Saturday, February 06, 2016
  • Walking for chocolate
    Saturday, February 06, 2016 12:02 AM
    The Second Annual downtown Van Wert Chocolate Walk was held Friday evening sponsored by Main Street Van Wert.
  • Vantage board holds February meeting
    Saturday, February 06, 2016 12:01 AM

    Vantage Career Center board members were treated to a demonstration of the good news that was made public on Thursday about the school’s recommendation to receive an A Plus grant from the state to purchase high-tech equipment to train students and enable them to earn certifications.

  • Ohio plant workers take pride in making Super Bowl footballs
    Saturday, February 06, 2016 12:00 AM
    By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER

    Associated Press

    ADA, Ohio (AP) — Every time Peyton Manning throws a pass or Cam Newton takes off to run in Sunday’s Super Bowl, they’ll be gripping a football made in a quaint Ohio village 2,000 miles away.

    Ada, Ohio, is home to the Wilson Sporting Goods factory that makes footballs used by the NFL, many of the nation’s top college teams, high schools, and more.

    The Wilson football brand is so dominant that plant manager Dan Riegle says every offensive point scored in an NFL game since 1941 was with one of the company’s footballs.

    “We’re kind of proud of that fact,” Riegle said.

    The factory’s 100-plus employees make between 3,000 and 4,000 footballs a day and around 700,000 per year, according to Riegle, who said Wilson sent Manning’s Denver Broncos and Newton’s Carolina Panthers 108 footballs each after the teams qualified for this year’s NFL title game near San Francisco. The footballs feature the Super Bowl 50 logo, the team names, the date of the game, and its location.

    “We treat it just like we do every other football we make, yet we know this ball is a little bit different — especially since it’s Super Bowl 50. I mean, that’s pretty big,” Riegle said.

    The game’s pretty big for Sue Nichols, too.

    The 27-year employee of the Wilson plant, where she laces the footballs, will watch the big game thinking, “maybe that’s the ball that I laced.

    “It could have been one that I touched and put the laces in it,” she said. “And now they’re out there on the field and using something that I did.”

    Plus, Nichols has another reason to tune in.

    “I’m from North Carolina originally, so I’m a big Panthers fan,” she said.

    Her prediction?

    “I think Cam’ll do it.”

    If he does, it will be with a Wilson football, of course, Riegle said.

    “You need to keep your eye on the ball, because without us the game would be pointless,” he said with a smile.

  • Friday, February 05, 2016 12:00 AM

    There are a variety of ways new jobs come to Van Wert, but one of the least obvious to the public is exactly how two new full-time positions were added under the umbrella of Miller Precision Industries.

  • Vantage recommended for $500,000 technology award
    Thursday, February 04, 2016 12:02 AM

    Vantage Career Center has received some exciting news for students, potential students and area employers.

  • Three appear in Common Pleas court Wednesday
    Thursday, February 04, 2016 12:00 AM

    Three persons made court appearance Wednesday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas.

  • Commissioners meet with wind farm representatives
    Wednesday, February 03, 2016 12:00 AM

    Is the latest proposed wind farm in northwest Ohio still on track to become reality? Director of Development of Apex Clean Energy Developer Scott Hawken believes so.

  • Van Wynsberghe is county's top speller
    Tuesday, February 02, 2016 12:00 AM
    Twelve champion spellers went toe to toe Monday night to determine the best speller in Van Wert County at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium. After two practice rounds, the field was correctly spelling word after word, narrowing down the group to the two finalists.
  • Getting to know a 48-year employee
    Monday, February 01, 2016 12:04 AM

    Ohio City resident Gary Rice will never forget the time when, following graduation from high school, a friend who was working at (now) Tecumseh Box suggested that he put in an application for a job.

  • Million Dollar Quartet plays sold-out-NPAC
    Monday, February 01, 2016 12:03 AM
    Actors portraying Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash rock out in a live production of Million Dollar Quartet, based on the legendary sessions at Sun Records in 1956.
  • One Injured, One Killed in Single Vehicle Crash on State Route 49
    Monday, February 01, 2016 12:02 AM

    One person was killed and another inured in a one-car crash Sunday on State Route 49. The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash which happened just north of the Village of Payne

  • Robots on the move!
    Monday, February 01, 2016 12:01 AM
    Teams navigate their robots through the playing field at Van Wert High School on Saturday afternoon.
  • Panthers crown Homecoming Queen
    Monday, February 01, 2016 12:00 AM
    The Queen and her court at Parkway Homecoming 2016
  • The Farce still here; Beauty and The Beast approaching
    Sunday, January 31, 2016 1:04 AM
    You still have time to get tickets to see the great comedy Unnecessary Farce.
  • In search of eagles
    Sunday, January 31, 2016 1:03 AM
    Van Wert Area Photography Club members, Randy Shellenbarger, Mike Taylor, and Stuart Jewett, braved the elements to take an early morning trip to Defiance in search of eagles on Saturday, Jan. 23.
  • Sunday, January 31, 2016 1:01 AM
    I am writing this as I await the arrival of our programming committee for a meeting at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
  • Sunday, January 31, 2016 1:00 AM
    We will be pairing chocolate and wine for the 2016 Main Street Chocolate Walk on Feb. 5, from 4:30–8:30.
  • Ohio Has Talent! announces contestants for 2016 competition
    Saturday, January 30, 2016 12:02 AM

    Area talent will again take the stage for the ninth annual Ohio Has Talent! competition, which returns to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert Saturday March 5, at 7 P.M.

  • Saturday, January 30, 2016 12:01 AM
    It always seems to take longer to get home after a special event than it did to get there.
  • Saturday, January 30, 2016 12:00 AM

    Scammers have been reported in the Van Wert area.

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