The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, May. 28, 2020

Terry Wilhelm with his retirement cake. photo provided

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Synergy Learning Center wishes the very best of luck in the future to Terry Wilhelm in connection with his retirement.

Wilhelm served as assistant director for the past three years at Synergy Learning Center, and has worked in the alternative education field for the past 20 years, where he has had a positive impact on hundreds and hundreds of students during that time.

POSTED: 05/16/20 at 2:37 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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OHIO CITY — College students may be eligible to apply for a scholarship established through an endowment provided by Mr. and Mrs. Glen Jones and awarded by Harvey J. Lewis American Legion Post 346. 

Applicants must have completed their freshman year of college with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and be related to a member of Harvey J. Lewis Legion Post 346 (living or deceased). 

An application and further information regarding this scholarship are available by mailing a request to Harvey J. Lewis Post 346, P.O. Box 244, Ohio City, OH 45874, and including name, address, and telephone number. 

POSTED: 05/11/20 at 6:45 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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AKRON — Two undergraduate students within the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education at The University of Akron (UA), Cheyenne Oechsle, a Van Wert County native, and Matthew Derksen, have developed a new initiative, the K-12 Homework Hotline, for Akron area students and their families. This free tutoring program is designed to give K-12 students the chance to work with a trained education major to receive assistance in the subjects of math, science, social studies and language arts in the form of a video call or telephone call.

Cheyenne Oechsle

The program began Wednesday, April 29, and will run Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., until the end of the school year. In these tutoring sessions, area youths can work one-on-one with highly qualified education majors, all studying to be licensed teachers. K-12 students or their parents will use a sign-up tool, SignUp Genius, to schedule themselves a tutoring session in 20-minute intervals. 

Oechsle, a fifth-year student majoring in both adolescent-to-young-adult (AYA) integrated social studies and history, hopes this initiative helps youths and their families navigate some of the challenges associated with distance learning.

“We wanted to create something that would help ease the burden that teachers, parents and students are facing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” explained Oechsle, who graduated from Crestview High School in 2015. “After talking with area youth, we noticed that both students (and their parents) are struggling to manage the academic workload and content. The goal is for this program to become an additional resource that youth can use to finish the school year strong.”

The Homework Hotline will have two video conference rooms using WebEx; science and math will share one room and social studies and language arts will share the other. Each room will have two hours set aside for students to sign up for that particular subject in 20-minute intervals. With WebEx, students can come into the session via a link on the computer or call in using a number and access code. All sessions will be recorded.

Derksen, who is also majoring in both AYA integrated social studies and history, has worked with his mentor teacher to move his curriculum for student teaching entirely online. He has continued to engage high school students through videos and daily postings on Google Classroom.

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POSTED: 05/02/20 at 6:15 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Van Wert Health announced winners of the 2020 Medical and Health Care Scholarship, an award for high school seniors pursuing continuing education within health care professions. 

Delaney Eyanson

The field was extremely competitive this year, with applications from over 100 high-achieving students. The selected candidates are a group of ambitious and talented students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, academic excellence, and a commitment to helping shape the future of health care. 

“Each year, I am amazed by the accomplishments of our area students. The Van Wert Health scholarship program is an investment in our community — an investment in a healthier future,” said Van Wert Health President/CEO Jim Pope. “The program is part of a larger effort to address the nationwide shortage of healthcare workers. It really is a no-brainer for us to invest in this amazing group of scholars who wish to enter health care careers.” 

The 2020 recipients, who will each receive a $1,000 scholarship that may be renewed for a total of four years, are: 

  • Delaney Eyanson, Van Wert High School
  • Macy Henkle, Parkway High School
  • Katie Strayer, Paulding High School
  • Jayla Rostorfer, Jefferson High School
  • Kylee Hoersten, Ottoville High School
  • Claire Eiden, Ottawa-Glandorf High School

POSTED: 05/02/20 at 6:07 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Parents of children who will be 5 years of age on or before August 1 may register their child for the 2020-2021 school year in the Lincolnview Local School District.

Registration is March 2-6, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lincolnview Elementary School. Registration will require about 10 minutes, with forms available on the Lincolnview website at www.lincolnview.k12.oh.us under “Forms & Links”. Parents may complete the form and bring it with them to registration to expedite the registration process.

Parents are given a kindergarten screening appointment at kindergarten registration. Those who want their child to attend kindergarten at Lincolnview, but live outside the district, should plan to register and attend Lincolnview’s kindergarten screening.

Open enrollment space can be limited. Open enrollment forms are available when parents register for the kindergarten class and are considered in the order received. The open enrollment window is now open to May 31 for all other grade level students.

Parents should bring their child’s Social Security card, official birth certificate, and immunization records to registration. Also include custody papers, if applicable.

