Author: Valerie Close

To Vinton and Beyond

I suppose you get tired of hearing about “when we started Vinton Today…” but we can’t help it! When we first started we were only concerned with Vinton news, and reaching everyone in Vinton. Then we started to notice something that made us smile. We started getting news releases about college kids from every town in our county. At first we didn’t put two and two together, and then we realized that the reason that we were getting these news releases was because moms and dads in these towns were reading the website. The kids grow up and go off to college and when the school asks, “Where would you like us to send news about your child?” they reply, “Vinton Today.” One of our readers, wait let me clarify that, one of the many readers that sent in a donation, lives in Shellsburg, and sent us a note that said, “Vinton Today has become the source for county news”…not just Vinton news. We knew that, but to hear someone else point it out, well, it made us feel good to hear it from a reader. Sometimes it’s hard to judge how far our reach goes. I guess we should look at the 5,393 readers on Facebook. Or the 23,472,664 visits to our website. Or we could just listen to the gal that works with one of our daughters that says,...

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Be sure to check the calendar

On days like today, where the news is light, and we are looking at the weekend and maybe the kids are chanting, “There’s nothing to do!” check our calendar. It’s on every page, over to the right, below the ads. Look there for events happening each day. If you click on it, it will open so that you can see the whole month. Simply click where the blue lines show up, then click on the headline and the story will open tell you what is happening each day. Isn’t that a cool feature? So check it out, plan around the events that you see there, but most importantly, if you have something happening at your church or organization, be sure to let us know so that we can add it to our...

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In Depth: The Fate of the Furious

Spanning 17 years, The Fast and the Furious films have engrossed millions of viewers around the world. The latest film, The Fate of the Furious, did not disappoint. Playing Friday, May 19 through Thursday, May 25 at 7 pm, and Monday, May 22 at 2 pm, this Furious action flick is best served up with a large popcorn and a jolt of caffeine. Last month Fate (or F8 for short) set a new record for the highest grossing opening weekend of all time ($532 million)! It is the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. The film stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron. The Fate of the Furious follows Dominic Toretto (Diesel), who has settled down with his wife Letty (Rodriguez), until cyberterrorist Cipher (Theron) coerces him into working for her and turns him against his team, forcing them to find Dom and take down Cipher. Charlize Theron shines as Cipher. This villain is the queen of blackmail, using a hostage that Dom didn’t even know existed to bring him to his knees. As Dom tries to figure out how to safely get away from Cipher, the rest of his team is figuring out how to stop him. Loyalties switch back and forth as everyone does what they...

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AmeriCorps NCCC Cedar 1 Helps Prepare Habitat for Humanity of Omaha for their Builders Blitz

 By Joshua Richards On May 8, Cedar 1 headed to North Omaha, Nebraska to serve with Habitat for Humanity through June 8. Cedar 1 is helping prepare Habitat for Humanity with their Builders Blitz and a few of their other builds around Omaha. These other builds could be rehabs or building a new home.             The Builders Blitz is building 10 house in 10 days from the floor up. The rehabs are renovations on older homes. These renovations entail gutting out the home and just leaving the bare bones of the building. The homes are then fully restored making them more energy efficient and meeting safety codes. Habitat for Humanity of Omaha was started in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, to helps break down barriers and create more welcoming communities. Habitat for Humanity is connecting low-income families with affordable housing and mortgages to help change the statistics that says, six out of ten children are living in poverty in North Omaha metro area. Cedar 1 is helping to change this statistic with their service with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha. While working with Habitat for Humanity, Cedar 1 has worked on the Builders Blitz and one of their rehabs. The team also went to one of their dedication. This is when Habitat presents a new home to the new owners. The ceremony that Cedar 1 got to attended...

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To the Editor: What do you want?

Editor: You in the “Resist” movement, just what do you hope to accomplish? Do you want secure borders? Do you want MS-13 gang members jailed and then deported? Do you want ISIS defeated? Do you want pro- growth policies so that the working middle class can receive higher wages and more economic security? Do you want our military stronger and better trained? Do you want Sanctuary cities ended? Do you want drug dealers stopped at the border and imprisoned? Do you want the opiod epidemic ended? Do you want shootings in the inner cities to end? Your little red and green cardboard signs seem third grade to me. Anger/hate has no solutions! So what is it you want? You want the outsider impeached.   The elite in the political parties and the elite main stream media can’t stand that Hillary lost to an outsider. All the money and all the support of big money men/women failed to win half of the voters – so called “Deplorables” that demanded change. The accomplishments of the Administration so far have been overshadowed by nitpicking stuff. His language is imprecise, but I and many working class Americans understand exactly what he means. I still support President Trump and I wish the elite defeated as they want the “gravy train” to continue – this at the expense of the working middle class. Regards, John...

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Vinton American Legion makes plans for Memorial Day

The Vinton American Legion is planning on the following events, for Memorial Day, May 29th. 8:00 AM Military Honors at Maplewood Cemetery. 8:15 AM Military Honors at St Mary’s Cemetery. 8:30 AM Military Honors at Evergreen Cemetery. 10:00 AM March to the Bridge. If it is raining at the start time, of the above events, that event will be canceled. 11:00AM Memorial Service at the Veteran’s Memorial Park.(Near the Rec Center) In case of rain the Memorial service will be moved to the Vinton American Legion Building, 105 North R...

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The gal behind the scenes, before we were Vinton Today

It’s been a few days since we’ve reminded our readers about sending in a donation to Vinton Today to keep us online through this next year. I had started an article a few weeks ago that started something like this… Your support is so important to us, and let me tell you about one gal that has supported us from before we were even online…then she called. Back when we between jobs, in that 3 month period where we were getting Vinton Today ready to roll out, Dean’s aunt called and asked if we were okay, meaning, did we need anything, were we going to be okay? She knew we had lost our paycheck, and were between jobs. Being a bit proud, we said, “we’re fine.” Between the, “I’m sorry that you lost your job!” and the “Now get out there and get another one” we told her about the plans for Vinton Today. The idea of an online newspaper was a bit foreign to her, but living in the big city, she could relate to getting her news online. She quickly changed gears to, “Okay you are starting a business…how can I help?” Now this gal is known in our family for doing what she can to help her family, and let me tell you, she’s been the fairy godmother to her niece and nephews. At that point,...

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We don’t need anything but you…to audition!

One more audition opportunity is coming up for ACT1’s production of Annie!  This Sunday, May 21 from 2-4 at the ACT1 Center we will hold auditions for interested people and a dog! Each audition will last approximately 20 minutes and will involve reading, singing, and dance. Several parts for men are available–and this show would be a wonderful opportunity for daddies and daughters to share stage time! Hope to see you there! Joan Cooling-Noeller, co-director Alexander Vasquez,...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 5/9/17

May 9, 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 May 2, 2017. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To Amend minutes of April 25, 2017, to reflect the following check numbers: payroll checks numbered 139444 through 139463, and ACH deposits numbered 30618 through 30748, vendor checks numbered 223009 through 223014. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 223167 through 223311, payroll checks numbered 139464 through 139482, and ACH deposits numbered 30749 through 30882, vendor checks numbered 223160 through 223166. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer moved: To approve lease agreement renewal with DHS and Case Management. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To acknowledged and approve of the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center’s Independent Auditor’s Financial Statements. 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 Nadene Reece in part of the SE NE of 1-85-9. Marc Greenlee presented the technical information with the Benton County Agricultural Land Use Preservation Ordinance. This property meets all the requirements. They would like to put a new house and pole building on approximately 2 acres of the 6 acre parcel. The residence would...

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