Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • ‘Game On’ for this year’s Relay for Life
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:05 AM
    VAN WERT – It’s a new setting and a new theme for this year’s Van Wert County American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
  • Recycle Center to host Earth Day open house
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:03 AM
    VAN WERT – Each year the George E. Brake Recycle Center processes 1,500 tons of material. However, in Van Wert County 115,000 tons of material makes it into landfills each year. To help the public understand what the Van Wert County Solid Waste Management District does and to help citizens learn more about which materials can be recycled to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills, there will be an open house on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The open house is also a celebration of Earth Day, which was on Monday, April 22.
  • ‘Stations of the Cross’ long-standing tradition of Easter
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT – From the earliest of days following Christ’s resurrection, followers have created ways to carry on the story of His passion, death and resurrection. These days, many churches continue that tradition through “Palm Sunday,” “Holy Week,” Maundy Thursday communion, Good Friday services, Easter breakfast and Easter Sunday worship, one of the most highly attended service in the church year.
  • City Council discusses code violations
    Monday, April 22, 2019 9:42 PM
    VAN WERT – With warmer weather comes growing grass and hard-to-kill weeds that, when unattended, sometimes end in a nuisance hanger from the City being placed on doors. The warmer weather has members of City Council thinking about the nuisance violations to come, and Councilman-At-Large Bill Marshall is hoping to get ahead of the problem before it starts.
  • Crestview Board honors varsity boys' basketball team and coaches
    Monday, April 22, 2019 8:15 PM

    CONVOY — The Crestview Local Board of Education opened its meeting Monday evening by welcoming the boys' basketball team and coaches. Board President John Auld expressed his appreciation for the way in which members of the team conducted themselves during the season. Board member Nan Grace told the team, "You guys had an amazing following. I loved seeing the gym totally packed. I loved seeing everybody excited to come to a basketball game again. I thank you for that." She added, "You guys grew phenomenally throughout the season and I loved seeing that. You guys had our respect before you ever got to state. Go out there in life and do the same thing." Later in the evening, the Board voted to officially congratulate the team and coaches for winning the Division IV State Championship and finishing the season with a 28-1 record.

  • Pilgrimage walk in Spain changes life of local teacher
    Saturday, April 20, 2019 12:05 AM
    VAN WERT – When first-grade teacher Mary Yackey heard about the pilgrim walk, “Way of St. James,” across Spain, she said to herself, “that is what I need in my life,” and she decided to move forward with it.
  • St. Mary’s students learn meaning of Holy Week
    Saturday, April 20, 2019 12:00 AM
    VAN WERT – Students at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Van Wert have been spending time this week learning the deeper meaning of Holy Week activities. In addition to the meaning of Christ and the cross, many are also looking forward to celebrating Easter with family and friends, as well as enjoying Easter egg hunts.
  • Van Wert team wins Titan Tournament
    Friday, April 19, 2019 4:02 PM
    VAN WERT — Decisions, decisions, always decisions. We make them multiple times on a daily basis. They range from what to have for breakfast or what to wear to work to what careers we enter and what vehicles and homes we chose to buy. A number of high school students learned the importance of good decision making through a Junior Achievement program called Titan and on Wednesday evening they demonstrated what they learned.
  • 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.
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