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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. 


Kentucky Farm Bureau Launches KY Farmland Transition Initiative to Address Loss of Farm Acreage

LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) announced the launch of its new Kentucky Farmland Transition Initiative (KFTI). The KFTI is a strategic project focused on helping farm families find ways to keep their acreage in active agricultural production as they consider the future of that land.

The need for efforts like the KFTI increases each year, but that importance was highlighted when the recently released 2022 USDA Census of Agriculture revealed that Kentucky lost 17,000 farms and 1.4 million acres of farmland over the last 20 years.


Gov. Beshear: Gracious Living KY To Expand Butler County Operations With Nearly $9.8 Million Investment Creating 50 Jobs

Headquarters expansion will allow company to manufacture patio furniture and more

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 9, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear highlighted further growth in Kentucky’s manufacturing industry as Gracious Living KY, a manufacturer and distributor of consumer products, announced plans to expand its Butler County operations with a nearly $9.8 million investment creating 50 new full-time jobs.


Warren RECC Celebrates Lineman Appreciation Day

April 8, 2024 (Bowling Green, KY) The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has designated the second Monday of April as Lineman Appreciation Day. On this date each year, we celebrate the men and women that go out in the storm to ensure safe, reliable electricity is available to power our modern life.


Morgantown PD makes Drug Arrest

On April 3, the Morgantown Police Department received reports of a suspicious vehicle at the Butler County Extension office, believing the operator may be intoxicated. Upon arrival, officers made contact with Lisa Neighbors of Morgantown. Officers could smell the odor of marijuana coming from Neighbors' vehicle. As officers began searching the car, Neighbors attacked Mooneyhan, grabbing patrol officer L. Mooneyhan's shirt collar, and would not let go, trying to prevent him from searching. Officer Mooneyhan deployed his tazer, and officers arrested Neighbors. Charges are as follows: 


Kentucky State Police Conducts Death Investigation in Edmonson County

BROWNSVILLE, Ky. (April 2, 2024) – At approximately 2:40 a.m. the Kentucky State Police Post 03 Bowling Green received a call from Brownsville Police Department requesting assistance with a suspicious death. Troopers responded to the residence located on Carder Street. 

During a preliminary investigation Troopers located Harold K Hendrick, 56, of Oakland, Carrie H. Canady, 44, of Bowling Green, and William D. Payne, 37, of Bowling Green unresponsive inside of the residence. They were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Edmonson County Coroner.


BC School District set to receive over $7 million in state funds for facilities

BCHS, MES, BCMS, and the ATC expected to get significant HVAC upgrades


With the 2024 Kentucky General Assembly in its closing days, the Butler County School District is in line to secure a huge funding win due to an appropriation in House Bill 1, which will fund state government for the next two years.  The measure has been sent to the governor, who is expected to sign it into law.




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