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Urbana to build new Water Storage System

The City of Urbana has published a list of questions and answers concerning the construction of a new water storage system. The information is shared below. QUESTIONS ANSWERED I’ve heard water rates are going to increase. Is that true? Before a rate increase can go into effect, it will need to be approved by three readings of the City Council.

Win T-Bone Steaks During May Beef Month

Each Tuesday in May, Vinton Fareway & Roy’s Hometown Grocery shoppers have a chance to win a pack of T-bone steaks, courtesy of Benton County Farm Bureau.Customers can enter the “T-Bone Tuesday” drawing at the meat counter—no purchase necessary. One winner will be contacted each week to claim the prize.“This promo is a fun way for us to say, ‘thank you’,” says Michael Hopper, Benton County Farm Bureau president.
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Senate sends bill on traffic camera regulation, DOT oversight to governor

By Robin OpsahlA bill regulating — but not banning — traffic camera use by local law enforcement was sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds by the Senate with bipartisan support Monday.House File 2681 passed 46-1 Monday, with Sen. Lynn Evans, R-Aurelia, voting against he measure. The bill gives the Iowa Department of Transportation oversight of how Iowa cities and counties implement automatic traffic enforcement (ATE) systems, like traffic cameras.

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa Receives Grant from Wells Fargo Foundation

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa today announced it has received $92,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support local youth financial literacy programs.The grant will support hands-on learning programs that teach students foundational money management skills like earning, saving, budgeting, spending wisely, and investing, in addition to sponsoring the organization's capstone program, JA BizTown® Mobile.

Bill on history, social studies class requirements clears Legislature

By Robin Opsahl
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Eastern Iowa Honor Flight 50th flight named for WWII veteran Mike Wilson

Eastern Iowa Honor Flight announces 50th flight named for WWII veteran Mike Wilson Flight #50 to include 88 veterans and special guests On Wednesday, May 1, the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight will launch Flight #50. Since the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight began operations in 2009, 49 flights have transported 4,418 veterans, along with their guardians to Washington, DC.

Primary Election Information for Benton County

Benton County Auditor, Hayley Rippel Primary Election What is the Primary Election? The Primary Election is held for the members of political parties to nominate candidates for the General Election. Party Affiliation The biggest difference between the Primary Election and all other elections is that a voter’s party affiliation matters. Only voters who are registered with the Democratic, Libertarian or Republican parties are allowed to vote in the Primary Election.

Vinton Shellsburg 2024 Grand March

Saturday night kicked off the Prom fun for the Class of 2024. The theme for the Grand March was the Barbie movie, complete with a lifesize Barbie box photobooth. To view photos of the event, open this story and click on the following link located right...HERE!
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April 2024 Veteran of the Month

The Benton County Veterans Affairs office is pleased to announce that the Veteran of the Month of April is Urbana’s very own Dennis Henry. Dennis served in our Air Force from 1966 until 1970. He joined the Air Force to, “see the world”. Little did he know he would be seeing the states of Texas, Illinois, and North Dakota. He had plenty of opportunities to go elsewhere with his outstanding abilities to perform his job as a B52 mechanic, but chose to stay in North Dakota for his sweetheart, now wife Shirley.

Norway Dairy receives Iowa Dairy Innovation Grant

Cost-share grants will increase on-farm dairy processing and incorporate labor-saving technologyIowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced that 20 Iowa dairies across 12 counties have been awarded Choose Iowa Dairy Innovation Grants to increase on-farm dairy processing, incorporate labor saving technology, and expand the availability of Iowa dairy products for consumers to enjoy.
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