Author: Valerie Close

East Central Iowa Choral Directors Association 5th & 6th Grade Honor Choir Concert

By Lois Martin, Shellsburg Elementary and VSMS Music Dept.  The East Central Iowa Choral Directors Association 5th & 6th Grade Honor Choir will be held on Friday, January 26 at Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus in Cedar Rapids.     The day will begin will be filled with rehearsals culminating in a Festival Concert at 7:00 pm. Many area schools and churches will be participating with a total of 150 students accepted to the choir this year.  Guest director will be Ms. Tanya Rosenkranz from Indian Creek Elementary in Marion. Fifteen students will represent Shellsburg Elementary, Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School and Bethlehem Lutheran Church.   They have all spent much out of school time to prepare their music with their instructor, Mrs. Lois Martin.  The event promises to be great day of learning for all of these young musicians! The 7:00 pm concert is open to the public.  Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students K-12.   All tickets will be sold at the door. Photo:   After school rehearsal for 5th & 6th grade honor choir students at Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School.   Row 1: Allison Kaut, Charlie Anderson, Andrew Pingenot, Dakota Cornell    Row 2: Mia Jacobs, Addy Chvala, Kira Jacobs  Row 3: Kelcie Appleby, Carmen Henkle, Brant Dickinson, Sam Glynn, Sophia Vasquez, Julia Johnson Not pictured: Briana Happel, Dana...

Read More

Vinton-Shellsburg 2018 Debate Team at Iowa High School Tournament

By Eric Upmeyer The Vinton-Shellsburg 2018 Debate Team performed exceptionally well at the Iowa High School Speech Association’s State Debate Tournament held on the DMACC Campus in Ankeny on January 5th and 6th. Each team debated five times over the weekend on the topic, Resolved: Spain should grant Catalonia its independence. These students represented the V-S school with style while competing with 86 other teams from schools across the state of Iowa....

Read More

Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 1/16/18

January 16, 2018 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Primmer, Wiley and Bierschenk 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 Resolution #18-04, BPTC Tax Credits for 2016 Assessment. Motion carried. RESOLUTION #18-04 APPROVAL AND DISAPPROVAL OF BUSINESS PROPERTY TAX CREDITS FOR THE 2016 ASSESSMENT WHEREAS, Iowa enacted SF295 establishing a business property tax credit; and WHEREAS, the legislation requires property owners to apply for the credit; and WHEREAS, the board of supervisors is required to allow or disallow the credit based on the requirements of the legislation; and WHEREAS, the sign-up period has past and the assessor has provided a list of those applying for said credit; and WHEREAS, the assessor has recommended allowance or disallowance based on the classification and/or use of the property, IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that the nineteen (19) new applications for the 2016 assessment year Business Property Tax Credit filed with the assessor on or before July 1, 2016 are allowed. IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that the twenty-two (22) applications for the 2016 assessment year Business Property Tax Credit that were re-filed with the assessor on or before July 1, 2016, due to changes in ownership or other matters, are allowed. IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that the removal of twenty-one (21)...

Read More

Robin Heiken Named to Augustana University’s Dean’s List

Augustana University today announced that Robin Heiken of Norway, IA, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who have a minimum of 12 credit hours with grade-point averages at 3.5 or above. About Augustana University Founded in 1860, Augustana is a selective, comprehensive university affiliated with the Lutheran Church. With more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs for undergraduates, along with graduate degree and continuing education programs, the University is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skill and advanced...

Read More

North Eden Willing Workers to meet February 4

The meeting of the North Eden Willing Workers was called to order at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on January 7th, 2018. The meeting was called to order by Carli Lang at 5:06 p.m. Roll call was answered by 20 members. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given. Old business included skiing at Sundown and Christmas caroling. New business included bowling, moving the May meeting to June, and the fair date set on June 26th-July 1st. Presentations included Anna Becker on how to make cookies with cake mix, Isabell Mullinex showed how to make a duct tape flower pen, Owen Mullinex on how to charge a phone with a battery, phone charger, and quarter. Lucas Maynard did a presentation on a fish hook knot and Noah kaiser showed the basics of judging a show heifer. Snacks were provided by Bierschenk’s and Kaiser’s. The next meeting will be held on February 4th at 3:00 pm. Submitted by Sydney...

Read More

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of January 15 – January 21, 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 January 19 Anthony David Zieser 33 Rowley, IA Arrested on an Intrastate Warrant for Probation Violation on Original Charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. (Buchanan County) January 19 Toby Ray Slocum 32 Cedar Rapids, IA Charged with Driving While Under Suspension and Driving While Barred. Juvenile Referrals None Five citations were issued for the Week of January 15 – January 21, 2018 for Failure to Provide Financial Liability, Operating a Non-Registered Vehicle, Fraudulent use of Registration and No Valid Driver’s License. Eight written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of January 15 – January 21, 2018 and they were for Depositing Litter, Failure to Maintain Registration Plate, Operating Non-Registered Vehicle, Speeding and Equipment Repair. One reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of January 15 – January 21, 2018. For the Week of January 15 – January 21, 2018– 75 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police...

Read More

Benton County Board of Supervisor Meeting Agenda for January 23

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING January 23, 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. Discuss/Approve Courthouse Elevator Updates 3. 9:15 a.m. Approve Fireworks permits for Charles Yedlik Feb 3, 2018, April 7, 2018, May 26-27, 2018, July 28, 2018 & October 27, 2018 4. Approve minutes 5. Approve claims 6. Approve Class B Liquor License for Watkins Community Athletic Association 7. Approve and sign Pictometry Contract 8. FY19 Budget work 9. 9:20 a.m. Approve full-time hire in the Recorder’s office 10. 9: 30 a.m. DHS Budget 11. 10:00 a.m. Sheriff Budget –Approve Shellsburg Law Enforcement contract 12. 10:30 a.m. Attorney Budget 13. 11:00 a.m. Novak Design Group provide update on DHS Building 14. 11:30 a.m. Engineer Budget 15. 12:30 p.m. Enter into closed session pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5(1)j 16. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 17. New Business/Public Interest Comments 18....

Read More

Letter to the Editor: Government shutdown a result of failures

The Federal government shutdown demonstrates political failures on multiple levels by the majority party, to wit: 1:  Failure by the majority whips (Senator Cornyn and Representative Scalise) to broker the political deals necessary to ensure a unified vote of their party.  Were I Speaker Ryan or especially Majority Leader McConnell I would be having very sharp words with my whips while inquiring as to why our party, with a Constitutional majority in both houses, could not unify to pass a budget bill or budget continuing resolution. 2:  Failure by Majority Leader McConnell to use an established Senate tactic to pass legislation with 51 votes.  The procedure used to seat Justice Gorsuch could have been used to pass the budget legislation bypassing the need for 60 votes–basically, attempt to stop the Democratic filibuster; have the filibuster affirmed by the Parliamentarian; vote to overrule the Parliamentarian by simple majority; overrule the Parliamentarian and then pass the legislation via simple majority.  Indeed, on many of the political talk-shows across the political spectrum over the past week it seems this procedure was the anticipated route to passage until Thursday afternoon when the Senate began talk of needing 60 votes for passage.  That would indicate that not all Senate Republicans were “on board”–refer back to point 1. 3:  Failure by the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate to prioritize legislation correctly.  In...

Read More

In the Statehouse 1/19/17

  By State Representative, Dawn Pettengill Week 2 Lucy and I drove down to Des Moines on the -20 day, but as you can see, having been a Girl Scout we were prepared with lots of layers. Everyone made it back, safe and sound for the Legislature to move right into our work. My committee assignments are Commerce, State Government, Ways and Means, Government Oversight, Public Retirement Systems, and Administrative Rules Review. The last three in that list meet all year, especially Administrative Rules Review which meets every month. The first three only meet during the legislative session and are where the policy work is voted on. The Commerce Committee is responsible for all policy changes regarding Iowa’s businesses. The majority of our work is in financial services, energy and telecom. I usually do all of the insurance legislation. This week we had a presentation by the Iowa Insurance Commissioner. He continues to tell us we have to wait on the feds for any health insurance solutions and I’ve got to say, we are sick of that answer and sick of waiting on the feds. Some experts in the health insurance field are coming in to work with us next week to see if we can find solutions that the carriers in the state will write business for. And I was assigned to floor manage a bill on insurance...

Read More

In Depth: Pitch Perfect 3 comes to the Palace next

In 2012, the Barden Bellas a cappella group debuted their songs in the hilarious musical comedy Pitch Perfect. In 2015 they came back again, competing at an international competition and narrowly beating their rivals. Now the girls are uniting to sing one more time in Pitch Perfect 3! The movie is NOW SHOWING at the Vinton Palace, Fri, Jan 19 – Thur, Jan 25, at 7 p.m., and Mon, Jan 22 at 2 p.m. If you’ve seen the Pitch Perfect series, you’ll know that they are fabulous combination of excellent comedic timing and great singing that bring the audience on a ridiculous adventure! Starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, and Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect 3 is no exception. The girls originally met while in an a cappella club in college. Now they have all graduated and are in the real world… working jobs that they hate. As they all admit that they would do anything to sing together one more time, an idea manifests. What if they tried to enter the upcoming USO sponsored competition? They would be able to sing together, and if they win, they would get to sing the opener for the hit musician, DJ Khaled. Simple and innocent enough, right? Wrong. Although they have the best of intentions, the Bellas are magnets for disaster and ludicrousness. Entering the competition leads to them meeting amazing...

Read More