Monday, December 28, 2009

Dycusburg News: Jan. 7, 2010

By Matthew T. Patton

Dorothy Dean (Shewcraft) Young was surprised with an 80th birthday party on Nov. 28. The party was held at the Christian Church Community Center in Owensboro, KY. Party was given by her daughters Kathy Ellis and Ann Yaudes. Friends and family attended with entertainment by Betty Shewcraft Hodges, Matthew and Mandy Hodges. She was also honored by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Dot, as she is called by her family and friends, is known for her humor and good deeds for others. Stories were told by family and friends of their most cherished memories with her. She grew up in the Frances and Mexico community. Her parents were Luther Frances and Oda Lee (Patton) Shewcraft. Her siblings Edna Macon, Betty Hodges, Carolyn DeSpain, Carlton Shewcraft, Minnie Nell Martin (deceased) and Keith Shewcraft (deceased).

We received the following Crittenden County genealogy query: "As a sixth descendant granddaughter of Joseph Newcom and Esther Dudley, I am trying to locate any data before Joseph Newcom immigrated to the U.S. Parents, siblings, POB, residence, etc. I would also like to obtain photos of this family pre and post immigration and family information. Contact Denise Newcomb at deedeenew@yahoo.com."

An interesting tidbit to report for genealogists: The Glenn Martin Genealogy Library in Princeton has received a wonderful Christmas gift in the form of a donation of the research files of the late Willis "Pat" Oliver, a native of Lyon County. The files were donated by Pat's widow, Trevah, and will be available for use by other researchers after they have been sorted and catalogued. Pat, a long time genealogist, was the original county coordinator of the Livingston, Caldwell, Crittenden, Lyon and Trigg County KYGenWeb sites. Among the families he researched were Oliver, Galusha, Parent, Throop, Chittenden and McCracken. (Source: Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog at wkygenealogy.blogspot.com).

December birthdays to report include Helen Travis (12/3), Angie Beverly Way (12/5), Chanda Guess Ortt (12/6), Clara Brown (12/8), Bobby Waters (12/9), J.R. Blake (12/11), Lonnie Travis (12/13), Matt Maxfield (12/13), C.T. Conner (12/14), Emily Smith (12/16), DeLois Paddock (12/17), Heather Guess Franklin (12/17), Travis Boone (12/19), Raymond Guess (12/24), Ryan Downing (12/27), Wade Brasher (12/30) and Jonathan Millikan (12/31).

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Obituary: Ruth Hard Rodgers, 94

Ruth Hard Rodgers, 94, of Princeton, died Nov. 29, 2009 at Rivers Bend Retirement Community.

She was a homemaker and was the oldest member of First Baptist Church of Fredonia where she taught Sunday school for many years before moving to Princeton in 1985.

Surviving are two daughters, Nita Rogers Thompson of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Rita Rogers Oldham of Princeton; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Franklin Rogers; a son, Eugene Franklin Rogers Jr.; a brother, William Duke Hard; and two sisters, Sallie Irene Hard Dillon and Mary Augusta Hard Cranor.

Her parents were William Roland and Nellie Coleman Smith Hard.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 3 at Morgan's Funeral Home with Dr. Jerrell White officiating, assisted by Dr. Gary Frizzell. Burial will be at Fredonia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fredonia Valley Cemetery, c/o Hannah Brasher, Fredonia, KY 42411.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Homes for Our Troops Honors Injured Vet

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Dycusburg News: Nov. 27, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Happy Birthday to: Stephanie Peek Williams and Becky Howard on November 19.

Congratulations to Chase and Jennifer Matthews and their children, Sarah and Owen. The family received the keys to their new home from “Homes for our Troops” on Monday, November 23 at 11:00 am. Several people were in attendance for the heartwarming event. Their new home is beautiful, spacious, and equipped so that Chase can enjoy doing everyday tasks and spending time with his family. Chase grew up in the Dycusburg area. The whole community is so happy for them. A very special thanks to all those who helped make this possible! For more information on Homes for Our Troops and more information and pictures of the Matthews’ home, visit the website www.homesforourtroops.com. (Above photo by Michelle Henderson)

There were 17 in attendance at the Dycusburg Methodist Church on Sunday. The Kentucky Supreme Court Justice, Bill Cunningham led the service.

Brother James Oates filled his regular appointment at the Dycusburg Baptist Church on Sunday. Several were in attendance.

The Dycusburg Community Group would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Quote of the week: “Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” -- Wyatt Earp

Riddle of the week: I am bushy headed yet I have no hair. I have no eyes but have seen many a year. Moisture cannot penetrate my flaky skin but it’s really good at keeping it in. What am I?

Last week’s riddle answer: What English word means burning wood when you take away the first letter of the word? Member becomes ember. Gina Noffsinger of Owensboro, KY was the first person to come up with the correct answer.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles or quote of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dycusburg News: Nov. 19, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Happy Birthday to: Patsy Stephens on Nov. 15 and Shawn Stinnett on Nov. 23.

The Dycusburg Community Group held a meeting on Friday, Nov. 13. Plans for the opening of the Dycusburg Community Park in the spring of 2010 were discussed. The group would like to thank all those who have recently made donations. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution, mail it to: Dycusburg Community Group, P.O. Box 112, Dycusburg KY 42037.

Hometown hero McKenzie Noffsinger of Owensboro, KY was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor Steven L. Beshear on Oct. 16, 2009 for her dedication to volunteering in the community. The award was presented by Air Force Brigadier General Michael J. Dornbush at the Hermitage Care and Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday November 10, 2009. Her parents are Gary and Gina Noffsinger. Barbara Ethridge is her grandmother. McKenzie is 18 years old and has volunteered to help the elderly since she was 9 years old. She is an example worth following.

Donna Walker would like to offer her thanks to the community of Dycusburg for the dinner held after the death of her brother, Teddy Davenport. She would also like to express thanks to the Dycusburg Community Group for acquiring Davenport's land for the Dycusburg Community Park.

Quote of the week: “The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work – if you don’t” by Zig Zigler

Riddle of the week: What English word means burning wood when you take away the first letter of the word?

Last week’s riddle answer: Two fathers and two sons go fishing at a lake. In the lake, there are only three fish but each person goes home with a fish. How is this possible? A man takes his son and grandson. The grandfather is a father. The son is a son and a father. The grandson is a son. The first person with the correct answer was Betty Miller of Hebron, IN.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles or quote of the week to dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Foundation Approves Three Grants: Matthews Cemetery, Library, Museum Funded

By Brenda Underdown

A rural family cemetery left wrecked after last winter's ice storm will be revitalized as one of three projects funded through the trust fund of a late benefactor of Crittenden County history and genealogy.

Matthews Cemetery in Frances, the final resting place of a few dozen people, including at least one veteran of a war fought nearly 150 years ago, was buried itself last January under broken limbs and trees weighed down with ice.

With no cemetery association to fund or oversee maintenance of the graveyard, the debris made regular upkeep by volunteers a daunting task.

A $500 grant approved last week by the Braxton McDonald Foundation Board of Directors will help families of the deceased pay for removal of the debris and a new sign identifying the cemetery located on Ky. 855 South, about a half-mile from its junction with Ky. 70.

Other awards made with investment income earned from the McDonald endowment include $1,200 to Crittenden County Public Library for its annual subscription to the online genealogical research tool Ancestry.com, and $7,000 for annual operating expenses of the Crittenden County Historical Museum.

In 1999, Braxton McDonald, a former county educator, left as his legacy a substantial amount of money in a will to form a trust fund to benefit local history and genealogical preservation projects.

Each year, the board of his namesake foundation awards grant money to help fund such projects. “We are glad to be able to continue carrying out the final wishes of a man who sought to keep history alive in Crittenden County,” said board member Faye Carol Crider.

Another board member, Daryl Tabor, who has ancestors buried at Matthews Cemetery, said “Assisting those families who wish to return the cemetery to a proper memorial for the deceased is a fine example of how he intended his trust to be utilized.”

While the library and museum have benefited from the annual grants in the past, the Frances Cemetery is a first-time recipient.

“Since a Civil War veteran, as well as World War I and World War II veterans are buried here, I feel we should try to keep up the cemetery,” wrote Rita Travis of Marion in the grant application submitted on behalf of the burial ground.

By awarding the funds, the Braxton McDonald Foundation's generosity will unlock two other contributions toward the effort. Judge-Executive Fred Brown has pledged donated use of a county-owned wood chipper. Billy Fox of Henry and Henry Monuments has also agreed to help volunteers reset fallen monuments at the site.

(Source: The Crittenden Press, used with permission)

Dycusburg News: Nov. 12, 2009

Happy birthday to Tony Maxfield on Nov. 13, Rick Holsapple on Nov. 19. Happy belated birthday to Jake Selph whose birthday was November 8.

We send our get-well wishes to Daniel Patton who had an accident and broke his left arm in two places. After a short stay and surgery at the hospital, he's on the road to recovery.

Dan and Michelle Henderson had a gathering at their cabin over the weekend. Visitors included Kevin, Jeff, Danny, Matt, and Ben Ogle; Pat Dresser; Juretta Fletcher; Cindy and Jacob Feltner; Barbara Ethridge; Rick Fondaw; Chase and Jennifer Matthews and their children, Owen and Sarah; Amanda Oliver and Makanda Rolfe.

The Dycusburg Community Group will have a meeting on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at 45 Hilltop Drive in Dycusburg. The officers need to be there at 6:00 pm. The topic of discussion will be plans for the recently purchased property that the Group plan to make the “Dycusburg Community Park.” Everyone is welcome to attend at 6:30 pm.

The Dycusburg Community Group would like to thank all those who have recently made donations. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution, mail it to: Dycusburg Community Group, P.O. Box 112, Dycusburg KY 42037.

Barbara Ethridge’s granddaughter, Mckenzie Noffsinger won the “Volunteer of the Year” award from the Hermitage Rehabilitation Center in Owensboro, KY.

Quote of the week: “You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself.” - Harvey S. Firestone

Riddle of the week: Two fathers and two sons go fishing at a lake. In the lake, there are only three fish but each person goes home with a fish. How is this possible?

Last week’s riddle answer: What is yours but your friends use it more than you? The answer is your name. The first person to correctly answer the riddle was Amanda Oliver.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles or quote of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Meeting to Discuss New Park at Dycusburg

The next meeting of the Dycusburg Community Group will be held Nov. 13 at the home of Michelle Henderson (41 Hilltop Drive) at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to learn about the new park located on what's commonly known as the "back hill" at the property previously owned by Teddy Davenport.

Among the plans is a basketball court and other exciting initiatives that will be discussed at the meeting. Public response and input is important and welcomed.

The officers of the DCG will meet beforehand at 6 p.m.

Questions can be directed to dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dycusburg News: Nov. 5, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Congratulations to Travis Sosh and Jenny Patton on the birth of their daughter, Marlee Kay Sosh, born October 27 at 11:05 a.m. at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. She weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. and was 18 in. long. She is welcomed to the world by big sisters Aliyah and Emma.

The Dycusburg Community Group would like to announce the addition of a Community Park to the Dycusburg area. The group plans to open the park in early spring 2010. Plans for the park will be discussed at next meeting, held later this month. Watch this column for date, time and location. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution, mail it to: Dycusburg Community Group, P.O. Box 112, Dycusburg, KY 42037.

The “Trunk or Treat” at the Dycusburg Baptist Church on Halloween was a big success. Several children came by to get their treats.

Quote of the week: I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. – Thomas Jefferson

Get well wishes are extended to Rick Fondaw.

Riddle of the week: What is yours but your friends use it more than you?

Last week’s riddle answer: What is open when it is closed and closed when it is open? A drawbridge.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles or quote of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dycusburg News: Oct. 29, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Chase and Jennifer Matthews’s son and Sarah’s little brother, Owen Lee Matthews, was born October 19, 2009. He weighed 7 lbs. and 14 oz. He was born at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah on the couple’s first wedding anniversary.

Happy Birthday to Vanessa Werner on October 21, Danny Ogle on October 26, Marlin Patton on October 28, Joe Bennett and Sherry Peek on October 31.

The Fall Festival at the Dycusburg Baptist Church on Friday, October 23 had a good turnout and was enjoyed by all who attended.

For Halloween, the Dycusburg Baptist Church will host a “Trunk or Treat” at 4:30 pm on October 31 in the parking lot.

The Dycusburg Community Group would like to thank those who recently made donations for future purchases to improve our community. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution, mail it to: Dycusburg Community Group, P.O. Box 112, Dycusburg KY 42037.

Quote of the week: “One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.”-Edward B. Butler

Riddle of the week: What is open when it is closed and closed when it is open?

Last week’s riddle answer: What eats to live but never drinks? A fire. Carol Strilko of New Lenox, IL was the first to give a correct answer.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles or quote of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dycusburg News: Oct. 22, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Happy anniversary to Chase and Jennifer Matthews on October 19.

Happy birthday to Dylan Phelps October 26.

There will be a Fall Festival on Friday, October 23 at 6:00 pm at the Dycusburg Baptist Church. All are invited to attend.

Fall Revival with Brother Mark Gill will be held Oct 25 – Oct 28 at the Dycusburg Baptist Church. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Fourteen states were represented at the Longshore and Sarah (Lee) Lamb memorial dedication: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oregon and Washington.

Eleven people attended the L.B. and Sarah (Parsley) Patton family reunion on Sunday, Oct. 11 in Fredonia.

Bobby Mayes and family visited with his grandmothers, Evelynn Mayes and Mev Crick in Louisville, KY last weekend.

Quote of the week: "Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." -- Arnold Bennett

Riddle of the week: What eats to live but never drinks?

Last week’s riddle answer: What gets wet as it dries? A towel

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles or quote of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lamb Family Dedicates Memorial Marker

By Matthew T. Patton and Linda Lamb Monticelli

Nearly 100 descendants and friends of the Lamb family gathered Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Princeton, Kentucky, to honor Revolutionary War patriot Longshore Lamb (ca. 1748 – ca. 1828) and his wife, Sarah (Lee) Lamb (ca. 1760 – ca. 1844).


The day began at noon with a welcome speech by Matthew T. Patton of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Patton submitted a supplemental application for Longshore Lamb in 2008 to the Sons of the American Revolution. His early research was aided by fellow Lamb descendant Janet Humphreys, the first to join the Daughters of the American Revolution under Longshore Lamb.

The program also consisted of a flag presentation, including ten flags associated with the early Lamb family, as well as a large flag flown over the United States Capitol on June 15, 2009. A certificate accompanying the flag states, “At the request of the Honorable Jim Gerlach, Member of Congress, this flag was flown for Caldwell County Settler and Revolutionary War Patriot Longshore Lamb, who assisted in establishing American Independence.”

Following the pledge of allegiance to the flag, Tyler Clay Collins played “Taps.” Afterwards, attendees joined to recite a tribute to Longshore and Sarah and to “all of the men and women who have served the United States with integrity and devotion.” After the Lamb memorial marker was unveiled, Matthew T. Patton and Linda Lamb Monticelli placed a red, white and blue wreath at the memorial site. Patton and Monticelli organized the day’s events, which also included a family reunion reception catered by Riverside Café of Dycusburg, Kentucky.

Caldwell County resident Richard P’Pool secured a government-issued marker from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and placed the stone at the site. P’Pool, also a Lamb descendant, was honored in 2003 for his efforts to place markers for U.S. veterans. P’Pool has helped apply for and received more than 300 markers from the VA at his own expense. This process requires hours of tedious and detailed research because the documentation required, including the muster rolls and the extracts from State files or land warrants, is often not readily available. The marker reads, “Longshore Lamb. Pvt SC Militia. Revolutionary War. 1748-1828.”

Longshore Lamb was the son of Thomas Lamb and Alice Longshore; he was born sometime between 1747 and 1754 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania or about 1755 in Fairfax County, Virginia. The Lamb family lived in Bucks County from 1744 until 1754 when they moved to Fairfax County, Virginia. The Quaker Fairfax Monthly Meeting was located on the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains south of the Potomac River. The Fairfax Meeting was located in Fairfax County until 1757 when they divided Fairfax County leaving Fairfax Meeting in Loudon County. In June 1766, the Lamb family moved from Loudon County, Virginia to Kershaw County, South Carolina.

On October 30, 1779, the Friends at the Bush River Monthly Meeting, located in Newberry County, South Carolina, disowned Longshore Lamb who was a member of the Padget’s Creek Meeting house, located in eastern Union County, for marrying someone who was not of the Quaker faith. Since the state of South Carolina had no laws requiring marriage licenses or registration until 1911, we use the date of October 30, 1779 as the marriage date for Longshore Lamb and Sarah Lee, daughter of Michael Lee.

In late spring or early summer of 1780, Colonel Thomas Brandon, who was camped five miles south of the present town of Union, South Carolina was in the process of recruiting volunteers to support the Patriot cause. It was sometime after the fall of Charleston on May 12, 1780, that Longshore Lamb was recruited into the Second Spartan Regiment of Militia under Colonel Thomas Brandon in Union County, South Carolina. Longshore’s brother William Lamb was also in this same Second Spartan Regiment of Militia under Colonel Brandon.

It is not known how many or which military engagements Longshore Lamb may have actually been involved in while serving under Colonel Brandon. These militiamen served for 4 months, oftentimes working one day and fighting the next. The Patriot militia spent much of their time protecting the local rebel population from the Indians and the many Tory loyalists in the area. On June 12, 1786, Longshore Lamb received ten pounds, two shillings, and ten pence farthings for Militia duty after the fall of Charleston in Brandon’s Regiment. Longshore Lamb signed his full name on this receipt for his service during the American Revolution.

On September 13, 1788, Longshore Lamb purchased 163 acres on Frenchman’s Creek of the Enoree River in Ninety Six District, present day Union County, South Carolina. It is possible that Longshore used at least some of the money he received for his military duties to purchase this land.

Between 1779 and 1800, Longshore and Sarah Lamb had nine children: Mary, Elizabeth, Levi, William, Margaret, Jane, John, Moses, and Martin. All of these children were born in South Carolina. After Longshore Lamb and Sarah Lee were married they lived first in Union County, South Carolina and then in Spartanburg County, South Carolina before finally settling in Caldwell County, Kentucky by 1809 or 1810. Longshore Lamb and his family and Longshore’s son-in-law William Crow and his family were among the very early settlers of the Lewistown community in Caldwell County, Kentucky.

Longshore’s mother, Alice Longshore Lamb, died about 1791 in Union County, South Carolina and his father, Thomas Lamb, died in early August 1800 in Union County, South Carolina. Sarah’s father, Michael Lee, died in early December 1807 in Union County, South Carolina. We do not know who Sarah’s mother was; some researchers say that Michael Lee’s wife was Drusilla Murphy.

Longshore Lamb died intestate sometime from about 1826 to about 1828 in Caldwell County, Kentucky. His wife, Sarah Lee Lamb, remained a widow for the next 16 years or so until her death about 1844 in Caldwell County, Kentucky. Martin Lamb, the youngest child of Longshore and Sarah, and his family moved into his father’s home after his father’s death to care for his mother.

