The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021

The COVID-19 virus is once again hitting our county and it’s hitting it hard.   Our hospital has several hospitalizations with patients with the COVID-19 virus, our hospital staff and system are being challenged, and people, young and old, are dying from the virus.  The COVID-19 virus infection has become a disease of the unvaccinated.  What […]

POSTED: 09/23/21 at 5:37 pm. FILED UNDER: Opinions

As we begin a new year, citizens, workers, and small businesses in Ohio still need relief from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District have faced many challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. After speaking with restaurant owners, health care professionals, and others in Findlay, Cygnet, Stryker, Elmore, Maumee, Paulding, Napoleon, Van […]

POSTED: 02/10/21 at 11:28 pm. FILED UNDER: Opinions

The phone rings. You see a government agency is calling. You hear a monotone voice on the other line claiming to be the IRS asking for your social security number for your stimulus check.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the primary consumer protection agency, has cited this as a common scam targeting American consumers during COVID-19. While […]

POSTED: 05/05/20 at 10:39 pm. FILED UNDER: Opinions

It’s time to roll! It’s time for Ohio to start moving forward again!  It appears as though the impact of this virus is not as dramatic as we once thought it might be just a few weeks ago. Up to this point I have agreed with the decisions that our governor has implemented for our […]

POSTED: 04/14/20 at 2:48 pm. FILED UNDER: Opinions

Watching hoarders as they empty the shelves of supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies as COVID 19, the coronavirus pandemic, takes its toll on daily life in our communities, it is easy to assume that a crisis brings out the worst in people. But, the fact is it can bring out the best in us, as well. […]

POSTED: 03/22/20 at 9:29 pm. FILED UNDER: Opinions

COLUMBUS — Leading business organizations across Ohio tonight praised Governor DeWine’s recent actions to curb the spread of coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. Most recently, the Governor announced his decision to close bars and restaurants to in-house patrons until further notice, in order to limit community spread of the disease. “The Ohio Chamber of Commerce commends […]

POSTED: 03/16/20 at 6:32 am. FILED UNDER: Opinion, Opinions

As the New Year begins, I would like to reflect on the interest the state legislature has shown in reducing unnecessary rules within our state agencies and future steps that will improve the overall business environment.  A study from November 2019 conducted by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University placed Ohio in the top […]

POSTED: 01/10/20 at 12:11 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions

As Sheriff of Van Wert County, I would like to discuss an issue very close to each of us — crime prevention.  My Office is committed to making neighborhoods safer places to live. By doing so, we will improve the quality of life for individuals and families … both young and old. It is imperative that we […]

POSTED: 03/12/19 at 7:03 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions

As the school year winds down to an end, I find myself reflecting on the tragic events that took place over the past year within our schools. It is high time that we come together as a state and as a nation with creative solutions to better protect our schools, which seem to have become […]

POSTED: 05/26/18 at 7:16 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions

The Van Wert City School Board believes its community should know the importance of potential wind farm revenue to the school district. Wind revenue would make a substantial difference to operating funds. VWCS is the largest school district in Van Wert County, serving 2,100 preschool through 12th grade students. Approximately 50 percent of students are […]

POSTED: 05/03/18 at 6:57 am. FILED UNDER: Opinions