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Thursday, May. 28, 2020

VW independent/submitted information  COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Monday announced that the Ohio Department of Health will extend its order to keep schools closed through the end of April.  Ohio’s previous order was set to expire on April 3. The new order will extend the closure through May 1. “There is the real […]

POSTED: 03/30/20 at 4:44 pm. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information The United Way will continue the “grab & go” snack bag handout on Friday, April 3, from 3:30-5 p.m. Bags will be distributed again from all six locations: Van Wert, Willshire, Wren, Ohio City, Convoy, and Middle Point.  United Way is in need of volunteers throughout the week, beginning Thursday, April 2, […]

POSTED: 03/30/20 at 4:41 pm. FILED UNDER: News

With the Van Wert County Board of Commissioners declaring that a state of emergency exists in Van Wert County, the county Emergency Operations Center (see earlier story) has been activated to provide support during the COVID- outbreak. The Van Wert County Emergency Management Agency, with support from Van Wert CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), will open […]

POSTED: 03/30/20 at 4:40 pm. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor With the 2019-2020 winter sports season in the books (not in the fashion we had hoped), this week’s Monday Mailbag features some of the best questions submitted by readers from December until earlier this month. The Monday Mailbag will return to its normal format next week. December 16, 2019 Q: I’m […]

POSTED: 03/30/20 at 3:40 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Submitted information COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted on Sunday thanked President Trump and Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the full approval of the use of new technology to sterilize desperately-needed surgical masks in Ohio and other parts of the United States.  […]

POSTED: 03/29/20 at 11:24 pm. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor With a confirmed case of COVID-19 now identified in Van Wert County, Dr. George Trimble, a physician at Van Wert Health on the front lines of local efforts to combat the virus, said it is even more important now for local residents to continue to do the things that will hamper the […]

POSTED: 03/28/20 at 9:14 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor Not everyone will agree, but given the growing number of COVID-19 cases and the fallout surrounding the virus, it was the right decision. I’m talking about Thursday’s official cancellation of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s winter sports tournaments, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made via a press […]

POSTED: 03/27/20 at 8:55 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent writer The March meeting of the Lincolnview Local Board of Education was a short one, with board members wrapping up the monthly meeting in just 31 minutes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board met in socially distanced fashion in the Lincolnview Elementary cafeteria, instead of the usual Neubrecht Lecture Hall, and Superintendent […]

POSTED: 03/26/20 at 10:43 pm. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information The Optimist Club of Van Wert announces the winners of this year’s Optimist Essay Contest, which included the topic: “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?”, and thanked all the contestants and schools that participated. The winners will all receive a certificate of achievement, an Optimist medallion, and the […]

POSTED: 03/26/20 at 10:35 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Martha L. Jones, 101, of Liberty Township, passed away Wednesday evening, March 25, 2020, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. She was born March 23, 1919, in Berne, Indiana, the daughter of Robert Sr. and Louise (Mathys) Gerber, who both preceded her in death. On October 27, 1946, she married Daniel Clyde Jones, […]

POSTED: 03/26/20 at 7:20 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries