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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Australian pop star Olivia Newton-John brightened up the stage of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio Sunday evening, providing a concert of her most popular tunes, including songs from the movies Xanadu and Grease. A capacity crowd attended, with tickets sold out for months, despite cold and windy conditions. Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 11/20/17 at 8:31 am

VW independent/submitted information

Average retail gasoline prices in Ohio have fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.52 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.

This compares with the national average, which has fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.54 per gallon, according to gasoline price website
Including the change in gas prices in Ohio during the past week, prices Sunday were 43.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 18.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 8.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 40.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

As of Monday, Van Wert gasoline prices range from a low of $2.53 at the Murphy USA station, 201 Towne Center Blvd., to $2.64 at the Sunoco station at 714 E. Main St. The two Pak-A-Sak Marathon stations are at $2.54, as is the One Stop Shop at 210 N. Washington St. The Lassus Handy Dandy station is $2.55, while the Shell station at 1042 S. Washington St. is at $2.56 and the Marathon station at 1301 W. Main St. is $2.57.

Other cities in Ohio and their current gas price climate:
Akron — $2.47 per gallon, down 7.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.55 per gallon.
Dayton — $2.54 per gallon, up 1.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.53 per gallon.
Columbus — $2.56 per gallon, down 0.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.57 per gallon.

POSTED: 11/20/17 at 8:19 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

LIMA — The Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 1 has listed the following highway construction projects or the week of November 20:

Van Wert County

Ohio 697, between Ohio 116 and the Delphos city line, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the ODOT Van Wert County maintenance garage.

Ohio 49, between U.S. 30 and the Convoy village line, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the ODOT Van Wert County maintenance garage.

U.S. 30 over Monkey Run, west of Richey Road, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge repairs on the eastbound and westbound structures. Lane restrictions will occur in both directions through late November. Work is being performed by Global Outdoor Solutions of Cleveland.

U.S. 30, both eastbound and westbound, is reduced to one lane through the work zone at the following locations for projects that will repair the pavement and joints, improve drainage and resurface the route. A permanent work zone is still in place only on the eastbound lanes from Ohio 49 to Colwell Road; additional temporary and/or moving work zones will still occur in both directions and at both locations through the projects’ completion. Paving is complete at both locations, and remaining work to install pavement markings, pavement reflectors and rumble strips will be complete within the next week. Work is being performed by Shelly Company of Findlay.

  • From just east of township Road 127 to just east of county Road 185
  • From U.S. 224 to Ohio 49

Paulding County

Ohio 114 at township Road 11, just east of the Ohio-Indiana state line, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for ditch repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Paulding County maintenance garage.

Ohio 114 between county Road 187 and township Road 197 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for drainage repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Paulding County maintenance garage.

Putnam County

There are no projects scheduled in Putnam County that are anticipated to affect highway traffic during the week of November 20.

POSTED: 11/20/17 at 8:14 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

ST. MARYS — This month, Midwest Electric is distributing $1.286 million in patronage capital payments to 7,326 current and former members. Eligible electric cooperative members will receive the refund either as a credit on their electric bill, mailed around November 21, or as a separate check in December. Patronage capital is the cooperative’s margins, or money left, after all bills have been paid.

Midwest Electric uses these margins for capital investments, such as building or replacing power lines, transformers, and other electric system investments.

After being used as working capital, the money is returned to members as patronage capital refunds. It represents each co-op member’s ownership — or equity — in his or her cooperative. Patronage capital is allocated to members in proportion to the dollar amount of electricity used.

This month’s payment will go to those of you who used Midwest Electric’s service in 2000 and 2001. It represents one half-year of 2001’s margins and the final half-year of 2000’s margins. A typical residential member from those years will receive a bill credit of about $131.

This patronage capital retirement demonstrates that Midwest clientele are not just customers … they are members and part-owners of their electric cooperative. They have equity ownership in its physical assets — and receive a financial return on those assets. Since 1955, Midwest Electric has returned nearly $28.7 million in patronage capital to its members.

