The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2022

Friday May 27, 2022 12:53 a.m. – Deputies responded to the Village of Venedocia for report of a loose cow. 4:44 a.m. – Deputies responded to an area in Pleasant Township to check the report of a subject walking in the roadway. 7:00 a.m. – Dispatched Van Wert EMS to a location in the City […]

POSTED: 05/31/22 at 9:46 am. FILED UNDER: Law Enforcement

Michael G. Arn, 68, of Van Wert, passed away at 1:52 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home. He was born October 2, 1953, in Van Wert the son of Walter H. and Marjorie Ruth (Blush) Arn, who both preceded him in death. He married the former Sherri McCracken April 4, […]

POSTED: 05/31/22 at 9:24 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Donita Sue Loucks, 79, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, Friday, May 27, 2022.   She was born November 20, 1942, in Van Wert to Waldo “Whitey” Stetler and Mary Ellen Stetler, who both preceded her in death.  Donita graduated from Ohio City Liberty School before attending and graduating from International Business College. […]

POSTED: 05/31/22 at 4:53 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor CONVOY — 68 Crestview High School seniors received their diplomas during the school’s 62nd annual baccalaureate and commencement ceremony held in Ray Etzler Gymnasium Saturday night. Of the 68 members of the Class of 2022, four earned honors diplomas and were members of the Crestview Honor Society, while 15 others were members […]

POSTED: 05/31/22 at 3:43 am. FILED UNDER: News

Smiles were plentiful as diplomas, honors and awards were passed out during Crestview High School’s 62nd annual baccalaureate and commencement ceremony, held Saturday night. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 05/31/22 at 3:42 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor Those who made the ultimate sacrifice were honored during Memorial Day services on Monday. At Van Wert’s Woodland Cemetery, veterans and members of the community gathered to honor veterans who died in wars throughout U.S. history. The American Legion Post 178 Riders presented the colors to begin the solemn ceremony, and Van […]

POSTED: 05/31/22 at 3:40 am. FILED UNDER: News

During Monday’s Memorial Day service at Woodland Cemetery, American Legion Post 178 Commander Bill Marshall welcomes those in attendance. Libby Gardner and Ken Myers salute after placing wreaths, and a 21 gun salute was held for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 05/31/22 at 3:40 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff Dozens of Sears Hometown Stores are closing, including one in Van Wert. The store, at 745 Fox Road, is one of three in Ohio that will close for good. The other two are in Gallipolis and Logan. In all, 90 stores are closing around the country and in Puerto Rico. According to […]

POSTED: 05/31/22 at 3:39 am. FILED UNDER: News

The Van Wert Fire Department spent about three hours at the scene of a house fire on Woodland Ave. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene shortly before 5 a.m. Monday. The residents were able to get out safely and no one was injured in the blaze. The cause of the fire appears to be accidental. […]

POSTED: 05/31/22 at 3:39 am. FILED UNDER: News

What a day Saturday was for the Lincolnview Lancers. The softball team won its first ever Division IV regional championship with a 3-2 victory over Hilltop at Clyde. Freshman Grace Brickner drove in all three runs for Lincolnview, including two in the fifth inning as the Lancers rallied for the win. Next up: Hillsdale in […]

POSTED: 05/31/22 at 3:38 am. FILED UNDER: Sports