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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

Sticky Rammel, national sales manager for KAM Manufacturing, shows Lincolnview teachers some of the fabric used in the company's Stephanie Dawn line of purses. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

Sticky Rammel (second from left), national sales manager for KAM Manufacturing, shows Lincolnview teachers some of the fabric used in the company’s Stephanie Dawn line of purses. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

Local schools are seeking more ways to keep Van Wert County young people in the county, with Lincolnview Local Schools the latest to initiate a program designed to develop career development programs in the district.

On Friday, Lincolnview teachers had a professional development inservice that resulted in their taking tours of four local businesses as a way to see what jobs are available and what skills they might require.

Superintendent Jeff Snyder said the tours were a way for teachers to also “bridge the gap of the skillsets our students need to possess in today’s world to have a job and a career.”

On Friday, Lincolnview teachers had the opportunity to learn more about four local companies, Central Insurance, KAM Manufacturing, National Door & Trim, and Cool Machines — what they do and what they’re looking for in new employees.

The teachers split into three groups of approximately 25 and toured KAM, National Door & Trim, and Cool Machines. The teachers had a pasta lunch provided by the Van Wert Pizza Hut and then all three groups joined together at Central Insurance Companies in the afternoon for a presentation and tour of the regional property and casualty insurance company’s headquarters.

Teachers not only learned what kind of employees the companies were seeking, but also had the opportunity to get insight into the way the businesses operate and the challenges they face in hiring new workers.


POSTED: 02/13/16 at 9:45 am

Van Wert independent news

PAULDING — The Paulding Police Department has issued a warrant for a suspect in the death of a 21-year-old woman found dead in an apartment in the village.

Frank Tracy Jr.

Two mugshots of Frank Tracy Jr.

According to a police department news release, a warrant has been issued for Frank H. Tracy Jr., 47, of Paulding charging him with murder in the death of Hannah Fischer.

The news release describes Tracy as a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair.

Fischer’s body was discovered in an apartment at 119 W. Perry St. in Paulding this past Tuesday. The woman, a former Montpelier resident, was apparently beaten to death, although her body has been taken to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office, where an autopsy will be performed.

Crime scene investigators from the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation were also called to the apartment to seek physical evidence in the case.

POSTED: 02/13/16 at 9:38 am. FILED UNDER: News

Crestview Art Club Empty Bowls photo 2-2016

The Crestview High School Art Club is hosting its second annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit the Convoy United Methodist Church Food Pantry. For donations of $10 and $5, area residents will receive a full meal of soup, bread, a dessert, and a drink. Those who donate $10 will also receive a bowl handcrafted by a Crestview art student. Shown are students with some of the handcrafted bowls. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 02/13/16 at 9:36 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has announced the opening of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, encouraging high school students in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District to submit their original artwork for the chance to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the wealth of artistic talent in Ohio’s Fifth District,” said Latta. “I encourage all high school students to submit their artwork this year and look forward to seeing our district’s artwork on display in the United States Capitol.”

All artwork will be on display at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, the Fisher Wall Art Gallery, 200 W. Main Cross St. in Findlay from April 3-23. The winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition will be announced at a reception on Saturday, April 23.

The overall winner will have his or her artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, alongside artwork from other nationwide contestants. In addition, three honorable mentions will also be announced and displayed in Latta’s district offices.

Each student is allowed one entry. Eligible artwork includes the following:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
  • Collage: must be two-dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, etc.
  • Computer generated art
  • Photography

The deadline for students to submit their artwork is noon on Friday, March 25. Applicants can drop off their entry form and artwork at one of the following district offices:

  • Bowling Green – 1045 N. Main Street, Suite 6, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
  • Defiance – 101 Clinton Street, Suite 1200, Defiance, Ohio 43512
  • Findlay – 318 Dorney Plaza, Room 302, Findlay, Ohio 45840

District staff is also available to pick up artwork from students. To arrange a pick-up time, contact the Defiance office at 419.782.1996.

For more information about the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, click here. Additional rules and guidelines can also be found here.

POSTED: 02/13/16 at 9:29 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

United Way of Van Wert County is beginning its admissions and review process for 2016.

Agencies seeking funding are welcome to apply. United Way awarded over $300,000 last year to Van Wert County agencies and the local United Way keeps 99 percent of the campaign pledges locally. The 1 percent that is paid out is for state and national dues to be a member of the United Way.

United Way-Van Wert County logoTo be considered for funding, an organization must; be a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, offer human service programs, and have an active volunteer board.

During the months of April and May a committee made up of local volunteers will meet to study the funding requests. This committee will then make its funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Trustees in June. Once approved by the board, agencies are notified of funding decisions.

Any organization wishing to fill out an application should go to the United Way website at or contact the United Way office at 419.238.6689.

Applications need to be returned to the United Way office no later than Thursday March 31.

POSTED: 02/13/16 at 9:28 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

On Monday, February 22, following parent-teacher conferences a meeting has been scheduled for parents of freshman and sophomore students at Van Wert High School.

