The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Apr. 12, 2024

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor The consensus is a sizable number of people will travel into and through Van Wert County to witness and experience the rare April 8 solar eclipse. Just how many people will be here remains to be seen. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency is predicting Van Wert County’s population could double. “Our population […]

POSTED: 03/31/24 at 9:07 pm. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff/submitted information The Van Wert County Foundation has announced the return of the ELEVATE program, a cornerstone nonprofit capacity-building initiative designed to uplift and enhance the operational success of local nonprofits. Following its remarkable impact in previous years, the Van Wert County Foundation is once again inviting non-profit organizations within Van Wert County […]

POSTED: 03/31/24 at 9:06 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information COLUMBUS — The Office of Consumer Affairs within the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Financial Services is warning Ohioans to be on the lookout for a variety of common financial scams impacting consumers. Last year, these scams cost Ohioans more than $150 million in losses according to a recent report from the […]

POSTED: 03/31/24 at 9:05 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information PAULDING — Tickets are now on sale for John Paulding Historical Museum’s annual Spring Tea. The tea will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11. The museum is already being readied for an exhibit showcasing vintage clothing. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Ages 12 and older are welcome to attend. Because last […]

POSTED: 03/31/24 at 9:04 pm. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent sports Baseball Bryan 6 Van Wert 4 DEFIANCE — Defiance served as a neutral site for Van Wert and Bryan on Saturday, and while the Cougars out-hit the Golden Bears, Bryan came away with a 4-0 victory. The Golden Bears scored a run in each of the first four innings, while holding Van […]

POSTED: 03/31/24 at 9:04 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

The Van Wert girls basketball program recently held its annual postseason banquet. Among the honors that were passed out – Kendra Deehring, third team All-WBL and Jazzlyn Florence, honorable mention All-WBL. Also lauded was the team’s lone season, Jordanne Blythe. The varsity and junior varsity teams are pictured above. Photo submitted

POSTED: 03/31/24 at 9:03 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

A longtime tradition took place in downtown Van Wert on Good Friday. The Procession of the Cross began at the YWCA and continued along Main St. to Jefferson St., then the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church for a Good Friday evening service. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 03/29/24 at 9:17 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information COLUMBUS — Following this week’s damage assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the 11-county area affected by this month’s tornadoes, including Mercer, Auglaize and Logan counties, Governor Mike DeWine has initiated several federal and state disaster aid mechanisms which could bring financial relief to Ohioans affected by the severe weather incidents. […]

POSTED: 03/29/24 at 9:17 pm. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff A possible community swimming pool will be the topic of discussion during a special “Council of the Whole” meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 1. Members of Van Wert City Council learned the potential cost of a pool during a special meeting held March 4. A full story on that meeting […]

POSTED: 03/29/24 at 9:16 pm. FILED UNDER: News

The Scott Fire Department was called to a Rumble Rd. field fire shortly before 2 p.m. on Friday. A field with corn stubble was on fire. Two water tankers and a mini-pumper responded to the scene. About 25 acres were burned. A nearby trash fire was the probable cause. Smoke from the fire could be […]

POSTED: 03/29/24 at 9:15 pm. FILED UNDER: News