Author: Dean Close

Vikette golfers celebrate at Ehlingers

Continuing a tradition that began a few years ago, the VS Vikette golf team members gathered at Ehlinger’s on Thursday to paint windows and enjoy a free meal from McDonald’s. The team will compete in the Class 3A State Golf Tournament next Tuesday and Wednesay, May 30-31, at the Lake Panorama National Golf Course in rural Panora west of Des Moines. Team members Lillie Lamont, Emily Blake, Brandi Gerber, Rachel Tandy, Alex Maynard and Halie Engler participated in the window painting. See more photos...

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Thieves take memories of family’s late loved one from Vinton storage area

In a recent burglary of a storage area in Vinton, someone took a few items of modest financial value, but also some things with priceless sentimental value. Instead of going to law enforcement, the family of the late Crystal Major hopes that whoever took the items that remind them of Crystal will simply return them. “Someone took a suitcase full of clothes, some plastic tubs (gray and blue) and a yellow tool bag with my name (Paule) and a dehumidifier, along with a and a small Christmas tree. There was also a cardboard box,” says Paul Langley, the boyfriend of Crystal’s mom, Sharon. A model train set was also taken, along with some items possibly marked with the name Ron Grubbe on the boxes.  “Some of these items were my girlfriends daughter’s and she passed last year and my girlfriend is heartbroken,” says Langley. “We do not want to involve the police and no questions will be asked if the items are returned.” Anyone with information about these important family memories is asked to call Langley at 319-477-3131. Langley offers an appeal, and a promise to whoever stole the things that remind his family of Crystal, who died in 2016. “Please return Crystal’s things. You have my word that we will not involve the police,” he says....

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VS schools to begin free breakfast/lunch program, June 5

From June 5-August 11, children ages 1-18 (under age 5 must be accompanied by an adult) are invited for breakfast and lunch at the Tilford and Shellsburg Lunch Rooms. Meals are provided free of charge. Adults must pay $3.00. Shellsburg & Tilford Schedule Breakfast from 8:00-8:30 a.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. No registration needed for this event. Questions about this event may be directed to karen.ackman@vscsd.org or at 436-5848. See the June menu here :menu...

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8th grade football players sign HS Letters of Intent

Although the first games of the 2017 high school football season are still more than three months away, the 8th graders who plan to play for the VSHS freshman team have already begun the process of becoming introduced to Viking coaches and the program. On Tuesday, more than a dozen eighth graders signed Letters of Intent to play for the VSHS program. The Letter of Intent process, which many high schools have adopted in the past few years, is designed to increase participation while introducing incoming freshmen to their coaches and giving them some idea of what to expect...

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The second-best graduation speech for the Class of 2017

To the members of the Vinton-Shellsburg (and every other school, everywhere): “Congratulations! Today is your day!” No, wait. That is someone else’s graduation speech, the best one ever written or shared during a commencement ceremony. Dr. Seuss lovers will recognize those five words as the beginning of his book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” which after 27 or so years is still a favorite graduation gift and speech. Knowing that nobody can compete with Doctor Seuss, today I offer you what I humbly call the world’s second-best graduation speech ever: To the Vinton-Shellsburg Class of Y2K17: Always remember (and never forget) that: The teacher who told you that you did well and you really could succeed at school — and life — was not just saying it to be nice or because that is the “teacher-ly” thing to say. Those teachers have watched a lot of students over the years and they can tell. Believe them when they believe in you. Life is easier in one very big way than high school ever was — there’s no such thing as an “in-crowd.” You are not a “loser” because you didn’t have whatever it is that some students said you had to have to be a “winner.” In my school, it was, believe it or not, mopeds and matching maroon shirts. Get out of town. Go as many places as you...

