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Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

Joan M. Hall, 85, of Rockford, died Friday, March 30, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born in 1932 in Mansfield, the daughter of Franklin and Edith (McAfee) Miller, who both preceded her in death. On July 8, 1950, she married Homer J. Hall, who survives in Rockford. Other […]

POSTED: 03/31/18 at 11:34 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Jeffrey J. Martin, 61, of Gomer, died Friday, March 30, 2018, at his residence. He was born February 6, 1957, in Lima, the son of Jerry and Elinor (Nusbaum) Martin, who both preceded him in death. On May 14, 1976, he married the former Donna Buettner, who survives in Gomer. Other survivors include three daughters, […]

POSTED: 03/31/18 at 11:33 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

VW independent/submitted information The 2018 Van Wert Peony Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the Marsh Foundation Auditorium. Queen Jubilee XLIII will be crowned that evening and begin her reign over the Peony Festival. Pageant candidates have the special honor of already representing their schools and community by being selected […]

POSTED: 03/31/18 at 8:29 am. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor Persistence is a word that personifies local style salon owner Val Steyer, as well as her attempts to adopt children from the African country of Ethiopia. Steyer told that story as this year’s guest speaker for the YMCA of Van Wert County’s annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast. “Adoption is not for everybody; […]

POSTED: 03/31/18 at 8:03 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway while driving. Last year, 13,997 crashes in Ohio had a reported distraction, resulting in 51 fatal crashes. From 2016 to 2017, the […]

POSTED: 03/31/18 at 7:53 am. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information/Van Wert independent sports CINCINNATI — Baseball season is underway and Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds have added a number of new features to enhance the fan experience during the 2018 season. New Ballpark Features • Budweiser BOWTIE Bar: A second level has been added to the BOWTIE Bar in right field and is […]

POSTED: 03/31/18 at 7:16 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Firefighters from multiple departments responded to a house fire on Horeb Road, near Wren-Landeck Road in Venedocia on Friday night. Tankers were used to shuttle water to the scene, and crews set up portable pools to hold water. The house was a total loss. The Van Wert County CERT team provided a canteen for firefighters, […]

POSTED: 03/30/18 at 8:22 pm. FILED UNDER: News

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor A proposed Van Wert County wind energy project got some major support from the CEOs of three county employers during a meeting held Thursday with the County Board of Commissioners. Bill Purmort, president/CEO of Central Insurance Companies; Jim Pope, president/CEO of Van Wert County Hospital; and Tom Turnwald, owner of National Door […]

POSTED: 03/30/18 at 1:14 am. FILED UNDER: News

Van Wert Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, has selected Ashley Bowen, a senior at Crestview High School, and Emma Verville, a senior at Van Wert High School, as recipients of the Students of the Month for March. Students are nominated by their high schools to receive this award, and each Student of […]

POSTED: 03/30/18 at 12:35 am. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information AKRON — As President Trump heads to Ohio to tout his infrastructure plan on Thursday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is calling on the President to support his bipartisan legislation with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to apply Buy America rules to all federal infrastructure projects. The President has pledged multiple times that […]

POSTED: 03/30/18 at 12:32 am. FILED UNDER: News