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First Chamber Luncheon of 2012

Miller Slaughter, the Director of the WKU Small Business Development Center

The Morgantown-Butler County Chamber of Commerce held its first luncheon of 2012 at the Butler County Extension Service office on Thursday, January 26. The Chamber welcomed a few new faces to the board with Roger Southerland, Mike Coleman, and Ricky Romans all joining the board this year. New Chamber President Jamie Chaney welcomed all who attended the dinner; the meal was catered by the Wonderful Pig in Dunbar.


BTN Partners With Cell Phones For Soldiers

BTN Partners With Cell Phones For Soldiers

Beechtree Radio and non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking Butler County residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. With ongoing deployments to combat areas and elsewhere, as many as 369,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas. By donating gently-used cellular phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Butler County residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.

Beginning today, residents can donate their phones to the cause at Beechtree Media, 107 W. Ohio St.


Couple Caught Stealing Furniture

Ray A. Ferguson

The Butler County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call from Ward Anderson on Tuesday night around 6:00pm. Deputy Heath West arrived at 5959 South Hill-Union Road to find Anderson and James Givens preventing individuals from leaving the property. Ray A. Ferguson, 67 of Muhlenberg County was talking with Anderson and his wife Debra Ferguson was hiding inside the home.The Ferguson's admitted to taking furniture from the residence.They also had stolen furniture from 2398 Dunbar-Lee Road in their possession.


Aleris International lays off over two dozen employees

Aleris International is located off Gardner Camp Road in Morgantown.

Last Wednesday afternoon. January 18, more than 25 Aleris employees were informed they would no longer have jobs with the company.  According to some of those individuals, they were told they were being laid off and that their medical insurance would run out at midnight that night.


Decker, Embry crowned Bearfest King and Queen

C.W. Decker and Madison Embry were crowned Bearfest King and Queen

The 2012 Bearfest festivities were held on Friday, January 20 after the first game of a girl-boy double header against South Warren. C.W. Decker and Madison Embry were crowned Bearfest King and Queen in front of the packed stands. Madison is the daughter of Sheri Anderson of Aberdeen and Richard Embry of Morgantown. C.W. is the son of Bridget Decker of Roundhill.

Honorary King and Queen Collin Tomes and Raven Durbin


City modifies Casco lease; Mayor gives "State of the City Address"

The Morgantown City Council’s meeting Thursday night revolved around modification of their lease with Casco, the State of the City Address, and proposals for unused land and a new street.


Retired DC Fire Chief Praises BC First Responders

Judge-Executive David Fields and EMS Director Brian McKinney

On Tuesday, January 17 at approximately 3 p.m. Butler County Dispatch received a call reporting an overturned vehicle with a female passenger trapped within. Members of Butler County Emergency Medical Service jumped into action without a second thought; handling these types of situations, while not easy, are what they are trained to do. They were on the scene in minutes and began providing assistance to the passenger in need, Richmond, Kentucky native Elizabeth Smith, alongside the Morgantown Volunteer Fire Department and Butler County Rescue Squad.


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 Circuit Clerk’s offices and cover January 1 – January 15, 2012.

Civil Cases:
Gwendolyn Penrod vs. Barbara Poole, et al

PBI Bank, Inc. vs. Dallas Ray Pendley, et al

PNC Bank, National Association, Successor vs. Chr Brown


Single-car crash on Natcher; driver airlifted to Vandy

A single-car accident this afternoon at shortly after 3 p.m. on the Natcher Parkway has resulted in a Richmond, Kentucky woman, Elizabeth Smith, being transported by air to the Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.  The wreck took place between the 30 and 32 mile marker on Natcher Parkway between Morgantown and Owensboro.  


BTN Fan of the Month John W. Brown Chooses Garrison's for $50

Walter Garrison and John W. Brown

John W. Brown has been looking for a good excuse to get some new dress clothes for special functions and Beech Tree Media was able to supply him with that good excuse. Brown received the Beech Tree News Fan of the Month honors for the month of December and he elected to spend his $50 at Garrison's.



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