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Delphos BOE meets Monday
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, August 09, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, August 10, 2014 7:54 PM )

The Delphos City School Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the administrative building.

Items on the agenda include approval of the federally mandated increase of lunch prices.

Marbletown Cake Decorating Contest draws 61 confectioners
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Friday, August 08, 2014 8:19 PM
The icing was slathered and the decorations placed just so during the annual Marbletown Kids’ Cake Decoration Contest Friday in Marble Hall at Delphos Wesleyan Church. Local baker Alex Benavidez provides each child with a 4-inch round cake, icing and gummy worms, frog, gum drops, etc., to create their own sweet masterpiece. Above: Brianna Bowen, 6, and Zaria Harter, also 6, make sure their cakes have enough decorations. Events continue today with the 5K at 8 a.m., children’s events from 10 a.m. to noon, the parade at 1 p.m. and the Golf Cart Poker Run at 2 p.m. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
2014 Rib Fest underway
Written by Ed Gebert   
Friday, August 08, 2014 8:13 PM
The 2014 edition of the Van Wert Rib Fest kicked off Friday evening at Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Visitors to the event were treated to ribs from a number of competing barbecue teams, as well as live music, and other entertainment. Rib Fest continues this weekend as part of the community Crossroads Festival. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
New site to help match local talent and local jobs
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, August 08, 2014 8:11 PM

DHI Media Staff Report

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VAN WERT — One more tool is ready for use in the struggle to match talent, especially hometown talent, with local job opportunities. Van Wert Works, is a web-based employment service featuring area employers looking for employees. It is based on a successful program for Mercer, Auglaize, and Darke County employees called Hometown Opportunity.

On Wednesday night, the new site went online at and thus far the site is getting a good reaction.

“So far, the feedback from the businesses has been wonderful,” offers Van Wert County Economic Development Director Sarah Smith. “I can already see there being a need in the future to hire someone just to manage the website, which is the same thing that happened in Mercer County for their website Hometown Opportunity.”

Unlike the neighboring site, Van Wert Works will not allow direct submissions of resumes on the site, but it will be continually updated with new jobs and opportunities. According to Smith, four new job openings were emailed from local companies on the first day the site went live.

Directions to responding to the job postings can be found on the site.

Those Were the Days — August 9, 2014
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, August 08, 2014 8:02 PM


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25 Years Ago

This week in 1989, President Bush’s administration was gearing up to implement the biggest government bailout in history. A bill authorized $50 billion to fund the closing and merging of hundreds of savings and loans around the country. The legislation also imposed tougher financial standards, dictated a sweeping overhaul of the regulatory bureaucracy, and created the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) to oversee the sale of bad loans and repossessed real estate the government would inherit with the closings of the S&Ls.

The president of the Van Wert City Education Association, Margaret Morrison, presented an overview to the board of education on the new Dial-A-Teacher program to be implemented in the fall. Funded by community donations, the program would install two telephone lines, manned by teachers, for students to call for help with homework projects on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. To introduce the Dial-A-Teacher program to elementary students, teacher Bitsey Clark and students Chad Brubaker and Richard Washington wrote and performed a rap song that was videotaped.