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Butler County Schools will begin COVID -19 vaccinations for staff on Wednesday.

The fieldhouse at Butler County High School in Morgantown will be the site for  vaccinating 154 school staff, or nearly 45 percent of the district's more than 300 employees.

Superintendent Robert Tuck said he got word from the Barren River District Health Department on Saturday that the state vaccination schedule is moving faster than  expected.


Kentucky State Police

A Morgantown man is facing two murder charges in the case of an elderly couple found dead in their Butler County home in August.

Kentucky State Police report that 34-year-old Kevin Dye was indicted by a Butler County Grand Jury Wednesday. He's charged in the murders of 71-year-old Kenneth Neafus and his 70-year-old wife Dorothy Neafus. 

Kenneth Neafus had been a pastor at Little Muddy Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Morgantown.

Dye is also charged with possession of handgun by a convicted felon, receiving a stolen firearm and being a persistent felony offender. He's being held in the Butler County Jail.

A historical marker that tells about a Union Army officer who led a mass prison escape will be dedicated Saturday in Morgantown, where he was murdered in 1895.

The marker tells the story of Maj. Andrew Graff Hamilton of Pennsylvania. The Kentucky Historical Society says Hamilton joined Company A of the 12th Kentucky Cavalry in 1862 and was captured at Jonesboro, Tenn., a year later and sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, Va.

Hamilton and Col. Thomas Rose led the escape of 109 Union officers in 1864, but Rose and 47 others were recaptured.