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Top three ways to handle fall leaves

Fall leaves are beautiful – until they pile up in your yard. Don’t send those precious nutrients up in smoke. Instead, put those nuisance leaf piles to good use. Leaves, small branches and other landscape materials can nourish your lawn, garden or community. It’s easy: Compost. Composting leaves and food scraps is a great way to turn this waste into garden nutrients.


Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) will award three $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors in 2022 who plan to enroll in an Iowa college or university. The scholarships are in honor of three pioneers in Keep Iowa Beautiful's 21-year history:Bob Byers--Educator. Through Bob's leadership, KIB's Litter-Free School Campus program was started in NW Iowa.
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Benton County Community Foundation Celebrates Community Foundation Week

 November 3, 2021 – The Benton County Community Foundation will join in a nationwide celebration, November 12-18, 2021, to recognize the increasingly important role that community foundations play in strengthening localities and addressing community needs. For more than a century, community foundations have served as a trusted partner and resource for generous people, nonprofits and communities.

High School Seniors Can Earn $2,000 for College

Program Provides Education on College Financing and PlanningA program offering $2,000 scholarships is now open to Iowa high school seniors. Students not only have a chance at much-needed funds for college but can also learn ways to reduce college loan debt through the program.Iowa high school seniors may register for the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship at www.

VS FFA Recognizes Members

Spencer Williams Each month this year, VS FFA will be recognizing members that have been outstanding in the classroom, FFA, and SAE. A Greenhand member and upperclassman will be recognized each month for their contributions to VSHS FFA.Returning Member: As a Junior, Kail Evans frequently attends monthly meetings and competed in the Farm Business Management Contest at State last year.
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Western Governors University Launches New Scholarship for First Responders

In honor of National First Responders Day, which takes place annually on Oct. 28, Western Governors University (WGU) is launching a new scholarship to show appreciation for first responders – including EMTs, police officers, firefighters, corrections officers and others – who have demonstrated unprecedented selflessness and commitment in serving area communities as they carried out their duties throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


The deadline to enter 2021 Capture the Heart of America photo contest is this Sunday, Oct. 31 at midnight.From day-to-day life on the family farm to the ever-changing industry, agriculture has proven to be one of America's most compelling stories. Through the contest, photographers from across the country can share their own piece of this important story as they see it through their camera lens.


Gary Zittergruen left of Benton CSD awarded  the IHSSA Fine Arts Administrator of the Year Award The Iowa High School Speech Association presented the IHSSA Fine Arts Administrator of the Year October 15, 2021 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. The award was conceived in 2005 by the Executive Committee of the IHSSA. It is presented to a distinguished individual of statewide reputation and outstanding accomplishments. This is the highest honor the Iowa High School Speech Association may confer on an administrator.
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Oct 18-24 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week

October 18-24 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week, a time to call awareness to what estate planning is and why it is an important part of a personal financial plan. According to Gallop's spring 2021 poll findings, 46% of U.S. adults have a will that indicates plans for their money and estate after their death. This number has hovered at around the half mark since 1990.

Thank you to the Vinton Fire Department

The Vinton Fire Department went above and beyond again. Rani Hopkins, mom to LyRick (in red) and his cousin Chris (in the gray) were able to have their own visit to the fire station.  LyRick has Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 and can't attend school due to the dangers of exposure. The family wishes to send a very special thank you to the Vinto
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