The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Jul. 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the Labor Department announced it would withdraw a proposed regulation that would have restricted young people’s involvement on family farms. The decision follows immense pressure from U.S. Representative Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), other lawmakers, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators and Ohio farm families, who have […]

POSTED: 04/28/12 at 4:14 am. FILED UNDER: News

The family of Lillie Hunter (second from left) gathered with her Friday to receive the honor of being named this year’s Flower in Full Bloom. Hunter was born in Bell County, Ky., and moved to Van Wert in 1952. She married James Hunter in 1956 and together they had eight children. Today, she has 18 […]

POSTED: 04/28/12 at 4:13 am. FILED UNDER: News

Area manufacturers are invited to a Manufacturing Open House for the Precision Machining, Welding, and Industrial Mechanics labs at Vantage Career Center. Vantage administrators heard the demand from local companies seeking an update to the school’s labs and have invested over $600,000 in new equipment and technology for these programs. The school recently moved into its […]

POSTED: 04/28/12 at 4:09 am. FILED UNDER: News

Pastor Steve Savage of Trinity Friends Church, who is also president of the Van Wert County Ministerial Association, announces that the association’s annual National Day of Prayer event will be held Thursday, May 3, in front of the Van Wert County Court House. The Ministerial Association has assembled a group of local business leaders and […]

POSTED: 04/28/12 at 4:05 am. FILED UNDER: News

The annual YWCA Geranium Sale deadline is soon approaching, with the sale ending Monday, April 30. Geraniums make a great Mother’s Day gift! The flowers are hardy root plants sold in 4½-inch pots for $3 a plant. Colors available are: red, white, lavender, fuchsia, pink & light salmon. Don’t miss this opportunity to beautify the […]

POSTED: 04/28/12 at 4:05 am. FILED UNDER: News

Dennis Lynn Hirn, 68, of Ridge Township, joyfully celebrated Christmas with his family and unexpectedly passed away December 25, 2011. It was 50 years after his betrothal to his wife, Joyce R. (McCleery) Hirn, who survives along with their son, Colby Lynn Hirn of Van Wert and Columbus. Dennis was born March 25, 1943, at […]

POSTED: 04/27/12 at 6:50 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Patricia Rae “Pat” Ingol, 55, of Van Wert, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Van Wert Manor. She was born June 16, 1956, in Paulding County, the daughter of the late Ernest C. and Alice M. (Goings) Crutchfield. Survivors include three children, William (Jennie) Crutchfield of Van Wert, Tyler Crutchfield of Lexington, Ky., and Alisha […]

POSTED: 04/27/12 at 12:56 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor A local business was mobbed on Thursday, but no one called the police. Van Wert’s first “cash mob” event took place at Your Country Connection Shop collectibles store on East Main Street and the response was bigger than expected by organizers of the event. “This is a great turnout,” said organizer Eric […]

POSTED: 04/27/12 at 6:20 am. FILED UNDER: News

NPAC information In the Heights, winner of four 2008 Tony Awards® and the 2008 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album, is coming to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio in Van Wert on Monday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at, 419.238.6722 or on the Niswonger Performing Arts Center […]

POSTED: 04/27/12 at 6:19 am. FILED UNDER: News

Van Wert independent Two people were in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court on Thursday for hearings. Shay Ringwald, 23, was in court after failing to appear for a pretrial conference on Wednesday. On Thursday, Ringwald changed his plea to guilty on a charge of possession of heroin and requested treatment in lieu of conviction. […]

POSTED: 04/27/12 at 6:14 am. FILED UNDER: News