Author: Dean Close

Vikette golfers win C.R. Prairie Invitational; defeat teams from several large schools

Led by 82s from Hailey Engler and Rachel Tandy, the Vinton-Shellsburg girls golf team defeated opponents from some of the largest eastern Iowa schools to win the Prairie Invitational on Thursday. Coach’s report from Janet Woodhouse: May 11, 2017 Prairie Invitational Airport National Golf Course, par 63 Weather: pleasant, partly sunny, high 60s Team Scores: Vinton-Shellsburg 333 Iowa City West 338 C.R. Prairie 343 Benton Community 348 Marion 361 Linn-Mar 365 W. Delaware 370 Clear Creek-Amana 386 Individual Scores: Medalist: Jordan Amelon, Ia City West 71 V-S Individuals Halie Engler 40,42 = 82 Rachel Tandy 42,40 = 82 Brandi...

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Vikings win District team title as several qualify for State Meet

The Vinton-Shellsburg boys track team came home from Waverly with the District Championship banner and plans to prepare for next week’s State Track Meet. “It was a great night for the Vikings,” says Coach Aric Chvala. “We have preached all year that our depth is what makes us a good team and it certainly showed tonight.  Our kids performed extremely well. I’m excited for the chance they have given themselves next week to show what they can do.” VSHS students will send off the team with a pep rally on Tuesday. The athletes plan to leave around 10 a.m....

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‘Going in Style’ brings the best of Hollywood to the Palace screen

By Dean Close, Editor The older you are, the more you will enjoy “Going in Style.” I am as old as the Super Bowl (51) and the Ford Mustang and I absolutely loved it. I don’t know what they call for movies for old men (Geezer Gazer?), but the one that opens tomorrow night at the Palace is the perfect one, whatever they call it. “Going in Style” is funny and fun, and even mixes in a little romance and grandfatherly advice. It features some of the Baby Boomers’ favorite lifetime achievers of Hollywood in a way that is likely to make you remember some of your all-time favorite movies: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Larkin and a still-beautiful-at-age-76 Ann-Margret, as well as other frequent favorites such as Matt Dillon and Christopher Lloyd. A remake of a 1979 film that included my grandparents’ favorite stars, including George Burns (I simply have to see that one), the modern version does what way too many remakes don’t: It works, and works very well. In the trailer they showed on TV at other movies, Morgan Freeman says “Go big or go home.” I was afraid that line was a hint that the movie may be filled with tired clichés and lame one-liners. But, it’s not. The story feels fresh, the characters are as believable as octogenarian would-be felons can be, and it...

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Area Youth take part in Annual Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet; winners advance to State

By Brad Barker, VPRD Over 100 area youth ranging in ages from 5 to 14 years old participated in the Vinton Parks & Recreation Department sponsored Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet on Monday, May 8 at the Karr Athletic Complex. A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers that generously donated their time to help make this event a success! All youth that participated received a certificate. If participants left early, these certificates may be picked up at the Vinton Recreation Center. Results are sent into the state office and all 1st place finishers in the...

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FFA members chose officers for 2017-18

By: Jakob Long Co-Reporter On Monday April 4th the VS FFA held our annual officer elections at our monthly meeting and there were 15 members that applied for officer positions. Our election process consist of members completing an application, they get 2 minutes to speak at the meeting in front of all of the members voting, and then voting takes place. If there are more than 3 members running for an office there will be an elimination vote to narrow it down to two members and then a final vote for one member. This is one of our longest meetings of the year due to this process and making sure parliamentary procedures are properly followed. All members are encouraged to run for an office to gain experience with speaking in front of peers, and to better understand the process of our officer elections. This years 2017-2018 Vinton Shellsburg FFA Chapter Officers are: President – George ‘Wes’ Haefner, Vice President – Colton Evans, Secretary – Isaac Wiley, Treasure – Madeline Moen, Co-Reporters – Shelby McDonald & Franki Evans, Sentinel – Amy Thomas, and Officer at Large – Kaylee Sorum....

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‘Going in Style’ brings humorous tale of pension revenge to Palace screen

By Rose Trafford, Vinton Palace Three lifelong friends, three lifetimes of working hard, three well-deserved pensions…wait, no pensions?? Going in Style plays the Palace Friday, May 12 through Thursday May 18 at 7 pm, and Monday, May 15 at 2 pm. Joe (Michael Caine), Willie (Morgan Freeman), and Albert (Alan Arkin) are men that have worked together and been friends their whole lives. They’ve been there for all life’s major occasions- weddings, births, graduations- and are looking forward to enjoying retirement together. With one fail swoop, their company restructures and their pensions are lost. Inspired by a bank robbery that Joe witnessed firsthand, the friends make a plan to rob a bank and take back the pensions that are rightfully theirs. Hilarity ensues as these three senior citizens soon understand that their age (and innocence) is against them more than they realized. A “practice” heist at a local grocery store leaves the men running from a security guard and scarcely able to catch their breath- not to mention the stolen flour that ends up all over the floors. The trio will soon enlist a more useful aid- Joe’s ex son-in-law, who is a criminal working in a pet store. With the help of a “professional”, will Joe, Willie, and Albert actually be able to pull it off? And if they do.. will they get caught? Going in Style is...

