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BREAKING: Howard steps down as superintendent

Butler County Schools' Superintendent Scott Howard

After five years at the helm of the Butler County School District, Superintendent Scott Howard has announced his intention to resign from the position.  Howard made the announcement earlier tonight at a called meeting of the Butler County Board of Education.  The superintendent cited a desire to spend more time with his family and ready for a new challenge as contributing factors for his decision.  Howard said he is interested in remaining in the Butler County School District in some capacity.

In a letter released at the meeting Howard said the following:


Fatal accident on Natcher near Ohio County line

UPDATE: The names of the individuals involved in Sunday's accident has been released.  The driver was a 37 year old male, Silasgarzas Vivas of Libertyville, Ohio.  He was air lifted to Vanderbilt and his condition is unknown at this time. Male passenger, Jose Santos Salique-Guzman, 36, of Beaver Dam, Kentucky, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Deputy Butler County Corner, Brian McKinney.


Regional economic development main topic at July Chamber luncheon

James and Jean Beattie with Chamber President Jamie Chaney

Ron Bunch, president and CEO, of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce brought a message to Morgantown on Thursday advocating a regional approach to economic development - a strategy that he says has brought over 500 jobs to Butler County over the last 2-3 years.  Bunch was in town as the featured speaker at the Morgantown-Butler County Chamber of Commerce's July luncheon.  As the BG Chamber's top executive, Bunch said the regional approach is market driven as counties are not competing against other counties when it comes to economic development but rather are competing against other


Fire destroys Sugar Grove home

Local firemen from multiple departments responded to and early morning fire in the Sugar Grove area of Butler County.  The house, located at 4359 Sugar Grove Road, was destroyed in the blaze.  Nobody was in the home at the time of the fire and no fire-related injuries were reported. The house was owned by Greg and Melissa Hayes and was occupied by Ashley Kane.

According to a neighbor, the fire started around 3:30 a.m.  Firefighters from the Second District, Third District, Fifth District, and Morgantown departments all responded to the scene.   


Woman bit in face by Pit Bull, undergoing rabies treatment; dog quarantined for 10-day period

A Morgantown woman is recuperating today after being bit by dog - a red Pit Bull - yesterday in the parking lot of a local business.  

Wanda L. Embry, wife of State Representative C.B. Embry Jr., was attacked yesterday afternoon shortly before 3 p.m. as she was attempting to enter The Kompany Hair and Day Spa, located on G.L. Smith Street in Morgantown.  


MPD Chief Billy Phelps speaks out against eliminating city police department

"This is a really, really stupid idea."  With those words, Morgantown Police Chief Billy Phelps made clear to Beech Tree News where he stands on the possibility of the Morgantown Police Department being disbanded in favor of the city contracting with the Butler County Sheriff's Department for police services.  


PRIMARY ELECTION: 6% of registered voters in Butler County bother to vote

Kentucky had a primary election on Tuesday, May 22, and only 6 percent of Butler County's registered voters showed up at the polls.  Since no locally contested races were on the ballot, voters only had a presidential primary from which to choose.  With President Barack Obama running unopposed on the Democratic ticket and with Republican Mitt Romney essentially having secured his party's nomination, most voters chose to stay home.  


BCHS: Worst-case scenario - school loses 1 custodian, 1 secretary, and 3 teachers

The Butler County High School SBDM held a special-called meeting on Thursday afternoon at the Butler County High School Library.  All members - teachers Darryl Dockery, Dennis Robbins, and Stacha Murphy; and parents Christal McKinney and Rhoda Chism, as well as Principal Patrick O’Driscoll were present. 
The agenda contained only one item - presentation of Butler County High School funding. Mr. O’Driscoll presented the preliminary proposed budget changes for BCHS. 


Superintendent pushing for full-day Kindergarten, Mental and Behavioral Health Therapist now in Butler County schools

The Butler County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, September 10 at the Butler County Education Complex.


Deeds and Courthouse News

Beech Tree News provides courthouse statistics on a regular basis.  Courthouse information contained in this article is a matter of public record.  The following information is from the Butler County Clerk and Circuit Clerk’s offices and covers. 

August 1 – August 31

Civil Court

Discover Bank C/O Discover Products Inc. vs. Jason Elms

Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union vs. Jeffe Bratcher

Citizens Bank of Kentucky vs. Katherine J. Miles

Capital One Bank vs. Amber Doughty



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