The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

The Van Wert County Courthouse was the backdrop for Main St. Van Wert’s Farm to Table event. The Saturday night meal on Main St. featured food from various different local sources, including a hog roast from Owens Family Farm, turkey from Cooper Farms, corn on the cob by Something from the Garden, salad and appetizers by The Edition, and dessert by Truly D’Vine. Garlic potatoes, carrots, mangos, chicken and flank steaks rounded out the menu. The food was prepared by Willow Bend and sponsored by Avangrid Renewables, and music was provided by Own the Night Enertainment. Main St. Van Wert photo

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

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Phase II widening work is set to begin today on Grill Road/Kear Road/Bonnewitz Avenue between John Brown and Washington Street in Van Wert.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, there will be traffic impacts through October for the project, which includes sanitary line replacement, resurfacing, and shoulder widening.

In addition, John Brown Road, Woodland Avenue, and Lesson Avenue in Van Wert may have traffic impacts for the construction of a bike path through Rotary Soccer Park and Smiley Park.

POSTED: 08/08/22 at 3:41 am. FILED UNDER: News

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The Van Wert County Humane Society has officially opened its new shelter and adoption center and is inviting the public to celebrate.

The Humane Society will be hosting a public open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at their new location 550 Fox Road in Van Wert. Public parking will be available at Gate 5 of the Van Wert County Fairgrounds.

Small refreshments will be provided and Deaf Dog + Co. coffee truck will be on the premise and available for purchase.

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

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COLUMBUS — Lincolnview and Van Wert, along with several other area schools are among nearly 1,200 Ohio schools set to receive state assistance to pay for security upgrades that will enhance the safety of students and staff.

Lincolnview Elementary is getting a grant of $30.512.85 from the Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program and Van Wert Middle School has been awarded a grant of $32,626. Funds may be used to cover expenses associated with physical security enhancements such as security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks, visitor badging systems, and exterior lighting.

Lincolnview Elementary is one of several area schools awarded grant money from the Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program. The money will toward security upgrades. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

“With the start of the new school year quickly approaching, we want students, staff, and parents to know that we care about school safety, and we’re working every day to make sure that rural, urban, and suburban schools alike have the safety and security resources they need,” DeWine said. “Helping schools pay for important security improvements is just one component of our comprehensive school safety approach that also supports the mental well being of our kids and the work of local law enforcement to prevent crime.”

In addition, Parkway High School has been awarded a $50,000 grant, while Wayne Trace High School and Payne Elementary, along with Spencerville Elementary, Middle School and High School will each receive a like amount. Franklin Elementary in Delphos and Delphos Jefferson High School were each awarded $50,000, while Jefferson Middle School is getting a $30,000 grant.

The 1,183 schools selected to receive funding each applied for but did not receive funds as part of the initial $5 million in grant awards.

The Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC), in partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, will begin accepting applications in the coming weeks for the $53 million in funds remaining in the K-12 School Safety Grant Program. Schools that have not yet applied for funding or whose applications were ineligible in previous rounds will be given first priority.


POSTED: 08/05/22 at 9:34 pm. FILED UNDER: News

The World’s Longest Yard Sale, the 127 Sale is in its third and final day today. A lot of bargain hunters made their way to the Van Wert County Fairgrounds to check out what sellers were offering and perhaps to negotiate a deal or two. It’s not the end of bargains thought – the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Sale will be held next Thursday-Saturday. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 08/05/22 at 9:32 pm. FILED UNDER: News

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Van Wert County’s first roundabout opened for use on Friday.

The single lane roundabout, at the U.S. 127/U.S. 224/Marsh Road intersection, just north of the Van Wert city limits, was put into use by the Ohio Department of Transportation Friday afternoon.

POSTED: 08/05/22 at 9:31 pm. FILED UNDER: News

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COLUMBUS — Governor Mike DeWine has announced the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Charles A. Jones as the new superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

He’ll be promoted to the rank of colonel effective Friday, August 12, and will replace outgoing superintendent Colonel Richard S. Fambro, who will retire after nearly 32 years of distinguished service.

Charles Jones

“The appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Jones to superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will further enhance the agency’s exemplary public safety services for the citizens of Ohio,” DeWine said. “I am confident he has the experience and vision to ensure that Ohio’s roads and communities remain safe for all Ohio families.”

