Author: Dean Close

Author Boddicker to speak at Vinton library, Dec. 12

Author Major Boddicker will be speaking and visiting with friends and family at the Vinton Public Library on Tuesday, December 12th from 1 until 3. He is bringing some of his older books to sell and will be debuting his newest one. This will be an excellent chance to get the skinny from Major while munching on cookies. Everyone is...

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VS Voyagers earn 3 Top 5 awards at State

 The Vinton-Shellsburg Voyagers Dance Team had quite the showing at state this year by placing top 5 in all three categories. The voyagers competed on Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. They competed in hip hop, contemporary and Pom. “Our classes were adjusted quite a bit this year due to large changes in enrollment across the state of Iowa, putting us into much more challenging classes. The girls did a wonderful job and really made a name for themselves at state this year,” says coach Michelle Wedemeyer. The Voyagers placed 3rd In hip hop, 4th in Pom and 4th in contemporary. The dancers have performed at recent home basketball games and are planning their spring show. Bruce receives one of seven scholarships Congratulations Baylee Bruce for receiving 1 of the 7 senior scholarships awarded at the ISDTA State Competition this year! Baylee was 1 of 17 finalists eligible for the award after sending in a portfolio highlighting her achievements and future goals and then going through an interview...

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Union football: Knights honor leaders, present many awards at recognition ceremony

Union’s football team gathered for one final time in 2017 to celebrate the successes of the season, award players for a variety of achievements, and to thank the many people who helped as Union returned to the UNI-Dome as one of the four final teams in Class 2A. Honorees included: MVP: Koby Alpers Offensive Player of the Year: Troy Hanus, Carter Brehm Defensive Player of the Year: Jace Glenn Special Teams: Hunter Fleshner Garrett Gingrich Leadership Award: Jace Glenn Unsung Hero: John Adelmund Most Improved: Ben Rempe, Hunter Fleshner Team Me: Carter Brehm, Ryan Sedgwick Defensive Scout: Jacob Wyant, Kyle Gross Offensive Scout: Carter Spore, Dylan Felderman Newcomer: Dallas Blackburn, Jacob Carey Tony DeSousa Award: Kraig DeVries, Taylor  Vaske, Mike Schmidt, Lynne Ternus, Andrea Behrens, Stacy Fleshner, Dean Close. See more photos from Union mom Krystal Schmitz HERE. See the Union Knights Facebook page HERE and their web site...

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Finals Week Stress and Drug Abuse: Abuse of Stimulant Drugs Remains a Troubling Trend

By Jeffrey Meyers, CPC, ASAC Across the country, millions of college students are about to enter the final days of their fall term. With it comes the excitement of a much-needed break, but not before the dreaded finals week. Finals represent a time of unique stress, in which everything that was learned will be tested, and deadlines must be met. For some students, this pressure has unfortunately led to the abuse of prescription stimulants, medications commonly prescribed for disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The abuse of these medications poses both short term and long term risk, often unbeknownst to the user. These prescription stimulants include drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, and Vyvanse and can offer real benefit if used medically, under the supervision of a doctor. Using these drugs non-medically, without a diagnosis or prescription, constitutes abuse. Students that abuse these drugs do so in the hopes they will get an energy boost, while at the same time increasing their overall alertness and ability to focus. According to a Johns Hopkins 2016 report, this practice is on the rise, and most commonly seen among 18 to 25 year olds. Studies put the estimated percentage of all college students that abuse at close to 1 in 5, a staggering number. While the students abusing these medications may experience some added energy and even focus, the risks...

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Vinton Police Report: Nov. 27-Dec. 2

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of November 27 – December 3, 2017 All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests December 1 Bob Edward Phillips 51 Vinton, IA Arrested on an Intrastate Warrant for Driving While Revoked and Failure to File SR22. Juvenile Referrals None Two Citations were issued for the Week of November 27 – December 3, 2017 for Failure to Obey Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way and Failure to Obey Flashing Red Signal. Seven written warnings for offenses were issued the Week of November 27 – December 3, 2017 and they were for Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, Operating a Non-Registered Vehicle, Equipment Repair and Speed. Two reported Motor Vehicle Accidents for the Week of November 27 – December 3, 2017. For the Week of November 27 – December 3, 2017 – 69 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police...

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Rural Brandon man charged with theft in rent fraud case

By Jerry Michael, Urbana Chief of Police Gregory Todd Selken, 43, of rural Brandon was arrested Saturday December 2, 2017 by the Urbana Police Department. Selken was charged following an investigation by the Urbana Police Department that revealed Selken used a fictitious name to rent an apartment that he stated he owned in Belle Plaine to a Cedar Rapids woman. Selken had posed the apartment for rent on Craigslist. Selken agreed to meet the woman at Casey’s in Urbana where the woman paid Selken $ 800 for deposit and rent. Selken in turn gave the woman a key that he stated went to the apartment. When the woman went to the apartment in Belle Plaine she learned the key did not work and that Selken did not own the building. The woman then contacted Urbana Police and Selken was subsequently identified as the person the woman met at Casey’s. Selken was charged with theft in the third degree, aggravated misdemeanor. Selken was released following an initial appearance in Magistrate Court. According to the Iowa Courts web site, the Urbana Police Dept. first issued a warrant in the case in September. The case no. is AGCR013652. See the web site...

