The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

VW independent/submitted information First United Methodist Church recently said good-bye to Pastor Gus Christo-Baker, who is leaving to pastor another church, and will now welcome new Lead Pastor Chris Farmer this coming Sunday, July 1. Pastor Farmer is married and he and his wife, Melinda, have two grown children. The Farmers share a love for […]

POSTED: 06/30/18 at 8:22 am. FILED UNDER: Church

VW independent/submitted information The Liberty Baptist Church congregation was presented with a special surprise on Father’s Day, June 17. The church has spent several years waiting and months of fund raising to purchase a new movable baptistery. This dream come true came a week earlier than expected. The church’s four trustees and Pastor Jim Burns searched across […]

POSTED: 06/30/18 at 8:19 am. FILED UNDER: Church

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor It was the summer of 1990 and Vicki Saylor had recently lost her clerk’s job at a local grocery when the owners decided to close the business. That’s when then-Convoy mayor Tom Nelson approached her about a new job. “I was sitting on my porch one day and the mayor at that […]

POSTED: 06/30/18 at 8:08 am. FILED UNDER: News

Lima Symphony Orchestra Maestro Crafton Beck (above) conducts his last LSO Pops concert in Fountain Park on Friday. The longtime LSO director is leaving that position this year. Below, what better time to wave the flag than a concert celebrating America’s birthday. photos by Dave Mosier/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 06/30/18 at 7:52 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information In addition to American Legion Post 178, which is hosting a number of Independence Day activities, the Van Wert County Historical Society also has events and activities planned for the Fourth of July holiday. Celebrate the holiday with the Historical Society, which provides this free family event to help celebrate the rich […]

POSTED: 06/30/18 at 7:36 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering communities financial assistance through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) to help low- to moderate-income homeowners repair and replace failing home sewage treatment systems (HSTS). It is estimated that about 31 percent of all household sewage treatment systems throughout Ohio are experiencing some […]

POSTED: 06/30/18 at 7:33 am. FILED UNDER: News

It seems, at this writing, that the weather forecasts for this Saturday are somewhat conflicting. We may have to wait till later in the week to see if the predictions are more consistent and favorable. The plan is to risk the weather and continue with the shoot if there is a 30 percent or less chance […]

POSTED: 06/29/18 at 7:38 pm. FILED UNDER: Camera Club News

This Friday night in Fountain Park will offer us the opportunity to say farewell and best wishes to Maestro Crafton Beck of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. Crafton decided this past spring that this will be his last season as music director/conductor of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. He will remain in that position with the Mississippi Symphony, which […]

POSTED: 06/29/18 at 7:31 pm. FILED UNDER: Music in Van Wert

Vivian Elizabeth Owens, passed away Thursday afternoon shortly after arrival at Van Wert Health. She was born April 8, 2018, the daughter of Travis and Miriam (Egbert) Owens of rural Ohio City, who both survive. Other survivors include her sister, Iva; two brothers, Lee and Elias; grandparents Kevan and Susan Owens of Van Wert and […]

POSTED: 06/29/18 at 7:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Rachel M. Boroff, 32, of Middle Point, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, June 27, 2018, at Van Wert Health. She was born January 25, 1986, in Van Wert, the daughter of Brad Boroff, who preceded her in death, and Michelle (Ross) Boroff Bates, who survives in Van Wert. A 2004 graduate of Van Wert […]

POSTED: 06/29/18 at 1:17 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries