Vinton Lions Club wrapped up their 100 Anniversary Celebration with a lunch and visiting Lions dignitaries at the Vinton Country Club on July 7th. Keynote Speaker, Past International Director Mark Hintzmann from Watertown, WI entertained Lions members with his experiences as a Lion through the years that have impacted him and elevated his commitment to membership.
Lions Club of Vinton, Iowa, organized July 5, 1921-only four years after first Lions club ever was formed. As such Vinton Lions Club is one of oldest in Iowa-and worldwide!Vinton Lions Charter Night held Monday, October 17, 1921, with 30 charter members. Among them was F. E. (Francis) Palmer, 11th superintendent of Iowa School for the Blind. Four years later, Helen Keller gave Lions their primary mission, urging them to be "Knights of the Blind.
Benton Development Group worked with the cities of Atkins and Belle Plaine to submit applications for the most recent round of Catalyst Grants and each community received $100,000 in the most recent awards. The two $100,000 grants in the most recent round, and a previous grant award to Shellsburg, raises the Catalyst Grant total received by Benton County communities to $300,000.
It's the little things that put a smile on your face. Around the 4th of July, it's when the following businesses pitch in and place flags around town lining streets with the flags. This year there were 750 flags distributed.If you find a small American flag in your yard over this 4th of July weekend, it has been planted by the following businesses:
As much as we love fireworks displays, drifting smoke can cause breathing problems for some and drought conditions may pose additional risks this year.Dry conditions and the threat of fires may cause some towns to take extra precautions with fireworks displays. Whether attending a display or celebrating in your backyard, keep these four safety tips in mind.
A man who accessed child pornography was sentenced on June 29, 2021, to ten years in federal prison.Jared Daily, age 35, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, received the sentence after a January 11, 2021 guilty plea to one count of accessing child pornography. At the plea hearing, Daily admitted that, between January and June 2020, he used a cell phone to access child pornography, including depictions of prepubescent children.
A very soggy Benton County Fair week, held the waterworks until after the annual crowing of the Benton County Fair Queen and her court.Pictured are in the back row: Emma Wiley, Miss Congeniality, Julia Schultis, Annabelle Newton 2021 Benton County Fair Princess, Rylee Sash Benton County 2021 Fair Queen, Harlyn HeithusenIn front: Olivia Sash 2019 Benton County Fair Princess, Emily Ingalls, Kailey Bahmann Runner-up Emma Arnold, Shelby McDonald, 2019 Benton County Fair Queen.
The Vinton Public Library had a little bit of a facelift in their children's area on the lower level of the library. Artists from the local Vinton Guild of Fine Arts were invited by Janette McMahon of the Vinton Public Library to paint a couple of murals downstairs as well as one of the pillars. The first of the two has been completed. With the help of the Guild, area artists left to right.
This is a joint press release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the State Fire Marshal's office.As much as we love fireworks displays, drifting smoke can cause breathing problems for some and drought conditions may pose additional risks this year.Dry conditions and the threat of fires may cause some towns to take extra precautions with fireworks displays.
One of the most talked about parts of the redevelopment project of the old Iowa Braille School campus is nearing completion, and it looks to be something both new and exciting. The Old Hospital Pub is slated to open later this summer and project manager - and Vinton native - Bonnie Xanadu, a representative of the Bari Group, is excited about the long-awaited opening.