Author: Dean Close

Lillie leads VS on All-Wamac West soccer team; Vikettes advance with win over Benton at Districts

Vinton-Shellsburg junior Kamryn Lillie has been named to the First Team of the All-Wamac West soccer team, one of four Vikettes honored on that list. Lillie is among the team’s leaders in scoring and assists. Other VS honorees include: Haley Dinderman, 2nd Team Bif Davis Walker, Honorable Mention Taylor Berry, Honorable Mention The Vikettes defeated Benton Community, 3-0, to advance to the next round; they will play at Center Point-Urbana on June 2....

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VS baseball: Vikes sweep CPU to remain undefeated

After a comparatively easy sweep at East Marshall, the VS Vikings baseball team needed some big innings and big outs to defeat Center Point-Urbana, 12-6, and 11-8 Tuesday at Vinton. Coach Jim Struve shared the following summary Game #1 Vikings were down 6-1 when they scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning to tie the game.  Scottie Wirth pitched 6 2/3 innnings with 9 strikeouts to get the win and  Scott Betterton got the save.  Conner Miracle led the Vikings with 3 hits and a double.  Wes Edwards, Nathan Struve, Scottie With, and Cole Overton had 2 hits apiece with Struve and Overton hitting Home runs. Game #2 The Vikings built an early 6-0 lead, but CPU came back to cut the lead in half in the 3rd inning.  Again, the Vikings had a 10-3 lead, but CPU scored 5 runs in the top of the 6th inning to make things interesting.  Nathan Struve got the win allowing 1 hit and Scott Betterton pitched the remaining 1 2/3 innings for his 2nd Save on the night.  Wes Edwards, Nathan Struve, and Jared Thompson had 2 hits each and Tanner Davis had a 3 RBI double. Next game date is June 1st at Dyersville Beckman at 5:00pm See the VS schedule and stats page...

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Memorial Day: Veterans lead March to Bridge, ceremonies at Cemeteries, Veterans Park

The Memorial Day commemorations in Vinton included several traditions that have been continuing for years. Veterans began the morning with tributes at local cemeteries. The March to the Bridge to honor Navy dead and others buried at sea, as well as the service at Veterans Park included many veterans, the VS Marching Band, and many participants and spectators. See more photos of the March to the Bridge HERE and the Veterans Park event...

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North Eden Willing Workers 4-H Minutes

The North Eden Willing Workers 4-H meeting with held April 2nd, 2017, at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton, Iowa. The meeting started at 5 PM. The upcoming Communications Day on June 24th was discussed, as well as a canvas painting workshop for the club. The N.E.W. W. Club is planning on donating recycling bins to the fairgrounds. All members need to be signed up on May 15th for their projects for the projects they are planning on bringing to the fair. The club is planning on doing garbage pickup at the fair again for a fundraiser. Presentations were given by Ty Lillibridge on how to make slime, David Evan on how to make slime, Aleric Weber on how to play chess, Landon Glasford on how to make homemade pizza, and Lydia Radeke                                                                                                                      on how to make bath bombs. On April 30, members of the NEWW met to discuss fair items and several members stayed to attend the painting the workshop.  Several members painted a landscape scene.  On Friday, May 12 many...

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Grant funds Vinton tourism brochures

By Melissa Schwan, VU Vinton Unlimited is pleased to announce it has received a $1,500 grant from the Iowa Tourism Office. These funds supported the “Take Time to Explore Vinton” project. This project was aimed at promoting Vinton and tourism within the community. Funds were used to update and print various brochures about the community of Vinton including points of interest and retail & restaurant options. Funds were also used to purchase brochure racks that will be installed in Casey’s, John’s Qwik Stop, Ehlingers, Fast Stop, the Cobblestone and City Hall. With information available, people will be well informed about what there is to see and do in Vinton. The information will hopefully spark interest in coming to explore Vinton. These brochures will serve as a great resource for gas station and hotel staff when visitors are asking questions about the community Melissa Schwan, Vinton Unlimited Director noted. Racks will be installed throughout the week. The Iowa Tourism Office awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. The purpose is to promote tourism in Iowa by funding tourism-related marketing initiatives, meetings and events that benefit both local economies around the state and the state’s economy. Applicants must be a tourism-related entity based in Iowa, including a nonprofit or for-profit organization, city, county, or regional government or planning...

