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 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 

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. 

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

Copyright 2024

The Crittenden Press

Early voting begins tomorrow in Marion

In-person, early voting will be available beginning tomorrow in Marion.

Early voting can be done here on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Crittenden County Office Complex. Voting stations will be open from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., each day.

Voters for all precincts may take advantage of the no-excuse early balloting. Take your driver’s license to the polling place.

Monday, May 13, 2024

10 Under 40:: Education - Shayann Board

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 Shayann Board the Education Category.

In case you missed it, you can read a feature story about Board in the April 11 issue of 
The Crittenden Press. Subscribe.

Thank you to our 10 Under 40 sponsors:

Thursday: Par 4 hosts KY Manufacturers Assoc.

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers will be in Marion on Thursday, May 16 to meet and tour Par 4 Plastics.

Tim Capps, president of Par 4 Plastics, said the rendezvous of 30 to 40 executives from across Kentucky’s manufacturing sector is quite rare for a small, rural community. Previous venues for this event have included Toyota in Georgetown, Ashland Corporation, Woodford Reserve Distillery and the Corvette plant at Bowling Green.

“It’s an honor to have the association tour our plant and visit our community,” Capps said.

Crittenden County School District will host a meeting of the association while the leaders are in town.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Bridge at Crittenden/Lyon line remains closed

Motorists traveling between Lyon and Crittenden counties are still having to self detour around a bridge on KY 295 at the county line which has been closed since early March. It appears the bridge will be remain closed for at least a few more months. There is some indication that it could be replaced at some point after July 1, at the earliest.

A routine inspection in March of the bridge that spans Livingston Creek found deterioration of structural beams underneath it. The bridge is located between Joe Peek Road in Lyon County and Millie Peek Road in Crittenden County. 

This is a state bridge on a state highway and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is responsible for its repair or replacement.

Signs and barricades are posted on either side. About 675 vehicles travel across that bridge on a given day, according to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet data.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Rare Civil War Hoard featured on KY Life

In 2023, a Kentucky farmer discovered a cache of more than 800 gold and silver Civil War-era coins buried in a cornfield — a rare find one coin expert said was “hard to comprehend.” The discovery triggered an avalanche of media interest from around the globe, with stories appearing in The New York Times, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine and USA Today, among others. 


Fearing an onslaught of fortune seekers on his property, the Kentucky farmer went to great lengths to remain anonymous and silent — until now.


“I initially found the 1856 Seated Liberty Half Dollar probably 20 to 30 feet from where the hoard was located,” the farmer told Kentucky Life. “I would have never believed what came next. Things that only happen in dreams. When I continued walking and saw the glint of gold – a thick reeded edge. When I pulled the coin from the ground, I was astonished when I realized I was holding a $20 Double Eagle from the 1860s. After I flipped the first clump of dirt over the next 45 minutes to an hour, the coins kept coming. I knew it was hundreds.”


On this special Kentucky Life episode, for the first time ever we hear from the farmer, as well as antique coin expert Jeff Garrett with Mid-America Rare Coin Galleries, offering their thoughts about that fateful day and the discovery now known as The Great Kentucky Hoard. We also hear from UK historian Amy Murell-Taylor on what was happening in Kentucky during the Civil War that may have led to these coins being put in the ground, and we go exploring with three guys who call themselves The Dirt Nerds as they search for buried treasure in the Bluegrass.


Kentucky Life - The Great Kentucky Hoard
KET Saturday, May 11 • 7 pm
KET2 Wednesday, May 15 • 1:30 pm
Watch on-demand at and on the PBS app

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Livingston Extension seeks custodian

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The Livingston County Extension Service is looking for a custodian.

Applications must be submitted online through the University of Kentucky Extension Service.

Deadline to apply is Thursday, May 23.

Your dumpster may change soon

Commercial garbage collection in Crittenden County will change this fall.

A new ordinance will implement an exclusive franchise for one service provider to pick up trash in Marion and Crittenden County. It will exclude all others from operating here.

The new regulation begins in October.

See this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press to learn how this change could affect your business.


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

Copyright 2024

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Queen for a Day: Margie Walker

The Crittenden Press' Queen for a Day, chosen just in time for Mother's Day, is Margie Walker of Marion.

Walker accepted a call to temporarily care for three children, then was granted full custody five years ago. 
Though she didn't become a mother biologically, her heart is full beyond belief from the relationships she has made with her children.

Thank you to our Queen for a Day partners: 

Buntin Trailer Sales rents all types of trailers

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There is one person to call if you need to buy, rent or have a trailer repaired.

Buntin Trailer Sales in Sheridan rents all types of trailers – enclosed, dump trailers, bumper pull and gooseneck.

Call owner Curt Buntin to inquire about your trailer needs.

Marion Baptist opens at 3 p.m. as storm shelter

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Marion Baptist Church will open as a storm shelter today.

Citizens who do not have a safe place in their home during impending storms are welcome to take shelter at the church beginning at 3 p.m.

