The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Business Expo speaker Jessika Phillips. (photo submitted)

Business Expo speaker Jessika Phillips. (photo submitted)

VW Chamber of Commerce information

Last year’s Business Expo & Taste of Van Wert County was a sell-out for exhibitors, so local business owners and managers should make sure to secure their business’ booth soon for the September 18 event.

Grow a company’s bottom line and is visibility in northwest Ohio at the Van Wert Area Business Expo & Taste of Van Wert County on Thursday, September 18, from 3-7 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 1197 Elks Road in Van Wert (off Van Wert-Decatur Road).

The perfect venue to showcase a company’s products and services, area businesses will have the opportunity to reach key customers, business executives, management and the community at large.  Businesses interested in taking part should register by Friday, September 5, as booth space is limited or until all exhibitor spaces are sold out.

The Van Wert Business Expo and Taste of Van Wert County combines two events in one to showcase businesses. Here’s a look at the schedule:

3-4:45 p.m. — Business-to-business connecting, networking and learning, featuring NOW Marketing Group President/Founder Jessika Phillips and her team.

Phillips and her colleagues will highlight the top trends in social media and creating memorable, impactful content, as well as facilitate interactive networking activities. Phillips, known as the “Super Woman of Internet Marketing” by her peers, infuses her spirit-filled enthusiasm, innovative ideas, and superb strategies to forge new paths in the world of marketing.


POSTED: 07/28/14 at 6:10 am

Convention & Visitors Bureau information

Twice a year, the Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bureau prepares a calendar of events to distribute to local residents, as well as those requesting information about the Van Wert County community. This information is also used to update the CVB’s listing of festivals and events on its website: .

Now is the time to put the Fall 2014 and Winter 2014-2015 calendar together. The CVB’s listings are designed to have information about area events of interest to the general public.  Area residents’ help is needed to make sure the information the CVB distributes is accurate and complete.

“We’d like to be sure we don’t miss any event,” said CVB Executive Director Larry Lee. “We will accept information from any group, organization, church, school, etc.”

The CVB calendar will include events scheduled between September 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. Of special interest at this time of year will be holiday happenings.

To have an event listed, email the CVB at and include the name of the event, time, location, a short description, and the name of a contact person.  Deadline for submission is August 11.

“If you have any question about whether or not your events would qualify for inclusion, you can contact us at our email address or call us at 419.238.9378,” Lee noted. “The CVB reserves the right to exclude non-qualifying events and to edit event descriptions.”

POSTED: 07/28/14 at 6:05 am. FILED UNDER: News

Ohio Attorney General’s information

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine  warns consumers to beware of scam calls offering government grants.

Since January 1, the Attorney General’s office has received more than 100 reports of suspected grant scams. Additionally, more than 20 consumers have reported losing $200 to $6,000 or more to the ploy.

Attorney General Mike DeWine

Attorney General Mike DeWine

“Claims that you’ve won a grant you never applied for are almost always too good to be true,” Attorney General DeWine said. “If you have to pay to receive a grant you never applied for, it’s a scam.”

In a typical grant scam, consumers receive a call saying they have won a federal grant of $7,000 to $10,000. In order to receive the grant, they must first send $200 to $300 to cover taxes, insurance, or other costs. Money must be sent via wire transfer or a prepaid money card.

Consumers who send money often will be contacted again, with the scam artist claiming that the consumer needs to send more money for additional costs. The scam artist may continue calling as long as the consumer keeps sending money. In reality, there is no grant and any money sent will be lost.

Scam artists may give the following phony justifications as to why a consumer has been selected for the grant:

  • “You deserve it.”
  • “You’re a good citizen.”
  • “You haven’t had any recent arrests.”
  • “You’re current on your taxes.”
  • “You have good credit.”

To protect themselves, consumers should never make an upfront payment in order to receive a grant. True government grants typically are awarded to organizations, not to individual citizens, and information about legitimate federal grants is available for free at

Consumers who suspect a scam or an unfair business practice should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at or 800-282-0515.

POSTED: 07/28/14 at 6:04 am. FILED UNDER: News

U.S. House of Representatives information

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) issued the following statement applauding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage this week of eight bills to combat human trafficking.

“Human sex trafficking is a $9.8 billion illicit industry, which is especially prevalent in Ohio, as Toledo has some of the highest human trafficking rates in the country and more than 1,000 people are victims of sex trafficking in the state each year,” said Latta. “This week, I was proud to join my colleagues in passing eight pieces of legislation that will help combat this growing epidemic, save lives and give hope to human trafficking victims around the world. I will also continue to work to defend our most vulnerable citizens, so we may end this horrific exploitation and abuse once and for all.”