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Tour De Lites: Yessak continues winning local 5K races

In his two-week break between his freshman cross country and track seasons at Wartburg College, Vinton native Jordan Yessak returned to his hometown to add to his list of local race wins. He finished first overall in the 13th Annual VS Tour De Lites Sunday. The first female finisher was 15-year-old Micah Pollett of Cedar Rapids. The two teens were among more than 100 walkers and runners who participated in the annual fund-raiser for the VS cross country and track teams. John Frazier, who recently announced his retirement after coaching cross country for more than 30 years, started the...

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Berry leads VS bowlers in season opener at Independence

Taylor Berry led the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes to a win in their first bowling contest of the season Friday in Independence, repeating a feat she accomplished early last season: Rolling a higher score than all of her female opponents as well as all of the boys. The senior bowled a 204/214/418, which was the best score of the contest for either school. The girls won the varsity meet by a total score of 2250 to 1352; the boys lost, 2775-2623. Ryan Schoettmer led the Vikings with a two-game tally of 380. The JV boys won vs the Mustangs. Coach Amber Pattee offered the following summary: “Our girls competed for Varsity and the boys completed for Varsity and JV.  Bowlers on all 3 of these teams have improved from last year.  I expect this trend to continue and be ready to fight for the state tournament,” Below are the scores from the meet and the standout bowlers: Varsity Girls Taylor Berry performed very well and has been putting in extra games to improve her score. Brooklyn Staab 106 127 233 Connie Upmeyer 115 124 239 Korey Murdock 152 147 299 Brianna Lundvall 119 147 266 Erin Wood         179 139 318 Taylor Berry         204 214 418 VS             2250 Indee        1352 Varsity Boys Ryan Schoettmer came out...

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VS wrestlers win Monticello’s Guilford Invitational

A dozen Vinton-Shellsburg wrestlers scored points for the Vikings during Satuday’s Guilford Invitational Tournament in Monticello, as VS brought home the 1st place plaque. Champions for the Vikes included Carter Weeks (120), Brock Radeke (138), Scott Betterton (152) and Kort Johnson (170). Complete results are below: Monticello Guilford Invitational Results for Vinton-Shellsburg 106 – Mike Betterton (3-2) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points. Quarterfinal – Mike Betterton (Vinton-Shellsburg) 3-2 won by fall over Danil Kobusch (Beckman Catholic) 2-3 (Fall 0:43) Semifinal – Mike Betterton (Vinton-Shellsburg) 3-2 won by fall over Alaina Sunlin (Monticello) 4-2 (Fall 2:59) 1st Place...

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ACT 1 plays, Variety Show to open Friday

ACT 1’s holiday shows take place this weekend, with the Variety Show, “Little Match Girl” and “Gift of the Magi” set to open Friday.   Performance Dates: December 1st and 2nd at 7PM and December 3rd at 2PM Venue: The Palace Theater, Vinton Director: Marcy Horst & Steve Arnold About the show: Benton County’s Chance to show us their Talents! Back by Popular Demand is the ACT I Variety Show. The Variety Show will feature the talents of Benton County Residents ages 5 to 95 in this delightful Holiday Show.New this year to The Variety show will be 2 One Act Plays directed by ACT I Veterans- Marcy Horst and Steve Arnold. The first, directed by Marcy, will be “The Little Match Girl,” a youth One Act musical based on a story by Hans Christian Anderson. The second One Act will be “The Gift of the Magi” directed by Steve. “The Gift of the Magi” is a classic play about a young couple unable to afford gifts for each other as they celebrate their first Christmas together. Join us for these Heart Warming Holiday Plays; plus much more! See the show program with a list of participants here: Variety...

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Pancake breakfast set for Saturday at VSHS

The Vinton-Shellsburg FFA is continuing its support of local veterans, with a Dec. 2 pancake breakfast at the high school. Aided by the experienced pancake crew of the Vinton Kiwanis Club, the FFA members will be serving pancakes, sausage, milk and coffee. A free will donation will be accepted; proceeds will go toward the Benton County Veterans Assistance Program. The event takes place from 7-11 a.m. in the VSHS...

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‘Stormin’ Vikings:’ VS/CPU swimmers defeat Linn-Mar, Hempstead JV squads

By Rob Levis, VS/CPU Swimming Coach Tuesday night brought the beginning of a new season and a new partnership as the men’s swim team got under way.  The Vinton Shellsburg/CPU men’s swim team opened in impressive fashion defeating the JV squads from 4A powers Linn-Mar and Dubuque Hempstead.  This fall Vinton-Shellsburg and Center Point-Urbana put a sharing agreement in place between the districts that will enable CPU students to compete in varsity swimming.  The swimmers, dubbing themselves the “Stormin’ Vikings”, scored an exciting 82-76 win over Linn-Mar and took down Hempstead 92-62. On the evening, the Stormin’ Vikings won 9 of 11 events, including all three relays.  Sophomore Cyrus Elwick and Freshman Isaac Allsup each scored a pair of individual wins and were on two winning relays.  CPU newcomer Tristan Miller announced his arrival winning his first-ever individual event, the 50 Freestyle.  Senior Isaac Vrba captured first in the 100 breast.  Senior Dylan Geater had one of the best performances of the evening, battling a respiratory bug to compete in four events, to include all three winning relays. The dual with the Linn-Mar JV came down to the final event.  Needing a win in the 400 Free Relay to seal the meet the A relay team of Elwick, Geater, Allsup and SR Lewis Williams delivered with a 5 ½ second victory. The team is back in action this weekend...

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