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Monday, Aug. 15, 2022

Leah Ruth (Summersett) Ries, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 29, 2021, three months short of her 101st birthday. Leah was born January 31, 1921 in York Township, the daughter Clifford W. Summersett and Hazel (Pollock) Summersett, who both preceded her in death. She was […]

POSTED: 10/29/21 at 3:01 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Note: In place of the regular Friday Flashback feature, this week’s installment looks back to my preseason predictions for the Northwest Conference and the Western Buckeye League and compares them to the actual order of finish in each one. SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor I can honestly say it may be my biggest blunder in 32 seasons […]

POSTED: 10/29/21 at 3:53 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor Van Wert’s Second Ward will have a new City Council representative in 2022. Incumbent Second Ward Councilwoman Joi Mergy decided not to seek re-election, paving the way for two others to run for the seat: Democrat Jordan Dettrow and Republican David Stinnett. Both were unopposed in the May primary election. The VW […]

POSTED: 10/29/21 at 3:48 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff and submitted information As of Thursday the Van Wert County General Health District reports one additional COVID-19 death of a resident of Van Wert County, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 74. The age range of the deceased is 70-79 years. The health department also reported an increase in 105 […]

POSTED: 10/29/21 at 3:43 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent news Trick or Treat in Van Wert will be held between 4-6 p.m. Saturday, October 30. Children should go only to homes with a porch light on.

POSTED: 10/29/21 at 3:43 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent news Leaf pickup within the Van Wert city limits will begin the week of November 8 and will continue through the week of December 6. There is no breakdown from ward to ward. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable bags and placed curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday on each week. Leaves not […]

POSTED: 10/29/21 at 3:42 am. FILED UNDER: News

Crestview High School and Middle School art students were recently recognized for their artwork during the Van Wert Apple. Row 1: Zaine Cereghin, first place; Savannah Johns, second place; Nevaeh Ross, fourth place, Lexi Parrish, Most Outstanding; Kaylee Parrish, fourth place. Row 2: Braxton Leeth, Most Outstanding; Christian Adams, first place; Ean Scarlett, third place; […]

POSTED: 10/29/21 at 3:41 am. FILED UNDER: News

Carol Ann (Butler) Barnhart, 74, rejoined her loving husband and loyal dog on Monday, Oct. 26, 2021. She was born July 22, 1947, to Lloyd and Leona Butler. She married James H. Barnhart, Sr. August 22, 1970, and he preceded her in death in 2011. Carol graduated from Delphos Jefferson High School in 1966. She […]

POSTED: 10/28/21 at 3:16 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Submitted information The Newcomers will bring their singing act to Liberty Baptist Church on Friend Day. Dave and Arvida Newcomer live in Hoagland, Indiana. Dave was born and raised in Marion, Indiana, and Arvida was born in Hutchinson, Kansas. After the loss of both of their spouses to cancer, God blessed them by uniting them […]

POSTED: 10/28/21 at 1:19 pm. FILED UNDER: Church

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor League and conference champions have been crowned and now it’s playoff time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s newly expanded format. I don’t want to sound negative but to be blunt, there are a number of mismatches on the schedule and there will be some games that aren’t too pretty.  Yes, […]

POSTED: 10/28/21 at 3:47 am. FILED UNDER: Sports