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 The Marshall County Sanitation District Board, which oversees both the Draffenville system and the Aurora system following a recent merger, recently held its first meeting and elected officers, as well as formed a ‘rate adjustment committee.’

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  The City/County Industrial Board, a joint venture between the City of Benton and Marshall County, last week approved Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering and Testing, Inc. (BFW) to conduct the “due diligence work,” at the potential future site of Southwest One Industrial Park, which is propose…

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  The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office again saw an increase in calls to service from 2016 to 2017, with the most notable uptick in categories contributing to the overall total being ‘extra patrol.’

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  Tim King, owner of Filbeck Cann & King in Benton, again found himself in trouble with the law Saturday morning when Deputy Barry Howell with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant of arrest and delivered King to the Marshall County Detention Center. King was later releas…

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  Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars (D) last week filed his papers with the County Clerk’s Office and announced he is seeking re-election. He was first elected in 2006, taking office in 2007, and after serving as sheriff for more than a decade said he doesn’t feel like he’s through serving…

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  The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife reported recently that 164 pairs of bald eagles have chosen the state to raise their young.  Of that number, biologists say 137 are wintering on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes.  

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  Earlier this month, cities across the commonwealth received a memorandum from the Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Interim Executive Director David L. Eager noting an increase in contribution rates that will equate to hundreds of thousands of dollars for local cities.

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  The ‘lip dub’ South Marshall Middle School released at the beginning of Christmas break has garnered more than 140,000 views both national and international, receiving well wishes from Maine, Iowa, Ohio, Tennessee and Istanbul, Turkey.

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The Calvert City McDonald's is on fire and was completely engulfed in flames by approximately noon today. According to an employee on the scene the fire broke out around 11:30 a.m.

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  Robert (Bob) Gold is announcing his intention to run for re-election to the office of Marshall County District 1 Commissioner in 2018.  Gold is currently in his third term representing Marshall County District 1 residents as Commissioner. 

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  Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Marshall County will have a new coroner, Tracy Watwood, who was appointed by Judge-Executive Kevin Neal early Wednesday morning. Mitchell Lee, owner of Collier Funeral Home who was elected as coroner in 1998, announced via email to Neal his intent to resign from the…

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  Leaders of Marshall County and the cities of Benton and Calvert addressed the membership of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce last week to report on both progress and issues which have kept them busy in 2017.

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 Joseph Cunningham, of Benton, accused of murdering 47-year-old Gary Lambert and leaving his body at an abandoned property in Possum Trot in March 2016, plead guilty in Marshall Circuit Court last week per the offer extended by the Commonwealth. If after reviewing the PSI (pre-sentencing inv…

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  The Marshall County Health Department’s Board of Health (BOH) met last week to begin the search for a new Public Health Director as the current director, Laura Hawes-Hammons, has resigned after approximately three years of service, effective Dec. 29.

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  The Marshall County Fiscal Court began the process of identifying potential locations for an industrial park with a countywide survey in 2015. A short time later, Kentucky Lake Economic Development Director Josh Tubbs said 10 had been identified and the process of negotiations with the pot…

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  The B.F. Goodrich site in Calvert City is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of 21 Superfund locations targeted for “immediate and intense attention,” the agency announced last week.

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  Last Wed. evening, a jury returned guilty verdicts for Bonita Walker, 56, who allegedly opened fire on several ATV (all-terrain vehicle) and UTV (utility task vehicle) riders who crossed onto her property in Fairdealing off Salem Chapel Road on Feb. 19. At nearly 10 p.m. that same evening,…

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  Zach Brien (D) has announced his run for Marshall County Attorney—a race he will run against Assistant County Attorney Jason Darnall (I), who filed candidacy documents last week. Jeff Edwards, who has held the position since 1997, recently announced he will not seek reelection.

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  The Marshall Circuit Courtroom was jam-packed Monday morning with potential jurors and high school students, part of a Marshall County High School class interested in watching the proceedings. After several hours of jury selection, 14 were chosen and the Commonwealth began calling its witn…

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  Will Coursey (D), ended months of speculation last week by announcing his candidacy for Marshall County Judge/Executive rather than seeking a sixth term for Sixth District House of Representative.

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  Calvert City’s 5th Avenue will be teeming with Marshall countians and Christmas lights Dec. 2 for the 58th Annual Calvert City Lions Club Christmas Parade, the longest-running continuous parade in Kentucky. 

