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Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022

Van Wert independent staff For the first time in its nearly 20 years of existence, The Van Wert independent is getting a new editor. Effective October 1, Editor Dave Mosier will be retiring from the position he has held since the independent’s first edition hit the Internet in early January 2002. “It has been a great run and […]

POSTED: 09/28/21 at 11:59 pm. FILED UNDER: News

PERRY LUHN/for the Van Wert independent It has been almost two years since a musical hit the stage at Van Wert Civic Theatre. That’s too long. But now VWCT has chosen to partner with Encore Theatre in Lima to produce something relatively new.  Motherhood the Musical is the story of a woman in the throes of […]

POSTED: 09/28/21 at 11:49 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Van Wert Rotary Club has donated $1,000 to the Van Wert County Humane Society’s capital campaign. Shown are (from the left) Jeff Hood, Humane Society board member; Tara Bonifas, Rotary treasurer; Vicki Smith, Rotary president; and Sarah Burden, Humane Society board member. Donations can still be made to the humane society’s new building project by […]

POSTED: 09/28/21 at 10:50 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Independent staff and submitted information CONVOY — The Convoy Historical Society will host Jim Pickett, author of the Bones of Kekionga trilogy, on Sunday, November 7, starting at 1:30 p.m., at the Convoy Opera House, 111 S. Main St. in Convoy.  Pickett has a connection to Convoy, as his mother was born there and a […]

POSTED: 09/28/21 at 10:45 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Loretta Anne Siders, 86, passed away at 8:20 a.m. Monday, September 27, 2021, at her residence in Van Wert. She was born July 27, 1935, in Columbus Grove, the daughter of Frances V. and Lydia M. (DeCamp) Searfoss, who both preceded her in death. Survivors include her sons, Westley (Cheryl) Jenkins of Cleveland, Tennessee, and […]

POSTED: 09/28/21 at 12:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

James D. Howell, 62, of Dayton, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021.   He was born June 10, 1959, in Columbus, the son of James E. and Eileen (Lemmerman) Howell. James was a minister for the Western Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and also a radio disc jockey Surviving are his son, Chris (Rebecca) Howell […]

POSTED: 09/28/21 at 12:47 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Barbara Ann Ferguson, 83, of Van Wert, passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Paulding County Hospital in Paulding. She was born June 28, 1938, in Ashland, Kentucky, to Ray and Mary (Frazier) Selby, who both preceded her in death. She married Bobby Gene “Fergie” Ferguson on February 25, 1956, in Hazel Park, Michigan, and he […]

POSTED: 09/28/21 at 12:43 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor Van Wert City Council approved legislation needed to expand the Van Wert County Regional Airport Community Reinvestment Area to encompass Vision Industrial Park. The CRA expansion was requested by the developers of a 100,000-square-foot spec building to be built in the industrial park. Council also prepared a second piece of legislation, which […]

POSTED: 09/27/21 at 11:23 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Van Wert Police September 24, 9:04 p.m. — Brandon W. Story, 41, of 615 N. Market St., was cited for domestic violence for an incident that occurred in the 300 block of East Main Street. Story was also cited for disorderly conduct two hours later while at Van Wert Health. September 25, 11:06 a.m. — […]

POSTED: 09/27/21 at 10:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Law Enforcement

Isaac Van Wart Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at Wild Hare Barbecue. New members inducted are (from the left) Cathy Jewel Johnson, Nancy Ransbottom Smith, and Kari Girod Casto. The group’s next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 6, at Willow Bend Country Club. The speaker will be Dave Walker, a […]

POSTED: 09/27/21 at 10:04 pm. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles