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Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022

The Jennings Road Church of Christ will host its annual live nativity drive-through event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4, at 1124 Jennings Road in Van Wert. Those who attend will be able to see live animals, including camels, creative costumes, and the manger scene, all from the car. The event […]

POSTED: 11/29/21 at 6:53 am. FILED UNDER: Church

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor CONVOY — Three Crestview players reached double figures to help the Knights secure a 64-57 victory over Miller City in the season opener for both teams on Saturday. Nathan Lichtle led the way with 19 points, including five three-pointers, while Mitch Temple scored 16, including nine on foul shots in the fourth […]

POSTED: 11/29/21 at 4:52 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports CANTON — The 50th Annual Ohio High School Athletic Association football state championships kick off Thursday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton and three Midwest Athletic Conference teams – Versailles, Coldwater and Marion Local – will compete for titles in three different divisions, all on Saturday. Division […]

POSTED: 11/29/21 at 4:51 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports The Monday Mailbag will return one week from today, December 6. If you have a sports question or comment for the next edition, please email it to

POSTED: 11/29/21 at 4:51 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor MIDDLE POINT — A turkey fryer is believed to be the cause of a weekend fire that did substantial damage to a home and left a Middle Point family of five homeless. The call to the Palmer Road home came in shortly before 12:30 p.m. Saturday and smoke and flames were evident […]

POSTED: 11/29/21 at 4:47 am. FILED UNDER: News

Van Wert independent news AMANDA TOWNSHIP — Two people were killed in an early Sunday morning head-on crash near Spencerville. According to the Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it happened at approximately 6:45 a.m. Sunday on State Route 117 near Mills Road. Madyson Snyder, 17, of Spencerville, was eastbound when her 1991 […]

POSTED: 11/29/21 at 4:47 am. FILED UNDER: News

Van Wert Lodge No. 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks recently selected Gwyneth Martz, a senior at Vantage Career Center, and Zadria King, a senior at Lincolnview High School, as November Students of the Month. Each received a monetary donation along with a certificate from the Van Wert Elks Lodge 1197 with the possibility […]

POSTED: 11/29/21 at 4:46 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent news/submitted information MIDDLE POINT — The Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Association will host its annual Pearl Harbor Commemorative Match to remember the nation’s heroes both past and present. This CMP sanctioned match will be held on Saturday, December 4, at the Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Club, 9093 Ringwald Road in Middle Point. A […]

POSTED: 11/29/21 at 4:46 am. FILED UNDER: News

Rosita Arlene (Bauer) Nothstine age 78, of Derby, Kansas, passed to eternal rest on Saturday, November 20, 2021. She was born December 23, 1942 in Van Wert to Robert and Mildred (Fiock) Bauer, who both preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harry A. Nothstine. Rosita is survived by […]

POSTED: 11/27/21 at 4:01 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

VW independent and submitted information Just in time for the holiday season, the Van Wert Civic Theatre will present the musical comedy The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at 8 p.m. December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, December 5 and 12. With book by Betsy Kelso and music […]

POSTED: 11/26/21 at 11:20 pm. FILED UNDER: News