The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

Albert Leo “Al” Heitkamp, 83, of Rockford, died at 12:55 a.m. Saturday, February 28, 2015, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. He was born February 24, 1932, the son of the late Roman and Eleanor (Schemmel) Heitkamp, who both preceded him in death. On July 28, 1956, he married Connie Sue (Stetler) Heitkamp, who […]

POSTED: 02/28/15 at 10:48 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

DAVE MOSIER/independent sports ST. MARYS — The Van Wert Cougars are probably glad to see the end of the 2014-15 regular season. The Van Wert boys struggled again offensively in a 58-35 loss to St. Marys Memorial in a Western Buckeye League contest played at St. Marys. The game was pretty even in the first […]

POSTED: 02/28/15 at 9:09 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor A veteran downtown Van Wert business has served its last cup of coffee. Owner Laura Harshman has announced the closing of Perks Café, 105 W. Main St. in downtown Van Wert. “After a monumental ride in downtown Van Wert, Perks Café has shut its doors after 14 years,” Harshman said in a […]

POSTED: 02/28/15 at 8:50 am. FILED UNDER: News

Ohio Attorney General’s information COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday issued a report detailing the work of “The Ohio Attorney General’s Moving Ohio Forward” Demolition Grant Program. The report shows the program, which concluded at the end of 2014, helped remove more than 14,000 abandoned and blighted housing units across Ohio. “While […]

POSTED: 02/28/15 at 8:28 am. FILED UNDER: News

Gasoline price information CHICAGO — The transition from “winter blend” to “summer blend” gasoline always brings increases in retail gasoline prices, but nothing Americans have seen over the past year is likely to match what GasBuddy anticipates over the next two to three weeks. “Wednesday brought a big price rally in gasoline markets and gasoline […]

POSTED: 02/28/15 at 8:27 am. FILED UNDER: News

Crestview Local Schools information CONVOY — Parents or guardians residing in the Crestview School District having a child 5 years of age on or before August 1, may register their child for kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.  Parents or guardians requesting open enrollment for their kindergarten student to the Crestview School District should also […]

POSTED: 02/28/15 at 8:25 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio) has announced the opening of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, encouraging high school students in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District to submit their original artwork for the chance to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol. “The Congressional Art Competition is a tremendous opportunity for us […]

POSTED: 02/28/15 at 8:24 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News

Van Wert SWCD information The deadline for seedling orders has been announced by the Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation. The seedlings are available in packets of 10 at a minimal cost. The seedling available include American Arborvitae, Austrian Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Eastern Red Cedar, Eastern White Pine, Norway Spruce, Arrowwood, Black Chokeberry, Forsythia, […]

POSTED: 02/28/15 at 8:23 am. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor Further discussions were held Thursday on the possibility of a partnership that could bring new life to now-idle Starr Commonwealth campus in Van Wert. This time, Starr’s top management, including President/CEO Martin “Marty” Mitchell, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer Christopher Smith, Starr Senior Vice President Thomas Tate (who is also a Van […]

POSTED: 02/27/15 at 9:06 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent submitted information Concealed carry permits issued in Van Wert County in 2014 were down from the year before, according to information released by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office on Thursday. A total of 161 concealed carry permits were issued in 2014 by the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, with another 125 permits […]

POSTED: 02/27/15 at 8:04 am. FILED UNDER: News