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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.


Judge Fields proclaims January as Radon Action Month

Judge-Executive David Fields and Adam Massey

On Friday, January 13 Butler County Judge-Executive David Fields, along with Sr. Health Environmentalist Adam Massey of the Barren River District Health Department, proclaimed January as Radon Action Month in Butler County. Massey said, "This proclamation came in conjunction with other cities and states around the country who, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are taking the lead in observing National Radon Action Month."


Wreck near Big Muddy Church; vehicle hits gas line

A driver apparently blacked out and lost control of his car Sunday afternoon, causing an accident at the end of Dunbar-Leetown Road.

According to Justin Deweese of the Butler County Sheriff’s Department, Mr. Elze Hoop, 83, of Dunbar Coal Road, was traveling toward Morgantown on KY 70/Rochester Road when he attempted to turn right onto Dunbar-Leetown Road. Hoop told Deputy Deweese that he remembers turning, then didn’t have any recollection of events until he came to after hitting a tree off the side of Dunbar-Leetown Road.


Charles T. Black (1930-2012) "The World Wants Results Not Excuses."

Charles T. “Charlie” Black, 81 of Morgantown, Ky. passed away Saturday,January 14, 2012 at the Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green, Ky. He was a Cherryville, North Carolina native and son of the late Clarence David and Dorothy Faye Grigg Black. Mr. Black was a retired Butler County High School Band Director and Mayor of Morgantown, Ky. for 34 years. He was a member of Cassia Masonic Lodge #272 F&AM, Chairman of the Board at Kentuckiana Children’s Center, one of the founders of The Green River Catfish Festival, helped develop Morgantown City Park which later became Charles T.

Legislative redistricting plan affecting Butler County

State Rep. C.B. Embry, Jr. (R-Morgantown)

The Kentucky House passed the redistricting plan Tuesday and refused to make any changes proposed by the Republicans on Thursday. 

As reported by the Associated Press, the House voted 63-34 to approve the divisive proposal after rejecting a Republican generated alternative that would have eliminated some of the oddly shaped districts in which Republicans would be pitted against each other in this year’s legislative elections.   

Congressional redistricting occurs every 10 years to account for population changes.



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