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Application for Benton County Veterans Affairs Commission

NoticeThe Benton County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for the Benton County Veterans Affairs Commission. This is a three-member commission that provides guidance and oversees operations of the Benton County Veterans Affairs Department. This position is a 3-year term beginning June 30, 2024 and does require an applicant to be a veteran.

Candidate Forum Dist. 1 Supervisor Candidates - Lillibridge, Tippett, VanRee

There are three candidates running for Benton County Sheriff. Below are the statements made by our candidates. Questions were asked by the public. If the name was clear on the audio recording of those who directed a question to the candidates the name is included. If it was not the question is just listed.-The candidate forum was held at the Farmers Mercantile on Saturday morning.
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Candidate Forum Summary Supervisor Candidates for District 3 - Bierschenk & Volz

There are two candidates running for Benton County Sheriff. Below are the statements made by our candidates. Questions were asked by the public. If the name was clear on the audio recording of those who directed a question to the candidates the name is included. If it was not the question is just listed.-Two candidates are competing for the District 3 Supervisor race.

Candidate Forum Summary Sheriff Candidates - Paxton & Upah

There are two candidates running for Benton County Sheriff. Below are the statements made by our candidates. Questions were asked by the public. If the name was clear on the audio recording of those who directed a question to the candidates the name is included. If it was not the question is just listed.- The first candidate who began with an intro was Ted Paxton, the current Vinton Police Chief.

Shellsburg Man Enters Not Guilty Plea

Huston William Danker, 26, entered a plea of not guilty to first degree murder in connection to the death of Ryan Cooper. Cooper was a resident of Traer in 2021 when he was killed. In April, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Tama County Sheriff's Officer arrested Danker in Cedar Rapids.  He was charged with First Degree Murder, a Class A Felony for "acting in concert with Karina Cooper to kill Ryan Cooper.
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Students go into summer with something to read

Vinton-Shellsburg fourth graders were the grateful recipients of books for their summer reading pleasure. An incredible collection was donated last week to help them leap into summer reading! John Arnold, brother of former Vinton-Shellsburg reading teacher Steve Arnold, desired to donate the books, as it had always been Steve’s goal for all students to be lifelong readers.

Kindergarten students hatched chicks!

We played Hatching BINGO for our last lesson as a review of everything the students learned over the past four weeks! Farm Bureau partnered with ISU Extension & Outreach to offer a unique, up-close experience to kindergarten classrooms in Benton County! Tilford and Keystone Elementary were our first participating schools and we are so thankful they welcomed us into their classrooms for this program! The program ran for four weeks and included weekly classroom lessons that allowed students to explore the poultry industry and identify the basic needs of a growing chick.

Iowa Auditor’s Election Training Program Receives National Clearinghouse Award

One of 32 Programs Honored by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission for Innovation, Sustainability and Replicability The Iowa State Association of County Auditors (ISACA) announced it was recognized for excellence in election administration with a national Clearinghouse Award for Outstanding Election Official State Association Program. Also known as the “Clearies.
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Benton County Approves the hiring of new assistant to the HR Director

Following a discussion on the hiring of an assistant in a closed session last year, the Benton County Supervisors approved a new hire in the HR Department almost a year later. It appears that the plan to hire wasn't put on an agenda, if it was, Vinton Today was unable to find it (I'm open to corrections.) It is normal for job postings to be placed on the agenda for discussion or approval by the board.

Belle Plaine water has been as clear as mud

Water in Belle Plaine has looked like this prior to the much needed rain.  Photos by Whittney Stoddard Due to the drought conditions, the City of Belle Plaine has been under water restrictions for the last month or so. Because of the look and smell of the water, citizens had been restricting its use even more. The city had also had to restrict outdoor water use, because of the shortage of water in the community. While the water looks unappetizing, the city assured residents that the water is safe to drink.
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