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Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2024

VW independent staff Here are some important dates for Ohio’s upcoming elections. Tuesday, August 8: special election day for State Issue 1, the only issue on the ballot. The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Early/absentee voting is already underway. Wednesday, August 9: nominating petitions for all non-partisan races (city or […]

POSTED: 07/31/23 at 3:44 am. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information The Parkway Local Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (July 31) in the community room. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the current plans of the athletic building, approve a resolution for a tax levy renewal to appear on the fall ballot, and […]

POSTED: 07/31/23 at 3:43 am. FILED UNDER: News

Larry G. Youtsey, 75, of Van Wert, passed away peacefully, surround by his loved ones on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Larry was born September 5, 1947, to Lucille and Gordon Youtsey, in Van Wert, the oldest of three. Next came Marcia and Steven (with a few years in […]

POSTED: 07/30/23 at 7:29 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor Days after being placed on leave, longtime Brumback Library Director John Carr has indicated he plans to retire. According to a statement issued by the library’s Board of Trustees, he informed the board of his decision on Tuesday, July 25. His retirement resignation will take effect August 31. The statement was posted […]

POSTED: 07/28/23 at 8:14 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information Tickets are now available for the Van Wert Civic Theatre’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, to be performed at 7:30 p.m. August 3-5 and 2 p.m. August 6. Tickets are $16 each with presale tickets for those 60 and older priced at $14. Go to or call 419.238.9689 for tickets. The cast, […]

POSTED: 07/28/23 at 8:12 pm. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff With Wetzelland 2023 in full swing through Sunday in Grover Hill, the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office and the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will continue to have an increased presence on county roads and state routes throughout the weekend. In a Facebook post, the Sheriff’s Office said […]

POSTED: 07/28/23 at 8:12 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information COLUMBUS — Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator John Logue have announced that local volunteer fire departments are now eligible to receive up to $15,000 in grants to pay for firefighting safety gear. Following a recommendation from Governor DeWine’s Ohio Volunteer Fire Service Task Force, BWC has now […]

POSTED: 07/28/23 at 8:11 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information Off Stage Productions will be holding auditions for “Four Old Broads” a 2-act comedy by Leslie Kimbell, Monday and Tuesday, August 7-8, at Vantage Career Center, Door No. 7. Six women and one man are needed for the show. Scripts are available to preview prior to auditions. Call or text 419.605.2634 for details. […]

POSTED: 07/28/23 at 8:11 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Dr. Stanley Dennis Swinton, 91, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2023. He was born June 17, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Stanley Dennis Swiontkowski and Grace Balyard. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Following his discharge from the Marines he earned a Doctor of Ophthamology. […]

POSTED: 07/28/23 at 8:35 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Thursday July 27, 2023 7:01 a.m. – Deputies responded to an area of Ohio 81 in York Township for a report of a large deer in the roadway. 8:54 a.m. – Dispatched Van Wert EMS to a residence on Liberty Union Road in Pleasant Township for a subject who fell. 8:57 a.m. – Deputies responded […]

POSTED: 07/28/23 at 7:25 am. FILED UNDER: Law Enforcement