Author: Valerie Close

Remembering forgotten IBSSS students; Ingalls Society plans memorial dedication at Evergreen Cemetery

The Mary Ingalls Society cordially invites you to a memorial dedication of 11 former students of The Iowa College for the Blind who died during their time at what we now call the Iowa Braille and Sight-Saving School, and are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton. A short committal service will take place on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 1002 E 10th Street, Lot 31, Vinton. These graves had remained unmarked until recent research led to the identity of the students buried there.  Thanks to the generosity of many donors, a granite monument and...

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Monte Stiles to share the importance of community efforts in Substance Abuse Prevention, Oct. 5

On October 5th from 2-4pm the Above the Influence Coalition is hold an important presentation with Monte Stiles at the Vinton Pizza Ranch.  Monte has served as a state and federal prosecutor and held the position as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho.  He also supervised the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force.  For the past 5 years, Monte has been a national speaker committed to community coalition development and substance abuse prevention. We would like to invite you to this presentation so that you can benefit from discovering the importance of community coalitions and effective prevention efforts toward substance abuse and use.  Together we want to ensure that Benton County is safe and healthy.  This is an important opportunity to discover how we can do that together on many levels of involvement.  You are being invited because you have been identified as a valuable member of our community that will strengthen the work that we want to do throughout all of our...

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All Day Alzheimer Awareness Event Sept. 30

The Vinton Lutheran Home, Windsor Manor, and Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab have come together to support a cause near and dear to all of our hearts. “In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness month we want to put on a fundraising event for our local community,” stated Sarah Smith of the Vinton Lutheran Home. “We have 3 long term care communities in Vinton alone that house residents with some form of dementia. We want to honor those residents and their families while keeping all the funding local.” The All Day Alzheimer Awareness Event will take place at the Benton County Fairgrounds on Friday, September 30th from 6:00am-6:00pm. Participants are invited to make a free will donation to walk the fairground track. “Anyone can walk, at any time during the day, for as long as they’d like,” stated Lori Smith- Activity Director of Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab. “We will also be having a Memory Lantern Lift Off” stated Lana Elwick of the Vinton Lutheran Home. “Participants are invited to purchase a purple lantern in honor of someone suffering from dementia. Because Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, the community of Vinton will be able to see purple lanterns filling the skies all day long.” “Alzheimer Awareness t-shirts will be available for purchase as well,” Lisa Staab of Windsor Manor added. “We are hoping for a large crowd! Our goal is to...

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Bridge opening updates

THE URBANA/SHELLSBURG BRIDGE ON 32ND AVE SOUTH OF URBANA IS OPEN   22ND AVE AND THE MT. AUBURN/BRANDON BRIDGE IS OPEN.   BENTON/BUCHANAN ROAD AND THE MT. AUBURN/BRANDON BRIDGE IS OPEN.   Do not drive through any roads covered by water, turn around and use an alternate...

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Adios Sam, and waiting for another phone call

If you have ever watched the show Dharma and Greg, do it. That wasn’t the point I wanted to make, but still, do it. In the show, Dharma had a dog named Stinky. Stinky then had his own dog named Nunzio. We had that going on at our house for a while. It started a couple years ago when Dean’s brother said, “We have a dog but we need to get rid of her.” We didn’t have a dog at the time, so after some begging from our youngest, we brought home our Mindy. A few years later the phone rings again. It’s Dean’s brother, again. He says, again, “We have a dog, but we need to get rid of her.” We had a dog at the time, so after some begging from our second youngest, they brought home our Patrice/Sam. (Patrice is what the girls named her, but Sam is what Dean called her) A few weeks ago the phone rang, right after our oldest had left our house, with her hubby and baby in the car, and in the middle of a heavy rain storm. My heart stopped, thinking that they had gone into a ditch. Our oldest says hysterically. “I think we just ran over your dog…” With relief, I told her to go on home, we’d take care of her, and it’s only a dog....

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING September 27, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Courthouse Basement Conference Room

  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 1. 9:05 a.m. Greg Cromer Re: Discuss Aerial photo of Vinton 2. Approve minutes 3. Approve claims 4. 9:15 a.m. Marc Greenlee Re: Land use hearing for Steve Schutterle part of NW ¼ NW ¼ Sec 26-85-11 5. 9:30 a.m. Kyle Helland Re: Variance to sub division for Dusty and Stacy McShane in part of the SE NW 3-85-9 6. 9:45 a.m. Discussion/action on Benton County Employee Handbook 7. 10:15 a.m. Engineer: Approve Utility Permit for Century Link in Jackson Township; Approve vacation carryover for Douglas Kearns 8. 10:30 a.m. Discussion/action on flood recovery/clean-up/follow-up 9. Approval of moving Payton Bartling from part time to full time Correctional Officer 10. Approval of moving current part time employee Michelle Thoma to part time office secretary position 11. Select art display for 1st floor (Elaine Conrad) 12. Discuss ICIT Recommendations for IT/GIS position 13. Discussion/action on Pictometry aerial flight of flooded area 14. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 15. New Business/Public Interest Comments 16....

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Union trails by a TD before defeating Beckman, 42-7

By Joe Hadachek Union traveled to Dyersville-Beckman for a 2A D4 match up on Friday night. DB scored first on a pass play to Mack Brown from Joel Vaske to go up 7-0.   It was the third play of the game and it would be the last points scored by the home team.   From that point onward Union dominated the game with a stingy defense, great special teams play, and an offense featuring the talents of running back Isaiah Vaughan.    Vaughan scored FIVE touchdowns in the first half helping the Knights command a 42-7 lead. With the “Mercy Rule” keeping the clock running in the second half, neither team scored. The Union offense was clicking behind the arm of junior QB Troy Hanus (Hahn-us) as he was 9 of 13 for 121 yards and added a TD of his own in the first half by running the ball.  Hanus had 5 rushes for 27 yards.   His favorite target of the night was John Boisen who had three catches, while Dylan Stech and Koby Alpers each had two.  Ryan Miller and Vaughan each had one. In the run game department it was all Vaughan.   After being  out two weeks he picked up where he left off and ran for 275 yards and five touchdowns in 29 carries.    Sophomore Brit Rolison had six carries for 22 yards and Bryce Parker...

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BENTON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ROADS IN BENTON COUNTY SEPTEMBER 26

THE URBANA/SHELLSBURG BRIDGE ON 32ND AVE SOUTH OF URBANA IS OPEN ROAD CLOSURES Iowa Highway 150 at the Cedar River Bridge in Vinton. Benton County roads: 22nd Ave at the Mt. Auburn/Brandon Bridge is closed. Benton/Buchanan Road near the Mt. Auburn/BRANDON Bridge is closed 22nd Ave north of 22nd Ave Trail (Coots Sandpit) is closed 22nd Ave Trail (Mt Auburn Blacktop) north of Vinton is closed. 22nd Ave Road north of Vinton is closed. 24th Ave. Drive north of Iowa Highway 150 is closed 59th St Drive (Stoney Arch road) east of Vinton is closed 29th Avenue Drive (Benton City Park Road) is closed There may by other roads closed or soon to close as the Cedar River continues to rise. Do not drive through any roads covered by water, turn around and use an alternate...

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If life hands you a flood, you go fishing…

In the flurry of activity, and with the sandbagging done, there’s nothing left to do, but just sit and wait. And as you would expect from Kip Schoettmer, owner of John’s Tire, he did just that…comically of course. What else can you do? Photo courtesy of Tami Stark    ...

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How much better prepared is Vinton for the Flood of 2016 than it was in 2008?

“This time we don’t have people walking around in water, trying to sand bag,” says Benton County EMA Director Scott Hansen. With a slightly lower flood crest of 22.5 predicted for Sunday evening, Vinton residents are clearly ahead of the flood preparations eight years ago, when the 24.7 feet crest of the Cedar River destroyed dozens of homes, the Benton County Jail and caused severe damage to the electrical utility and many other buildings. There are many reasons we are more ready this year: Experience. The flood of 2008 taught us to pay attention sooner, and act faster to protect what we can. Also, we know how far a “24.7” flood goes – something we could only guess at in 2008. This knowledge helps the community focus its efforts on the areas most likely to get the most water. Technology. While hundreds of volunteers tried valiantly to save the fire station, jail and VMEU buildings, a wall of sand bags turned out to be no match for the fast-rising, high-pressure flood waters. The Hesco barriers take less time and manpower to set up and offer a much more promising level of protection from that kind of raging river. Practice. In June of 2013, a flood forecast of 20.5 feet spurred the community to flood-fighting mode. We learned how those Hesco barriers work and also put in practice some new...

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UPDATE ON FORECAST CREST IN VINTON 3:00 p.m.

  SEPTEMBER 24, 2016, 3:00 PM The Cedar River flood stage at Vinton is 15 feet. The 2008 Flood reached a level of 24.7 feet. The updated river forecast from the National Weather Service at 10:07 a. m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016 indicates a new anticipated river level of 22.5 feet. The Cedar River is now expected to crest at Vinton approximately between 1:00 am and 11 am on Monday, September 26, 2016, with a gradual decrease to below 17 feet at approximately 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 29, 2016. Residents are encouraged to monitor the forecasts all weekend as these predictions may change depending on additional...

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Flood update Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

    The City of Vinton and Benton County are working closely together to prepare for the impending flood water.  Volunteers are being utilized to assist in preparations and other resources are being deployed or placed on standby in the event they are needed.   The Cedar River flood stage at Vinton is 15 feet.  The 2008 Flood reached a level of 24.7 feet.  The updated river forecast from the National Weather Service at 5:11 a. m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016 still indicates an anticipated river level of 23.1 feet.  The Cedar River is expected to crest at Vinton approximately between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2016, with a gradual decrease to below 17 feet at approximately 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  Residents are encouraged to monitor the forecasts all weekend as these predictions may change depending on additional rainfall.   In Vinton, affected areas may include but may not be limited to the following: Areas along or immediately north of E. 2nd Street between 2nd Avenue and 7th Ave, Area around the intersection of E. 3rd Street and 3rd Ave, Area north of W. 3rd St between G Ave and 1st Ave, Areas along W. 5th Street between H Ave and J Ave and H Ave between W. 4th St and W. 5th St.   Volunteers are urgently needed to help sandbag. All volunteers are...

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