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Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

Timothy Lee Purmort, 68, of Van Wert, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018, in Van Wert. He was born August 5, 1950, the son of Charles M. Purmort Jr. and Alice Conn Purmort, who both preceded him in death. He married Lynda Whitacre Purmort on November 27, 1971, and she survives. Tim […]

POSTED: 12/31/18 at 4:23 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Stanley R. Tracy, 74, of Van Wert, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Van Wert Health ER. He was born August 15, 1944, in Paulding, the son of Ralph and Erma (Lehman) Tracy, who preceded him in death. Stanley attended Continental High School and went on to marry the love of his life, […]

POSTED: 12/31/18 at 4:19 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Kailey M. Wright, 23, of Lima, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Kailey was born with Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome, fighting all her life because of it, until she lost the battle. She was born to James Wright and Laura (Kroeger) Wright. Her father survives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and her […]

POSTED: 12/31/18 at 4:15 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Editor’s note: The Van Wert independent is doing a series of articles on what it has identified as the top 10 news stories of 2018. The series will run through New Year’s Day and include stories that have generated the most interest from the community and/or involved important local institutions or people. Today’s article features the No. […]

POSTED: 12/31/18 at 8:22 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent/submitted information Van Wert’s gasoline prices have fallen, along with statewide prices, in the past week, with most local stations under the statewide average of $1.93 a gallon. But there is a range of 11 cents between the low price locally and the highest price. Murphy USA again has the lowest price of $1.88 […]

POSTED: 12/31/18 at 8:14 am. FILED UNDER: News

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor COLUMBUS GROVE — It wasn’t easy or pretty, but a win is a win. A big fourth quarter trey by Owen Treece and a pair of late foul shots by Nate Place helped Van Wert secure a 54-50 win at Columbus Grove on Saturday. “It was a nice way to respond […]

POSTED: 12/31/18 at 5:42 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Crestview’s Lexi Gregory drives to the basket during Saturday’s non-conference game at Hicksville. Gregory scored a team high 14 points, but the Lady Knights lost 41-38. Olivia Cunningham also hit double digits and finished with 13. Crestview (4-5) will return to action Monday, January 7, at home against Continental. Photo by Wyatt Richardson/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 12/31/18 at 5:39 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports OTTOVILLE — Big second and fourth quarters propelled Ottoville past Lincolnview 67-49 on Saturday. The Lancers enjoyed a 14-11 lead after the first quarter, but the Big Green outscored Lincolnview 22-13 in the second period to grab 33-27 halftime lead. Lincolnview closed the gap to 45-43 after three quarters, but Ottoville […]

POSTED: 12/31/18 at 5:39 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor This week’s Monday Mailbag is a little different than previous installments. With college bowl games, including the College Football Playoff games being played, I asked readers to share their thoughts on the format, Ohio State and more. Below you’ll see what was said. Some of the submissions from readers are presented […]

POSTED: 12/31/18 at 5:38 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Larry R. Joseph, 76, of Van Wert, died at 8:57 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos. He was born June 26, 1942, in Van Wert, the son of Loran and Ruth (Miller) Joseph, who both preceded him in death. On March 29, 1969, he married the former Kathryn E. […]

POSTED: 12/30/18 at 2:34 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries