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Redistricting: Guthrie replaces Whitfield as Butler's U.S. Rep

U.S.Representative Brett Guthrie stopped by the Farm Boy restaurant in Morgantown on Thursday afternoon to let people know he will be representing Butler County starting January 1, 2013.  According to Guthrie, the redistricting of the Congressional districts will place Butler County in the second district. Butler County is currently represented by Congressman Ed Whitfield of the First District. Redistricting, done by the Kentucky General Assembly, is required following the U.S. Census.

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KY Farm Bureau Celebrates "Food Check-Out" In Frankfort

Betty Farris, First Vice-Chair of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, made a special trip to the state capitol in Frankfort on February 22 to present Representative C.B. Embry, Jr. with a basket of Kentucky-made products in recognition of “Food Check-Out Day.”

Kentucky Farm Bureau hosts this event each year in mid-February to mark the date when the average American has earned enough income to meet his or her annual cost of food – about 10 percent of a person’s disposable income, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Chamber hosts February luncheon

The Wonderful Pig receives the Community Improvement Award

The Morgantown-Butler County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon on Thursday, February 23 at the Butler County Extension Service office. Chamber President Jamie Chaney welcomed all of those in attendance including the visitors. The meal was catered by the Eastern Star of Banock Chapter #531.

Doug Goodrum of Southeastern Displays

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Fire Strikes Again, Barn Total Loss

Fire destroyed a barn and its contents Wednesday morning.  Firefighters from the Morgantown, 4th District, and 5th District volunteer fire departments were dispatched a little after 7:00 a.m. to 149 Bodge Bratcher Road, off Old Ethel School Road to the property of Dianna Cardwell.  When fire units arrived, the barn was engulfed and already on the ground.  A tractor was inside the barn and exploded during the fire.

 

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Deeds and Courthouse News

Beech Tree News provides courthouse statistics on a regular basis. Courthouse information provided in this article is a matter of public record. The following records are from the Butler County Clerk and Butler County Circuit Clerk’s offices and cover February 1 – February 15, 2012.

Family Court:
Jamie Delen Morgan vs. John Christopher Morgan

Jackee Lea Gable vs. Michael Allen Hudson

Charlette Ann Woodcock vs. Joshua Laron Woodcock

Sylvia Moreland vs. Joshua Peterson

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Tip leads to drug arrest

Butler County Sheriff’s Deputies Heath West and Chris Reneer, working on a tip, arrested Douglas R. Smith  (DOB 12/30/76) on drug charges Tuesday, February 21st.  Smith, of 139 Boys Camp Road, Morgantown, gave deputies consent to search his home. The search resulted in two felony charges for Smith.  He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense and possession of anhydrous ammonia knowingly with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.  Smith was lodged in the Butler County Jail.  Additional charges are pending.

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Two vehicle collision on KY 70

At 5:41 Sunday night, Butler County Dispatch received a call reporting a two vehicle collision near 8775 Brownsville Road just past the 4th District Fire Department. According to officials, a 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager driven by Glen Mason collided with a 2002 Honda Accord occupied by two female juveniles. Mason, a 4th District Volunteer Fireman, was en route to the fire at 316 Brownsville Road of a commercial building owned by Evergreen, Inc. (a.k.a. Green River Equipment Leasing).

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Fire, explosions destroy commercial building in Aberdeen

Scores of volunteer firemen from across Butler County rushed to 316 Brownsville Road earlier this afternoon between 5:30 and 6 p.m. to battle a dangerous fire that, if not contained, may have threatened the Warren RECC substation complex at Aberdeen.  According to surveillance cameras at the site, the first smoke was seen at approximately 5:05 p.m.  As firemen converged on the scene and fought the blaze, several loud explosions were heard as unknown items in the building were consumed and as the building itself collapsed.

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Deputy Arko locates meth lab inside vehicle

Deputy Arko

While leaving the scene of a meth-related fire on Al Embry Road earlier today,  Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath West and Kentucky State Police Trooper Brian McKinney encountered a vehicle that was moving erracticly on the road.  The vehicle was stopped and the driver Wesley J. Blunk  32, of Morgantown, appeared to be “under the influence" of a substance.

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Meth residue, ingredients found at site of mobile home fire

UPDATE:Kentucky State Police Arson Detective David West and members of the Fourth District Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene early Saturday morning investigating the cause of the fire.  According to West, the fire was arson and described as a "flash fire." Upon investigation, the Butler County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police were notified of suspected methamphetamine production. 
 
 
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