The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018

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“Dino Detectives: Digging for God’s Truth” is coming to Van Wert at this year’s Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church.

Dino Detectives (from the front) Kiptyn Mills, Lane Schaadt, Piper Mills, Samantha Klinger, and Kirra and Angie Dey invite all boys and girls to join in on the fun adventure. First Baptist photo

Get ready for the adventure! All boys and girls (ages 4 through sixth grade) are invited to join the “Dino Might” adventure as they dig for “Truth in God’s Word.” VBS will be held from 6:45-9 p.m., July 30 through August 2 at First Baptist Church.

This year’s VBS theme is bound to be the excavation of a lifetime as children take a virtual trip through time to discover a world of Dinosaurs! Kids will also learn timely lessons from the Bible and will experience firsthand what life might have been like before Noah built the ark. Each evening will be packed with stories, music, games, crafts, refreshments, and surprises.

For those living in Van Wert, transportation is available for VBS. Those who need a ride should call the church office at 419.238.0333. First Baptist Church is located at the corner of Jennings and Mendon roads in Van Wert.

Boys and girls eager to learn more stories about Bible heroes can call the church’s storyline at 877.509.3476 to listen to exciting Bible stories. There’s a different story every day.

POSTED: 07/14/18 at 5:45 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

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The Van Wert Area Nurses Association Officers met on June 20 at the Black Angus Restaurant to award three scholarships.

First recipient of a $750 scholarship was Kelly Twigg of Rockford. Twigg is an Registered Nurse and works in Van Wert Health’s emergency room. She attends Indiana Wesleyan College and is working toward becoming a family nurse practitioner.

Shown are (from the left) Rosemary Foreman, Van Wert Area Nurses Association RN Scholarship Committee member; Mary Howard, association president; scholarship recipients Kelly Twigg, Staci Yenser, and Harold Kuhbander; Phyllis Matthews, association secretary; Kathy Schaadt, association vice president and program chairman; and Barb Laing, association treasurer and publicity. photo submitted

The second $750 scholarship was given to Staci Yenser of Middle Point. Yenser is a paramedic and also worked in the Van Wert Health emergency room. She is obtaining her RN degree from Excelsior College in New York.

Harold Kuhbander from Van Wert received a $500 scholarship. Kuhbander works at Ridgeview Behavioral Hospital in Van Wert. He is a LPN and is attending Rhodes State College in Lima working towards his associate’s degree as a RN.

POSTED: 07/02/18 at 7:39 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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York School graduates, teachers, and their guests should definitely plan on attending the York School Reunion for an evening of fun and fellowship.

Activities will be held at Lincolnview Local Schools, 15945 Middle Point Road. The event is open to faculty, teachers, and students who attended York, Lincolnview or the schools that now make up Lincolnview.

A social hour will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4, with a dinner catered by The Black Angus served starting at 6:30 that evening. The dinner will be followed by a short program.

Those wanting to attend should RSVP no later than Monday, July 23, with a registration fee of $20 per person, by contacting Marilyn Gamble Jones at 419.203.4579 or emailing

POSTED: 06/14/18 at 5:54 am. FILED UNDER: Lifestyles, Youth

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First United Methodist Preschool, 113 W. Central Ave., is currently accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 school year.

First United Methodist Preschool is a Christian-based school that prepares children to succeed in all areas of life. The curriculum is driven by Ohio Department of Education standards and each teacher is there to provide a positive and nurturing environment for all children as they begin their educational journey.

The preschool offers two mornings per week for students who are 3 and 4 years of age. A child who is at least 4 and is planning on attending kindergarten the following school year may attend pre-kindergarten classes, which provide the option of choosing three or four mornings per week.

Classes meet Monday-Thursday 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Register online at or contact Administrator April Ellerbrock at 419.238.0631, extension 308, or

POSTED: 06/09/18 at 7:41 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

Lane Tuttle (center) of Van Wert, Construction Equipment Technology, is the first student to pass Vantage Career Center’s Class A CDL driver training program and the first-ever Vantage high school CDL graduate. Tuttle has his license in hand and a job lined up! Congratulations to Tuttle and CDL instructors Hartsel Bryant and Chuck Peters. Vantage photo

POSTED: 05/31/18 at 7:58 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

Dylan Neate

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The Lincolnview Local Education Association (LLEA) presented a scholarship to Dylan Neate at the Lincolnview senior awards banquet on May 14.

The scholarship, presented in memory of three former Lincolnview educators, John Dixon, Carol Pollock, and Joy Dally, is for $1,000.

Neate is enrolled at The Ohio State University in Columbus as a pre-medical student. Some of his school activities at Lincolnview include Student Council, where he was a strong presence in the Rivals United Campaign both his junior and senior years, Drama Club, Scholastic Bowl, and cross country. In addition, he enjoys swimming with the Van Wert Marlins.

