Thursday, July 25, 2024

McClure auction Saturday, Aug. 3

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Buntin Auction Service is handling the estate sale 
of the late Charles McClure.

The auction will take place at 301 Wilson Farm Rd., near Marion beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3.

In addition to farm equipment and furniture, the sale will include recreational and outdoor vehicles, collectibles and tools.


Tuesday, July 23, 2024

BREAKING | US 60 will not close this weekend

Details are just being learned, but motorists expecting US 60 west of Marion to be closed this weekend can rest easy for a few more days. 

Now, it appears that repair jobs are being consolidated and all of it will be conducted over 4 days next week.

We're gathering more information on this breaking news and this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press will include more details and what else is in store for the state highway west of Marion.

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Roe Wafford Road closed today and tomorrow

 Roe Wafford Road in rural Crittenden County will be closed to through traffic today and tomorrow while county crews replace a cross tile.

The closure will be approximately one-quarter mile northwest of box number 1340.

From 7 a.m., until 3 p.m., on Tuesday and Wednesday, Roe Wafford Road, which located in the northern part of the county in the Amish area, will be closed.


Deed room closed at county office complex

The deed room in the county clerk's office at the Crittenden County Office Complex will be closed Friday, July 26 until noon for the delinquent tax sale that begins at 9 a.m.


Monday, July 22, 2024

Road closing affects Tabor Road traffic

The Lyon County road that connects with Crittenden County's Tabor Road will be closed Tuesday further creating travel issues for motorists between the two counties. 

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans a daytime closure of KY 1113 in northern Lyon County on Tuesday, July 23.

KY 1113 runs northward from KY 1943 (Skinframe Creek Road) to the Lyon-Crittenden County Line, where it connects with Tabor Road. Due to the closure of KY 295 at the Livingston Creek Bridge south of Dycusburg, KY 1113 and Tabor Road have been getting heavy traffic.

On Tuesday, KY 1113 will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., to allow full-width paving along 6/10ths of a mile of roadway from KY 1943 to the Lyon-Crittenden County Line at the bridge crossing Livingston Creek.

There will be no marked detour.

The paving crew will work to complete the full-width paving as quickly as possible.

Heavy traffic has created several issues along KY 1113 and Tabor Road. With assistance from Lyon County personnel, the KYTC Crittenden County Highway Maintenance Crew recently placed gravel to improve shoulders along the detour route.

The section of KY 1113 in Lyon County is being paved up to the county line to further improve travel while it is being used as a detour.

The placement of equipment needed for the work will require the roadway to be closed.

The paving crew will provide emergency vehicle access as quickly as possible and will provide local residents with access, with delays likely.

Lone Star has 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. 

US 60 closures over next 2 weekends

US 60 just west of Marion will be closed for extended periods over the next two weekends.

Following are closures: 

Starting this Friday, US 60 will be closed to through traffic for two days between Crittenden Springs Road (KY 1668) and KY 297 at the bottom of Moore Hill. The highway will close at 6 a.m., Friday, July 26 and is expected to reopen around 6 p.m., Saturday, July 27. 

Additionally, US 60 will closed for three days the following weekend from Friday, Aug. 2 through the early hours of Monday, Aug. 5. This closure will be near Airport Road. The federal highway will be closed at the work site starting at 6 a.m., on Friday, Aug. 2. It will remain closed through the weekend, but is expected to reopen around 7 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 5. Then, traffic will be limited as additional finish work will be completed and a guardrail will be installed. During this portion of the work, US 60 will be restricted to one lane with alternating flow controlled by flaggers.

This week's full edition of The Crittenden Press will have further information. 

Parkway restricted starting today

The eastbound Audubon Parkway in Henderson County will be restricted to one lane starting this afternoon, and lasting through Wednesday morning as crews address concrete issues at the 2.5 mile marker.

The right lane of the parkway will close starting this afternoon and will reopen when work is completed.

Some delays are possible during the movement and placement of equipment to facilitate the work. Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and personnel are along the roadway near traffic flow.

