Author: Valerie Close

Clarke Announces Spring 2018 Dean’s List

The following area student was named to the Dean’s List at Clarke University for the Spring 2018 semester. We are recognizing full-time Clarke students who have earned a 3.65 grade-point average or above, on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 graded hours. Sarah Cotton of Newhall Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students to make an impact. Our 55-acre campus is a blend of historic buildings and modern facilities perched along bluffs near the Mississippi River. Clarke boasts more than 31 academic majors, 12 pre-professional programs, four graduate programs, two doctorate programs, and more than 40 student-run clubs and organizations. Our University provides many scholarship opportunities including athletic talent awards and fine art talent awards. Clarke’s campus also supports 21 varsity sports, the newest being football, lacrosse, and esports. Clarke competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics...

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Board of Supervisor Agenda June 12

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING June 12, 2018 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. 9:05 a.m. Barb Greenlee Re: set land use hearing date for Todd Neal a part of SW ¼ SE ¼ 28-86-10 3. 9: 15 a.m. Marc Greenlee Re: Land use hearing for Nick and Megan Krough part of Parcel C SW ¼ NE ¼ Section 28-85-11 4. Approve minutes 5. Approve claims 6. 9:30 a.m. Sheriff Tippett Re: Approve hire of part-time dispatcher 7. Approve suspended tax on parcel # as per Iowa Code 427.9 8. 10:30 a.m. Mark Pingenot Re: Fence viewing dispute 9. Discussion/action on quotes received for internet to the new county owned building 10. 11:00 a.m. Primary Election Canvass 11. Work session for new building issues 12. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 13. New Business/Public Interest Comments 14....

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Don’t Just Buy, USE

Tamara Stark 6/7/2018 So often, and almost everywhere you go, you’re reminded to “Buy or Shop Local”….Purchase your goods locally and support your neighborhood economy. Something related to this, but different, is the thought that not only should we make every effort to buy and shop locally, but we should also “use” local. In cities, there is always a multitude of choices when it comes to finding services, competitive pricing and specials galore in order to attract customers. Often, there are so many choices that a person could use a different service provider each time and never develop a relationship with any of them. In towns with populations like Vinton’s and those that are smaller, it is almost critical to use your local services, plumbers, electricians, physicians, dentists, banks and Realtors. Your local service providers provide you with rates that are very competitive to that of the big cities and they know you, they know where you live because they live there too. Your local service providers are up to date with the latest technologies and trends and will go that extra mile to provide you, their neighbor, with the best services available anywhere. Why use a local plumber or electrician? They are licensed, insured and bonded, the same as the ‘big shops’ in the big cities, BUT the local guy can get to you quickly, and provide you...

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RONALD L. MYERS

Ronald L. Myers, 61, of Shellsburg, died Friday, June 8, 2018, at home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Survivors include his wife, Nancy, of Shellsburg, and three sons, Chad (Alexis) Warden of Des Moines, Tony Warden of Columbia, S.C., and Ted (Jennifer) Warden of Melbourne. He also is survived by 10 grandchildren. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents. Ronald was born Aug. 1, 1956. He was united in marriage on May 6, 1992, to his loving wife, Nancy. Ronald loved driving his Mustang along with traveling and sightseeing. Ronald recently went on an Honor Guard Flight to Washington, D.C. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and grandchildren. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.Iowacremation.com under...

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Vinton Police Department Log for Week of June 4-10, 2018

All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests June 4 Kamryn Rose Robinson 18 Vinton, IA Arrested on Intrastate Warrant for Original Charge of Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree (Iowa City Police Department) June 4 Kimberly Jane Isbell 62 Vinton, IA Charged With Public Intoxication 2nd Offense June 7 Austin Michael Zeien 18 Vinton, IA Charged with Driving While License Under Suspension, Denied or Revoked Juvenile Referrals June 4 15-year-old Male Juvenile Charged with Disorderly Conduct and Interference with Official Acts. Six citations were issued for the Week of June 4-10, 2018 for Failure to Obey Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, Operation without Registration or Plate, Violation of Conditions of Minors School License, Driving while License Under Suspension and Speeding. Six written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of June 4-10, 2018 and they were for No Rear Lights, Insufficient Number of Headlights, Equipment Repair, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability and Speed. No reported Motor Vehicle Accidents for the Week of June 4-10, 2018. For the Week of June 4-10, 2018 – 56 complaints/calls for service were handled by the...

