Author: Dean Close

Break-ins reported throughout Benton County; several homes in Garrison targeted this week

The Benton County Sheriff’s Department has received reports of break-ins and one stolen vehicle from the Garrison area in the past few days. Although the car has been found, area residents have been reporting the theft of items, especially tools. Thefts from locked and unlocked garages, vehicles, barns and porches have been reported from several households. Residents are reminded to lock all doors and pay attention to any unfamiliar activity in their neighborhoods, and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. Authorities also recommend keeping valuables out of sight, and not leaving anything visible in a vehicle. There have also been reports of earlier break-ins in the Blairstown and Luzerne areas. Atkins was also targeted, and some mailboxes have also been vandalized. Anyone with any information should contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 319-472-2337....

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Vikings wrap up best regular season in school history; prepare for Districts

The Vinton-Shellsburg baseball team lost by two in its regular season finale, but finished the season with the best record in school history, says Coach Jim Struve, who offered the following game summary: Vikings lose 4-6 at Waverly.  Game was tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the 6th inning when Waverly with 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd hit an inside the park homerun to go ahead 6-3.  Vikings battled back to score 1 run in the top of the 7th inning and had the tying run on 2nd base, but could not get the timely hit.  Blake Bohnsack pitched 5 1/3 innings and Scott Betterton pitched the final 2/3 inning to receive the loss.  Scottie Wirth had 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s.  Blake Bohnsack and Will Edwards each had 2 hits as Edwards and Jared Thompson each added a double.  Nathan Struve had 2 RBI’s to complete the scoring. Vikings finished the regular season 33-5-1…which is the “best regular season record” in school history.  They are West Division Champions and finished in 2nd place—1 game back from being the Overall Conference Champs. Vikings begin District Tournament action on Friday July 14th at Viking Field at 7:00pm versus South...

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FFA members help with Tilford State Fair Day

By Frankie Evans, VS FFA Co-Reporter On May 19th, 2017, George Haefner, Shelby McDonald, Madeline Moen, Tailynn Tharp, Riley Bateman, and Franki Evans took a goat, a rabbit, and two chickens to 4th Grade State Fair Day at Tilford Elementary. Although the event was held inside in the gym, it was still a fun event for everyone that attended. 4th grade students were able to pet the animals and ask us questions about them. The students loved getting to see the animals, and some even came back multiple times just to pet them. The FFA members had fun seeing the kids reactions to the cute animals and hearing what they had to tell us about their animals at home. All in all, 4th Grade State Fair Day was really fun and we can’t wait for next year when our chapter gets the chance to help with it...

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Teenagers spared serious injury in three-vehicle accident

Five teenage girls escaped serious  injury in a three-car accident on Highway 150 north of Vinton on Monday afternoon. A driver had stopped her sedan on the northbound lane, as the driver signaled a left turn onto 55th Street Drive, and waited for oncoming traffic. Another sedan behind the vehicle had stopped to await the left turn, but a van driven by a male who apparently did not see the stopped cars hit the middle vehicle at highway speed, forcing it into the first vehicle. There was one passenger in the first car; there were three juvenile females in the second car. All escaped serious injury, although all were transported to the hospital (one by ambulance, the rest by parents) to be treated for minor injuries. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident. The van driver was charged with failure to stop in an assured clear distance....

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Vinton Garden Club News

The Vinton Garden Club, a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. District II and Central Region met at 1 PM, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Benton County Conservation Office. Van Horne Floralia Flower club had several members in attendance to hear our speaker, Jane Buck, speak on invasive plants. Jane is the chairperson for the Invasive Plants of Iowa (Both state and regional chairperson). Both clubs appreciated the great program. Host and hostess were Ted and Fran Stueck. Meeting was called to order by President Rosie Boisen at 2 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance and Conservation Pledge were recited by the members. The roll call was answered by “do you have any invasive plants on your property”. 8 members answered roll call. Secretary’s Minutes: Michelle Foshe read the minutes from the April meeting. Minutes were approved as read. Treasurer’s report was presented by Sharen Stueck. It was noted that our plant & bake sale went great. President thanked everyone for their hard work. Several bills were presented for payment. Motion to approve all expenses was made and seconded. Motion carried. Treasurer’s report will be filed for audit. Correspondence: **Rosie read thank you from our scholarship recipient, Erin Cantrell. **Michelle read a notice from the Garrison Farmer’s Market. She handed out fliers for members. **Fran read thank you notes from Roger Buhr (designer at our Dist. II mtg,...

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VU Golf Tournament brings variety of fun to VCC

By Melissa Schwan, VU Vinton Unlimited’s annual two-person best shot golf tournament was in full swing last Friday, July 7th. Overall, we had 62 golfers. All the golfers and VU Members had a lot of fun participating in our annual golf tournament. THANK YOU This golf tournament wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for our golfers, sponsors, and businesses for your ongoing community support. Thank your to our 2017 hole sponsors! We had great feedback from the golfers regarding all holes; the sponsor games we’re said to be very fun. Vinton Unlimited is also very pleased to announce...

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Parents’s Night: Vikings win, 9-2 over Charles City

After introducing and thanking their parents for their support all season and throughout their baseball careers, the Vinton-Shellsburg baseball team wrapped up its home regular season with a 9-2 win. Coach Jim Struve offered the following game summary: The Vikings took an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning, but gave up 2 runs in the top of the 4th inning on a couple errors.  In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Vikes responded with a solo Homerun by Jared Thompson and back to back doubles by Conner Miracle and Scottie Wirth to plate two more runs to go up 4-2.  Tanner Davis led of the 5th inning with a single and later scored on a balk—to go up 5-2.  In the 6th inning, Vikes scored 4 runs on a leadoff single by Cole Overton and Tanner Davis hitting a 2 RBI single and a Sac Fly RBI by Thompson.  Nathan Struve started the game and gave 2 hits, striking out 5 and 2 unearned runs.  Conner Miracle came in relief to get the Win by striking out 3 batters and allowing only 4 hits. The Vikings have an overall record of 33-4-1 and play their final regular season game at Waverly on Tuesday before District play begins on Friday at Viking Field at 7:00pm versus South...

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Fair begins Wednesday! Grandstand events continue as in previous years

The Benton County Fair begins on Wednesday, as 4-H members begin bringing a variety of projects for judging at 8:30 a.m. The Fair Queen will be crowned Thursday, during the traditional ceremony at the grandstands. See a story about the seven candidates HERE. See the 4-H schedule HERE. The grandstand entertainment follows that of previous years. Racing follows the coronation of the Queen on Thursday. The night of destruction with a variety of stunts and contests, including the fan-favorite trailer races, will take place on Friday. The Jerry Stanley Memorial Demolition Derby takes place on Saturday night and the regular Sunday night racing happens at the end of the Fair. The Fair has taken place the past two years a week earlier than in the past, due to scheduling of the carnival games and rides....

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Big week for Viking baseball: WaMac West Champs plan Parents Night, prepare for post-season on home field

After celebrating winning the WaMaC West Division on Friday with a split at No. 5 Marion, the 3rd-ranked Class 3A Vinton-Shellsburg Viking baseball team wraps up its regular season with a home non-conference game vs. Charles City tonight and a game at Waverly-Shell Rock on Tuesday. The Vikings hope to fill the local stands tonight for Parents Night, when they will honor their moms and dads for their support throughout this season, as well as their entire baseball careers. Many of the seniors have been playing together since youth baseball. VS will also host the District games beginning on Friday. They will play South Tama at 7 p.m. Friday, July 14, following the game between Benton Community and Grinnell. On Monday, July 17, the winners of those two games will play at 7 in Vinton. The winner of that game will play in the Sub-State game on Wednesday, July 19, with the winner of that game advancing to State. The Vikes play in Class 3, District 11. In the Sub-State contest, the District 11 winner will face the winner of District 12, which includes Oskaloosa, Pella, Knoxville and Chariton. Against Marion, the Vikings won Game 1 by scoring four earned runs against Senior Brady Donahue. Donahue will pitch for Mount Mercy next year, along with current Viking Tanner Davis and 2016 alum Tyler Rippel. Going into Friday’s contest, Donahue...

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Red Angus Princess: For Tess Lillibridge, raising cattle has become a way of life, and a labor of love

Tess Lillibridge stands out among the hundreds of young women who represent a specific livestock group because of one specific distinction: She is the reason her family became involved in raising the breed she represents. The judges who named Tess the 2017 North American Junior Red Angus Event (NAJRAE) Princess in late June in Stillwater, Okla., chose her because of her years of experience in raising Red Angus cattle, even though she is only 13. They chose her because of her knowledge of that breed; the interview included a question and answer session. And they chose her because of...

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”Monsters in My Closet’ opens tonight!

A total of 57 kids are participating in this summer’s Little Vikes Drama Camp production, “There’s a Monster in My Closet.” Campers have been in rehearsals since June 5. After a long holiday weekend break, the young performers were looking forward to dress rehearsals and tonight’s opening performance. Show times are Friday, July 7 at 7 pm, Saturday, July 8 at 7 pm, and Sunday, July 9 at 2 pm. Tickets (adults $7, children $2) are available at the door. The Monster cast of characters features Emily and her friends, her brother Tom and his friends, Mom, six Closet Monsters, the Dream King and Queen, Toady and Stooge, Mythical Creatures including Tooth Fairy Shari, Maeve the Mermaid, Angela the Angel, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Easter Bunny, Larry the Leprechaun, Unicorny, Gramma Ogre, Pixie Pink, Genie in a Bottle, Darby the Dwarf, Nikki the Gnome, Tess the Troll, Evie the Elf, Bigfoot Ben, Daisy the Dragon, Gigi the Giant Goody Witch, and 13 Dreamweaver Sprites. Camp Coordinator Marcy Horst is grateful for directing assistance from April Ahrenholz, Celia Turner, Lindsey Miller, Brittany Grendler, David Steele, and Olivia Coder, and choreographers Emma and Gracie Horst. Make time to see this colorful, funny, and touching musical! So much talent packed in these young...

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