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Senior Awards Night: Class of 2017 receives $115,000 from local residents, organizations

The Vinton-Shellsburg High School Senior Awards Night was held on Wednesday, May 10, in the V-S HS Auditorium. Over $115,000 of local money was awarded to 43 members of the Class of 2017. School administrators are extremely grateful to the many businesses, civic organizations and individuals who so generously support VS students in their pursuit of higher education. In addition, more than 40 students were presented with numerous awards recognizing the academic, athletic and fine arts achievements of these students, as well as their dedication to community service. Congratulations to the Class of 2017 and thank you to the communities of the Vinton-Shellsburg school district and surrounding areas for your recognition and support of our graduates! See the list of honorees here:  awards See the first half of the award presentation below, and the second half...

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FFA Labor Auction raises more than $8,700

By: Brittany Hansen, Co-Reporter, V-S FFA On April 6th, 2017 at 7 pm in the Vinton-Shellsburg high school gym, we held our annual labor auction. There were 33 FFA members & 2 Advisors that participated in this fundraiser. Joel Schmitz was our auctioneer this year due to Duane Johnson having other commitments. There were a total of 9 freshmen, 11 sophomores, 8 juniors, 6 seniors, and 2 advisors. The subtotals for each grade were: freshman $1,270, sophomore $2,690, juniors $1,860, seniors $1,900, and advisors $410. Average price per member was $185.74. All together we raised a total of $8,730.00 from this amazing fundraiser. Congrats to all that participated and got purchased. Also, thank you to all of our FFA supporters that come out and participate in this fundraising event to help our chapter be successful. We greatly appreciate...

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Tourism Week: VU honored for helping contribute to impact in Iowa

In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Iowa Tourism Office recognized Vinton Unlimited recently for contributing to the state’s $8.06 billion tourism industry. National Travel and Tourism Week (May 7-13), now in its 34th year, unites communities across the country to celebrate what travel means to employment, economic growth and personal well-being. “We value and appreciate our partners for the work they do year-round to enhance the state’s economy through tourism,” said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. “We’re taking this special week to recognize communities, events, attractions, restaurants and lodging facilities in all 99 counties and thank them for those efforts.” “We know we are just a small piece of the tourism puzzle here in Vinton but we are always excited for visitors to come experience Vinton. Our tourism committee has been working hard over the past 2 years to really boost our offerings and our presence with tour groups,” said Melissa Schwan, Director of Vinton Unlimited. Travel is an integral part of the state’s economy because people who visit Iowa annually generate more than $450 million in state tax revenue that pays for programs that benefit residents. The industry also supports the jobs of more than 67,000 Iowans – jobs that can never be outsourced to another location. Local numbers: * 100 jobs are supported by travel and tourism in Benton County *...

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Operation 23 to Zero: Ruck planned to raise awareness of veteran suicide issue, June 3

By Toni Parizek, Benton County Veterans Affairs Office The Benton County Veteran’s Affairs office is partnering with the organization Operation: 23 to Zero to raise awareness about Veteran’s Suicide. The event is a Ruck March around Vinton. A Ruck March is the military’s equivalent of going on  a hike with a heavy pack on your back, but don’t worry, a ruck is not required! Current statistics show that 22 Veterans and one Active Duty Service Member commits suicide per day.  This event will not only raise awareness about how widespread this issue is but also provide resources for Veteran’s and their friends and family on how to help someone who may be thinking of suicide. We are also fortunate enough to have the Cedar Rapids Mobile Vet Center in Attendance as well that day, it is a great resource for a wide range of Veteran’s Services. The event will begin at Veteran’s Memorial Park (near the Rec Center) in Vinton at 10am on June 3, 2017.  The Ruck March will begin shortly after a brief introduction by Benton County Veteran’s Affairs Director, Toni...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes/Noxious weed ordinance

May 2, 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. Bierschenk moved/ Primmer seconded: Approve the minutes of April 25, 2017. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: Approve use of courthouse grounds for Vinton Cruise Committee on July 22, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve handwritten check for mobile forensic equipment to be paid by the sheriff’s office along with some grant funding. The equipment will be shared with surrounding cities and they will reimburse the county for a portion that isn’t covered by the grant. Motion carried. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: To approve Resolution #s 17-30 through 17-36, Joint Agency Agreements with Buchanan, Black Hawk, Butler, Franklin, Grundy, Linn and Tama Counties. All members voting aye. Motion carried. RESOLUTION JOINT AGENCY AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN BENTON COUNTY, IOWA AND OTHER COUNTIES POTENTIALLY AFFECTED BY AN IOWA WATERSHED APPROACH PROJECT FUNDED THROUGH A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM ALLOCATION FROM THE CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) # 14.27 UNDER CONTRACT 13-NRDI-002 WHEREAS, Benton County, has been awarded “pass-through” funding by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to plan and implement...

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Benton Co. Dems to meet May 16, in Van Horne

The regular monthly meeting of the Benton County Democrats will be held on May 16, 2017 at the Community Center in Van Horne, IA at 7:00PM.  Those wishing to eat are to go to the Crooked Antler on main street before the meeting.  Anyone interested in politics and the Democrat party is invited to...

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