U.S. Representative Bob Latta

U.S. Representative Bob Latta

The legislation passed by the House is as follows:

  • H.R. 5111, to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking, would update federal law to make clear that child prostitution is a form of child sex trafficking and should be reported to the CyberTipline at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
  • H.R. 5081, the Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act, would improve practices within state child welfare systems to identify and document sex trafficking victims.
  • H.R. 5076, the Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act, would improve support provided specifically to runaway and homeless youth who are victims of sex trafficking.
  • H.R. 4980, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, includes numerous provisions that would encourage states to reduce the incidence of sex trafficking among youth in foster care, empower and promote normalcy for foster youth, quickly move more children from foster care into adoptive homes or the homes of relatives, and increase the amount of child support provided to families in which one parent is outside of the United States.
  • H.R. 5135, the Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act, would direct the U.S. State Department’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking to conduct a review and issue a report on the best strategies for preventing children from becoming victims of trafficking.
  • H.R. 5116, the Human Trafficking Detection Act, would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to implement a program that would train Department of Homeland Security personnel how to effectively deter, detect, disrupt and prevent human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities.
  • H.R. 4449, the Human Trafficking Prevention Act, would require certain State Department personnel to undergo training to identify victims of human trafficking around the world.
  • H.R 2283, the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, would elevate the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to a Bureau within the State Department to better prioritize the fight against human trafficking without increasing the size of the federal government.

POSTED: 07/28/14 at 6:02 am. FILED UNDER: News

Convoy Community Days information

CONVOY — Convoy Community Days Michindoh Truck Pull has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, August 1, at the Edgewood Park Truck Pull Arena.  Edgewood Park is located at 643 N. Main St. in Convoy, one mile south of U.S. 30 on Ohio 49 South.

Admission prices for the event will be $5 for adult bleacher seats (children under 10 are free). Admission to the pit area is $10.

No coolers will be permitted. Sandwiches and beverages will be available to purchase with proceeds to support the Convoy Community Days in September.

All Michindoh class and rules apply. See the organization’s website for rules.

Session 1/Michindoh Pulling Series — 2WD Super Stock, 4WD Altered, Small Block 2WD, 4WD Stateline Pro Street, American Big Block Rails, 2.5 Work Stock Diesel, 9,500-pound Hot Farm, 8,500-pound Pro Farm.

Session 2/Classes and cash payouts (hook fee will be $20) — 6,500-pound Open Street Truck, Diesel, 8,000-pound Open Street Truck Gas. Top three places at $250.

For more information, contact CW Harting at 419.203.2117 or Emmett Minnich at 419.749.4135. Main sponsors for the event are Poling Excavating, Minnich Garage and CW Farms LLC.

POSTED: 07/28/14 at 6:00 am. FILED UNDER: News

Representative Burkley information

State Rep. Tony Burkley

State Representative Tony Burkley

COLUMBUS — State Representative Tony Burkley (R-Payne) announced recently that he has been appointed to serve on this summer’s Unemployment Compensation Debt & Reducing Burdens on Ohio Businesses Study Committee.

The committee will focus on the State of Ohio’s Unemployment Trust Fund and the effects it’s had on the state and the business community. Topics of discussion include how to repay back the debt faster and what structural issues exist within the system that led to the insolvency of the fund.

“Addressing our unemployment compensation debt is vital to maintaining fiscal responsibility in our state, Burkley said. I’m grateful to Speaker Batchelder for this appointment and look forward to what is ahead as we travel Ohio.”

The first hearing will be held August 5 in Room 121 at the Ohio Statehouse. This committee serves as one of two bipartisan summer committees traveling the state this summer to hold hearings discussing state policies and initiatives with citizens and experts.  The information collected will assist in formulating a final report and possible legislative recommendations.

POSTED: 07/28/14 at 5:58 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information

The Salvation Army provides lots of help to the needy — whether it’s money, a place to stay, or food for a hungry family. But who helps the Salvation Army when it’s running out of food to give to those less fortunate?

Major Judy Barter of The Salvation Army looks shocked at the lack of food on the shelves of the organization's food pantry. (photo submitted)

Major Judy Barter of The Salvation Army looks shocked at the lack of food on the shelves of the organization’s food pantry. (photo submitted)

With food supplies running critically low, Major Judy Barter and Robin Agler of the local Salvation Army met in the organization’s food pantry on Friday to discuss what to do next about the empty shelves and pallets.  At Thursday’s Advisory Board meeting, Daniece Maller reported that she had served 172 Van Wert households in June with food and that number is expected to climb even higher during July — a situation not designed to help conserve already dwindling food supplies.

