Author: Dean Close

School Board election: No contested races; Kirkwood bond issue

School Board elections will take place throughout Iowa on Tuesday, Sept. 12, but there are no contested races in Vinton-Shellsburg, Benton Community or Belle Plaine. In Vinton-Shellsburg, three incumbents are seeking re-election without any opposing candidates: District 1 Director Mike Timmermans and at large incumbents Sue Gates and Rob Levis. There is a bond issue on the ballot for districts within the Kirkwood Community College AEA. Voters are being asked to renew a $.25/$1,000 of valuation property tax levy for the next five years. School officials say the extended levy would raise $60 million for a variety of program expansions, particularly in is Ag Dept., and building improvements. See more information on the bond issue HERE. See sample ballots for Benton County communities HERE. See a list of polling places HERE. Voting begins at noon and ends at 8 p.m....

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Outnumbered VS-Union swim team wins at Waterloo East

The Vinton-Shellsburg/Union girls swimming team earned a win for the team in the coaching debut of Ashley Hesson. Competing against Class 4A Waterloo East last Thursday at the Central Pool, the VS/Union team “swam an amazing meet against a team with 50% more swimmers,” said Hesson. Despite their larger squad, which includes divers (VSU has none, so East earned all the points for diving events), the VSU girls came out on top, says Hesson. “These girls have worked their behinds off,” she said. “They deserve some recognition.” The coach also points out that every VSU swimmer scored points in the meet, which VS-Union won, 88-83. “It was a total team effort,” Hesson said. Team members include:  Lizzie Moore, Kaitlyn Goodell, Arabella Shepard, Natalie Tecklenburg, Amanda Cardenas, Emily Levis, Geordyn Webster, Clarissa Carolan See total results HERE: results – womens swimming – vintonshellsburgunion vs waterloo –...

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Rollinger, Wideman win trophies in Kiwanis Clubs’ Bring the Noise 5K

Ethan Rollinger and Heather Wideman were the winners of the men’s and women’s trophies in the annual Bring the Noise 5K sponsored by the Vinton Kiwanis Club. The annual fund-raising 5K and accompanying kids fun run raises money for the club’s activities, as well as for its contribution to the upcoming fund drive for the splash pad at Kiwanis Park. See more photos HERE. See results...

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Just US: All Benton County ladies invited to Thursday evening event

Ladies of Benton County – please join us for a evening of fun with friends on Thursday, Aug. 31.  Bethany Clemenson will be speaking after much demand from our last event.  Then we will have tips from Tressa, fashion tips from Karilea, a DIY idea from Emily at Nature’s Corner and our wrap-up speaker is Kristina Kremer. The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the meeting room at Kirkwood’s Vinton campus. We are looking forward to a great event and hope you can join us.  RSVP on our Just US Facebook page or via email...

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BDG meeting to include discussion on commercial housing, new home construction rebate program

The Benton Development Group is excited to announce two special guests for their next meeting scheduled Wednesday, August 30th at 7 pm at the Van Horne Community Center (500 1st Ave next to the Fire Station). Denny Howell with Howell Investment Finance will be on hand to discuss Commercial Financing.  Howell Investment Finance specializes in apartment, Mixed Use, senior housing (independent, assisted living and skilled nursing), retail properties or general office building finance. Emily Upah from Alliant Energy will also be in attendance to discuss their New Home Construction Rebate Program. Benton Development Group meetings are open to the public and  Benton County residents are invited and encouraged to attend. For additional information about this organization, visit www.bdgia.comor their facebook page...

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8th annual Boomfest was another success; thanks to many who participated

By Melissa Schwan, Vinton Unlimited The 8th Annual Boom-Fest celebration is officially in the books! Despite the gray skies and a few early rain sprinkles, the day was a success! The day would not have been possible without our 64 fabulous vendors from across Iowa and our great shoppers! Thank you to everyone who came out to stroll vendor row, bounce on the inflatables, grab some lunch or shop in our brick & mortar stores. We hope you will join us again in 2018! Also, thanks to our local street department for barricades, VMEU for power and VPRD for...

