March 9 - National Slam the Scam Day

On National Slam the Scam Day and throughout the year, we give you the tools to recognize Social Security-related scams and stop scammers from stealing your money and personal information. Share scam information with your loved ones. Slam the Scam!Recognize the four basic signs of a scam:Scammers pretend to be from a familiar organization or agency, like the Social Security Administration.

Benton Community referendum defeated

In the unofficial voting results, the Benton Community School District Public Measures were defeated. The Measure BE, with 2,099 votes, 1,349 voters said no while 750 said yes. A whopping 64.27% to 35.73%.In the second measure BF, the same happened with 2,117 votes. 1,372 voted no,  while 745 voted yes. 64.81% to 35.19%.Registered Voters 7,608 - Total Ballots 2,175 : 28.

Daddy Daughter Dance

Bringing along their dads, uncles, grandpa's or family friend, the Vinton Skate Center was the place to be last week. Several little girls arrived in their pretty dresses, and their hair all in curls, and several were just going with the casual attire. Both groups bore the same look on their face, pure happiness. With a sundae bar and concessions along with table activities, a photo booth and dancing of course, the girls and their dates were entertained by the staff of the Vinton Parks and Rec Department.

March Veteran of the Month, Cindy Briggs

Cindy Briggs always knew she would join the military; a girl wanting to follow in her father’s footsteps.  She accomplished that sense of fulfillment and joined the US Navy in 1972. Stationed at Great Lakes, Illinois, she was responsible for the oversight and tracking of the necessity for repairs within various naval buildings and housing units on base.

V-S FFA is on to District Contests

Junior, Kelcie Appleby advanced from the sub-district competitions in Job Interview. She practices perfecting her interview skills for this contest. By: Co-Reporter, Alana FlemingOn Monday, February 20th the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA chapter sent several contests to the Southwest Sub-District Competitions at AEA 267 in Cedar Falls. They sent members in multiple contests including Conduct of Chapter Meetings, Parliamentary Procedure, Chapter Program of Activities, Creed Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Ag Sales, Ag Broadcasting, Prepared Public Speaking, and Job Interview.

If you are a Veteran or a surviving spouse, you may be entitled to assistance

Sometimes you think "I'll be fine, I don't need any help..." and then you might realize that there is a bit of help out there that you didn't know about. If you are a veteran or the widow of a Veteran and you've never remarried, AND you served 90 days of active duty, (other than training) and at least 1 day during a war time period listed below, you COULD qualify for the Veteran’s Pension or Survivor’s Pension  through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Birker Appointed to Local Food and Farm Program Advisory Council

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced the individuals who have been appointed to serve on the Local Food and Farm Program Advisory Council. The Council exists to support and advise statewide efforts to increase the availability of locally grown, raised, and produced foods.“The supply chain disruptions and persistent inflation over the last two years have made consumers consider new avenues for the products and food they depend upon every day.

Mini Golf at the Library?

Sometimes you have to take a book stop It's not often that you see golf balls and golf clubs inside the library unless you see kids having fun at the library!The staff at the Vinton Public Library set up a mini golf course for children to enjoy on Saturday. The library welcomed children to play a round of miniature golf on a course constructed of children's library books, legos, blocks and even characters from some of the books that could be found along the course.

$1M in Disaster Relief Grants Awarded to Two Benton County Communities

 Benton Development Group announced that more than $1M in disaster relief grants had been awarded for communities in Benton County. Atkins will receive $620,000, and Belle Plaine has been awarded $475,000.  The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded the grants from funds provided by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Disaster Recovery Grant in response to the 2020 Derecho.

Nominate Conservation Leaders for the 2023 Iowa Farm Environmental Awards

Individuals and families will be recognized at the 2023 Iowa State Fair Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Department of Natural Resources Director Kayla Lyon invite Iowans to nominate individuals or families in their communities for the 2023 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award.To be considered for inclusion at the 2023 awards ceremony held at the Iowa State Fair, nominations will be accepted through Monday, May 1, 2023.
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