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POSTED: 02/20/20 at 11:13 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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Farm Focus Inc. is offering three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors interested in majoring in an agricultural related program at a university, college, or technical school. In addition to seniors, full-time students already enrolled in an undergraduate program in agriculture are also eligible to apply. This also means that a successful applicant last year can reapply this year.

The applicant must be a Van Wert County resident, while the minimum grade point is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship funds will be submitted directly to the educational institution by Farm Focus Inc. upon receipt of proof of enrollment or a copy of a tuition invoice.

Scholarship applications have been sent to all nine area high schools where Van Wert County students may be enrolled, so contact high school guidance counselors or FFA instructors for a scholarship application.

The application is also available at the Ohio State University-Van Wert County Extension office, 1055 S. Washington St. in Van Wert. Email Deb Knapke at Knapke.45@osu.edu.  

The scholarship application is in a PDF file form, and can be emailed or put on a jump drive. Questions should be directed to 419.238.1214. All completed applications must be postmarked or delivered in person no later than March 16 to the OSU-Van Wert County Extension Office.

Farm Focus Inc. was founded in 1974 in order to promote agriculture in Van Wert County and the surrounding area. It is its continued mission to assist county students through a scholarship program that will enable them to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field. 

POSTED: 02/07/20 at 12:20 am. FILED UNDER: Farm, Youth

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Vantage Health Information Management (HIM) program instructor Diane Font and students are collecting homecoming, prom, and bridesmaid attire for the Tim Tebow Foundation, which provides a yearly prom night experience for people ages 14 and older with special needs.  

Former Vantage Medical Office Management (Health Information Management) students pose with donated dresses and a dress rack created by Vantage Industrial Mechanics students.

“A Night to Shine” is held in many cities and countries around the world. Locally, Vantage will be donating to the Defiance event. Font and HIM students will be collecting all gently used formal ware, including dresses, suits, shoes, and costume jewelry, from now until Tuesday, December 10.

Interested community members may participate by dropping off items to Vantage Career Center’s District Office (Door 1) Monday through Friday during 

POSTED: 11/22/19 at 8:15 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

Congratulations to Van Wert Elementary Word of the Week winners! This week, the following students were chosen as representatives of the word “kindness”: first grade, Aria; second grade, Ashlyn; third grade, Ameriah; fourth grade, Isabelle; fifth grade, Deveigh. Each child received pair of sunglasses, a free Mighty Kid Meal from a local McDonald’s restaurant, and a certificate from WERT Radio. VWES photo

POSTED: 08/28/19 at 6:49 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

First Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School mission project for the past week was Project Clean: collect laundry soap, dryer sheets, and fabric softener. With the help of VBS explorers and the congregation, the church collected around 60 items during the VBS week. VBS organizers wanted to do something to help support the needs in the community, realizing that laundry supplies are an expensive budget expense, and hopes the mission project will assist families in the area at this time. The items will be delivered to the First Methodist Food Pantry and to the Salvation Army. Shown are Keaten Welch, Kemlynn Welch, Kaiven Welch, Keiley Welch, Grayson Baker, and Ella Crosby. photo provided

POSTED: 08/05/19 at 7:05 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

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Crestview bus routes have been updated for the 2019-2020 school year. Descriptions of each route are described below.

Route 1: (Driver: Dave Springer, Bus 9)

AM/PM Routes

Leave Crestview. West on Tully Street to Main Street (becomes Ohio 49). North on Ohio 49. Cross U.S. 30 to Lincoln Highway. West on Lincoln Highway, turn around at 5561 Lincoln Hwy. East then South on Lincoln Hwy to U.S. 30. West on U.S. 30 to Lare Road. North on Lare Road to Elm Sugar Road. East on Elm Sugar Road to Convoy Heller Road. North on Convoy Heller Road to Van Wert-Paulding County Line Road. East on Van Wert-Paulding County Line Road to Dull Robinson Road. South on Dull Robinson Road to Elm Sugar Road. East on Elm Sugar Road to Colwell Road. South on Colwell Road to Feasby Wisener Road. West on Feasby Wisener Road to Dull Robinson Road. South on Dull Robinson Road to Dixon Cavett Road. East on Dixon Cavett Road to Richey Road. South on Richey Road to Bowers Road. West on Bowers Road Turnaround at 7808 Bowers Road. East on Bowers Road to Dull Robinson Road. South on Dull Robinson Road to Convoy Road. East on Convoy Road to Richey Road. South on Richey Road to U.S. 30. West on U.S. 30 to Colwell Road. North on Colwell Road to Pollock Road. West on Pollock Road to Ward Road.  North on Ward Road. Turnaround at 4369 Ward Road. South on Ward Road to Pollock Road. West on Pollock Road to Lincoln Highway. Southwest on Lincoln Highway to Convoy Heller Road. South on Convoy Heller Road. Cross U.S. 30. continue on Ohio 49 (becomes Main Street) to Tully Street. East on Tully Street to Crestview. 

