VW independent/submitted information
LIMA – The Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 1 has announced area highway projects for this coming week. Those include the following:
Van Wert County
- U.S. 30 eastbound from the Indiana state line to Van Wert will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. The ODOT Van Wert County maintenance garage is performing the work.
- Ohio 81 west of Ohio 118 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. The ODOT Van Wert County maintenance garage is performing the work.
- U.S. 127 (Washington Street), between Fox Road and Ervin Road in the city of Van Wert, was closed April 11 for reconstruction and widening of the road. Access to local businesses is maintained. Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 81, Ohio 118, Ervin Road/Van Wert-Decatur Road, U.S. 224, and U.S. 30 back to U.S. 127. The closure will remain in place until fall. Helms & Sons Excavating of Findlay is performing the work.
- Sealing of pavement cracks will be performed at the following locations and will reduce traffic to one lane through the work zone: U.S. 127 north of Paulding to the Defiance County line; and Ohio 66, from the Putnam County line to the Defiance County line. The ODOT Paulding County maintenance garage is performing the work.
- Ohio 49 north of the village of Payne, between Road 94 and Road 96, closed March 21 for 60 days for a bridge replacement project. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 500 and Ohio 111 back to Ohio 49. Vernon Nagel of Napoleon is performing the work.
- Ohio 65 north of Ottawa is now open following a culvert replacement.
- Pavement repair will take place on the following routes at various locations with traffic maintained through the work zone: Ohio 108, Ohio 694, and Ohio 696. The ODOT Putnam County maintenance garage is performing the work.
Smooth jazz musician Brian Culbertson closed out the 2015-16 concert season at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio on Saturday night with a mesmerizing program that featured his multi-instrumental artistry and the support of his talented band. Here, Culbertson blasts out a jazz tune on trombone. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)
VW independent/submitted information
Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood development program that serves low-income children from ages birth to 5 years and their families at no cost.
It is a federally funded program that is operated by Council on Rural Services/Kids Learning Place in Van Wert County. Children who attend Head Start programs are involved in school readiness that includes literacy, language, science, mathematics, and social-emotional development. They also receive medical and dental services, are served healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing safely indoors and outdoors.
Families are involved and are the center of Head Start’s success, Families can take part in the classroom as volunteers, help with class projects and even serve on the Policy Council, a board that partners with staff in decision-making for the program.
This fall, part-day morning or afternoon classes (3½ hours) will be offered in the Van Wert areas. Another option available for the county is home based learning, with staff visiting families (1½ hours) each week with periodic group socializations.
Kids Learning Place participates in the “Step Up to Quality” program that rates licensed programs in Ohio. The Kids Learning Place in Van Wert is one of the only education/child care centers in Van Wert County to earn a 5 star “Step Up To Quality” award from the State of Ohio.
The Ohio State University-Van Wert Master Gardeners kicked off the first part of their plant sale this past Saturday at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. The group will be selling again at The Hotel Marsh, across from the courthouse in Van Wert, this Tuesday, May 3, starting at 9 a.m. There will be hardy mums, herbs, and select perennials available. Also available for purchase are gardening gloves and other supplies. (photo submitted)
VW independent/submitted information
The Van Wert Service Club will sponsor a summer speech and language clinic again this year for Van Wert County children. The purpose of the clinic is to help children having difficulty producing sounds, constructing sentences, understanding or using words, or speaking fluently.
Each child will be offered one therapy session per week for eight weeks. Parents are welcome to attend therapy sessions with their children. Therapy will be provided by Caren Miglin, licensed speech-language pathologist, who has provided summer clinics for the past 25 years.
Parents are asked to pay a one-time fee of $50, but the fee may be reduced due to financial hardship. The program offers a fun, enjoyable, and positive learning experience for children and parents in the Van Wert area.
The clinic will run Mondays or Tuesdays, June 6-August 2, with no sessions the week of July 4. To register, call 419.238.3833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Van Wert independent news
PAULDING — A man is being sought in connection with a robbery attempt that occurred at the Charloe Store Gas Station in rural Paulding County.
Deputies from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office responded to a robbery in progress at the gas station-convenience store at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday.
