Author: Valerie Close

Carter cashes in with last-lap pass at Benton County Frostbuster

By Bill Martin The last lap of Thursday’s IMCA Modified Frostbuster feature at Benton County Speedway was worth the price of admission all by itself.  Cayden Carter reeled in long-time leader Hunter Marriott, taking the lead at the white flag and staying in front to the finish of the 25-lap, $1,000 to win main event.  “It was a great race. I tried the high side and then went back to the bottom,” said Carter, newly qualified for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “You don’t get a chance to win a big race like this very often.”  Marriott took charge following an early restart with Carter and Kyle Brown swapping second behind him. Carter finally secured the spot with nine laps left and gradually cut into Marriott’s advantage. Marriott, Brown, Joel Rust and Californian Ethan Dotson completed the top five; Richie Gustin was disqualified from third for an incorrect rev limiter setting.  Nearly 130 cars were in the pits, and adjoining cornfield, for the Vinton Frostbuster. Joey Schaefer was also a last-lap winner in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, Damon Murty became a five-time Frostbuster winner in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Eric Stanton repeated as the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner.  Schaefer had run second to Johnathon Logue much of the way and was closing the gap when Logue’s steering broke.  Schaefer sailed to the checkers...

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Janice J. Petersen

 Janice J. Petersen, 83, of DeWitt, Iowa, passed away, Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.  A memorial visitation will be Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Camanche Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory from 1-3 p.m. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting her obituary at www.snellzornig.com. Janice Jean Rochau was born on November 16, 1934, in Scott County, the daughter of Raymond and Ella (Hinrichs) Rochau. She was a 1952 graduate of Durant High School. She married LeRoy Petersen on December 26, 1953, in Davenport. Janice was an active partner to LeRoy on the farm and in raising their six children. She also operated the Supper Club 528 in Cascade, Iowa. She enjoyed spending time with her family, golfing, cards, and dancing. Janice is survived by her husband, LeRoy of DeWitt; six children, Catherine (David) Ganfield of Des Moines, Kelly (Chris) Herren of Monticello, Iowa, Kim (Jim) Stoll of Camanche, Iowa, Douglas (Sue) Petersen of Spragueville, Iowa, David (Holly) Petersen of Pearl City, Illinois, and Steven (Carolyn) Petersen of Preston, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Arnold Rochau of Stanwood, Iowa, Dwayne (Jennifer) Rochau of Muscatine, and Keith (Diane) Rochau of Vinton, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Kenneth. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Clarissa Cook Hospice House or Camp...

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Joe & Vicki Price- Playin’ The Blues in Garrison

Joe & Vicki Price play a joyous, raucous version of the blues. Hailing from Northeast-Iowa, each is an accomplished blues musician in their own right- Joe was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2002 and Vicki will be inducted April 8th! But it’s when they join forces on stage that the real magic happens! Be ready for some fantastic slide guitar and vocals that sound like they come from a 1920’s speakeasy. These two clearly enjoy what they do and it shows! Hope to see you there! http://www.joepriceblues.com/ Refreshments will be provided by the Garrison Library Sunday, April 15th 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm Admission: $10 Farmers Mercantile Hall, 100 W Main...

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Pastor’s Blog: The Importance of Easter

This month we celebrated one the most important days of the Christian year, Easter. Easter is the time to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Someone once said this concerning the resurrection “I always thought caterpillars and butterflies were a way to help kids understand the resurrection. And then I read about what happens inside a cocoon. And now I’m seeing potential resurrections all over the place. When the caterpillar spins its cocoon, its body actually begins to die. But within its body are a few cells that scientists call “imaginal cells.” It’s as though their molecular structure has the “imagination” for a whole new creature. And these imaginal cells begin to connect to each other in the dying carcass around them. As they begin to organize together, they use the carcass of the dying body as their nutritive soup. And when a certain threshold is reached in their organization, a genetic code wakes up, and it begins to organize these imaginal cells into a new body, a new metabolism, a beautiful new winged creature that seeks its way to freedom and flight and migration–things that the caterpillar knew nothing of.” . Who is Jesus Christ? The God-man – the most unique Person who ever lived. The awesome Son of God! Some time ago a lady wrote a true story of an event that happened in a Christian school: A...

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Take A Ride Back in time at The Vinton Depot

Researched by Sharon Happel Written by Melody Snow None of us were around when that first whistle blew nearly 150 years ago. Nor even when the steam rolled over the fresh Shellsburg bricks 30-some years later as the building that still stands today opened its doors for the first time. But if you’ve ever walked the tracks to school, ducked under the rickety, one lane, beamed railroad bridge on 3rd Avenue, or tried to flatten pennies on the rails, then I’m sure you have some sort of memory of the depot and the steel track beside it. Granted, you may not have given it a second thought until now, but that little plot of land between 2nd and 3rd Avenue and the rails beside it are what brought sustenance to our Iowa way of life. For most Iowans, that way of life was about growing corn, we knew how to grow it and we knew those rails would carry that corn to those who wanted it. We also knew a climb aboard could take us to faraway places and return us home again to our loved ones waiting. But it goes without saying that not every train carried, shall we say “above-board” passengers. Yes, there were many a hobo that rode in and out of Vinton in search of work, a place to camp, and hopefully a bit of...

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School Board Summary 4/9/18

The Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District board of directors regular April board meeting was called to order on Monday, April 9th at 6:04 PM by President Rob Levis. Sue Gates, Kyle Schminke, Mike Timmermans, and Kathy Van Steenhuyse answered roll call; Brenda Bartz and Jason Hicok were absent. Jay Christie from FS presented the district with a check for funds related to the propane bus tax rebates and shared a summary of the district’s use of propane. He thanked the district and Keith McGowan for our willingness to talk to other districts considering the purchase of propane busses. Teresa Meyer, president of the school foundation, provided the annual update. She shared the foundation is working on a fundraising campaign to recognize difference makers within the district. Under Administrator Reports, Matt Kingsbury shared they recently received their Iowa Assessment and ACT results. He noted prom is at the end of the month and that the Vinton Police Department’s drug dog recently completed a walk-through of the MS and HS in which nothing was found.  Jim Murray shared that there are strong numbers for next year’s preschool class and that they recently finished kindergarten and preschool roundups. He shared some of the highlights from the Iowa Assessment data and invited the board to attend the music concerts on Thursdays. Tony Islas shared about his positive experience attending the School Resource Officer training. Under...

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Treasurer Fitzgerald Announces Deadline to Apply for Robert D. Blue Scholarship Draws Near

State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announces that the deadline to apply for a Robert D. Blue Scholarship is drawing near. Applications must be submitted online at RDBlue.org by May 10 in order to be eligible for this year’s award. “Over the years we’ve helped hundreds of Iowa students meet their college costs with this scholarship,” Fitzgerald stated. “Awards are based on financial need, academic achievements, written recommendations and an original essay.” In 2017, nine Iowa students received a $500 Robert D. Blue Scholarship. The Robert D. Blue Scholarship is awarded by the Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation to honor Iowa students attending college in Iowa. The Foundation was created in 1949 to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Iowa’s acceptance into the union. Governor Blue wished to encourage the youth of the state to continue their education at one of Iowa’s fine institutions of higher learning. In 1990, the Foundation officially named the scholarship to honor the late Governor Blue. Robert D. Blue Scholarship applications are only accepted online at RDBlue.org, and the winners will be announced during the summer. Those who would like more information on the Robert D. Blue Scholarship should visit the website, or call the State Treasurer’s office at (515) 281-7003. View...

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V-S Community Schools Minutes of the Board of Directors 4/9/18

Minutes of the Regular Meeting Board of Directors Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools April 9, 2018 Call to Order President Rob Levis called the regular meeting to order at 6:04 p.m. in the Administrative Office Board Room. Roll Call / Pledge of Allegiance Sue Gates, Kathy Van Steenhuyse, Rob Levis , Kyle Schminke, Mike Timmermans, Mary Jo Hainstock, Superintendent, and Brenda Barkdoll, Board Secretary/Treasurer were present with the exception of Brenda Bartz, and Jason Hicok. Receive Visitor/Audience Comments Terese Meyer, Vinton-Shellsburg CSD Foundation board president, provided an annual update and shared the foundations is working on a fundraising campaign to recognize difference makers within the district. Jay Christie, a representative from New Century FS presented a check for the federal tax rebate from using propane school busses and shared a summary of savings over the last few years. He thanked Keith McGowan and the district for our willingness to talk to other districts considering the purchase of propane busses. Administrator Reports Matt Kingsbury shared they recently received their Iowa Assessment and ACT results, prom is April 28th, and the Vinton Police Department’s drug dog recently completed a walk-through of the middle school and high school in which nothing was found. Jim Murray shared that there are strong numbers for next year’s preschool class, highlights from the Iowa Assessment data, they recently finished kindergarten and preschool roundups, and invited the board to...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 4/6/18

April 6, 2018 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Primmer, Wiley and Bierschenk were present. The meeting was called to order at 10:30 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Katie Schmit and Tim Johnson with Kingston Life and Health Insurance presented the board its array of services. ISAC Board of Directors recently signed a partnership between ISAC Group Health Program and Kingston Life and Health Consulting. Kingston is an employee benefits brokerage firm specializing in helping employers offer competitive employee benefits programs. Johnson provided a folder with history statistics along with different scenarios regarding Benton County’s exposure amounts. Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To adjourn. Motion carried. _______________________________ Rick Primmer, Chairman ATTEST: _________________________________ Hayley Rippel, Benton County...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 4/3/18

April 3, 2018 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Primmer, Wiley and Bierschenk were present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Wiley moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve both sets of the minutes of March 27, 2018 and March 29, 2018 with a few corrections. Motion carried. Marc Greenlee, Land Use Administrator, presented information for the Board to consider relative to a construction permit application made to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from Austin Schulte for a confined animal feeding operation on his farm. The permit application is for the purpose of constructing a new concrete sand lane and one new earthen manure storage basin for an existing dairy cattle confinement facility. Greenlee reminded the Board that as part of the construction permit evaluation process the Board is to make recommendations to the IDNR as to whether an application should be approved or not. The original basin was constructed in 1992. The application proposes to allow for a new basin that expands his storage capabilities. The existing operation currently consists of 200 head of mature dairy cows and 170 immature dairy heifers in confinement. There is no expansion proposed in the number of animals onsite, therefore, no master matrix is required. Greenlee reported that a public notice of the application was published...

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Cindy Stamp Awarded with Iowa Family Support Professional of the Year

Congratulations to HACAP’s own, Cindy Stamp, on being honored with the Iowa Family Support Professional of the Year Award. Cindy received the award last night in Des Moines during the Prevent Child Abuse Recognition Ceremony. Cindy had the opportunity to speak to those in attendance and shared this about Family Support: “It’s not a job for me. It comes from my heart. I want to be there for the people in rural communities.” Cindy’s family (pictured below) was able to join her last night in honoring and recognizing the important work and impact she has on the families she works with and the people around her....

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