Author: Valerie Close

Wolf Creek (Union Community) Rugby wins two games, solidifies conference title and state playoff spot!

Wolf Creek played in a 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. Last Friday, 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 halfway point, Wolf Creek rallied with two. Isaiah Vaughan scores with 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 at...

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Letter to the Editor: The Benefit of Keeping Americorps Funding

Dear Editor, The former Republican governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour, who also is former chairman of the Republican Governors Association, has written a letter shared in the Washington Post explaining why he thinks it’s important to continue funding the national service programs, of which AmeriCorps is a part. You can access the former governor’s letter here. In our community it’s easy to think only of the programs we see. What we don’t see are programs like Senior Corps Foster Grandparents, RSVP – the program for volunteers 55 and over working in their home communities, and Senior Companions, volunteers 55 and older providing friendship and daily assistance allowing some elders to remain in their own homes much longer. Over the past 23 years more than 1 million have served full time in AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps NCCC teams have assisted 17.6 million Americans in disaster areas, recruited or coordinated 840,000 volunteers, and assisted more than 70,000 veterans. Research has shown that for every $1 spent on youth national service alone, taxpayers save an additional $2, and that every $10 spent on the program by government generates $15 more in donations from private partnerships. The spending plan proposed by the current administration aims to eliminate the program. The Americorps program is not only important for Vinton, but it is a valuable investment for the nation as well. Governor Barbour eloquently shares how valuable the 40,000 Americorps members working in his state were after Hurricane...

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Gerber, Tandy lead Vikettes to dual golf win at Independence

  By Janet Woodhouse Brandi Gerber was the medalist in the VS Vikettes’ win at Independence on Thursday. Meet summary: V-S Girls Golf April 13, 2017 Wildcat Golf Course, Shellsburg par 35 Dual with Independence Weather: 60s, partly sunny Team Scores: Vinton-Shellsburg 188 Independence 208 Medalist: Brandi Gerber, V-S 44 Runners Up: Rachel Tandy, V-S 45 Kelsey Gruber, Indee 45 Individuals, V-S: Brandi Gerber 44 Rachel Tandy 45 Alex Maynard 49 Emily Blake 50 Lillie Lamont 52 Abbe Wilson 55 (count low four scores) JV Medalist: Carli Lang 56 Claire Smith, Jordan Pattee and Catherine Steele rounded out JV. V-S varsity girls golf now stands at 4 – 0! We had weather conditions that were golfer friendly and our team shot solid rounds. Junior Brandi Gerber earned first time medalist honors with a stellar 44. Rachel Tandy, also a junior, was right behind her with a 45. Alex Maynard recovered from difficulty on hole number five to also post a round in the 40s; she had a nice day on the putting greens as well. Senior Emily Blake rounded out our varsity scoring. Freshman Lillie Lamont played her first varsity meet and was solid on all but a couple of holes. Freshman Carli Lang parred number eight and earned JV medalist honors for the first time and sophomore Claire Smith broke into the 50s for the first time. Except for Ms Lamont, our freshmen...

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Letter To the Editor: Congress Should Vote on a Budget

Dear Editor, Congress once again will not vote on a BUDGET, but a Continuing Resolution or CR. Following are excerpts from an Air Force Association newsletter and excerpts from letter by Capt. Joseph R. John USN. The passing of a CR will prevent a Government shutdown, but would continue Sequestation – budget restraints on the Armed Forces.  In light of increased threats by ISIL, China, and Russia I don think this would be a good idea.  Priorities  must happen as revenues do not match spending.   “Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and the three other service chiefs again warned Capitol Hill against passing a long-term continuing resolution, saying it would do serious damage to the services, personnel, and readiness……. This shortfall would force us to stop flying in late June, save for the squadrons either in contingency operations or preparing to deploy to fight. By the end of the year, the Air Force would be short some 1,000 fighter pilots, he said. This would mean about $10 billion of investment into the pilots would walk out of the door “and it would take us 10 years to replace that experience, he said “Of all the things that we can do to retain pilots, the most important is to get them airborne.” In addition to this, more than 2,000 people who signed up to join the Air...

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Hop Around the Treasure Hunt

Be sure to ‘like’ and follow Vinton Unlimited on Facebook to take part in our latest promotion, the hop around treasure hunt     A photo will be posted on the Vinton Unlimited Facebook page at 9am starting on Saturday, April 15 and then again during the week of April 17th. The photo will be of an item that is up for grabs in our local stores. It is up to you to identify the object and the store!   The mystery item is found in ONE of the participating stores. Visit the stores to see if you can locate and identify the item. The first person to find the item gets to keep it!   Rules: Each item is located on the normal sales floor. No item will be located in a cabinet, drawer, closet, etc. Item will be within reach without the aid of a chair or stool. Participants must be respectful of store displays. Damage and disruptiveness will not be tolerated. The lucky winner is encouraged to post a selfie with the item to the Vinton Unlimited Facebook page to let others know the item has been found. Participating stores include Arnold Motor Supply, Birker’s Bows & Iowa Crafters, Cameron Clothing, Clingman Pharmacy, Henkle Creek, LaGrange Pharmacy, Michael & Dowd, Nature’s Corner, Three D Kitchens, Viking Sewing.   You can still participate without a Facebook profile, just...

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“The Shack” comes to the Palace

The inspirational story of a man’s relationship with God is explored in the new film, The Shack. Playing the Palace April 14 through Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm every evening, and Monday, April 17 at 2 pm, The Shack is based on the best-selling novel released in 2007, which spent a solid 49 weeks in the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller’s List. The author, W.P. Young, wrote the book as a gift to his family and close friends. Eventually the story spread via word of mouth, and Young was encouraged to get his manuscript published. The main character of our story is Mack (Sam Worthington), a husband and dad of five living in the Pacific Northwest. When Mack takes three of his kids camping, a canoeing accident distracts him from his youngest daughter, Missy, who disappears. She is assumed dead, and Mack’s relationship with God takes a huge blow. How could He let this happen? Later on, Mack receives a letter asking him to meet at the cabin where Missy’s blood was found. It was signed, “Papa.” Since Mack has no contact with this biological father, who abused him at a young age, he knows it can’t be from him. His wife always refers to God as “Papa”… could it be a message from God himself? Mack goes, and there he meets three strangers, embodying...

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VSCSD School Board Minutes and Summary of Bills

Click to view: SUMMARY OF BILLS-Apr2017 Minutes of the Regular Meeting Board of Directors Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools April 10, 2017 Call to Order President Sue Gates called the regular meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. at the Central Office Board Room. Roll Call / Pledge of Allegiance Sue Gates, Rob Levis, Kathy Van Steenhuyse, Jason Hicok , Mike Timmermans, Mary Jo Hainstock, Superintendent, and Brenda Barkdoll, Business Manager/Board Secretary/Treasurer were present with the exception of Brenda Bartz and Kyle Schminke. Receive Visitor/Public Comments There were no visitor/public comments at this time. Administrator Reports Our new transportation director, Randy Arndt, introduced himself to the board. Elementary teachers shared an overview of the work they have done this year concerning the adoption of a new reading series and their recommendations. Superintendent Report Superintendent Hainstock reported on open enrollment applications, Retirement party on May 18, Gradution, May 8th is school board meeting at 5:15 p.m. and the schedule of school events. Board Reports/Requests There were no board reports/requests at this time. General Business of the Board Consent Items 640. It was moved by Levis and seconded by Hicok to accept the consent items as presented. Motion carried 5/0. Approve 2017-18 Teacher and Extra-Curricular Staffing Plans 641. It was moved by Van Steenhuyse and seconded by Timmermans to approve the staffing plan as presented with the understanding there may be some shifts in final...

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Holy Week Services

Maundy Thursday Services Blessed Hope Church 7:00 p.m. St. Mary, Urbana – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Services Prairie Creek Christian Church,  7:00 PM Worship Service Sacred Heart, Walker  – The Passion of the Lord – 5:30 p.m. Holy Saturday St. Mary, Vinton – Easter Vigil – 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday Services Sunrise Services Prairie Creek Christian Church,  7:30 AM Sunrise Service with potluck breakfast to follow Vinton Presbyterian Church, 7:00 a.m. Easter Services Blessed Hope Church – Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, Coffee, Juice, Donuts at 9:00 a.m. Service at 9:30 a.m. Sacred Heart, Walker 8:00 a.m. St. Mary, Urbana 9:30 a.m. St. Mary, Vinton  11:00 a.m. Vinton Presbyterian Church 10:30...

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“SHOOT OUT AT THE LAST CHANCE BOOK SALE” MAY 12-13

“Pardners “ of the Center Point Library is having its annual used book sale May 12 and 13 and it’s your last shot at books at the old price: 50 cents for hardcovers and 25 cents for paperbacks. At its regular April meeting Friends voted to double the prices beginning May 15 in the Friends Book Corner sales room at the Andersen Center Point Library and for future book sales. Besides books—as always including a good supply of Westerns—Friends has rounded up a limited number of stray Library computers for the book sale that can be had for $30 complete. There will be a silent auction, a bake sale Saturday a.m. and from 2 to 3 Saturday all the books you can rustle for $5. There will also be a pen of thoroughbred books specially priced. The book sale will be held in the more-than-OK corral of the Andersen Community Room in the Library basement. Hours are 2-7 Friday, May 12, and 9-3 Saturday, May 13. Friends also voted to work in cahoots with the Library’s Summer Reading Program by doing free food for the finale July 28. Friends discussed the new website, done by president Andria Youker, and how to wrangle new members...

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