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Quilts of Valor recipient Terry Schild

I'm a huge fan of the Quilts of Valor ceremonies. There are so many of our men and women out there that have gone through wars, fighting alongside so many other good people. Why? As one of the presenters said, "So that she could put her three little boys to bed at night and not worry about a bomb going off or them being gassed while they slept." The Quilts of Valor is a program that awards quilts to men and women who have been in battle.

Vinton-Shellsburg August 2022 Newsletter

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JAKES Day event brings 30 children to Izaak Walton

The temperature was into the mid-90’s and heat indexes over 100 degrees but that did not hamper JAKES Day sponsored by the Blue Creek Springtime Monarchs, Benton County’s chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation (NWTF). 30 kids ages 4 - 15 attended along with an additional 25 parents, volunteers, and chapter members. After registration and a safety discussion, everyone had the opportunity to participate in four stations: trap shooting, target shooting on the rifle range with .

Benton County in 6th place with the most Born and Bred Iowans

If you've lived in Benton County for any length of time, you soon realize that most everyone is related to someone you know, someone you went to school with here or your neighbor. And it's not your imagination. Benton County came in 6th place in Iowa of all the counties in with the most born and bred residents in Iowa. Someone at Stacker thought it would be a good project to run the numbers to find out which counties in Iowa had the most born and bred Iowan in it.

Shellsburg opposes Landmark Recovery plans for Addiction Recovery Center

Thursday night's meeting held at the Legion Hall in Shellsburg addressing the possible transformation of the former Rock Ridge Residential Care facility into a possible addiction recovery treatment center operated by Landmark Recovery, was met with opposition from the community. All who spoke to the board expressed concerns and was not in favor of the move.
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Two Individuals Arrested in the death of Palo Murder of Jodie Bevans

Tacoa Talley On the evening of August 3, 2022, Deputies of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Agents of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrested thirty-four year old Samantha Faith Bevans of Palo, Iowa for the death of Jodie Bevans. On the morning of August 4, 2022, thirty-eight year old Tacoa Talley of North Liberty, Iowa was also arrested for the death of Bevans.

The Nuts and Bolts of the PACT Act

As you’ve likely either heard or read by now, the Senate finally passed a long-overdue bill for the expansion of Veteran’s health care resources and benefits as well as aiding Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins by adding additional presumptive conditions for disability compensation purposes. The Bill itself is an intimidating 150 pages of ackamarackus so allow me to cut to the chase and break down the really good stuff.

Frese Family (CNJ Farms) to be awarded "The Way We Live" Award

The Way We Live Award, sponsored by Pioneer, Iowa Farmer Today and the WHO BIG show, recognizes Iowa farm families who have demonstrated their dedication to agriculture and strong Iowa farm values. In 2022, The Way We Live Award, in its 14th year of recognizing outstanding farm families, will award six Iowa families who exemplify hard working farm values and a love for the occupation of farming.
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Ann Cejka, Ushers Ferry Historic Village Program Coordinator, assumes her stern schoolmarm stance for a talk on one room schools at the Center Point Historical Society Depot Museum Ann Cejka, talked to 20 guests at the Center Point Depot Museum July 31, about one-room schools in the hearts and happenings of our rural communities in the not-too-distant past.“We Iowans love our one-room schools,” she said. “We even put a picture of one on our State Quarter.”Ann is the Program Coordinator at Ushers Ferry Historic Village in Cedar Rapids.

VFW Dept. of IA President & Post 8884 President Completes 1st Year of Service

Jeanette Henry Department of Iowa VFW Auxiliary 2021-2022 President on stage receiving the Circle of Excellence Award Jeanette Henry-VFW Auxiliary President 2021-2022 has completed her one-year term as President of VFW Auxiliary of Iowa.  Throughout the year Jeanette attended Auxiliary meetings, District meetings, and Department conventions across Iowa.She drove over 35,000 miles throughout the State. She attended many other events, too. On June 2-5,2022 in Des Moines, Iowa she attended The VFW and VFW Auxiliary Department Convention.
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