The exact location of the graves of Longshore and Sarah remains unknown, there has never been any grave marker found for either Longshore or Sarah and there are no records known to exist indicating where the graves of Longshore and Sarah Lamb are actually located.

Fourteen states were represented at the reunion: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oregon and Washington. Sharon Lamb Davis traveled from Redmond, Washington to the ceremony to honor her great-great-great-great grandfather. “If he hadn’t joined so many others to fight for our future we would not be where we are today. And I am thankful that I live in this free country,” Davis said. “Also, of course, because of the 13 years I have communicated with fellow Lamb researchers Linda Lamb Monticelli and Janet Humphreys, I had a need to meet them face to face and cement our family relationship and thank them for the work they have done over so many years.”

She added, “We are who we are, in part, because of our ancestors and what they passed from generation to generation. I truly believe the morals, integrity, and respect that we may possess is a direct link to our ancestors’ beliefs.”

Because the exact burial location is not known, the memorial, funded by donations from descendants and friends of the family, was placed in the Princeton city cemetery because of its ensured perpetual care.

“By erecting this Lamb memorial marker, the descendants of Longshore and Sarah have marked a spot, if not their final resting place, then at least a place in Caldwell County where Longshore and Sarah Lamb’s journey upon this earth ended,” Linda Lamb Monticelli explained.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dycusburg News: Oct. 15, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Happy birthday to the following: Bobby Mayes Oct. 12, Carol Carroll Oct. 13, and Jeff Winding on Oct. 17.

The Dycusburg Community Group did not do the scheduled clean up on Oct. 9 due to rainy weather. Members did an impromptu clean up on Saturday morning. If interested in volunteering your time or money for cleaning supplies, please call 988-2758 before 5 p.m., or e-mail at Dycusburg@yahoo.com. All donations to the group are tax deductible.

For interesting information on Dycusburg, visit Dycusburg.com.

Brian Coleman, son of Jim and Debbie Richardson, left for Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. on Oct. 13. He is joining the Army National Guard. Debbie visited with her daughter, Christina Stempien, in Las Vegas Sept. 2–16. Debbie is still recovering from her surgery earlier this month. The community extends get well wishes to her.

Fall Revival at the Dycusburg Baptist Church will be held Oct. 25–28. All are invited to attend.

The Longshore Lamb Memorial Ceremony was a big success. Approximately 100 people came to the event. It was reported that people from at least 14 different states were represented.

A baby shower was held on Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Calvary Baptist Church for Chase and Jennifer Matthews. Refreshments were served and games were played by several in attendance.

In last week’s article, I made an error reporting the time of the singing and supper for Justin O’Bryan’s benefit. The chili supper was at 4 p.m. and the singing at 6:30 p.m. I’d like to apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused. There was a nice turnout and the family would like to thank everyone for their generosity. Please mail any donations to help pay medical and travel expenses to Richard and Teresa O’Bryan, P.O. Box 59, Dycusburg, KY 42037. According to family members, Justin has had glaucoma since he was about three months old.

Quote of the week: “Without history, we are the prisoners of the accident of where and when we were born,” - Donald Kagan.

Riddle of the week: What gets wet as it dries? Last week’s riddle answer: Imagine you are in the middle of a forest surrounded by tigers you have nothing to defend yourself, what do you
do? Stop imagining.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles or quote of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Dycusburg News: Oct. 8, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Happy belated birthday to George Strilko of New Lenox, IL. His birthday was Sept. 29.

The Dycusburg Community Group is planning another clean up on Friday, Oct. 9. If interested in volunteering your time, please call 270-988-2758.

Debbie Richardson is home after a short stay in the hospital. The community wishes her a speedy recovery.

Revolutionary War veteran Longshore Lamb and his wife Sarah will be honored with a dedication ceremony at noon on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Princeton. Longshore is being recognized over 220 years after his service in the war. A reception will follow at the Princeton Tourist Welcome Center at 201 E. Main St.

There will be a benefit singing Saturday, Oct. 10, and a chili supper, at the Dycusburg Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall for Richard and Teresa O’Bryan’s son, Justin, who was diagnosed with glaucoma at the age of six months. The Hamptons will be singing. The proceeds will go to help with medical and travel expenses.

Rick Bowman and Barbara Ethridge met Gary, Gina, Mckenzie, and Justin Noffsinger on Saturday, Oct. 3 for the annual craft show which is held at the Audubon National Park in Henderson. They enjoyed looking at all the beautiful crafts and sampling the delicious foods.

Quote of the week: "Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame." - Laurence J. Peter

Riddle of the week: Imagine you are in the middle of a forest surrounded by tigers you have nothing to defend yourself, what do you do?

Last week’s riddle answer: What has a mouth but cannot eat, what moves but has no legs, and what has a bank but cannot put money in it? The answer is a river. The first correct answer was received from Barbara Ethridge.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles and thoughts of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Dycusburg News: Oct. 1, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Juanita Green and Curtis Griffin both celebrated their birthdays on Sept. 27.

Rick and Debbie Holsapple celebrated their 37th anniversary on Sept. 27.

The 45th annual L.B. and Sarah A. (Parsley) Patton Family Reunion will be held Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Fredonia Lion’s Club Building, next to the water tower in Fredonia. A potluck lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

The speaker at the Dycusburg Baptist Church on Sept. 27 was the director of missions, Bro. Rodney Cude.

The fall revival at the Dycusburg Baptist Church will be held Oct. 25-28.

Paul and Faye Stinnett attended the free Kevin Skinner concert in Mayfield. Skinner is the America’s Got Talent $1 million winner. It was reported that more than 6,000 people attended the concert.

The American Legion in Kuttawa hosts bingo on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. For more information contact Liz Wadlington at 388-2179. Money raised in the month of September was donated to Homes for our Troops recipient Chase Matthews.

Quote of the week: "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it,
change your attitude." - Maya Angelou

Riddle of the week: What has a mouth but cannot eat, what moves but has no legs, and what has a bank but cannot put money in it? Last week’s riddle answer: When asked how old she was Suzie replied in two years I will be twice as old as I was five years ago. How old is she? The first correct answer came from Gail Bannister. Suzie is 12.

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers,
your own riddles and thoughts of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Dycusburg News: Sept. 24, 2009

By Michelle Henderson

Recent and upcoming birthdays include: Ian Aldridge on Sept. 11, Linda Sutton on Sept. 17, Curtis Griffin on Sept. 27 and Cierra Simpson on Sept. 28.

Anniversaries include: Tom and Shelly Gould, Sept. 11 and Gary and Sue Bailey, Sept. 17.

The Dycusburg Community Group will pick up trash on the sides of several streets in town this week and will clean around the Veteran’s Memorial Marker and Chase Matthews Park. If interested in volunteering your time, please call or email Dycusburg@yahoo.com or 270-988-2758.

Paul and Faye Stinnett enjoyed an outing to Sharon, Tenn., Friday and Saturday to attend an equipment auction.

Jeff Winding of Belknap, Ill., visited with several friends in the area this past week. He took a boat ride on the Cumberland River with Curtis and Jeannie Griffin while in town.

Makanda Rolfe spent the night with her great grandmother, Barbara
Ethridge, Sept. 20.

Virginia Lee Jewell (Ginalee) of Dycusburg passed away Sept. 15. Services were held at Lakeland Funeral Home. She was buried in the Dycusburg Cemetery.

Homecoming at the Dycusburg Baptist Church was held Sept. 20. Bro. Randall Rogers was the guest speaker. There was a delicious meal served in the fellowship hall following the service. Several people attended.

There were 14 in attendance at the United Methodist Church.

Quote of the week: “Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.” – Dean Acheson

Riddle of the week: When asked how old she was, Suzie replied in two years I will be twice as old as I was five years ago. How old is she? Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers, your own riddles and thoughts of the week to Dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Build Brigade Makes Strides

Photo: Members of the Build Brigade were hard at work on Thursday, not pausing even for a photo opportunity. Photo by Rae Wagoner/The Herald Ledger

By Rae Wagoner

When Homes for Our Troops project manager Rick Goyette told members of American Legion Post 68 and volunteer contractors and laborers “we’ll have this house under roof and weatherized by nightfall Saturday,” some thought he was being a little optimistic. After all, he made that statement on Wednesday night. But with this being the 40th home the organization has coordinated for wounded veterans, Goyette and his team have had some practice. With what they call a “Build Brigade,” good weather and a whole lot of hard work by skilled carpenters, that’s exactly what happened.

Goyette took a few minutes away from swinging his hammer on the home HFOT is building for local wounded veteran Chase Matthews last Thursday to bring dignitaries and the media up to date. Invited guests Bill Simmons and Debby Epperson of the US Department for Veterans Affairs regional office in Louisville may have been the most popular attendees – they brought a $60,000 check to help with expenses for this wheelchair-accessible home.

Homes For Our Troops was founded in 2004, Goyette said, when Massachusetts contractor John Gonsalves heard of a disabled soldier coming home and thought “I wonder what his hometown is doing for this guy.” The answer, sadly, was “nothing.”

“What could be more fundamental about a homecoming,” Goyette said, “than having a home you can come home to?” In Matthews’ case, the mobile home shares with his growing family is far from able to accommodate his needs. His wife Jennifer said that because of the narrow doorways and halls, Matthews is confined to the kitchen and living room while in his wheelchair. Extensive use of his prosthetic legs causes him pain and tires him quickly, she added.

“This is all really overwhelming,” Jennifer said. “Chase is a quiet guy and he’s not used to all this attention, and neither of us can quite get over everything the community is doing for us.” When asked what the greatest part of the new home will be, Jennifer had a ready answer. “Chase will be able to go anywhere he wants to in his own home without having to ask for help.”

Along about October, that will include visiting the nursery the Matthewses will prepare to welcome their newest addition, or stopping in to say goodnight to stepdaughter Sarah in her room.

“They think the house will be ready in time for us to bring the baby here when we come home from the hospital,” Jennifer said, “and that is just amazing to me. It’s amazing that people would do this for Chase, for our family, and I’ve seen houses being built before but nothing like this fast.” She noted that at 8 a.m. on Thursday the foundation and subfloors were finished, “and it was a big flat floor, like an empty stage,” and by the time the ceremony got underway shortly after 2 p.m. that day, crews had walls up and were setting trusses as fast as they could go.

General contractor Keith Young was notably impressed with the quality of volunteer help he had. “These guys really know what they’re doing,” he said in a rare break from the action. Young said he is honored to serve as general contractor on the project. “I have known Chase since he was a kid and I am glad to be able to help out with this.”

Among the dignitaries present was Senator Ken Winters, who served 2 tours of active duty in the Army and serves on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He expressed his gratitude for Matthews’ service and wished him well. Michael Pape stood in for Congressman Ed Whitfield and presented Matthews, Legion Post 68, and the Homes for Our Troops Organization with American flags that have flown over our nation’s capitol. Kuttawa Mayor Butch McCollum was also present and extended his hope that “many happy memories will be made in this home.”

Two key people were noticeably absent from the podium. Rick Gill, Post 68 Vice Commander, has worked tirelessly organizing fundraisers and working as a liaison with the HFOT organization. His granddaughter sustained multiple injuries in an auto accident in Texas on Wednesday. He and his wife, post adjutant Pat Gill, immediately flew to her side and left matters in the capable hands of Commander Bill Howard. Howard emceed the ceremony, profusely thanking those who have contributed to the project with materials, labor, donations, and, in the case of Neda and Lonnie Bauer, donuts to feed the masses of men who volunteered their time and talents.

Howard reminded those present that Post 68 has undertaken the challenge of raising a minimum of $10,000 with which to furnish the new home. The next fundraiser will be held on Saturday. Making use of the Legion’s charitable gaming license, a Mega-Bingo event will be held beginning at 1 p.m. in the outlet mall. The former Polo building is set to be the site of a bingo event with enough seating for 300 people, and Howard said all the proceeds (after generous payouts) will go the the furniture fund. In addition, the post is planning a 4-hour live radio auction in partnership with Princeton’s WAVE-J radio 104.9 for October. Any individual or business with items to donate should contact any member of American Legion Post 68.

Present but not taking the microphone was one woman without whom this home might only be a wish. Marty Kares, who is employed by The Crittenden Press but is functioning in her capacity as a board member of the Three Rivers Homebuilders Association, has not only been a staunch supporter of this project, but has functioned as “coordinator-in-chief” on the local front. Kares comes from a long line of servicemen, and has said on numerous occasions “this is a cause that’s close to my heart.” She declined to take the stage, preferring instead to work behind the scenes.

Behind the scenes or in front of a microphone, there is still much to do for this home to become a reality. For more information on Homes For Our Troops and the Matthews home in particular, visit www.homesforourtroops.org.

Reprinted with permission from the Lyon County Herald Ledger

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Dycusburg News: Sept. 17, 2009

(Editor's Note: Michelle Henderson began writing "Dycusburg News" beginning with the Sept. 17, 2009 issue of The Crittenden Press. It will be reprinted with permission on this site. Be sure to share your news by e-mailing dycusburg@yahoo.com).

By Michelle Henderson


Congratulations to Bobby and Linda Mayes on the birth of their daughter, Evelynn Grace (Eve). She was born Sept., 9, 2009. She weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. She is the granddaughter of Curtis and Jeannie Griffin.

Congratulations to Jake and Jodie Selph on the birth of their daughter, Annie Marie. She was born July 1.

Recent birthdays include: Keith Ethridge Aug. 14, Mckenzie Noffsinger Aug. 21, Rick Bowman and Mason Stinnett Aug. 26, Chase Matthews and Johnnie Lindsey Sept. 1.

Recent anniversaries include Curtis and Jeannie Griffin July 4, Bobby and Linda Mayes Sept. 2.

Rick Fondaw is home and feeling better after a short stay in the hospital.

The Dycusburg Community Group had an impromptu roadside trash pick up on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Members gathered several bags of trash alongside Dycus Road, Hilltop Drive, parts of Owens Road and parts of Ky. 295.

If interested in volunteering your time, please call or email Dycusburg@yahoo.com or 270-988-2758. The group plans to pick up trash on other streets in the coming weeks.

The group would like to thank those who have made donations recently. There are a lot of projects in the planning stage. A meeting will be held soon in which details will be given. Watch this column for date, time and location. All interested are welcome to attend.

Carol and Nathan Carroll and their children, Christian, Shawn and Kaleb of Louisville, along with Cierra Simpson and Kylie McGowen of Paducah visited with Curtis and Jeannie Griffin and Bobby and Linda Mayes the last week of August.

Homecoming at the Dycusburg Baptist Church will be held Sept. 20.

Quote of the week: “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks.” – Phillips Brooks

Send your questions, news, birthdays, births, anniversaries, riddle answers and your own riddles and thoughts of the week to dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Obituary: Virginia Jewell, 75

DYCUSBURG, KY - Mrs. Virginia Jewell (Ginalee), 75, of Dycusburg, passed away at 10:55 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, in Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.

Mrs. Jewell was retired from the former Shawnee Plastics Company in Kuttawa and was a homemaker. She was a member of Dycusburg United Methodist Church in Dycusburg and a member of Princeton Eastern Star Chapter #315.

Survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Billy and Jewell Jewell of Caldwell County and Ed and Donna Jewell of Crittenden County; 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 step great-grandchildren; one brother, Gordon Travis of Paris, TN; two sisters, Lucille Bingham of Hobert, IN and Shirley McAllister of Princeton, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Clarence "Junior" Jewell; two sons, Ricky Darel Jewell and Donald Wayne Jewell; one sister, Barbara Epperson; one brother, Virgil Travis and her parents, Elvin Travis and Gertie Henry Travis.

Services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, September 18, 2009 at Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel in Eddyville with Rev. Jessie Johnson and Rev. Mitch Coomer officiating.

Burial will be in Dycusburg Cemetery in Dycusburg, KY.

Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 P.M. Thursday, September 17, at Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville.

Memorials may be made to: Dycusburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 34, Dycusburg, KY 42037.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Lamb Family to Memorialize Revolutionary War Ancestor, Longshore Lamb

PRINCETON, KY – A Revolutionary War veteran will finally be recognized for his service more than 220 years after the war ended.

A dedication ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, at noon at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Princeton to recognize Longshore Lamb as a Revolutionary War patriot, as well as his wife, Sarah (Lee). Descendants will unveil a memorial marker at the cemetery for the couple at the cemetery. No records exist of the actual burial site for the early Caldwell County settlers from South Carolina.

Longshore’s service has been documented and recognized through both the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Descendants proving their ancestral lineage to Longshore are eligible for membership.

“We are so excited about this day that also serves as a family reunion,” said Linda Lamb Monticelli, a descendant and long-time genealogist who has studied the family extensively. “It’s a dream come true to have this marker. Not only does it memorialize our ancestors, but it’s also a genealogical gem because of the information it will provide for future researchers.”

Lamb descendants will travel from all over the country for the dedication ceremony. A reception will follow immediately at the Princeton Tourist Welcome Center at 201 E. Main St. Everyone, including the general public, is invited to attend.

WHAT: Dedication Service for Longshore Lamb, Revolutionary War Patriot, and his wife, Sarah (Lee) Lamb
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at noon
WHERE: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Princeton, KY, with reception following immediately at Princeton Tourist Welcome Center, 201 E. Main St., Princeton

Sunday, July 26, 2009

July 4 Fireworks Show a Success!

We received this note from Starlena Mahns, owner of Dycusburg Grocery:

Approximately 250 people gathered to watch our fireworks at Dycusburg for a show lasting about 1 hour and 15 minutes! We were also fortunate to have a live band that played for about 2 hours before the fireworks and 1 hour after.

This completely community supported day was started by Dycusburg Grocery in 2005, sponsored by the grocery and residents of Dycusburg who pitch in to help out. It is a tradition we plan to continue every year as long as the community and the people help us raise the money to put on such a fun day!


We would like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors: Henry and Henry Monuments, Bobby Stinnett's Used Cars, Just-a-Burger, Fred Brown, Wayne Agent, Mike Cherry and all of the generous others who donated money, bought raffle tickets or otherwise made our wonderful day possible. We'll see you next year!

--Starlena Mahns, Owner, Dycusburg Grocery

Obituary: Clara Oakley, 81

Clara Oakley, 81, of Princeton died at 6:40 a.m., Saturday, June 6, 2009 at Caldwell County Hospital.

She was retired with 29 years service as a practical nurse for Dr. Kenneth L. Barnes in Princeton. Oakley was a member of Second Baptist Church in Princeton.

Suvivors include her husband, Wes Oakley; a son, John R. Teer of Princeton; a step-son, John Oakley of Benton; a brother, Vernon “Cap” Stinnett of Crittenden County; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy, Sammy and Percy Stinnett; a sister, Anna Patton; and by her parents, Bill Stinnett and Macie Travis Stinnett.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 9 at Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel in Eddyville with Rev. Darrell Eldridge officiating. Burial was at Dycusburg Cemetery in Dycusburg.