POSTED: 11/20/17 at 8:12 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

MIDDLE POINT — The Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Association will be hosting its annual Pearl Harbor Commemorative Match to remember American heroes, both past and present.

This CMP sanctioned match will be held on Saturday, December 2, at the Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Club, 9063 Ringwald Road near Middle Point. The safety briefing will be held at 9 a.m. and the match will start at 9:30 that morning.

For area residents who have wanted to shoot an M-1 Garand military rifle, this is the match to attend. Once people shoot in the match, they are then eligible to purchase an M-1 from the CMP.  For those who do not have a rifle, the club has M-1 rifles to loan out to the public to use in this match. However, any military rifle may be used. The cost to participate is $4, which is the target fee. For people who need to purchase ammo, the club has 30.06 ammo at $23 for 40 rounds.

For those who have never participated in a match, there will be a clinic starting at 9 a.m. that will include how an M-1 operates, as well as match protocols. The club also has a National Match AR 15 for participants who might want to try it out.

For more information, check out the club’s website at , or call 419.203.8662.

POSTED: 11/20/17 at 8:11 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

DELPHOS — The Delphos Canal Museum, 241 N. Main St. in downtown Delphos, announces its 19th annual “Celebrate Christmas” event.

The event, which runs from Saturday, November 25, through Saturday, December 30, features nearly 100 Christmas trees, many beautifully decorated by local groups and organizations in this year’s theme of Christmas movies.

The museum is open for viewing every Thursday, from 9 a.m. until noon, and Saturday and Sunday, from 1-4 p.m.  Group tours can be scheduled by calling 419.692.4496. The museum is handicapped accessible and admission is free.

In addition, during the annual Kiwanis Hometown Christmas celebration in downtown Delphos on Friday, December 1, the museum will be open from 5-8 p.m. to view the Christmas trees and decorations, and will also be serving bean soup and refreshments.

POSTED: 11/20/17 at 8:07 am. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

Those who own small businesses know the hard work and dedication that go into making a small business a success.

A Thomas Edison Center client thanks the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce for its Salute to Small Business Award on Friday. photos by Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

On Friday, the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce honored small businesses and organizations who go the extra mile to provide both a good product or service, as well positively impact the community, during its annual Salute to Small Business Luncheon.

Seth Baker, executive secretary of The Van Wert County Foundation, welcomed the more than 180 people who attended the luncheon Friday at Willow Bend Country Club and noted he recently visited Disney World — “the Happiest Place on Earth” — with his wife and son.


POSTED: 11/18/17 at 9:31 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent writer

Two Republicans seeking high-ranking elected offices made a campaign stop in Van Wert on Friday.

Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons will face current State Treasurer Josh Mandel in the May 2018 primary election in the race for U.S. Senate. The winner will try to unseat longtime Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown next November.

Candidate Mike Gibbons speaks at the GOP luncheon on Friday. photos by Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

Current State Representative Robert Sprague of Findlay (83rd district) plans to run for State Treasurer next year. He’ll be unopposed in the primary.

Both men addressed those who gathered for the Van Wert County Republican Party’s November luncheon, held at Elks Lodge 1197.

This is Gibbons’ first attempt at public office, although he was interviewed for various federal posts and was offered a Washington, D.C., job with the Small Business Administration. He served as co-chair of Donald Trump’s Ohio campaign.

During his remarks to the audience, Gibbons described himself as a non-traditional candidate and a non-establishment person, and he blasted career politicians from both parties.

“I have a real problem with Washington career politicians,” Gibbons said. “People that get out of school, start on this road and become part of the political class, raise money, run for office, raise money while they’re in office for the next office, then continue on and know nothing about the real world.”

Gibbons noted that, while Mandel is just 39, this will be his seventh election. He also said Brown has been in office for 44 years without working a single day in the private sector.

Robert Sprague also speaks.

Gibbons was very blunt when he talked about the beliefs of roughly half of the country.

“They believe the government is supposed to take care of them, and that just doesn’t work,” Gibbons stated. “It’s dragging this country down.”

