The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Sep. 23, 2019

The Guess Who wowed the audience Sunday evening at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, playing the group’s hits from the past 57 years, as well as three cuts from the group’s latest album, The Future IS What it Used to Be. Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 09/23/19 at 7:29 am

New VW Warehouse owners Amy Covey (right) and Michelle Hoffman cut the ribbon on their new business (above) while family members and Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce directors look on. The new owners have completely renovated their building in the 100 block of North Washington Street and plan to offer handmade wood sign projects (below), a small selection of handmade cards, jewelry, and other items, as well as a place for small receptions and parties. The building has lots of ambience, with exposed brick walls and a tin ceiling, and can seat 49 people. Both Covey and Hoffman said the business opportunity came at the right time. Hoffman said she feels it’s a great opportunity being able to bring other individuals who are making handmade things together. The new owners plan to offer workshops on October 6 and 23, both at 6 p.m., to guide people through the making of homemade wood signs. The store will open on Saturdays for now, with one weekday evening also planned. The owners also plan to have a website, where people can go to find out more information on the business. Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 09/23/19 at 7:25 am. FILED UNDER: News

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CONVOY — The Convoy Community Days Committee will be holding a Thirty One Bag Bingo event on Saturday, September 28, in the Edgewood Park Building in Convoy.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and Early Bird Bingo begins at 10 that morning, with regular bingo games to follow. Those interested can play 20 games of Bingo for $20.

Prizes are Thirty One bags filled with goodies by the following sponsors: Betty Miller, Alexis and Danielle Miller, the Kenn Field Group, Secret Garden Floral & Gifts, Dave and Donna Thomas, Laudick’s Jewelry, Slusher’s Jewelry, Jamie Linn Boutique, Kristi Gamble/Bee Gee Realty, Ace Hardware, Gina Dairy, Brewed Expressions, First Bank of Berne, Kulwicki Hilton Insurance Agency, Just for You Flowers, JJ’s Hair & Daughters Spa, Josie Droll, Northwest Ohio Welch Trophy, Crestview High School, Maurice’s, and Nicole Jones.

There will also be a “memory” bag filled by the Karl and Isabelle Schumm family. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased the day of the event.

Sandwiches, taco salad, and cinnamon rolls will also be available for sale at the event.

Proceeds from the event will be distributed to various organizations throughout the community and to Edgewood Park. Over the years, Convoy Community Days has supported the Convoy Soccer Club, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Crestview varsity girls’ soccer team and cheerleaders, Convoy Historical Society, Crestview scholarships, several Edgewood Park projects (purchasing new tables, mulch for the playground, and funding the new kitchen renovation project), Convoy Fire & EMS, and other local groups.

In addition to the Community Days Committee, the event is also sponsored by the Convoy Lions Club.

POSTED: 09/23/19 at 7:23 am. FILED UNDER: News

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LIMA — The Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 1 has listed the following highway projects being undertaken this week in Van Wert County:

  • U.S. 30, under U.S. 224, near the city of Van Wert, will be restricted to one lane in each direction through the work zone for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the ODOT Van Wert County maintenance garage.
  • Ohio 49, between Wolfcale Road and Harrison-Center Road, south of the village of Convoy, was closed Monday, September 16, for approximately two weeks for the replacement of three culverts. Traffic is detoured onto U.S. 30 and U.S. 224 back to Ohio 49. Work is being performed by the ODOT Van Wert County maintenance garage. (see map)

POSTED: 09/23/19 at 7:21 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Ohio’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.1 percent in August 2019, up from 4.0 percent in July, according to information released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 3,700 over the month, from a revised 5,588,000 in July to 5,591,700 in August 2019.

This graph shows unemployment increases and decreases over the past 12 months. ODJFS graphic

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 238,000, up 3,000 from 235,000 in July, while the number of unemployed Ohioans decreased by 24,000 in the past 12 months from 262,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.6 percent in August 2018.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 3.7 percent, unchanged from July, and down from 3.8 percent in August 2018.