Route 2: (Driver: Owen Pugh, Bus 2 )

AM/PM Routes

Leave Crestview. East on Tully Street (becomes Convoy Road) to U.S. 30. Southeast on U.S. 30 to John Brown Road. North on John Brown Road to Union Pleasant. West on Union Pleasant to Liberty Union Road. North on Liberty Union Road to Fife Road. East on Fife Road to John Brown Road. North on John Brown Road to Dixon Cavett Road. West on Dixon Cavett Road to Liberty Union Road. North on Liberty Union Road to Elm Sugar Road. East on Elm Sugar Road to John Brown Road. South on John Brown Road to Feasby Wisener Road. East on Feasby Wisener Road to Dutch John Road. South on Dutch John Road to Dixon Cavett Road. East on Dixon Cavett Road. Turnaround at Railroad Street. West on Dixon Cavett Road to John Brown Road. South on John Brown Road to Fife Road. East on Fife Road to Dutch John Road.  South on Dutch John Road. Turnaround 5418 Dutch John Road. North on Dutch John Road to Fife Road.  East on Fife Road to U.S. 127. South on U.S. 127 to Convoy Road. West on Convoy Road to Dutch John Road. South on Dutch John Road to Union Pleasant Road. West on Union Pleasant Road to John Brown Road. North on John Brown Road. Turnaround 5445 John Brown Road. South on John Brown Road to Convoy Road. West on Convoy Road to Richey Road. South on Richey Road to U.S. 30.  West on U.S. 30 to Convoy Road. West on Convoy Road (becomes Tully Street) to Crestview. 

Route 3: (Driver: Judy Perrott, Bus 5)

AM/PM Routes

Leave Crestview. East on Tully Street (becomes Convoy Road) to Colwell Road. South Colwell Road to Lincoln Highway. East on Lincoln Highway to Richey Road. North on Richey Road. Open enrollment stop at Hat Creek Arena. North on Richey Road to Pearson Road. West on Pearson to Dull Robinson Road. North on Dull Robinson Road. Turnaround at Dull Robinson Road. South on Dull Robinson Road to Monmouth Road. West on Monmouth Road to Bergner Road. South on Bergner Road to Harrison Center Road. West on Harrison Center Road. Turnaround at 4676 Harrison Center Road. East on Harrison Center to Ohio 49. North on Ohio 49 to Monmouth Road. East on Monmouth Road to Bergner. North on Bergner Road to Lincoln Highway. West on Lincoln Highway to Convoy Road. West on Convoy Road (becomes Tully Street) to Crestview. 

Route 4: (Driver: Sherry Kitson, Bus 17)

AM/PM Routes

Leave Crestview. West on Tully Street to Ohio 49. South on Ohio 49 (becomes Convoy Heller Road) to Kreischer Road. East on Kreischer Road to Bergner Road. South on Bergner Road to Germann Church Road. West on Germann Church Road to North/South Glenmore Road. South on Glenmore Road to East/West Glenmore Road. East on Glenmore Road. Turnaround at 6879 Glenmore Road. West on Glenmore to North/South Glenmore Road. South on Glenmore Road to Main Street. West on Main Street to Front Street. West on Front Street (becomes East/West Glenmore) to Schumm Road. South on Schumm Road to Ainsworth Road. West on Ainsworth Road to Clayton Road. South on Clayton Road. Turnaround 15699 Clayton Road. North on Clayton Road to Wren Landeck. West on Wren Landeck. Turnaround 4906 Wren Landeck Road. East on Wren Landeck Road to Harrison Willshire Road. North on Harrison Willshire Road to White Road. East on White Road to Convoy Heller Road. North on Convoy Heller Road to Germann Church Road. West on Germann Church Road to Harrison Willshire Road. North on Harrison Willshire Road to Kreischer Road. East on Kreischer Road to Convoy Heller Road. North on Convoy Heller Road (becomes Ohio 49) to Tully Street. East on Tully Street to Crestview.  

Route 5: (Drivers: Subs-Randy Mollenkopf-AM; Jeff Helm-PM, Bus 8)

AM/PM Routes

West on Tully Street to Ohio 49. South on Ohio 49 to U.S. 224. West on U.S. 224 to Harrison Willshire Road.  South on Harrison Willshire Road to Foster School Road. West on Foster School Road to Balliet Road.  North on Balliet Road to U.S. 224. West on U.S. 224 to Ohio 49. South on Ohio 49 to Harrison Willshire Road Line Road. West on Harrison Willshire Line Road to Ohio-Indiana State Line Road. South on Ohio-Indiana State Line Road to Wren Landeck Road. East on Wren Landeck Road to State Street. South on State Street to Ohio 49. West on Sheets Road to Ohio-Indiana State Line Road. Turnaround at the end of Sheets Road. East on Sheets Road to Ohio 49. North on Ohio 49 to Jackson Street. East on Jackson Street to Bus Stop at Park Sign. South on Pine Street to Main Street. West on Main Street to Ohio 49.  North on Ohio 49 to U.S. 224. East on U.S. 224 to Bergner Road. North on Bergner Road to Harrison Center Road.  West on Harrison Center Road to Ohio 49. North on Ohio 49 to Tully Street. East on Tully Street to Crestview. 

Route 6 (Driver: Linda Clay, Bus 15)

AM/PM Routes

Leave Crestview.  West on Tully Street to Ohio 49.  South on Ohio 49 to Monmouth Road. West on Monmouth Road to Kings Church Road. South on Kings Church Road to U.S. 224. West on U.S. 224 to Ohio-Indiana State Line Road. North on Ohio-Indiana State Line Road to Harrison Center Road. East on Harrison Center Road to Kings Church Road. North on Kings Church Road to Monmouth Road. West on Monmouth Road to State Line Road. North on State Line Road to Wolfcale Road. East on Wolfcale Road to Kings Church Road. North on Kings Church Road to Tully Harrison Road. West on Tully Harrison Road.  Turnaround at 7422 Tully Harrison Road. East on Tully Harrison Road to Pancake Road. South on Pancake Road to Wolfcale Road. East on Wolfcale Road to Harrison Willshire Road. South on Harrison Willshire Road. Turnaround 8553 Harrison Willshire Road. North on Harrison Willshire Road to Wolfcale Road. East on Wolfcale Road to Ohio 49. North on Ohio 49 to Tully Street. East on Tully Street to Crestview. 

Route 7: (Drivers: Cheryl Hoover-AM, Kyle Hammons-PM, Bus 4)

AM/PM Routes

Leave Crestview. West on Convoy Road to Payne Road. North on Payne Road. Turnaround at 5720 Payne Road. South on Payne Road to Convoy Road. West on Convoy Road to Shaner Road. North on Shaner Road. Turnaround at 5899 Shaner Road. South on Shaner Road to Convoy Road. East on Convoy Road to Payne Road. South on Payne Road to Convoy Road. West on Convoy Road to Reidenbach Road. South on Reidenbach Road. Turnaround at 7198 Reidenbach Road. North on Reidenbach Road to Convoy Road.  West on Convoy Road to Lare Road. North on Lare Road. Turnaround 5336 Lare Road. South on Lare Road to Convoy Road. West on Convoy Road to Mentzer Church Road. North on Mentzer Church Road to Mentzer Road.  East on Mentzer Road. Turnaround at 6549 Mentzer Road. West on Mentzer Road to Mentzer Church Road. North on Mentzer Church Road. Turnaround 4772 Mentzer Church Road. South on Mentzer Church Road to Mentzer Road. West on Mentzer Road to Werner Road. South on Werner Road to Wallace Road. West on Wallace Road. Turnaround 1422 Wallace Road. East on Wallace Road to Werner Road. South on Werner Road to Convoy Road. East on Convoy Road to Mentzer Road. South on Mentzer Road to Tully Harrison Road. East on Tully Harrison Road to Ohio 49. North on Ohio 49 to Tully Street.  East on Tully Street to Crestview. 

Route 8: (Drivers: Jared Owens-AM; Matt Perkins-PM, Bus 1)

AM/PM Routes

Leave Crestview. East on Tully Street to Lincoln Highway. North/West on Lincoln Highway to Mentzer Road.  West on Mentzer Road to Payne Road. South on Payne Road. Turnaround at 5500 Payne Road. North on Payne Road to Mentzer Road. West on Mentzer Road to Lare Road. North on Lare Road to Dixon Cavett.  West on Dixon Cavett to Ohio-Indiana State Line Road. North on Ohio-Indiana State Line Road to U.S. 30.  East on U.S. 30 to Krick Road. North on Krick Road. Turnaround 1227 Krick Road. South on Krick Road to U.S. 30. West on U.S. 30 to Klinger Road. South on Klinger Road to Elm Sugar Road. West on Elm Sugar Road to Werner Road. South on Werner Road. Turnaround 3367 Werner Road. North on Werner Road to Feasby Wisener Road. East on Feasby Wisener to Klinger Road. North on Klinger Road to Elm Sugar Road. East on Elm Sugar Road to Mentzer Church Road. South on Mentzer Church Road to Feasby Wisener Road.  East on Feasby Wisener Road to Lare Road. South on Lare Road to Shaw Road. East on Shaw Road to Payne Road. South on Payne Road to Waller Road. East on Waller Road to Ohio 49. South on Ohio 49 to Tully Street. East on Tully Street to Crestview.   

POSTED: 08/02/19 at 8:50 am. FILED UNDER: Youth