Iowa Lottery CEO, former Benton County resident, battling Colon Cancer

Matt Strawn, 49, the CEO of the Iowa Lottery, announced he was diagnosed with colorectal aka colon cancer following a screening in January. Strawn has served as the CEO since 2019 A Benton County native, formerly from Van Horne, said, "Following a recommended screening in late January, I received a colorectal cancer diagnosis. While this is news that no one expects to hear, I am grateful to share that the cancer was detected at a stage where the goal for my treatment is a full cure.

Vinton Man charged with Kidnapping, Domestic Abuse and other charges

Matthew David Milligan, 43 of Vinton was arrested in Independence on Wednesday, February 22.  Milligan is facing multiple charges including kidnapping and assault stemming from a domestic situation at an Independence hotel.The Independence Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance at the Comfort Inn and Suites, Swan Lake Boulevard in Independence.

3rd Ward Council Applicants, Deadline 4:00 pm on Friday, February 24

Notice is Hereby Given:That the Council of the City of Vinton, Iowa intends to fill a vacancy of the 3rd Ward Council position by appointment at the March 9, 2023 council meeting at 7:00pm held in Council Chambers, Vinton City Hall.Anyone that lives in the 3rd ward that is interested in filling this vacant Council seat may attend the next Council meeting or contact the Mayor or any council member to express their interest.

Legislation in Des Moines would eliminate breed discrimination in Iowa

Iowans Against Breed Bans have a bill ready to present to lawmakers in Des Moines. This legislation does the following: 1. Removes language in Iowa code that requires law enforcement to shoot dogs not wearing a rabies tag. (The new language will provide law enforcement with more flexibility.) 2. Adds additional ways to determine if a dog is someone’s property.

Athena's Pink Stiletto Soiree Fundraiser for area Hospitals, March 29

Hi! It's back! Athena's Pink Stiletto Soiree! The Soiree will be happening again this year on Wednesday, March 29th, 6:30 - 8:30, at the Belle Plaine Museum. This is Athena's major annual fund raiser where all the proceeds go to support, alternating every two years, either Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton or Memorial Compass Hospital in Marengo. The hospitals use this money for women's health programs to help pay for breast and pelvic screening.

Shellsburg Housing Needs Survey

The City of Shellsburg is participating in an assessment concerning our housing needs. ISU Extension is facilitating this process and has developed a survey for our community. Broad community input is needed from current residents, anyone working in Shellsburg and prospective residents. The brief survey will take just a few minutes to complete, but your ideas and concerns are important and we encourage you to fill it out.

V-S FFA Chapter Holds Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Paul Heger and Grayce McClintock serve noodles and sauce to other members of the chapter at the end of the night. By: Co-Reporter, Alana FlemingOn February 10th, 2023 the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter held their annual spaghetti dinner. They had a meal including spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, lettuce salad, cookies, and lemonade. This is the chapter’s third year hosting this event and was another successful year. Two-time noodle-maker of the year, Andrew Brummer worked hard in the kitchen perfecting his craft.

Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Brings home the Gold

Competing in the Sub-District LDE Contests, the Vinton-Shellsburg Future Famers of America student participants brought home the following awards:Conduct in Chapter Meetings: 2nd Gold Advancing to DistrictsAndrew Allsup, Will McKenna, Cooper McClintock, Ben McGowan, Eli Ollinger, Ben Buhr, Wes McKennaParliamentary Procedure: 1st Gold Advancing to D

Estate Planning and Tips for Preparing for the Unexpected

Alec Modrick spoke to a local group of residents during the Kiwanis meeting this week about planning for the future and how to assist your family by preparing. Addressing ways to protect your home, savings and family from costly mistakes he gave the audience tips on how to best do that. As we age, there are two different areas that should be in constant review.

Stars Over 70 Open for Nominations

  Now is your opportunity to honor your mentors and role models! The Wallace and Beverly Winkie Foundation is accepting nominations for Stars Over 70. Stars Over 70 is a celebration of those individuals in the Belle Plaine area who are at least 70 years of age and are leaders in their community through volunteering, working, or serving as role models.
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