Enter the church through the Family Life Center on 
East Depot Street.

School is letting out at noon

 Crittenden County schools will be dismissing at noon today due to the threat of severe weather this afternoon. 

All after-school activities, including sports practices, are canceled for today.

Livingston Helping Hands Garage Sale


One Year Before REAL ID flight readiness

To fly you'll need a REAL ID in one year.

Kentuckians are encouraged to be “REAL ID Ready,” because in one year, starting starting May 7, 2025,  federal enforcement of the new identification system begins and the state's REAL ID will be required to board U.S. commercial flights and military bases, 

“We want Kentuckians to be able to board a domestic flight or visit a loved one stationed on a military base without any snags in their plans, and taking the time now to make sure you have a form of REAL ID to ensure you can get to where you need to go,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “With many acceptable forms of REAL ID available, like a REAL ID driver’s license, military ID or passport, Kentuckians have several options to travel.”

State-issued REAL ID driving and identity credentials must be requested in person at any Driver Licensing Regional Office operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). One million Kentuckians have already opted for a REAL ID license or ID cardState REAL ID credentials are not the only forms of approved ID that federal authorities will accept. A valid passport or passport card, military ID or Department of Defense ID are other common forms of acceptable ID.

The full list of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved credentials can be found here. A Kentucky REAL ID is not valid for international travel.

Kentucky offers two versions of all driving and ID cards: a standard or REAL ID. A Kentucky REAL ID displays a black cutout star. A standard version displays the Kentucky Unbridled Spirit logo or the words “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES.” To find more information on the differences, click here.

“We don’t want anyone to get grounded by having the wrong ID and miss that important flight to a wedding or access onto a base to watch your child’s football game,” Transportation Secretary Jim Gray stated. “Applying for a REAL ID at one of our regional offices requires documentation so now is the perfect time to start gathering those before visiting an office. REAL ID driver’s licenses can be requested even if you’re not due to renew.”  

For more information, visit

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Hurricane Youth Camp registration underway

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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.

Monday, May 6, 2024

Railey holds estate auction Saturday

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An auction that well sell the personal property of Larry "Treetop" Loveless will begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday on Long Branch Road.

The sale will feature furniture, household items, guns and hunting equipment and farm and outdoor equipment, in addition to tools and collectibles.

Photos can be found on Railey's Auction Facebook page.

New Beginnings celebrates May 16

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Mental Health Month is being observed at New Beginnings Out-patient Behavioral Health in Salem this m month.

A special open house will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with information provided by mental health nurse practitioners Jessi Sigler and Kaitlin Loveless and nurse practitioner Jennifer Johnson.

A gift basket drawing, goodie bags and refreshments will be offered, and staff will answer questions about the program, which is located in Salem.

Held each May, Mental Health Month brings attention to feelings and emotions that can affect physical health. New Beginnings offers professional help that can be beneficial to mental and physical well-being.

Old School Coming Down This Week

Old Marion Junior High School on College Street near the U.S. Post Office is coming down this week.

Condemned by the City of Marion due to structural issues, the building was also formerly a high school built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Owner Tommy Wright said a contractor from Webster County will be razing the building. It could take a couple of weeks, he said, to tear it down and remove all of the debris.

See more in this week's full edition of The Press about efforts to salvage some of the old building and where its historic clock might end up.

4 Star RB surprises with UK commitment

His college offers included national champion Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Penn State, Notre Dame, USC and many, many more but four-star running back Marquise Davis surprised many when he verbally committed to the University of Kentucky.

The 6-2, 206-pound Davis had been perceived by many to be a likely commit to national champion Michigan but Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow worked his Ohio magic again with the Cleveland star.

“I really was not surprised that he picked Kentucky,” said Cleveland Heights High School coach Mac Stephens. “I knew from way back that he was more than likely going to play in the SEC or Big Ten. Kentucky checked all the boxes for him and Vince is a phenomenal recruiter. Kentucky also does some things in the run game that really appealed to him.”

“I have known Vince for a few years now. He is a phenomenal guy and has a big personality.  Vince has recruited other kids here, but I could tell there was a different level of interest in Marquise. Even Vince recognizes Marquise is so much better than even what we saw last year. I think you are going to see even a better version of him next season. He’s bigger, faster and strong as an ox.”

Davis is ranked as the nation’s No. 106 recruit by and 165 by 247Sports. Davis had a remarkable junior season when he was named the Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year. He ran for 2,405 yards and 34 touchdowns and on defense had 91 tackles and three interceptions, including one for a touchdown. The linebacker also had three forced fumbles.nCleveland Heights won the Greater Cleveland Conference and reached the OHSAA Division I regional semifinals.

Stephens said it was “pretty unusual” for a junior to be named the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year but also felt his star player should have won several awards that went to seniors. 

“Here is the thing that a lot of people don’t realize. He was first team all-star at strong safety as a

Marion alcohol sales hits all-time high

Revenue from booze has hit an all-time record for the City of Marion this spring.