There will be a meeting for parents of freshmen in Room 103-104 from 7-8 p.m. Kerry Koontz, guidance counselor, will discuss the following topics: Graduation requirements, 2016-2017 registration, and the Ohio Department of Education state tests.

There will be a meeting for parents of sophomores in Room 105-106 from 7-8 p.m.  Guidance counselor Connie Ainsworth will discuss the following topics at this meeting: Graduation requirements, college and career planning, Vantage information updates, 2016-2017 registration, and Ohio Department of Education state tests.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. that day in the high school-middle school commons area. Parents should park in the far west parking lots at the back of the school complex and enter either through the high school or middle school gymnasium entrances.

POSTED: 02/13/16 at 9:25 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

Kennedy gives VWSO donation 2-2016

Van Wert County Sheriff Tom Riggenbach has recently undertaken a major project to upgrade the department’s computer infrastructure and replace computer equipment at the Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility. The project includes purchase of a new server, up-to-date software, and connectivity with all equipment between the two buildings. These upgrades will also provide a significant increase in storage and security of electronic data, while providing the ability to expand to meet the future electronic needs of the Sheriff’s Office. Van Wert County Prosecuting Attorney Charles Kennedy donated $7,000 to the project from his Furtherance of Justice Fund. Shown receiving the donation from Kennedy (right) is Sheriff Tom Riggenbach. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 02/13/16 at 9:22 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

CONVOY — Those tired of the snow and cold temperatures can beat the winter blues at Convoy Community Days’ Cabin Fever Bingo being held Saturday, March 12, at the Edgewood Park Building in the village. Doors open 9:30 a.m. and bingo begins at 10 that morning.

Baskets are made in Dresden Ohio and filled with goodies from local businesses. Participants can play 20 games for $20. Basket sponsors are Dowler Heating & Air, Pond Seed Company, Lincoln Candle/Lincoln Ridge, Mercer Landmark of Convoy, Kitchens Inc., Annabelle Miller and family, Gearhart-Jurczyk   Funeral Home, Hoover Garage, Convoy Tastee Freeze, Gibson Barnyard BBQ, Laudick’s Jewelry Inc.,   Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Delphos Granite Works-Carey Mathew authorized dealer, Frank’s Auto Detailing, The Sophist-Cut Styling Salon, Dealey Accounting Firm LLC, Shear Magic Barber Styling, Convoy Preschool, Perfectly Posh-Brenda Allison, and The Bridge.

The 2016 “Pamper Yourself Basket” raffle will include gift items from Convoy and area businesses. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Presale tickets available in local businesses and the Convoy Municipal Building

Get out of the house and enjoy a day with friends and good food. Cinnamon rolls, homemade pie and cake, and lunch will be available.

This event is no way connected with, nor does the Longaberger Company sponsor it.

POSTED: 02/13/16 at 9:18 am. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

A man accused of robbing the north Pak-A-Sak convenience store late last year was one of two people who appeared Thursday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court for plea change hearings.

Court artwork 12-2013 copyJohn Gosnell, 26, of Paulding, changed his plea to guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree. In exchange for his guilty plea, a specification that he used a firearm in the offense was dismissed. Firearms specifications carry a mandatory three-year prison sentence consecutive to any other sentence handed down.

Judge Martin Burchfield then sentenced Gosnell to nine years in prison, to run concurrently with similar prison terms handed down in Defiance and Paulding counties for robberies committed in those counties.

He was also given credit for 65 days already served while awaiting sentencing.

Gosnell showed employees a small silver handgun when he robbed the Pak-A-Sak convenience store at 800 N. Washington St. on November 14, 2015. He was later arrested by officers from the Paulding Police Department as a suspect in a similar robbery committed in that village.

He was arraigned on December 9 in Common Pleas Court and ordered held on a $100,000 cash bond.


POSTED: 02/12/16 at 8:43 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent news

PAULDING — Police are searching for a “person of interest” in the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found in a Paulding apartment on Tuesday evening.

According to Paulding Police Department news release, the body of Hannah Fischer was found inside an apartment at 119 W. Perry St., Apt. C, in Paulding at approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the release, crime scene investigators from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation were brought in process the apartment for clues in the case.

Fischer’s body was apparently found when an apartment manager went to the apartment to collect overdue rent.

Her body has been removed to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office so that an autopsy can be performed.

POSTED: 02/12/16 at 8:41 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

In honor of Ohio 2-1-1 Day, February 11 has been adopted by the Ohio Senate to recognize United Way’s in Ohio for its contribution to this program.

The Ohio Senate passed Senate Resolution 325 to recognize 67 of Ohio’s 88 counties that are currently participating in the program. Van 2-1-1Wert County is in its second year of participation and has seen great results to the contacts and referrals that people have received.

The cost of the program was initially underwritten by a grant from the Ohio United Way. The local United Way will be looking at future funding avenues to continue of a great program.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral telephone service designed to help individuals and families get access to social, health, and government resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When people call 2-1-1 they are connected with a trained, professional specialist who is ready to help find answers to topics such as food, housing, child card, employment, substance abuse, tax preparation, and health care.

POSTED: 02/12/16 at 8:40 am. FILED UNDER: News