The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Aug. 15, 2022

Van Wert County Humane Society Board President Deb Sealscott and Vice President Franki Eggleston prepare to cut the ribbon on the humane society’s new animal shelter on Fox Road on Saturday. An open house was held afterward and a steady stream of people showed up to check out the new 3,600 square foot facility and of course, all of the cats and dogs currently housed there. The humane society’s current hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays; 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The facility is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Photo submitted

POSTED: 08/15/22 at 3:41 am

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BEARFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Lancaster Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a Perry County crash that killed an Ohio City man.

Jerry Ruwoldt, 55, died shortly after 10:30 a.m. Friday when his northbound 2006 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide motorcycle went left of center on Ohio 555 in Bearfield Township and collided head on with a semi-truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck driver, Matthew Carpenter, 42, of Beverly, Ohio, was not injured in the crash.

Ruwoldt was an Ohio City firefighter.

POSTED: 08/15/22 at 3:40 am. FILED UNDER: News

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SANDUSKY — For those who enjoy making the summer trek to Cedar Point, the excitement and nostalgia of the Sandusky amusement park’s classic lakeside experience will be celebrated in a whole new way in 2023 when the park opens The Boardwalk, a new themed area just steps away from the Lake Erie shoreline that made Cedar Point famous.

The Boardwalk is described as a modern interpretation of the Cedar Point of yesteryear. New ride, dining and entertainment experiences for the entire family will round out the improvements coming to the former Lakeside Midway.

This Cedar Fair artist concept rendering shows how Cedar Point’s 2023 attraction, The Boardwalk, will look once complete.

“The Boardwalk is our vision of what the classic Cedar Point Boardwalk would have felt like long ago: the sights, the sounds, the electricity of the experience – this new area captures it all,” said Carrie Boldman, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “Lakeside attractions have always been a part of Cedar Point’s 153-year history, and that tradition lives on. We can’t wait for our guests to enjoy this stunning new centerpiece of summertime fun.”

Wild Mouse Roller Coaster

Cedar Point’s legacy of roller coaster thrills will continue with the addition of park’s 18th roller coaster, the Wild Mouse. A nod to the park’s original Wild Mouse coaster (1959-1962), the modern version will provide a ride experience the original couldn’t – its cars will spin 360 degrees as they navigate the ride’s 1,312 feet of bright orange track.

The spins, dips, drops and hairpin turns of Wild Mouse will thrill coaster lovers young and young-at-heart. Standing 52 feet tall, the Wild Mouse ride experience is an unpredictable game of “cat and mouse,” complete with six mouse-themed cars and one cheese-themed car. The coaster’s free-form spinning action changes with the number of riders aboard each car, providing one-of-a-kind experiences with no two rides being exactly the same.

Cedar Point’s Grand Pavilion

Serving as the anchor to The Boardwalk, Cedar Point’s Grand Pavilion commemorates the park’s original Grand Pavilion entertainment space, which made its debut back in 1888.


POSTED: 08/15/22 at 3:39 am. FILED UNDER: News

A Van Wert police officer checks a car that was involved in crash on Kear Road Saturday morning. The mishap occurred shortly before 9 a.m. when the driver hit a guardrail then traveled about 100 feet across a bridge. The driver was transported by Van Wert Fire and EMS to Van Wert Health. Bob Barnes/VWFD photographer

POSTED: 08/15/22 at 3:38 am. FILED UNDER: News

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CONVOY — The Crestview Local Schools Board of Education’s August meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tonight in the multipurpose room.

The meeting is open to the public.

POSTED: 08/15/22 at 3:38 am. FILED UNDER: News

Pads were popping as Crestview hosted Van Wert in the preseason finale at the Crestview Athletic Complex on Friday. The Cougars won the varsity portion of the game 27-14. A full recap of the action can be found on the Sports page. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 08/12/22 at 10:37 pm. FILED UNDER: News

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PAULDING — “Movie Night at the Museum” will be presented at John Paulding Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 18. The public is invited to watch a special 40th anniversary showing of the award-winning documentary “The Story of the Great Black Swamp.”

A free-will donation will be accepted at the door. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Black Swamp Arbor, Gleaner Life Insurance is sponsoring the event. All proceeds will go to the historical society.

“The Story of the Great Black Swamp” premiered on television in December 1982. Produced by WBGU-TV at Bowling Green State University, it tells the story of the difficulties pioneers encountered in settling the swampy wilderness of northwest Ohio starting in the early 1800s. The project, which took two years to write and produce, became one of WBGU-TV’s most popular original programs.