Marion collected $25,664.48 in taxes and license fees from legal alcohol sales during the first quarter of 2024, which ended March 31.

That’s higher than last year’s first quarter by more than $1,600 and higher than any other previous quarter since legal liquor sales began here in 2019.

For more on this matter see the May 2, 2024 full edition of The Crittenden Press.


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Saturday, May 4, 2024

10 Under 40: Cosmetology - Ashlee May

 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 Ashlee May in the Cosmetology 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:

Railey auction selling Loveless estate

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Guns, hunting equipment, furniture, tools and collectibles will be part of the Loveless estate sold by Railey's Auction Service Saturday, May 11.

The sale will be held at the auction building located at 161 Long Branch Road approximately 11 miles east of Marion.

Pictures of sale items can be found on the Railey Auction Facebook page.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Project Development Board meets

Crittenden County Project Development Board will meet at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday at Crittenden County Office Complex. The board is overseeing demolition of the existing courthouse and construction of a new justice center in town.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Traffic delays likely on I-24 in Livingston

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises local commuters to use an alternative route to avoid delays on I-24 due to milling and paving along Interstate 24 in Livingston County. Motorists may self-detour via U.S. 62 between Exit 40 and Exit 27.

An active milling and paving operation is underway along I-24 eastbound and westbound between the 29 and 33 mile marker as part of a maintenance project to renew the roadway.  Heavy traffic through the work zone has resulted in backups of up to 5 miles. Peak delays have been observed 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

To avoid traffic delays in the I-24 work zone, motorists should consider a self-detour along U.S. 62 between I-24 Eddyville-Kuttawa Exit 40 and I-24 Calvert City Exit 27 until the milling and paving operation is completed around August 1.

Motorists who travel U.S. 62 between Exit 40 and Exit 27 should be aware of heavier than usual traffic following the alternate route.

Hodge's celebrates 50th anniversary Saturday

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Hodge's Sports & Apparel in Marion is celebrating its 50th anniversary Saturday with some of the biggest savings in its history.

Free gifts and merchandise will be given away each hour and shoppers can take advantage of additional discounts just in time for Mother's Day.

Join the Hodges family in celebrating the business milestone between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free lunch will be served between 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

ALERT: Your license tag may have expired


If your vehicle registration was to expire in April, you may not have realized it. Because of a glitch in the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet, notices that should have gone out in March for April renewals are just now being mailed.

Crittenden County Clerk Daryl Tabor says his office had nothing to do with the late mailings, but believes his clerks will bear much of the negative feedback from frustrated auto owners once they get their renewal notices. Tabor said June notices were mailed early by the state, but April and May were not sent on time. 

Tabor said Crittenden County is waiving any late fees or penalties for April renewals, which actually became delinquent on Wednesday. 

“Drivers need to know that their decals could be expired and if they’re pulled over, they will get a ticket,” Tabor said.

The clerk points out that automobile owners do not need a renewal notice to go ahead and pay their April taxes and registration fees. For the fastest service, go to Drive.Ky.Gov to renew online if possible. You may also go to the clerk’s office to renew in person. 

Online renewals are not available if previous balances are owed or if insurance information is not on file.

Kentucky’s new Automated Vehicle Information System (KAVIS) was launched in January and has been hampered by rollout problems. The system is used by county clerk staff to perform vehicle and boat transactions and to generate user data used to mail notices. April’s delayed renewal notices are the latest in a series of growing pains since the state started KAVIS. The state said changes were necessary to replace a 1970s-era computer system.

Pope getting help from old ball buddies

It was easy for Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team to select Mark Pope as team captain.

“He was the guy who sacrificed it all and did whatever was asked of him. He started and then Walter (McCarty) did in that spot but he did not care because he wanted to win. He was selfless,” said former UK teammate Derek Anderson. 

“We all voted for him as team captain. Usually you do not have a senior captain coming off the bench but he was different. He was tremendous for us with his sacrifice and effort. He cares more about UK than he does anything else and always has. That’s his passion. We knew who he was and he was our captain. He was an impactful person and an impactful player. It just went hand in hand with him.”

Anderson  valued Pope so much as a teammate that he flew into Lexington from Los Angeles on the day of Pope’s introductory press conference as UK’s new coach and flew back to LA later the same night.

“I was not going to miss that,” Anderson laughed and said. “I would have flown more than four years to be there for him.”

Maybe that’s why Pope gave the national championship trophy to Anderson to hold after the new coach carried it off the bus when it rolled into Rupp Arena to mimic UK’s 1996 national championship reception.

“We were on the bus talking about who should take the trophy and somebody said I should take it because I had better hands. So rather than take a chance on breaking it, I did it for the team just like Mark used to do things for our team.”

Anderson said UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart knew the support Pope would have from former players when he hired him following John Calipari’s resignation. The initial UK fan base may not have seemed overly thrilled with the pick but Anderson knew that would change. 

“You are getting a coach who believes in Kentucky and believes you will win. No one could have wanted this job more than him and no one understands the history better,” he said. “Mark loves Kentucky and has