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Ally Bierschenk to represent Newhall Legion Auxiliary Unit 167 at Girls State

The Newhall Legion Auxiliary unit 167 has chosen Ally Bierschenk, the daughter of Jenny and Cary Bierschenk, as its Girls State participant for this year. Ally will be a senior at Benton Community in the fall. Girls State offers young ladies a variety of activities designed to teach leadership and citizenship skills. The Iowa Girls State event takes place from June 18-23 at Drake University. The Iowa Girls State program is one of the premier programs sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, started by a dream of four women to teach young women about the political process. Girls State is a “learning by doing” program, which takes the girls through the entire political process. It covers city government, which is non-partisan in Iowa. Each girl is assigned to a floor, which is also her city for the week. On Tuesday, the girls are randomly assigned to political parties – the Nationalists and the Federalists. On Friday evening, Inauguration includes the closing of the final joint session of the House and Senate, the installation of the Governor and her officials, the awarding of scholarship/merit awards and Girls Nation Senators are announced. More than government happens at Girls State. During the week, the Department president tells the girls about various Auxiliary programs and encourages them to join as junior members. The presiding Girls State Governor opens and closes each day’s session...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 5/23/17

May 23, 2017 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Wiley, Primmer, and Bierschenk present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: Approve the minutes of May 16, 2017. Motion carried. Brian Unsen, CPA, along with Tyler Norby from Eide Bailly Audit firm, met with the board to discuss the start of the upcoming FY17financial audit. They will be working on controlled efficiencies from past audits. Wanting to know of any areas of concerns and also discussed the impact for Benton County being the lead county in the new watershed management agency. They will typically make three trips to be on site at the courthouse before the audit is finalized. The time of 9:30 a.m. having arrived, and this being the time and date for a land use hearing for Steve and Rhonda Bernhardt in part of the SE SE of 22-85-9. Marc Greenlee presented the technical information with the Benton County Agricultural Land Use Preservation Ordinance. Only hearing from one adjoining owner with questions about the location. The Bernhardt’s would like to build a new home and change the use of approximately 2.3 acres of agricultural to non-agricultural. The sight will need a new septic and well along with a new driveway. After no further discussion, the land...

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Eastern Iowa Fellowship of Christian Athletes Outstanding Servant Leader Scholarship Awards Announced

Congratulations to all of the recipients of the “Eastern Iowa Fellowship of Christian Athletes Outstanding Servant Leader Scholarship Award” for 2017. Winners included from the Benton County area: Cassie Williams  – North Linn High School Chase Boddicker – Center Point – Urbana High School Chuck Hingst – Center Point – Urbana High School Claire Holtz – Center Point – Urbana High School Jon Stuelke – Center Point – Urbana High School Award winners were nominated by FCA Huddle Coaches and met selection criteria demonstrating FCA’s core values of integrity, serving, teamwork and excellence.  Congratulations and thank you for your faithful service to FCA and for the great role models you are. Eastern Iowa FCA is proud of you and delighted to recognize you in this...

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Commencement: VS seniors receive diplomas

The Class of 2017 will help the human race “encounter a new kind of spirit,” said graduate Logan Murray, who was chosen to give the student address at Sunday’s commencement. The seniors chose for their faculty speaker the VSHS art teacher Ann Diedrichsen, who told the students to compare their lives to art that is not finished yet. She encouraged them to remember that although it may not be clear to others, they know what their life vision is, and how they will work to accomplish it. Along with the graduates, the ceremony honored VS retirees, including two of...

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New lessons on home and family from a far-away Memorial Day

My new friend, Virginia, can laugh about it now, the story of a memorial stolen from her husband’s grave site. It happened a couple of years ago, at a place where you might not imagine things getting stolen: The Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio. Although open to the public, the cemetery is located on the Fort, which of course is guarded at every entrance. You even need a pass to visit a patient at the hospital there. Virginia’s late husband, Santiago Bueno, Jr., is buried there. She had lost her high school sweetheart to heart attack in 2011. Both were from military families and she always supported him, even at age 42 when he participated in Operation Desert storm. Santiago’s nickname was Jim. He loved the Spurs, as most in San Antonio do. He also somehow, despite his lifetime association with Texas, developed a love for the Green Bay Packers. A couple of years after his death, Virginia placed at Jim’s grave a couple of memorial flower containers. One was decorated with the familiar black and white Spurs logo; the other was in the familiar green of the Packers. But when she returned to Jim’s grave to remove the flowers, she discovered that the Spurs monument had been stolen. When she went to the office to alert the military cemetery personnel to the theft, she received an...

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The future monument to the Class of 2017

To the Class of 2017 (and anyone else who chooses to pay attention): I have been on a journey recently, a journey that may have some similarities to yours. But first: It would not be a true graduation message without at least one of the timeless cliches that have echoed across gymnasiums and high school auditoriums. So, graduates, always, always remember: Life does not consist of the number of breaths you take, but of the moments that take your breath away. Like when the water in your shower suddenly turns ice cold. Almost every quote you hear at a graduation includes a, “yeah, but” – an obvious exception to the motivational idea the speaker is trying to share. While I’d love to spend more time mocking the weaknesses of graduation speech cliches, it occurs to me that the advice I plan to share today is in its own way, a cliché. I have been spending my free time in the past few weeks riding along a bike trail at the edge of a big city. Along that trail are a variety of markers – memorials to people who had made the trail possible. Along the trail, I have read the names of families who donated land for that trail, along with the names of famous people who have lived there, as well as the local leaders who led the...

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