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Reed changes plea to ‘guilty’ on sexual battery charge

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EATON — A youth minister who served at a Camden church has changed his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” of sexual battery.Kevin Reed, 35, of Eaton, was indicted in the Preble County Common Pleas Court in late May, on one count of sexual battery of a minor for actions which took place in part at the Higher Heights Church of God, according to a Camden police report.The indictment claimed Reed, on or between July 1, 2013 and Aug. 30, 2013, engaged in “sexual conduct with” a 17-year-old member of the church congregation.


$10k of marijuana seized in Camden

A traffic stop made due to a driver suspected of driving under the influence led authorities to seize $10,000 of marijuana in Camden, Friday, July 11.Around 2 a.m. Friday, Camden Police Sergeant Mathew Spurlock spotted a vehicle traveling south bound on U.S. 127 in Camden at 40 miles per hour, 15 mph slower than the set speed limit. According to Camden Police Chief Tim Mikesell, the vehicle appeared to be swerving, which led Sgt. Spurlock to suspect the driver of a possible DUI....

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Gratis man in PC jail, after violent threats

A miscarried pregnancy sparked rage in 23-year-old Craig Blevins, of Gratis, Thursday, June 26, landing him in Preble County Jail.According to a Camden police report, Blevins became violent towards a 17-year-old male when the victim’s girlfriend inquired about Blevins’ girlfriend’s pregnancy. “She knew [Blevins’] girlfriend had been pregnant and she asked her how things were going,” according to the report.When Blevins’ girlfrien...

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Haber to participate in leadership summit

Michael Haber, a student at Seton Catholic High School (Richmond, Indiana), will travel to Harvard University to participate in a People to People Leadership Summit. Haber, along with fellow students from around the country, will take part in global youth panel interactive workshops, community service action plans, empathy and active listening workshops, and leadership conflict resolution workshops.

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Vancrest Health Center donates van to H.I.T. Foundation

Vancrest Health Center Administrator Toni Jeffries with Brenda Newman, Vancrest Director of Admissions, present the HIT (Home Is The) Foundation/Senior Home Repair Program (SHRP) with a passenger van as a donation in support of the program.“We’re just really excited that we can do something to help the program continue its success,” said Jeffries.The van will be used by the Senior Home Repair Program staff to transport tools and material to job sites at...

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Summer Crisis help available

The Summer Crisis Program, which provides electric bill payment assistance to eligible families, began Tuesday, July 1 and will continue through Sunday, Aug. 31, or until funds are depleted. Community Action Partnership will provide assistance to households with incomes up to 175 percent of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Yearly household income for a family of four may not exceed $41,737.50. The maximum benefit amount has increased this year from $175 to $350.

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Astronomers to visit library branches

EATON — Take a trip through the cosmos at Preble County District Library when the library hosts astronomers from the Cincinnati Observatory. In late August and early September, the Cincinnati Observatory will hold astronomical programs at each of the PCDL’s seven branch libraries. The family programs are all free to attend.The Cincinnati Observatory’s Outreach Programs will bring cutting edge science education to Preble County. Each of the programs delivers hands-...

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Volunteer for the health of it!

Where do you find fulfillment? Is it in big, sweeping gestures that are recognized or rewarded, or is it in small steps that build upon what you know and learn for the betterment of others? Do you feel good when your actions, commitment and dedication makes your corner of the world, your community, a little better? By volunteering to help others, you can be a hero to someone, and you may just find yourself healthier from the effort.

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