Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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  • Ohio Secretary of State visits Van Wert
    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:04 AM
    VAN WERT — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose was greeted at the county Board of Elections by a number of county officials and Mayor Jerry Mazur on Tuesday. LaRose is currently traveling around the state visiting all the Board of Elections offices. Van Wert is his 84th stop
  • Matthews expresses concerns about senior financial exploitation
    Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:02 AM
    VAN WERT – Kevin Matthews, Van Wert County Council on Aging executive director, recently released information expressing his concern about preventing financial exploitation of the elderly.
  • Council continues search for definition of 'homeless shelter' for ordinance
    Monday, December 9, 2019 10:25 PM
    VAN WERT – During Monday's City Council meeting, Law Director John Hatcher explained that defining "homeless shelters" for City zoning ordinances may prove to be trickier than he thought. After some research since the last meeting on Nov. 23, Hatcher has yet to find an adequate definition used by another city to bring to Council that defines a homeless shelter.
  • Sheriff's Office provides Christmas for 120 children
    Monday, December 9, 2019 10:21 AM
    VAN WERT – This year, 120 children will have a Christmas thanks to the Van Wert County Sheriff's Office. For the past 27 years, the VWCSO has raised money to take children shopping. On Saturday, 34 families gathered at Walmart and shopped with a cop to help provide needed and wanted items for their children's Christmas.
  • Festival of Trees brings back life to old Convoy Opera House
    Monday, December 9, 2019 9:20 AM
    VAN WERT – A large segment of the crowd of onlookers that visited the Festival of Trees and Wreaths at the renovated Convoy Opera House this past weekend paused and reminisced of childhood memories inspired by trees, names, toys and the open stage that had once danced with music and joy in the village of Convoy.
  • Local woman reunites dog that had been missing since June with Tennessee family
    Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:03 AM
    CONVOY – When Convoy resident Cacey Long put out a post online stating that she was looking for a dog to adopt, she had no idea the journey one dog would take her on. After being suspicious of 1-year-old Great Dane mix Draco’s story, Long found that he had a family in Tennessee that had been missing him since June and that he was actually a 3-year-old coon hound mix named Major. She is now sharing her story in hopes that people will think to check for microchips when they find a lost dog.
  • State Representative visits Van Wert High School
    Friday, December 6, 2019 3:31 PM

    VAN WERT — Van Wert High School welcomed State Representative Don Jones to the school on Friday. Jones, who represents the 95th District which is located in the southeastern portion of the state of Ohio, is the Chair of the Primary/Secondary Education Committee. Jones had served as an agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor at Harrison Central High School for several decades, working with junior/senior high students.

  • Home Health Care aides put heart and soul into clients
    Friday, December 6, 2019 12:03 AM

    VAN WERT – The first word that comes to Yvonne Perrott’s mind when she thinks about her home health and hospice aides is “heart.”

  • Vantage BOE approves adult education name change
    Thursday, December 5, 2019 9:12 PM

    VAN WERT – During Vantage’s regular Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Adult Education Director Kit Tyler explained that in order for the adult education side of Vantage to seek accreditation with the Council on Occupational Education (COE), adult education would need to lose the “Ohio Technical Center” name.

  • Walmart to offer 50 percent off for Toss A Toy donations on Saturday
    Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:03 AM
    VAN WERT – The ninth annual Toss A Toy event is back again this year to help more families in need. On Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., those wanting to donate toys to local children for Christmas will be able to do so at a discount thanks to the Van Wert Walmart.
  • Christmas comes to Main Street on Friday
    Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:02 AM

    VAN WERT – The spirit of Christmas will light the downtown area on Friday with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Fountain Park. This year’s “Very Merry Main Street Christmas” is sponsored through the generosity of First Federal of Van Wert and Cooper Farms.

  • ‘Christmas Giveaway Bingo’ kicks off season at COA
    Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:04 PM
    VAN WERT – The Van Wert County Council on Aging gave area seniors a boost with the annual Christmas Giveaway Bingo at the Senior Center on Monday evening. Nearly 100 people attended the special Monday night bingo which featured the giveaway of a television, computer tablet, air fryer and miscellaneous other big prizes donated by businesses and clients in the area.
  • Deaf shelter dog given new life with local family
    Tuesday, December 3, 2019 12:03 AM
    VAN WERT – Athena, a deaf pit bull mix, had spent over 800 consecutive days in the Van Wert County Humane Society shelter before Ashley Sawyer, her husband Jarred, and her sons Joseph and Aaron came along and gave Athena a chance. Athena was adopted in July of 2018.
  • State line farmers surprised with area yields
    Monday, December 2, 2019 9:04 AM
    VAN WERT COUNTY – With the fields nearly empty and Adams County countryside open to winter winds, Jeff Lehman, Lehman Feed Mill, said that he would have never dreamed that Harvest, 2019, would be as productive as it was.
  • Getting to know a state tested nursing assistant
    Saturday, November 30, 2019 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT – For Van Wert graduate Megan Lunsford (2010), finding satisfaction in serving others with needs in the medical world has been a natural way of life. Her grandma was a nurse’s aide as was her aunt.
  • Granddaughter, Grandma, find thankfulness through 4-H projects
    Thursday, November 28, 2019 1:00 AM
    VAN WERT – Jean Auld never had the opportunity to be in 4-H, but these days she is thankful for the opportunity to work with her grandchildren on 4-H projects. For both Auld and granddaughter Melissa Joseph, nothing represents the word, “Thanksgiving,” better than family times or being together with those we love the most.
  • 'Dorothy' puts many area residents in the dark on Wednesday
    Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:29 PM

    VAN WERT – The backside of Winter Storm Dorothy came roaring into Van Wert County on schedule mid-morning on Wednesday and within minutes, power poles were down, areas of the Van Wert area were without electricity, and limbs and shingles were blowing freely across area roads and streets.

  • Fashion Show raises money for Blessings in a Backpack
    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 7:11 AM

    VAN WERT – Local celebrities modeled a variety of fashion trends for young and old alike Monday at the Wassenberg Art Center. It was all part of Van Wert Manor’s 5th annual Learn with Friends Fashion Show. Jacque Welch, Van Wert Manor administrator, described the fashion show as “a fun outreach event.” She added that the Manor sponsors other such events during the year, but this one she noted is special. “This one we charge a minimal amount of $15, take all of that money, and donate it towards Van Wert’s Blessings in a Backpack program,” she said.

  • ODOT to recommend roundabout at U.S. 127/U.S. 224
    Saturday, November 23, 2019 12:05 AM
    VAN WERT – After a recent public input meeting, it was determined that the Ohio Department of Transportation would suggest a roundabout be built at the intersection of U.S. 127, U.S. 224, and Marsh Road. Roundabouts, said Lori Brinkman, are proven to decrease the severity of accidents. Brinkman is the ODOT District 1 Local Public Agency (LPA) Manager and District Consultant Contracts Administrator.
  • Toler finds home for her heart at Van Wert’s Adult Day Center
    Saturday, November 23, 2019 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT – It was late in September when Carrie Toler, formally of Coldwater, Ohio, came to Van Wert to give leadership and guidance to the Community Health Professionals’ Adult Day Center. Following graduation from Coldwater and other opportunities for training, Toler got into the health care field in 2006-2007 when she became a state tested nursing assistant through education.
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