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Gold trim highlights Courthouse renovation
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM
The new gold additions to the Van Wert County Courthouse. (DHI Media/ Ed Gebert)

BY ED GEBERT

DHI Media Editor

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VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Courthouse has taken on a new hue lately. With work finishing on the building’s renovation, an accent color has been added — gold.

County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger admitted that the commissioners like the result. “We’re tickled with what he did,” he said, referring to Jeff Hollis of All Trades Historical Restoration. The amount of gold on the historic landmark has grown through the project. The cap of the topmost spire is the last to be covered in gold paint.

 
Those Were the Days — July 19, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, July 18, 2014 6:50 PM )

BY KIRK DOUGAL

DHI Media Group Publisher

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25 Years Ago

This week in 1989, officials from the federal government were thrilled with the first successful test of the B-2 bomber but some members of Congress warned the price tag may be too high for production. A two-hour test flight by the radar-evading aircraft over Southern California had the aviation industry talking despite the 18-month delay in the scheduled test. However, after the House and Senate Armed Services Committees both slashed funding from the Pentagon budget, the $500 million price tag per B-2 was expected to raise serious objections against mass production.

Donations continued to pour in for the Van Wert YMCA’s Camp Clay. St. Peter’s United Church of Christ gave $15,000 towards the construction of a shelter house on the site.

Dinners at the Landeck St. John the Baptist Church festival included homemade noodles. Among the people who helped make the noodles were Gert Ernst, John Fischer, Lynsey Rahrig, Missy Hammons, Denise Hammons, Jenny Schwinnen, Angela Kleman, Missy Geise and Christine Schwinnen.

 
State unemployment rate unchanged from previous month
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM

BY ED GEBERT

DHI Media Editor

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VAN WERT — Not much change was reported in the June employment report, released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In fact, there was absolutely no change in the state’s unemployment rate which remained at 5.5 percent in June, just as it was in May. The number of unemployed workers in Ohio fell by 1,000 to 316,000. The biggest change came as an increase in the number of workers on the job. That figure was up by 12,700 to a total of 5,305,400 in June.

Even with little change in Ohio, the U.S. rate did slide from 6.3 percent in May to 6.1 percent in June. Around the region, Indiana’s jobless rate rose slightly to 5.9 percent. Illinois saw a four-tenth fall to 7.1 percent. Kentucky’s rate slipped three-tenths to 7.4 percent. Michigan’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.5 percent.

 
ODOT releases weekly road report
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM

INFORMATION SUBMITTED

The following is the weekly report concerning construction and maintenance work on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.

For the latest in statewide construction visit www.ohgo.com. Please contact us at 419-999-6803 with any information needs.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Week of July 21

Allen County

Interstate 75 Reconstruction Project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org

Ohio 66 between Delphos and the Auglaize County line will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repairs. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and cones noting the lane closures. Work is being performed by the Allen County ODOT maintenance garage.

U.S. 30/Ohio 309 near Delphos may be restricted to one lane at times through the work zone for culvert work. Work is expected to be completed in late July. Work is being performed by Platinum Painting, Boardman.

 
Ohio Supreme Court justice makes VW stop
Friday, July 18, 2014 8:00 PM
Justice Sharon Kennedy speaks at Willow Bend Country Club Friday. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

BY ED GEBERT

DHI Media Editor

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VAN WERT —One of the seven justices of the Ohio Supreme Court paid a visit to Van Wert on Friday. Justice Sharon Kennedy, who is seeking re-election this fall, was the speaker at a breakfast at Willow Bend Country Club.

After being introduced by the event’s emcee, Bill Purmort, Kennedy recounted her history and her beliefs about the judiciary branch.

“One of the unknown, unspoken truths of our system of government in this republic is that there is one branch that is actually put upon to keep two others in check while remaining restrained themselves,” she remarked.

Having started in law enforcement in Hamilton, Ohio, Kennedy moved to a legal career, eventually serving as the administrative judge of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division from 2005-2012. In 2012,, she was elected to an unexpired term of the Ohio Supreme Court and became the 154th justice of the court.

In her address Friday morning, Kennedy stressed that her job as justice is to uphold every word of the law.

 
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