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Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

The Van Wert County General Health District is reporting three new confirmed cases of Covid-19, as of Friday, July 31. Of the new cases, two are in the 20-29 age range, and one is in the 50-59 age range.

POSTED: 07/31/20 at 2:54 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Van Wert independent sports COLUMBUS — It seems like good news from the Ohio High School Athletic Association. A memo sent by the OHSAA Board of Directors to athletic administrators, principals and superintendents on Friday reaffirmed their position that fall sports practices for low/non-contact sports and contact sports will begin on August 1 as previously […]

POSTED: 07/31/20 at 1:55 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

Douglas D. Kline 69, of Spencerville, died at 2:51 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born November 18, 1950, in Van Wert, the son of Forest Gerald and Ella Faye (Grubaugh) Kline, who both preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Forest C. “Twig” […]

POSTED: 07/31/20 at 9:13 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Steven E. Metz, 57, passed away at his home in Ohio City Thursday morning, July 30, 2020. He was born August 8, 1962, in Van Wert, the son of Sharon (Harrison) Metz, who preceded him in death, and Ronald E. Metz, who survives near Rockford with his wife, Linda. Other survivors include his daughter, Melissa […]

POSTED: 07/31/20 at 9:10 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor It’s safe to say it’s been the strangest offseason ever for all fall high school sports, including football. Due to restrictions put into place because of COVID-19, weight rooms on school properties were closed in February, March and April and team gatherings were prohibited by the “10 or less” rule. In […]

POSTED: 07/31/20 at 8:58 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent writer The 2020-2021 school year and challenges caused by COVID-19, plus personnel matters, were the main topics during Thursday’s special meeting of the Van Wert City Board of Education. The board approved a slight revision to the school calendar, pushing the first day of school for students from Wednesday, August 19, to Monday, […]

POSTED: 07/31/20 at 7:47 am. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor The Lincolnview Local Board of Education approved a remote learning plan that would be put in place if schools were closed again, but there appeared to be little consensus on one portion of the district’s reopening plan — specifically, whether students should wear masks in class — among parents and even board […]

POSTED: 07/31/20 at 7:44 am. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine provided the following updates Thursday on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Updated county risk levelsGovernor DeWine released this week’s new Ohio Public Health Advisory System map. “The good news is that more people are wearing masks in our urban counties and we are seeing the spread slow because […]

POSTED: 07/31/20 at 6:13 am. FILED UNDER: News

Note: This week’s Friday Flashback takes us back to September of 2011, Week No. 4 of the high school football season, when Crestview quarterback Trevor Roop scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give the Knights a NWC victory over Bluffton. Below is the game story as it appeared on the VW independent […]

POSTED: 07/31/20 at 3:52 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

I congratulate all those who photographed, or at least saw the comet. I went west and north of Van Wert on three consecutive nights and, for whatever reason, failed to see it even with my 10 x 35 binoculars. Although I was blanked on my primary goal, there were a number of pluses to the experience. […]

POSTED: 07/30/20 at 2:52 pm. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News