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 (

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 "" on (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

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."

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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 Visit 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.

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