Author: Valerie Close

WHY does my car insurance keep going UP?

By Tressa Walton, Wilson-Hite Insurance We see the envelope in the mail and open it up only to see that our car insurance rates have yet again gone up!  YOU haven’t had any speeding tickets, no accidents and yet the rate goes up!  Why?  Distracted driving is a big reason.  Unfortunately, whether you text and drive or not- people are and the number of accidents from distracted driving is at an all-time high.  Last year in Iowa alone there were 404 deaths on Iowa roads with a large number of those resulting from tragic accidents of someone thinking a text message was more important than watching the road.   We just saw another tragic accident a few weeks ago in Texas when a young driver was texting and hit a bus killing 13 people.   This is becoming common news and no longer shocks us when we see these stories on tv. Iowa has recently passed a bill that will allow police officers to pull over people who they suspect are texting and driving or being a distracted driver and fine them beginning July 1, 2017.  This is a step in the right direction.  April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and gives us all a chance to look at how distracted we are when we are driving.  You are a distracted driver if you do any of the following activities while...

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Garden Club Minutes 3/29/17

The Vinton Garden Club, a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. District II and Central Region met on March 29, 2017, at the Benton County Extension Office. Meeting held at 1 p.m. Ted and Fran Stueck gave a presentation on “how beneficial bats are”. Ted showed the bat house he had made. Meeting was called to order by President Rosie Boisen at 1:30 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance and Conservation Pledge were recited by the members. The roll call was answered by “ have you ever seen a bat”. 8 members answered roll call with frightful recalls of a bat encounter. Secretary Michelle Foshe, read the minutes from the February meeting. Minutes were approved as read. Sharen Stueck presented the treasurer’s report. Treasurer’s report approved on motion and will be filed for audit. There were no bills presented. Garden Therapy chairperson, Michelle Foshe, reminded members of the garden therapy at the Cedar Valley Ranch, on Thursday, April 6th, 2017. Asked members to be there by 9 a.m. National Gardener – Fran read some information regarding nesting materials for birds. In unfinished business, reviewed the by-law handouts. There were a couple of corrections to be made and then to be voted on for approval set for next meeting. It was noted that our club will pay the registration for the District II meeting. If member does not attend, they will...

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Vinton-Shellsburg Retirees and Award Winners to be honored

Vinton-Shellsburg Retirees and Award Winners will be honored at a public reception Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Vinton Skate and Activity Center. 2017 Retirees Don Lyle – 46 yrs. Herb McNeill – 42 yrs. Lynette Voss – 34 yrs. Kim Isbell – 32 yrs. Vicki Waggoner – 28 yrs. Bev Anderson – 29 yrs. Kathy Flaugh – 24 yrs. Sheila Mason –24 yrs. Karen Helms – 21 yrs. Lisa Boeckmann – 19 yrs. Cinda Yoars – 17 yrs. Kris Birker – 16 yrs. Vinton-Shellsburg Retirees and Award Winners will be honored at a public reception Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Vinton Skate and Activity Center 2017 Award Winners Teacher of the Year – Jon Temple Friend of Education – Shawn Van Fossen Member of the Year – Marsha...

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Farmers Mercantile Hall presents Bob Black and his band, Banjoy

Bob Black and his band, Banjoy, will be at Farmers Mercantile Hall in Garrison Sunday, May 7th for an afternoon performance. Banjoy is a lively bluegrass band featuring legendary banjoist, Bob Black, a veteran of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. Kristie Black joins on traditional-style guitar and provides some beautiful vocals. Mark Wilson is Banjoy’s talented lead guitarist and bassist Paul Roberts provides the foundation. http://banjoy.com/banjoy/ Banjoy plays everything from classic bluegrass and gospel songs to originals and lively instrumentals. Please join us for their second appearance at Farmers Mercantile Hall. We had a lot of fun last year! Refreshments will be provided by the Garrison Library. Farmers Mercantile Hall is located at 100 W Main St. Garrison IA. Music will be from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm Sunday, May 7th. Admission...

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Sharon E. Markland

Sharon E. Markland, 86, of Rochester, MN passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at the Homestead of Rochester. Sharon Elaine McGilligan was born January 16, 1931 to Herbert and Laura (Simpson) McGilligan in Janesville, IA.  Sharon graduated from Janesville High School in 1948.  She received her teaching certificate from the University of Northern Iowa in 1950 and her Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1962. Sharon loved teaching and her career included teaching in Vinton, IA; Waterloo, IA; Fort Dodge, IA and Beaverton, OR. Her last teaching job was at the Iowa Juvenile Home,...

