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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Leland Smith Insurance Agency recently donated money to The Salvation Army for the Christmas season. Shown are Randy Myers, president of Leland Smith, and Lt. Josh Brookman of the Salvation Army. 

POSTED: 12/26/19 at 11:53 pm. FILED UNDER: Business

Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, has again this year adopted children from the Angel Tree Project to help make their Christmas a little brighter. Tags are placed on the lodge Christmas Sharing Tree, which contains items needed for the kids. Members of the lodge take the tags from the tree, […]

POSTED: 12/26/19 at 11:45 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Kathy Ann “Gertie” Sink, 69, of Van Wert, passed away at 12:48 p.m. Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center surrounded by her family. She was born March 4, 1950, in Van Wert, the daughter of Herman Lawrence and Gloria Jean (King) Stittsworth, who both preceded her in death. On […]

POSTED: 12/26/19 at 8:39 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor The Crestview Knights will play just once this weekend, while Lincolnview and Van Wert will play both nights. Below are brief previews of the games. Crestview vs. Delphos St. John’s Undefeated Delphos St. John’s (6-0) will take on the Knights at Ray Etzler Gymnasium on Friday night. The Blue Jays have […]

POSTED: 12/26/19 at 4:58 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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 starting today 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 happenings coming […]

POSTED: 12/26/19 at 12:19 am. FILED UNDER: News

To the Editor: Reading in the Van Wert independent about the three GOP candidates who are seeking the nomination for Van Wert County treasurer, I have to ask these questions.   Why are these positions based on political party?  It seems to me during the last election there was a candidate who was fully qualified, having […]

POSTED: 12/25/19 at 11:46 pm. FILED UNDER: Letters to the Editor

Show nights at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center bring a unique thrill. Artists discover Van Wert for the first time. Guests walk through the door and marvel at the grand opulence of the lobby. So many beautiful faces, both new and known, share a smile of expectation as the stage is set to unfold. The […]

POSTED: 12/25/19 at 11:44 pm. FILED UNDER: News

The Van Wert Area Photography Club has a large inventory of old film cameras that the collector in your family might find interesting.  It is offering any and all of these cameras and their associated accessories at $5 cash per unit.    Anyone wishing to purchase cameras or inspect the club’s equipment, should call, text, […]

POSTED: 12/25/19 at 9:55 pm. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News

VW independent/submitted information CONVOY — The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a double-fatality that occurred at approximately 8:05 p.m. Christmas Eve on U.S. 30 westbound at the intersection with Ohio 49 North in Van Wert County. According to investigating troopers, a 2019 Chevrolet Impala driven by Brandon J. Lee, 44, of […]

POSTED: 12/25/19 at 2:49 am. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor Van Wert City Council heard more from a group opposing a men’s homeless shelter, heard a year-end Main Street Van Wert update, and also approved several end-of-year financial measures during its final meeting of 2019 on Monday. A group of city residents who live in the area of Market and Sycamore streets […]

POSTED: 12/24/19 at 8:49 am. FILED UNDER: News