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They have come back home. But this time, they'll be greeted by a new face.
Campbellsville resident Bill Hudgins, who died last November, was a landlord who cared for nearly two dozen gourds that were "home" to purple martin birds.
In an interview last year, Hudgins said that the birds first came to his home in 1995, and the same birds have been coming back each spring since.
When Hudgins died, however, the birds weren't at his home, and family members didn't immediately think about what they would do when the purple martins once again traveled to their "home" in Hudgins' back yard.
Read more on this story and others in Monday's print edition.