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Sunday, Apr. 21, 2024

Pamela K. Utz died Wednesday, July 21, 2021. She was 76. Beloved wife of the late Richard “Dick”. Loving mother of Eric (Cristina Buckley) and Ryan. Proud and adored grandmother of Lauren (Angelo Martini) and Alyssa. Cherished sister of the late Bob (Jane) Volk, Ray (Ona) Volk, and Jim (Sharon) Volk. Memorial visitation Friday, August […]

POSTED: 07/31/21 at 8:36 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

A memorial service for Dick Kirkendall will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 14, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert. Calling hours begin at 9:30 a.m. Dick’s service will also be livestreamed at

POSTED: 07/31/21 at 6:30 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Van Wert County took some time Friday afternoon to celebrate its 200th birthday. State Representative Craig Riedel was on hand to proffer a resolution from the Ohio House of Representatives honoring the county’s bicentennial, while a large number of local residents, including Isaac Van Wart — and even Spiderman — were on hand to celebrate, […]

POSTED: 07/31/21 at 2:10 am. FILED UNDER: News

Independent staff and submitted information Van Wert County Regional Airport is an important gateway to the community, and the Airport Authority decided to replace its 300-square-foot terminal. The airport has seen more and more plane traffic, especially jets and turboprops, and the small terminal did not appeal to visitors, as it was too small for […]

POSTED: 07/31/21 at 1:45 am. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor Local students have a couple of options when it comes to receiving a free backpack and school supplies this Sunday. In addition to First United Methodist Church’s Operation Back to School, which provides backpacks filled with school supplies at Fountain Park from 3-5 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the local Wireless Zone Verizon store […]

POSTED: 07/31/21 at 1:42 am. FILED UNDER: News

Independent staff and submitted information COLUMBUS — Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday will be August 6-8.  The holiday marks the weekend where Ohioans will not have to pay state sales and use taxes on clothing items, school supplies, and school instructional materials costing up to a certain price. State lawmakers created the annual event to […]

POSTED: 07/31/21 at 12:24 am. FILED UNDER: News

Independent staff and submitted information Van Wert City Council President Jon Tomlinson on Friday reminded city residents that anyone wanting to seek election to one of the 15 Charter Commission positions needs to submit a petition with the signatures of at least five registered voters by the end of business on Wednesday, August 4. Tomlinson […]

POSTED: 07/31/21 at 12:17 am. FILED UNDER: News

Independent staff and submitted information PAULDING COUNTY — An Oakwood man was killed in a one-car crash that occurred on Ohio 613 in Brown Township, Paulding County. Mark A. Dobbelaere, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at approximately 1:20 a.m. Friday. According to troopers from the Van Wert Post […]

POSTED: 07/31/21 at 12:11 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent sports/submitted information Van Wert High School has released season ticket information for the 2021 season. Cougar fans who want to attend Western Buckeye League road games must purchase tickets online, as no tickets will be sold at the gate at other WBL schools this season. Football season tickets (home games) Season tickets for […]

POSTED: 07/30/21 at 4:01 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Note: This week’s Friday Flashback takes us back to Week No. 4 of the 2012 high school football season, when the Knights traveled to Bluffton and picked up an exciting win against the Pirates. Below is the story that appeared on the VW independent Sports page. DAVE MOSIER/independent sports BLUFFTON — It was a contest […]

POSTED: 07/30/21 at 4:01 am. FILED UNDER: Sports