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Monday, May. 16, 2022

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor eSports may be coming to Van Wert High School in the near future. That was the word during Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Dr. Rachel White, who serves on the Athletic Council said that eSports, competitive video games played in a highly organized competitive setting, is rapidly growing in popularity. “Students […]

POSTED: 10/28/21 at 3:40 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor After being put on hold by COVID-19 last year, plans for additional classrooms and office expansion at Lincolnview Elementary are being revisited by school officials. “The buildings and grounds committee has been meeting and we’re going to look at what the costs are today versus what we were thinking about doing back […]

POSTED: 10/28/21 at 3:39 am. FILED UNDER: News

Crews spent Wednesday prepping and paving Market Street in downtown Van Wert. A new raised boulevard is also part of the noticeable improvement to the street. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 10/28/21 at 3:36 am. FILED UNDER: News

Patricia “Pat” Miller, 69, of Van Wert, formerly of Grover Hill, passed away unexpectedly Friday, October 22, 2021 at her residence. She was born on October 23, 1951, in Centralia, Illinois, to Rev. John L. and Noretta J .(Daughtery) O’Dell, who both preceded her in death. She married the love of her life, Ricky L. […]

POSTED: 10/27/21 at 9:55 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

The Van Wert County General Health District will begin offering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) booster vaccinations on Thursday, October 28, from 12-4 p.m. at the health department. Pfizer boosters are also still available. The clinic walk-in only, no appointments will be scheduled. The chart explains who can receive the boosters and how long […]

POSTED: 10/27/21 at 11:37 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor Four people appeared for criminal hearings in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court this week. Robert Adkins, 43, of Haviland, was sentenced to three years of community control, two years of intensive probation, 56 days in jail to be served immediately and 30 more days at a later date for breaking and […]

POSTED: 10/27/21 at 9:06 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor The regular season has come and gone and now the Van Wert Cougars are preparing to begin their defense of their 2020 Division IV state championship, a journey that won’t be easy in a loaded Region 14. The No. 3 seed Cougars (9-1) will open the playoffs Friday at home against No. […]

POSTED: 10/27/21 at 3:53 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor CONVOY — Crestview head coach James Lautzenheiser vividly remembers Week No. 4 of the regular season. The Knights had just suffered their first loss (42-14) and the first year head coach wondered how things would unfold over the course of the next six weeks. “We had just lost a tough game where […]

POSTED: 10/27/21 at 3:51 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports No. 4 seed Fort Recovery ended No. 2 seed Lincolnview’s volleyball season 25-20, 25-19, 25-15 in the Division IV district semifinals at Van Wert High School on Tuesday. Lincolnview finished 17-6 overall. Fort Recovery will face No. 1 seed St. Henry for the district championship at 6:30 on Thursday. The Redskins […]

POSTED: 10/27/21 at 3:51 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

VW independent staff and submitted information COLUMBUS — Attorney General Dave Yost is warning Ohioans about illegal and dangerous cannabis edibles and hemp derivatives that are packaged to look like well-known brands of snack foods and candy. “The levels of THC in these fakes could have some real and devastating consequences for children,” Yost said. […]

POSTED: 10/27/21 at 3:44 am. FILED UNDER: News