The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021

A Christmas rock extravaganza… Lights will illuminate the Niswonger stage as the large twelve-piece ensemble of progressive rock’s Wizards of Winter comes to life at 7 p.m. this Sunday. The audience will be transported away on a magical musical journey, with the live performance of The Christmas Dream, a collection of original, holiday-themed songs. If […]

POSTED: 11/30/21 at 11:16 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment

Van Wert independent news  Monetary donations for the Palmer Road family whose home was destroyed by a weekend fire (see story below) can be dropped off or sent to the Van Wert County Foundation Office, 138 E. Main Street.  At this time, the family only needs monetary donations to purchase personal items lost in the […]

POSTED: 11/30/21 at 7:50 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor This week’s edition of Random Thoughts centers around MAC football, public vs. private, Ohio State football, the Rose Bowl, the College Football Playoff, the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. MAC attack It’s happened before and it’ll probably happen again, but three MAC schools will play for state championships on Saturday. In […]

POSTED: 11/30/21 at 4:53 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

VW independent staff/submitted information Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Michael P. Dirr has been selected the 2021 Trooper of the Year at the Van Wert Post. The selection of Trooper Dirr, 41, is in recognition of outstanding service during 2021. Fellow officers stationed at the Van Wert Post chose Trooper Dirr based on his leadership […]

POSTED: 11/30/21 at 4:49 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff and submitted information Ohio gas prices have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.18 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 stations in Ohio. Gas prices in Ohio are 0.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and are currently $1.24 a gallon higher […]

POSTED: 11/30/21 at 4:49 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff and submitted information CHP Home Care and Hospice will hold its annual Christmas Bake Sale and Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 4,in the Education Wing of the corporate offices at 1159 Westwood Drive in Van Wert. Volunteers and staff have been busy baking and the Sewing for Hospice […]

POSTED: 11/30/21 at 4:45 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent news COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports 10 fatal crashes resulted in 13 deaths statewide during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, Wedneday, November 24, through Sunday, November 28. Two of those fatalities occurred in Allen County and another occurred in Auglaize County. Of those killed statewide, four were not wearing a […]

POSTED: 11/30/21 at 4:44 am. FILED UNDER: News

Karen L. Smith, 85, of Van Wert, passed away at 1:46 p.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Van Wert Health. She was born on October 8, 1936, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Gilbert and Anna (Drexler) Brockert, who both preceded her in death. She married her true love, Richard J. “Dick” Smith, June 19, 1954, […]

POSTED: 11/29/21 at 1:44 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

VW independent news CONVOY — The Crestview Board of Education’s work session scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today has been postponed.

POSTED: 11/29/21 at 8:29 am. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information Trinity Friends Church will host the very first annual Christmas Wonderland, a community wide event to kick off the holy season from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, December 5. Everyone is invited to join in on free fun for all ages, including food, cookie decorating, a hot chocolate bar, games and stockings for the kids, […]

POSTED: 11/29/21 at 7:00 am. FILED UNDER: Church