Author: Valerie Close

When Ancestry becomes the Nut in the Family Tree

I admit it, most of my news comes from Facebook. Why? Because you can sum up local new and what ABC, NBC and CBS all think in about 30 minutes. They all agree. If you watch one, you get the gist. Even the local guys are now rehashing what the “big guys” in New York say. It’s old. It’s not original. It’s just boring. However, once in awhile on Facebook, you find something interesting that makes you start thinking. Or it should. I mean, you can’t believe half the stuff on Facebook so you have to start digging around to see if what you are reading is true, it’s my way of keeping the mind young. So I was surprised to see, and a bit disappointed that now Ancestry, you know the site that encourages you to dig around to find your family history is jumping on the PC bandwagon. Come on, Ancestry. You were the ONE place I could look forward to learning about history WITHOUT anyone’s opinion. But let’s ruin this one for Valerie, they said. “The entire Ancestry family is horrified and appalled by the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville. We not only condemn the violence that occurred but are deeply disturbed by the ideologies of the white supremacist groups who marched there.” says Tim Sullivan the President of Ancestry. Come on. Seriously. He goes...

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Fall Blowout tonight; to include all VSHS/VSMS fall teams

The 2017 Fall Sports Blowout will be held on Thursday, August 17, at the High School Gym and the Karr Athletic Complex. Note the change to Thursday, instead of Friday. The schedule of events is as follows: HIGH SCHOOL GYM: 3:30 –  F/S Volleyball Scrimmage 4:00 –  Varsity Volleyball Scrimmage KARR ATHLETIC COMPLEX: 5:00 –  F/S Football Scrimmage 5:15 – ALL Fall athletes (MS & HS) should report to the north end of the track 5:30 –  Introduction of  Fall Athletes 6:15 –  Varsity Football Scrimmage Admission for non-athletes is one bottle of a sport drink (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.) Also, on Friday, August...

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Ideal Industries Named to Inc. 5000 List for Second Year

Ideal, Industries, Inc., headquartered in Vinton, Iowa, has been named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 list, marking the second-consecutive year it’s been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in America. According to Inc. President and Editor in Chief Eric Schurenberg, making the list twice is an “extraordinary accomplishment.” “Of the tens of thousands of companies that have applied to the Inc. 5000 over the years, only a fraction have made the list more than once,” Schurenberg said. “A mere one in three has made the list two times.” The Inc. 5000 is based on revenue growth, and with a 70% growth rate since 2013, Ideal Industries more than fits the profile of an Inc. 5000 Company. Patrick Lyons, president of Ideal Industries, spoke to what it means for the company he joined in July of 2008, to be recognized so significantly for its achievement. “I said last year when we made the list that it validates that what we’re doing is working,” said Lyons, “and to be included with such select company again this year further confirms that we have the right people doing the right things for our customers.” With diversified revenue streams coming from contract manufacturing of custom metal products and multiple lines of Ideal branded products in the agricultural and self-service carwash industries, Ideal is well-positioned for the future. In addition, the company has...

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September WOW Newsletter

By Rachel Wall Attached you will find your edition of the September WOW newsletter. This edition features: ·       Boxed Meals: A Healthier Alternative ·       Recipe for Ramen Noodle Skillet ·       Are you at Risk for Listeriosis? ·       Love Them to Health Click to view the September 2017 WOW...

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Inquiring Minds Want to know

    Folks at the Fifth St. Diner have a question. Do you know who created this masterpiece? They figure that the best way to get an answer to that question is for us to send a picture out to all of you! Any ideas? Simply comment below, or email us at vintontoday@hotmail.com and we’ll pass it...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 8/8/17

August 8, 2017 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Wiley, Primmer, and Bierschenk present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: Approve the minutes of August 1, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 224206 through 224354, payroll checks numbered 139593 through 139612, and ACH deposits numbered 31691 through 31826, vendor checks numbered 224355 through 224361. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: Approve Class B Liquor License for Blairstown Sauerkraut Days. Motion carried. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: To approve and sign Law enforcement contract for FY 18 with City of Blairstown with a total cost of $18,330 a year to be paid quarterly. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: Acknowledge resignation from Kary Moore as Homer Township Clerk. Motion carried. The time of 9:15 a.m. having arrived, and this being the time and date for a land use hearing for Terry and Sue Hart in part of the SW SW of 12-85-12. Marc Greenlee presented the technical information with the Benton County Agricultural Land Use Preservation Ordinance. Hart’s would like to create a new non agriculture use for a country store in the basement of their existing home. There is a possibility of them building a separate building in the future. Only hearing from one adjoining...

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Shoes for the Shelter Annual Fundraiser

  Friends of the Shelter, Inc. is once again conducting a shoe collection drive now-October15 to raise funds to offset vet expenses for the animals in our care. FOTSI will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods.  Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at our downtown adoption center (211 West 4th Street-Vinton) or Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids. You can also emailVintonShelter@yahoo.com to coordinate a drop off time.  All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations.  Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. “Our first shoe drive in 2015 was such a success, that we can’t wait to do it again!,” said Taylor and Peyton Frank, FOTSI volunteers. “We’re always looking for creative ways to raise money for the animals, but this fundraiser allows us to help people at the same time. It’s truly a win-win.”   FOTSI would like to extend a thank you to Stacy Murphy at Grant Wood AEA for opening their building as a donation drop off....

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R.A.T.S. Wrap Up

By Tami Stark After spending Friday worrying about the weather and getting all of the supplies ready, the R.A.T.S. started off early on Saturday, August 5th, with beautiful skies and lots of smiles. After 7.5 hours on the water, the Cedar River R.A.T.S. wrapped up their 9th clean up project on the Benton County banks of the Cedar River. Over 42 volunteers took to the water in boats, canoes and kayaks as well helping on the ground with transporting vehicles/trailers, putting lunch together and sorting the treasures brought in. There were some familiar faces that have been with us since...

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