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 6:02 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

Crestview High School hosted its annual awards program recently, with students and community members acknowledged for their hard work, success, and dedication to the Crestview community. For a complete listing of award recipients (and photos), visit the Crestview Local Schools website ( and Facebook page. Many students earned academic awards, scholarships and special recognition. Pictured are the top students from each CHS class: Seniors A. Bagley and A. Bowen, sophomores M. Dowler and L. Jones, junior O. Skelton, and freshman C. Kreischer.Crestview photo

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 5:56 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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COLUMBUS — For the second year in a row, Ohio 4-H alumni and friends brought home the $20,000 first prize to their local 4-H programs in the National 4-H Council’s Raise Your Hand competition. Ohio raised nearly 18,000 hands through online voting.

With all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., participating through online voting, Ohio 4-H finished in first place with 17,778 hands raised. Runners-up were Nebraska 4-H (14,115) in second place and Kansas 4-H (10,020) in third place.

Ohio 4-H is the statewide youth development program of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

“I’ve said that the lyrics of ‘Carmen, Ohio,’ the alma mater of The Ohio State University, truly live within our community of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences,” said Cathann A. Kress, OSU’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. ‘Time and change will surely show, how firm thy friendship’ applies to our 4-H alumni and supporters as well.

“I consider 4-H to be the first CFAES class youth can take — and am proud that Ohio
4-H once again will benefit due to the overwhelming support of our loyal community,” Kress added. “Thank you all for your dedication and support of our 4-H youth.”

Ohio’s 2018 total “hands raised” eclipsed last year’s winning tally of 11,811 votes. Unlike last year, when Ohio led gate to wire, the Buckeyes found themselves neck and neck with Nebraska 4-H. Leading up to the last week of the 2018 contest, Nebraska had been ahead by 83 votes. In come-from-behind fashion, the Buckeyes doubled their hands raised in the last week to secure the $20,000 for hands-on learning experiences.

4-H, the largest youth development program in the nation, called on alumni and friends to raise their hands to help bring 4-H to 10 million youth by 2025. Currently 4-H empowers nearly 6 million young people in every county across America, including 156,000 4-Hers in Ohio.

POSTED: 05/29/18 at 5:52 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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BLUFFTON — Clarissa Clay of Van Wert earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations with a marketing minor during Bluffton University’s 118th annual commencement ceremony held May 6. Clay was the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar in Public Relations award and is a member of the 2017-18 Pi-Delta Society.

Bluffton University is a residential, liberal arts campus with more than 90 undergraduate majors, minors, and programs; adult degree-completion programs in accounting, organizational management and RN to BSN; MBA programs; and master’s degrees in organizational management and education.

Founded in 1899 and affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, the university is located in northwest Ohio. It has an enrollment of around 1,000 students and has 16 NCAA Division III athletic teams. Bluffton’s 100-year legacy is expressed today in its enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service, which are woven into the academic program and campus life. Bluffton students go into the world prepared for life as well as for their chosen vocation.

POSTED: 05/17/18 at 9:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Youth

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As the Marsh Foundation Foster Care and Adoption Division continues to grow, a grand opening and ribboncutting was held last week at its new downtown location. The Foster Care and Adoption Center, 102 W. Main St. in Van Wert, will now house office space as well as a training and visitation area.

Local residents tour Marsh Foundation’s new Foster Care and Adoption Center in downtown Van Wert. photo provided

“We are so grateful to the Van Wert community for their ongoing support,” said Melissa Snyder, foster care supervisor. “There are so many children needing help and our community has really stepped up to help us meet that need.” In the past year, The Marsh has licensed an additional 10 foster families. “This is incredible, and crucial to our mission,” Snyder added. 

As May begins, the agency will be celebrating National Foster Care Appreciation Month. “We are so appreciative of our foster families, their dedication, and the sacrifices they make in order to give kids a loving home,” said Kim Mullins, executive director of Child and Family Services at The Marsh. “The month of May gives us an extra opportunity to show them our appreciation.”

The Marsh Foundation is continuing to grow. In addition to their consistent effort to recruit more foster families, they are also hiring another licensed social worker for the downtown Van Wert office. For more information, visit 

The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children’s services agency that provides services in a variety of settings. Services include group homes, family foster care (ages birth-17), an intensive treatment program, adoption and independent living. Located in Van Wert, Ohio, the organization’s group homes are licensed for up to 36 children ages 7-17, offers an on-campus school for grades 2-12 and provides a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster care children and community members.

POSTED: 05/03/18 at 8:38 am. FILED UNDER: Youth