By Rodney & Carrie Forrer

Southern Preble news

CAMDEN — In memory : The Camden community lost a longtime public servant this past week with the passing of Stephen Pheanis. Pheanis served previously as council member, a Camden Police officer, on the Camden Somers Fire Department, as a Preble County Special Deputy and a local business owner. He is survived by his wife Jeanie and son Derek, who is carrying on the family history serving as a volunteer with Camden Somers and presently in the police academy.


Mitch Martin a Preble Shawnee graduate and Gratis Township resident, recently graduated from Navy Boot Camp in Chicago, Illinois and is now headed to Mississippi for schooling. Mitch has reached a rank of E-3 Seaman Rank. Congratulations!

Baseball Sign-Ups

There will be a manned sign-up for Preble Shawnee Youth Baseball on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Camden gym. You can also register any boy grades 2-12 for the Ty Neal Bearcat Baseball Clinic to be held March 6. Cost is $30 for one child, $50 for two and $10 each additional. Participants will receive a tee shirt while supplies last.

Book Fair

Camden Elementary School will host the annual Book Fair on Feb. 27-March 3, in the library.


Camden School Spring Pictures will be Feb. 28.Contact your child’s teacher for more information.

News of the sick

Gratis Township resident Jeff Williams is very ill and in the hospital. Nan Forrer recently underwent back surgery and is recovering at home.


Feb. 13 — Brett Hershner, Jerry “Bony” Combs, Sam Tipton, Kelsey Cottingim, Jeff Bridgeford; Feb. 20 — Kaleb Proeschel; Feb. 21 — Cindy Paxson; Feb. 24 — Ryan Back.

Kids Quest

A community children’s ministry program pointing kids to Christ is held each Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. at The First Brethren Church in Gratis. This ministry is geared to kids entering kindergarten through fifth grade.For information, contact Laurie at

Anyone having news for this column should email, Facebook Carrie Forrer, or call 513-594-4582. Deadline is Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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