toughness it takes to wrestle. He started wrestling about 11 years ago when he was at McCracken County and just kept wrestling when he got to Tilghman. 

“Football has always been my main sport and I just wrestle during wrestling season for about 3 1/2 months per year,” James said. “I have had good coaches and been able to train with state champions.”

He admits he’s never seen another quarterback wrestling because it takes more of a “linebacker” mentality on the wrestling mat. 

James was third in the 2023 state wrestling competition and the two who finished above him are now wrestling in college. He moved up from the 175-pound division to 215 rather than cut weight which might have hurt his football preparation. 

“I am going to play college football and need to keep my size,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to play college football and knew that

CCHS Graduation Week Schedule

It is never too early to start thinking about graduation week. 

In Crittenden County, Class Night is set for Tuesday, May 21, Baccalaureate is Wednesday, May 22 and graduation is Friday, May 24. All events will be at 6 p.m., at Rocket Arena.