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Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020

Editor’s note: With 2019 nearly over, the Van Wert independent has again selected its top 10 stories of the year, and will be including those stories through Tuesday, December 31. After a break to celebrate New Year’s Day, the series will continue Thursday, January 2, with a story on possible important stories coming in 2020.  […]

POSTED: 12/31/19 at 6:22 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information The Van Wert Soil & Water Conservation District has begun accepting tree seedling orders for 2020. The seedlings are available in packets of 10 at a minimal cost.   The following seedling species are available: American Arborvitae, Austrian Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Eastern White Pine, Norway Spruce, Eastern Red Cedar, American Cranberry, Black […]

POSTED: 12/31/19 at 6:12 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor The final 2019 edition of Random Thoughts centers around the brutal world of NFL coaching, the Browns coaching search, the Cleveland job in general, the Colts quarterback situation, the college football playoff and local high school basketball. The axe has swung When you’re an NFL coach, the question isn’t if you’ll […]

POSTED: 12/31/19 at 4:48 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports ROCKFORD — Lincolnview placed eighth out of 12 teams at the Parkway Holiday Invitational on Saturday, finishing with 68 team points. The Lancers were led by Dylan Bowyer (160 pounds), who finished third with a pin of Hicksville’s Roman Graber in 2:28. Lincolnview also had a pair of fifth place finishers […]

POSTED: 12/31/19 at 4:47 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Ilo Mae (Wyandt) Grubaugh, 95, died Sunday, December 29, 2019.  Ilo was born December 19, 1924 in Van Wert County, the daughter of David Franklin Wyandt and Lulu May (Newton) Wyandt, who both preceded her in death. She married Clarence A. Grubaugh on February 10, 1946, and he preceded her in death on April 25, […]

POSTED: 12/30/19 at 4:31 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Darin L. Hofacker, 45, of Van Wert, passed away at 10:32 p.m. Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at his home after a courageous battle with colon cancer. He was born August 7, 1974, in Van Wert, the son of Ray Hofacker, who survives in Van Wert, and Nancy (Workinger) Hofacker, who preceded him in death. On […]

POSTED: 12/30/19 at 4:04 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor The Monday Mailbag will return next week and in it’s place, here are some thoughts and observations from Ohio State’s loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. These thoughts, in no particular order, may not be popular among Buckeye fans and of course you’re free to agree or disagree. Targeting Yes, […]

POSTED: 12/30/19 at 5:01 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor Too many weapons. That was the case during Columbus Grove’s 76-55 non-conference boys’ basketball win over Van Wert on Saturday. The Bulldogs improved to 7-0 on the season, while the Cougars dropped to 2-6. The visitors quickly jumped out to a 7-0 first quarter lead, but Van Wert was able to […]

POSTED: 12/30/19 at 4:59 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports It was a tale of two halves at Lincolnview High School on Saturday, with the Lancers dominating the first half and visiting Ottoville rallying in the second half. When all was said and done, the Big Green posted a 51-47 win. Lincolnview stunned the visitors with a 20-6 lead at the […]

POSTED: 12/30/19 at 4:59 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Crestview’s Lexi Gregory races down the court during Saturday’s game against Hickville. Gregory scored a game high 19 points to lead the Lady Knights to a 63-28 victory. Kylie Etzler added 10 points and Bailey Gregory, Laci McCoy and Olivia Cunningham each scored seven. Crestview (4-6) will return to action on Monday, January 6, at […]

POSTED: 12/30/19 at 4:58 am. FILED UNDER: Sports