The documentary tells how the Black Swamp was created during the age of glaciers, how it impeded travel and settlement, the heroic efforts of early settlers to clear trees and drain the swamp, and the transformation of the land into productive and modern farms. Much of the story is told through old photographs of pioneer days, selected from museums and collections throughout the region. Sharp-eyed viewers will recognize several of the images as originating in Paulding County.

The museum is located at 600 Fairground Drive in Paulding.

For additional information, check the historical society’s Facebook page.

POSTED: 08/12/22 at 10:37 pm. FILED UNDER: News

The Van Wert Fire Department responded to a call that came in from Braun Industries shortly before 12:30 p.m. Friday. A hot water heater apparently caught fire but the blaze was out on arrival and no action was required by firefighters. Van Wert police also responded to the scene. Bob Barnes VWFD photographer

POSTED: 08/12/22 at 10:36 pm. FILED UNDER: News

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West Ohio Food Bank, a United Way of Van Wert County agency, will be distributing shelf stable food and produce at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or until food is gone on Tuesday, August 23. This mobile food drive will be a drive-thru only event.

The mobile food pantry will set-up at the Van Wert Fairgrounds, 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert. Entry should be made through the Balyeat Rd. entrance. Recipients must have a valid photo I.D. in order to receive food. There is a limit of two households per vehicle, and recipients must be at least 18 years of age.

Anyone with questions should call the United Way of Van Wert County office at 419.238.6689.

POSTED: 08/12/22 at 10:36 pm. FILED UNDER: News

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ST. MARYS — Midwest Electric recently donated $14,950 to 13 west-central Ohio charities and community projects through the cooperative’s Community Connection Fund. 

Thanks to the 89 percent of members who round up their electric bill and donate to this fund, Midwest Electric has provided $1,272,194 to 1062 local charitable causes since 1998. 

The latest recipients of grants include:

CCF’s Steve Butcher presents a $1,000 check to Kevin Morrison of the YMCA of Van Wert County. Photo submitted
  • YMCA of Van Wert County,Van Wert County; $1,000 to purchase a point-of-sale system to better serve patrons at Camp Clay. 
  • Auglaize County Historical Society, Auglaize County; $750 to implement Q.R. code technology to highlight the museums and sites in Auglaize County. 
  • Wapakoneta Fire and E.M.S., Auglaize County; $1,250 to purchase a motor for their water rescue boat. 
  • Children’s Hometown Holiday, Auglaize County; $1,000 to provide a special Christmas weekend for children in downtown Wapakoneta. 
  • Mercy Unlimited, Auglaize County; $500 to provide food to at-risk students over the weekends while not in school. 
  • St. Henry American Legion Post 648, Mercer County; $1,000 to purchase new Honor Guard uniforms for their members. 
  • Bailey Shockman Post 5135, Mercer County; $2,000 to repair the concrete parking lot at the V.F.W. Post. 
  • Mercer County D.A.R.E., Mercer County; $1,500 to purchase t-shirts and supplies for the D.A.R.E. graduation party for students. 
  • Andrew’s House of Hope, Allen County; $1,250 to purchase new beds and mattresses for the women’s recovery home. 
  • Lima Symphony Orchestra, Allen County; $1,200 to support the Children’s Concert at the Lima Civic Center. 

POSTED: 08/12/22 at 5:06 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor

Just two local races will be featured on the November 8 general election ballot.

Incumbent Republican County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger is being challenged by Kyle Gehres of Convoy, who’s running as an independent.

Statewide races will make up a substantial portion of the November 8 general election. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

The only other local race is for the District 82 Ohio House seat. Current Republican Paulding County Commissioner Roy Klopfenstein of Haviland is running against Democrat Magdalene Markward of Van Wert. Klopfenstein defeated Ted Penner of Defiance in the August 2 special primary election, while Markward ran unopposed. The winner will replace Craig Riedel (R-Defiance). The newly drawn 82nd district includes all of Van Wert, Paulding and Putnam counties, along with the majority of Defiance County.

Republican Jami Bradford, who defeated incumbent Van Wert County Auditor Phillip Baxter in the May primary election, is running unopposed in November, as is incumbent Republican Rob McColley, who represents Ohio’s 1st Senate District. The 1st district includes all of Van Wert, Paulding, Defiance, Williams, Fulton, Henry, Putnam, Hancock and Hardin counties and some of Logan County.

A number of statewide elections will appear on the November ballot.

Incumbent Republican Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted are running against Democratic challengers Nan Whaley and Cheryl L. Stephens, while incumbent Republican Attorney General Dave Yost is being challenged by Democrat Jeffery A. Crossman.


POSTED: 08/12/22 at 3:44 am. FILED UNDER: News