Author: Dean Close

Tilford concerts show how students learn, connect with others through music

“Music is a tool,” says Vinton-Shellsburg elementary music teacher Gib Ziemer. “It teaches us to listen to what’s happening around us. It teaches us to think about what we hear and describe it in words. It teaches us to hear patterns and feel those patterns in our movement, so we can play or sing by ourselves or together with others.”   Those basic, first lessons about music, and how the youngest among us, listen, hear and feel, are on display each year as the elementary students sing together during the Tilford spring concerts. Students from each grade level sing together, sharing...

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Herring update: Contractors, individuals getting involved in effort to restore historic BP hotel

It takes a community to make a big project happen, and in Belle Plaine, Kristine Pope is seeing a community come together to rally to preserve the historic Herring Hotel. Since stories by Vinton Today and regional TV stations, there has been an outpouring of support for the project, says Pope. “The stories regarding our 1-month deadline have had a very positive outcome and my inbox and phone have been very actively receiving messages,” Pope says. “We have had two contractors in last week to take look at our building, both working on submitting bids by this week’s end. And we have more scheduled meetings for this week. From construction companies, interest groups, retired contractors, etc…we have been hearing from all genres of professionals offering assistance. Pope is thankful to all who have become involved. “Their willingness to help has been positively overwhelming,” she says. “I can not begin to share with you the excitement that brings to our project. And the Iowa Lincoln Highway Association stands at the top of that list. They have been here helping us with all they can. I think that speaks measures regarding the importance of the Herring Hotel and our project to keep this building standing in our community.” Those involved in preserving the Herring hosted a successful tea event last weekend, and have launched a new website, www.herringhotel.org. “We keep moving...

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Helping those who have beat the odds: Area women leading effort on behalf of homeless graduates

High school graduates face a variety of challenges as they transition to young adulthood – finding their first place to live on their own, or adjusting to life in a college dorm; getting their first job; balancing part-time work and school; signing up for financial aid and navigating the college application or military recruiting process. Now imagine doing all of those things while also dealing with the following scenarios: Your parents have abandoned you. You live alone, supporting yourself and a teen sibling with special needs, until finally you run out of resources, and the Department of Human Services intervenes and helps you settle in with a relative. Your mother has passed away, and your father has returned to a life of drugs – and is trying to get you to join him in that life. Your only housing option is a tent in the back yard offered by the parents of a friend, who let you stay there, but don’t offer to feed you. You have a full academic scholarship to one of Iowa’s Regents universities, but you are living in a homeless shelter is Des Moines. These are not hypotheticals; they are stark reality for 13 members of the Class of 2017 who live in Benton County or the surrounding area. “We have homeless and independent teenagers in our school and community,” says V-S Superintendent Mary Jo...

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Vikettes win home meet vs. S. Tama at Vinton Country Club

Rachel Tandy led the VS Vikette golf team to victory in the only meet it will play this season at the Vinton Country Club. The Vikettes hosted South Tama on Tuesday, defeating them by a team score of 190 to 230 in the varsity match. Rachel Tandy tied with S. Tama’s Madison Rohach for medalist honors at 46. Emily Blake was second with 47. Although she was listed among the JV players, Vikette freshman Lillie Lamont carded a 47, which would have tied her for second in the varsity competition. See Coach Janet Woodhouse’s summary below: V-S Girls Golf, April 11, 2017; Vinton Country Club, par 35; Dual with South Tama Weather conditions: cool, 50s, sunny Team Scores: Vinton-Shellsburg: 190 South Tama 230 Co-Medalists: Rachel Tandy, V-S 46 Madison Rohach, STC 46 Runner-up: Emily Blake, V-S 47 Varsity Individuals: Rachel Tandy 46 Emily Blake 47 Brandi Gerber 48 Alex Maynard 49 Abbe Wilson 55 Halie Engler WD JV Medalist: Lillie Lamont V-S 47 Also playing JV were Claire Smith, Carli Lang and Catherine Steele. In only our second meet, we met a team goal tonight: we had four in the 40s! Actually we had five!! Our varsity again was solid, even without Halie Engler who had to withdraw due to an injury. Rachel Tandy repeated as a medalist, and Emily Blake earned varsity runner-up honors for the first time....

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65th anniversary celebration for Bill and Judy Travis

Bill and Judy Travis were married in Dallas Center, Iowa at the Methodist Church on April 12, 1952. They were blessed with 3 children – Pam (Rick) Primmer, Tom – deceased (Connie) Travis and Susan Travis. They have 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. They moved to Vinton in 1969 and owned and operated Travis True Value for 36 years. Cards may be sent to 2007 S 1st Ave. Vinton,...

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Juveniles charged for criminal mischief after obstructing road; woman injured in accident

First, they tossed bottles onto a county highway that leads from Highway 218 north of Vinton to Mount Auburn, causing two flat tires for a driver. Then, the a few days later, they went a step further, placing a railroad tie in that same area of highway, causing an accident. Sheriff Ron Tippett says the two male juveniles, one from the Vinton area and one from the Garrison area, were each charged with 2nd degree criminal mischief, which is a felony under Iowa law. The two incidents involved drivers from the same family, but different vehicles, says the Sheriff. A woman — the wife of the first driver — suffered minor injuries in the accident, after her vehicle went airborne on April 6. Damage was estimated at more than $2,000 to the vehicle, plus the driver’s medical expense. ” It was 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017,” says Michelle Lane, the driver whose vehicle hit the railroad tie. She had just turned north from Highway 218 onto 22nd Avenue (commonly called The Mount Auburn Blacktop), near the northwest edge of Vinton city limits, when she encountered the obstacle. “I was heading home from a meeting. I just turned off of Hwy 218 heading towards Mount Auburn when I passed their driveway and bam, hit something in the road. My car went in the air a bit and landed on the opposite...

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Benton Co. Board of Supervisors meeting agenda, April 11

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING April 11, 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. 9:03A.M. Barbara Greenlee Set land use hearing date for Terry & Nadene Reece SE ¼ of NE ¼ Sec. 1, T85N, R9W 3. 9:05 A.M. Mike Mollenhaur–Shive-Hattery Re: discussing CVR roof plans 4. 9:30 A.M. Appoint member to Magistrate Commission 5. Appoint alternate member to Historic Preservation Committee 6. Approve Class B Liquor License for Bloomsbury Farm 7. Approve Recorder’s Quarterly Report 8. Approve Sheriff’s Quarterly Report 9. Approve General Assistance Quarterly Report 10. Approve/sign professional services agreement with Shive-Hattery for DHS building structural Review 11. Review IT Policy 12. Approve minutes 13. Approve claims 14. Approve Resolution for Joint Agency Agreement for WMA 15. Sign amended contract with the University of Iowa Flood Center for Resiliency Grant 16. 9:45 A.M. Engineer Re: • Accept bids for two (2) new tandem axle dump trucks • Purchase 2014 Gradall XL4100 truck mounted hydraulic excavator • Approve IDOT FY18-22 Secondary Road Construction Program • Approve IDOT FY18 Secondary Road Budget 17. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 18. New Business/Public Interest Comments 19....

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Herring Hotel: Group has one month to make necessary repairs to historic BP building

After a lengthy discussion on the historic, but in-need-of-repair Herring Hotel in Belle Plaine, the city council there gave the members of the Herring Hotel Alliance and the Herring Hotel Foundation a month to make some necessary repairs, including a covered walk-way, a secure barricade to keep people from the possibility of bricks falling from the west side of the building, as well as documentation on the structural integrity of the entire building. “And then they will revisit the nuisance issue again in May,” says KristinePope, who spoke at length about the meeting. City leaders have also asked to...

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Wolf Creek Rugby (Union Community HS) ties Waverly Shell Rock 14-14, defeats Osage 28-8 to go to 3-0-1

The Wolf Creek (Knights), a youth rugby team consisting of athletes from Union Community High School put their 2-0 record on the line vs. Waverly-Shellrock and Osage during the tournament on the Union MS football field in Dysart on Friday. The Knights tied WSR at 14 and defeated Osage, 28-0. Eight competed in sevens rugby.    There are seven athletes on each team competing on a full field.   Each half is seven minutes in length with non-stop action.   A quick two minute half time is taken between...

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Scott wins, Hogan 4th in Frostbuster Modified Feature

By Bill Martin, IMCA No way, figured Johnny Scott, did he have a realistic shot at winning Sunday’s IMCA Modified Frostbuster feature after drawing the 12th starting spot. Yes way. Scott slipped inside Kyle Brown for the lead on the 19th of 25 laps, then held Brown and Jason Wolla in check following a restart with four to go to win the headline event at Benton County Speed­way. “I didn’t think there was any way, especially with so many good cars here, but we made the right move at the right time,” said Scott, also the $1,000 feature winner ahead of Brown at the opening night Frostbuster Friday at Marshalltown. “The bottom was dominant and I had to take the chance when Kyle bobbled a little.” The two made contact going into the first turn. Scott drove by for the eventual win, chased to the checkers by Brown, Wolla, Scott Hogan and 20th starting Joel Rust. “There was a little contact but it was not intentional. I don’t race like that. It was a racing deal,” Scott said before loading up following his first-ever visit to Vinton. “There were definitely a lot of good guys here tonight. It’s hard to win races when everyone is so competitive.” Patrick Flannagan had started outside the front row and led the first six times around the track. He was quick to pull...

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Coming to Schroeder Public Library in Keystone…German Iowa and the Global Midwest

By Laura Hopper, Director German Iowa and the Global Midwest May 10th-22nd Library Hours: Sunday: Closed Monday: 1pm-6pm Tuesday: 9am-12noon & 1-5pm Wednesday: 1pm-6pm Thursday: 9am-12noon & 1-5pm Friday: 1pm-5pm Saturday: 9am-12noon (319) 442-3329 Come check out the traveling exhibit which was first featured at the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City! Learn about the German heritage of Iowa and celebrate our small town’s German roots. Entry to the exhibit is free! Visitors from all towns are welcome. See you...

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LPC women’s club plans May Day Style Show/Dinner

The La Porte City Women’s Club is sponsoring a spring style show and dinner May 1, at the La Porte City Golf Club. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00, and the style show at 6:30. Dinner will be lasagna or spaghetti bake, garlic bread, salad, and cheesecake dessert. At this time the stores showcasing their clothing includes: Sassy & Chic; Henkle Creek & Cameron’s; and Dress Barn. Proceeds will be used for such community projects garden club, After Prom, scholarships, preschool, Sing Me to Heaven, LPC Ag Museum, Inner City Slickers, and the library. Tickets are available at La Porte City Telephone Co. or call Barb or Heidi at 319-342-3369. For more information, call Kathy Turner at 319-239-3808 or...

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