The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Feb. 26, 2024

Earlier this month, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 288, which prohibits the use of electronic wireless communication devices (EWCDs) while operating a vehicle. I applaud Gov. DeWine and the Ohio Legislature for taking a necessary stand against a deadly issue for our state: distracted driving. The new law goes into effect in April. […]

POSTED: 01/31/23 at 12:07 pm. FILED UNDER: Opinions

Jean R. Wittung, 90, of Convoy, passed away Monday morning, January 30, 2023, at Homestead at Towne Center, Van Wert. She was born August 23, 1932, in Newago County, Michigan, the daughter of the late Erwin A. Lockerby and Josie Wave (Briggs) Lockerby. She married Wallace Merlin “Wally” Wittung on June 5, 1982, and he […]

POSTED: 01/31/23 at 11:38 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Van Wert Police  Sunday, January 22 – received a report of a menacing incident that occurred in the 600 block of State St.  Sunday, January 22 – arrested Terry Lee Plaugher, 18, of Van Wert on a warrant out of Van Wert Municipal Court. The arrest was made in the 500 block of E. Central […]

POSTED: 01/31/23 at 8:11 am. FILED UNDER: Law Enforcement

VW independent staff/submitted information The United Way of Van Wert County teamed up with Van Wert City Schools to bring Cougars United back for a second year, and for the second consecutive year, it was a big success. Together, Van Wert City Schools staff and students raised a combined total of $11,225.73 for the United […]

POSTED: 01/31/23 at 4:44 am. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information The Optimist Club of Van Wert is inviting area students to enter its annual Oratorical contest for the opportunity to win prize money and the possibility of earning thousands of dollars in scholarships. The Optimist Club Oratorical Contest is set for 2 p.m. March 5, at CHP Home Care & Hospice, Van Wert. […]

POSTED: 01/31/23 at 4:42 am. FILED UNDER: News

Over 35 former staff and student musicians participated in Lincolnview’s Alumni and Staff Band night during Saturday night’s game against Delphos St. John’s. Graduates ranged from the 1970’s to the class of 2022. The performers are under the direction of instrumental music director Mike Archinal. To become a band booster and learn more, follow the […]

POSTED: 01/31/23 at 4:42 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff COLUMBUS — Governor Mike DeWine will deliver his 2023 State of the State Address to a Joint Session of the Ohio General Assembly at 12 p.m. today in the traditional location of the Ohio House Chamber of the Statehouse. Governor DeWine will speak about the strength of the state and discuss the […]

POSTED: 01/31/23 at 4:41 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor This week’s edition of Random Thoughts centers around a new three point record, Crestview and the polls, Richmond Heights, National Signing Day and the Cincinnati Bengals. Congrats Congratulations to Crestview’s Nate Lichtle, who broke the 30-plus year school record for three pointers in a game. Lichtle shot the lights out (literally) by […]

POSTED: 01/31/23 at 4:41 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

VW independent sports Parkway 49 Van Wert 44 ROCKFORD — Gabi Stober scored 23 points and Allison Hughes added 10 points and an amazing 26 rebounds, and Parkway held off Van Wert 49-44 on Monday. The Panthers led 13-8 after the first quarter and 24-17 at halftime. The lead was 12, 40-28 after three quarters, […]

POSTED: 01/31/23 at 4:40 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

This rather large Lego Ohio Stadium can be seen at the Thompson Library at Ohio State University. It’s part of the special “A Walk in Our ‘Shoe: 100 Years of Ohio Stadium” exhibit. The Lego Ohio Stadium, which takes up the better part of a typical room, was constructed by Professor Paul Janssen. Other items […]

POSTED: 01/31/23 at 4:40 am. FILED UNDER: Sports