The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2018

Vantage Health Care students assist at the 2016 Day of Caring Blood Drive. Vantage photo

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Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to help meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, children with blood disorders, and others. To help make a difference, Van Wert County residents are invited to give blood with the American Red Cross at the Van Wert Day of Caring blood drive on Friday, September 28.

The blood drive will be held in the Family Life Center of Trinity Friends Church, 605 N. Franklin St. in Van Wert. To schedule an appointment, visit http://redcrossblood.orgor call 800.RED.CROSS. Sponsor code is VWDOC.

This special blood drive is part of the United Way’s Day of Caring in Van Wert, which promotes community service. The Red Cross is seeking 200 donors to roll up a sleeve and give. All those who come to donate blood at this blood drive will receive a Day of Caring t-shirt and food prepared by Vantage Career Center.

As the Red Cross responds to wildfires, flooding, house fires, and hurricanes, including Hurricane Florence, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day.


POSTED: 09/19/18 at 7:14 am

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CONVOY — Crestview High School is gearing up this week for its annual Fall Homecoming event.

CHS Student Council members, with the help of the high school cheerleaders, have been busy planning festivities for the community.

2018 Crestview Fall Homecoming Court members include sophomores Tyler Hart and Raegan Hammons; seniors Derick Dealey, Ashley Call, Riley Saylor, Olivia Skelton, Ethan Greulach, and Kassidy Klinger; juniors Caylib Pruett and Ragen Harting; and freshmen Hayden Tomlinson and Sophia Saylor. Crestview photo

Wednesday evening will feature the 2018 Homecoming Parade, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run from Convoy United Methodist Church to the athletic complex, where the Powder Puff game will take place.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in themed dress-up days all week and will take part in a district pep assembly on Friday afternoon featuring a friendly game of volleyball between the junior and senior boys.

The homecoming ceremony will commence at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the stadium prior to the Crestview Knights taking on the Columbus Grove Bulldogs. A ‘90s-themed dance will be held Saturday in the Crestview Auditeria.

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

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $139,980 to Convoy Fire and EMS for operations and safety through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

“Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families,” said Brown. “We must support our first-responder organizations so that communities like Convoy have the resources to shield families and homes from fire hazards.”

The AFG program supports fire departments across the country to ensure the safety of both first-responders and the public. The program provides funds for supplemental training, upgrades to protective equipment, facility modifications, and other supplies that protect firefighters and first-responders in moments of crisis. Grants are awarded to fire department-based and non-affiliated EMS organizations that best address the priorities of the AFG Program. More information about the AFG Program can be found here.

Interested fire departments can contact Brown’s grant coordinator to receive information about federal grant opportunities by clicking here.

POSTED: 09/19/18 at 7:06 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Who likes to cook on a Friday night? There is no reason to do so this Friday, September 21, when the Van Wert Federation of Teachers is sponsoring its Scholarship Supper.

The meal will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the S.F. Goedde Building gymnasium, with takeout meals also available. Tickets can be purchased at the door. 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 winners were Julia Springer, Miranda Sinning, Kaylin Bledsoe, and Maddux McCray.

Come out and join in the fun before the Homecoming football game against Lima Shawnee.

POSTED: 09/19/18 at 7:04 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Brumback Library will have its Fall Book Sale on Saturday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Library’s Reading Room, 215 W. Main St. in Van Wert.

Hardbound books, DVDs, paperbacks, and a wide array of other materials will be available for purchase.

POSTED: 09/19/18 at 7:03 am. FILED UNDER: News

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CONVOY — The Crestview Local Board of Education learned about a new district outreach committee, approved a Tax Increment Financing request from the Tully Township Board of Trustees, heard a presentation from three district FFA chapter officers, was updated on the classroom construction project, listened to an update on Crestview’s State Report Card outcome, and reviewed efforts to renew the district’s income tax levy during its September meeting on Monday.

Crestview FFA officers (from the left) Morgan Dowler, Maddie Lamb, and Laney Jones make a presentation on a recent officers retreat and upcoming events. Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

First up, Tully Township Trustee Tom Gibson was at the meeting to provide details of the TIF request. Unlike a tax abatement, under a TIF agreement, taxes are paid into a special account and the funds used for needed infrastructure repair and replacement related to the entity paying the taxes. Board members approved the 90-percent, 30-year TIF agreement later in the meeting.

Next, three Crestview FFA officers — Laney Jones, Morgan Dowler, and Maddie Lamb – and advisor Ericka Priest provided information on the group’s recent officer retreat, as well as planned activities and events during the coming school year.

During her report, Superintendent Kathy Mollenkopf talked about the formation of a Community Connection Committee, whose job is to establish a relationship with district residents, solicit their input, and keep them informed about what happens at the school.


