topamax recall

The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2015

These pigs got close to the target during the When Pigs Fly fundraiser held during the  2013 Van Wert Rib Fest. (VW independent file photo)

These pigs got close to the target during the When Pigs Fly fundraiser held during the 2013 Van Wert Rib Fest. (VW independent file photo)

United Way of Van Wert County information

Van Wert area residents are invited to join the United Way of Van Wert County at the ninth annual Van Wert Rib Fest for its “When Pigs Fly” event.

Little plastic numbered pigs will be dropped from a Van Wert Fire Department ladder truck on the fairgrounds at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 8. Two lucky winners will receive a cash prize following the contest: $500 for the pig that lands closest to the target and $100 to the pig that lands farthest away from the target.

Tickets are $5 each, or 6 for $20, and can be purchased at the United Way Office, from any United Way board member, the Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bureau or at the fairgrounds during Van Wert Rib Fest.

This year, in addition to the flying pigs, the United Way will hold a 50/50 contest. Stop by the United Way tent at the Rib Fest and take a guess at the number of pigs in a jar for only $1 a guess. The winner will win half of all money collected.

United Way of Van Wert County is located at 1151 Westwood Drive. For more information call 419.238.6689, email, or visit the United Way website at

POSTED: 07/29/15 at 9:40 am

BDC donates to Airport Authority 7-2015

The Van Wert Business Development Corporation (BDC) has contributed to the van Wert Airport Terminal Feasibility Study Fund. The Airport Board is raising $12,000 to be used for this study, and to be proactive in determining any future expansion at the airport. Shown are (from the left) Airport Authority Board President Steve Bailey, BDC Board member Andy Czajkowski and Airport Authority member Mike Keysor. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 07/29/15 at 7:02 am. FILED UNDER: News

Ohio Dept. of Health information

COLUMBUS — Record rainfalls this summer have had a negative effect on Grand Lake St. Marys, as harmful algae blooms have again caused problems on the lake.

Ohio public health officials have elevated a public health advisory as a result of increased levels of microcystin toxin in the 13,500-acre lake, along with the probable case of a person getting sick after recreating on the lake.

Signs have been posted on Grand Lake public beaches and boat ramps recommending that visitors and pets avoid swimming and wading in the lake. Boaters and jet-skiers are encouraged to understand the risks of exposure to higher levels of microcystin, especially if the lake shows scum, slime or resembles spilled paint.

Ohio Dept. of Health logoMicrocystin is a toxic chemical produced by cyanobacteria (often called blue-green algae), which cause harmful algal blooms (HABs). HABs can occur in lakes, ponds and slow-moving rivers when there are warm temperatures, sunlight and excessive amounts of nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen) in the water.  Some HABs are visible as thick mats or scum on the surface of the water, which can vary in color, including bluish-green, bright green or even red or maroon.

“We are seeing high levels of microcystin that are likely the result of record rainfall this year,” said Craig Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Microcystin levels at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park beaches recently ranged from 63.4 micrograms per cubic liter (µg/L), sometimes expressed as parts per billion, to 99.6 µg/L.  According to the World Health Organization, there is a high relative probability of acute health effects during recreational exposure to microcystin in contaminated water beginning at 20 µg/L.

Swallowing or coming into contact with water containing high levels of microcystin can make people sick, including but not limited to rashes, hives, skin blisters and runny nose to severe diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, abnormal liver function and difficulty breathing. The most common ways individuals come into contact with HABs during water recreational activities include accidental swallowing of contaminated water while swimming; skin contact through swimming or wading; and breathing in aerosolized water droplets (misting) while power boating, jet skiing, water skiing or tubing.


POSTED: 07/29/15 at 6:55 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW County Council on Aging information

Through a partnership with Legal Aid of Western Ohio, the Van Wert County Council on Aging will be offering free legal aid services. While the service is available to anyone, emphasis will be placed on the senior population.