Gibbons also said he believes the government should get out of the healthcare business, and said he supports lowering taxes for small businesses.

Sprague, a former Findlay city treasurer and auditor, explained to the audience that he’s a fiscal conservative, noting that he entered the State Treasurer’s race to hold strong against big government and to help build a stronger economy.

He also noted Ohio has a $13 billion investment portfolio, and he said he supports private-public partnerships.

“We can use private financing to address some of our infrastructure needs,” Sprague explained. “This private-public bureau that I’ve proposed for the State Treasurer’s office is going to have a big impact on making sure investments come through the state of Ohio.”

Sprague also said the State Treasurer’s Office should also be able to help with the opioid epidemic, and should be able to provide resources to individuals and families facing massive student loan debts.

POSTED: 11/18/17 at 9:00 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent staff writer

COLUMBUS — Republican State Representative Craig Riedel of Defiance is one of six people vying to fill the 1st Ohio Senate seat recently vacated by Cliff Hite.

Craig Riedel

Citing health problems, Hite resigned from office in October. It was later revealed that he had inappropriate conversations with a female state employee.

After the Thanksgiving holiday, a panel of seven state senators will interview each of the six applicants separately before making a recommendation to the full Republican Senate Caucus. A formal vote is expected after that.

The process is expected to be complete by mid-December and the person selected will fill the remainder of Hite’s term, which expires at the end of 2018.

Riedel is in his first term as a state representative and serves Ohio’s 82nd District, which is comprised of Defiance, Paulding, and Van Wert counties, along with a portion of Auglaize County.

“Right now I represent three and a half counties as a state representative,” Riedel said. “I want the opportunity to have a positive impact on a broader part of Ohio.”

Senate District 1 is made up of Williams, Defiance, Paulding, Van Wert, Henry, Putnam, Hancock, and Hardin counties, and portions of Fulton, Auglaize, and Logan counties.

POSTED: 11/18/17 at 8:59 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

The Van Wert YWCA and Orchard Tree restaurant are teaming up for Dining to Donate on Tuesday, November 28. On that date, 10 percent of sales between 5:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. will be donated to the YWCA youth programs.

“This event will make a big impact in the youth programs at the YWCA,” said Julie Schaufelberger, YWCA outreach coordinator. “We are excited to team up with Orchard Tree and appreciate their generosity (and) we encourage the community to raise a fork to this great cause.”

Those who intend to dine must have a coupon indicating they want 10 percent of their sales to benefit this YWCA program. Coupons are available at the front desk of the YWCA and will be available at Orchard Tree at the cash register. YWCA Housing staff members will be present during various shifts to bus tables.

“This is a great way for the YW representatives to make community connections and we look forward to seeing many people for the breakfast, lunch, and dinner shifts,” Schaufelberger added.

POSTED: 11/18/17 at 8:59 am. FILED UNDER: News

Van Wert independent

The Van Wert Police Department is investigating what was reported as an armed robbery that occurred early Friday morning.

Police were called by Adam Hector, who was staying with several other guests in Room 36 of the Guest Keeper hotel on North Washington Street, shortly after midnight. When police arrived, Hector told him that an unknown black man and black woman showed up at the hotel and, after they came inside, the man pointed a small-barreled revolver at  and ordered Hector and the others to get down on the floor.

The man then went to Hector and held him down with one hand, while pointing the revolver at Hector’s head, and robbed him of what he said was $2,300 in cash.

While police were investigating the incident, it was determined that Hector had two outstanding warrants out on him and he was taken into custody.

After gaining approval to search the premises, police processed the room for evidence of the robbery. During the search, a white powder was found that looked like the drug fentanyl. The substance was sent to a laboratory for testing.

The Van Wert Detective Bureau was then called in and the occupants of the room interviewed.

Police are asking that anyone with information on this crime call the Van Wert Police Department at 419.238.2462 or Crime Stoppers at 419.238.7867.

POSTED: 11/17/17 at 10:13 am. FILED UNDER: News