The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022

The Van Wert County Council on Aging will be hosting a Christmas event on December 10, beginning with Christmas trivia games and memories at 10 a.m. The Van Wert High School Show Choir will provide entertainment at 10:30 a.m., followed by a carry-in lunch. Everyone in attendance is asked to bring a favorite Christmas dish […]

POSTED: 11/29/13 at 4:20 am. FILED UNDER: News

Internal Revenue Service information WASHINGTON ― The IRS warns consumers not to fall for bogus charity scams. They often occur in the wake of major disasters, like the recent tornadoes in the Midwest or the typhoon in the Philippines. Thieves prey on the goodwill of people who want to help disaster victims. Scammers may pose as representatives of charitable […]

POSTED: 11/29/13 at 4:16 am. FILED UNDER: News

Straley Realty & Auctioneers recently donated funds to help with this year’s Christmas Garden event. The lighting ceremony for the Christmas Garden at Smiley Park is tonight, starting at 6:30. Shown are (from the left) Jane German, Linda Purmort, Warren Straley, Louise Hartwig, Chet Straley and Sue Heppeard. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 11/29/13 at 4:14 am. FILED UNDER: News

Vantage Blue Chippers are students who have a 4.0 GPA and perfect attendance for a nine-week period.  Congratulations to the following Blue Chippers for their outstanding accomplishment during the first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year (front row, from the left) Libbi Brown (Delphos Jefferson), Clirissa McMonigal (Continental), Danielle Miles (Wayne Trace), Ashleigh DeLeon (Parkway), […]

POSTED: 11/29/13 at 4:10 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor It’s official: a landmark Van Wert retail business is closing its doors next month after 60 years. Derry Drugs owner Paul Svabik confirmed this week that the pharmacy will be closing, effective December 17. “After long consideration and doing our homework, we are in the process of turning over our files and business […]

POSTED: 11/28/13 at 1:20 am. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor A Van Wert man was arraigned on felony assault counts, while a city woman was sent to prison on drug-related charges during hearings held Wednesday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court. Robert Ericson, 51, pleaded not guilty to one count each of felonious assault, a first-degree felony, and assault on a […]

POSTED: 11/28/13 at 1:09 am. FILED UNDER: News

WBESC board information PAULDING — The Western Buckeye Educational Service Center Governing Board held a special board meeting on Wednesday at the Paulding ESC office to interview and hire a new treasurer. The Western Buckeye Educational Service Center Board of Education announced the hiring of Kimberly Jones as its new treasurer. Superintendent Brian Gerber stated […]

POSTED: 11/28/13 at 1:02 am. FILED UNDER: News

U.S. gasoline price information According to, the national price for gasoline today will average $3.27 gal, a whopping 16 cents a gallon less than last Thanksgiving, and 5 cents per gallon cheaper than 2011. Black Friday consumers have about $1.93 billion more to spend on items other than fuel this November, thanks to savings […]

POSTED: 11/28/13 at 1:02 am. FILED UNDER: News

Ohio Attorney General’s information COLUMBUS — As Ohioans prepare for the holiday season, Attorney General Mike DeWine is sharing tips for staying safe when shopping in stores or online. “We want Ohioans to have a safe and happy holiday season, free of scams and thefts,” Attorney General DeWine said. “It’s a busy time of year, […]

POSTED: 11/28/13 at 12:58 am. FILED UNDER: News

Mary Jane Gilbert, 86, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and formerly of Paulding County, died Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Lutheran Life Villages-The Village at Pine Valley in Fort Wayne. She was born February 21, 1927, in Cecil, the daughter of the late Floyd E. and Mabel M. (Dysinger) Simpson. On July 12, 1947, she […]

POSTED: 11/27/13 at 9:26 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries