Author: Valerie Close

Max Griffith selected to receive ISU College of Human Sciences scholarship for student teaching

Max Griffith of Vinton,  will receive a scholarship from the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences to support a student teaching experience. Griffith is a senior studying Kinesiology and Health. Students who are selected to receive this scholarship may use it to offset the cost of living while gaining relevant experience to advance their career. The scholarship is funded through an anonymous gift made to the College of Human Sciences as part of the endowed deanship held by Laura Dunn Jolly, dean and Dean’s...

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Pill Bottle Ministry Ends After 9 Years

By Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz After almost 9 years and over 150,000 bottles, the Pill Bottle collection ministry at the Presbyterian Church of Vinton is coming to a close. The program will wrap up at the end of March after successfully cleaning and processing 158,250 bottles over the course of many years. The program is ending due to the decreased need by the clinic. “Circumstances have changed since the ministry program started. We have been thankful to be able to provide the bottles to the clinic, but the need simply no longer exists at the level it once did,” said Rev. Jessica Crane Munoz, pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Vinton. A trio of dedicated core volunteers with occasional others have been processing bottles once a month for years. A morning’s work will yield them anywhere from 400-700 bottles that have been sorted, had labels removed, checked for cracks, and then cleaned for reuse at a free clinic in Cedar Rapids. The bottles are then stockpiled and delivered in large batches. The free clinics in Cedar Rapids do continue to rely on free, reused pill bottles to cut down their costs. However, the bottles they receive currently outpace their need. “When we started, the need was so great at that time,” said one volunteer. Now, she says, there hasn’t been that amount of need. Directly after the flood in 2008, the...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors Minutes 3/14/17

March 14, 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 March 7, 2017. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve fireworks permits for Chuck Yedlik for April 1, 2017, May 25-26, 2017, July 29, 2017 and October 28, 2017. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: to approve use of the courthouse lawn by the Vinton Park and Rec Department for Thursday June 22, 2017 and Saturday October 28, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve Resolution #17-18, Granting Variance to Sub-Division Ordinance. Motion carried. RESOLUTION #17-18 Variance to the Benton County Subdivision Ordinance WHEREAS, Benton County adopted the Benton County Subdivision Ordinance #72; and WHEREAS, said ordinance prohibits the creation of multiple splits within a 40-acre aliquot part; and WHEREAS, said ordinance sets forth the minimum requirements and improvements for subdivisions created in the unincorporated area of Benton County; and WHEREAS, a request has been presented to the Board of Supervisors by Alliant Energy to vary the required provisions in Articles 4.01-4.05, 5.01-5.07, 6.01-6.03 and 7.01 of the ordinance to allow one additional division on a parcel located in the NW ¼ NW ¼ of 23-82-9. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the...

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Hearn makes Dean’s List at Milwaukee School of Engineering

The following student received academic honors from Milwaukee School of Engineering for the 2016-17 Winter Quarter: From Urbana,  Elizabeth Hearn, Dean’s List, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate students who have earned at least 30 credits and have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher (out of 4.0) are on the Dean’s List. Students who have maintained a 3.70 or higher receive “high honors.” Undergraduate students on the Honors List have earned a GPA of at least 3.20 (out of 4.0) for this quarter and are not on the Dean’s List. Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and...

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VSMS students to perform “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone” March 24-25

This Friday and Saturday, March 24 & 25, Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School students will perform “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone,” a parody by Dean O’Carroll and directed by Crystal Coder. Because participation in the Middle School Plays is at an all time high of 56 students, all of the main characters were double cast. Be sure to check out both performance nights to see different Middle School students showcase their talents. When Sally (Alli Kemp & Maggie Davis) falls asleep while reading books about a certain juvenile wizard, she dreams that she is a student at Frogbull Academy of...

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Vinton Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

By Therese Foth  One hundred percent of your tax deductible contribution is used for the betterment of the Vinton community. The Vinton Community Foundation board members are pleased to announce they are now accepting grant applications from non-profit Vinton area groups, for the 2017-grant program. The following grant applications may be applied for: the Vinton Community Foundation, the L.J. Kirkland Trust, and the City of Vinton Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Fund. Board members include Rev. Phil Borleske, chairman, representing the Vinton Area Ministerial Association; Dottie Anderson, vice-chairman, representing Farmers Savings Bank & Trust; Shelly Petersen, representing the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School; Jon Clingman, representing Vinton Unlimited; and Nathan Hesson, representing the Vinton City Council. Application forms may be picked up at the Farmers Savings Bank & Trust. Recipients of last year’s grants from the Foundation are reminded that before any further grant applications will be considered, documentation must be provided to the Foundation Board, on how past grants were used. Grant applications must be turned in at the Farmers Savings Bank & Trust by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017. Applicants must provide eight copies of the application. The Vinton Community Foundation has been actively contributing to the Vinton community since 1997. Since that time, the Foundation has provided more than $418,000.00 to non-profit organizations, community projects and scholarships. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible contributions are used...

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Hidden Figures now showing at the Palace

Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures playing the Palace! Come see this fantastic movie about how female mathematicians contributed to the Space Race in the 1960’s on Friday, March 17 through Thursday, March 23 at 7 pm, and in our regular Monday matinee at 2 pm. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, and Mahershala Ali. Our main character is Katherine Goble Johnson (Henson), a black female mathematician at Langley Research Center. When the Russians successfully launch a satellite, the race intensifies and Katherine is brought aboard the team at NASA. Katherine faces many obstacles to being taken seriously by her colleagues, not just as an African-American, but as a woman. Her new coworkers are demeaning, and the film chronicles Katherine’s resilience as she proves to them all how well she can do her job. Meanwhile, Katherine’s colleagues back at the Research Center, Mary Jackson (Monae) and Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer), are facing trials of their own. Mary is an aspiring engineer, but she can’t get her degree without taking classes at the all-white school. Dorothy is an unofficial supervisor at the Langley Research Center, but she is refused the official title because of her gender and race. When new IBM computers threaten to replace her colleagues, Dorothy sets out to visit the computer and become familiar with it. In order to...

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Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners to meet 4/19/17 9:00 a.m.

The next regular meeting of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at the District Office, located at 1705 West D Street in Vinton. Agenda items include: approval of minutes from previous meetings, public participation, approval of treasurer’s report and bills, approval of conservation plans, watershed reports, state cost-share programs, an update on NRCS activities, a review of the correspondence file, any other commissioner input or other business, and scheduling of the next meeting. The public is welcome to attend.  Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this event should contact the Benton SWCD by calling 319-472-2161, extension 3 or contact the TDD# or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.  Please make contact at least 24 hours prior to the...

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Blessed Hope Church Spaghetti Supper & Parent’s Day Out

Blessed Hope Church will hold two fundraising events to support a group of 20 traveling to Haiti in June.  The group will will be partnering with World Wide Village as they travel. The first event is the Annual Spaghetti Supper and Pie Auction Saturday, April 8 from 5 PM – 7 PM at the American Legion Hall, 105 N R Ave., Vinton. The cost will be $6 for ages 6th grade through adults, K-5th grade is $3, Preschool is free. The menu will include: Spaghetti (meatless available), Lettuce salad,  Applesauce, Garlic Toast, Dessert & Drink. The second event will be a “A Parent’s Day Out” on Sunday, April 9th from 12-5:00 p.m. Parents/grandparents/care takers are welcome to drop off children for the afternoon and take some much needed time for yourselves. Lunch & afternoon snack is provided as well as outdoor activities, crafts & G-rated videos will be offered. Available only for ages infant thru 5th grade. ***MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT*** (Provide child’s name & age)  Cost: Freewill offering. Click here to preregister or visit the Blessed Hope Facebook Page •All proceeds from these two events will go toward the Haiti Mission trip fund•       -Advertorial  ...

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Blessed Hope Church Spaghetti Supper & Parent’s Day Out

Blessed Hope Church will hold two fundraising events to support a group of 20 traveling to Haiti in June.  The group will will be partnering with World Wide Village as they travel. The first event is the Annual Spaghetti Supper and Pie Auction Saturday, April 8 from 5 PM – 7 PM at the American Legion Hall, 105 N R Ave., Vinton. The cost will be $6 for ages 6th grade through adults, K-5th grade is $3, Preschool is free. The menu will include: Spaghetti (meatless available), Lettuce salad,  Applesauce, Garlic Toast, Dessert & Drink. The second event will be a “A Parent’s Day Out” on Sunday, April 9th from 12-5:00 p.m. Parents/grandparents/care takers are welcome to drop off children for the afternoon and take some much needed time for yourselves. Lunch & afternoon snack is provided as well as outdoor activities, crafts & G-rated videos will be offered. Available only for ages infant thru 5th grade. ***MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT*** (Provide child’s name & age)  Cost: Freewill offering •All proceeds from these two events will go toward the Haiti Mission trip fund•       -Advertorial  ...

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