The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023

Our beloved Carol Joan (Bell) Baxter, 93, was called home to Jesus on the morning of Friday, November 24, 2023. Anyone who knew her, loved her. Mom’s loving advice was “you gotta make your own sunshine.” She was a great listener and a friend to many. Carol passionately loved her family and friends alike. Ongie, […]

POSTED: 11/28/23 at 9:06 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Monday November 27, 2023 12:46 a.m. – Deputies responded to an area of Ohio 49 in Harrison Township for a motor vehicle crash involving a deer. No injuries were reported. 7:14 a.m. – Deputies responded to a residence on Market Street in the City of Van Wert to assist a motorist locked out of their […]

POSTED: 11/28/23 at 8:32 am. FILED UNDER: Law Enforcement

Richard Michael Pugsley, 66, of Middle Point, passed away at 2:25 a.m. Sunday, November 26, 2023, at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima. He was born November 16, 1957, in Van Wert, to Winfield and Carol Lou (McPheron) Pugsley, who both preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Tina (German) Pugsley. Also surviving […]

POSTED: 11/28/23 at 6:28 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor Short and sweet. That’s the best way to describe Monday night’s meeting of Van Wert City Council. Much of the 31-minute meeting centered around financial matters, including the approval of 4 percent raises for the city’s non-bargaining unit employees in the police and fire departments, the service department, auditor’s office, income tax […]

POSTED: 11/28/23 at 4:41 am. FILED UNDER: Top Story

VW independent staff/submitted information HAVILAND – Republican State Representative Roy Klopfenstein has announced plans to seek re-election to the Ohio House of Representatives, 82nd House District, which consists of Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and the southern half of Defiance. Klopfenstein was elected in November of 2022 and is finishing the first year of a two-year […]

POSTED: 11/28/23 at 4:41 am. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information Van Wert Elks Lodge No. 1197 has announced that the annual Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 3, in the Lodge Room. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks mandates that the first Sunday in December of each year be set aside as the day in the Order when […]

POSTED: 11/28/23 at 4:40 am. FILED UNDER: News

A report of a basement fire possibly coming from a sauna led to the Van Wert Fire Department being dispatched to 109 W. Central Ave. just after 4:45 Monday afternoon. The situation was quickly brought under control and a smoke ejector was used to clear the smoke. There were no injuries. Bob Barnes/VWFD photographer

POSTED: 11/28/23 at 4:39 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff/submitted information The Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Association will be hosting its annual Pearl Harbor Commemorative Match to remember the nation’s heroes both past and present. The match will be held this Saturday, December 2, at the Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Club, 9093 Ringwald Road in Van Wert. The safety briefing will be […]

POSTED: 11/28/23 at 4:34 am. FILED UNDER: News

The Van Wert High School Select Choir had the opportunity to sing at last Wedneday’s downtown holiday lighting ceremony at Fountain Park. The choir spread Christmas cheer singing carols at the pavilion and gazebo. Photo submitted

POSTED: 11/28/23 at 4:33 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor The latest installment of Random Thoughts centers around Massillon Washington, ranking the state title games, Ohio St. fans, Ohio St.’s playoff hopes, a what if scenario and a rule change refresher. It is time? Is this the year Massillon Washington finally wins an on-the-field football state championship? We’ll find out Thursday night, […]

POSTED: 11/28/23 at 4:32 am. FILED UNDER: Sports