News briefs


BOE special meeting

The Preble County Board of Elections will conduct a special meeting on Wednesday, July 17, at 2:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss office space, ADA assessment, petitions, and security. The meeting will be held in the Board’s office at 101 E. Main St., Eaton.

Gratis Party in the Park

The Gratis Firefighters Association will host its first annual Party in the Park on Saturday, July 13, at Herbert J. Coleman Memorial Park. This is a free event for the community which will include food, activities for children, entertainment, and more. The Party in the Park will begin at 5 p.m. The event coincides with the announcement of the first and second place winners of the association’s current gun raffle fundraiser. Tickets are being sold now for $10 each. To purchase gun raffle tickets, contact the Gratis Firefighters Association by phone at 937-303-8485 or by instant message through the Gratis Fire Department Facebook page. The association utilizes donations and fundraising to support the Gratis Fire Department and other public safety agencies through charitable donations of needed equipment, such as tools and gear.

A Day in the Park at Eldorado

Spend A Day in the Park at Eldorado on Saturday, July 13. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs to spend the day. There will be 15 vendors set up, including: crafts, baked goods, SNAP jewelry, JAMBE clothing, Color Street, Scentsy, and several others. There will be games, face painting, music, and karaoke. The Preble County Honor Guard Trailer will also be there.

The Basketball Shootout will begin after Opening Ceremony. Ages welcome from 10 to 70 plus. Teams of three are $30 registration per team. Food and drink will be available to purchase all day. Food 4 Families mobile unit will be there from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Horse and wagon rides will be offered from 10 a.m. until noon, compliments of RO-DA-O Farm, in Arcanum.

PC Fair entries accepted

Entries have begun for the Preble County Fair. Entrants can go online or visit the Fairgrounds office until July 13 for open class entries. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be open office for walk-ins on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for open class entries.

Business Over Breakfast: Living United

The Preble County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Over Breakfast in July will be held on Tuesday, July 16, from 7:45-9 a.m., at the Bistro at Eagle’s Point in Eaton, and will spotlight the Preble County United Way. Come enjoy a hot breakfast and learn more about how United Way funding makes an impact in Preble County — and how you and your business can get involved. RSVP to 937-456-4949 or chamberoffices@preblecountyohio.com. Chamber members, $5; non-members, $10. $5 for each registration will be donated to the Preble County Christmas for Kids program.

Road closure

Somers Gratis Road between boxes 4059 and 4218, beginning at Quaker Trace Road and ending at Wayne Trace Road will be closed for approximately four weeks for a full bridge replacement beginning Monday, July 18. No traffic will be permitted. For additional information, contact the Preble County Engineers Office at 937-456-4600.

Lakengren 50th anniversary

Lakengren A&E Committee will be holding a 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, July 20. The celebration begins at 2 p.m. at the Lodge and will feature games, food, music, auction, vendors, boat tours, and Lakengren memorabilia.

37th Annual Derby Days Festival

The 2019 Derby Days festival is scheduled to be held from Aug. 15-17. The parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. in the Village of Lewisburg. Line up will be on North Main Street and will begin at 9 a.m. Bands and other groups not involved with judging should be in line by 10:30 a.m. Interested parties should contact Tracy Woodworth at ctwoodworth@roadrunner.com.

The 29th Annual Derby Days Cruise-In will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 5-10 p.m. Free dash plaques to the first 100 entries and 20 awards for Best Show. There will be a large fireworks display at 10 p.m. Register at the Lewisburg Firehouse with a registration fee of $10.

City of Eaton financial report

The City of Eaton has filed its Annual Financial Report for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018. Copies of this report are on file in the office of the Director of Finance, 328 North Maple Street, Eaton, and are available for inspection.

Tri-County North Summer Hours

Tri-County North Local Schools will be operating on an extended day/shortened week work schedule this summer. Through July 25, the hours of operation will be 6 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday through Thursday. The building will be closed every Friday. Regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, July 29. Call the District Office with any questions, at 937-962-2671.

NT School summer hours

National Trail Local School’s offices will be operating on the following summer schedule: District Office hours of operation will be 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday from June 3-July 31. The ES and MS office will be closed until July 31. (Due to summer vacation times, call 937-437-3333 Ext. 1200 for an appointment). National Trail High School hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday through July 31. Regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, Aug. 1, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. for all district buildings. For more information, call the district office at 937-437-3333 Ext. 1106.

PCHS seeking historic barns

The Preble County Historical Society is partnering with Friends of Ohio Barns as it brings a historic barn conference to Preble County in 2020. To make this event an even greater success, the PCHS will be producing a book of historic and unique barns in Preble County along with its eight covered bridges. To nominate a “Timber Framed” barn from the 19th or very early 20th century in Preble county; contact the PCHS as soon as possible at 937-787-4256 or via email at preblecountyhistoricalsociety@frontier.com. All submissions will be reviewed for historic and architecture value and could possibly be included in the Preble Barns and Bridges book and/or be a part of the Friends of Ohio Barns Conference in the spring of 2020.

Lewisburg Alumni Association Scholarship

The Lewisburg Alumni Association will be offering $2,000 scholarships this year. An applicant must be a graduate of Tri-County North High School and have completed one year at a college/accredited technical school and plan to return as a full-time student during the 2019-2020 school year. Applications are available at the following Lewisburg locations: The Brown Memorial Library, Brookville Building and Savings, and LCNB National Bank.

Road closure

Pyrmont Road between Ohio 503 and Box 6138 is closed to New Market Banta Road for a full bridge replacement. No traffic will be permitted. The closure will be in effect until Wednesday, Nov. 27. For additional information, contact the Preble County Engineer’s Office at 937-456-4600.

Tornado Sirens

Preble County will test their tornado sirens on the first Wednesday of every month at noon, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather on that day, sirens will not be tested until the following month.

GED Classes in Preble County

The MVCTC Aspire Program continues to offer GED classes in Preble County on Monday and Wednesdays. Monday morning classes are from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Evening classes are from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Attendees can earn their high school diploma and jump-start their careers. Classes are held in the Preble County Learning Center (formerly Sinclair Community College, soon to be Edison State) located at 450 Washington-Jackson Rd., Eaton. Enter through the YMCA’s main entrance. For morning class information, contact instructor Patty Emerson at pemerson@mvctc.com or call 937-854-6287, or for evening class information, contact Cara Anderson at caraanderson@mvctc.com. New student orientations are held the first Tuesday of each month, from 9 a.m. or at 5:30 p.m. All classes are free.