News briefs


Overdose Remembrance Ceremony planned

Preble County Mental Health and Recovery Board will host its first Overdose Remembrance Ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. in Fort St. Clair Park, 135 Camden Road in Eaton. This candelight vigil ceremony is in remembrance of those who have lost their battle with addiction. For more information, visit Those who have lost loved ones are asked to bring a photo of their loved one to hang on the remembrance tree.

BOE reconsideration hearing

The Preble County Board of Elections will hold a one-time only reconsideration hearing at the Preble County Commissioners’ Chambers, 101 E. Main Street, Eaton on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 8 a.m. The purpose is for the Nov. 7, 2023, General Election candidates whose nominating petitions were declared invalid during the board’s meeting on Aug. 17, and any other business brought before the board.

QPR Lunch & Learn Training

The Preble County Mental Health & Recovery Board in collaboration with the Preble County Chamber of Commerce and Gebhart Counseling Solution will be hosting a free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Lunch & Learn in recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. QPR training is an emergency intervention training that teaches individuals to recognize and respond positively to an individual who is exhibiting suicide warning signs and behaviors. The Lunch & Learn will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be located at Edison State Community College (Room 109). A light lunch will be provided. Anyone interested in participating, can register by contacting [email protected]. Space is limited to the first 30 participants who register.

Annual PSWCD Fish Sale under way

The Preble Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting orders for the 2023 Fish Sale now through Sept. 15. Species for sale include: bluegill, hybrid bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, channel catfish, yellow perch, largemouth bass, white amur, and black fathead minnow. Species descriptions and stocking recommendations can be found on the fish sale order form available for print on the district website at The completed form and cash or check payment must be received by 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 15. Customers will receive a postcard reminder prior to the pick-up date on Oct. 12. For more information about the sale or regarding ponds, Preble SWCD can be reached at 937-456-5159.

PCESC meeting change

The September regular monthly meeting of the Preble County Educational Service Center Governing Board scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m. has been changed to Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Preble County Educational Service Center, Conference Room, 597 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton. The purpose of the meeting will be for all regular general purposes.

Road closure notice

Monroe Central Road (between mailbox 8578 and Shurley Road is closed beginning at Foos Road and ending at Shurley Road for approximately six weeks (until Sept. 21) for a bridge replacement. No traffic will be permitted. For more information, call the Preble County Engineer’s Office at 937-456-4600.

Road closure

Darke-Preble County Line Road between mailboxes 4722 and 6806 is closed beginning at Ohio 503 and ending at Rockridge Road for approximately 8 weeks (until Oct. 12) for a full bridge replacement. There will be no traffic permitted. For additional information contact the Preble County Engineer’s Office at 937-456-4600.

Continued road closure

Brubaker Road at Brubaker Covered Bridge is closed for an as of yet undetermined period of time, beginning at Ohio 122 and ending at Aukerman Creek Road due to damage to the bridge incurred in a traffic crash. No traffic is permitted.

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