Man arrested for threatening girl

A Lyon County man was arrested for terroristic threatening and menacing following an incident in which he reportedly threatened to kill a juvenile.

According to Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, Joseph Lee Walters, 45, of Eddyville was arguing with a juvenile at a residence on Tinsley Creek Road when he reportedly told the girl, “I’ll (expletive) kill you” and doubled both fists as if he was ready to fight. The girl feared for her safety, and a sibling called authorities for help.

Walters is allegedly the live-in boyfriend of the children’s mother, who was at work at the time of the incident around 1:30 a.m. last Wednesday. She was contacted to come home and take charge of both juveniles.

Wreck leads to DUI charge

A Fredonia man was charged with DUI after a single-vehicle accident June 30 on U.S. 641 in Lyon County.

According to Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Witherspoon, Chase Hunter Parent, 31, was northbound on the highway when he failed to negotiate a turn, left the roadway and struck a ditch. The impact rolled the 2020 GM Canyon twice before it came to a rest on its roof.

Parent was not inured, but when the deputy arrived at the scene, the man was reportedly slurring his speech and smelled of alcohol. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. He later reportedly submitted to a blood test.

Library adjusts curbside hours

Lyon County Public Library has yet to re-open its doors to in-person service, but should be able to later this month.

Meantime, new temporary hours for curbside service have been enacted. Service will be available by calling ahead from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to noon on Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

When the library re-opens to the public, things will operate a bit differently due to COVID-19.

“We will be opening on a grab-n-go concept,” said Library Director Lee Ann Cummins. “No lingering.”

Arrange for pick-up of materials by call ahead at 270-388-7720.

Road tests scheduled locally

Lyon County residents may call the local circuit clerk’s office to schedule an appointment for the road test portion of driver’s licensing. The skills test will be given all day on Friday.

On July 24, the written test will given that morning and the road test will begin that afternoon. Residents will still need to schedule an appointment for the written test as well as the skills test on that date.

At this time, only Lyon County residents will be able to schedule an appointment. Call 270-388-7231 to schedule.

Coomer makes UC dean’s list

Noah Coomer of Eddyville was named to the University of the Cumberlands dean’s list for the spring 2020 semester.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and be in good academic standing.

University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is the largest private university in Kentucky.

Bowfishermen paid for Asian carp

Bowfishermen can sell their take locally for 8 cents per pound.

The fish will be bought at 978 Port Authority Road in Eddyville. Call 270-997-2658 ahead of time, even late at night after fishing to arrange the sale.

All you need is a valid drivers license. The fish will be used for making oils, cat food and other byproducts.

“It’s just another way we are all winning the war on carp,” said Lyon County Judge-Executive Wade White.

Kindergarten screenings scheduled

Parents of children who will be 5 on or before Aug. 1 and would like to enroll the youngster at Lyon County Elementary School may now schedule an appointment for kindergarten screening.

Parents will need a copy of a certified birth certificate for the child; an updated immunization certificate; proof of a current Kentucky school physical and eye exam from Aug. 11, 2019, or later; a current Kentucky dental screening from 2020; and two proofs of residence.

Call Lea Ann Atherton at 270-388-9715, ext. 301; or email her at to set up an appointment.

State property tax rate unchanged

Kentucky’s state real property tax rate will remain unchanged in 2020. The Department of Revenue has set the rate at 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. The rate has remain unchanged since 2008.

The state property tax rate is based on the revenue generated from the increase in taxable real property assessments from 2019 to 2020. If the increase in revenue is more than 4% after the exclusion of both new property that was added to the tax roll during 2019 and the property subject to Tax Increment Financing, then the prior year’s rate must be reduced.

Because the assessment increase for 2020 is estimated at 3.12%, the state rate will remain the same as the 2019 rate.

All the revenue generated from the state property tax rate goes into the state’s general fund.

Unemployment office in Hoptown open

A satellite offices is now open in Hopkinsville two days a week to help Kentuckians who are having difficulty with their unemployment claims.

People can now schedule appointments for Tuesday and Wednesday at Christian County Middle School in Hopkinsville, with in person help during the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The school is located at 215 Glass Ave.

Claimants must bring two forms of identification like their driver’s license or other photo ID and social security card for identity verification.Appointments can be made at and clicking on the “In-Person UI Services” button.

The state has contracted for 200 additional claims processors to work the backlog and high number of new unemployment claims.

State, IRS tax deadline July 15

The Kentucky Department of Revenue reminds taxpayers that the 2019 state income tax filing deadline is next Wednesday. The IRS filing deadline is also July 15.

On March 26, Gov. Andy Beshear directed the filing deadline to be extended by three months, in response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s decision mirrored the federal income tax relief provisions issued March 20 by the Internal Revenue Service in response to the coronavirus.

The three-month extension applied to income taxes for individuals, corporations, fiduciary and pass-through entities, for which the filing deadline normally would have been April 15. Withholding tax, sales and use tax, or any other types of state taxes were not included in this extension. All tax filings and tax payments that were previously extended also will be due next Wednesday.