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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Court artwork 12-2013 copyDAVE MOSIER/independent editor

A Van Wert man charged with rape was among six people arraigned in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Wednesday on grand jury indictments.

Dale W. Wright Jr., 23, of Van Wert, entered not guilty pleas to two counts of rape, both with a specification noting that the victim was under the age of 10, and one count of gross sexual imposition. The rape charges are both felonies of the first degree, while the gross sexual imposition count is a fourth-degree felony offense.

Wright was released on a personal surety bond, with the stipulation he have no contact with the alleged victim. A pretrial conference was scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 21.

Charles M. Purdy II, 27, of St. Marys, pleaded not guilty to two counts of importuning, each a felony of the fifth degree, as well as one count of criminal child enticement, a misdemeanor of the first degree. A $25,000 bond was set in the case, with 10 percent of that amount to be paid in cash. A pretrial conference was set for 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 14.

Kitti Johnson, 28, of Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to one count each of passing bad checks and theft, each a felony of the fifth degree. She was released on a surety bond and will appear for a pretrial conference at 8 a.m. October 14.


POSTED: 10/08/15 at 7:52 am

VWHS Homecoming events 10-7-15-Bowersocks

Van Wert City School students gathered for the annual football Homecoming Parade, which went down Jefferson Street from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church to Fountain Park, where a pep rally was held prior to the Powder Puff football game in Eggerss Stadium. Above, Grand Marshal Larry Bowersock and his wife, Nancy, preside over the parade, while (below) Homecoming “queen” Kaleb Cantrell (third from left) and his court (from the left) freshman attendant Lawson Blackmore; seniors Kris Hart, Queen Kaleb and Nick White; sophomore attendant Jacoby Kelly; and junior attendant Cade Chiles pose for the camera. (photos by Jan Dunlap/Van Wert independent)

VWHS Homecoming events 10-7-15-PPF queen & court

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Ohio Attorney General’s information

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine encourages eligible customers to file a complaint with his office by Wednesday, October 14, to be considered for a refund under a $3 million multistate settlement fund established earlier this year.

Consumers may be eligible for a refund under the settlement if they:

  • Have an unresolved complaint against Classmates;
  • Purchased a subscription service from Classmates between January 1, 2008, and June 5, 2015; and
  • Had difficulty canceling the service or were signed up without their authorization.

Eligible Ohio consumers who have not previously filed a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section should file a consumer complaint at or by calling 800.282.0515 no later than October 14. (Consumers who already filed a Classmates complaint with the Ohio Attorney General are not required to file an additional complaint.)

“We encourage eligible consumers to take advantage of this opportunity,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Nationally, $3 million is available for consumers, and we want to make sure that Ohioans have a chance to receive their fair share.” offers online directories of high school and class lists. In May, Attorney General DeWine and 21 other state attorneys general announced a settlement with Classmates over its automatic subscription renewals and cancellation policies. Under the settlement, Classmates agreed to change certain business practices and to establish a $3 million consumer restitution fund, among other provisions.

A copy of the settlement is available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.

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VW County Council on Aging information

As most older area residents are probably aware, the Medicare open enrollment season is from October 15 through December 7.
“Don’t be alarmed or overwhelmed by all of the Medicare information that may be flooding your mailbox or television screens,” said Kevin Matthews, executive director of the Van Wert County Council on Aging

The Van Wert County Council on Aging will host the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program at the Van Wert Senior Center, 220 Fox Road, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 13. The session will open with an approximately hour-long informational discussion.  Following the discussion, representatives will be available to provide one-on-one counseling for those that are interested.

Medicare card artwork 10-2015Whether a person is currently enrolled or may be in the future, this event provides an opportunity to speak to representatives who will provide unbiased, accurate information regarding all aspects of Medicare, including prescription plans.

“Please understand that this is not a sponsored event and no items are being sold or pushed on consumers,” says Matthews.

All representatives are trained and certified through the Ohio Department of Insurance and will be able to provide information specific to each person’s needs. This includes all aspects of Medicare, changing of plans, claim issues, and any questions regarding insurance.

Those unable to make it to this session can call the Council on Aging to arrange a meeting at a date and time that better accommodates area residents’ schedules. To make an appointment for a one-on-one session, call 419.238.5011 or stop in at the Senior Center. The session will attempt to help everyone, including last-minute sign-ups or attendees.

The Van Wert County Council on Aging is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way of Van Wert County.

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Van Wert SWCD information

The Van Wert Soil & Water Conservation District’s 66th Annual Meeting is just around the corner.

The event will be held Thursday, November 12, at Vantage Career Center’s Cup & Saucer Restaurant, 818 N. Franklin St. in Van Wert.

An election will also be held to elect two members of the Board of Supervisors. Running in the election are Richard Rice, Darryl Ricketts, and Gary Weck. Registration and voting will take place from 5:30-6 p.m. the day of the annual meeting.

Dinner catered by Elegant Beginnings Catering will begin at 6 p.m., with a program scheduled for 7 that evening. The SWCD district will be honoring the “Conservation of the Year” recipient, the scholarship award recipient will be recognized, and a Conservation Activity Report presented.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12 years and are available from Craig Pohlman, Darryl Ricketts, Bob Gehres, Gary Weck, Dave Kemler, Julie Buggle, and Craig Higbie. Tickets are also available at the SWCD office, 1185 Professional Drive in Van Wert, until Friday, November 6.

