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Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

Van Wert’s 4×800 relay team is bound for the Division II State meet after finishing second at regionals at Piqua on Thursday. Trey Laudick, Gage Wannemacher, Gage Springer and Hunter Sherer finished a split second behind Waynesville, 8:05.46 to 8:05.48. Check the story below for more results from Thursday’s action. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Laudick

POSTED: 05/28/21 at 3:54 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports PIQUA — Van Wert’s 4×400 meter relay team won Thursday’s preliminary event and the 4×800 and 4×200 meter relay teams posted impressive finishes at Division II regional meet on Thursday. In the final event at Piqua High School, Ethan Brown, Nate Phillips, Trey Laudick and Connor Pratt won the 4×400 in […]

POSTED: 05/28/21 at 3:53 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Note: This week’s Friday Flashback goes back to late May, 2011, when the Lady Knights made a return trip to the softball state semifinals and a pair of Van Wert track and field athletes earned spots at the state track meet. Below is the story as it appeared on the VW independent Sports page. Van […]

POSTED: 05/28/21 at 3:52 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor A number of people were on hand Thursday to say farewell to retiring Van Wert Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Larry Lee during a reception held in his honor at the CVB digs in downtown Van Wert.  Among those were current and former CVB board members, as well as several […]

POSTED: 05/27/21 at 11:31 pm. FILED UNDER: News

It was a return to the days of black-and-white photography on Thursday as independent photographer Bob Barnes was “johnny on the spot” for a recreational vehicle fire on South Shannon Street, but only had a camera with film (yes, real film) with him. And it was black-and-white film, to boot. The photos are still amazing, as he […]

POSTED: 05/27/21 at 10:02 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Independent staff and submitted information As of Thursday, the Van Wert County General Health District reports an increase of 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Thursday, May 20, for a total of 2,410 confirmed cases. There are two known hospitalizations at this time.   To date, the health department has given 10,753 COVID-19 vaccinations. The following clinic dates are […]

POSTED: 05/27/21 at 9:53 pm. FILED UNDER: News

The United Way of Van Wert County has Community Impact funding it allocates to qualified applicants each year. This year, First United Methodist Church was granted $2,500 to help fund its sixth annual Operation Back to School outreach event, which will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, August 1, at Fountain Park. Operation Back to […]

POSTED: 05/27/21 at 9:48 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Independent staff and submitted information Because of rainy, cold, and windy conditions forecast for Friday evening, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band Concert scheduled for Fountain Park that night has been moved to the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church across from Fountain Park. The concert will still start at 7 p.m., and those […]

POSTED: 05/27/21 at 9:45 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Wilfred C. Davis, 90, of Van Wert, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Van Wert Manor. He was born November 23, 1930, in Van Wert, the son of Pryse E. and Georgia (Ashenfelter) Davis, who both preceded him in death. On May 6, 1951, Wilfred married the love of his life, the former Berneice […]

POSTED: 05/27/21 at 9:28 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent writer Administrative contracts and personnel matters were a key part of Wednesday’s Van Wert City Board of Education meeting. Three-year contracts were approved for High School Principal Bob Priest, Early Childhood Center Principal Lori Bittner, and Middle School Principal Ben Collins. Collins also resigned his position as varsity wrestling coach. The board also […]

POSTED: 05/26/21 at 10:54 pm. FILED UNDER: News