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Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2022

Nicole Lynn Martin-Massillo, born November 20,1984, left us Sunday, June 26, 2022, to be in God’s hands. Her life was one of love and acceptance. Her sweet soul accepted everyone, her strong will sought Jesus as she fought her demons. Her loving kindness and ability to reach other people had no limitations. Her positive outlook […]

POSTED: 06/30/22 at 4:01 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Betty Lou Tomlinson, “Lou”, 90, of Van Wert, passed away at 12:49 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Parkview Hospital Randallia. She was born February 13, 1932, in Paulding to Lester and Cecelia (Zirkebach) Stabler, who both preceded her in death. On March 09, 1951, she married the love of her life, Rex E. Tomlinson […]

POSTED: 06/30/22 at 3:54 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

VW independent news Note: this story has been updated from earlier Two arrests have been made in connection with an early May armed burglary at a home on Tyler St. in Van Wert. Kaiden A. Gilbert, 19, and Jonathan Miller, 19, both of Burt St. were arrested this afternoon. According to Chief Doug Weigle, Gilbert […]

POSTED: 06/30/22 at 3:43 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information Come join the fun in the Rocky Mountains at Camp Wa Nabe Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church from 6:30-8:10 p.m. July 10-14. Camp Wa Nabe is open to all children ages four through 6th grade. Campers will sing fun camp songs, play games, eat snacks, and learn from the Bible how […]

POSTED: 06/30/22 at 10:18 am. FILED UNDER: Church

Wednesday June 29, 2022   12:37 a.m. – Dispatched Convoy Fire to a location in Tully Township on a complaint of a controlled burn that may have been too large.   1:10 a.m. – Deputies responded to a residence in Pleasant Township on a complaint of a suspicious male on the property.   1:10 a.m. – While investigating another complaint in […]

POSTED: 06/30/22 at 8:10 am. FILED UNDER: Law Enforcement

VW independent sports/submitted information Trinity Friends Church is inviting all children entering first through fifth grades to register for “Ballers for Christ,” a fun, free and faith based basketball camp scheduled for August 12-13 at the TFC Family Life Center, 605 N. Franklin Street, Van Wert. From 5-7 p.m. Friday, August 12, players will learn […]

POSTED: 06/30/22 at 3:47 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

VW independent sports ELIDA — No. 1 seed Van Wert (14-1) will face Elida in the ACME district tournament at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Elida. The first game of the day (4 p.m.) will pit Bath against Delphos St. John’s. The winners will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7.

POSTED: 06/30/22 at 3:47 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor Three defendants changed their pleas during hearings held in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court this past week. James A. Vibbert, 25, of Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a fifth degree felony. He requested and was granted intervention in lieu of conviction and his […]

POSTED: 06/30/22 at 3:40 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff/submitted information COLUMBUS — The State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging Ohioans to put safety first during the July 4 holiday weekend. Beginning with this year’s Independence Day, unless limited by local restrictions, Ohioans can discharge consumer fireworks under a new law. “We encourage Ohioans to celebrate the July 4th holiday, but we […]

POSTED: 06/30/22 at 3:38 am. FILED UNDER: News

Crews are clearing a site to install a new cell tower near the railroad tracks between Jackson St. and E. Main. St. in Van Wert. Workers at the site are going from state to state to install new towers. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 06/30/22 at 3:38 am. FILED UNDER: News