Author: Valerie Close

Buchanan County Community Foundation Grant Award Ceremony June 27

June 21, 2017 – The Buchanan County Community Foundation will be holding a Grant Award Ceremony Tuesday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Heartland Acres. The Foundation will celebrate upcoming projects and provide an opportunity to learn about the good work of non-profit and government partners, our vibrant community, and the grants funded by the Buchanan County Community Foundation this year. This is an incredible opportunity for the public to see how, together, we are making Buchanan County a better place. For more information, please contact Dotti Thompson, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa program manager, at (319) 287-9106 or by...

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Davis completes Certified Bank Club Director program

Heritage Clubs International, llc (HCI) is pleased to announce that Melanie Davis of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust (Vinton, IA) has completed the Certified Bank Club Director (CBCD) professional certification program in partnership with HCI and the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). HCI is an Association of Bank Clubs and the premier bank marketing organization in North America. This certification program is the first of its kind for Bank Club Directors in North America. As a graduate of the Certified Bank Club Director program, Davis is now recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and professional bankers in the country. Davis is the Marketing Director as well as the Heritage Club Director, and has been with the bank for four and a half years. She serves on Heritage Clubs International Advisory Board and is a long-time resident of Vinton and has enjoyed the many opportunities her community has to offer. Now in its fifth year, the CBCD program has officially graduated 26 club directors nationwide. The class of 2013 included Cynthia Blaine of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust (Traer, IA). Heritage Clubs International, llc was founded in 1980 by First Citizens National Bank in Mason City, Iowa and currently has a membership of more than 200 parent banks located in 33 states across the country. Each bank has formed a bank club that offers membership to customers who meet deposit requirements and who have time and...

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Clarke Announces Spring 2017 Dean’s List

The following area students were named to the Dean’s List at Clarke University for the Spring 2017 semester. The list recognizes full-time Clarke students who have earned a 3.65 grade-point average or above, on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 graded hours. From Newhall,  Sarah E. Cotton. Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students to make an impact. Known for superb teaching and academics, Clarke offers more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs and five graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. Clarke’s 55-acre campus is a blend of historic buildings and new, state-of-the-art...

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Hope Carlson Named to Buena Vista University’s Dean’s List for Terms 3 & 4

Hope Carlson, of Belle Plaine, was named to Buena Vista University’s (BVU) Dean’s List for terms three and four. Students named to the Dean’s List must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the two terms, based on a 4.0 grade point system, and must have taken at least 12 hours of coursework. Carlson attends BVU’s Marshalltown site. About Buena Vista University Since 1891, Buena Vista University has prepared students for lifelong success and blends liberal arts with real-world applications. Our traditional campus on the shores of Storm Lake hosts students in a variety of majors and pre-professional programs, including elementary, secondary, and special education; business and accounting; and biological and chemical sciences. Our 16 degree-completion locations, online, and graduate programs expand student potential with a pace and academic rigor designed for working adults and a variety of class formats that make scheduling even more convenient. With an average scholarship of more than 50 percent off of tuition, BVU is an affordable option for all students. Visit...

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Mitchell Knock graduates from Central College

Knock, of Atkins, was one of 238 graduates in 30 majors. Central’s class of 2017 included students from 15 states, including Florida, California, Oregon, Alabama, Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, as well as one foreign country – Kosovo. Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest...

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Retired teachers Don Lyle & Herb McNeill to be Party in the Park Parade Grand Marshals

By Brad Barker, VPRD Summer has begun and things are heating up as we enter Party in the Park week! The sights, sounds and taste of Vinton later this week is sure to conjure up images of a festive summer atmosphere as we celebrate our theme “Fiesta Fest!” With the wrap-up of another successful school year just barely in our rearview, we are pleased to announce the retirement of two incredible teachers that have spent their careers at the Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School and have positively impacted many student lives over this span. To acknowledge the time, effort and dedication that has gone into this endeavor and their contributions towards both the youth and future of the community of Vinton, the Party in the Park Committee is pleased to announce that they have selected Mr. Don Lyle and Mr. Herb McNeill as Co-Grand Marshals for this year’s festival! Well-respected as teachera, mentora and role modela among both the student base and their professional peers, Mr. McNeill and Mr. Lyle have had what undoubtedly would be considered very successful careers. Many former students recount Mr. Lyle and Mr. McNeill’s smiles and positive personas as being infectious and their teaching style impactful. As coaches of their respective sports, they exemplified what it meant for youth to work hard so that they could come out of their sporting experiences as champions on-and-off the...

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Traveling office hours for Ernst office in Benton County – July 11

Regional directors from Senator Joni Ernst‘s office will hold traveling office hours throughout the month of July in all 99 counties in Iowa. Representatives will be available in counties throughout the state to assist Iowans with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues like Social Security, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs. Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours. If folks are unable to attend the traveling office hours and are seeking assistance with federal agencies, please visit Ernst.Senate.Gov to contact one of our offices or submit a casework request. *Please Note: Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours* A complete list of all upcoming dates can be found here.   Benton County Tuesday, July 11, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Vinton Public Library 510 2nd Avenue Vinton,...

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING June 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING June 20, 2017 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. Approve minutes 3. 9:05 A.M. Rick Bramow Re: Air conditioning at Governor Sherman Building 4. Adopt Resolutions: FY18 Departmental Appropriations; FY18 Bank Depositories; FY18 Officials’ Bank Depository Amounts 5. Approve Cigarette Permit for Kimm’s Mini-Mart 6. Act on FY18 salary certifications for deputies in auditor’s, recorder’s, treasurer’s and sheriff’s offices and assistant county attorneys. 7. Acknowledge Jerry Michael’s retirement from Sheriff’s office 8. Discuss and enter into 28E Agreement with Buchanan Co. regarding delinquent court debt collection 9. Discuss and approve Employment contract for Deb Fleming 10. Discuss Alarm services 11. 10:30 a.m. Engineer: Sign Final IDOT Contract Construction Progress Vouchers with LL Pelling Co. Inc. for Projects FM-C006(104)–55-06 & FM-C006(105)–55-06 12. 11:00 a.m. Tour Auditor’s office 13. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 14. New Business/Public Interest Comments 15....

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Third Annual Urbana 5/Iowa Donor Network night reminds residents of impact of donation

Hannah Tilley stood in front of hundreds of people, thinking about the the two worst days of her life, and the three cousins and two close friends she lost in two separate automobile accidents. Then she took a deep breath and said thanks. “I am a cousin to Triston, Hunter and Zoey, three of the children lost in the tragic accident two years ago,” Hannah said to the audience who had gathered for the 3rd Annual Urbana 5/Iowa Donor Network event at the Benton County Speeday. “Nothing can prepare you for something like this and I honestly didn’t know...

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Vikings avenge Substate loss with sweep of Central DeWitt

The 2016 Vinton-Shellsburg baseball season ended with a loss at Central DeWitt in the Sub-State game, as the Sabers defeated the Vikes 6-5 to earn a trip to last year’s State Tournament. This season, however, VS defeated DeWitt twice 4-3, and 4-1, in a home double header on Thursday. The Vikings also defeated Benton on Friday, 5-4 in a non-conference game. Coach Jim Struve offered the following game summaries: Game 1, DeWitt Vikings scored 3 runs in the 1st inning to go onto to Win Game 1 versus Central DeWitt.  Will Edwards led the Viking offensive attack with 3 hits.  Tanner Davis had 2 doubles with Conner Miracle, David Bray, and Nathan Struve adding a double each.  Scott Betterton got the Win as he pitched 5 2/3 innings with a strong effort.  David Bray pitched the remaining 1 1/3 to receive the Save.  The Viking defense played extremely well with no errors as Scottie Wirth and Tanner davis each turned unassisted double plays. Game 2, Dewitt Vikings won the nightcap 4-3 and completed the sweep over Central DeWitt.  Conner Miracle pitched a fantastic 7 inning complete game 5 hitter with 9 strikeouts—striking out the last 5 batters he faced.  The Vikings played error free defense which was a contributing factor in the win.  Wes Edwards had 3 hits, Jared Thompson added 2 hits as Will Edwards and Tanner Davis...

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Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity to complete three exterior home repairs in five-day blitz in Vinton

Vinton area event calls upon community volunteers to make an impact through exterior home repair projects Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH), in partnership with AmeriCorps NCCC,  Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Thrivent Financial, HACAP and the East Central Iowa Housing Trust Fund, is set to host a five-day exterior painting and repair blitz through its A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) program. Monday, June 19th through Friday, June 23rd, volunteers will gather in neighborhoods in Vinton to work on three owner-occupied homes. The blitz week is part of a larger effort to complete at least a dozen projects in the area this summer and fall. The scope of work will include painting, landscaping, and exterior repairs in an effort to make improvements in neighborhoods affected by the flood of 2008 and more recent devastating storm damage. Staff and volunteers will meet at Hummel Park (NW corner of 2nd Ave & 5th Street) in Vinton each day at 8 a.m. before departing to their respective job sites for full work days. See below for more details on times and locations. ABWK is a neighborhood revitalization effort currently focused in Vinton, Iowa. CVHFH partners with homeowners who meet both financial and need-based requirements to provide critical exterior repairs on owner-occupied homes. Partner families pay back a no-profit, no-interest loan to cover the cost of repairs, along with completing 25 hours of “sweat equity”...

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