The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

Jerry A. Smith, 61, of Van Wert, died 9:15 a.m. Friday September 28, 2018, at his residence. He was born October 27, 1956, in Van Wert, the son of William and Helen (Walser) Smith, who both preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, Nanette (Poling) Smith of Van Wert; his children, Nikki (Aaron) Gray […]

POSTED: 09/29/18 at 3:21 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Van Wert independent It was a busy and productive day for the United Way of Van Wert County’s Day of Caring food and blood drives. The annual Day of Caring Food Drive collected 42,829 items for The Salvation Army, Cooperative Ministries, and Trinity Friends food pantries. To put that in perspective, the total is more […]

POSTED: 09/29/18 at 8:18 am. FILED UNDER: News

Shown above are directors of Van Wert Federal Savings Bank making a $50,000 pledge to the Van Wert County Airport improvement project. The bank recently made the generous commitment to the project, which will greatly enhance the airport’s ability to provide critical services to Van Wert County. “The Board of Directors of Van Wert Federal […]

POSTED: 09/29/18 at 8:14 am. FILED UNDER: News

Submitted information WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to pass comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis. The Indexing Narcotics, Fentanyl, and Opioids (INFO) Act, legislation authored by Latta, was included in the package. The INFO Act establishes an accessible database […]

POSTED: 09/29/18 at 8:11 am. FILED UNDER: News

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert recently dedicated its newest outreach project: The Blessings Box.   Located in the parking lot at the corner of Sycamore and Washington streets, the Blessings Box is stocked with nonperishable food items and personal hygiene products, as well as school supplies. This free-to-the-public outreach endeavors to help families that […]

POSTED: 09/29/18 at 8:08 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor SPENCERVILLE — It was the most exciting game in Northwest Ohio and perhaps the entire state. Crestview and Spencerville traded blows for 48 minutes, but Drew Kline’s 14 yard touchdown pass to Griffin Painter as time expired gave the Knights a 50-49 victory at Spencerville’s Memorial Field on Friday night. The […]

POSTED: 09/29/18 at 6:56 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor KENTON — Nate Place accounted for seven touchdowns – three through the air and four on the ground – and the Van Wert Cougars kept their playoff hopes alive with a big 60-33 win at Kenton on Friday night. The victory improved Van Wert’s record to 4-2 (3-2 WBL), and it […]

POSTED: 09/29/18 at 6:55 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Crestview quarterback Drew Kline finds wide receiver Griffin Painter for a 14 yard touchdown pass as time expired to give the Knights a 50-49 win over Spencerville on Friday. For best results, click the headline first, then hit play. Video by Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 09/28/18 at 10:19 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports Here are final scores from Friday night’s area high school football games. WBL Van Wert 60 Kenton 33 Defiance 28 Celina 14 Shawnee 21 Ottawa-Glandorf 7 St. Marys 63 Elida 13 Wapakoneta 49 Bath 7 NWC Crestview 50 Spencerville 49 Columbus Grove 56 Ada 7 Allen East 35 Bluffton 7 Paulding […]

POSTED: 09/28/18 at 10:09 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

Carla J. Miller, 85, of Van Wert, died at 8:02 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born September 6, 1933, in Van Wert, the daughter of Albert and Agnes (Bigelow) Lybarger, who both preceded her in death. On August 28, 1955, she married Theodore E. […]

POSTED: 09/28/18 at 8:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries