‘Bingle in the Basement’


EATON — On Saturday, Oct. 21, Eaton High School Band Director Paul Bingle agreed to be locked in the basement of an historic 1860s farmhouse for a fundraiser.

Students and community members paid one dollar per minute that he stayed in the basement. All proceeds will be donated to the Music Boosters for the students’ Cedar Point trip at the end of the school year.

Bingle started his day at the Preble County Historical Society’s Cemetery Tour at Mound Hill Cemetery in Eaton, then met with a paranormal expert that afternoon and finished with the PCHS ghost tours. He was taken to the basement of the Swartsel House on the PCHS grounds (sometimes said to be haunted) for his lock-up.

Students raised six hours worth of funds for the effort and completed the task at 3:30 a.m.

Bingle updated the students each hour with the chilling details and completed the fundraiser all while doing something good for the students, according to PCHS Director Lisa White.

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