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World War II veteran receives Purple Heart 69 years later
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:00 PM
Melvin Kloeppel, 94, received the Purple Heart he earned in World War II in 1945 two weeks ago. Kloeppel  was burned by a hot spent shell that lodged inside his shirt on Easter Sunday in 1945. A photo of Kloeppel when he enlisted in the service is inset. (DHI Media/Helen Kaverman)


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JENNINGS TWP. — It took 69 years for Melvin Kloeppel of rural Delphos to receive the Purple Heart which he earned back in World War II, while serving in Germany.

Melvin was burned on his neck when the hot spent shell from his gun flew back at him and lodged inside his shirt. It was Easter Sunday in 1945 when he received this injury. The Purple Heart arrived two weeks ago after his daughter, Lois, searched the Internet to locate the address of the proper authorities, and then sent a letter describing the incident in which her father was injured.

Van Wert County Court news
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:46 PM )



The following individuals appeared Tuesday and Wednesday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court:



Denver Workman, 47, Lima, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of illegal use of supplemental nutrition benefits, a felony of the fifth degree.


TV series looks at 1981 unsolved Oakwood homicide
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:00 PM



OAKWOOD — An unsolved 1981 homicide near Oakwood will be the focus of an episode of the TNT series “Cold Justice.” The episode is set to air on Friday, Aug. 8. TNT offers the following synopsis of the episode, titled “Second Thoughts”: Alma Noffsinger, 29, was an attractive, fun-loving mother of three young children. She was recently divorced from her second husband, Steve, and the two were in a custody battle over the child they had together. Throughout Alma’s marriage to Steve, she maintained a good relationship with her first husband, David, the father of her two older children. David’s new girlfriend was reportedly unhappy with their close contact.

From the Archives — July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:00 PM

One Year Ago

Twenty-three-year old Luke “Strider” Jordan endeavors to become the fourth man to complete the 4,600-mile thru-hike of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST). The trail, which begins in North Dakota, converges with the Miami and Erie Canal beginning in Napoleon and runs the general route of the canal towpath through many historic canal towns – Defiance, Ottoville and Delphos – all the way down to Tipp City.


WCOMC to ‘Lunch & Learn’ Wednesday
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:00 PM



LIMA — The West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium (WCOMC) will host a Lunch & Learn program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rhodes State College.

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Michael Carroll and Will Burns of the Bowling Green State University Center for Regional Development. They will give a presentation on the recent recession and recovery and how it has impacted where employees now live and work in this region.