Sunday, July 21, 2024

Livingston County Back to School Events

Annual Cardinal Kickoff for Livingston County Schools will be held Monday, July 29 from 5-7 p.m. 

This is hosted by FRYSC and will have several vendors and local organizations giving away school supplies and other goodies. 

Location of the event has yet to be determined due to work at Livingston Central High School. However, if it’s ready the event will be there.

Back to School night for the schools are as follows: 

•South Livingston Elementary School - Aug. 1 from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

•Livingston Central High School - Aug. 5 from 3-6 p.m.

•Livingston County Middle School - Aug. 5 from 5-7 p.m.

•North Livingston Elementary School - Aug. 5 from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Show and Shine on July 25

Marion’s monthly Show and Shine Car Show will be held starting at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, July 25 at Marion Commons located at 213 S. Main Street. 

Marion Tourism and Recreation Commission sponsors these events during summer months.

Friday, July 19, 2024

Moxley joins Rocket Tire staff

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David Moxley brings more than 40 years automotive experience to Rocket Tire.

Located on Sturgis Road adjacent to H&H Home and Hardware, Rocket Tire offers car, truck, diesel, heavy duty mechanic work and DOT inspections.

The service center has a large inventory of new and 
used tires and Valvoline oil products.




Fish Tale Aims to Improve Angler Experience

A tale of the perils at Lake George is leading to possible better fishing opportunities at the 2.5-acre pond near the park and Victory Gardens known to some as Goose Lake. 

City leaders are beginning to discuss ways to improve experiences at the pond, partly because Lake George is no longer open for fishing due to perils associated with its earthen dam.

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

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Lapco seeking farm hand

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Lapco land and cattle company in Crittenden County is hiring.

Applications and job description can be found online at thelapco.com.

Evans joins county attorney office

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Cobie Evans has joined the office of Crittenden County Attorney.

Evans, who has had a private practice in Marion for several years, is now an assistant county attorney.

His office is located at 200 S. Main St., Marion.


Free movie Saturday at fairgrounds

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Families are welcome to a free movie Saturday night 
at the Crittenden County Fairgrounds. The first 100 entries will receive free concessions.

Between Rivers Search & Rescue and local partners 
are presenting the movie "Dog," at dusk. Gates open 
at 7 p.m.





Smooth pavement coming to four-way


The intersection of Main and Gum streets, which recently was made a four-way stop in Marion, is 
getting a pavement upgrade.

Deep groves the roadway made over time by heavy trucks in the eastbound lane of Gum Street are being repaired.

Traffic is restricted on Gum Street temporarily while work is performed.

Groundbreaking for new housing complex


A large housing complex is going up near the fairgrounds and park. 

Earlier this week, local officials took part in a formal groundbreaking ceremony. 

Pictured at the complex site on McMican Road are (from left) County Judge Perry Newcom, development manager Marty Collins, Mayor D’Anna Browning and Homeland, Inc. representative Katrina Myers.

For new details about the project, see this week's full edition of The Crittenden Press.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Fair events begin Saturday with car show

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Events begin Saturday at the Crittenden County Fairgrounds for the 2024 Crittenden County Fair lineup.

The six-event schedule kicks off with a car show at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

See this week's Press for the fair catalog, which contains a complete list of 4-H competition categories.

Crittenden County Lions Club Fair Guide


See LIONS CLUB FAIR GUIDE 

Crittenden County Lions Club Fair is ready to kick off with all the fan favorites plus new activities and fun.

The county fair runs from July 20 to Aug. 3 at the fairgrounds.

Lots of new stuff is on tap this time, including a pedal tractor pull.

Get all of the details in the annual Lions Club Fair Guide inside this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press, or free right here

Twice in the Tornado Path


Clara Rice spoke with KFB Claims Adjuster Caleb Kirby beside what was left of her home.

West Kentucky residents are relying on faith 

as they experience storm history repeating itself

By Tim Thornberry, Editor

Kentucky Farm Bureau News

As storm systems have moved through the Commonwealth in unusually high numbers this year, many families have endured destruction for a second time. 

