Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Gothic Altar reaches toward Heaven in Zion Lutheran Church
    Friday, April 19, 2019 12:05 AM
    SCHUMM – The large Gothic altar at the front of the sanctuary in Zion Lutheran Church, located on Schumm Road east of Willshire, centers around the moving figure of the risen Lord. The figures of art surrounding the body of the resurrected Christ point worshipers and those celebrating communion points from the frailties of earth toward Heaven through the grace of Christ.
  • Nebraska tragedy becomes reality to local farmers
    Friday, April 19, 2019 12:03 AM
    VAN WERT – A large caravan of local farmers who took supplies to storm-stricken Nebraska farmers saw for themselves first-hand what their western friends had gone through recently as a result of heavy rainstorms, blizzards, and strong winds.
  • Van Wert BOE approves energy savings project
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:24 PM

    VAN WERT – The Van Wert Board of Education met on Wednesday and heard a presentation from Greg Smith of Energy Optimizers, USA, on the energy and facility performance project. After receiving grants totaling over $50,000, the Board voted to take energy conservation measures and will be installing features to help increase school safety. The energy conservation measures would also bring annual savings to the district.

  • MRSI fundraiser set to benefit clients with developmental disabilities
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:05 AM
    VAN WERT – On Friday, April 25, 2019, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., citizens are invited to a soup supper fundraiser at Vantage Career Center that will benefit clients with developmental disabilities or mental illnesses served by Mercer Residential Services. The meal includes the choice of chicken noodle or vegetable soup, a sandwich, salad, dessert, punch, and coffee. CEO of MRSI Janelle Wehrman said the hope is to raise at least $4,000 which will all go toward the individuals served by MRSI.
  • ‘Open Doors’ still smuggling Bibles after 60 Years
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:00 AM
    ROCKFORD – It’s been 60 years since the term “God’s Smugglers” was coined through the ministry of “Brother Andrew” who found a way to break through walls of denial in getting the Bible into countries where its presence was forbidden.
  • Community invited to Stand Against Racism
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:08 AM
    VAN WERT – On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 7 p.m. the YWCA of Van Wert County will hold a community-wide Stand Against Racism event featuring keynote speaker Demond Johnson. The event will also feature a poem written and read by Kenneth Salcido and performances by Michaella and Dru Johnson.
  • Adams inducted into Ohio Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame
    Monday, April 15, 2019 8:43 AM
    VAN WERT – Lots of tears flowed on Saturday evening at the auditorium of the Family Center in Trinity Friends Church as an overflow crowd gathered for the induction of Gary Adams into the Ohio Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
  • From Ohio to Nebraska: farmers helping farmers
    Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:00 AM
    VAN WERT COUNTY – At about 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning, a caravan of more than 20 semis, trucks, and wagons loaded with hay and supplies left for eastern Nebraska. The caravan was headed for the tiny town of Ithaca with supplies loaded to help weather-stricken farmers save cattle and address other farm damage. The group of farmers met at Ramblers Roost Restaurant east of Van Wert and eventually followed a state patrol escort on to U.S. 30 headed west. The caravan originally planned to launch out on Wednesday but delayed the trip for two days because of an ongoing severe blizzard currently going in Nebraska.
  • Van Wert Manor awarded Five-Star quality rating
    Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:02 AM
    VAN WERT – Jacque Welch, administrator for Van Wert Manor noted recently that the facility has received a Five-Star Quality Rating, the highest possible for its staffing and care of residents.
  • ‘Radical Church’ stands as landmark of early Monticello
    Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:00 AM
    MONTICELLO – The “Monticello Church,” once referred to as “The Radical United Brethren in Christ Church,” stands as a living monument to the continued faith of those who built the original church inside the small village of Monticello in 1887.
  • Payne Church supports Autism Awareness Fair
    Friday, April 12, 2019 12:05 AM
    PAYNE – A large group of area individuals threw their support behind Autism Awareness Month, which is recognized in April, recently with attendance at an Autism Awareness Fair at the Payne Church of the Nazarene.
  • Mayoral candidates face-off
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    VAN WERT – The Heartland Patriots held a meet the candidates night on Tuesday where Republican mayoral candidates Ken Markward and Jerry Mazur, who is the current Van Wert City Mayor, introduced themselves to those in attendance and answered questions from the audience.
  • YWCA spreading sexual assault awareness during April
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:05 AM
    VAN WERT – Recently, Jodi Brummette, the Van Wert County YWCA Court Advocate for Wright State University Lake Campus, held a RAINN Day event on the campus to promote sexual assault awareness. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
  • New judge assigned in windfarm lawsuit
    Tuesday, April 9, 2019 10:47 PM

    PAULDING – A new judge has been assigned to a pending lawsuit that could have statewide implications on windfarm setbacks.

  • VW theatre's Seussical to open Thursday
    Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:07 AM
    VAN WERT – On Thursday, April 11 the Van Wert High School theatre department will present Seussical the Musical.Seussical the Musical will be performed at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center from April 11-13 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the cast of the musical held a meet and greet event where Aeris Blakeley, Michaella Johnson, and Dru Johnson encouraged the community to come see the performance for themselves.
  • City Council approves placing Charter government on ballot
    Monday, April 8, 2019 10:18 PM

    VAN WERT – Members of the Van Wert City Council voted 6-1 on Monday evening in a special meeting prior to the regular council meeting to place a vote concerning a switch to Charter government on the ballot of the March, 2020 election.

  • Gala takes theatre patrons through (musical) time
    Monday, April 8, 2019 3:14 PM
    VAN WERT — Van Wert Civic Theatre’s “Thespian Chorus” pulled the crowd in and took a trip through time Saturday evening during the theatre’s 60th Anniversary Gala at the Wassenberg Art Center.
  • Ohio City recruits young firemen through Junior Training Program
    Monday, April 8, 2019 12:04 AM
    OHIO CITY – Ohio City Fire Chief Brandon Bowen said at a community-wide firemen’s breakfast on Saturday that the department is currently recruiting graduating high school seniors through its Junior Fire Training Program.
  • 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment looks at adult, youth health
    Saturday, April 6, 2019 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT – This week Van Wert Health and the Van Wert County Health Collaborative rolled out the results of the 2018 Van Wert County Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment provided an immense amount of data regarding health care access, health behaviors, chronic disease, social conditions, and youth health.
  • Johnson crowned Queen Jubilee XLIV
    Friday, April 5, 2019 11:01 PM
    VAN WERT – Van Wert High School’s Michaella Johnson was crowned Queen Jubilee XLIV on Friday during the Peony Pageant held at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium. Spencerville’s Torie Bockey was first runner-up while Crestview’s Chelsea Taylor was second runner-up.
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