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Area health officials issue reminder of danger of ticks

Virginia Gay Hospital and the Benton County Department of Public Health are recommending increased vigilance against tick bites. The Iowa Department of Public Health has issued new alerts for tick-borne diseases in Iowa as a result of increases in tick-related disease transmission.  If you discover a tick on your body, remove it right away. Folk remedies, such as burning the tick with a match or covering it with petroleum jelly or nail polish, are not effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following instructions for removing a tick: Carefully grasp the tick by using tweezers to grip the tick by its mouthparts which are close to the skin. Do not squeeze the tick’s body. Pull steadily directly away from your skin. Because removing the tick’s body is your main goal, don’t worry if its mouthparts break off in the process. Clean the wound and disinfect the site of the bite. The most common tick-borne disease is Lyme disease; 232 cases of Lyme disease were reported to IDPH in 2016. Not everyone who gets Lyme disease will have the same symptoms, but the best and earliest sign of infection is a rash that may appear within a few days to a month, usually at the site of the tick bite. The rash will first look like a small, red bump, then expand until it begins to look like a bull’s...

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On to State! Freshman Lamont leads Vikette golfers to strong 2nd at Regionals

Freshman Lillie Lamont’s 87 led the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes golf team to a second place finish at the Regional final in Williamsburg on Monday. That 2nd place showing qualifies the Vikettes for the State Meet next week. Coach’s report from Janet Woodhouse: Regional Final Stone Creek Golf Course, Williamsburg par 71 May 22, 2017 Weather: 60, very windy Team Scores (Top 2 advance to State): Centerville 336 Vinton-Shellsburg 370 Anamosa 391 Mediapolis 438 Top Five Individuals (These earn medals and advance to State): Madeline McDonald, Centerville 82 Emily Moorman, Centerville 82 Caitlin Steimle, Dav. Assumption 83 Chyenne Chapman, Centerville 83...

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VS FFA members compete in District Ag Mechanics event

By: Brittany Hansen, Co-Reporter On Tuesday April 25, 2017 the VS FFA chapter took 5 FFA members up to Calmar, to the John Deere building at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) to compete in the District Ag Mechanics. There were five different practicums members had to compete in. The first one was Electrical Systems which included AC/DC power, electrical safety, electrical standards, sensing devices, electrical wiring, controls, electronics, motors, instructions and electrical loads. The second practicum was Environmental and Natural Resource Systems which was about water quality, sustainable agricultural practices, soil and water conservation and biological waste handling. The...

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Vikettes at State Track Meet: Schminke sets new VS record in 200M

The five members of the Vinton-Shellsburg girls track team who competed at the State Meet last week made some strong showings in less than ideal weather conditions at Drake Stadium. “After a rainy weekend, we had some great things happen,” says Coach Heather Kalous. “We started off Thursday with Sarah Schminke in the 200M dash.  She tied the school record of 26.43 that had been set by Payton Leonard in 2014.” On Friday, the team of Hannah Kalous, Hanna Timmerman, Sarah Schminke and Gracie Horst ran the distance medley. “It was not their best time of the year, but...

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Vinton runner Yessak ends HS career by setting more Dunkerton HS records

Jordan Yessak, the Vinton native who finished his career running at Dunkerton High School (where his father Jason was a coach, teacher and AD before taking a similar job in Keokuk) ended his high school track career at the State meet. Jordan had qualified for three events. On Thursday he competed in the 3200M, placing 13th in Class 1A with a time of 10:01, the 2nd-fastest time of his career. His fastest time was last week at the District meet, where he broke his own record 10:00.93. On Friday he ran the anchor leg on the Dunkerton distance medley...

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Benton Co. Supervisors meeting agenda, May 23

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING May 23, 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. Approve Claims 4. 9:05 A.M. Brian Unsen, CPA, Eide Bailly 5. 9:30 Mark Greenlee land use hearing for Steve and Rhonda Bernhardt a part of the SE ¼ of the SE ¼ Sec 22 T85N R9W 6. 9:45 Judy Funk review 17/18 Heartland Renewal 7. 10:15 a.m. Discuss selling Fireworks in Benton County 8. 10:45 a.m. Engineer Re: Approve Utility Permit for ECI REC in Taylor Twp • Approve Utility Permit for ITC Midwest in Iowa & Kane Twps 9. DHS Building Discussion 10. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 11. New Business/Public Interest Comments 12....

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