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 Law enforcement departments across the country, in cities large and small, have begun relying more and more upon footage captured by in-car and body cameras to strengthen the cases that reach the courtrooms. The City of Benton Police Department has joined that trend by purchasing new in-car…

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  The three men alleged to have conspired to traffic 61.4 pounds of marijuana through Estron in Calvert City appeared in Marshall Circuit Court last week before McCracken Circuit Judge Tim Kaltenbach, special judge in the case, and plead guilty contingent upon plea agreements with the Common…

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  Each year, families across the country gather around a table and share a large meal on the fourth Thursday of November to celebrate Thanksgiving. For those who are not able to purchase the costly quantities of food it takes to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal, the Marshall County Ca…

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  Plans for the new Marshall County Library in Benton are coming together and Kristi Tucker, Director of the Marshall County Public Library System, said the long-vacant spot on 12th Street that used to house the Marshall County Health Department should see a groundbreaking in the spring. Con…

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 Dr. Charles Frazier is expected to be nominated as president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention at the organization’s annual meeting being held today in Louisville. The Kentucky Baptist Convention represents 750,000 Kentuckians in 2,400 churches.

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  Kentucky State Police arrested Doug A. Becker, 31, of Taylor, Texas at around 6:15 p.m. Saturday after a nearly 24-hour manhunt that started in Graves County. Becker was arrested on Phelps Road near Symsonia Hwy. after residents of the neighborhood reported seeing a male matching Becker’s …

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 A beat-up old ‘pit car’ is sitting in front of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, begging to be stuffed with non-perishable and canned food, for the 2nd annual ‘Holiday Food Drive’ event. Last year the MCSO collected more than $600, which was donated to Marcella’s Kitchen and more than 4…

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BENTON, KY (November 14, 2017) – Kentucky State Police are looking for an escapee from Marshall County Jail.  On Monday, November 13, 2017 at approximately 8:30 p.m. KSP Post 1 responded to Marshall County Jail for a report of an inmate escape.

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  Local anglers tired of reeling in catfish, bluegill and bass will be excited to learn the lake at the Mike Miller Park was stocked last week with 1,000 rainbow trout that were averaging 10 inches long and a half-pound each. The lake is one of 43 lakes in 28 counties statewide that are stoc…

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  Tim and Becky King, owners of Filbeck Cann & King Funeral Home in Benton, pleaded not guilty during their arraignment in Graves Circuit Court last week.

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  A Marshall County native began his one-year-term as Chairman of the Board for Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) last week during the annual conference in Louisville.

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  BFW (Bacon Farmer Workman) representatives recently gathered input from the Marshall County Parks Board Foundation and last Thursday evening received input from the approximately 10 representatives of the community who attended the meeting at Mike Miller Park.

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  The Marshall County Fiscal Court last week named Ladonna Coriell as Marshall County E-911 Director, filling the position that had been vacant since early Sept. when Misti Drew was dismissed from the job. Marshall County Judge-Executive Kevin Neal said a committee met the week prior and Cor…

  • By Venita Fritz Tribune-Courier General Manager vfritz@tribunecourier.com
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 In last week’s meeting of the Marshall County Fiscal Court, Judge-Executive Kevin Neal presented a proposal for Rivercrest Engineering of Paducah to administer the expansion of Sanitation District #2 for a cost of $55,000.  He told court members a quote of 4 percent of the project, or aroun…

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  Outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts, or just anyone interested in joining the celebration of western Kentucky’s outdoor heritage, is invited to bring the kids to the Mike Miller Park in Draffenville this Friday and Saturday for the first annual WHO (Wildlife Heritage Outdoor) Festival.

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  Kentucky Dam Village will welcome the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) back to the Kentucky Lake area, with more than 65 media members and a total attendance estimated at more than 130 to include industry representatives, spouses and guest speakers. The guests begin to arrive…

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  An active shooter training exercise will  take place at the Marshall County Health Department (MCHD) this Friday from noon until 4 p.m. MCHD will be closed to the public beginning at noon through the remainder of the day.

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  Officials with the Marshall County Sanitation District #2 in Draffenville were at last week’s Fiscal Court meeting with a mason jar full of clear water that had been pulled from the effluent (outgoing) stream that morning in the plant and pictures of clear water flowing through troughs tha…

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  SCALE – For some 12 years now, thousands of U.S. military veterans have traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials to the wars in which they served.

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  Site preparation began immediately upon receiving the building permit Wednesday for the new Little General Convenience Store in Benton across from H.H. Lovett Park. The store, to be located at 1507 Main Street next door to the Benton Drive-In, will consist of a nearly 4,000-square foot foo…

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 Tim and Becky King, owners of Filbeck Cann & King Funeral Home in Benton were not called for arraignment in Marshall Circuit Court as expected last Tuesday afternoon. Instead, Circuit Judge Jamie Jameson announced he had recused himself from the case.  

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  The Marshall County Parks Foundation Board met last week with engineers from BFW Engineering in the first of seven scheduled meetings as they pan out the details of the ‘master plan’ for the Mike Miller Park in Draffenville. Part of the creative process includes identifying residents of Ma…

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  Estron Chemicals, Inc. in Calvert City broke ground last week on a new $5 million Research and Development facility they say should be up and running by mid-2018.

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  Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet last week confirmed the widening of KY 348/5th Street is back on the list of active road projects in the commonwealth.