Source: The Crittenden Press, June 11, 2009

Obituary: Catherine Delores Cole, 73

Catherine Delores Cole, 73, of Marion died Monday, July 6, 2009 at her residence.

She was a homemaker and attended Miracle Word Church in Salem.

Survivors include her husband, James R. Cole of Marion; sons, Jonathan F. and wife Occie Cole of Marion and Joseph A. Cole of Louisville; a sister, Wanda Bryant, and a brother, Albert Jaggers, both of Louisville; four granddaughters, Dorreatha Stephen of Brandenberg, Ky.; Erica Houck of Bloomington, Ill.; Laura Doom of Gilbertsville, Ky., and Kelly Kinnes of Marion; and four grandsons, James and Douglas Tababen, both of Louisville, David Kinnes of Burna and Danny Kinnes of Marion; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar Russell and Catherine Florence Gregory Jaggers.

Graveside services were Thursday, July 9 at the Dycusburg Cemetery with Rev. Howard Jones officiating. Myers Funeral Home in Marion was in charge of arrangements.

Source: The Crittenden Press, July 9, 2009 issue

Obituary: John Brown, 80

John G. Brown, 80, of Marion died Sunday, July 12, 2009 at Crittenden Hospital. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Frances Masonic Lodge No. 580 and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Brown of Marion; children, Bruce and wife Suzzanne Brown of Marion, Wayne and wife Joyce Brown of Eddyville and Delores Sunderland of Marion; a brother, Chester Brown of Marion; sisters, Bobbie Brasher of Marion, Betty Jean Fitzgerald of Marion and Ada Nell Peek and Cathy Nelson, both of Indiana; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Naomi Cox Brown and six sisters.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 15 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion. Burial was at Frances Cemetery. Masonic Rites were given at the funeral home Tuesday and military rites were given at the cemetery on Wednesday.

Source: The Crittenden Press, July 16, 2009

Obituary: Dorothy Bennett, 88

Dorothy Bennett, 88, of Eddyville died Monday, July 20, 2009 at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. She was a homemaker and a member of Dycusburg United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Endsley; a grandson, Brian Endsley of Richmond, Ky., and a great-granddaughter, Mia Katelyn Endsley of Richmond.

Bennett was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Howard "Chick" Bennett and her mother, Harvel Edmondson.

Services are at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 23 at Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel in Eddyville with Rev. Jessie Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Dycusburg Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville.

Source: The Crittenden Press, July 23, 2009 issue

Southern Crittenden County News: June 18, 2009

By Matthew T. Patton

Dear readers and friends: This is the last edition of Southern Crittenden County News. We have enjoyed writing the column and producing community news, but other commitments mean we are unable to continue this column. Thank you to everyone who provided supportive words (and thanks, too, to those who provided criticisms, even if not always constructive). All told, we were happy to have the opportunity to write this column.

To learn more about Dycusburg history and genealogy, visit www.dycusburg.com. The site is updated weekly with interesting historical tidbits about the area. Also, additional copies of "Dycusburg, Kentucky: A Glance at Her Past" will be printed late summer. To obtain a copy, e-mail matthewtpatton@yahoo.com.

Donations for the "Thunder Over the River" July 4 fireworks event at Dycusburg can be made at the Dycusburg Grocery. For more information, call 988-3004.

Last week's riddle was: "Paul’s height is six feet. He’s an assistant at a butcher’s shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh?" Linda Waters and Lauren Beavers e-mailed the correct answer: "Meat."

The descendants of Longshore Lamb, a Revolutionary War soldier who settled in Caldwell County near Claxton before 1810, are raising funds to erect a marker in his memory at the Lamb Cemetery. Longshore and his wife, Sarah Lee, had the following children: Mary (Polly) Lamb-Crow; William Lamb; Elizabeth Lamb-Reaves-Vaughn; Levi Lamb; Margaret (Peggy) Lamb-Farmer; Jensey Jane Lamb-Clayton; John Lamb, Sr.; Moses Lamb and Martin Lamb. Unfortunately, Longshore’s exact burial location is unknown, but a memorial marker will be erected during a ceremony on Oct. 10, 2009.

If you are a Lamb descendant and would like to make a donation toward this monument, please send a check or money order to: Matthew T. Patton, 509 Onward Ave., Phoenixville, PA 19460-5932. For more information, e-mail matthewtpatton@yahoo.com.

Southern Crittenden County News: June 11, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

Donations have started coming in for the "Thunder Over the River" fireworks display at Dycusburg on July 4. Maybe we will have a great show after all! We will keep you posted on the progress. Keep those donations coming by sending a check or money order to: DCG, P.O. Box 112, Dycusburg, KY 42037. Donations are tax deductible.

Aliyah Frutiger celebrated her 5th birthday with a party at her mother's house near Dycusburg. Several friends and family were in attendance. Making a surprise appearance was SpongeBob Squarepants.

Happy third birthday to Makanda Rolfe (June 8) and to Shirley Stinnett. Happy anniversary to Dan and Michelle Henderson (June 14).

Quote of the Week: "You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.” (Anais Nin).

The answer to last week’s riddle, "how far can a dog run into the woods?" is "half way, then he’s running out of the woods." (Linda Waters, Mike Kinnis and Lauren Beavers e-mailed us last week with the correct answer).

This week's riddle: Paul’s height is six feet. He’s an assistant at a butcher’s shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh? Send your answers to dycusburg@yahoo.com.

If you live in, work in, or know someone in Southern Crittenden County and would like to have something like a birthday or upcoming event mentioned in this column, please e-mail us at dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: June 4, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

Four students from the Dycusburg area graduated from Lyon County High School on Saturday, May 23: Shelby Peek, James Jasis, Allison LeFan and Brandon O'Bryan. All graduated with honors and received several scholarships at Class Night on May 21.

Don’t forget to hang up your hummingbird feeders. The birds are returning from the Southern states. An inexpensive mixture that attracts them and is easy to make consists of sugar, water and red food coloring. Alternatively, you can buy the concentrate or ready-to-use mix at retail locations.

Barbara Ethridge returned home from a visit with her sister, Carol Strilko of New Lenox, IL. Carol and her husband, George drove her home and will be visiting for a while.

All donations to the Dycusburg Community Group are tax deductible, including any donations for the gazebo or the fireworks display on the Fourth of July at Dycusburg’s "Thunder Over the River" Celebration.

The answer to last week's riddle was "a coffin." Once again, Linda Waters e-mailed with the right answer. This week’s question: "How far can a dog run into the woods?" E-mail dycusburg@yahoo.com with your guesses.

Natalie Tabor and her daughter, Shelby Peek, spent Spring Break in Puerto Rico, reporting a fabulous trip. They stayed in San Juan and spent most days on the beach doing absolutely nothing. The weather was mostly sunny and about 90 degrees every day. They visited Old San Juan where they toured the historic district (including the capitol and Castillo de San Felipe del Morro) and enjoyed shopping. They went to dinner with friends from Paducah also vacationing in Puerto Rico and ate at a reportedly wonderful restaurant, Marisqueria Atlantica.

The BODIES exhibition was on display and Shelby, a future doctor, had to go see it. Natalie said, "We joked that we had to go all the way to Puerto Rico just for this exhibit since we missed it when it was in St. Louis!"

The highlight of the trip for Shelby was touring the El Yunque Rainforest. Natalie said, "while she had moaned and complained about having to get up early to go with 'a bunch of old people' to the Rainforest, her whole attitude changed when she learned Johnny Depp was filming a movie there. At that point, her mission became to find him! As we were winding up through El Yunque (which reminded me of The Smokies, but with palm trees), we rounded a curve and there he was! He was filming a scene with Aaron Eckhart. After blowing kisses at Johnny for an hour and taking his picture, she spent the next ten hours texting, Facebook-ing and calling all of her friends to gloat!"

If you live in, work in, or know someone in southern Crittenden County and would like to have something such as a birthday or upcoming event mentioned in this column, please e-mail dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Quote of the Week: "Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work," attributed to Thomas Alva Edison.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: May 28, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

We send our get well wishes to Jim and Debbie Richardson and to Curtis Griffin who fractured his ankle in a fall.

We regret that the Dycusburg Community Group (DCG) will not be able to fund a fireworks show this Independence Day in Dycusburg. Unfortunately, our calls for donations have heeded next to nothing. The economy has impacted all of us, including our little group. That said, Dycusburg Grocery (Riverside Café) owner Star Mahns has stepped up to the plate and is organizing a "Thunder Over the River" fireworks show she hopes will be better than ever. To make a donation to the fireworks fund, now stop by the store or send your donations directly to: Star Mahns, 9728 State Route 70, Dycusburg, KY 42037. For more info, call 988-3004.

In related news, the DCG is in the market for a gazebo for the Dycusburg Area Veteran's Park. If you have suggestions on where to purchase a gazebo or would like to offer some physical labor to help build it, call 988-2758 or e-mail dycusburg@yahoo.com.

The descendants of Longshore Lamb, a Revolutionary War soldier who settled in Caldwell County near Claxton before 1810, are raising funds to erect a marker in his memory at the Lamb Cemetery. Longshore and his wife, Sarah Lee, had the following children: Mary (Polly) Lamb-Crow; William Lamb; Elizabeth Lamb-Reaves-Vaughn; Levi Lamb; Margaret (Peggy) Lamb-Farmer; Jensey Jane Lamb-Clayton; John Lamb, Sr.; Moses Lamb and Martin Lamb. Unfortunately, Longshore's exact burial location is unknown, but a memorial marker will be erected during a ceremony on Oct. 10, 2009.

