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Arrests made in connection with Gettie West Road theft

On August 1, Larry Cardwell of Gettie West Road, reported that his zero-turn mower and an air compressor had been stolen. Upon investigation, Butler County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Reneer and KSP Detective Josh Amos were able to locate both items in Caneyville. Warrants were obtained for Jarod Phelps (DOB 2/18/89) and Kayla Darity (5/9/93).


Several items swiped in garage burglary

On August 16th, David Whittinghill’s garage, located at 256 Love Lee -Brownsville Road, was burglarized and several items were taken.  The perpetrator(s) forced entry through a side door and exited through the garage door.  It is estimated that the


Polaris Stolen in Rochester

On Sunday, August 19th, at approximately 3:45 am a 2019 Polaris side by side was stolen from the home of Mike and Kathy Porter in Rochester. The Polaris was captured on a video camera in Rochester being followed by a black car.

If you have any information concerning this theft, please contact the Butler County Sheriff's office at 270 526-3637.


Grand Jury Indictments

The Butler County Grand Jury returned indictments against 43 individuals on August 13, 2019. Charges include drugs, wanton endangerment, rape, and sexual abuse.

Dewey P. Stevens

Address: 427 W. GL Smith Street Morgantown, KY 42261


Fiscal Court: 2020 Census, Tax Rate, and Roads

Julie Trovillion and Judge Tim Flener

The Butler County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Monday, August 12 at the Butler County Courthouse. All magistrates, Stevie Givens, Kevin Phelps, Timmy Givens, David Whittinghill, and Dillon Bryant were in attendance.

Julie Trovillion, with the Kentucky Bureau of Census, presented a proclamation for the 2020 Census which was signed by Judge Tim Flener to help promote participation in the 2020 census.


Kentucky Farm Bureau Centennial Proclamation

On Tuesday evening, Mayor Billy J. Phelps – City of Morgantown KY, and Judge Executive Tim Flener – Butler County KY, joined Farm Bureau President Shane Wells to proclaim 2019 Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Centennial Year.

 Whereas, for one hundred years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has served as the “Voice of Kentucky Agriculture.” Representing the interests of agricultural producers and rural communities.


Farm Bureau's Farm to Table Dinner

Saturday night August 10th was the Butler County Farm Bureau Farm to Table dinner, held at the Southerland Wedding Barn in Rochester, KY.  Shane Wells called the program to order. 


Council approves restaurant tax on split vote; money earmarked for city park renovation

Morgantown City Council met in regular session on Thursday, August 8th at the Eva J. Hawes Building. All council members were in attendance: Dustin Embry, Sharon Johnson, Dionne Merritt, Russell Givens, Jason Gaskey, and Sterling White.


Drug Arrest

On Sunday August 4th, at approximately 9:00 P.M., Morgantown Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a pickup truck due to the registration being expired. Upon further investigation, a methamphetatmine pipe and approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine were located in the vehicle. The operator, Ms. Holly Lewis of Morgantown was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ms.


Debbie Givens elected ISWNE president

Dr. Deborah Givens

 Dr. Deborah T. Givens, chair of the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University, was elected president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) at the organization’s June 19-23 conference at Emory University in Atlanta.



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