The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

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Lincolnview Local Schools, in correlation with Ohio Revised Code 3313.64 or 3313.65, will again permit students from adjacent school districts to apply and enroll in the district’s schools through “open enrollment” for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Applications will be accepted beginning April 1 on a first-come, first served basis, according to the time and date the application is received by the superintendent of Lincolnview Local Schools. 

Parents interested in open enrollment for kindergarten students must complete an application at kindergarten registration, which will be held Monday through Friday, March 4-8, from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Lincolnview Elementary School. Applications will be considered in the order received and space may be limited. 

All applications (except for kindergarten students) must be completed and returned no later than May 31. Applications are available by contacting the superintendent’s office at 419.968.2226. Interested individuals may also stop in person or send a written request for an application to the superintendent of Lincolnview Local Schools, 15945 Middle Point Road, Van Wert, OH 45891. All approved open enrollment transfers in effect for the 2018-2019 school year need to complete a new open enrollment application for the 2019-2020 school year. These applications will be considered before new requests are acted upon. 

POSTED: 02/16/19 at 8:55 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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The public is invited to the First United Methodist Preschool Art Show and Fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, February 21, in Krout Memorial, 113 W. Central Ave. in Van Wert.

Join the preschool’s little artists as they display their masterpieces. Works of art will be available for purchase by parents and family members through donations to the preschool.

The silent auction is open to all guests and will contain works by talented local artists and themed gift baskets filled with lots of goodies.

For more information, contact Administrator April Ellerbrock at 419.238.0631, extension 308.

POSTED: 02/16/19 at 8:53 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Farm Focus Inc. was founded in 1974 in order to promote agriculture in Van Wert County and the surrounding area, and it is its continued mission to assist county students through a scholarship program that will enable them to pursue a degree in an agricultural-related field. 

Farm Focus Inc. is offering three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors interested in majoring in an agricultural related program at a university, college, or technical school. 

In addition to seniors, full-time students already enrolled in an undergraduate program in agriculture are also eligible to apply. This also means that a successful applicant last year can reapply again this year. 

The applicant must be a Van Wert County resident. Minimum grade point average is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship funds will be submitted directly to the educational institution by Farm Focus Inc. upon receipt of proof of enrollment or a copy of a tuition invoice. 

Scholarship applications have been sent to all nine area high schools where county students may be enrolled. Those interested should contact their high school guidance counselor, or FFA instructors for a scholarship application. 

The application is also available at the Ohio State University-Van Wert County Extension office, 1055 S. Washington St in Van Wert, or by email to Deb Knapke at 

The scholarship application is in PDF file form and can be emailed or put on a jump drive. 

For more information, call 419.238.1214. All completed applications must be postmarked or delivered in person no later than March 15 to the OSU-Van Wert County Extension Office. 

POSTED: 02/16/19 at 8:43 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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A free kindergarten developmental readiness screening for all children will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School gymnasium. Any child who will be 5 years of age by September 30 and lives in Van Wert County or the surrounding areas, is invited to attend. Screening appointments can be set up for Tuesday, March 5; Thursday, March 7; or Tuesday, March 12, between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. 

Call St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School Office at 419.238.5186 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to set up a screening appointment; time slots are limited. 

This free assessment is sponsored by St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School. Children will be assessed using the Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, Fourth Edition (DIAL-4). The DIAL-4 program assesses children in the areas of speech and language, gross and fine motor skills, cognition, hearing, vision, self-help, and social-emotional skills. The screening process usually takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Each child is unique; however, this assessment provides parents with an opportunity to see how their child is progressing in relationship to children of the same age. The school administration feels it is important that it provide screening results to parents and guardians in a timely manner. Since the school administrator will be on site each day, St. Mary’s will be reviewing the results with parents/guardians the day of their child’s screening. 

St. Mary’s staff members encourage the screening even if parents feel they may want to hold a child in preschool another year due their birth date or development.

POSTED: 02/13/19 at 9:30 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

By Kyra Welch

The Van Wert County Bunny Hoppers 4-H Rabbit Club will hold its first meeting of the year on Tuesday February 19, at Ohio State University Extension Office on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and end about 8 that evening.  

Keiley and Kemlynn Welch with their basket of bunnies. photo provided

Anyone interested in 4-H rabbits or rabbits in general is welcome to attend.  A parent needs to stay for this opening meeting to help with the club membership forms, projects, dues, and to learn about the club. 

At the meeting, the club will be getting organized for the year, learning some rabbit basics, and finding out about new and changed guidelines in 4-H and the fair. There will also be demonstrations on a few of the 49 different breeds of rabbits, and how to present a successful demonstration.  