During a rare December 2021 tornado event, Clara Rice and the Baldwin family of Hopkins County lost their homes only to have fate strike again last May when an EF-3 tornado blasted through an area that still has scars from the 2021 event. 

“After church that Sunday, I came home, and went about my busy day,” Rice said. “I knew the storms were coming, but I had no idea a tornado would be in the midst of it.”

A much milder storm system had moved through the area around noon that day but as nightfall approached, the warning signs of something much stronger became more evident. Rice, along with some of her neighbors, took cover in a nearby storm shelter where they waited out the passing tornado. 

“You could hear debris hitting the shelter door and it was scary for a while,” she said. “But, I continued to pray saying, ‘Lord, I trust you. If my home is there, I'm going to praise you. If my home is not there, I'm still going to praise you. You've supplied the first time and I know you'll supply again.’”

Rice’s prayers brought her through the storm, but her house was completely destroyed for a second time. After having that happen twice within the span of less than three years, one’s faith would be greatly tested but Rice never failed to recognize what truly matters in the face of tragedy.  

“God is going to supply,” she said. “He doesn't want me to worry. He doesn't want me to lose my faith. He doesn't want me to lose my joy.”

Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Claims Adjuster Caleb Kirby was assigned Rice’s claim this time and said it’s sad to see someone go through this, especially having done it once before. 

“Ms. Clara is extremely inspirational but it’s heartbreaking to see her go through this again,” he said. “Her resilience to want to be there and be home and call that place home is much the same for most of these

Marion searching for police officer

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The City of Marion has an opening for a full-time 
police officer. 

Candidates should apply online at marionky.gov by clicking the Forms and Documents link at the bottom 
of the page. 

Some experience in law enforcement is desirable but not mandatory. For a full job description, contact Marion City Administrator Diane Ford-Benningfield.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

McKenney Memorial 5K next week

The third annual Marty McKenney Memorial 5K race and walk will be held at Marion-Crittenden County Park at 6 p.m., on Friday, July 26. 

This will be a fundraising event for the Marty McKenney Scholarship Fund, which was created to honor the late track and field booster. 

McKenney was one of Crittenden County’s early track coaches and was instrumental in helping get the oval track built at the park. She passed away in 2021 at the age of 89.

Chamber After Hours at First United

The public is invited to a Chamber After Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 18 at First United Bank. Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce sponsors regular after-hours events to allow for opportunities to fellowship and network. 

“We hope you'll drop in, bring your friends and colleagues, and get to know some new folks! This is not a Chamber member-only event. All are welcome!” the group said in a promotional announcement about the event.

Monday, July 15, 2024

VFW serving free hot dogs today

Marion's Virgil Jones VFW members will be serving free hot dogs and drinks to kids today at Veterans Park. 

Youth are encouraged to stop by between 2-6 p.m., and enjoy a snack.



Friday, July 12, 2024

Hospital celebrates 80th July 19

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Crittenden Hospital is celebrating its 80th anniversary Friday, July 19. Free inflatables, games and food will 
be offered during the event on the hospital campus between 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

In honor of its celebration, the hospital is looking for a few special individuals, including the employee with 
the longest tenure at the hospital and the oldest individual born in Crittenden County Hospital, which originally was located on Walker Street across from Fohs Hall.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

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Devin Belt of Marion has been named general manager and golf course superintendent of the Heritage at 
Marion Country Club. Belt, who is also the Crittenden County High School baseball coach, has seven years experience in the golf industry and is a distinguished golfer.

As grounds superintendent, Belt's priority is continuing to remediate the golf course's greens and to help increase the play through tournaments and new events. The Marion Country Club was developed nearly 60 years ago and is a challenging nine-hole course 
located on Blackburn Street in Marion.



Turkey Knob Closed Today for Repair


Turkey Knob Road in the northern part of Crittenden County around the Amish area will be closed today for repairs.

Closure will be about 0.7 miles from Fords Ferry Road. The road will be shut down until around 3 p.m.


