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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. 


Holiday Hoopla 2023

photo by Adam Williams

This past Saturday, November 18th, Morgantown Square transformed into a winter wonderland as the city celebrated its highly anticipated Yearly Holiday Hoopla. Organized by the Morgantown City Council and Tourism Commission, the event drew in crowds from near and far, spreading joy and holiday cheer throughout the community.



FISCAL COURt: Flooring work planned for county attorney, circuit clerk's office & courtroom

Butler Co. Clerk Sherry Johnson

Butler County Fiscal Court met on Monday, November 13, at the courthouse.  All five magistrates were in attendance.


Radiothon nets $20K for Morgantown Mission

The Annual Radiothon for the Morgantown Mission began with the goal of collecting enough pledges to fill 600-holiday food baskets for needy local families. It ended four hours later with 664 baskets pledged and $20,000 raised.

Several people, businesses, groups, churches, farmers, county officials, and organizations came to show their support for the Mission.


Delta Faucet Company Donates $25,000 to Sustain SKYCTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program, SKY FAME.

 Kaylah Hadden (Success Coach, SKYCTC Franklin-Simpson Center), Heather Rogers (VP of Resource Development and Executive Director, SKYCTC Foundation), Steven Cross (SKY FAME Chapter President),  Kelcie Richart (Campus Director, SKYCTC Franklin-Simpson Center), Landon Lynch (SKY FAME Student), Dakota Wyatt (SKY FAME Instructor), Teresa Montgomery (Delta Faucet Company, Morgantown, HR Manager), Tony Keen (SKY FAME Assistant Professor), Calvin Crandell (SKY FAME Student), Brian Sparks (SKY FAME Professor), Jam

FRANKLIN, KY (November 8, 2023) In a dedicated show of support for higher education and workforce development, Delta Faucet Company, a leading manufacturer in Morgantown, KY, has announced a substantial donation to help sustain the Southcentral Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (SKY FAME) program at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Franklin-Simpson Center. This initiative aims to fortify the program's long-term viability, empower students, and address the growing demand for skilled technicians.


Cameron, GOP slate rolls in Butler County

Statewide, Beshear defeats Cameron but Republicans sweep remainder of races for Constitutional offices



Cameron's Fight for KY Bus Tour stops at the Farm Boy

An enthusiastic group of supporters  made their way to the Farm Boy Restaurant in Morgantown, on Saturday, November 4, to welcome Daniel Cameron’s Fight  for Kentucky Bus Tour, which was rolling through the state in anticipation of today’s General Election.


UK, UofL Keep Rivalry Alive with Gift of Life College Challenge

Fans, Alumni, and Students raise awareness about organ donation

The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville are keeping their rivalry and competitive spirit alive while inspiring thousands to join the Donor Registry with the 22nd year of the Gift of Life College Challenge.



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