Jones began his Patrol career in February, 1994 as a member of the 126th Academy Class. He earned his commission in July of that year and was assigned to the Marion Post, where he earned the state proficiency award in auto larceny enforcement in 1998.

In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the Delaware Post to serve as an assistant post commander. As a sergeant, he also served at the Patrol’s Training Academy. He was promoted in 2004 to the rank of lieutenant and remained at the Patrol’s Training Academy. As a lieutenant, he also served in the Office of Personnel, Columbus District Criminal Patrol Unit, and the Marion Post. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant and remained at the Patrol’s Training Academy. He also served at the Bucyrus District Headquarters. In 2018, he was promoted to the rank of captain and transferred back to the Patrol’s Training Academy. In 2019, he was promoted to the rank of major and served as commander in the Office of Training, Recruitment and Diversity. In 2021, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel.


POSTED: 08/05/22 at 9:28 pm. FILED UNDER: News

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The newest member of the Vantage Career Center Board of Education was sworn in during Thursday night’s monthly meeting.

Rebecca Suever took the oath of office to fill the remainder of a three-year term, which ends in August of 2023. She’s replacing Tony Wiechert, who joined the board in Sepember of 2020, but resigned for personal reasons. Wiechert’s resignation, which was backdated to May 27, was accepted Thursday night.

Rebecca Suever of Delphos takes the oath of office during Thursday night’s meeting of the Vantage Career Center Board of Education. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

In personnel moves, the board approved the employment of several adult education instructors, including Ronald Schumm, FBPA Coordinator/instructor; Bruce Showalter, Chad Cupples and Matthew McDougall, police academy instructors; Kristie Jones, PNP and LPN-RN instructor; Austin Miller, firefighting instructor; Zachary Mansfield, EMT instructor, and Madeline Schroeder, LPN-RN instructor. The board also approved Richard McKanna, part-time custodian; Debbie Watson, part-time cook, and Kristy Ross and Christine Wisher, cooks.

Two resignations were accepted – Lisa Enyart, cook, and Daniel Garza, CDL instructor.

During his report to the board, Superintendent Rick Turner said the annual administrative retreat will be held next Tuesday and he said interior renovations are progressing ahead of the new school year. He added there is interest in micro-credential programs.

High School Director Ben Winans said enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is 547 and he said new student orientation sessions will be held August 15 and 16. The first day of classes for new students is August 22, and returning students will begin the following day. He also said he hopes to offer drone instruction classes next summer.


POSTED: 08/05/22 at 3:43 am. FILED UNDER: News

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday is underway.

State lawmakers approved it as a way to provide additional tax relief for Ohioans during back-to-school season. Through 11:59 p.m. Sunday the following items will be exempt from sales tax:

  • Any clothing item priced at $75 or less
  • Any school supplies priced at $20 or less
  • Any school instructional materials priced at $20 or less

There is no limit on the number of eligible items purchased, and the sales tax exemption is good for online purchases as well.

POSTED: 08/05/22 at 3:43 am. FILED UNDER: News

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The Ohio State Alumni Club Of Van Wert & Paulding Counties will hold a siplent auction for two premium tickets for the September 3 Ohio State vs. Notre Dame tootball game. The season-opening game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

The silent auction will be held from August 8-13 at Lee Kinstle GM Sales & Service Dealership in Van Wert. The seats are located in Section 26 AA, Row 10.

The silent auction will work like this: bidders will place a bid for the right to purchase the tickets, which have a face value of $406 total. A person will bid an amount that they are willing to pay in addition to the $406 ticket price. The highest bidder will be announced at the end of business hours on August 15 and will be able to purchase the two tickets for $406 and pay the amount of their bid.

The Lee Kinstle dealership will provide a car with a full tank of gas to the highest bidder to drive on game day to the football game in Columbus.

All proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit The Ohio State Alumni Club Of Van Wert & Paulding Counties Scholarship Fund for students from Van Wert and Paulding counties.

POSTED: 08/05/22 at 3:42 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Habitat For Humanity of Van Wert County is hosting a financial education workshop at 7 p.m. Monday, August 15, at Grace Bible Church, 603 Airport Avenue, Van Wert.

Banking and real estate professionals will be on hand to explain the steps to buying a home. Topics will include budgeting and saving for a down payment, how a realtor can help, the mortgage process and what to expect at closing.

The workshop is free.

POSTED: 08/05/22 at 3:42 am. FILED UNDER: News