The Butler County Times/Gazette is a hometown newspaper covering local news, business, sports, and lifestyle events. It is owned by Gatehouse Publishing and is published Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The newspaper has played an important role in the history of El Dorado, beginning in 1919 with the merger of the Republican and Walnut Valley Times newspapers, which became the El Dorado Times. Noted writer/editor Rolla Clymer served as Editor of the Times for 59 years beginning in 1919. In his later years, Clymer devoted much effort to the preservation of the Flint Hills, earning him the designation Poet Laureate of the Flint Hills. A selection from one of his editorials published in the El Dorado Times:
"Thus, the mighty drama ever is unfolded. The Hills sleep, they wake, their lovely slopes are carpeted with waving grass, the Big Beef Steer grows in stature from their bounty, he lingers until late summer and then is gone, and presently the Hills rest again. The wheel of the seasons turns round in steady pace, never impatient never in haste, but relentless in its motion - manifestation of Nature's miracle."
Since the merging of the El Dorado Times and the Augusta Gazette, the publication is known as the Butler County Times Gazette. Today, the BCTG covers the towns of Butler County. Jennifer Wilson is currently the Publisher, and Jeremy Costello is the Managing Editor.