Commission recognizes 9/11; hears CVB report

By Kelsey Kimbler -

EATON — Preble County Commissioners began their meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11, with a moment of silence for the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The board also heard the monthly Preble County Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB) report, provided by CVB Board President Stephanie Garrett, board member Brad Collins, and board member Jeff Sewert.

The CVB updated commissioners on projects including Midwest Living, Consistently Curious’ recent visit to Preble County, and festivities held in Lewisburg and Eaton.

Garrett started by showing the board an issue of Midwest Living where Preble County is featured. She then mentioned Consistently Curious’ recent visit to Preble County.

Consistently Curious is a blog and Facebook page run by a family — Stephanie, Afshin, and Sophie — seeking to explore the Cincinnati area. Their site can be found at

On Aug. 26 they published an update entitled “Discover the Sights and Sounds of Historic Preble County, OH.” In it, they talk about the covered bridges, Fort St. Clair park, Downtown Lewisburg, Derby Days, Hueston Woods Lodge, Buckeye Jake’s, Bison and Boar, Eaton Place, and Eaton’s Early Bird Farmer’s Market.

“She hit all of those in a two-day period. She wrote about them, posted on them, and she is going to continue to mention us, hopefully, over the next few weeks to keep it going for our festivals that are coming up,” Garrett said.

Board member Sewert, who is also the Village Manager of Lewisburg, updated the commissioners on recent activities in the village.

“Derby Days was held the third weekend in August. It was very successful, very heavily attended. We had a couple new things — a talent show that was very well received. A local musician won the talent show. Fireworks on Saturday night went very well,” he said. “It was very successful. We’ll continue things as is, on the third weekend in August, and we’ll continue on. Thank you for your support of that, as well.”

He added, the school year at Tri-County North started after Derby Days, which he believes helped attendance on Thursday night specifically.

Board member Collins, who is also City Manager of Eaton, updated the commissioners on recent festivities in the city.

“We’ve had the car show — great turn out there — and the Farmer’s Market. Last year, Farmer’s Market was questionable whether we would be having it this year or not. Vendors are up to 10 or 12 vendors, which is not a huge Farmer’s Market, but the numbers seem to be up [from last year]. I think it is more successful than last year,” Collins said.

Commissioner Rodney Creech commended CVB for all of their work and mentioned the many events that are held in Preble County.

“When you look at what we do in Downtown Lewisburg, Downtown Eaton, the Historical Society — we really have a lot of stuff,” he said. “We do a lot of good things in this county and I am very proud of what you all accomplish. We do a lot of good things in this county and I couldn’t be more proud,” Creech said.

In other business commissioners:

•Noted receipt of two letters to the payroll clerk referencing the promotion of Shannon Webb and Erin Harris for Job and Family Services. Webb will be promoted from Fiscal Specialist to Administrative Assistant. Harris will be promoted from Eligibility Referal Specialist II to Administrative Assistant.

•Noted receipt of a letter from Sheriff Mike Simpson referencing the promotion of Paul Plaugher. On Sept. 1, Deputy Plaugher was promoted to Detective Status in the Jail at the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.

•Approved a lease agreement with CSRD Properties in the amount of $10,800 for Felony Subsidy.

The Preble County Board of Commissioners meets every Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Preble County Courthouse, unless noted otherwise.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH