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Benton County man killed in car vs. bicycle accident

Terry Zabokrtsky a 76-year-old man, from Walford, has been identified as the accident victim in a car vs. bicycle accident on Christmas. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was able to identify the manAt approximately 2:35 p.m. on December 25th, Linn County Deputies, Benton County Deputies, the Iowa State Patrol, Fairfax Fire and Area Ambulance responded to the accident in front of 11609 Linn Benton Road.

High School Students Awarded VFW Essay Writing Contest

Athena McCauslin and G Quin Stephenson The local VFW post 8884 presented certificates to the essay winners in the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. High school students were invited to participate and write on the topic of "America: Where do we go from here?” The Voice of Democracy is a script-writing program designed to give high school students the opportunity to voice their opinion on a patriotic theme, which is chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
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Benton Development Group and Iowa County Community Development Form Partnership

A symbolic ribbon cutting held Friday on the Benton/Iowa Road celebrating the partnership of economic development groups in Benton and Iowa counties Board members from Benton Development Group and Iowa County Community Development met on Friday to celebrate their new partnership with a symbolic ribbon cutting. The two groups met at Hannen Park near the boundary between the counties on Benton/Iowa road.The Benton and Iowa County organizations highlight the quality of life their rural counties offer, actively recruit new industry, and assist current businesses with issues ranging from expansion to workforce needs.

Winners in the Holiday Lights Weekly Punch Card Drawing Announced

The weekly winners in the Week #1:  Barbara GreenleeWeek #2:  Kellee JurgensWeek #3:  Chantz WrightWeek #4 will be drawn next week and then the final weekly winner and the grand prize winner will be drawn the Monday after Christmas (so all those last-minute shoppers can be included!)Each weekly winner receives $50 in Vinton Value Dollars, and the Grand Prize winner receives $100 in Vinton Value Dollars along with several gifts from local businesses.

Angel Tree brings a little Christmas to area Families

The room was full of some of the most famous names in children's games and toys.Barbie, Mickey Mouse, Paw Patrol, Hot Wheels, Parker Brothers board games and baby dolls.These and many more names, along with a variety of other toys, games, dolls and books were available for parents looking for Christmas presents for their children.And each of these gifts for area children was a gift from a Vinton area resident, part of the annual effort to make sure that every child has a chance to enjoy something new for Christmas.
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Vinton Kiwanis host Santa Claus

Santa visited area Vinton-Shellsburg children at the Kiwanis Christmas party on Tuesday Santa Claus stopped in to visit with area children at Pizza Ranch at Tuesday's meeting. Once a year the Vinton Kiwanis club provides lunch to several area children and teachers as part of their Christmas Party. Each year teachers recommend which students should meet with Santa. The teachers then compile a list of gift ideas that Santa might want to bring to the party.

The Local Salvation Army in need of Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army has some time slots for bell-ringing still available at Fareway for the following dates- Thursday-16th, Friday-17th, Tuesday-21st, Wednesday 22nd and  Thursday- 23rd.  Call Julie Hansen 319-329-7119 for times. If you don't reach her initially, leave a message and she'll get back to you  as soon as she can ! Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to ring the bell.

Cottage Garden Society brings Christmas Cheer to the Courthouse

Once again, the Cottage Garden Society pulls out all the stops and brings Christmas cheer to the community. This time their handiwork can be seen on the second floor of the courthouse. The tree that they decorated holds several handmade gingerbread houses and a garland made of peppermint. The red, white and blue theme of the tree is a traditional display for the courthouse.
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Lions Donates to Critical Incident Stress Management for First Responders

Dennis Lausar, Vinton Lions Club President, and Alan Woodhouse presented a $500 check to Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) supporting Benton County First Responders and crisis interventions. Receiving the check is Braxton Morrison, President, and Co-Founder of CISM. CISM began holding interventions for first responders in 2017, since then they have obtained their 501 (c)3, have an active board, and numerous other certifications that support area first responders.

P.E.O. Chapter HG Recognizes Continuing Education Grant Recipients

Roxanne Ervin, P.E.O. Chapter HG member (middle)  awards $3000 Continuing Education Grants to Shelby Stender, Vinton (left) and Darcy Duhart, Urbana (right).  Members of Vinton’s P.E.O. Chapter HG met at Cindy Elwick’s home on Saturday, December 4th for a Christmas Brunch. Guests of honor were Darcy Duart and Shelby Stender who were recently awarded P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education Grants from the P.E.O. Sisterhood and sponsored by Chapter HG. Each grant was for $3000.Duart, from Urbana is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
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