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Bevin Appoints J.B. Hines of Brownsville as District Court Judge for District 38, Division 1

J.B. Hines

FRANKFORT – Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Joseph Brett “J.B.” Hines, of Brownsville, to the position of District Court Judge for Division 1 of the 38th Judicial District, replacing Judge Renona C. Browning, who has resigned.

Kentucky’s 38th Judicial District includes Butler, Edmonson, Hancock and Ohio counties.


Burglary at Aberdeen Grocery and two other businesses

One suspect is in custody and another is still at large following an early Thursday morning burglary at Aberdeen Grocery, Bratcher's Riverside Market, and Lucky Find Junction (in Aberdeen).  The individual in custody is currently lodged in the Grayson County Jail on unrelated charges of arson and criminal mischief.  The identity of the other individual (driver of the vehicle) is known but he is still at large.  Both are from Grayson County.  Arrest warrants are being obtained.   


Butler County salutes its Veterans

Veterans, their families, students, and community leaders gathered on Friday, November 11, at the Butler County High School gymnasium as part of a community Veterans' Day program. 



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


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


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.


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.  


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. 


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.


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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