Because of the need to purchase food to fill empty shelves, the local Salvation Army corps has had to stop all financial assistance, which helps families with such things as utilities, shut-off notices, rental assistance, medicine.

Much of the food purchased comes from the West Ohio Food Bank in Lima, but that organization has not been able to supply some of the foodstuffs needed to create a complete and nutritious food package for distribution. That means, the Salvation Army has had to go to local markets to purchase the food, and, while local markets have been very generous, they cannot compete with the price of shopping at the food bank. With the needs of local families increasing and their fuel the Salvation Army has had to purchase more and more food the last two years.


POSTED: 07/26/14 at 7:24 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW County Fair information

Season passes for the 2014 Van Wert County Fair are now available at various locations throughout the county.  Passes are the same price as last year at $18 and allow admission for all five days of the fair, August 27-September 1.  Single day admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids age 9-15. Children 8 and under get in free.

This year offers lots of free entertainment, including Chris August in the Gospel Pavilion on Saturday, August 30, at 7 p.m.; Polly Mae (country) in the Entertainment Tent on Wednesday, August 27, at 7 p.m. and Cook & Belle (also country) on Sunday, August 31, at 7 p.m.

VW County Fair logoSouthern Gospel lovers can hear performances in the Gospel Pavilion on both Wednesday and Friday evenings, with more Contemporary Christian music on Sunday evening — all free of charge with paid admission into the fair.

Rock ‘n’ Roll band Broken Lights is scheduled in the Entertainment Tent on Monday, September 1, for those looking for a way to celebrate after the horse races on Labor Day.

Season passes can be purchased at the following locations (membership tickets to vote for directors are only available at the fair office and are the same price, $18):

  • Van Wert – Brookside Convenience Store, Century Trading Company, Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce, Clark’s Pharmacy, Collins’ Fine Foods, Kennedy-Kuhn, The Sportsman restaurant, Tyler’s Short Stop, Van Wert Party Mart (Shell service station), Van Wert Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Flat Land Supply, The Partee Shop.
  • Willshire – Becky’s Village Restaurant, TJ’s Grocerette (Willshire and Wren)
  • Wren – Wrenco Trophy
  • Ohio City – Ohio City Express
  • Middle Point – Rambler’s Roost, Huggybear Campground
  • Venedocia – Hemker Grain Inc.
  • Delphos – Delphos Discount Drugs, United Equity
  • Convoy – Hall Lumber Company
  • Glenmore – Mercer Landmark


POSTED: 07/26/14 at 7:11 am. FILED UNDER: News

Simon & Garfunkel-Guthrie brothers 7-25-14

The Guthrie brothers, Jeb and Joc, brought a ray of sunshine to lighten up overcast skies Friday with the acoustic folk-rock sounds of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel as part The Van Wert County Foundation’s Summer Music Series in Fountain Park. In spite of the rather gloomy weather, a nice crowd came out to hear the duo play hits such as “I am a Rock,” “Mrs. Robinson” and “The Sounds of Silence.” (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

POSTED: 07/26/14 at 7:09 am. FILED UNDER: News

AT&T submitted information

AT&T has turned on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network in Van Wert, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. The benefits of the new AT&T 4G wireless network include the following:

  • Faster speeds. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Customers can stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before.
  • AT&T logo 7-2014Reliability. AT&T has the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network.
  • Cool new devices. AT&T offers several LTE-compatible devices, including new AT&T 4G LTE smartphones and tablets.
  • Faster response time. LTE technology offers lower latency than other wireless technologies,  which means faster processing time to move data through a network, such as initiating a webpage or file download. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine.
  • More efficient use of spectrum. Wireless spectrum is a finite resource, and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than other technologies, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience.

“I am pleased to see this excellent development. We have been working on ways for northwest Ohio’s businesses and consumers to become even more competitive and it is great to see this project come to fruition,” said State Senator Cliff Hite.

“I’m proud to say that Van Wert is now among the communities enjoying this cutting-edge technology,” said State Representative Tony Burkley. “AT&T’s investment is an example of the company’s overall commitment to this area, and builds on our reputation as a strong region for business investment.”


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Ohio State Highway Patrol information

osplogoThe Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and the villages of Scott and Grover Hill, announced that troopers and local law enforcement will operate OVI checkpoints from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Ohio 114 and Blaine Street in Van Wert and Paulding counties.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrol to aggressively combat alcohol related injury and fatal crashes.

Those who plan to consume alcohol should designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before they drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.

POSTED: 07/26/14 at 7:02 am. FILED UNDER: News