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  • Scout Sunday held at First UMC
    Saturday, February 22, 2020 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT — Scout Sunday weekend, Friday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 9, was celebrated by Cub Scout Pack 31, Boy Scout Troop 31B, and Girls Troop 31G.
  • First UMC youth group launches shoe drive fundraiser to raise money for mission trips
    Saturday, February 22, 2020 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT – First United Methodist Church is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from Feb. 17 - May 1 to raise funds for national and international mission trips. First Church Youth will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Those dollars will benefit their Mission Trips. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at 113 W. Central St., Van Wert.
  • Van Wert High School students chosen for publication
    Saturday, February 22, 2020 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT – Van Wert High School English/Language Arts students recently participated in the Young Writers’ Survival Sagas: Mission Contamination Contest. The contest received more than 10,000 submissions and 68 VWHS students were chosen for publication in Mission Contamination – Ohio.
  • Local teachers wear red in support of public education
    Friday, February 21, 2020 12:05 AM

    VAN WERT COUNTY – On Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, area school staff members wore red to show support for public education and the 90 percent of Ohio’s students served in public schools.

  • Thompson introduced as NPAC Box Office Director
    Friday, February 21, 2020 12:00 AM

    VAN WERT - The Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation (VWAPAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Quincy Thompson to Box Office Director. This position is the direct representative for ticket sales of all Van Wert Live events at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and at the Grandstand.

  • Local businesses support Van Wert Robotics program
    Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT ? The Van Wert Robotics teams are gearing up for the state championship in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a few weeks as both teams have been making improvements and changes. In addition, the rookie FRC team is coming together as this team prepares for the Buckeye Regional tournament to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, at the end of March.
  • Vantage students head to SkillsUSA Ohio State Championships
    Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:00 AM

    VAN WERT – Congratulations to the following Vantage Career Center students who have placed in the top three in their category at the 2019-20 SkillsUSA Regional Championships, held at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio on Feb. 14:

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Foundation will present Van Wert County’s most talented students in its 17th annual Young Artists Showcase. 
  • YWCA, NPAC join together to celebrate Black History Month
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 12:02 AM
    VAN WERT — The YWCA of Van Wert County and Niswonger Performing Arts Center will bring Lift Every Voice and Sing (L.E.V.A.S.) to Van Wert County for the second year in a row, on Friday, Feb. 28 beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Van Wert Elementary announces spring music program schedule
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 12:00 AM

    VAN WERT — Van Wert Elementary has announced its spring music program schedule.

  • Taking the NPAC stage - Little Texas
    Tuesday, February 18, 2020 8:03 PM
    VAN WERT — As part of the Young Country movement of the early ‘90s, Little Texas was responsible for shaking up the country music world with a new, energetic sound that fused the look and attitude of modern rock music with traditional country themes and styles, bringing a much-appreciated bolt of life into the genre.
  • SWCD seeks posters for contest
    Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT — Calling local young artists in grades K through 12. It’s time to break out the paint, crayon, colored pencil, charcoal, stickers, and paper for the Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District poster contest.
  • A good night at Mercer County from the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association
    Monday, February 17, 2020 11:57 PM

    CELINA, Ohio – The Eagle Club 1291, located right on the shores of Grand Lake, was host once more as the Mercer County Harness Horsemen’s Association presented its 49th awards dinner and auction with an enjoyable evening of camaraderie and horse talk on Saturday, Feb. 8.

  • Ohio weekly flu hospitalizations continue to rise
    Monday, February 17, 2020 12:02 AM

    COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reports that the number of new influenza-related hospitalizations rose again last week. The 994 hospitalizations from Feb. 2 to Feb. 8 marks a new high for the 2019-2020 flu season and a 19 percent increase over the previous week.

  • Foundation donates to Opera House
    Monday, February 17, 2020 12:00 AM

    CONVOY — Pictured is Seth Baker, Executive Secretary of the Van Wert County Foundation, presenting a $2,300 check to Fran Neiswander, a member of the Convoy Historical Society, and Ray Hertz, treasurer.

  • Soup contest winner announced
    Sunday, February 16, 2020 12:02 AM

    Thanks to all who attended and entered their recipes for Soups vs. Soups! We had a great turn out following the Main Street Van Wert Chocolate Walk last Friday. We will offer this event for the next Chocolate Walk so be thinking of recipes to enter! A special thank you to Van Wert Manor for all their support and assistance!

  • Coming up: An evening of love songs with Ohio native
    Sunday, February 16, 2020 12:01 AM

    On Sunday, Feb. 23, Jim Brickman and Melissa Manchester will perform an Evening Of Love Songs at the Niswonger. It will be a memorable evening in Van Wert from two music industry powerhouses who know a thing or two about the artistry of a love song. The evening is a perfect combination of talent as the first half will be Jim Brickman’s distinctive piano classics, followed by a soulful second half with Melissa Manchester. Each performance will be independently performed and bridged by a brief intermission where hot cocoa, chocolate and camaraderie await in the Grand Lobby.

  • Civic Theatre announces auditions for Mamma Mia!
    Sunday, February 16, 2020 12:00 AM

    Auditions for Mamma Mia! will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23 and Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at 118 S. Race St. in Van Wert. Director Chad Kraner, Music Director Dee Fisher, and Choreographer Kim Pollock need a large cast with ages ranging from high school to beyond.

  • VWHS Cheerleaders advance to State Competition
    Saturday, February 15, 2020 12:02 AM
    VAN WERT – The Van Wert High School cheerleaders will travel to Columbus to compete in the OASSA State Cheerleading and Dance Competition to be held on Sunday, March 1, at St. John’s Arena on the Ohio State University campus.
  • Governor DeWine announces Hands-Free Ohio bill
    Saturday, February 15, 2020 12:01 AM
    COLUMBUS—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced details of a new bill that will strengthen Ohio's laws regarding the use of wireless devices, including smartphones, while driving.
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