The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, May. 27, 2018

Sisters Susan Mosier (center) and Shelly Dunno (right) are shown with Krista Somerton, Van Wert County Revolving Loan Fund administrator, after receiving a $30,000 for their new embroidery business. Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

Local sisters Susan Mosier and Shelly Dunno closed Friday morning on a revolving loan through the Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation for an embroidery business to be located in Van Wert.

The sisters, who purchased what was formerly known as Stitches ‘R’ Us, 10248 State Route 118, will be renaming it (what else?) Sisters Embroidery & More. The women said Friday that they plan to use the $30,000 revolving loan to purchase equipment, make building upgrades, and purchase more inventory for the store.

Services at the store will include embroidery, vinyl screen printing, rhinestone application, and related work, while Mosier and Dunno will also offer tuxedo rentals and have taken over the tuxedo rental inventory of the former Mengerink’s Source for Sports store.

The store will also create themed merchandise for each of the Van Wert County schools, while future plans include offering licensed Ohio State items as well.

“We’re going to be more of a store, rather than just ‘bring your own stuff in and I’ll do it for you’,” Dunno said, noting that the former owner didn’t have extensive retail merchandise, just samples of different items that could be embroidered.


POSTED: 05/26/18 at 8:34 am

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Van Wert Safety-Service Jay Fleming’s office has announced a number of street closings related to the 2018 Peony Festival being held starting Friday, June 1, and ending Sunday, June 3.

Jefferson Street, between Main Street and the bridge near the S.F. Goedde Building, will be closed starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 31, for festival set-up, and remain closed until 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2. There will be no parking on the street, starting at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The city parking lot on Central Avenue, south of First United Methodist Church, will be closed from 4 p.m. Thursday, May 31, until 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2, for carnival rides.

On Friday, June 1, Central Avenue, from Washington to Jefferson streets, will close at 8 a.m. and remain closed until 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2, for festival set-up and for the festival itself.

Main Street, between Washington Street and the entryway to Fountain View Inn, and North Jefferson Street, between Main and the entry to the NAPA Auto Parts store, will be closed from 3-9:30 p.m. for the Peony Festival Car Show.

On Saturday, June 2, there will be “no parking” signs along Main Street, from the YWCA parking lot to Burt Street and the street will be closed to east and westbound traffic from 3 p.m. until the Peony Festival Grand Parade is over. There will also be “no parking” signs in the first block of North Cherry Street to the railroad tracks, and in the first block of South Main to Greenewald Street, while those areas of Cherry will be closed at 2 p.m. so that units can line up in preparation for the parade. “No parking” signs will also be placed on Greenewald Street, from Walnut to Harrison streets; Central Avenue, from Walnut to Harrison streets; and Crawford Street, from Walnut to Harrison; and those street portions will also be closed from 2 p.m. on until the parade is completed.

Barricades will be placed at the entrances of Trinity United Methodist Church parking lots (entrances on South Walnut Street, the west and east sides of South Cherry Street, and the north side of Central Avenue) starting at 2 p.m. Saturday for the parade.

POSTED: 05/26/18 at 8:30 am. FILED UNDER: News

For the third time in five years, Crestview High School was named one of “America’s Best High Schools” by U.S. News & World Report (2013, 2016, 2018). The publication uses criteria gathered from state tests and compares them to other schools within the same state, looks for above average performance of economically disadvantaged students on state tests, and factors in graduation rates along with college-readiness performance. Crestview High School not only ranked within the state but also nationally. Here, a few of Crestview High School’s top students gathered with CHS Principal Mike Biro in honor of being named one of America’s best high schools by U.S. News & World Report. Shown with the principal are (from the left) C. Forwerck, H. Bouillon, L. Bowen, O. Skelton, E. Bowen, and W. Sheets.Crestview photo

POSTED: 05/26/18 at 8:29 am. FILED UNDER: News

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The Van Wert County Republican Central Committee will hold its reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at The Hotel Marsh in Van Wert.

Election of chairman, vice chairman, secretary, and treasurer will take place that evening. Consideration of other unfilled precincts and the at-large positions will also be considered.

POSTED: 05/26/18 at 8:26 am. FILED UNDER: News

Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert is sponsoring the YMCA Camp Clay Aqua Park and Splash Pad on Monday, May 31. Due to the company’s generosity, admission to the park is $3 per person. Shown is YMCA Camp Clay Director Kevin Morrison (seated right) with Scott White (standing left) and several Vancrest residents. YMCA photo

POSTED: 05/26/18 at 8:22 am. FILED UNDER: News

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Van Wert City Planning Commission will be meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in City Council Chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building, 515 E. Main St., to approve the final plat for The Landing at Dickinson Farms subdivision and to discuss the planned unit development for the project.

Van Wert City Council’s Judiciary and Annexation Committee will also meet from 6:15-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, to discuss Community Reinvestment Area expansion and to accept the permanent zoning of The Landing at Dickinson Farms subdivision.

POSTED: 05/26/18 at 8:21 am. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

The Van Wert Board of Developmental Disabilities celebrated a half-century of serving the county’s residents on Thursday, with hundreds of people coming out for a lunch of Gibson’s Backyard BBQ pork and chicken, and to meet and greet with staff and board members.