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Delphos Postal Museum information

After 20 years at the helm of the Museum of Postal History, Gary Levitt is stepping down as museum director.

Gary Levitt

Delphos Postal Museum Director Gary Levitt

Levitt first started the museum as a series of exhibits in the lower level of the Delphos Post Office. Veteran’s Day, November 11, 1995, was the grand opening of the museum.

“Delphos is so proud of its history,” said Levitt. “It only seemed fitting to showcase this grand structure and to create a home for our postal heritage.”

One of only three such postal history museums in the country and the only one operating as a non-profit organization, the museum has brought thousands of visitors from almost every state of the union and every continent except Antarctica.

In 2008, the museum was moved to its current location at 339 N. Main St., where it shares nearly 12,000 square feet of display area with the event center located on the second floor of the museum.

Levitt understands the value of travel and tourism to the local economy. This summer alone has brought several hundred people to enjoy Delphos while visiting on motorcoach tours. To bring the point home, much of the funding for the museum has come from motorcoach tours that Levitt has led around the United States, having just completed the first of two nine-day tours of New England. He already has plans in the works for a tour of Nashville, New Orleans, and Memphis in October 2016. MPH Tours will continue to operate under Levitt’s guidance for years to come.

Upon becoming Delphos’ postmaster in 1993, Levitt pledged to work diligently for the betterment of the community. He is a past president of Delphos Rotary, the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce, where he also served as Canal Days chairman, and the Delphos Club, where he is presently the secretary-treasurer.


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2015 VWHS football homecoming court 10-2015

The Van Wert High School Student Council announces this year’s 2015-2016 Homecoming Court. Homecoming ceremonies will take place this Friday, October 9, at Eggerss Stadium, starting at 6:30 p.m. Homecoming Court members include senior queen candidates (front row, from the left) Katie Trittschuh, Phoebe Eutsler, and Allison Moreland; (back row) Noelle Heffner, freshman attendant; Taylor Peebles, junior attendant; and Skylr Andrews, sophomore attendant. (VWHS photo)

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VW County Board of Elections information

The Van Wert County Board of Elections announces that early voting for the November 3 General Election has begun.

Voting will be done in the Commissioners’ Conference Room next door to the Election Board, 120 E. Main St. Effective immediately, office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Election artwork 11-6-12The only Saturday and Sunday the Board of Elections office will be open for voting will be October 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and November 1 from 1 to 5 p.m.

To vote an early ballot a person must be a registered voter and provide either the last four digits of their social security number or driver’s license number (XX123456).  If neither of these items is available, a copy of a current and valid photo ID (state ID card, government ID, etc.) may be used. The photo ID must show the name and address of the voter or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address.

Ballots may be sent by mailing a signed request to the office (120 E. Main Street, Van Wert, OH 45891), along with date of birth, drivers license number (XX123456) or last four numbers of the individual’s social security number and an address where the ballot may be sent.

Any questions regarding absentee voting may be addressed by contacting the Board of Elections office at 419.238.4192.

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YWCA of VW County information

The YWCA of Van Wert County will be having its Walk for Women on Saturday, October 24, at 10 a.m. at the YWCA.

The walk starts and ends at the YWCA, 408 E. Main St. Guest speakers for the event will be Jeanette Bradley of Second Chance Ministries, and Lynn Jacquot, Ohio Domestic Violence Network board member.

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K & K Country Meats ribboncutting 10-5-15

The owners of K&K Country Meats, Kali Karl, Dick Knodel and Kate Klausing, cut the ribbon on their new shop at 732 W. Main St. in Van Wert while Mayor Don Farmer and board members of the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce look on. The shop offers regular and special cuts of meat, including smoked and marinated, as well as a variety of flavored bratwurst and non-meat items such as seasoning, rubs and potato and pasta salads. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

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Brumback Library information

The Brumback Library in Van Wert is placing a half-mill, five-year renewal levy on the November general election ballot.

Brumback Library is one of 262 libraries across the nation honored by Library Journal as a Star Library. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

This photo shows a portion of the interior of Brumback Library in Van Wert. The library is seeking renewal of a half-mill, five-year operating levy in November. (VW independent file photo)

The levy, which helps make up for state funding cuts and freezes over the past 14 years, provides a vital part of the library’s funding and was part of Brumback’s original operating agreement in 1898. The tax was collected from 1901 through 1934, but was suspended initially because of the Great Depression. It remained suspended for 71 years until 2005, when a new levy was placed on the ballot to offset decreased state funding through the Ohio Public Library Fund, which provides 82 percent of the library’s operating revenues.

Voters in 2005 provided a 74-percent passage rate, and renewed the levy in 2010 by 83 percent.

“To honor our past, to recognize our present needs, and to plan for the future, it is imperative that the library levy be approved,” said Brumback Director John Carr, who has taken voluntary wage cuts and freezes to maintain library services and personnel (click here for the library’s tax issue information).

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