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Lawrence Budd

Covers Warren County, including Springboro, Lebanon and surrounding communities. He has worked as a reporter for 30 years, more than 20 years in Ohio. He has won two awards for investigative reporting from Ohio AP and one for community service from the Society of Professional Journalists of Ohio. He was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University in 1995-96.

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Lebanon hires new football coach
 Matthew Hopkins has been named the next varsity head football coach for Lebanon High School. Hopkins served as the head football coach for Preble Shawnee High School, where last year the team had the most wins in school history. He will be replacing Shawn Lamb, who led the Warriors for the past 13 seasons and “decided to step away for...

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Matthew Hopkins has been named the next varsity head football coach for Lebanon High School. Hopkins served as the head football coach for Preble Shawnee High School, where last year the team had the most wins in school history. He will be replacing Shawn Lamb, who led the Warriors for the past 13 seasons and “decided to step away for...
Springboro teacher’s criminal case headed back to trial
 A judge today denied a Springboro teacher facing criminal charges in a drug case also involving her son treatment in lieu of conviction during a hearing in Warren County Common Pleas Court. Amy Panzeca, 48, of Springboro, is facing charges of permitting drug abuse, contributing to the unruliness of a minor and endangering children in Warren...

Posted: 5 days ago

A judge today denied a Springboro teacher facing criminal charges in a drug case also involving her son treatment in lieu of conviction during a hearing in Warren County Common Pleas Court. Amy Panzeca, 48, of Springboro, is facing charges of permitting drug abuse, contributing to the unruliness of a minor and endangering children in Warren...
Fire department back in place in Warren County township
 The Massie Twp. Fire Department is back in business. On Tuesday night, the township trustees picked Donald Fugate to succeed Fire Chief Scott Hines, who resigned on Jan. 2. RELATED: Warren County’s Massie Twp. meeting tonight over fire department future Fugate was the captain reporting to Hines, the only paid member of the volunteer...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Massie Twp. Fire Department is back in business. On Tuesday night, the township trustees picked Donald Fugate to succeed Fire Chief Scott Hines, who resigned on Jan. 2. RELATED: Warren County’s Massie Twp. meeting tonight over fire department future Fugate was the captain reporting to Hines, the only paid member of the volunteer...
Manager pleads guilty in Franklin strip club case
 The manager of a Franklin strip club pleaded guilty on Tuesday to trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, two counts of permitting drug abuse, and illegally operating a sexually oriented business. Judge Timothy Tepe is to sentence Michael Reese, 37, of Miamisburg on March 9 in Warren County Common Pleas Court. In January 2017, Reese...

Posted: 6 days ago

The manager of a Franklin strip club pleaded guilty on Tuesday to trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, two counts of permitting drug abuse, and illegally operating a sexually oriented business. Judge Timothy Tepe is to sentence Michael Reese, 37, of Miamisburg on March 9 in Warren County Common Pleas Court. In January 2017, Reese...
Waynesville moves toward 2nd street levy try
 The village council is meeting tonight to discuss - and possibly take a big step toward - asking voters for the second time to approve a street levy. In November, voters rejected, 427-361, a proposed 3-mill street levy on a ballot also featuring a local school bond issue and police levy. On the same ballots, voters approved, 427-361, a 7-mill...

Posted: 6 days ago

The village council is meeting tonight to discuss - and possibly take a big step toward - asking voters for the second time to approve a street levy. In November, voters rejected, 427-361, a proposed 3-mill street levy on a ballot also featuring a local school bond issue and police levy. On the same ballots, voters approved, 427-361, a 7-mill...
Three fire departments put out Lebanon blaze
 Firefighters put out a fire on Tuesday afternoon in the home at 1138 Algonquin Dr. in Lebanon. No one was injured in the fire, reported as “heavy smoke showing” at 12:49 p.m. Crews from Deerfield and Union township aided the Lebanon Fire Department in confining the fire to the home in a neighborhood off Cook Road and the Ohio...

Posted: 6 days ago

Firefighters put out a fire on Tuesday afternoon in the home at 1138 Algonquin Dr. in Lebanon. No one was injured in the fire, reported as “heavy smoke showing” at 12:49 p.m. Crews from Deerfield and Union township aided the Lebanon Fire Department in confining the fire to the home in a neighborhood off Cook Road and the Ohio...
Warren County’s Massie Twp. meeting tonight over fire department future
 The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department. Fire Chief Scott Hines, the department’s only paid employee, resigned on Jan. 2 after learning he was under scrutiny for purchasing food for firefighters, and part of the department’s entirely volunteer...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department. Fire Chief Scott Hines, the department’s only paid employee, resigned on Jan. 2 after learning he was under scrutiny for purchasing food for firefighters, and part of the department’s entirely volunteer...
Lebanon city council split in joining lawsuit against drug companies
 The Lebanon City Council voted 4-2 on Tuesday to join other local governments, including Dayton, and seven states in a “multi-district litigation” claiming drug manufacturers and distributors have contributed to the deadly national opioid epidemic. RELATED: Lebanon to vote on joining local governments suing drug companies Lebanon...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Lebanon City Council voted 4-2 on Tuesday to join other local governments, including Dayton, and seven states in a “multi-district litigation” claiming drug manufacturers and distributors have contributed to the deadly national opioid epidemic. RELATED: Lebanon to vote on joining local governments suing drug companies Lebanon...
Theft of 22 guns from Warren County shop prompts $10,000 reward offer
 Rewards worth up to $10,000 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the weekend burglary of a Mason gun shop. About 5 a.m. Saturday at the Firepower Arms & Supply, 732 Reading Road, had a theft in which an “unknown individual or individuals forcibly gained entry into the building...

Posted: 14 days ago

Rewards worth up to $10,000 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the weekend burglary of a Mason gun shop. About 5 a.m. Saturday at the Firepower Arms & Supply, 732 Reading Road, had a theft in which an “unknown individual or individuals forcibly gained entry into the building...
Warren County man classified lifetime child sex offender
 A Springboro man accused of abusing two young girls in incidents six years apart has been classified a sex offender for the rest of his life and is headed to prison for two years, according to Warren County court records. Last week, Brian M. Jones, 31, was classified a Tier III child sex offender and is required for the rest of his life to...

Posted: 14 days ago

A Springboro man accused of abusing two young girls in incidents six years apart has been classified a sex offender for the rest of his life and is headed to prison for two years, according to Warren County court records. Last week, Brian M. Jones, 31, was classified a Tier III child sex offender and is required for the rest of his life to...
Hearing set in March for Greenon teen charged in double fatal crash
 The next hearing in the case against Trey Blevins, charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the deaths of two Greenon school district students, is set to happen in March.  An 18-year-old Greenon High graduate who was driving during a crash last August that claimed the lives of two Greenon boys is scheduled for a pretrial...

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The next hearing in the case against Trey Blevins, charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the deaths of two Greenon school district students, is set to happen in March.  An 18-year-old Greenon High graduate who was driving during a crash last August that claimed the lives of two Greenon boys is scheduled for a pretrial...