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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Air Supply concert at NPAC 2-6-16

Australians Graham Russell (left) and Russell Hitchcock — better known as Air Supply — played to a sold-out crowd at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio. Air Supply got lots of applause as they showed they could still belt out their hits, including “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love,” “Just as I Am”, and “The One That You Love.” (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

POSTED: 02/08/16 at 8:35 am

Gasoline price information

Average retail gasoline prices in Ohio have fallen 12.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.50 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.74 a gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Ohio during the past week, prices yesterday were 74.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 39.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 24.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 43.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Gasoline price graphic 8-2012According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on February 8 in Ohio have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.24 per gallon in 2015, $3.22 per gallon in 2014, $3.60 per gallon in 2013, $3.40 per gallon in 2012 and $3.11 per gallon in 2011.

“Gasoline prices continue to plunge coast to coast as refiners continue to churn out winter-spec gasoline that will soon need to be purged,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. “While crude oil prices have held above recent lows, gasoline fundamentals continue to be remarkably weak as refiners continue to churn out winter-spec gasoline, incentivized by cheap crude oil.

“This has put retail gasoline prices under tremendous pressure as gasoline inventories rise to their highest January level since records started in 1990,” DeHaan added. “Refiners will continue selling any winter spec gasoline at bargain basement prices to rid themselves of it before specifications change heading into summer.

DeHaan noted that, in the days ahead, consumers can expect this seasonal “clearance sale” of gasoline to continue, leading to lower prices in most areas.

“But don’t get too relaxed,” he added. “The shift in specifications will lead to an eventual lift in prices once winter gasoline is gone.”

POSTED: 02/08/16 at 8:24 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Knights of Columbus Council 6034 in Van Wert is hosting its annual Lenten fish fries, beginning this Friday and each Friday through March 18.

The meal includes “all you can eat” fish, choice of potato (baked or french fries), vegetable, cole slaw, and a drink. The cost is $8 and senior citizens pay $7. There is also a kids’ menu of macaroni and cheese, a hot dog, vegetable, and drink for $4. Desserts will be Knights of Columbus logo 12-2013available for a freewill donation. Proceeds from the fish fries will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The meal is served from 55-7 p.m. and carryout is available. The K of C Hall is located at 425 Woodland Ave.

Each week’s dinner will benefit a local non-profit organization. On February 12, the Pregnancy Life Center; February 19, Van Wert County Special Olympics; February 26, Van Wert County Cooperative Food Bank; March 4, youth baseball and softball; March 11, St. Mary of the Assumption School Tuition Assistance Program; March 18, St. Vincent DePaul Society.

“This past year, with the help of fund raisers like the fish fries, Council 6034 returned approximately $15,000 to the community,” said Grand Knight Jerry Mazur. “The motto of the Knights of Columbus is, ‘In Service to One, In Service to All.’ With the support of the community, we are able to fulfill that mission.”

POSTED: 02/08/16 at 8:22 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles, News

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The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 10-hour safety course certified by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in February. Those completing the course will receive a General Industry OSHA 10-hour card.

The course will run from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, February 23-24, in the Vantage Career Center’s Community Room (follow event parking signs). Participants must complete the entire class to receive the OSHA card, while refreshments will be provided during each class period.

Fee is $35 per person and those attending will be invoiced by the Van Wert Chamber. To register, call Grace Gonzales at 419.227.4006.

POSTED: 02/08/16 at 8:20 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Lincolnview Homecoming court2 2-5-16

Lincolnview High School Homecoming King and Queen Chandler Adams and Ashton Bowersock are shown with their court during ceremonies held Friday night in the LHS gymnasium. (Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent)

POSTED: 02/06/16 at 7:44 am. FILED UNDER: News

Chocolate Walk 2-5-16-Steeles, etc

A nice crowd walked Van Wert’s downtown area on Friday evening for Main Street Van Wert’s second annual Downtown Chocolate Walk. Local residents purchased tickets and downtown businesses provided chocolate treats for those who visited their stores. Here, retired Van Wert County Common Pleas Judge Charles D. Steele and his family and friends eat their treat at Truly D’Vine Bread Company. (Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent)

POSTED: 02/06/16 at 7:38 am. FILED UNDER: News

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TOLEDO — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of the Toledo Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force announced the arrest of a California man after the search of a Toledo storage unit uncovered heroin and cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $200,000.

