Author: Dean Close

FFA names new officers, presents many awards at Banquet

Below are the awards presented during Saturday’s Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Awards Banquet: Yield Contest Awards The VSHS FFA chapter has sponsored a corn and soybean yield contest many years now for the local farmers.  This year, there were three yield checks done by our chapter members. The yield checks involve students getting out of class to participate in hands-on Ag education.  The grain harvested is taken to the elevators to be weighed and the students measure the area combined. The top corn yields were: Brian Carlson                            Pioneer P1197AM            276.26Bushels/Acre Mike Kaufman                           Pioneer 1366     283.73 Bushels/Acre Mike Kaufman...

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Authorities respond to rural Brandon fire

Area public safety officials, including the Brandon Fire Department, the Benton County Sherff’s Office, and North Benton Ambulance, responded to a fire in the 5100 block of 25th Avenue south of Brandon at around 1:30 a.m. The fire remains under investigation....

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Tandy leads VS golfers at CR Prairie Invitational

Rachel Tandy led the Vikette golfers with a 37-39-76 when Vinton-Shellsburg traveled to Cedar Rapids for the 18-hole Prairie Invitational. The Vikettes placed fourth in the 10-team meet that inclued many larger schools. Coach’s report from Janet Woodhouse: May 10, 2018 Prairie Invitational at Airport National Golf Course, CR par 63 Weather: Perfect! Sunny and 80 degrees Team Scores: Linn-Mar 300 C.R. Washington 332 Ia City West 338 C.R. Prairie 345 V-S 349 Benton Comm. 359 CR Jefferson 360 West Delaware 370 CC-Amana 372 Marion 388 Medalist: Kristen Harding, Linn-Mar 67 Runner-up: Megan Murphy, Linn-Mar 75 Rachel Tandy, V-S 76 3rd V-S Individuals: Rachel Tandy 37,39 (76) Brandi Gerber 39,42 (81) Lillie Lamont 48,43 (91) Lauren Murray 56,45 (105) noncounters: Abbye Hendryx 56,49 and Jordan Pattee 66,56 We had a number of personal bests today. This is a short course with no par 5s, so irons and short game are the determiners. Most of our team had not played Airport National previously, only seniors Rachel and Brandi had. Rachel’s 76 is a PR and finishing 3rd overall is exceptional. If they had medaled 10, Brandi would have placed with her 81. Lauren and Abbye had a round in the 40s for the first time, and Jordan Pattee made it into the 50s. Only the large school teams were able to best our team today. I was proud of the...

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VSHS Awards presented, new NHS officers named

Local organizations gave members of the Vinton-Shellsburg Class of 2018 more than $130,000 in awards and scholarships during the annual Senior Awards Night Wednesday in the VSHS Auditorium. Seniors also received a variety of awards and honors from VSHS. School officials offered the following words of thanks:  The Vinton-Shellsburg High School Senior Awards Night was held on Wednesday, May 9, in the V-S HS Auditorium.  Over $133,000 of local money was awarded to 57 members of the Class of 2018! We are extremely grateful to the many businesses, civic organizations and individuals who so generously support our students in their...

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Voyager history: Baylee Bruce becomes first VSHS dancer to sign with college team

On the same day when she received the ICDA Outstanding Senior Choral Award & John Philip Sousa Band Award honoring her for her leadership in the VSHS choir and band progams, Baylee Bruce also received words of praise for leadership on the VS Voyagers Dance team as she signed with St. Ambrose University (SAU), where she will become part of the dance team there. Baylee’s current coach, Michelle Wedemeyer, is an alum of SAU, where she was a member of one of several national championship-winning teams. It was Wedemeyer’s connection to SAU, and her friendship with coach Danelle Langeneckert, which helped Baylee come to the attention of the SAU coach. “She blew me away in her audition,” Coach Langeneckert said on Tuesday, as she joined Baylee and her family and Coach Wedemeyer for the formal signing. Langeneckert said what she likes most about Baylee is her willingness to work hard. Baylee said she feels at home at SAU, and is already involved in the “Big Sister-Little Sister” program which pairs incoming freshmen with upperclassmen. Wedemeyer describes Baylee as “A role model in every way.” And as the band and choral awards presented to Baylee on Tuesday evening during Fine Arts Night honor her leadership in those programs, the Voyager members also chose her as the Voyager of the Year, honoring her leadership on the dance team. Baylee has often...

