As part of Global Volunteer Month and National Volunteer Week, held April 18-24, 2021, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA) is celebrating its more than 350 volunteers who serve 23 affiliate community foundations across a 20-county region. CFNEIA is also calling attention to how volunteering can benefit both the volunteer and the entire community.
Friday, the Iowa State Patrol laid to rest a hero in Sergeant Jim Smith, who courageously served the State of Iowa for 27 years. He made the ultimate sacrifice attempting to arrest a barricaded subject in Grundy Center on Friday, April 9, 2021. “The Iowa State Patrol is honored and blessed to have served this great state with Sergeant Smith,” said Iowa State Patrol Colonel Nathan Fulk.
Vinton Lions Club welcomed guest speaker Obil Flores, English Educator for El Salvador Public Schools in San Salvador. For the last six years, he has been teaching children English in both public and private schools from grades 1st through 12th. Obil first came to the United States in 2016 as part of the UGrad Exchange Program at Mt. Mercy University.
By: Co-Reporter, Josh WileyOn Thursday, May 8th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA chapter held their annual “labor auction” at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School gymnasium, starting at 6:00 P.M. Last year, the chapter was unable to put on this fundraiser due to COVID-19 circumstances. This year however, the auction was a success. FFA members filled out a form agreeing to be “sold” to the highest bidder when they were auctioned off.
The Benton County Community Foundation’s 2020 annual report is now available on the Community Foundation’s website at www.bentonccf.org. The report highlights key impacts made and lists funds held with the Community Foundation along with grant-funded projects. In 2020, a total of $117,419 in grants from all charitable giving funds of the Community Foundation were awarded to organizations benefitting Benton County residents and communities.
"Pelicans were on the lake by Izaak Walton this morning," reported Joan Lindberg on Wednesday. If you're like me, you double-checked to see if Pelicans are indeed in Iowa. According to the DNR, the population of Pelicans has started to grow. In the mid-1900, chemicals like DDT had decreased the populations by making its way into the fish that pelicans ate and ultimately poisoning the birds.
On Tuesday, Benton County Sheriff shared an update on the status of COVID immunization shots given in Benton County. At last count, 13,000 have been given. He also shared some of the upcoming events that will be happening this summer. The Iowa Ride which was to make its inaugural stop last year will now be coming this year. The Benton County Fair will be up and running, as well as Party in the Park and most of the regular events for summertime.
On 4-12-2021, at about 11:02 AM, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car striking a house on Cottage St in Shellsburg IA. The driver of the car, and sole occupant was a 69-year-old male from Shellsburg. He was declared deceased at the scene, after resuscitation efforts failed. His name is being withheld at this time.
Cub Pack 47 held their annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday. The Pack was able to use their new aluminum track purchased by the community foundation for the first time. The scouts raced and the winners are listed below. Race Winners:Mason StephensonHenry HalsteadWes LagrangeMackenzie ThomsenNoah Hesson(overall Pack Winner)Winners for Best Paint - Mason Stephenson, Best Design - Elliot Whalen, Judges Choice - Vinny Bowen, Most Original - Charlie Clayton.
Vinton will be flushing the water lines at the following locations:Everything WEST of 2nd Ave All Day Monday and Tuesday, April 12th and 13thEverything EAST od 2nd Ave All Day Wednesday and Thursday, April 14th and 15thThe City of Vinton Water Department will begin at 8:00 a.m. and finish for the day at 4:00 p.m.Be sure to have your laundry don't before 8:00 a.