POSTED: 09/18/18 at 8:01 am. FILED UNDER: News

Van Wert High School’s Student Council announces this year’s 2018-2019 Homecoming Court.  Homecoming ceremonies will take place this Friday, September 21, at Eggerss Stadium, starting at 6:30 p.m. Homecoming Court members include (front row, from the left) senior queen candidates Arianna Adkins, Noelle Heffner, and Adrianna Grothause; (back row) junior attendant Ali Gemmer, sophomore attendant Theodosia Scarpelli, and freshman attendant Mia Kelley. VWHS photo

POSTED: 09/18/18 at 7:55 am. FILED UNDER: News

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COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is offering recommendations to help Ohioans make wise charitable contributions and avoid scams related to the flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Florence.

Mike DeWine

“We encourage Ohioans to be generous and to help those in need,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We also encourage them to be cautious when evaluating charitable donation requests. When tragedy strikes, there is the potential for scams, unfortunately, and con artists will take advantage of the generosity of others and use donations for themselves.”

Attorney General DeWine offered the following recommendations for charitable giving:

Carefully review donation requests. Do some research to make sure a donation will be used as intended. After a natural disaster, some sham charities may pop up to take advantage of people’s generosity. Don’t assume that charity recommendations on social media have been vetted. Check them independently. The first request found may not be the best.

Evaluate charities using resources such as the Ohio Attorney General’s Office (or the offices of other state attorneys general), IRS Select Check, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, and GuideStar.

Beware of “look-alike” websites or accounts. Be skeptical of charities or groups with names that sound similar to well-known organizations. They may be intended to confuse donors. Ohioans who receive a message from an organization asking for a donation should confirm that the request truly is from the organization, and not an impostor, by contacting the organization directly or visiting its website.

Be careful when giving to newly formed charities. Some charities formed shortly after a natural disaster or tragedy have good intentions but lack the experience to properly handle donors’ contributions. Established charities are more likely to have experience to respond following a tragedy and to have a track record that you can review.

Check out crowdfunding campaigns before donating. Those who want to make a contribution using a crowdfunding or peer-to-peer fundraising site, should find out how donations will be used before donating. Try to determine which campaigns are legitimate and supported by those close to the tragedy and which haven’t been vetted (some people ask for donations claiming to help victims but ultimately keep the money for themselves). Also consider how much of a donation will go to the website itself and whether donors will be charged any fees for making the donation. In addition, find out how the website will use one’s personal information. Be wary of sites that don’t provide a privacy policy.


POSTED: 09/18/18 at 7:51 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Spread the word about a nonprofit’s mission, engage new supporters, fundraise in more ways online — do all this and more with Google for Non-profits.

Vantage Career Center and The Van Wert County Foundation are co-sponsoring a workshop for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the area to test drive the tools and learn how a non-profit can benefit from GSuite for Non-profits.

It offers a free suite of cloud-based collaboration, productivity, and sharing tools, including emails, drive space, and calendars. GSuite for Non-profits is different from the free Gmail accounts people may use and provides organizational control. Visit Google’s site to learn more about these tools.

The sessions will be held at Vantage’s Community Room on Wednesday, October 17. Two workshops will be available: an afternoon session 1-3 p.m. and an evening session 6-8 p.m. Those wanting to attend can select from one of the two session times at registration.

Mary Ann Falk, Vantage technology integration specialist and Van Wert Civic Theatre web administrator, will provide the training. Falk is a Google-certified educator who regularly uses Google tools in her work and with VWCT.

For questions about the sessions, contact Falk at or Amanda Miller, VWCF marketing and resource development manager, at or 419.238.1743.

To register, go to:

POSTED: 09/18/18 at 7:48 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Van Wert Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming has announced that Jefferson Street, from Third to Crawford streets, will be closed at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday, September 19, for Van Wert High School’s annual football Homecoming Parade.

Following the parade will be the school’s annual Powder Puff Football Game in Eggerss Stadium.

POSTED: 09/18/18 at 7:45 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Two teenagers have been charged in connection with social media threats made to persons at Van Wert City Schools this morning.

The teens, who are 15 and 16, were each charged with aggravated menacing. Both will appear for hearings in Van Wert County Juvenile Court at a later date.

The charges were filed after Van Wert City Schools made a report to the Van Wert Police Department at approximately 1 a.m. Monday about social media posts that made potential threats to persons at Van Wert High School.

The VWPD was assisted in its investigation by the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office and the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The Van Wert County Prosecutor’s Office filed the charges after reviewing information from the investigation.

POSTED: 09/17/18 at 2:39 pm. FILED UNDER: News