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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Janet Elaine (Sowers) Poling Ray, 92, of Troy, and formerly of Van Wert, entered heaven on Monday, May 28, 2018. Janet was a homemaker, a secretary with Eaton Corporation (Aeroquip), worked at the Van Wert Times-Bulletin newspaper, and also worked at the Continental Can Company as a young woman. She was a devoted wife, loving […]

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 3:09 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ruth A. Speakman of Delphos died Sunday morning, May 27, 2018. She was born May 16,1955, in Van Wert, the daughter of George “Tom” and Jennie L. (Foster) Speakman, who are both deceased. Surviving are three sisters, Gina Speakman of Van Wert, Linda Speakman of Delphos, and Emma (Doug) Fosnaugh of Decatur, Indiana. Funeral services […]

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 3:02 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor Van Wert County veterans organizations remembered colleagues who made the ultimate sacrifice in the nation’s military conflicts during Memorial Day services on Monday. Van Wert veterans and others gathered at Woodland Cemetery for a traditional service in memory of local soldiers who fell in battle. Following the invocation, Pat Freeman read off […]

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 7:48 am. FILED UNDER: News

Woodforest Bank at the Van Wert Walmart is sponsoring the YMCA Camp Clay Aqua Park and Splash Pad on Wednesday, June 6. Due to the bank’s generosity, admission to the park is $3 per person. Shown is YMCA Camp Clay Director Kevin Morrison (left) with Woodforest employees Kindall Maxson, Paula Smith, and Jennifer Longstreth. YMCA photo

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 7:42 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information The lowest Van Wert gasoline prices have dropped 3 cents in the past week, although some stations are still selling gas at the same price as last week. Murphy USA in the Towne Center shopping center has the lowest price at $2.69 per gallon, 3 cents lower than the $2.72 it was […]

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 7:27 am. FILED UNDER: News

Van Wert independent sports COLUMBUS — Three area teams – top ranked Wapakoneta, No. 6 Coldwater and No. 9 Hicksville – will represent the Northwest region at the 2018 OHSAA Baseball State Tournament at Huntington Park in Columbus this week. Hicksville will take on Whiteoak in Division IV action Thursday at 1 p.m., Coldwater will […]

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 6:51 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

The OSU Alumni Club Of Van Wert & Paulding Counties hosted Ohio State basketball legend Jerry Lucas at Willow Bend Country Club last week. It was an outstanding presentation filled with information about Lucas’s latest project (Dr. Memory’s Universe), along with many great memories of his playing days at Ohio State, the 1960 national championship […]

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 6:50 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

VW independent/submitted information The Lincolnview Local Education Association (LLEA) presented a scholarship to Dylan Neate at the Lincolnview senior awards banquet on May 14. The scholarship, presented in memory of three former Lincolnview educators, John Dixon, Carol Pollock, and Joy Dally, is for $1,000. Neate is enrolled at The Ohio State University in Columbus as […]

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 6:02 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

Crestview High School hosted its annual awards program recently, with students and community members acknowledged for their hard work, success, and dedication to the Crestview community. For a complete listing of award recipients (and photos), visit the Crestview Local Schools website ( and Facebook page. Many students earned academic awards, scholarships and special recognition. Pictured […]

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 5:56 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

VW independent/submitted information COLUMBUS — For the second year in a row, Ohio 4-H alumni and friends brought home the $20,000 first prize to their local 4-H programs in the National 4-H Council’s Raise Your Hand competition. Ohio raised nearly 18,000 hands through online voting. With all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., participating through […]

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 5:52 am. FILED UNDER: Youth