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Benton County Conservation Opportunity to Expand Wildcat Bluff Recreation Area

The Benton County Conservation Board (BCCB) is excited to announce an opportunity to expand one of its existing properties. Our park, Wildcat Bluff Recreation Area (Wildcat Bluff), two miles south of Urbana, Iowa is home to: The East Unit Shop, 24 campsites, a boat ramp, miles of hiking trails, Iowa’s best disc golf course (ranked top 10 in the nation and top 20 in the world), great timber and wildlife habitat, and Cedar River fishing access.

Northern lights could be seen on Sunday night

If you were fortunate enough to be driving outside the city limits on Sunday night, you had an opportunity to see the northern lights. Sometimes, you just have to stop and take a picture...even though a photo never does the sight justice! 
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Community Effort to clean and repair headstones at Maple Cemetary May 6

A community effort organized by the local VFW , American Legion and the Amvets is being organized to help in restoring and sprucing up the headstones in Maplewood Cemetery. The group plans to clean and repair headstones in the cemetery located on the western edge of Vinton. The group will begin working at 8:00 am and work until about 3:00 pm. Families, students and anyone interested are invited in the task to help preserve the headstones in Maplewood.

FFA Volunteer Auction Results

Grayce McClintock stands as she waits to find out who her employer is. On Monday, April 10th members of the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter held their annual Volunteer Auction. The Volunteer Auction is a chance where members are able to volunteer for eight hours to members and organizations within the community. Parents of members, guests, and other community members are able to come to the auction and donate money for the volunteer efforts of members.

A Heartfelt Thank You

After the Iowa lawmakers again said, "yes, we will continue to fund newspapers but not you independent online types" I was reminded again, that Vinton Today is pretty special. For 13 years, this online adventure has proven to be the only real independent source of news in Benton County. In a way, NOT receiving money from government entities, allows me the freedom to make observations out loud that other reporters don't dare to.
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Senate modifies public notices bill to maintain newspaper requirement

An Iowa Senate bill that would have eliminated a requirement for public entities to publish certain notices in newspapers was significantly altered on Thursday to keep the newspaper requirement.Senate File 546 was then approved by a 37-12 vote.“Public notices will still be printed in the newspapers,” said Sen. Chris Cournoyer, a LeClaire Republican who introduced the initial version of the bill.


95th Iowa FFA Annual Delegate Business MeetingThe Iowa FFA Leadership Conference was held at Hilton Coliseum in Ames on April 16-18, 2023. The new Iowa FFA Officer team was elected and announced. Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve. These nine leaders will live out their year of service speaking with FFA members from across the state, presenting leadership camps and workshops, and traveling around Iowa and the United States.

Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Conquers State Convention

Eight Members had the ability to receive their Iowa Degrees,  Left to Right: Kevin Heckmann II, Kail Evans, Matthew Bookmeier, Gunnar Schminke, Grace Schminke, Rachel Rollinger, Autumn McGowan, and Sam Lundvall By: Co-Reporter, Grace Schminke From Sunday April 16th through Tuesday April 18th, 45 members from the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter traveled to Ames for the 95th Annual State Leadership Conference. The members spent countless hours preparing for their competitions with setting up and practicing for their competitions. On Sunday, the chapter got to help with the Meal for the Heartland event where they were able to help package meals for a charity event.
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Kurth talks Youth for Christ and The Well with area Kiwanis

Shawna Kurth and her team work with around 200 kids a year in downtown Vinton Shawna Kurth, Family Ministry Director at Blessed Hope Commnuty Church in Vinton and also a part-time worker for Youth For Christ, gave a presentation to the Vinton Kiwanis Club on Tuesday about her work. Shawna, her husband Tim and children live in Vinton where Shawna works with middle school and high school-aged children. She spends many hours at The Well and and working with children at her church Blessed Hope Community Church.

Former Ag and FFA teacher returns to Vinton for Quilt of Valor Ceremony

Rita Moore was excited to present one of her latest quilts to a Veteran familiar not only to her but to former students in Vinton. You might have had George Cummins asa Vocational Ag Teacher or as an FFA advisor in the Vinton School District during the 1970-73 school years.Prior to teaching, Cummins served in the Army from 1967-70 as an Engineer OCS in South Korea and then as a Batallion Adjutant for nine months.
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