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‘Just Cuz – VGH Cares’ Relay for Life team plans fund-raising dance, May 19

For the past several years, the Just Cuz – VGH Cares  Relay for Life team has raised thousands of dollars to fight cancer. This year, the group is motivated by the death of one of its members and cancer survivors, Dave Laton, who died of the disease in January. “This year is all about Dave,” says Beckie Driscol Hobbs, who described her cousin, Dave,  and his impact on her life, with these words: “My best friend, and cousin, who was very, very close to me, lost his life, this year, to cancer. He has struggled and fought with everything he had, but wasn’t able to go on, as the cancer took over. I’m devastated. It has been a very hard time for me, without him in my life. So this year’s RELAY has made me more determined than ever, to raise as much as I can, to help find a cure.” Hobbs says she has three other relatives who are cancer survivors — her father, aunt and brother-in-law. Seeing all of these people in her family fighting cancer has inspired Hobbs to help raise as much money as possible to fight the disease. “I will be walking again this year, and raising donations for cancer research, in hopes to find a cure.,” she said. “Last year, I did exceptionally well, and am hoping to do just as well this...

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Vikettes Tandy, Lamont and Gerber earn All-Conference golf honors at WaMac Super Meet

Led by Rachel Tandy, Lilly Lamont and Brandi Gerber, the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes golf team finished 5th in the 15-team WaMaC Super Meet at Thunder Hills Country Club in Peosta.  Coach’s report from Janet Woodhouse WaMaC Super Meet (15 teams); Thunder Hills Country Club, Peosta par 71; May 7, 2018;  Weather: Sunny, 80s Team Results: Williamsburg 366 Anamosa 380 Central DeWitt 385 Maquoketa 386 VS 392 Western Dubuque 399 CP-Urbana 412 Independence 418 Solon 427 South Tama 428 Benton Comm. 435 W. Delaware 440 Dyersville Beckman 445 CC-Amana 447 Marion 502 Medalist: Taylor Thede, Maquoketa 84 Runner up: Karly Berkland, Wmsburg 85 (by...

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Ninja Warrior Zone wins! Tilford students help determine VPRD playground

By Brad Barker, VPRD Tilford students have voted and we  have an overwhelming winner! The Ninja Warrior Zone pictured here has been added in our Request for Proposal as a required feature for our future playground. This RFP is currently out to vendors with a deadline of Monday, May 21st. We will know more about our selected playground after that date. We’ll also know more about anticipated build dates and we will have a call for volunteers as this will be a community-built playground this summer. A certified installer will be present at all times but we will definitely be needing assistance from...

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Jumping Rope for Heart: Tilford students raise more than $4,000

These students raised fifty dollars or more in the recent Jump Rope for Heart campaign at Tilford Elementary, where PE teacher Mindy McClintock has been leading the fund-raiser for several years. Front row (l to r):  Carson Page, Jonah Meyer, Kadee Kirchner, Oliver Whelan, Brihana Bunten, Ciara Dods, Kassidi Brunssen, Eleanor Moen, Addyson McGlothin, Zada Mohr. Middle row:  Cari Travis, Jayden Banghart, Jenna Rippel, Lainey Phippen, Joyra Thompson, Aly Becker, Zander Weber, Taryn Cripe, Brynn Wilden, Nash Davis. Back row:  Andrew Allsup, Lincoln Lamont, Jacoby Johnson, Sophie Mossman, Rayna Wacha, KyLee Cripe, Bridgette Castle, Joel Chesmore, Mieke Ternus, Cadence Redlinger, Jenice Coberly, Lily Griffith, Kevin Primrose The Top 3 fund-raisers were: 1.  Brynn Wilden $377 2.  Andrew Allsup $273 3.  Calli Torres  $255 The total raised by Tilford 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders: $4,...

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Christmas wish: Michael & Dowd owners set goal for re-opening

Workers have been putting the finishing touches on the foundation for the new Michael & Dowd building, and Mark and Lisa Vogt have set a Christmas goal for the date of their re-opening. The future of the other buildings affected by the February fire is less certain. Jon Clingman said there are too many variables for him to say now what will happen to the site next door to the furniture store. To the east of the area that used to be Clingman’s is the remains of the Fischer law office building. Cousins Robert and John Fischer are still...

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“Let’s bring him home;” LPC residents gather for vigil for Jake

As the sky faded to black above them, the members of the La Porte City community joined friends and family of Jake Wilson in lighting candles in honor of Jake, who went missing a month ago. The gathering took place at Wolf Creek Landing, not far from where Jake told his mother he was taking a walk on the evening of April 7. He has not been seen since. Anthony and Dani Gasco helped organize the vigil, and were among the last to speak. “Life is a gift,”‘ said Dani. “We are showing support for a missing piece of...

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