Rebecca Steinhouse will serve as Legal Aid’s local liaison for the Van Wert County Council on Aging.  Steinhouse has worked for Legal Aid of Western Ohio for more than 17 years and specializes in elder law. However, she and Legal Aid of Western Ohio can also offer legal expertise in the many other areas, such as family law, domestic violence, consumer law and public benefits.

The services will be offered on a quarterly basis and appointments are very limited. While all individuals age 60 and older are eligible for these services at no cost, those under 60 must be low-income eligible individuals.

For those interested, the next session will be Thursday, August 13. Those interested in meeting with Steinhouse or need further information on Legal Aid of Western Ohio can contact the Van Wert County Council on Aging at 419.238.5011.

The Van Wert County Council on Aging is an advocate for independent living in later years and is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation.

POSTED: 07/29/15 at 6:53 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles, News

VW County Health Dept. information

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Company is recalling Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac’n Buds sold in its retail stores, due to possible contamination from Salmonella.

A sample of Kroger Garlic Powder from a store in North Augusta, South Carolina, was tested by the FDA and found to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Stores under the following names in the 31 states where Kroger operates are included in this recall: Kroger, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, City Market, Smith’s, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Jay C, Ruler Foods, Pay Less, Owen’s, and Scott’s.

POSTED: 07/29/15 at 6:52 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

After more than a decade of relief, more than 30 frustrated Sunset Court residents were again looking for answers to flooding problems from Van Wert City Council.

A number of Sunrise Court residents attend Monday night's Van Wert City Council meeting to discuss recent flooding in the area. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

A number of Sunrise Court residents attend Monday night’s Van Wert City Council meeting to discuss recent flooding in the area. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

What has been called the wettest June since 1892, which dumped more than 20 inches of rain on the city, was blamed for flooding problems for the southern portion of Sunrise Court, as water from an adjacent field poured into a portion of the subdivision.

Several Sunrise Court residents who attended Monday’s City Council meeting talked about how the flooding has adversely affected them — problems that included the loss of a couple of vehicles to water damage and difficulty in getting to, and from, their homes.

Since houses in the area are built on concrete slabs, several residents also said their homes were threatened by flooding that, in some cases, came within inches of their front doors.

Mayor Don Farmer used a slide show in his discussion of what has been done in the past two decades to alleviate flooding in Sunrise Court, but also noted that the historical rainfalls last month were the main culprit in the area’s recent flooding problems.

“There is no community that can plan for that size of rainfall,” the mayor said to Sunrise Court residents.


POSTED: 07/28/15 at 7:40 am. FILED UNDER: News

Ag Society donates to VWCF 7-2015

Van Wert Agricultural Society members recently raised $2,000 by operating a parking lot security detail for the 2015 Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA). Funds were donated to The Van Wert County Foundation to be applied to the Future Agricultural Leader Scholarship Fund established in 2014 by the Agricultural Society. Income from the fund will provide scholarships in any ag major for local residents who participated in the Van Wert County Junior Fair. Agricultural Society security team member Ron Owens is shown presenting a check to VWCF Executive Secretary Seth Baker. Other security team members included Barb Waltz, Gerald Gordon, Aaron Knittle, Jami Agler, Brennon Profit and Ann Marshall. For more information about scholarship funds, or to donate, contact The Van Wert County Foundation at 419.238.1743 or email (photo submitted)

POSTED: 07/28/15 at 7:38 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

United Way of Van Wert County and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, announced that local residents saved $28,068 on prescription costs, as a result of the successful partnership between the two organizations.

FamilyWize, a long-time partner of United Way, works with nearly 1,000 local United Ways to help make all FDA approved prescription medication more affordable for individuals with high prescription costs through the free FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card. Over the years, FamilyWize and United Way have partnered to help over 8 million people save more than $830 million on the prescription medications they need.

Key highlights of the Health Impact Report from the United Way of Van Wert County include:

  • FamilyWize prescription card 12-2012$28,068 — Savings on prescription medications
  • 332 — Number of people helped
  • 2,618 — Number of prescriptions

“Thanks to our partnership with FamilyWize, we are able to make a difference by providing a way for our neighbors to stay healthy,” said United Way Executive Director Vicki Smith. “By reducing the burden of high prescription medication costs for those who are uninsured or underinsured, we are helping to build a stronger community.”

