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LOCAL OPTION ELECTION: Historic vote results in legal alcohol sales for Morgantown, Rochester and Woodbury

Coming on the heels of a countywide alcohol vote in January that failed by 326 votes, the cities of Morgantown, Rochester and Woodbury voted "YES" today to allow the legal sale of alcohol.  The historic vote marks the first time since 1942 that a community in Butler County will be able to legally sell alcoholic beverages. 

Morgantown Yes  309  No 210

Rochester    Yes 31  No 27

Woodbury    Yes 30  No 14

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BREAKING: Arrest made in double murder investigation

Kevin R. Dye

Local law enforcement officers have confirmed to Beech Tree News that an arrest has been made in the double murder investigation involving a Butler County couple in their home earlier this month.  Kevin Dye, 34, of 2420 Russellville Road, was indicted by the Butler County Grand Jury on Wednesday, September 7th on two counts of murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, receiving stolen property (firearm) and persistent felony offender second degree.  Dye was served in Butler County Jail where he is currently lodged.The Kentucky State Police has been investigating the mur

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Ambulance service, fire dues make for controversial Fiscal Court meeting

Rhoda Chism addresses the Court.

Butler County Fiscal Court held their first monthly meeting on Monday, August 8th in a packed courtroom.  All members were present.

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Eight years in, Henderson Land Surveying experiencing steady growth; open house planned

"We do what we say we'll do," says Cody Henderson, owner of Henderson Land Surveying in Morgantown.  That statement and Henderson's desire to "treat people right" is what he believes has enabled his company to experience steady growth over the past eight years.  

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Gruber named BCHS principal

After seven years as assistant principal, Michael Gruber will be at the helm of Butler County High School next school year as principal.  Gruber was unanimously hired by the school's Site Based Decision Making Council during a meeting on Wednesday, May 11.  SBDM council members are teachers Carissa Poston, Dennis Robbins, Ashley Johnson and parents Deena Brown and Chris Burden.   The search for a new assistant principal, which will be hired by Gruber, will begin as soon as possible. 

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Motorcycle, car collision claims life

On Friday, May 6, at around 2:14 p.m., a motorcycle and car collided on Willis Road (off Brownsville Road/KY 70E) resulting in a fatality.

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School officials,law enforcement to crack down on stop arm violations

A recent rash of school bus stop arm violations has prompted school and law enforcement officials to team up in an effort to promote school bus safety. School bus drivers are reporting numerous violations of the state law that requires motorist to stop when the school bus stop sign is extended. The new turning lanes in the city seem to be causing most of the confusion.

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LOCAL OPTION ELECTION: "YES" & "NO" groups make final push in closing days of historic election

Butler County voters will get to do something on Tuesday, January 26, that they haven't done since 1942 when Franklin D. Roosevelt was still in the White House - cast a ballot in a local option ("wet-dry") election.  Therefore, regardless of how a person intends to vote and which side prevails, this is an historic election in Butler County.  Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at regular polling locations.

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Gov. Bevin declares State of Emergency for Kentucky; Judge Fields takes same action at local level

With a strong winter storm pounding much of the state, Governor Matt Bevin has declared a State of Emergency for Kentucky, according to a news release this afternoon from the governor's office.  

The official declaration makes available state resources to local officials in order to enusure public safety.

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Fire destroys home on Leonard Oak Road

An early Tuesday morning fire has destroyed the home of a Butler County family.  Volunteer firefighters and first responders from across the county responded shortly after 7 a.m. to a house fire at 537 Leonard Oak Road near the junction of Lee Jenkins and Monford roads.  The house is owned by Paul and Josephine Jones, who were present at the time of the fire.  Both escaped the blaze unharmed.

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