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Morningside College awards master’s degrees to Walford graduate

Morningside College presented Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees to spring graduates during its June 9 graduate commencement ceremony. Valerie Marshall,  of Walford, received her Master of Arts in Teaching. The Morningside College Graduate Program in Education offers the MAT degree with special education and professional educator tracks. All graduate program in education courses are offered online. The Morningside College Graduate Program in Nursing offers the MSN degree with three tracks: clinical nurse leader, family primary care nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Courses are delivered in an online classroom setting with flexible on-campus residency options. Morningside College is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college with a total enrollment of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate...

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Give a Pint, Get a Pint

Thursday, June 14, is National Blood Donor Day. Free pint of Tootsie’s soft serve when you donate a pint of blood.  On that day, the Vinton Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Vinton Skate and Activities Center from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or an appointment can be made by going online to redcrossblood.org.  You may also call Kristie at (319) 472-4292. Blood supplies are low, and we need your gift of...

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The Matchsellers are Coming to Garrison!

Join us for a Sunday afternoon of down-home bluegrass and Americana music featuring The Matchsellers and their somewhat twisted lyrical humor! The Matchsellers are Indiana native Andrew Morris and Julie Bates of Kansas City, Missouri. Their exciting, gritty, and often hilarious stage show has been developed over three years of relentless touring across the US and Europe. The duo features excellent musicianship, tight vocal harmonies, and a wacky world view. https://thematchsellers.com/ It’s worth the trip! Sunday, June 24th 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm Admission $8 Farmers Mercantile Hall 100 West Main St Garrison IA Refreshments by Garrison Library Hope to see you...

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The Gift of Love

By Tressa Walton We all say we love our families and do what is best for them. As parents’ we try to give our children more than what we had as children. Do your children have life insurance policies? Did you? So many of our parents’ got those “cheap” policies from Gerber for a $1/day or some sort of plan for us that we could cash in when we got older if we didn’t want the coverage. Many times, we can add children onto a rider of our own life policies and we don’t worry about them. But did you know NOW is the best time to buy a policy for the price? Once it’s locked in, they’ll never be able to find a lower rate at that age. Life insurance used to be something we let the kids worry about when they got married to protect their own families but with college debt reaching record high numbers, have you thought about if something happens to your child while they are away at college? Who is responsible for all this newly acquired debt? Having a $100,000 life insurance policy at age 20 might not be too far off the mark anymore. Did you know there are policies out there that they can begin building cash value in and borrow against for college or their first home? There are also...

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AmeriCorps NCCC Maple 7 Deconstructs Bobcat Habitats at The Wildcat Sanctuary

By Leah Shaw AmeriCorps NCCC Maple 7 team benefitted greatly from their time spent deconstructing bobcat habitats and learning about the Captive Wildlife Crisis with The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minnesota. In the first two weeks, the team successfully took down four bobcat enclosures and created built-in shelving units for the maintenance building. Maple 7 learned how to efficiently use bolt cutters, ladders, and loppers to take metal enclosures down with as little damage as possible to the surrounding foliage. In addition to their physical work, every Monday, Maple 7 had the opportunity to learn more in depth about the Captive Wildlife Crisis, and the steps they can take to prevent this crisis and spread the word. This is achieved through documentaries such as “The Elephant in the Living Room”, which stresses the dangers of having exotic animals as pets and how much the exotic animals trade has grown in the United States. “The additional service learning at the Wildcat Sanctuary really opened my eyes to how serious the captive wildlife crisis is in the United States. It makes me want to be an advocate for these cats and be more vocal about the problem,” says member Brian Shaffer. In addition, the team completed multiple Independent Service Projects (ISPs) with Audubon Center of the North Woods, which is a non-profit residential environmental learning center and a wildlife rehabilitation facility. When...

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Charles Frank Gordon

Charles Frank Gordon, 81, formerly of Belle Plaine, Iowa, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at The Lutheran Home in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2018, at First Lutheran Church, Belle Plaine, with Pastor Dean Duncan officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place at Rector Cemetery, Chelsea, Iowa, with military honors. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.hrabakfuneralhome.com. Charles, the son of Archie and Iva (Finch) Gordon, was born Jan. 23, 1937, in Carpenter, Iowa. He graduated in 1954 from Carpenter High School and received an honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1965. On Nov. 15, 1969, he married Zina Graham at First Lutheran Church, Belle Plaine. Together the couple lived in Belle Plaine, where Charles was employed at Funk’s G until the plant moved operations in 1988. Following this, he was employed at Strayer Seed Farms in Hudson, Iowa, Friedman Distributing and Meskwaki Casino. He spent countless weekends assisting with sales at Weeda Auction Service. The couple moved to West Allis, Wis., in 2011 to live with their daughter, Heather, and her family. Charles was a longtime volunteer EMT on the Belle Plaine Ambulance Service. He began every day with a pot of coffee and the newspaper. He will be...

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