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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

Shown is one of six treatment rooms at the new Van Wert Smiles dental clinic on Fox Road. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

Shown is one of six treatment rooms at the Van Wert Smiles dental clinic on Fox Road. (VW independent file photo)

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The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio Van Wert Smiles location is joining with the Ohio Dental Association to host the 2017 Give Kids A Smile Ohio kick-off.

ADAF GKAS 15thAnn Logo 180x21120160923t160342The Give Kids A Smile program is a collaborative effort among the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association and other state and component dental societies throughout the U.S. to provide dental care and oral health education to children without dental coverage.

This event is the first to be held in Van Wert and will be celebrated by state and local leaders in attendance, including State Representative Craig Riedel (R-Defiance) and Van Wert City Council President Pete Weir, along with Ohio Dental Association President Dr. Kevin Laing of Van Wert.

Dental Center of Northwest Ohio Van Wert Smiles, in partnership with volunteer dentists, will offer free dental care to children without dental insurance from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, February 3, as part of the Give Kids A Smile program. Services offered will be preventive services, such as cleanings and fluoride treatments, and restorative services, such as fillings and extractions as needed.


POSTED: 01/17/17 at 8:48 am

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The Van Wert Elementary School’s PTO is teaming with the Van Wert City DARE program and will be having a pre-Valentine’s Day breakfast on Saturday, February 11. Serving will be from 7 until 11 a.m. in the Van Wert Elementary School commons area.

DARE logo 4-2012The breakfast is being held to support the Van Wert DARE program. All proceeds will go to the city DARE program to help cover the costs of the fifth grade DARE Culmination Day event and other events that are held for local students.

The DARE program teaches young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and also provides information about decision making, bullying, respect, and many other important family values.

The breakfast will be “all you can eat” pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, applesauce, and a drink. Free-will donations will be accepted.  Bring the family out and enjoy a great breakfast and help support the local students.

Sponsors for the breakfast are Lee Kinstle’s GM Sales & Service, Save-A-Lot, Burcham Printing, Van Wert Propane, Van Wert County Hospital, and McDonald’s and Bob Evans restaurants.

POSTED: 01/17/17 at 8:40 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, will be hosting a free spaghetti supper for all Van Wert County area veterans.

Elks LogoThe supper will be held at the Elks Lodge, 1197 Elks Drive in Van Wert (off Van Wert-Decatur Road) on from 5-7 p.m. Monday, January 30.

The meal is free to all veterans, while spouses, children, and parents of veterans are welcome to attend.   Cost for adults (non-veterans) is $5 and the cost for children (ages 4-10) is $3.

Van Wert Elks Lodge would like to thank veterans for all they do and have done defending American freedoms.

POSTED: 01/17/17 at 8:38 am. FILED UNDER: News

Lancers celebrate after win over Miller City 1-14-17

The Lincolnview boys’ basketball team and fans celebrate the Lancers’ 55-53 victory over Miller City on Saturday (see game story and photo on Sports Page). Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 01/16/17 at 8:04 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Average retail gasoline prices in Ohio have fallen 11.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.24 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.34 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Gasoline price graphic 8-2012Including the change in gas prices in Ohio during the past week, prices Sunday were 51.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 43.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on January 16 in Ohio have ranged widely over the last five years: $1.72 per gallon in 2016, $1.99 per gallon in 2015, $3.31 per gallon in 2014, $3.18 per gallon in 2013, and $3.46 per gallon in 2012.

“For the first time since November, the national average price for gasoline has fallen over the last week, helped by weak demand and rising gasoline inventories,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “This downward trend is evident in over two-thirds of states, but may take additional time to materialize in others, yet is a familiar pattern for late winter as refiners build inventories prior to the late-February start of refinery maintenance season and thanks to the year’s weakest demand occurring over the next four weeks.

“However, motorists shouldn’t expect the trend to last long,” DeHaan noted. “After the sweetness of Valentine’s Day roses and chocolates is gone, they will be in store for a jump at the pump as maintenance season begins and the long transition to summer gasoline becomes a pinch point, leading to gas prices that will mostly trend higher for two to three months.”

POSTED: 01/16/17 at 8:01 am. FILED UNDER: News

Vantage to raffle Cougar's head 1-2017

Hey, Van Wert fans! Enter to win this custom-made metal and wood Van Wert Cougar mascot plaque created by Noah Breece, a Van Wert senior in the Vantage Precision Machining program, and TJ Thurston, a Van Wert junior in the Carpentry program. All proceeds benefit the Van Wert Athletic Department. Tickets available at the game. (Vantage photo)

POSTED: 01/16/17 at 7:59 am. FILED UNDER: News

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The Lincolnview Local Board of Education will meet in special session at 8 p.m. today in the district’s Neubrecht Lecture Hall.

The board is expected to take action on Ohio School Boards Association travel expense reimbursements, while also holding a facility planning/discussion session during the meeting, with no action taken afterwards.

POSTED: 01/16/17 at 7:56 am. FILED UNDER: News

Crestview fan feature pic 1-13-17

Crestview fans were psyched up in support of their Knights during Friday’s Northwest Conference game against Delphos Jefferson (see game story and photo on Sports Page) Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 01/14/17 at 8:31 am. FILED UNDER: News

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Defense Department announced on Friday that veterans will be able to shop online at military exchanges by the end of the year.

The policy change will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military, DoD officials said in a news release.

The shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, November 11.

While shopping privileges exclude the purchase of uniforms, alcohol, and tobacco products, it includes the Exchange Services’ dynamic online retail environment known so well to service members and their families. The change follows careful analysis, coordination and strong public support, officials said in the release.

“We are excited to provide these benefits to honorably discharged veterans to recognize their service and welcome them home to their military family,” said Peter Levine, performing the duties for the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

“In addition, this initiative represents a low-risk, low-cost opportunity to help fund morale, welfare, and recreation programs in support of service members’ and their families’ quality of life. And it’s just the right thing to do,” Levine added.

The online benefit will also strengthen the exchanges’ online businesses to better serve current patrons. Inclusion of honorably discharged veterans would conservatively double the exchanges’ online presence, according to DoD officials, thereby improving the experience for all patrons through improved vendor terms, more competitive merchandise assortments and improved efficiencies.

“As a nation, we are grateful for the contributions of our service members,” Levine said. “Offering this lifetime online benefit is one small, tangible way the nation can say, ‘Thank you’ to those who served with honor.”

POSTED: 01/14/17 at 8:20 am. FILED UNDER: News

Moose donates to Council on Aging 1-2017

Van Wert Moose Lodge 1320 recently made a generous donation to the Van Wert County Council on Aging, which will be directly used for senior citizen services. Shown above is Van Wert County Council on Aging Director Kevin Matthews (right) and John Smith, Van Wert Moose administrator. Those in need of senior services may contact the Council on Aging at 419.238.5011. (submitted photo)

POSTED: 01/14/17 at 8:14 am. FILED UNDER: News

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing legislation that takes an important step forward toward repealing Obamacare.

Latta voted for S.Con.Res. 3, the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which now paves the way for passing a repeal of the President’s massive health care law in the coming months. By passing the budget, the U.S. Senate can now use a procedural tool known as reconciliation, which would only require a simple majority threshold, to approve Obamacare repeal legislation.

“Seven years after the passing of Obamacare, I continue to hear from Ohioans who tell me that they are paying more and getting less when it comes to their health care,” said Latta. “It’s long past due that we repeal this massive law and put decision-making back in the hands of patients and their doctors. Today’s vote is an important, and necessary, first step in fixing our broken health care system.”

POSTED: 01/14/17 at 8:10 am. FILED UNDER: News