The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card, which is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, covers all FDA approved prescription medications. The card is free to all consumers, insured and uninsured, and has an average savings of 42 percent. The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card functions like a reusable prescription discount coupon, and does not require any personal information or eligibility criteria from the user.

To take advantage of the savings that FamilyWize offers, consumers can download a card from, call 800.222.2818 and request a card to be sent to them, or download the free FamilyWize app.

FamilyWize also offers a drug price look-up tool, an online resource to compare prescription medication prices and find the local pharmacy with the lowest price. Consumers can access the easy-to-use tool on the FamilyWize website above or through the FamilyWize app.

United Way of Van Wert County is located at 1151 Westwood Drive in Van Wert. For more information, call 419.238.6689, email or visit the United Way website at

POSTED: 07/28/15 at 7:32 am. FILED UNDER: News

Redeemer Lutheran sponsors $1 day 7-2015

Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Thrivent Choice Program will be sponsoring a $1 day at Camp Clay Aqua Park this summer. Local businesses purchase the day for the Van Wert community; access includes swimming, floating playground, zip-line, paddleboats, a half-acre beach and the 3,600-square-foot splash pad, which is new in 2015. To learn more, visit the YMCA website at Shown is Marcy Etzler, Loretta Etzler, Shelly Miller, Pastor Mike Saylor, Murf Baer and Carrie Mathew from Redeemer Lutheran Church with Camp Clay Director Clint Myers. (YMCA photo)

POSTED: 07/28/15 at 7:30 am. FILED UNDER: News

YMCA of VW County information

The YMCA of Van Wert County has announced a SilverSneakers luncheon to be held this Thursday, July 30, at 11:15 a.m. in the Senior Fitness Center, where all attendees can enter  handicap accessible Door 9.

The luncheon will be catered by Van Wert Manor and the luncheon’s featured speaker will be Van Wert County Sheriff Tom Riggenbach, who will speak about Van Wert’s heroin SilverSneakers logo 3-2015problem, as well as provide a Humane Society update and accept and dispose of unneeded medications and safety through the aging process.

All SilverSneakers members and those interested in learning more about the program are welcome to come for this free event. Bring a friend to the luncheon and YMCA staff will check their eligibility for a SilverSneakers membership.

Information about this and other programs available at the Van Wert YMCA can be found by calling 419.238.0443 or visiting The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way.

POSTED: 07/28/15 at 7:28 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

GROVER HILL — Six people, five of them Paulding County Jail inmates, were treated following a two-vehicle accident that occurred Monday morning north of Grover Hill.

Paulding County Sheriff’s Sergeant Chris Dilling, 45, and five inmates, Christopher Franklin, Timmy Tucker, Benjamin Smith, Tomas Walters and Antonio Barajas Jr., were all taken to Paulding County Hospital following the accident, which occurred at approximately 8 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Ohio 637 and Ohio 613.

According to investigating troopers from the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway osplogoPatrol, the 2005 Chevrolet Express van driven by Sgt. Dilling was headed west on Ohio 613 when a 2014 Chevrolet Impala driven north on Ohio 637 by Mark Rolston, 49, of Reed City, Michigan, failed to yield the right of way and struck the left side of the county transport van, causing the van to veer off the right side of the highway and overturn.

Rolston was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way.

Rolston was not apparently injured in the crash, nor were three inmates, Jessica Beane, Justin Kipker and Jon Foster. Those inmates were transported to Paulding County Jail.

The Patrol was assisted at the accident scene by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Grover Hill and Paulding EMS squads and Gideon’s and R&O Towing.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation at this time. Sgt. Dilling, Rolston and Beane were all wearing seatbelts. The inmates in the back of the transport van were not wearing seatbelts.

POSTED: 07/27/15 at 4:18 pm. FILED UNDER: News