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Community Foundation Highlights Unique 2021 Tax Advantages for Charitable Giving

The Benton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, is sharing tips for how individuals can maximize their charitable giving tax advantages for 2021 before year end. The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) was enacted in 2020 to allow taxpayers who do not itemize their taxes to receive a tax benefit for charitable giving up to a certain threshold.

Riders raise funds to help area Special Olympics Programs

Over 100 riders showed up to show their support for our VSU Special Olympics Team on Saturday It used to be when I was younger that I tensed up whenever I saw a group of bikers roll up wherever I was. Then I met a few bikers and realized that the noise of the bikes only indicates that regular people just like noisy bikes. This Saturday as I watched the bikers get ready to ride out to raise some cash for our Special Olympics team that I felt my heart get a little bigger as the roar of the machines were preparing to take off.
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Kyle Robert Mall convicted of Six Sex Offenses by Benton County Jury

 Kyle Robert Mall convicted of Six Sex Offenses by Benton County Jury On Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Kyle Robert Mall, age 38, of Belle Plaine, Iowa was found guilty of two Counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, two counts of Lascivious Acts with a Child, and two counts of Assault With Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse (See Attached Order filed August 18, 2021). Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree is a Class B felony that carries a 25 year prison sentence that requires the Defendant to serve 70% of the sentence before he is eligible for parole (which is 17.

Health & Wellness Exhibitors Needed!

The Virginia Gay Hospital Foundation is seeking health and safety-related businesses and organizations to share their expertise on healthy lifestyle topics with our community. The Seventh Annual Benton County Community Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 8 am to Noon on Saturday, October 9 at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School. This event focuses on empowering our community to be advocates of their health and well-being.

JAKES Day presents area children with opportunities to learn in a fun setting

Faith Henrichs, Benton County Conservation Naturalist displays a skunk pelt at JAKES Day The Blue Creek Springtime Monarchs (Benton County chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation) held the annual JAKES Day on Saturday, at the Izaak Walton facility north of Vinton. Kids age 17 and under were taught about wildlife, courtesy of Benton County Conservation. Following some inside education, the kids were invited to step outside and try their hand at trap shooting, archery and target practice with .

VFW Chapter 8884 presents check to Red Cedar Shooters

VFW Post 8884 presented a check to support the V-S Trapshooting Team The area VFW Post 8884 presented a check to the Vinton-Shellsburg Trap Team, known as the Red Cedar Shooters. The VFW Post, held a breakfast to raise funds to help the area students purchase necessary equipment and supplies for the area chapter.The Red Cedar Shooters Vinton-Shellsburg Trap Team is for students in grades 6-12 attending the Vinton-Shellsburg School district.

GoVS Mugs Sales Begin August 19

GoVS (Generating Opportunities for Viking Scholars) is once again selling refillable mugs. The $20 purchase price of the mug will give mug holders unlimited free refills of coffee or fountain pop at John's Qwik Stop from August 19 to December 25, 2021.With the support of John's Qwik Stop, the mugs will be available for purchase on Thursday, August 19.

Ethics-Rule Violations could cost area Lawyer Law License

By Clark KauffmanAn eastern Iowa attorney is facing a possible revocation of his law license for allegedly misappropriating client funds and neglecting clients' legal matters.The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board has charged attorney John Karl Fischer, of the Fischer Law Firm in Vinton, with more than a dozen ethics-rule violations. The Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa conducted a hearing on the matter and recently recommended to the court that Fischer's license be revoked.

New Vinton-Shellsburg Teachers Welcomed

Vinton Kiwanis & Vinton Lions welcomed the new V-S teachers among them are 3 V-S Alumni This year the Vinton Kiwanis and Lions Clubs welcomed the new teachers who will begin teaching at the Vinton Shellsburg School District.Keith Ervin opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and the singing of God bless America. Denny Gardemann of the Vinton Kiwanis Club and Dennis Lasaur of the Vinton Lions Club each welcomed the group to the luncheon.

Veterans Affairs Director meets with Area Veterans

"I am LOVING my job. Really truly. It's been such a pleasure to meet everyone and help them get the services and benefits they need and deserve," said Cara Martin, the new Veteran's Affairs Director. Martin began her new job in Benton County at the end of May. Located in the Benton County Service Center, located at 811 D Ave, Suite 34, Martin has hit the ground running.
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