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Plans to clean up bridge debris begin

Jun 15, 2012

Marshall and Trigg Counties’ Judge Executives are talking with representatives from Foss Maritime about handling the wreckage left from  Eggner’s Ferry Bridge collapse. 

Marshall County law enforcement are responding to an uptick in vandalism related to the upcoming wet/dry vote. Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars says signs for and against the sale of alcohol are being vandalized. He says it is a crime.

 “Be responsible, quit acting like children.  All this is antagonism, that’s all it is. Folks out there need to be mindful if we catch you and can prove that’s what you’re doing. (There’s ) no alternative you will spend the night in jail.” 

Benton's 129th Annual Big Singing

May 25, 2012

Every spring Marshall County plays host to one of the longest indigenous singing events in the country. The annual Big Singing is a tradition that has stayed largely the same since the 1800s. Rose Krzton-Presson explores history and significance of Marhshall County's Big Singing.

Marshall County’s Tourism Board voted last night to support the legalization of alcohol sales in the county. The resolution in an updated version of one passed 10 years ago. It states the tourist commission believes the lack of legal alcohol is hurting tourism in the area. Tourism Director Randy Newcomb says the board needed to take an official stance on the matter. He says,

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Marshall County will likely hold a vote on whether to allow alcohol sales July 17th. County Judge Executive Mike Miller says he'll recommend the date at the fiscal court meeting next Tuesday.  County Clerk Tim York sent Miller a verified petition from the group “Marshall 1st” last week to hold a local option election. York says his office quit counting after verifying 2,160 signatures. That's nearly 100 more than were required.  Murray will also hold a local option election on July 17th. 

Tater Day Attendees: For and Against Alcohol Sales

Apr 2, 2012
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Not a single beer can mingles with the soda and water bottles for sale in the crowd of vendors at Benton’s annual Tater Day celebration. However, that could change in the festival’s future.

Last week, a group named Marshall First delivered a petition with 2,400 signatures to the county courthouse.

The petition pushes for a referendum to legalize the sale of alcohol within county lines. At today’s festivities, Marshall County residents like Kim Bomgardner and her daughter, Terah, expressed mixed opinions regarding the issue.

Marshall County Liquor Vote

Mar 30, 2012

A Marshall County group delivered a petition to the county courthouse yesterday which, when the petition is verified will lead to a referendum on county-wide alcohol sales. The group, named Marshall First, collected 2,400 signatures, well above the required 2,078 required to open a vote. The Paducah Sun reports Judge Executive Mike Miller now has 60 to 90 days to order a referendum once the signatures have been verified. Members of Marshall first claim legalizing alcohol sales would generate additional revenue for the county.

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In a barn on a hill in Marshall County, a modern moonshiner has turned what was once the art of outlaws into a legitimate business. Spencer Balentine is cooking up a batch of LBL’s Most Wanted (according to the label, anyway) Kentucky moonshine in a square copper pot still in the middle of his barn. Balentine says he’s carrying on a tradition that’s been in his family for generations. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all had connections to moonshining. Balentine says he decided to revisit the tradition a few years ago after a visit to a whiskey distillery.

One man is critically injured and another is at large after a homeowner shot at them during an early morning home invasion in Marshall County. The Sherriff’s Office reports the two men entered Jack Thompson’s home in Brewers at around 4 am. Thompson heard them enter and fired a pistol and shotgun wounding 22 year old Mitchell Saddoris. The other suspect fled the scene. Saddoris was airlifted to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center. Sheriff’s Deputies are still searching for the other suspect.

Officials say crews have found the body of a barge worker who fell into the Tennessee River in Marshall County over the weekend.  Marshall Rescue Chief Curt Curtner tells WPSD-TV co-workers lost contact with the man around 1:30 Sunday morning. He says crews were called in to help search and the man's body was located about an hour later.  Curtner says the man's identity isn't being released pending notification of kin and the outcome of an autopsy.

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