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V-S Girls Golf: Tandy leads Vikettes, win streak continues

By Janet Woodhouse, Vikette coach We continued winning on Monday, taking first place at the Williamsburg Quadrangular meet. Rachel Tandy was our medalist, with a 45. Coach’s summary: V-S Girls Golf,  April 17, 2017 Quad at Williamsburg Stone Creek Golf Course, par 35 Weather: Incredible! Sunny, warm, no wind Team Scores: Vinton-Shellsburg 190 Williamsburg 192 Clear Creek-Amana 218 Marion 224 Medalist: Rachel Tandy V-S 45 Runners-up: Kayte Jacoby Wmsburg 46 Sophie Willette Marion 46 Brandi Gerber V-S 46 (determined by card back) V-S Varsity Individual Scores: Rachel Tandy 45 Brandi Gerber 46 Halie Engler 48 Emily Blake 51 Lillie...

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It’s been 7 years, (and 23,373,407 pageviews) can you believe it?

Last month, we quietly rolled past our 7th anniversary as Vinton Today. It’s been a pretty amazing ride, and is it awful to say even I wasn’t so sure how this was going to work? But after a mere 23,373,407 pageviews, I’m pretty sure this was an amazing idea! No doubt, our success has a little, no a lot, to do with Dean’s inability to sit still. Most days he jumps in the car, then heads to town with his camera, whether he has a story to write or not. Just to see what’s happening. And usually he finds something. Last year we stepped the coverage up and we’ve been able to make a few inroads into other communities in our county which has been great. We’ve met new friends and contacts throughout the county. Our goal has been to use Vinton Today as a vehicle to help the county become a little closer, so that we can put all of Benton County on the map like we have for Vinton. Last year we bit the bullet and came to you asking for your support for a new website that has the latest bells and whistles and more current computer language, and you all came through and helped us get that done. After it was all said and done, we had a little set aside for repairs which we wiped...

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING April 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING April 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room ** Agenda is not printed in any particular order, only time specific items will be addressed at certain times 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. Approve minutes 3. Approve Treasurer’s Quarterly Investment Report 4. Approve Veteran’s Affairs Quarterly Report 5. 9:15 a.m. Sheriff Re: Approve part time employee to full time status 6. 9:30 a.m. IT Policy review and Department Update 7. 10:00 a.m. Visit the Recorder’s office for an update 8. 10:15 a.m. Ben Vierling/Sec. Rds Re: Approve check to a land owner for fencing 9. 10:30 a.m. Engineer Re: Sign Title Plan Sheet for HMA Resurfacing on E36: Hwy 21 east to V42 (Project No. FM-CO06(111)–55-06) 10. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 11. New Business/Public Interest Comments 12....

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May WOW newsletter

Attached you will find the May WOW newsletter. This edition features: ·         What to Eat? Snack Attack! ·         Recipe for After School Hummus ·         Food Safety: It’s in Your Hands ·         “Exercise is Medicine” – A Worldwide Fitness Trend for 2017 May WOW...

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Wolf Creek Plays Tournament at Union Middle School

By Coach Joe Hadechek Wolf Creek played another tournament at Union Middle School in Dysart.    They enter the evening with a 3-0-1 record.    The tie was to a first year Waverly Shell Rock team that is very solid. Tonight Wolf Creek defeated Osage 49-0 in an early match up and had a key rematch with WSR in their second game.   The Knights got off to a slow start being down 14-0 at halftime.   After the half, Wolf Creek rallied with two Isaiah Vaughan scores and a key run and score for try by Koby Alpers.    It was a physical game and Wolf Creek won 21-14. The win locked up a state spot for the Knights and also secured the 1A East Conference title. Wolf Creek hosts one more tournament at Dysart on Friday, April 21.    At the current time Wolf Creek is 5-0-1.   You can find out more about the rugby club...

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Letter to the Editor: Funding of AmeriCorps Should Continue

Editor: Further funding of AmeriCorps? This Past Friday I was invited by my good friend Robb levis Regional Director North Central Region of AmeriCorps NCCC to attend an informational presentation basically for the benefit of First District Congressman Rod Blum. This is the season for Federal Funding battles, and AmeriCorps is no exception. I am unable to remember the last time a Congressional Budget was formed and adopted, as we continue to fund government bureaucracies’ by Continuing Resolution or CR. Until Congress has the guts to reform entitlements such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and others it is not likely we will see a balanced budget – This discussion will be for another time. Sequestration has cut the budget of the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and the Air Force dramatically. In my opinion not a wise course considering the dangers we face from the Middle East, Iran, Russia, and particularly North Korea – again a discussion for another time. In considering the continuation of funding for AmeriCorps one must consider the Cost/Benefit of this program. Members selected are aged 18-24 and may serve one term lasting 10 months some may return for a second tour, but not a third. I learned there are no educational requirements as members range from high school drop out to those with post graduate degrees. They learn leadership skills as well as team skills....

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