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 3,700 over the month, from a revised 5,588,000 in July to 5,591,700 in August, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.


POSTED: 09/21/19 at 7:29 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Just a reminder that the YWCA of Van Wert County will be hosting a voter registration event on Tuesday, September 24, as a way to recognize and celebrate National Voter Registration Day. 

Community members can join the YWCA in Eugene Bagley Alley on Tuesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and again from 5-7 p.m. During those times, the YWCA will offer people the opportunity to register to vote and representatives from the Van Wert County Democratic Party and Van Wert County Republican Party will be available to answer questions. 

“We are very hopeful that people will come out to see us during our voter registration event,” said YWCA Director of Advocacy Kelly Houg. “We feel strongly that every vote counts and matters — it matters for you, your family and your community. When others will be making decisions that affect you — it’s important to let your voice be heard.” 

For additional information, contact Houg at The YWCA is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and is a United Way agency.

POSTED: 09/21/19 at 7:18 am. FILED UNDER: News

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An informational meeting for parents and guardians of Van Wert County juniors and seniors regarding financial aid will be held at Van Wert High School. 

Lawrence Matthews, financial aid director at Bluffton University, will explain the step-by-step procedures for completing the FAFSA form and answer questions regarding the financial aid process. In addition, Seth Baker, executive secretary of the Van Wert County Foundation, will explain requirements and application procedures for securing foundation grants.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, October 2, from 6:30-8 p.m., in the Niswonger Performing Art Center Lecture Hall. Attendees are asked to park on the middle school side and enter through the NPAC’s side or front doors. For additional information, contact Student Services at Van Wert High School.

POSTED: 09/21/19 at 7:14 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Who likes to cook on a Friday night?  There is no reason to do so when the Van Wert Federation of Teachers is sponsoring its Scholarship Supper this coming Friday, September 27.

The cookout meal will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the S.F. Goedde Building gymnasium, with takeout meals available. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The prices are $7 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and under.

The proceeds are donated to the annual scholarships given to deserving Van Wert High School graduates interested in pursuing a teaching degree. Last year’s $1,000 winners were Jalen McCracken, Reagan Priest, and Jaclyn Sroufe.  

Come out and join in the fun before the Homecoming football game against Ottawa Glandorf.

POSTED: 09/21/19 at 7:12 am. FILED UNDER: News

Employees of Peterson Construction in Wapakoneta work on the Marsh Foundation’s 15,000-square-foot fitness and dining addition Friday morning. The structure will include a gymnasium, locker rooms, restrooms, kitchen and dining areas, staff offices, and storage space, and is expected to be completed sometime next summer. Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 09/20/19 at 7:50 am. FILED UNDER: News

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced on Thursday that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Ohio as a result of excessive rain and flooding from January 1 through August 13.

The loans are available in the following counties: Adams, Allen, Ashland, Athens, Auglaize, Champaign, Coshocton, Crawford, Darke, Defiance, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia,  Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Huron, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Medina, Meigs, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Noble, Paulding, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Vinton, Washington, Wayne and Wood in Ohio. 

“When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities, affected by the same disaster,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East. 

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 3.74 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800.659.2955 (800.877.8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Loan applications can be downloaded from Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Applicants should submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than May 6, 2020.

POSTED: 09/20/19 at 7:49 am. FILED UNDER: News

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The Van Wert County Veterans Service Office announced that eight parking spaces in the county have been designated as Reserved Combat Wounded parking spaces to honor veterans who received the Purple Heart for being wounded in battle.

The spaces are located in Van Wert (including this one in front of the Van Wert County Courthouse), Delphos, Scott, Wren, Willshire, Ohio City, and some construction work is completed, in Convoy.

A Reserved Combat Wounded parking space is located in front of the Van Wert County Courthouse in downtown Van Wert.
Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 09/20/19 at 7:47 am. FILED UNDER: News