The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, May. 21, 2019

Members of the Lincolnview JuniorHigh and High School choirs earned a top rating at the State OMEA competition. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent writer

A new massive hog farm is being planned in York Township, and officials are seeking a 30-year, 90-percent Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement for the proposed project: Profit Family Pork LLC.

Typically, a TIF agreement calls for tax revenues paid in connection with a project to be placed in a special fund earmarked for infrastructure needs, including roads. The agreement, which does not abate property taxes, but earmarks them for infrastructure needs, must be approved by affected local governing agencies and any affected schools.

York Township Trustee Nick Williams shared information about the proposal with the Lincolnview Local Board of Education Monday night, and he explained the facility would be located on Wren-Landeck Road between Mendon and Crow roads.


POSTED: 05/21/19 at 12:04 am

This year’s Veteran of the Year award was presented to William Carter from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803. Each of the service organizations are able to nominate one veteran by December 31, 2018, who they felt was deserving of the award. The nominations were reviewed by the Van Wert County Veterans Service Commission and a veteran selected from those nominated. The Veteran of the Year award is for veterans who go above and beyond to assist other veterans in their organization. VFW Post 5803 felt William Carter was deserving of the 2019 Veteran of the Year Award. 

POSTED: 05/20/19 at 11:52 pm. FILED UNDER: News

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COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud proposed Monday giving $1.5 billion to Ohio employers this year following strong returns on the agency’s investments.

“This is great news for Ohio,” said Governor DeWine. “This money will help Ohio employers expand their businesses, create jobs, and invest in capital improvements. Ohio’s economy is strong, and this proposal reinforces our goal of creating more jobs in the state.”

In addition to money for private businesses, the $1.5 billion proposal also includes money for public employers, including approximately $114 million for local governments and around $50 million for public schools. 

The money would be Ohio’s fifth investment return to private and public employers of at least $1 billion since 2013 and sixth overall during that time.

“Our investment portfolio is strong, our injury claims are falling, and our safety and wellness initiatives are making a difference,” said Administrator McCloud. “All of these actions mean big savings for employers, and we’re delighted to share this success with them.”

State law requires businesses to carry workers’ compensation coverage to protect workers who suffer injuries or illnesses on the job. The employers’ premiums are invested to grow the fund that supports injured worker claims. When investment returns are strong, the agency shares a portion of the investments with qualifying employers in the form of a dividend.


POSTED: 05/20/19 at 11:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Synergy Learning Center congratulates its Class of 2019 graduates (from the left) Jennifer Damron-Lincolnview, America Short-Lincolnview, Anthony Porter-Lincolnview, Gabby Huber-Van Wert, Bailey Day-Van Wert, Stephanie Damron-Lincolnview, Trisha Hagaman-Van Wert, Jacobah McMichael-Van Wert, Cody Germann-Lincolnview, Stacia Ashbaugh-Van Wert, Owen Denny-Wayne Trace, Austin Wurst-Van Wert, and Justin Roberts-Van Wert. Not present for the photo: Dylan Kline and Noah Kline-Wayne Trace, Caleb Tracy-Paulding, CJ Nall-Van Wert, and Christian Klender-Antwerp. Synergy photo

POSTED: 05/20/19 at 11:47 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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All nine Van Wert gasoline stations were below the state average, although the bulk of them were just 3 cents short of that mark.

Murphy’s USA station in the Towne Center shopping center was the lowest at $2.53 a gallon, with two stations, the Pak-A-Sak Marathon North station and the Lassus Handy Dandy station, both located in the 800 block of North Washington, were at $2.59 per gallon.

The remaining six stations, the Pak-A-Sak Marathon on South Shannon, the Brookside Marathon on West Main, The One Stop Shop Sunoco on North Washington, the Shell and Casey’s General Store stations on South Washington, and the Short Stop Sunoco on East Main, were all a dime higher at $2.69 a gallon.

Ohio gas prices rose 7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.72 per gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 stations. Gas prices in Ohio are 6.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, yet stand 14.4 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Ohio is priced at $2.42 per gallon today, while the most expensive is $2.93 per gallon, a difference of 51 cents per gallon. The cheapest price in the entire country today stands at $1.80 per gallon, while the most expensive is $5.87 per gallon, a difference of $4.07 per gallon. 

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.84 per gallon on Monday. The national average is down six-tenths of a cent per gallon from a month ago, yet stands 8.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

“The national average price of gasoline has continued its slow retreat in a majority of states in the last week. With a trade deal with China seemingly more and more unlikely, we may continue to see weakness in oil and gasoline prices,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “Of course, the trade tensions are not the only issue we’re monitoring for now, but we continue to believe that additional slow relief will trickle to pumps in the next week as more refiners get back into the game and boost production.

“California, the nation’s priciest state for gasoline, will likely see average prices fall back under the $4 per gallon mark for the first time in a month, joined by major areas across the state,” DeHaan noted. “I expect the bulk of states to see lower gas prices continue just in time for Memorial Day while some, inevitably, will see increases.”

POSTED: 05/20/19 at 11:44 pm. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

Hundreds of people took advantage of a sunny, humid day to help the Van Wert County Regional Airport celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight in 1919 by the U.S. Navy’s Curtiss NC-4 “flying boat”, with Van Wert native Walter Hinton as one of its two pilots.

