By Dave Taylor
Hancock County’s new Farm Bureau Insurance agent knows small towns and even prefers them, so when the job opened up here, the Edmonson County native took a look at the county and he knew it was the kind of place where he belonged.
Kyle Culbreth’s first day in the Hawesville office was Monday of this week, but it wasn’t his first day in the county because before he interviewed for the job he and his wife Nikki brought their 3-year-old daughter Livi on a preview tour of the area.
“We actually visited the county just on our own before even the interview process just to drive around,” he said. “We really loved being able to be on the river. My little girl had me stop a few times at a couple of the overlooks and she liked to look at it.”
The couple are both lifelong Edmonson County residents where Kyle has worked the past five years at the Farm Bureau there, but they decided to leave that behind for a new life.
“My agency manager, he’s 50 years old so he’s thinking he’s still go years down the road before he retires, so it seemed like the next move trying to take that next step up to benefit myself and my family,” he said. “Being from a small town I’m assuming a lot of people here don’t technically like to leave, so it was a big decision we made.
“We thought it was best for the family to take the leap and try it, kind of get out of our comfort zone a little bit,” he said.
Edmonson County is rural like Hancock County, but at least in one category it’s far behind here.
“(I’m) actually coming from somewhere where there wasn’t a single red light in the county and now there’s three here so I’ve kind of moved up in the world,” he said. He didn’t want any place that was too big though.
“I would be kind of a fish out of water in a bigger place,” he said. In Edmonson County he lived near enough to Bowling Green to go there to shop, but he could go back home to the country. He figures Owensboro might fill that same role for him here.
“I kind of like living away from the city but still close enough if I need to go get something I can and come back,” he said.
He and his family will be leaving their home area, but Culbreth said much of the county is so similar that he will fit right in.
“…It just kind of felt like home when looking at it from the outside in,” he said.
He plans to be very involved in the community here like he was in his former home, where he helped coach football and was active with the local schools.
Until the family can find a house here, Culbreth is making the more than hour long commute, but they hope to establish themselves in the county soon.
“The goal is to eventually make this our hometown,” he said.