If you are a Lamb descendant and would like to make a donation toward this monument, please send a check or money order to: Matthew T. Patton, 509 Onward Ave., Phoenixville, PA 19460-5932. For more information, e-mail matthewtpatton@yahoo.com.

Last week's riddle asked: "The poor have it. The rich need it. It's greater than God. It's worse than the devil. If you eat it you will die." The answer? Nothing. Linda Waters e-mailed us with the correct response.

This week's riddle: "The man who invented it doesn't want it. The man who bought it doesn't need it. The man who needs it doesn't know it. What is it?" E-mail dycusburg@yahoo.com and we'll publish the names of those who solve the riddle.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Obituary: Philip Buchanan, 68

DYCUSBURG, Ky. — Mr. Philip Buchanan, 68, of Dycusburg passed away at 3:54 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Lourdes hospital in Paducah.

He was a graduate of the College of Lake County, Ill., School of Nursing and was a retired nurse for Winchester House of Libertyville, Ill. He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Buchanan is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jason Wade and Ann Buchanan of Mayfield; one daughter, Becky Buchanan of San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren, Chelsea Buchanan of Wisconsin and Carl Buchanan of Murray; one brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Teresa Buchanan of Crittenden County; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Dixie and Charlie Ray of Paducah, Darlene and Bill Tabor of Crittenden County, Nancy Buchanan of Boaz and Rosalee Wallace of Crayne; and nieces and nephews, Mike, Ricky, Joe, Angie, Kim, Maryanne, Starla, Darren, Sherry, Linda, Tina, Rodney, LeeAnn and Kristi.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Wendell Buchanan; two sisters, Norma Nichols and Jeanette Sutton; and his parents, Roy Buchanan and Lula Martin Buchanan.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2009, at Dycusburg Cemetery in Crittenden County with the Rev. David Sphnix officiating.

There will be no visitation. Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville is handling arrangements.

Source: The Paducah Sun (www.paducahsun.com)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: May 21, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

The weather in the area has been beautiful for several days in a row, giving people a chance to mow their yards and to plant and maintain flowerbeds. We would like to remind everyone to be careful if you still have broken limbs on trees. You might not be able to see the broken limbs once the newly sprouted leaves cover them.

Seven Springs is again searching for a pastor as Bro. Pleasant submitted his resignation.

The Dycusburg Community Group (DCG) needs volunteers for its annual town clean up next month. The DCG is still in the planning stages and needs your help. If you are unable to volunteer time but would like to make a contribution, please mail to Dycusburg Community Group, P.O. Box 112, Dycusburg, KY 42037. As we stated in last week's issue, funding for the July 4 fireworks show is nearly non-existent. We fear a show may not happen in 2009 unless someone steps up to the plate and donates money for the fireworks.

Get well wishes are extended to Jim and Debbie Richardson and to Parker Holsapple.

The day started a little chilly but warmed up nicely for the Sunday fish fry at Dycusburg Methodist Church on May 17. Several people came and the food was delicious. Proceeds benefit the Dycusburg Cemetery. If you were unable to attend but would like to donate, please send a check to Dycusburg Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 4, Dycusburg, KY 42037. To view some photos of the event, look for "Dycusburg.com" on Facebook.com (you will need to create an account to view the photos).

Josh and Star Mahns recently hosted visitors: Josh's father, Jeff Mahns and grandfather, Walter.

Travis and Emma Sosh, Jenny Patton and Aliyah Frutiger had dinner on Saturday night with Chase and Jennifer Matthews at Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston, Mo. (According to the restaurant's Web site, Lambert's served 48,409 lbs. of fresh Mississippi pond raised catfish last year. That's a lot of fish! That's not all: The restaurant is known for their "throwed rolls." Last year, they served 2,246,400 individual rolls!)

The "Almost Home" band played at the Riverside Café in Dycusburg on Friday. The store has been host to tons of great musical talent recently.

Happy birthday to Dan Henderson (May 25), Aliyah Frutiger (May 27), Michael McKinney (May 20) and Mitchell McKinney (May 20).

We're going to start including a "Riddle of the Week." Here's the first one: "The poor have it. The rich need it. It's greater than God. It's worse than the devil. If you eat it you will die." E-mail your answers to dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: May 14, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

We hope everyone had an enjoyable Mother's Day. Bless all of the mothers for their hard work, and bless all of those fathers who served double duty.

The Cumberland River is covering the boat dock area, including over the Chase Matthews Pavilion. It's also approaching the bottom area on Hwy. 295 near Owen Road.

Our sympathies go out to the family of Joyce Fitts, 73, of Eddyville who passed away on May 4 after a battle with cancer. She was a daughter of Raymond and Mary Dean (Hobson) Patton. She was buried at New Bethel Cemetery.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, May 14 at 2 p.m. for Russella Sue Peek. A luncheon will follow at the Dycusburg Methodist Church.

Final reminder: The annual fish fry to benefit the Dycusburg cemetery fund will be held Sunday, May 17 at 1 p.m. It is planned for the Methodist Church lot unless it rains. In that case, it will be held at the Baptist fellowship hall. Please bring a donation to help keep the cemetery clean and beautiful.

Vacation Bible School will be held June 8-12 at Mexico Baptist Church. For more information, call 270-965-4059.

As we stated in a previous edition, the fireworks at Dycusburg will not be even remotely as nice as they were last year without donations. Please consider sending a monetary donation to the Dycusburg Community Group, P.O. Box 112, Dycusburg, KY 42037. We know everyone enjoyed the show last year, and we're hopeful the community will pitch in to celebrate Independence Day again in 2009.

The Dycusburg Grocery (aka Riverside Cafe) had its biggest crowd ever recently, with scores of people inside and out. Several bands and individuals sang and played instruments. It was a great night, enjoyed by all. It's nice to have such phenomenal talent tucked away in the tiny village of Dycusburg.

Birthday wishes are extended to Daniel Patton (May 26) and Justin Peek (May 30).

Dan Henderson recently enjoyed a trip to Havre, Mont. Although it was a short trip, he enjoyed seeing the landscape created by glaciers and snow covered mountaintops.

Barbara Ethridge enjoyed her visit with her nephew, Matthew. She dog sat while he traveled to Europe, visiting London, Amsterdam and Oslo. He thoroughly enjoyed traveling around the beautiful cities across the pond. He landed in London where he spent the night and then took a cruise from Harwich, England to Amsterdam then to Oslo, where he flew back to London and on to the United States.

Special thanks to the person who mowed and cleaned up around the Dycusburg Area Veteran's Memorial Marker recently. It is much appreciated by the community.

Jeannie Griffin reports that Bobby and Linda Mayes are having a girl. Congratulations!

As the warmth of the summer months begins to draw people outdoors, we want to take this opportunity to remind our readers to protect themselves from ticks. The nasty little buggers seem to be thicker this year than in years past.

We close this week with a quote from Mark Twain: "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."

Share your news by e-mailing dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Photo: Weird Fish at Dycusburg!

Lawrence Lynn Davenport with a fish he caught in Dycusburg when the Cumberland River was flooded (May 1955). Note that the fish has eyes ... in its mouth! Click image for larger version.

Photo: Davenport Homeplace

Teddie, Denny, Debbie and Robbie Davenport and the Willie Davenport homeplace near Dycusburg. Photo courtesy of Donna Walker. Click image for larger version.

Southern Crittenden County News: May 7, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

The fish fry for the Dycusburg Cemetery Fund will be May 17, at the Methodist Church. In case of rain, it will be held in the fellowship hall of the Baptist Church. Mark your calendars! Proceeds benefit the perpetual care of the cemetery. If you are unable to attend, please consider mailing a donation to Dycusburg Cemetery Fund, c/o Faye Stinnett, P.O. Box 4, Dycusburg, KY 42037.

Sue Peek passed away on April 30. She is survived by her husband, Neil, and their two children, Donnie and Susan, and grandchildren. We send our condolences.

We also extend our condolences to the family of Agnes Louise (Meeks) Givens. Ms. Givens passed away at her residence in Marion on April 26.

Our sympathy goes out to Josh Mahns and family. They traveled to Indiana for Josh's mom, Debbie's, funeral. Josh's grandfather will be visiting Kentucky from Washington State for a few days of fishing in the lakes area.

While on a business trip to Minneapolis MN, Gary and Gina Noffsinger, of Owensboro ran into Carl and Angie McLevein, of Lyon Co. and Troy and Stacie Belt, of Frances, while shopping at the Mall of America. The ties they all have to Southern Crittenden County show how small the world really is!

The Mexico Baptist Church is having its Mexican Celebration on Saturday, May 9. It starts at 5 p.m. and will end with fireworks. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Dycusburg Grocery Store ( Riverside Cafe ) had another "standing room only" crowd Friday night. The patrons enjoyed music performed by local talent. There are various musicians at the store every Friday night. All are welcome to attend.

If you have news or event dates in our area, call Michelle Henderson at 988-2758 or e-mail to dycusburg@yahoo.com. Visit www.dycusburg.com for area information.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: April 23, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Eddie Wilford who died last week. We also extend our sympathies to Josh Mahns whose mother, Debbie, died on Monday.

The annual fish fry to benefit the Dycusburg cemetery fund will be held Sunday, May 17 at 1 p.m. It is planned for the Methodist Church lot unless it rains. In that case, it will be held at the Baptist fellowship hall.

Birthdays celebrated last week include Justin Noffinger (4/17), Regina Matthews (4/18), Justin Sutton (4/21), Jeannie Griffin (4/22), Amanda Oliver and Dylan Strilko (4/23).

We are glad to hear Phillip Buchanan is home from the hospital and feeling better.

Faye Stinnett and Barbara Ethridge visited Rhea Stinnett, Joy Ferguson, Millie Cole and Sue Peek at Springlake Nursing Home in Salem. When they left, Faye went on to Marion to pick up new eyeglasses while Barbara stopped at Livingston Hospital to give blood. They encourage anyone with extra time to visit or make a phone call to the sick, shut-ins and elderly. It is truly a blessing to both parties.

The yard sale at Michelle Henderson's home was succesful at Dycusburg but contributions to the DCG and Homes for Our Troops, the organization building Chase Matthews and his family a new home, fell short of expectations.

If you attended the Fourth of July celebration, "Red, White and Boom," last year at Dycusburg, we encourage you to send a donation to buy fireworks for this year's celebration. Without donations, a spectacular fireworks show will not be possible. Donations may be sent to: Dycusburg Community Group, P.O. Box 112, Dycusburg, KY 42037 (write "fireworks" in the memo area of your check). Watch this column for developments.

Share your Dycusburg, Frances, Caldwell Springs, Seven Springs and other Southern Crittenden area news by e-mailing dycusburg@yahoo.com or calling Michelle at 988-2758.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Death Notice: Susan Peek

We received word that Sue Peek, wife of Neil Peek, passed away this morning at 6 a.m. She is survived by Neil and two children, Donnie and Susan.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Homes for Our Troops

A home will be built for the family of Sgt. Chase Matthews who was injured in Iraq. To learn more, please watch the video.

Southern Crittenden County News: April 16, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

Happy birthday to Travis Williams (4/1), Brooke Pleasant (4/5), Kristie Thornton (4/6), Samantha Story (4/8), Amber Patton (4/8), Julie Conner (4/12), Bruce Guess (4/14), Terry Guess (4/16), Bobby Millikan (4/19), Orbin Penn (4/19), Kim Hamby (4/19), Jonathan Pleasant (4/25), Amanda Kennedy (4/25), John Clark (4/29). Congrats to Ricky and Paula Patton who celebrated their anniversary (4/2).

Congratulations to Jeff Winding and Julie Walker who were married April 11 at Mermet Lake, Ill. They honeymooned at a Crittenden County cabin.

The Dycusburg Grocery had record numbers on Friday for singing, with lots of new talent. It's once again a growing, hopping little place, reports owner Star Mahns.

Our sympathies are extended to Josh Mahns on the death of his grandmother, Irene P. Dybalski-Mahns who died at age 85 on April 8 in Valparaiso, IN. She was born Dec. 28, 1923 in Gary, IN, to Clement and Mary Dybalski. She was married on June 28, 1946 in New Chicago to Walter H. Mahns, who survives of Valparaiso, IN.

The Dycusburg Community Group will host a yard sale this weekend, weather permitting. A donation box will be on site at the sale for the Homes for Our Troops effort that will benefit Chase Matthews and his wife, Jennifer. Homes for Our Troops is a Boston-area based organization that helps build specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Chase learned he was accepted into the program in February. To learn how to become more involved, visit dycusburg.com and look for the link for "Homes for Our Troops."

Share your news tidbits! E-mail dycusburg@yahoo.com or call Michelle at 988-2758.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: April 9, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

We extend our sympathies to the family of Cindy Matthews-Smith, 44, who died Sunday night. She was buried at Dycusburg Cemetery. Additionally, our condolences go out to the family of Imogene Stout.

The Dycusburg Community Group (DCG) yard sale was postponed due to weather last week. The DCG has set dates of April 17-18 for the next sale. During the yard sales, donation boxes will be on site to help fund future DCG events. Funds are low for the group and without contributions, festivities for this year will not match nor compare to the ones in 2008.

Jenny Patton, Aliyah Frutiger and Emma Sosh enjoyed a visit with Jenny's uncle and aunt, Alan and Kay Phillips, in Lexington.

The DCG is also looking for volunteers for a Spring 2009 cleanup. For info, call Michelle Henderson at 988-2758.

Gina, Gary, Justin and McKenzie Noffsinger went to Tampa on vacation recently. The Owensboro Airport now offers a flight on Wednesdays and Saturdays nonstop to Tampa and back.

A dedication ceremony for a marker memorializing Longshore Lamb and his wife, Sarah, will be held Oct. 10 in Caldwell County. All descendants of the Lamb family are invited to attend. Longshore served in the American Revolution as a militia man in South Carolina.

If you have any news to share, please call Michelle at 988-2758 or e-mail us at dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Death Notice: Cindy Matthews-Smith, 44

Cindy Matthews-Smith, 44, of Dycusburg, died Sunday, April 5 at 9:46 p.m. in Madisonville, KY. She was a daughter of Laymon and Maxine Matthews.

Visitation will be Tuesday night at Dunn's Funeral Home in Eddyville.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: April 2, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

The Dycusburg Grocery is back to having regular fish fries on Fridays. The store is newly restocked with added menu items.

Happy birthday to Brandee Bowman (April 4), Jody Beth Selph (April 8), and Amanda Oliver (April 23).

Michelle Henderson, Barbara Ethridge and Jeannie Griffin enjoyed a shopping trip to Opry Mills in Nashville on Mar. 24. They had lunch at Johnny Rockets.

A community yard sale will be held in Dycusburg on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. For more information, call Michelle Henderson at 988-2758. Partial proceeds will benefit the Dycusburg Community Group.

As we said before in this column, we certainly don't believe the ice storm was a result of God's vengeance upon Crittenden County. That's not what the Bible teaches at all, and it's foolish to think so. Instead, rejoice in knowing that God takes the form of loving neighbors, friends and community ... a light that has shined brightly in the past few months.

Share your news, anniversaries, birthdays and other announcements by e-mailing dycusburg@yahoo.com or calling Michelle at 988-2758.

Southern Crittenden County News: March 26, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

We extend our sincerest sympathies to the family of Luther Keith Shewcraft, 71, who died March 18. Keith was the elder son, and fifth child, of Luther Shewcraft and Oda Lee (Patton) Shewcraft. He was a loyal family man, a lover of music with a fine tenor voice, a great story teller, a great fondness for his horses and trail rides. He will be missed by many.

We also send our sympathies to the family of Helen Baldwin, 103, who died March 16 at Hilltop Nursing Home in Kuttawa.

Chase Matthews and his wife, Jennifer, recently made a trip to the Boston area to meet with representatives from Homes for Our Troops. The group is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2004 that builds or modifies specially adapted homes for the most severely wounded soldiers returning home from combat with life-altering disabilities, at no cost to the veteran. They assist severely injured servicemen and women and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and then coordinating the process of building a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility. The finished home is then given to the veteran. Chase was designated the benefactor of their next project in our area, and the group is now taking donations. For more information, visit www.homesforourtroops.org/matthews. (More information will also appear in a future article in this newspaper.)

Seven Springs had 74 in attendance for Sunday school, with several more arriving for worship services.

The Dycusburg Grocery had a standing room only crowd for music last weekend. If you get a chance, check out the little town’s gathering place. You’d be pleasantly surprised with the musical talent.

Jason Smith is flying into Nashville for a short visit with his mom and grandmother at the airport. He’ll fly back to Houston with his daughter, Lavinia.

Jeannie Griffin hosted a BBQ dinner at her home on Sunday night. We’re happy to report she is enjoying being back at work after a bout of illness.

The Dycusburg Community Group is planning a community yard sale soon. For more information, call Michelle at 988-2758.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Help Pass Hate Crimes Legislation Once and For All


Southern Crittenden County News: March 20, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

Congratulations to Jeff and Jessica (Cox) LeFan on the birth of their son, Wyatt Jeffrey LeFan. He weighed 6lb., 5oz. and was 19 inches long. He was born at 3:54 p.m., March 16 in Wisconsin.

Terry and Debbie Joiner celebrated their anniversary on March 18. Birthday wishes are sent to Gail Bannister (Mar. 19), Derek Burris who turns 18 (Mar. 23) and Jason Smith (Mar. 30).

Nancy Kemper-Travis died on Mar. 11.

Seven Springs had 76 in attendance for Sunday School. The church is planning an upcoming Easter play.

We received an e-mail query from Shannon Buchanan who is "trying to find more information concerning my genealogy on my grandfather's side: Wendell Buchanan and my grandmother's side: Greta Jean Armstrong." She is also looking for any family pictures. Her family moved to Missouri due to employment with Chrysler and she is unable to get any of these items. If you have any information, please e-mail her at shannonilla@gmail.com or write her at 16 Joachim Dr., Eureka, MO 63025.

Jenny Patton and Aliyah Frutiger, Travis and Emma Sosh, and Star and Jacob Mahns enjoyed an outing to the Rainforest Café in Nashville on Sunday.

The Dycusburg Grocery had a sing-a-long last weekend. The grocery has live music every weekend. If you have a chance, swing down to Dycusburg and check it out.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Low Price of $45 for Dycusburg Book Until April 1

I am selling the Dycusburg book until April 1 for $45 ... a $25 discount.

E-mail me at matthewtpatton@yahoo.com if you'd like to add your name to the list (I only have three left) and I'll set one aside for you.

More than 500 copies of Dycusburg, Kentucky: A Glance at Her Past have been sold since it was published in 1999. The book, 443 pages, is hardbound with gold-embossed.

If you're interested in ordering a copy at $45, e-mail matthewtpatton@yahoo.com.

Sections of the book include:
  • Dycusburg history
  • Dycusburg school records
  • Dycusburg Methodist church records
  • biographies of prominent Dycusburg citizens
  • anecdotes and photographs
  • Masonic Lodge records
  • Dycusburg cemetery listing
  • Yancy cemetery listing
  • Federal census records
  • Dycusburg police docket (1874-1902)
  • Dycusburg newspaper abstracts.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Obituary: Keith Shewcraft, 71

MARION, Ky. — L. Keith Shewcraft, 71, of Marion died Wednesday at Crittenden County Hospital. He was born January 1, 1938 and died March 18, 2009.

He was a member of Fredonia First Baptist Church and a member of the National Trail Ride Association.

Surviving are his wife, Kay Shewcraft; one son, Shelby Keith Shewcraft of Marion; two daughters, Maria Lee Belt and Caryn Renee Steele, both of Marion; one brother, Carlton Shewcraft of Marion, Ill.; five sisters, Betty Hodges of Marion and Edna Macon, Dorothy Young, Nell Martin and Carolyn DeSpain, all of Owensboro; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

His parents were Luther and Oda Lee Patton Shewcraft.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will be at Mexico Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: Mar. 12, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

We start this issue with a safety alert! We've heard reports that something in the water is causing pregnancies in the area. We'll provide more on the baby boom in the coming weeks!

A cleanup was held at the Dycusburg Cemetery on Saturday, March 7. Approximately 20 volunteers were on hand to pick up limbs and trees felled during the disastrous ice storm slamming Western Kentucky in late January. Faye Stinnett reported the day was a success. Thanks to those who continue to show concern for this cemetery's upkeep. Watch this column for an announcement concerning future cleanup efforts.

Be sure to become a fan of Dycusburg at www.facebook.com to create an account if you haven't already done so.

A big crowd was at the Dycusburg Grocery on Friday and Saturday nights. It has been a hopping little joint lately with live music on "Open Jam" Friday nights. Bingo has started back up on Saturdays at 7 p.m. Owner Star Mahns also says the store is now accepts Visa, Mastercard and Discover.

Barbara Ethridge and Michelle Henderson flew to Harlingen, Texas and stayed at McAllen, Texas for a few days. While there, they visited Progresso, Mexico. After their stay in McAllen, they drove to Houston where they visited Jason, Nilcole, Lavinia and Jason Smith, II (or "Little Jason"). After their Houston stay, Barbara and Michelle drove back to Kentucky with Lavinia who will be visiting for a few weeks.

If anyone needs notary services, please call Michelle Henderson at 988-2758.

Share your birthdays, anniversaries and other news by e-mailing dycusburg@yahoo.com or calling Michelle at the number above.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: Mar. 5, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

We were saddened to hear the news of the death of radio legend Paul Harvey last week at age 90. Several years ago, Harvey mentioned our little town of Dycusburg in one of his reports (let's just say it wasn't anything worth bragging about). Growing up, we couldn't wait to hear "the rest of the story." Harvey's calm, dignified style of weaving a story through unique, folksy delivery was truly an art to be admired. To you, Paul, we say, "good day."

In other news, we were just absolutely thrilled and ecstatic to see our new president in his first address to Congress on Feb. 24. It's so nice to have an intelligent, well-spoken, respectable man in the highest office in our land. We remain hopeful for the economic stimulus to be effective toward getting our country headed in the right direction.

Lots of birthdays to include this week! Birthday wishes are extended to Anna Patton (Feb. 22); Donna Davenport-Walker (Feb. 13); Courtney Smith (Mar. 1); Brad McDowell (Mar. 3); Verna Mae Kinnis (Mar. 5); Demetrius Kinnis (Mar. 6); Juana Mae Stone (Mar. 6); Wilma Allen (Mar. 10); Robert Millikan (Mar. 12); Samson Pleasant (Mar. 13); Tyler Guess (Mar. 15); Dennis Guess (Mar. 15); Melissa Asbridge (Mar. 18); Joann Peek (Mar. 20); Connie Travis (Mar. 24). Anniversaries celebrated this month are: Ronnie and Phyllis Blake (Mar. 7), Lonnie and Helen Travis (March 15) and Bob and Shelia Wilkinson (Mar. 23).

More than 100 were in attendance for worship services at Seven Springs on Sunday. The church seems to be growing.

The annual cemetery fundraiser fish fry at Dycusburg will likely be held in May again this year. Donations for the Dycusburg Cemetery can be mailed to Faye Stinnett, P.O. Box 4, Dycusburg, KY 42037. The perpetual fund ensures the maintenance of the graveyard.

Share your news. Call Michelle at 988-2758 or e-mail dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Ask Congress to Help End Hate Violence

I am posting here to express my strong support for the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Protection Act.

This bill, which passed both houses of Congress in 2007 but did not become law, would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from bias-motivated hate violence.

While all violent crimes are heinous, hate crimes are uniquely destructive, casting a pall of terror over an entire community. They don't just target a single victim. They are designed to "send a message" that an individual and "their kind" will not be tolerated, often leaving large numbers of people feeling isolated, vulnerable and unprotected.

Attacks against LGBT people are one of the more common forms of hate violence but, illogically, one of the least protected. Hate crimes as a whole declined 1 percent last year, according to the FBI, but LGBT hate crimes increased 6 percent.

It's long past time that we expand federal hate crimes law to cover sexual orientation and gender identity. And we must give local law enforcement officials the resources needed to investigate and prosecute these crimes.

Please protect civil rights by urging your representatives in Washington to give this bill full support and attention, and by urging your colleagues to support it as well.

Take action by clicking here:
http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/campaign/pass_shepard

Monday, March 2, 2009

Local Farmer Wins Tractor Pull

Snagging first place in the 10,200 lb. pro stock tractor division at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY, was Philip Parish driving "El Niño," pulling 244.49'.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Paul Harvey (1918-2009)

The world lost a talented broadcaster today. May he rest in peace.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ice Storm Was Not God's Punishment

I want to take a few moments away from our regularly scheduled programming, so to speak, to make a point to say that I certainly do not feel the ice storm was God's punishment on a sinful Crittenden County.

Some will argue that the ice storm in January, Sept. 11, Hurricane Katrina and even physical handicaps are of God's punishment.

Those of us who were raised in a Christian environment who learned about a God of love will know that this argument is wrong ... and shallow. It's an argument from those who truly do not know God. Again: The winter storm of 2009 was NOT a punishment from God Almighty. I was raised to believe there are false prophets of Christianity, and I believe sometimes those false prophets give Christianity a very, very bad name.

I implore you to look at this link (http://dnkfreed.blogspot.com/2007/10/punishment-vs-consequences.html). I feel this person, like me, knows the difference between punishment and consequences.

Southern Crittenden County News: Feb. 26, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

Amongst all of the recent destruction due to the winter storm, the area is starting to look a little more normal, and flowers (including buttercups) are starting to bloom. Maybe folks in this area of the county think differently than some, but we definitely and certainly don't think the recent ice storm was a God's punishment. Rather, we saw God in the form of the many who helped their neighbors throughout the area. For more on this subject, visit www.dycusburg.com.

Everyone enjoyed listening to Jim Johnson, Keith Travis, Joe Bennett, Rod Bennett and Rick Holsapple perform at the Dycusburg Grocery on Friday night. That night, owner Star Mahns celebrated her 28th birthday.

More and more dogs and cats are coming out of the woodwork (literally). If you own pets, we urge you make sure they are getting proper care, including being spayed and neutered. To let a dog or cat run wild is absolutely inhumane. These wild, roaming animals are suffering and are a nuisance to the area.

We extend birthday greetings to Rudy Matthews (Feb. 28).

The Dycusburg Community Group (DCG) is coordinating a community cleanup, focusing particularly on empty lots at Dycusburg. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact Star Mahns at the Dycusburg Grocery at 988-3004. The date is to be determined. The efforts are being led by Rick Holsapple.

The next meeting of the DCG will be held soon. Watch this space for more information.

Curtis and Jeannie Griffin treated Michelle Henderson and Barbara Ethridge to dinner at China Buffet in Eddyville on Sunday. Jeannie Griffin is having surgery next week.

Share your news by calling 988-2758 or e-mailing dycusburg@yahoo.com.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: Feb. 19, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

People are still cleaning up from the ice and wind storm that hit the state a few weeks ago. Needless to say, this will be a long road to full recovery. Several people reported broken bones, strep throat and all sorts of ailments and maladies. This is a winter storm that we won't soon (though we'd prefer to) forget.

Our sympathies are extended to the family of Joann Chaney, 76, of Dycusburg who died last week in Nashville. She was retired as substitute Dycusburg postmaster, was a former sales representative for Avon in the Crittenden County area and was a member of Dycusburg Baptist Church.

We also send our thoughts to the family of Ellie Mae Blake-Martin-Belt, 84, who died Feb. 14. She was a member of Seven Springs.

Alena Lambert sang with Joe Bennett at the Dycusburg Grocery recently. Owner Star Mahns says anyone who wants to come "pick and grin" at the store on Friday nights is welcomed. Call 988-3004 to confirm.

Josh and Star Mahns have been visiting family in Indiana.

Several from this area attended the National Farm Machinery Show at Freedom Hall in Louisville, including Larry, Margaret, Philip, Natalie, Rett and Calie Parish; Craig Boone; Chris Watson; Sean Wesmoland; Crystal Watson; Jared Belt; Floyd Turley; Nicky and Jonathan Waters; Chris Hooks and family; Jonathan Millikan; Jenny Patton and Travis Sosh. Snagging first place in the 10,200 lb. pro stock tractor division was Philip Parish driving "El Niño," pulling 244.49'.

Share your news. E-mail dycusburg@yahoo.com or call Michelle at 988-2758.