Van Wert County community members helped the County Board of Developmental Disabilities celebrate its 50th anniversary on Thursday. Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

In 1967, Ohio House Bill 169 established county boards of mental retardation, and that same year, the City of Van Wert established its own charter board. That first board was comprised of the Rev. Dean Check, Edwin Bates, William Hetrick, Robert C. Young, Dr. Harold Smith, Glen Jenkins, and Anne Smith. In 1968, the board began serving its first class of children at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.

In 1970, an adult program was established at the former Van Wert County Hospital on Central Avenue, with the board relocating services following construction of a new facility at its current site on North Franklin Street.

In 1978, the board established Thomas Edison Center Inc., a not-for-profit entity dedicated to providing work for adults with developmental disabilities. A Stimulation Program was established in 1979 for children ages birth through 3 years of age.

In 1980, the board began construction on an 8-bed residential facility on North Franklin and changed the name of the entity to the Van Wert County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD), and also began providing case management services.


POSTED: 05/25/18 at 8:28 am. FILED UNDER: News

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The YMCA of Van Wert County Camp Clay Aqua Park season is ready for a great summer. Opening day is this Saturday, May 26, from noon-6 p.m. With the generous sponsorship from business day partners, admission during the Memorial Day weekend is just $3 per person.

Area residents asked, and the YMCA listened. Hours of operation this year will be noon-6 p.m., seven days a week. Admission is $3 per person Monday-Thursday, thanks to the YMCA’s generous Business Day sponsors. Admission Friday-Sunday is just $5 per person.

YMCA Camp Clay Aqua Park opens to the community this Saturday. Admission is $3 per person over the Memorial Day weekend. photo provided

Also new in 2018, the rock climbing wall will be available every day for climbing from 3-4 p.m., for $5 per person.

Camp Clay facilities have so much to offer, including overnight cabin rentals; a 3,400-square-foot shelter house with electricity throughout; high ropes and team building initiatives courses; a Nature Center; self-guided nature walking path and so much more.

Information about this and other programs available at the Van Wert YMCA can be found by calling 419.238.0443 or visiting, with a full video of the Camp Clay facilities and Aqua Park.

The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way.

POSTED: 05/25/18 at 7:56 am. FILED UNDER: News

Crestview Local Schools recently hosted their annual Mini-Relay for Life. Elementary students competed as classroom teams to see not only which class could raise the most money to help fund cancer research, but also to see which class could run the most laps. The elementary students raised $1,200 and ran a combined total of over 3,700 laps around the track. Middle school and high school students managed to beat the rain on Monday and worked together to make a donation of $1,800 to The American Cancer Society. Here, Student Council members A. McCoy, A. Sheets, L. Bowen, and I. LaTurner present their donation to the American Cancer Society of Van Wert County’s Relay for Life representative Cheryl Eddy.Crestview photo

POSTED: 05/25/18 at 7:53 am. FILED UNDER: News

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LIMA — The Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 1 has listed road projects for the coming week. Those projects, in Van Wert, Paulding, and Putnam counties, include the following:

U.S. 30, between the Indiana state line and Ohio 49 north, will be restricted to one lane in both directions through the work zone for a rehabilitation project that will include resurfacing and concrete joint repair of U.S. 30. The project will continue until early July. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company of Findlay.

Ohio 66 over U.S. 30, northwest of Delphos, will be affected by a bridge repair project. The project also includes resurfacing on Ohio 66 between Delphos and Ottoville and on various routes within Delphos and Ottoville. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving of Bluffton.

The project is anticipated to have the following impacts to traffic:

  • Ohio 66 over U.S. 30 closed May 22 for approximately 21 days for bridge repair. The ramps at the interchange of Ohio 66 and U.S. 30 will remain open.
  • Southbound traffic is detoured onto U.S. 30 westbound to Middle Point-Wetzel Road to U.S. 30 eastbound back to Ohio 66. (see map)
  • Northbound traffic is detoured onto U.S. 30 eastbound to Fifth Street to U.S. 30 westbound back to Ohio 66. (see map)
  • Ohio 66, Ohio 190, and Ohio 697 within the city of Delphos will be restricted to one lane at various locations for pavement repairs and work on curb ramps and sidewalks.
  • Ohio 66 and Ohio 189 within the village of Ottoville will be restricted to one lane at various locations for work on curb ramps.

Ohio 709, between county Road 103 and Goodwin Road, west of Venedocia, was closed May 14 for approximately three weeks for the replacement of three culverts. Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 116, Ohio 81 and U.S. 127 back to Ohio 709. Work is being performed by the ODOT Van Wert County maintenance garage. (see map)


POSTED: 05/25/18 at 7:50 am. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

A total of 10 people appeared over the last week for criminal hearings in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court.

Three people were arraigned during the week on a variety of criminal charges.

Robbie Coffey Jr., 31, of St. Marys, appeared Thursday, May 17, and entered not guilty pleas to a charge of operating a vehicle while impaired, a felony of the fourth degree because of at least one previous OVI conviction.

Judge Martin Burchfield released Coffey on a personal surety bond and scheduled a pretrial conference for 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.

Donald O’Day, 41, of Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the third degree, during an arraignment hearing on Monday. Judge Burchfield set a $10,000 cash or commercial surety bond in the case and O’Day will appear for a pretrial conference at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 30.

Kyley Gardner, 30, of Van Wert, entered not guilty pleas to two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, both felonies of the fifth degree. She was released on a surety bond and will appear for pretrial conference at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 18.


POSTED: 05/24/18 at 7:12 am. FILED UNDER: News