Attorney General Mike DeWine

Attorney General Mike DeWine

Task force members arrested Olemuel Ricks, 26, of Inglewood, California, on felony heroin and cocaine trafficking and possession charges after a drug trafficking investigation led them to the storage unit on Tuesday.

A search of the unit revealed 1.5 kilos of heroin with an estimated street value of $146,400 and a half-kilo of cocaine with an estimated street value of $65,400. A firearm and $38,500 in cash were also found.

“Drug addiction is plaguing every corner of Ohio, and state, local, and federal law enforcement are working together every day to identify those bringing drugs into our neighborhoods,” said Attorney General DeWine.

“Seizing drugs and drug proceeds ensures dangerous narcotics are not introduced into our communities and removes the profit incentive from criminals, hampering their ability to fund further illicit activities,” said Special Agent in Charge of HSI Detroit Marlon Miller. “This case is a yet another prime example of local and federal authorities working together to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal organizations.”

The Toledo Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigation Commission (OOCIC) in partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The task force consists of authorities from the Toledo Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, Customs Border Patrol Protection Air and Marine Operations, and Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office.


POSTED: 02/06/16 at 7:37 am. FILED UNDER: News

COLUMBUS (AP) — Nearly 244,000 Ohioans signed up for private insurance or renewed coverage through the federal marketplace created by President Barack Obama’s health law.

Federal officials announced the latest enrollment figures Thursday. The third open enrollment period under the law ended January 31.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says fewer than 87,000 consumers in the Cleveland-Akron area selected or were automatically enrolled in a plan. About 49,000 consumers in the Cincinnati area were enrolled in a plan, while more than 48,000 consumers in the Columbus area were in a plan.

About 12.7 million people nationwide have signed up for insurance or renewed coverage for 2016. That number falls right in the middle of the administration’s projection of 11 million to 14 million initial enrollments through and state-run counterparts.

POSTED: 02/06/16 at 7:34 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Valentines for Veterans artwork 2-2012Buckeye Y Youth Inc. will host Valentines for Vets on Monday, February 8, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, 111 N. Shannon St. in Van Wert. The event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and show appreciation to veterans for all they have sacrificed for America. Buckeye Y Youth members will make Valentines to be sent to veterans in Van Wert nursing homes or hospitals.

The local color guard has been invited to attend and will lead “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the group. Refreshments will be served.

POSTED: 02/06/16 at 7:33 am. FILED UNDER: News

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s efforts to prevent and control smoking and other tobacco use got another failing grade in an anti-smoking group’s latest national review.

The American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control report, out Wednesday, gave Ohio an F for prevention and control program funding and for its tobacco tax structure. But the group said Ohio’s doing a better job helping people quit.

Ohio’s smoking rate stands at seventh highest in the nation.

The state has increased its cigarette tax by 35 cents a pack, but the association says the tax must go higher to be an effective disincentive.

The group praised state lawmakers for increasing spending for tobacco-related programs by roughly $4.4 million this year. Expanded quit-line services helped take Ohio from an F to a C for cessation efforts.

POSTED: 02/06/16 at 7:31 am. FILED UNDER: News

DEFIANCE (AP) — A General Motors employee has died at a GM plant in northwest Ohio.

The company said in a statement that the employee died Tuesday afternoon at GM’s Defiance Casting Operations in Defiance. The worker’s identity wasn’t immediately released, and the company’s statement provided no details on how the death occurred

A dispatcher at the South Richland Township Fire Department says the department responded to a report of an industrial accident at the plant around 1 p.m. Tuesday and is investigating. The dispatcher said he could provide no other information. He says the fire department is investigating with GM and other local authorities.

GM’s statement says the company was saddened by the death and is working closely with authorities to investigate what happened.

POSTED: 02/06/16 at 7:30 am. FILED UNDER: News