Author: Dean Close

Benton Co. Supervisors meeting agenda, June 13

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING June 13, 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. 9:00 a.m. Barb Greenlee Re: Set land use hearing date for Marty and Emily Fisher part of NW ¼ SW ¼ Sec 28-85-9 3. 9:05 a.m. Marc Greenlee Re: Approve farm exemption application for P. Lee and Barbara Miller part of S ½ SW ¼ Ex Parcel A Sec 8-86-12 4. 9:15 a.m. Heidi Schminke Re: Approve/Renew CPPC and Decat contracts FY18 5. 9:30 a.m. Dana Burmeister Re: Approve/Sign ECICOG contract 6. 9:45 a.m. Approve LOSST Funds for Cedar Mt Auburn Fire Department 7. 10:00 a.m. Mike Elwick Re: Speed limit on County Home Road by mud crick and discuss dog pound 8. 10:15 a.m. Engineer Re: Resolution: Bridge Embargo removal on two (2) new bridges on 76th St, Leroy & Florence Twps • Accept bids and award purchase of SUV • Accept bids and award purchase of two (2) new pickups 9. Acknowledge Jerry Michael’s retirement from Sheriff’s office 10. Appoint county facility security committee members 11. Approve/renew FY18 ISAC HIPPA Program Membership 12. Approve minutes 13. Approve Claims 14. Approve amended resolution /permit pertaining to fireworks 15. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 16. New...

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Free ice cream for Red Cross blood donors, June 15

RED CROSS AND TOOTSIE’S are partnering to have a blood drive at the Vinton Skate and Activity Center on Thursday, June 15, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.  All donors will receive a coupon for a pint of Tootsie’s soft serve ice cream.  For an appointment contact Kristie at (319) 472-4292 or go online at redcrossblood.org. RapidPass is available online to speed up registration.  Walk-ins are always...

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After 40 years, question of who murdered Charles Plucar, and why, remains unanswered

Sloping hills, rolling pastures and steep ravines form the landscape of the river valleys in southwest Benton County, where many of the farmsteads built by the first settlers still stand. The remaining buildings, as old as the tombstones in the pioneer cemeteries that dot the landscape, still serve as homes, barns and workshops for the people who live and work the land their ancestors first saw more than a century ago. The gravel roads that connect the homes of this hilly neighborhood are short and winding; many follow the exact paths the first settlers made with their horse-drawn carts....

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Letter to the Editor: Bye Bye Fake News!

Dear Editor, After about 3 months of seeing the same ‘eye grabbing’ article on your website of “FAKE NEWS” I noticed, after Comey’s testimony Thursday. it has now disappeared.  Thanks!  NEWS FLASH:  all politicians lie and exaggerate as do all human beings including FBI Directors.  Why? Because we are “ALL SINNERS and come short of the glory of God”.  Hmmm, I wonder if my article will last 3 months or even be printed. Dr. (Rev) Lyle L. Dake UR2praiseGod24/7 Editor’s Note: The writer is referring to an article in our “Most Popular” section that fell off when something else became more...

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AmeriCorps NCCC Oak 6 serves with Good News Habitat for Humanity, builds and refurbishes homes.  

By Thomas Dougherty, AmeriCorps NCCC Member As AmeriCorps NCCC team Oak 6 continues their journey of learning to build homes for Habitat for Humanity, the team is very interested in the impact their service work will have on low income families in Richmond, Indiana. The first week was spent serving in the Habitat for Humanity warehouse, organizing and preparing the tools needed to build, learning to drive large machinery, and getting to know their sponsors. The second week was spent refurbishing a home owned by Habitat and building a shed in the backyard. The teams overall goal for the project is to frame and roof five homes. The team has also served on two different independent service projects. First, Oak 6 served with the Compass Church of Winchester to clear out a church to make space for an addiction recovery center for women with children. Second, the team completed an 18-hour Relay for Life alongside with the American Cancer Society. The team helped with set up and clean up, as well as various tasks throughout the day. “I’ve enjoyed becoming a part of the tight-knit community in a small town in Indiana and learning about building techniques for houses and other structures,” says member Jake from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Since their arrival in Indiana, Team Oak 6 has had the opportunity to do a lot of service learning. With Habitat...

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Errors lead to Vikings’ first loss; Solon sweeps VS

Five errors led to seven unearned runs in a four-run loss for the Vinton-Shellsburg baseball team Wednesday evening against Solon. The Viking defense improved in the second game, but a late rally fell short as Solon swept VS. Coach Jim Struve shared the following game summaries: Game 1 Solon recap Vikings scored 6 runs in the first two innings, but could not hold the lead as Solon won 12-8.  The Vikings defense had 5 errors and allowed 7 unearned runs in the loss.  Scott Betterton pitched very well— striking out 8 and only walking 1 batter.  Tanner Davis continued his hot streak with 2 hits and 3 RBI’s.  Will Edwards, Wes Edwards, and Conner Miracle all had doubles and Nathan Struve delivered a 2 run Homerun. Game 2 Solon recap Vikings lost 7-9 in game 2 as their late rally fell short.  Will Edwards lead the Viking attack with 3 doubles.  Wes Edwards, Tanner Davis, Jared Thompson, and David Bray all had 2 hits a piece and 2 RBI’s on the night.  Wes Edwards took the loss, as Blake Bohnsack pitched 3 scoreless solid innings in relief.  Vikings defense improved in Game 2 as Scottie Wirth and Nathan Struve each turned unassisted double...

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Jon R. Felker

Jon R. Felker, 81, of Grand Island died Sunday, June 4, 2017, at CHI Health St. Francis. To honor Jon’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no local services. Burial will take place in Urbana, Iowa, on July 8. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.  Mr. Felker was born July 2, 1935, at Vinton, Iowa, the son of Harold and Ruth (Nichols) Felker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, in 2014; his parents; stepchildren, Richard Adams Jr., Michael Adams and Patricia Adams; two granddaughters and two great-granddaughters; and an infant brother, James. Survivors include his stepdaughter, Dianna (Gene) Whitehead of Grand Island; daughters, Luanne Vredenberg of Vinton, Iowa, and Lynette Felker of Oskaloosa, Iowa; grandchildren, Anthony Matero, Brian Matero, Nicole Adams, Jeremy Freemon, Travis Pettit, Veria Votroubek, Joshua Swartz, Terek Vredenberg and Christopher Vredenberg; many great-grandchildren; and a brother, Donald Felker. Jon was raised at Urbana, Iowa, where he graduated from Urbana High School. On June 9, 1973, he was united in marriage to C. Patricia (Ayotte) Adams. While living in Urbana, he worked for a machine shop in Cedar Rapids, retiring after over 40 years of service. Following retirement, they moved to Grand Island to be close to family. He was a lifelong member of Urbana Christian Church. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be sent...

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Fiesta Fest! Party in the Park celebration set for June 22-24

By Brad Barker, VPRD Hold on to your sombreros folks because Party in the Park is nearly here! This year’s theme is “Fiesta Fest!” and we’ve definitely got a lot of hot and spicy things cooking up for our community festival this year. The dates will be June 22nd through June 24th and the three days of FREE entertainment is sure to bring your family the whole enchilada of fun, excitement and smiles! Thursday, June 22nd is all about los ninos at the always well-attended KIDS NIGHT. Farmers Savings Bank & Trust will start off the festival with their ‘Community Picnic’ at 5 PM followed by the Kids Parade at 6:30 PM. Show your fiesta colors in the parade! At the end of the parade, not only will your children get some cool swag to complete their fiesta outfit, but we’ll have FREE games, prizes and inflatables! StraitRun will be performing two sets of great music and the Vinton Off-Road Cyclists will be featuring a skills development course for you and your bike! Decorate that bike up for the parade and bring it on out! On Friday, June 23rd, we head up to Riverside Park for an evening of fun with the life-sized table top games (including Human Foosball) along with other rides, prizes, delicious food booths and entertainment! The Party in Pink 5K will begin at 6 PM...

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Four VS golfers compete in State Co-Ed Meet

Vinton-Shellsburg High School golfers Brandi Gerber, Mike Delong, Rachel Tandy and Tanner Cummings participated in the State C0-Ed Tournament on Tuesday in Marshalltown. Vikette Coach Janet Woodhouse provided the following summary: State Coed Golf Tournament June 6, 2017 American Legion Course, Marshalltown Weather: sunny and pleasant Vinton-Shellsburg teams: Rachel Tandy (11)-Tanner Cummings(11) Brandi Gerber(11)-Mike DeLong(12) This is an alternate shot format; the girls teed off from the even tees and the boys from the odd tees. There were almost 50 teams in the 1A division and lots of 2017 high school State tournament qualifiers. The 2A (large school) played...

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Urbana 5 to be remembered at Benton County Speedway, Sunday

Nicole “Nikki” Jacobsen. Quentin Ary. Triston Randall. Zoey Tuttle. Hunter Tuttle. The Urbana 5 — the five young people who perished together in a tragic traffic accident on April 9 of 2015 — will be remembered again this weekend at the Benton County Speedway, for their personality, their humor, and their love of racing. The Urbana 5 will also be recognized for the countless lives they touched after their deaths via the organ and tissue donor program. The Iowa Donor Network is a title sponsor of the event, which includes a $1,5000 payout for the winner of the Karl Chevrolet...

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