For information on the 2019 rabbit season and our learning topics, visit the Bunny Hoppers’ web page at:

For more questions or more information, contact the 4-H Extension office or advisor Chris Heizman at 419.238.4554.

POSTED: 02/08/19 at 6:57 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Parents in the Lincolnview Local School District having a child who will be 5 years of age on or before August 1, may register that child for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Registration will be conducted during the week of March 4-8, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lincolnview Elementary School. Registration will require about 10 minutes. Registration forms are available on the Lincolnview website at under “Forms & Links”. Parents may complete the form and bring it with them to expedite the registration process. 

Parents will be given a kindergarten screening appointment at the kindergarten registration. Those who want their child to attend kindergarten at Lincolnview, but live outside the district, should plan to register and attend Lincolnview’s screening. 

Open enrollment space can be limited and open enrollment forms can be obtained at registration for the kindergarten class. Applications are considered in the order received. The open enrollment window is April 1 to May 31 for all other grade level students. 

Parents should bring their child’s Social Security card, official birth certificate, and immunization records to registration. Include custody papers, if applicable. 

Immunizations needed before starting school are: 

  • Polio — Four doses (last dose on or after 4th birthday) 
  • DTaP — Four or more doses
  • MMR — Two doses
  • Hepatitis B — Three doses
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) — Two doses 

Lincolnview kindergarten screening will be held Monday, April 1, and Tuesday, April 2, at First Baptist Church on Jennings Road. Prior registration during the week of March 4is required. 

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Lincolnview Elementary Office. The office telephone is 419.968.2351. 

POSTED: 02/08/19 at 6:54 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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LIMA — The Superior Foundation will award up to 25 $1,000 scholarships this spring. Any Superior Credit Union member who meets the scholarship’s eligibility requirements is welcome to apply. Complete eligibility information and application instructions are available on the credit union’s website www.SuperiorCU.comunder The Superior Foundation. 

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to our members,” said Executive Director Christa Steiner. “As an organization, we believe education is the key to a bright future.

“This scholarship program will allow us to assist our members as they continue their educational pursuits,” Steiner added. “Giving back to the communities we serve is a priority for us, and we look forward to awarding these scholarships to deserving students.”

Applicants must be a member of Superior Credit Union and full-time students enrolled at an accredited technical school, college, or university. These scholarships are intended for a student who has shown success in furthering their education beyond high school. Therefore, applicants must have completed at least one semester at an accredited technical school, college, or university and have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 1.

POSTED: 02/06/19 at 8:19 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School is again hosting a Science Fun Night open to all children ages 4-10.

The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 7:45 p.m. Thursday, January 31, in the St. Mary’s school gymnasium, 611 Jennings Road in Van Wert.

Children will be introduced to dynamic science topics through hands-on activities that will enhance science inquiry skills and encourage continued learning. St. Mary’s Science Fun Night will specifically allow children of mixed ages to engage together in hands-on activities, exploring the world around them.

Back again this year is the exploding toothpaste demonstration, as seen on the “Jimmy Kimmel” and “Ellen DeGeneres” shows. The Science Fun Night is free, although those participating are asked to bring one canned good per person for donating to the Van Wert Cooperative Ministry Food Pantry.

POSTED: 01/26/19 at 9:04 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

Congratulations to Cody Gaham, a senior in the Criminal Justice program from Parkway. He took first place for the second year in a row in the statewide 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Writing, & Multimedia Contest sponsored by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Only one winner out of hundreds of entries is selected to receive recognition from each grade level. Gaham will be formally recognized and his essay showcased at an award ceremony in Columbus on February 28. Vantage photo

POSTED: 01/23/19 at 8:06 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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CELINA — On Wednesday, January 23, CJ’s HighMarks and JT’s Brew & Grill (Greenville and St. Marys) will donate 25 percent of sales to the Tom and Ann Knapke Scholarship with the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF). 

WOEF scholarships are in place to assist Wright State University-Lake Campus students in their pursuit of higher education in the local area. 

Dr. Knapke was a former dean of the Lake Campus, WOEF Board member, professor emeritus, and member of the Grand Lake St. Marys Restoration Committee. He and his wife, Ann, were advocates for the arts, and teaching was very important to both of them. Ann Knapke passed away in 2013 and Tom Knapke died unexpectedly in 2018. Their legacies will live on through their generous contributions to students attending Wright State University-Lake Campus.

Contact Gretchen Rentz, coordinator for Development and Community Relations, at 419.586.0336, with any questions or to make a donation to WOEF scholarships.

POSTED: 01/11/19 at 7:57 am. FILED UNDER: Youth