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Viking fans hear school fight song — from opponent’s marching band

Vinton-Shellsburg football bans are accustomed to hearing “On Winsconsin,” the VS fight song, from a band wearing black, gold and white uniforms at home football games. But this year, the football season began with Viking fans hearing their own school fight song from a source they had not heard it from before: The Center Point Urbana Marching Band. Many VS fans had much praise for the CPU band and co-directors Dan and Dorothy Jacobi for the band’s display of sportsmanship and patriotism. After playing the fight songs for both teams, the band played “God Bless America” and then the “Star Spangled Banner.” “Our pre-game show is modeled after what someone would experience at a college football game,” says Dan Jacobi. “This is our 5th year at CPU and 5th year of performing our visitors’ fight songs. We always have an appreciative reaction from our visiting team, coaches, and fans.” This year will be a special one for the CPU band; its members will travel to New York City in April and perform on the USS Intrepid. See more about the band and its season HERE. See more photos of the CPU band playing during Friday’s game...

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Benton County Supervisors agenday, Aug. 29

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING August 29, 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. 9:15 a.m. Marc Greenlee Re: Land use hearing for Elwick Bros LLC part of SW ¼ SW ¼ & SE ¼ SW ¼ Sec 22-85-10 • Approve Preliminary Plat for Stoney Arch Estates 1st Addition • Approve variance to Sub-Division ordinance, Article VII, 7.01 3. Approve minutes 4. Early Retirement Discussion/Action 5. Approve LOSST Funds for Newhall Fire Department 6. Approve Law Enforcement Contract with City of Newhall 7. 10:00 a.m. Courthouse Security Discussion (closed session)per Iowa Code 21.5 (1)k 8. 10:30 a.m. Ben Turnis-IT Re: RFP’s for printer contract 9. 10:45 a.m. Mindy Burke-DHS Re: Review maintenance contract for copier 10. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc 11. New Business/Public Interest Commment 12....

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Vikings suffer key injuries in loss at CPU

The Vinton-Shellsburg varsity football season endured a rough start on Friday, with the Vikings losing two more starting seniors to injuries in a 37-7 loss at Center Point Urbana. Viking QB and defensive end Blake Bohnsack left the game  early in the second half due to an ankle injury. He had thrown a 76-yard touchdown pass to Justin Bartz for the Vikings’ only score. Running back and linebacker Coleson Phelps was leading the team with seven tackles when he left the game late in the first half with a mild concussion. The VS running game, which had lost senior Justin Coots to a knee injury before the season began, was limited to 25 yards on 34 attempts. The Vikings host Union on Friday in their home opener, in another non-district game. See game stats HERE. See more photos HERE....

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VS golf fund-raising tournament set for Sept. 16

A Four​ ​Person​ ​Best​ ​Shot​ ​Golf​ ​Tournament to raise money for the Vinton-Shellsburg High School golf teams will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16. Event details: Where​: Vinton Country Club, 314 9th Ave, Vinton Tee​ ​Time​: 9:00am ​Cost​: $30.00 per golfer (includes green fees, flight prizes, stake prizes, and lunch) Details​: 9-hole tournament ● Carts will be available for rent- $15 per couple/pair REQUEST EARLY!! Lunch will be included and served at approximately 11:30am Raffle and Silent Auction items Stake prizes and Flight prizes Mulligans will be available Please register by September 14, 2017 All​ ​proceeds​ ​will​ ​go​ ​to​ ​support​ ​the​ ​Vinton​ ​Shellsburg boys​ ​and​ ​girls​ ​golf​ ​teams Click the link at right to print an entry...

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Boomtown/Boomfest weekend is here!

The weekend that fireworks lovers have been looking forward to for a year is finally here! Boomtown takes place this Friday and Saturday, with the demonstration by Iowa Pyrotechnic Association members followed by the grand finale set for Saturday evening. Admission to the fairgrounds is free, but parking fees are $10 per car and grandstand admission is $10 per person. Boomfest, the Vinton Unlimited-sponsored downtown celebration and street market, also takes place on Saturday. See the event schedules via the links below Boomtown...

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