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.

Latest from Lawrence Budd

Accused Springboro youth sports embezzler’s trial delayed
 The trial of the former Springboro Clearcreek Baseball Association treasurer accused of embezzling more than $180,000 from the organization has been delayed indefinitely, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell. Judge Donald Oda II this week delayed the trial of Renee Nichols, 46, of Springboro. Nichols has been in jail for...

Posted: 7 hours ago

The trial of the former Springboro Clearcreek Baseball Association treasurer accused of embezzling more than $180,000 from the organization has been delayed indefinitely, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell. Judge Donald Oda II this week delayed the trial of Renee Nichols, 46, of Springboro. Nichols has been in jail for...
Ex-Springboro teacher’s 6-month jail sentence delayed by appeal
 A former Springboro teacher was sentenced today to six months in jail for permitting drug abuse and contributing to the delinquency of children, including her son. Amy Panzeca, now 50, was allowed to remain free, while her conviction is on appeal. The guilty verdicts were decided more than 20 months after Springboro police and the Warren...

Posted: 2 days ago

A former Springboro teacher was sentenced today to six months in jail for permitting drug abuse and contributing to the delinquency of children, including her son. Amy Panzeca, now 50, was allowed to remain free, while her conviction is on appeal. The guilty verdicts were decided more than 20 months after Springboro police and the Warren...
Missing Orlando 14-year-old girl found in Springboro park
 A 14-year-old Florida girl missing for five months was returned to her home state after being found in a Springboro park. The girl, who lives in Orlando and was identified in a Dec. 20 notice by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, was released to Florida authorities on Jan. 29, according to Warren County Juvenile Court...

Posted: 4 days ago

A 14-year-old Florida girl missing for five months was returned to her home state after being found in a Springboro park. The girl, who lives in Orlando and was identified in a Dec. 20 notice by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, was released to Florida authorities on Jan. 29, according to Warren County Juvenile Court...
Clearcreek Twp. trustees split over plan for new park
 Clearcreek Twp. trustees are split about the terms of a proposed agreement to commit $500,000 in township tax revenue to a new park in Springboro. Last week, trustees debated, then set aside the money for construction of Kacie Jane Park. RELATED: $1M committed to Springboro park by family of plan crash victims Instead trustees Ed Wade and...

Posted: 4 days ago

Clearcreek Twp. trustees are split about the terms of a proposed agreement to commit $500,000 in township tax revenue to a new park in Springboro. Last week, trustees debated, then set aside the money for construction of Kacie Jane Park. RELATED: $1M committed to Springboro park by family of plan crash victims Instead trustees Ed Wade and...
Christian school begun in Springboro returning to Warren County
 A Christian school begun in a Springboro church plans to move back into Warren County in time for the next school year. The CHESS Christian School plans to make $2.5 million in renovations to the former Ridgeville Christian School and open the school year there in August, school officials said last week. “It does have all the wonderful...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Christian school begun in a Springboro church plans to move back into Warren County in time for the next school year. The CHESS Christian School plans to make $2.5 million in renovations to the former Ridgeville Christian School and open the school year there in August, school officials said last week. “It does have all the wonderful...
Wedding center questions stall Warren County zoning changes
 Questions about rules permitting wedding centers in Warren County neighborhoods have stalled approval of close to 100 pages of amendments to the county’s rural zoning code. Neighbors say safety concerns are behind their objections. Last week, the county commissioners delayed until Feb. 26 a vote on changes, including those for conditional-use...

Posted: 5 days ago

Questions about rules permitting wedding centers in Warren County neighborhoods have stalled approval of close to 100 pages of amendments to the county’s rural zoning code. Neighbors say safety concerns are behind their objections. Last week, the county commissioners delayed until Feb. 26 a vote on changes, including those for conditional-use...
Warren County, developer clear way for old ammo factory redevelopment
 The Warren County Port Authority and the developers of the former Peters Cartridge Factory have signed a series of agreements clearing the way for construction of the project. The Warren County Port Authority and developer signed three leases signing over the old ammunition factory property to the authority, saving the developer from having...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Warren County Port Authority and the developers of the former Peters Cartridge Factory have signed a series of agreements clearing the way for construction of the project. The Warren County Port Authority and developer signed three leases signing over the old ammunition factory property to the authority, saving the developer from having...
Trustees reject family-farm rezoning just beyond Springboro limits
 The Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to deny a rezoning and lot size change sought by Oberer Land Developers for the Montgomery Farm, 51 acres just beyond Springboro’s southern border. Since beginning the process in November, Oberer reduced from 100 to 85 — as recommended by the township zoning commission...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to deny a rezoning and lot size change sought by Oberer Land Developers for the Montgomery Farm, 51 acres just beyond Springboro’s southern border. Since beginning the process in November, Oberer reduced from 100 to 85 — as recommended by the township zoning commission...
70-acre subdivision outside Lebanon approved despite resident opposition
 Warren County commissioners on Tuesday approved a planned residential development opposed by neighbors after rejecting claims the plan fell short on open-space requirements. The plan for 62 homes just north of Lebanon on the Meadow Lane Farm was approved 2-0 after Assistant County Prosecutor Bruce McGary rejected legal opinions expressed...

Posted: 11 days ago

Warren County commissioners on Tuesday approved a planned residential development opposed by neighbors after rejecting claims the plan fell short on open-space requirements. The plan for 62 homes just north of Lebanon on the Meadow Lane Farm was approved 2-0 after Assistant County Prosecutor Bruce McGary rejected legal opinions expressed...
Trustees reject Oberer farm rezoning for proposed subdivision
 The Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees voted unanimously to deny a rezoning and lot size change sought by Oberer Land Developers.  Ed Wade, board president, said Oberer can “get along with the current zoning and have a nice development there.”  Jeffrey Trick, one of the owners, said he was in favor of the proposed 85-home...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees voted unanimously to deny a rezoning and lot size change sought by Oberer Land Developers.  Ed Wade, board president, said Oberer can “get along with the current zoning and have a nice development there.”  Jeffrey Trick, one of the owners, said he was in favor of the proposed 85-home...
Lawyer: Warren County “double dipping” with open-space regulations
 A lawyer representing neighbors opposed to a proposed 60-home development just north of Lebanon claims Warren County is violating Ohio law by including land set aside for sewage treatment as open space required in planned-unit developments. The county commissioners delayed a decision on the development on the 70.4-acre Meadow Lane Farm on...

Posted: 13 days ago

A lawyer representing neighbors opposed to a proposed 60-home development just north of Lebanon claims Warren County is violating Ohio law by including land set aside for sewage treatment as open space required in planned-unit developments. The county commissioners delayed a decision on the development on the 70.4-acre Meadow Lane Farm on...