What's up with Mr. Bear here?

Black bear sightings have become quite common around the region over the past couple of weeks.

An article in this week's full edition of the newspaper traces one of Mr. Bear's travels through Crittenden and Livingston counties.

We also talked to some wildlife specialists about what to do in case you encounter one of these Kentucky critters and try to explain exactly what bears are doing in this neck of the woods.

Also, we have a first-hand account from a local teen who came face-to-face with a bear on a local riverbank. 


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

CCHS SBDM meets Monday

Crittenden County High School Site-Based Council will meet at 2:30 p.m., Monday, July 15 in the high school library.

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Middle school football practice begins

Crittenden County Middle School pre-season football practice will begin at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday. 

Practices will be each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on campus. 

Contact coach Ethan Dossett at (270) 969-8166 for more information. 

Tabor Road remains closed today

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans another daytime closure of Tabor Road in southern Crittenden County on Wednesday.

Personnel from KYTC crews in Crittenden County and Lyon County spent Tuesday graveling shoulders along Tabor Road.  In spite of persistent showers, the team made good progress on maintenance efforts aimed at enhancing safety and making it easier for vehicles to meet.

The plan to continue work with another closure on Wednesday.  

Tabor Road (CR 1220) runs south from the intersection of KY 902 and KY 855 to connect with KY 1113 at the Crittenden-Lyon County Line. Tabor Road has been getting a high volume of traffic since KY 295 closed at the 9.4-mile point between Dycusburg and Kuttawa on March 7 due to substructure deterioration on the Livingston Creek Bridge.

Heavy traffic has created a number of issues along the 1.2 mile section of Tabor Road between KY 902 and the Crittenden-Lyon County Line.  The gravel being placed along the roadway to reinforce the shoulders is to address some of those issues.  Placement of equipment needed for the work requires the roadway to be closed.

Tabor Road in Crittenden County and the state section of and KY 1113 in northern Lyon County will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m., to 5 p.m., today to facilitate the maintenance work.  This closure includes all of Tabor Road and KY 1113 between KY 902 and KY 1943 (Skinframe Creek Road).


Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Wagoner sale Saturday

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The personal property of Danny Wagoner will be auctioned Saturday at Bright Hill Rd., in Princeton.

This large sale will feature vehicles, farm equipment, mechanic tools, hand tools, recreational and outdoor items, guns, ammunition, furniture and household 
items and collectibles.

This sale is being conducted by Buntin Auction 
Service, Curt Buntin auctioneer.




Monday, July 8, 2024

Kentucky Biker Rally Time

The Kentucky Bike Rally at Sturgis is coming up July 18-21. 

Bikes, campers, trailers and more will increase traffic through Crittenden County as the event draws near. 

Cost of vehicle inspections rising

Cost for a sheriff’s department motor vehicle inspection is going up from $5 to $15 one week from today on Monday, July 15. 

The increase is due to legislation passed this spring as part of House Bill 833 that requires a uniform, electronic filing system to be used for inspections.

 If the sheriff’s department makes a “house call” to do an inspection, there is a $20 trip charge in addition to the inspection fee. Kentucky law requires that all out of state vehicles and salvage vehicles be inspected. 

Inspections include verification of Vehicle Identification Number and operation of blinkers, brake lights, head lights and other functions to assure a vehicle is suitable for operating on public roadway.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Tapestry to present Pink Floyd album

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The merger of rock and light opera will entertain audiences 
during a two-hour performance by the Tapestry July 13.

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is the majority of the 
content to be performed by the group in its return to Fohs Hall. 
The band features vocals by Corey, Michelle and Corey Crider, along with local youth Cale Tabor, all of Marion. Other band members are professionally trained and will entertain the crowd with the Pink Floyd tunes, along with other recognizable songs sprinkled throughout from arts like Phil Collins and Van Halen.

Tickets are $15.



Sheriff Seeks Your Tax Advice

No one wants to pay taxes, right? 

How about paying them later?

That is a question being posed by Sheriff Evan Head, who is responsible for collecting county property taxes every fall. 

The sheriff is proposing a later start date for tax collection beginning this year, which would be in line with last year’s temporary schedule. In 2023, tax collection was delayed a month from its traditional time frame because the county was moving from the courthouse to its new complex in Industrial Park South during October. 

Typically, over the past few decades, county taxes have been collected starting Oct. 1 with a two-percent discount period for the first month. Historically, the face value of the tax bill is owed during November and December, and anything paid after Dec. 31 of each year is subject to a late fee. 

The timing of tax season in 2023 coinciding with a move to the new complex prompted an adjustment in the routine schedule. 

“It would have been impossible to have collected in October last year because during the move we didn’t have an office set up or computers to record payments,” Head said.

So, a decision was made to begin collections in November. Payments in that month were awarded the early two-percent discount. Face value was charged on bills paid in December.

“We had some people who liked it, particularly farmers,” Head said. “Some of the farmers said it was the first time they had ever gotten the discount because they get their crop money in November and that’s when they are usually able to pay their taxes.”

Head says his office is interested in making tax payments as palatable as possible for property owners. If starting collections later, which allows the discount period in October, is more favorable, Head wants to facilitate that change.

The penalty period would start as always at the beginning of January. 

“It would be helpful to know if there are any negative reactions to the possibility of moving collections to November and giving the discount period from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30,” the sheriff said.

The sheriff suggests that taxpayers can contact his office at 270-965-3400 or via email at evan.head@crittendencountyky.org with comments regarding the possibility of changing the schedule for tax collections this fall to start on Nov. 1 rather than Oct. 1.

“We need to have a decision made on this by July 30,” Head said.

Also under consideration for this fall during tax collection season is acceptance of credit or debit cards for payments, something the county did not accept last year. If so, there would be a flat $2.50 fee for debit card and a 2.5-percent fee for credit cards. 

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Postage stamps going up July 14

The price of postage is going up this month. Increases by the U.S. Postal Service take effect July 14. 

The new rates include a five-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 68 cents to 73 cents. 

The additional-ounce price for single-piece letters will increase from 24 cents to 28 cents. 

Domestic postcards are going up to 56 cents from 53. A First-Class Mail Forever stamp in 2014 was priced at 49 cents.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Tabor Road closing 2 days next week

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans daytime closures of Tabor Road in southern Crittenden County on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9-10 to make improvements to the rural road that’s getting heavy traffic as a bypass because the bridge is out between Dycusburg and Eddyville.

Tabor Road (CR 1220) runs south from the intersection of KY 902 and KY 855 to connect with KY 1113 at the Crittenden-Lyon County Line.  It has been getting a high volume of traffic since KY 295 was forced to close March 7 due to substructure deterioration on the Livingston Creek Bridge.

Heavy traffic has created a number of issues along the 1.2 mile section of Tabor Road.  With assistance from Lyon County personnel, the KYTC Crittenden County Highway Maintenance crews plan to place gravel along the roadway to reinforce the shoulders.  Placement of equipment needed for the work will require the roadway to be closed.

Tabor Road in Crittenden County and the state section of KY 1113 in northern Lyon County will be closed to through-traffic from 7 a.m., to 5 p.m., for two days next week.  This closure includes all of Tabor Road (CR 1220) in Crittenden County and all of KY 1113 in Lyon County between KY 902 and KY 1943 (Skinframe Creek Road).

Maintenance workers will provide emergency vehicle access as necessary, and will allow local residents access with some delays likely.

KYTC District 1 engineers are continuing environmental permitting and design work to expedite construction of a new Livingston Creek Bridge on KY 295 about two miles south of the Dycusburg community.  Current expectation is that design and permitting efforts will progress enough to allow contractors to bid on the bridge replacement project in late summer or early fall.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Bucket blowout July 4 only

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Stuff your bucket and save 20%. That's the deal being offered from 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, July 4 at H&H Home and Hardware.

The hardware store on Sturgis Road is giving you 20% off everything you can stuff in their Freedom Buckets. Read ad for details.