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Double Up Food Bucks Benefits Snap Recipients at Local Fareway

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The Iowa Healthiest State Initiative’s Double Up Food Bucks program has expanded its partnership with Fareway by adding eleven stores in communities across Iowa as participating locations. The eleven new sites include two locations in Cedar Rapids, as well as Clinton, Council Bluffs, Fort Madison, Hampton, Muscatine, Newton, Red Oak, Toledo, and Vinton.

Thank you From the Benton County Fair Board

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The Benton County Fair board would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Olivia Hanson as the 2024 Benton County Fair Queen, and Grayce McClintock as the 2024 Benton County Fair Princesses.A special thank you to Izzie Birker for serving as the 2023 Benton County Fair Queen and Kait Ballard for serving as the 2023 Benton County Fair Princess.
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A request from some of our local veterans

As the 4th of July rolls around, and fireworks are now being sold in town, I've had requests to ask residents to refrain from shooting them off in town. Vinton is home to several veterans who suffer from PTSD. Out of respect for them, please do not set them off in town. As I type this, someone just set some off in my neighborhood. Even without this request…FIREWORKS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE USED WITHIN THE CITY OF VINTONCity of Vinton Ordinance Chapter 41.

Benton County Treasurer's Office is Hiring

The Benton County Treasurer’s Office is hiring a Motor Vehicles Clerk. This position is responsible for assisting the public by accurately processing motor vehicle transactions as directed by the State of Iowa.Position Responsibilities:Provide excellent service to the public in a timely manner by assisting customers at the counter and answering telephonesAssist motor vehicle owners and dealers in processing vehicle registrations, transferring titles, issuing license plates, computing and collecting appropriate feesIssue salvage titles, junk certificates, duplicate titles, file refund claims, and perform all other record keeping consistent with State of Iowa proceduresLocate and record lien information to assist law enforcement officials, insurance companies and the Internal Revenue Service by searching recordsCollect property tax paymentsOther duties as assignedQualifications:To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

Iowa County Recorders Association benefits the Pink Tractor Foundation

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Each Summer the Iowa County Recorders Association meets for continuing education in one of the State's six Districts, and last week Okoboji was the meeting destination.As elected officials, the Recorders have a formal Certification Program which offers learning sessions that broadly impact their professional role in the County. Courses are focused on Leadership & Ethics, Open Meetings & Open Records Laws, Communication, Human Resources & Office Management, Iowa Code, Tech Applications, and Local Government/Budgeting.
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Olivia Hanson Crowned the Benton County Fair Queen for 2024

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On a rainy Wednesday evening, following the FFA Awards night in the Grandstands, the new Benton County royalty and her court were named. Two candidates for the title of 2024 Benton County Fair Queen had submitted their names as competitors for the race, Grayce McClintock and Olivia Hanson.  Both ladies are 2024 high school graduates and are making plans to attend college in the fall.

Party in the Park Events June 27-29

PARTY IN THE PARK SCHEDULETHURSDAY, JUNE 27, 5 PM TO 9 PM AT COURTHOUSE LAWN5 PM - FARMERS SAVINGS BANK & TRUST Community Picnic: Free hots dogs, chips & drinks served from the bank’s parking lot (401 B Ave)6:30 PM - KIDDIE PARADE: Let your imagination be your guide and show off who YOU are! Decorate your bike, your stroller or your wagon. Kids in 5th grade and under are invited to participate and join the fun! (Line-up is at Farmers Savings Bank & Trust.

Former Urbana Police Chief Sues City of Urbana, Mayor and City Clerk

The former Urbana Police Chief was put on leave last April following a move by the Urbana City Council. The council handed over the oversight authority to the "City Administrator." The City Clerk, Jennifer Burkhart appears to have taken on the role of "Administrator" and proceeded to put Urbana's Police Chief, Josh Baker on leave, thus eliminating the Urbana Police Department.
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Catfish Keith-Foot Stomping Blues at Farmers Mercantile Hall in Garrison July 14

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World-touring acoustic blues pioneer, Catfish Keith, has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. He will be in Garrison for a Sunday afternoon of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music on Sunday, July 14th at 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.Admission: $15 and Children are free!Refreshments will be provided by the Garrison Library for a freewill donation.

Nathan's Miles Glow Trail puts Vinton on the Map

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Nathan's Miles Glow Trail has certainly been a bright spot in Vinton. On June 9th, a Facebook page called, "Iowa Road Trip" gave a glowing review of Vinton's trail. Sharing the post brought even more attention. In the online world, it speaks a lot about the reach of social media for this project.  At Thursday night's council meeting, Vinton's Parks and Recreation Director, Matt Boggess' said that his phone has been lighting up again with inquiries about the trail.
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