Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Chloe Agnew, Atlanta Pops celebrate St. Patrick's Day with NPAC
    Monday, March 19, 2018 11:43 AM

    VAN WERT – Irish star Chloe Agnew and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Van Wert at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Saturday.

  • Changing of the Guard at Foundation
    Monday, March 19, 2018 12:05 AM

    CONVOY — The Convoy Community Foundation met on Monday evening at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Convoy. Joe Steffan, the last charter member of the Foundation, retired from the organization.

  • 'Adopt-a-Glow-Pebble’ fundraiser a success!
    Sunday, March 18, 2018 12:03 AM

    Thank you to all the generous folks who donated to our recent “Adopt-a-Glow-Pebble Go-Fund-Me fundraiser! We have surpassed two goals and are humbled by the positive response. If you missed adopting some glow pebbles, please give us a call and we will sign you up. There are many other projects going on that you can become involved with as well. Chat us up. We have ideas!

  • Using the camera on your phone
    Sunday, March 18, 2018 12:02 AM

    Often I have encountered a situation or scene that I wanted to capture, but didn’t have my camera. Back in the old days, I can still hear my wife say, “Take a picture with your mind.” Now, I remember that I have my phone and can make a permanent memory without having to worry about it fading with time.

  • Sunday, March 18, 2018 12:01 AM

    I was prepared for a little bit of the white trash craziness that “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” (Hereinafter, TGATPM) would bring me. I had been to the state convention and showcase of The Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA), an event where the best productions from all over the state come to show off. Each show is invited to bring its best 30-minute excerpt to present to theatre aficionados and stage veterans from across Ohio. I happened to see an excerpt from this musical. I remembered laughing a lot and marveling over how talented the performers were.

  • Sunday, March 18, 2018 12:00 AM

    This past weekend was the culmination of a lot of music preparation for many local high school bands and choirs. The Ohio Music Educators Association District large group contest was hosted by Van Wert High School and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Those bands and choirs who received overall superior ratings are now eligible to compete at state level.

  • Wayne Trace senior enjoying Peony family
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 12:06 AM

    HAVILAND – Wayne Trace senior Alisa Elliott didn’t realize when she became involved with the Peony Festival queen contest that she was becoming involved with a new family of close friends.

  • La Nina Weather Pattern will shape this season’s planting trend
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 12:04 AM

    VAN WERT – It was September when weather specialist Rick McCoy announced that an event that was occurring thousands of miles west of here in the Pacific Ocean could affect our winter and the planting season this spring.

  • Club receives Healthy Challenge Award
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 12:01 AM

    VAN WERT — Advisor Judy Wortman presented the Bunny Hopper Club President Abbey Brandford, and Vice-President Maddy Lamb with the 4th H for Health Challenge Certificate.

  • Spherion Staffing Services celebrates grand opening
    Friday, March 16, 2018 12:09 AM

    VAN WERT – Spherion Staffing Services celebrated their grand opening in downtown Van Wert with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Thursday.

  • Value Life to present Pool Night
    Friday, March 16, 2018 12:06 AM

    VAN WERT — Value Life will present Pool Night on Thursday, March 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. Anyone ages 10 to 17 years of age is welcome to come to Cates Diamond Mine, 148 Main St. in Van Wert. Participants will receive one free hot dog and a free soft drink and have the chance to mingle with others their age and shoot pool.

  • YWCA offers free Muscle Awareness Clinic for area teens and youth
    Friday, March 16, 2018 12:02 AM

    VAN WERT — The YWCA of Van Wert County announces a Muscle Awareness Clinic to be held at the YWCA on Monday, March 26, at 6 p.m. for all parents, coaches and students in grades 6-12. This is an open to the public, free clinic that will go over injury prevention, decreasing muscle soreness, overall stretching, proper lifting technique and more. Pre-registration is required by calling 419-238-6639 or emailing It is preferred parents come with the students.

  • Local students participate in nation-wide 'walkout'
    Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:06 AM

    VAN WERT – Students across the nation participated in school walkouts on Wednesday to honor the 17 victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. Locally, students from at least two county schools took part in the walkouts which call for action to be taken to make schools safer and to reduce gun violence.

  • Van Wert passes resolution supporting school safety
    Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:37 PM

    VAN WERT – The Van Wert Board of Education met Wednesday and approved several items including a resolution supporting school safety and reducing violence in schools.

  • 2018 Fountain Park Summer Music Series announced
    Wednesday, March 14, 2018 12:05 AM

    VAN WERT — Paul Hoverman, Coordinator of the Performing Arts at The Van Wert County Foundation, has announced the list of concerts for the 2018 Fountain Park Summer Music Series. The 2018 edition of the popular summer concert series offers something for nearly everyone, and includes a number of musical genres, including country, rock, bluegrass, pop, southern gospel, and patriotic.

  • Lincolnview teacher aims to develop students’ reading skills
    Wednesday, March 14, 2018 12:03 AM

    VAN WERT – According to the most recent statistics, half of the U.S. population is not able to read and comprehend a book that is at an eighth grade level. Stephanie Renner, a junior high intervention specialist at Lincolnview Local Schools, is doing her best to help her students increase their reading levels, while helping them gain a love for reading that will benefit them long after graduation.

  • Getting to know a United States Marine
    Wednesday, March 14, 2018 12:02 AM

    VAN WERT – When Kegan Maxwell graduated from Peru (Indiana) High School in 2014, he wanted to take on a challenge that would help him develop his character. On Jan. 12, 2015, he began that challenge in the United States Marines.

  • Project expected to help curb flooding in Vision Park
    Tuesday, March 13, 2018 9:31 AM

    VAN WERT – During Monday evening's City Council meeting, Safety Service Director Jay Fleming discussed plans to curb the flooding in Vision Park.

  • NPAC to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish star
    Tuesday, March 13, 2018 12:03 AM

    VAN WERT – Van Wert will have an opportunity to spend St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish style on Saturday as Irish vocalist Chloe Agnew and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra make their way to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center stage for a special show entitled “An Irish Heart.”

  • Honoring our hometown heroes
    Tuesday, March 13, 2018 12:02 AM

    VAN WERT — Nicole Benson, YMCA Membership Director, wanted to provide the local community with an opportunity to express their appreciation to all our “hometown heroes,” those people who are serving or who have served in the military, as well as law enforcement, firefighters, EMS personnel as well as their families.

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