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  • County sees high voter turn out

    With nearly record numbers and quick results Tuesday’s election is now in the history books.

    “We had a better than average turn out,” said Mark. A. Wells, chair of the election commission. “There seemed to be a lot of interest in the election.”

    With 12,447 Campbell Countian casting ballots election officials said that was close to a record turn out. “Had we had county offices on the ballot, I think we could have broken a record,” said Wells.

  • Campbell County votes down local option sales tax referendum 2-1 again

    For the second time in a year, Campbell County residents voted down the local option sales tax referendum. With 7,398 people voting against the referendum and 3,586 voting for it, it was defeated by a 2-1 margin. This was the second time in a row it was soundly defeated.

    “The people spoke,” county commissioner Beverly Hall said.

    Hall voted to put the referendum on the ballot in order for the people to decide, she said.

    “They have,” she said.

  • State report card shows room for improvement

    The department of education school report cards are in and it’s not great news for Campbell County, but director of schools Donnie Poston says the data gives administrators and teachers ideas of where to go next.

    “It’s given us some good bench marks of where we want to go,” he said.

    While the report card said that the system met the majority of its achievement goals, the majority of gap closure measures weren’t met.

  • Campbell County to host services in observance of Veterans’ Day

    In the wake of Election Day, Campbell County is preparing to honor the men and women whose service has secured the right to vote.

    “We just look forward to honoring our veterans, past and present,” said Kevin Walden, director of the Campbell County Veteran’s Affairs Office. “For the sacrifices of them and their families.”


  • Criminal cases resolved with pleas

    The following cases were resolved in Campbell County Criminal Court with the use of plea agreements:

    Dennis Ray Burris Jr.- theft of property under $500, theft of property $1,000 -  $10,000, theft of property $500 - $1,000, aggravated burglary; split confinement with credit for time served, six years supervised probation, court costs, $225 to ECF, $2,200 restitution.

    Margaret Ann Riggs- burglary; three years supervised probation, court costs, $75 to ECF, $750 restitution.

  • Public records for the week of Nov. 8. 2012



    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.




    Ayers LP to Arthur J. Dubois and Paula M. Dubois, Dist. 1, $39,900.

    James A. Barnes and Nancy R. Barnes to David Eltringham and Susan Eltringham, Dist. 2, $24,000.

    Tim Hill to Penny S. Saylor, Dist. 3, $78,000.

  • Campbell County General Election unofficial finals

    10:14 pm

    The following are unofficial election results for 22 of 22 Campbell County precincts, plus early and absentee voting. A total of 12,447 voters turned out to the polls for this year's election. Please see the Nov. 8 edition of the LaFollette Press for an in-depth look at election results.


  • LUB receives positive audit report

    The LaFollette Utilities Board received a clean audit report at Monday night’s meeting.
    “I’m happy to report y’all are doing really good,” said Daniel Franklin, vice president of Pugh and Company, P.C.
    Franklin told the board they had been responsible.
    “Nobody likes rate increases,” Franklin said. “Nobody likes that, but sometimes its necessary to be fiscally responsible.”
    The board approved the audit report.
    Rural Development projects

  • LaFollette City Council to put speed limit on Mullis Trail

    At Tuesday’s workshop, members of LaFollette’s City Council discussed a speed limit for Mullis Trail.
    Different speed limits were suggested, such as 15, 20 and 25 miles per hour.
    Council member Hansford Hatmaker asked if the people who lived on the street had been asked which speed limit they would like.
    “They’d like no traffic at all is what they’d like,” council member Joe Bollinger said. “But we can’t manage that.”

  • Habitat may soon end its work in Campbell County

    Campbell County Habitat for Humanity has built 29 homes for low-income families since 1995. However, due to a lack of volunteers, its work in Campbell County might end next year.
    By June 30, 2013, the end of the fiscal year, Habitat’s leaders say they might hang it up. The problem isn’t money.
    “Financially we’re in good shape,” CCHfH Vice President Jeanne Smith said.
    The Resale Store and other contributions from local businesses help successfully fund Habitat’s operations, according to a CCHfH press release.