Scott Niswonger (right) speaks about naming the Van Wert County Regional Airport’s new terminal building for former airport manager J.L. Rice Sr. as an artist’s conception of the building is shown. Listening is Mark Hartman, emcee of Saturday’s airport celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first trans-Atlantic flight in 1919 co-piloted by Van Wert native and famed aviator Walter Hinton. photos by Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

The ceremony celebrated Hinton’s long aviation career, which encompassed his time as a Navy pilot and his lifelong promotion of aviation.

Born November 10, 1888, on a farm between Van Wert and Convoy, Hinton joined the Navy in 1914 and was part of the U.S. occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, that year. Following the 19-day trans-Atlantic flight, Hinton also made a flight to South America, flew a balloon over the Arctic, became friends with explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd Jr., and was a longtime aviation supporter, opening airports and making flights across the country. For his trans-Atlantic flight, Hinton received the Navy Cross medal and Congressional Gold Medal.

Hinton, who died less than two weeks from his 93rd birthday on October 28, 1981, in Pompano Beach, Florida, also was a passenger on one of the first flights of the supersonic transport Concorde, which made the trip that took him 19 days in just four hours.


POSTED: 05/20/19 at 7:59 am. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

Lincolnview High School held its 59th Commence Service Sunday afternoon in the high school auditorium. A total of 65 seniors received diplomas from members of the Lincolnview Local Board of Education.

Lincolnview Salutatorian Brayden Langdon receives her diploma from Board President Kirk Berryman during commencement exercises Sunday afternoon. photos by Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

Class member Lakin Brant gave the invocation to begin the ceremony, while Principal Brad Mendenhall presented welcomed family and friends of the graduates and made his opening remarks.

Speakers for the commencement included Valedictorian Adia Welch, Salutatorian Brayden Langdon, and Class President Carly Wendel, while Superintendent Jeff Snyder also tendered his remarks and Mendenhall presented the class prior to graduates receiving their diplomas.

Prior to that, the Lincolnview Choir sang “Maybe We’ll Meet Again” and the Lincolnview Band played “Electricity (Race Around the Circuit)”.

Members of the board of education, including President Kirk Berryman, Vice President Lori Snyder, and members Michelle Gorman, Eric Germann, and Mark Zielke, then presented diplomas to the class.

Following presentation of diplomas, the school Alma Mater was played and graduates tossed their mortarboards before recessing out of the gym.

Members of the Lincolnview Class of 2019 toss their mortarboards near the end of commencement exercises on Sunday afternoon.

POSTED: 05/20/19 at 7:25 am. FILED UNDER: News

The 11 members of the Van Wert Area Boychoir entertained a crowd that include friends and family Sunday afternoon during its spring concert held at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. The concert included a mixture of religious and secular music, including “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins, “Benedictus” by Brian Lewis, “Kyrie” by Greg Gilpin, “Song of the River” by Mark Patterson, “Pie Jesu” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot, and “May the Lord Bless and Keep You” by John Rutter. The group was directed by Phillip Winfield, with Melissa Clay as accompanist, and Larry Taylor as arranger and technical director. Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 05/20/19 at 7:06 am. FILED UNDER: News

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The 58th Van Wert County Jubilee Flower Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, during the Peony Festival. This show takes place with the combined efforts of the Evergreen Garden Club and Wren Garden Club.

The flower show was named “Jubilee” after a snow-white peony developed in the 1960s. The show itself dates to the 1930s, but has been stopped and restarted several times.

The flower show will once again be held at Wassenberg Art Center and is open to the public. Times are 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Entries are open to the public, with no restrictions to residency or association to a garden club. The intent of the show is to improve the quality and standards of flowers grown and to promote the artistry of flower arrangements for the home.

Further information will be released closer to the date of the show regarding the entry time. There are two sections in the show: Horticulture and Artistic Design. Between the two divisions are a total of 172classifications to give opportunity to display many types of flowers and produce.

The show receives financial sponsorship from the Van Wert County Foundation.

POSTED: 05/20/19 at 7:03 am. FILED UNDER: News

The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce presented GKN Freight Services with its new Golden Hammer Award in connection with its extensive renovations of its new offices at 700 Fox Road. GKN Freight Services, which provides customers with a number of freight shipment options, purchased the former Times-Bulletin building and completely renovated the building to provide space for its Van Wert operations. Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 05/18/19 at 7:34 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

Van Wert Civic Theatre is offering three opportunities for area youths to perform on stage. This summer, VWCT offers two shows for children ages 5-18 and one show for high school and college age youths. 

On May 19 and 20, at 7 p.m., young people are invited to audition for Disney Frozen Jr. This musical will take the stage on June 21, 22, and 23. No stage experience is necessary. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a short song (“Happy Birthday” works just fine) and come dressed to learn a short dance. Rehearsals for this show will be in the evening through May and then move to late afternoon in June.  Emily Gehle is the director for Frozen Jr.  

The other show for school age children is the play Little Red: Life in the Hood. This show is not a musical.  Director Monica Campbell will hold auditions on June 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. This quirky fairy tale twist will take the stage on July 19, 20, and 21. There are roles for youths of all ages and experience levels.  

The high school, college age production will be You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Griffin Waltmire, director, and Dee Fisher, music director, will hold auditions on May 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. Those auditioning should prepare a 90-second selection from a song that demonstrates their vocal range. Accompaniment will be provided. Charlie Brown will perform August 2, 3, 4. 

For more information about the auditions or performances, visit  

POSTED: 05/18/19 at 7:14 am. FILED UNDER: News