Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • SoapBox Exhibit award winners named
    Sunday, March 24, 2019 12:01 AM

    Congratulations to our SoapBox Exhibit award winners — first place: Brian Sorois, second place: Angie Stokes and third place: Randy Bennet! Thanks to all of you who entered your wonderful work, and to Kenneth Salcido, VWHS talent show award winner for reciting his original poem. Thanks also to Weston and Daniel Thompson for providing the entertainment.

  • Civic Theatre plans 60th Anniversary Gala
    Sunday, March 24, 2019 12:00 AM

    Sixty years ago, a group of local theatre enthusiasts organized and produced the first play under the name Van Wert Civic Theatre. Little did they know the impact their efforts would have on the future of live theatre in Van Wert.

  • Warren & Marilyn Reed Scholarship Fund established
    Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:02 AM
    CONVOY — The Warren and Marilyn Reed Scholarship Fund has been established to acknowledge and honor the contributions the Reeds have made to the Crestview School system and Van Wert County Agricultural. Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund may send tax deductible donations to the Convoy Community Foundation, P.O. Box 482 Convoy, OH 45832.
  • Reservations open for ‘The Savannah Sipping Society
    Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT — Reservations are now open for Off Stage Productions’ next dinner theatre show “The Savannah Sipping Society,” a two-act comedy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.
  • First responders report to injury accident on U.S. 30
    Friday, March 22, 2019 5:26 PM
    VAN WERT – First responders were called to a report of a rolled over vehicle on the westbound side of U.S. 30 between Van Wert Health North and Goodwill on Friday.
  • Angel Foundation wish trip cements brotherly bond
    Friday, March 22, 2019 12:02 AM
    VAN WERT — Allen Shinnaberry and Mike Semer, both from Van Wert, met 18 years ago putting on gospel music concerts locally at places like Fountain Park, the Apple Festival, and Old Fashioned Farmers Days. Allen was the sound tech. Over the years the two became close friends, “like brothers.”
  • Crestview Student Needs Fund established thanks to donation
    Friday, March 22, 2019 12:00 AM
    CONVOY — The Convoy Community Foundation has received a $50,000 anonymous donation from a Crestview School District Alumi. The $50,000 donation will establish the Crestview Student Needs Fund. Income from the fund will be administered by Crestview’s social worker assisted by its guidance counselors and the CCF for the benefit of Crestview students from grades K through 12.
  • City of Van Wert awarded the Certified Local Government Award
    Friday, March 22, 2019 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT — The City of Van Wert was awarded the Certified Local Government Award from Nathan Bevil, Community Planning & Preservation Manager.
  • Last weekend was so enriching!
    Friday, March 22, 2019 12:00 AM

    I and many of you, I am sure, are still on a musical and inspirational high after this past weekend’s performances at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. It started with The Texas Tenors on Saturday. Their evening concert was another moving experience; maybe more than any other they have brought to us. The title of the concert was “Let Freedom Sing!” And boy did it ever!

  • Business destroyed by early morning fire
    Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:02 AM

    VAN WERT – The Van Wert Fire Department responded to a fire around 5 a.m. on Thursday on South Washington Street.

  • VWHS grad Cameron Haller sworn in as Tipp City Emergency Services Chief
    Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:00 AM
    TIPP CITY — Cameron Haller, a 1989 Van Wert High School graduate, was sworn in as the new Tipp City Chief of Emergency Services (Fire/EMS) at the City Council meeting on Monday, March 18.
  • Trump praises tank plant workers, military on visit to Lima
    Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:29 PM
    LIMA — President Donald Trump landed in Lima Wednesday afternoon where he was greeted by a crowd at the Lima Allen County Airport. Trump then was escorted by motorcade to the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center to take a tour of the facility where the M1 Abrams tank is built.
  • Suspected drug overdose reported inside the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility
    Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:02 PM

    CELINA – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey released a few details about a suspected drug overdose inside the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. At approximately 3:29 p.m. Wednesday, inmates alerted corrections staff of a male inmate who was not responding and not breathing. Corrections officers immediately responded to the dorm where an inmate had started CPR. The on duty corrections nurse responded and rendered aid while Central Dispatch alerted the Celina EMS personnel.

  • Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day
    Wednesday, March 20, 2019 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT – The Van Wert County Board of Developmental Disabilities (VWCBDD) is encouraging the community to wear crazy socks on Thursday, March 21 for World Down Syndrome Day. Crazy, bright, or mismatched socks are welcomed to help celebrate and advocate for inclusion.
  • YMCA Good Friday Prayer Breakfast
    Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:03 AM
    VAN WERT — The YMCA of Van Wert County will host its annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 19 at 7 a.m. at Hickory Sticks Golf Club. This year’s featured speakers are Carole Motycka and Jason Stechschulte.
  • Optimist Club names essay winners
    Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT — The Van Wert Optimist Club recently held its annual essay contest based on the topic “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” Three Van Wert High School students were honored during the March 14 Optimist Club meeting while presenting their essays.
  • New State Wildlife Officer assigned to Van Wert County
    Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:00 AM
    FINDLAY – Brock Williamson, 23, of Bucyrus, Ohio will be assigned as the new state wildlife officer in Van Wert County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
  • RAIN brings The Beatles to the NPAC
    Monday, March 18, 2019 9:08 AM
    VAN WERT – RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles made their way back to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Sunday for two shows.
  • Marsh Foundation hires Megan Tuttle as Director of Residential Services
    Monday, March 18, 2019 12:04 AM

    VAN WERT – Megan Tuttle, LISW-S, has joined The Marsh Foundation as the new director of residential services. No stranger to The Marsh, Tuttle first worked on campus as a family teacher, then program manager of Clymer Hall.

  • The Niswonger Unveils the 2019-20 ENRICH Community Concert Series
    Monday, March 18, 2019 12:02 AM
    VAN WERT – The tradition grows with a spectacular, value-packed 2019-20 Enrich Community Concert Series presented by Unverferth Dentistry and Roger and Kay Okuley. Since 1953, artists and entertainers from the around the globe have made their mark on the Van Wert community and enriched lives of those in it as a part of the Community Concert Series. The Niswonger is proud to continue this Van Wert institution by putting together four monumental acts that have been carefully selected to bring culture, joy, and wonder that’s incredibly affordable.
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