According to the two employees who were inside at the time of the robbery attempt, a man came into the convenience store and demanded all the money. Employees said the man never displayed a weapon. As employees hesitated, the man suddenly turned and ran from the store. Nothing was taken from the store and no one was injured in the robbery attempt.
The suspect is described as a white male approximately 5 feet, 4 inches tall, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and brown work boots and had a black ball cap with a light colored bill on his head, and a black bandana over his face.
After he ran from the store, he was seen getting into what appeared to be a black Ford Focus and drove west on Paulding County Road 138. No one else was apparently in the car.
Paulding County Sheriff Jason K. Landers is asking that anyone with information related to this investigation, or any other crime, call his office at 419.399.3791, leave information on the sheriff’s office’s Facebook back (search for Paulding County Sheriff’s Office), or leave an email for the sheriff on the office website: www.pauldingohsheriff.com.
Those with information can also leave an anonymous tip on the sheriff’s website by scrolling to the bottom of any page and clicking on “send us an anonymous tip.”
The Van Wert High School Junior Class would like to invite the public to a prom open house today from 2-4 p.m. in the Van Wert Middle School gymnasium. This year, students chose “Phantom of the Opera … Masquerade” as the theme. Those attending should enter the open house on the north side of the building, middle school door M44. The public is also invited to attend promenade, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the high school gym. Those attending should park on the north side of the building behind the middle school gym and enter through door M44. Follow the signs to the high school gym for promenade. (VWHS photo)
Editor’s note: This is the third and final article in a three-part series detailing results of the 2015 Van Wert County Community Health Assessment. This article centers on youth health assessment results.
DAVE MOSIER/independent editor
While Van Wert County young people mirror state and national statistics in some of their health findings, there were still some surprising statistics in the Van Wert County Community Health Assessment released earlier this week, especially in the area of alcohol use.
The assessment’s first health factor was obesity, with 18 percent of young people in grades 6-12 classified as obese. That increases to 20 percent when teens in grades 9-12 are assessed. The figures are both above state (13 percent for those in grades 9-12) and national (14 percent for those in grades 9-12) averages.
Another 16 percent of local youths are considered overweight, which is in line with both state (16 percent) and national (17 percent) averages.
Surprisingly, local young people are more active than their Ohio and U.S. counterparts, with 61 percent saying they are active at least 60 minutes per day every day in the past week. That compares to 48 percent of Ohio youngsters and 47 percent of American youths.
However, county young people who watched three or more hours of television was higher than state or national averages. Thirty-nine percent of county youths said they watch television at least three hours a day, versus 28 percent of Ohio youngsters and 33 percent of young Americans.
Bullying and its effects remain a problem across the country, with 15 percent of county youths saying they have been cyber/electronically bullied in the past year, which is right at the state and national average. Three percent of those said they did not go to school because they felt unsafe, which is below the Ohio (5 percent) and national (7 percent) averages.
To counteract the bullying, 13 percent of local youngsters said they carried some kind of weapon in the past month. That compares to 14 percent of Ohio young people and 18 percent of young Americans.
Alcohol use by young county residents is a surprisingly high number, but nowhere near the state or national average. A total of 42 percent of county youngsters in grades 6-12 say they have tried alcohol, a figure that increases to 56 percent for those in grades 9-12.
But 71 percent of Ohio youngsters and 66 percent of young Americans in grades 9-12 say they have tried alcohol.
Students from Van Wert Middle School hold up signs they created when they took a Stand Against Racism Friday afternoon. YWCA Executive Director Kimberly Laudick said a number of local schools took part in the event, including Lincolnview, Crestview, Vantage Career Center. People in the community were also encouraged to take “selfies” in connection with the anti-racism promotion and to post the photos on social media. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)
Although 2014 “The Voice” winner Craig Wayne Boyd had to cancel his original performance at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center because a freak snowstorm kept him in Nashville, Tennessee, his make-up date Friday night had a capacity crowd on its feet at times as he entertained with a variety of country and bluegrass tunes. Opening for Boyd was the up-and-coming country duo SmithField (below), which showed why it is becoming known in country music for its tight harmonies and original songs. (photos by Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)