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Van Wert Rib Fest details announced
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM
Last year at the Van Wert Rib Fest, the sauce was ladled on all day Saturday at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. A great crowd took part in the eating, drinking, socializing and music at the annual event, despite rain washing out much of the Friday night crowd. (DHI Media file photo)


VAN WERT — The Van Wert Rib Fest is coming up Aug. 8-9.

Larry Lee, executive director of the Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which organizes the annual Van Wert Rib Fest, has announced more details about this year’s event.

The eighth annual affair will be held Aug. 8 and 9. The gates will open at 5 p.m. Aug. 8 with 12 food vendors ready to serve some the best festival foods in the area. On Aug. 9, the gates will open at 11 a.m.

Rib vendors participating this year include Gibson’s Barnyard BBQ from Convoy, Low & Slow BBQ from Fort Wayne, Pigtails BBQ from West Salem, Ohio, Pork Brothers BBQ from Lima, Smoke Shack BBQ from Pickerington, Ohio, and Timmy’s BBQ from Garrett, Indiana.

“We think we’ve got a great line-up of rib teams this year,” Lee said. “We have local favorites, like Gibson’s and Pork Brothers and we have Smoke Shack, who have been a part of each of the past events. We are excited to welcome Pigtails BBQ from eastern Ohio, who also participated in the 2014 Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest. And we’re glad to welcome back Low and Slow, who were part of last year’s event, and Timmy’s BBQ, who were here two years ago.”

In addition to the rib teams who will provide a variety of meat selections and sides, there will be six other food vendors on site.

“Annie’s Concessions will be offering fries, funnel cakes and lemon shake-ups. Fiske Concessions will be selling french fries and ice tea. CJ’s Shaved Ice will be on hand as well as Sycamore Ice Cream, and Mike’s Wisconsin Cheese Curds will also be available,” Lee added. “Saucy Sows will be there selling a variety of sauces and batters.”

Those Were the Days — July 12, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM


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25 Years Ago

This week in 1989, Housing Secretary Jack Kemp told a House Government Operations subcommittee that abuses and mismanagement within the Department of Housing and Urban Development had been halted but he agreed the costs of rectifying the mess would reach at least $2 billion. Kemp was named director to clean up a HUD department that was accused of allowing politicians to use connections to obtain project funding for their districts and to locate the theft of over $20 million of stolen money, allegedly for the sale of HUD property in which the sales agents kept the funds.

YWCA accepts registration for swim lessons
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM


VAN WERT — The YWCA of Van Wert County is now accepting registration for the July mini swim lesson session. The four-week session is July 14-Aug. 7. Classes are offered two times per week on Monday and Wednesday and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Call for specific available class times.

Only minor issues arise with dispatching move
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM
The Delphos Police Department lobby is currently closed to the public with a call button on the front door. When the button is pushed, it will connect the person with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. Once the nature of the call is understood, an officer will be called to the station or the person will be transferred to a phone tree for the municipal building, the police department of the fire department and asked to leave a voice mail for the appropriate person. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)


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DELPHOS — Hope for the best; prepare for the worst. That is how the City of Delphos and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office looked at moving dispatching services from Delphos to the Allen County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center. After nearly two weeks, the mantra seems to have worked.

“Overall, everything has gone very well,” Delphos Safety Service Director Shane Coleman said. “Have we had major issues? No. Have we had minor issues? Of course.”

Allen County 9-1-1 Director Chief Deputy Jim Everett is also pleased with the smooth transition.

“Everything has gone fairly easy,” Everett said. “We did have a case that led us to update our maps. We had a call from just outside of Delphos and the address was not in our system. We’ve updated that and we’re good to go.”

Allen County has added two dispatchers to the center with one currently being trained and the second starting in the next week or so. Everett said there really hasn’t been a noticeable change in the call volume at the center because all landline and cell phone 9-1-1 calls from Delphos were already being serviced at the center.

Art in the Park offers children's crafts
Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:14 PM
Mckenna Scalf, left, Riley Shimizu and Sevin Feathers, watch and listen as Jolene Talboom crafts colorful polymer clay into tubes creating a floral design within the tube during DAAG’s Art in the Park Thursday. DAAG will host the outdoor program beginning at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday in July. The class fee is a donation. (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)