Author: Dean Close

Seven candidates file for Extension Council election

By Greg Walston, Benton County Extension Service Voters will have the opportunity to elect four members of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Benton County Council from a slate of seven candidates at the Nov. 8 general election. “The council members elected this year will be involved in bringing educational opportunities to Benton County for the next four years,” Greg Walston, ISU Extension and Outreach Benton County Program Director said. ISU Extension and Outreach educational programming is a cooperative effort involving local citizens, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Extension council members are elected at large and all voters in the county are eligible to vote for four candidates. Candidates on this year’s ballot include the following; information about each was provided by the candidate: Amy Bahmann, 5837 28th Ave. Dr, Vinton IA 52349. “My name is Amy Bahmann and I am actively seeking a position on the Benton County Extension Council. Currently I am employed by the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District where I work as a School Nurse at Tilford Elementary School. I have a strong connection to our community and work with a multitude of individuals and agencies in order to assist others in our community to obtain needed resources. Although, most importantly I am a mom to two children who are active in 4H as well as other programs that are provided...

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Hoffman earns Master’s Degree in Teaching

Morningside College presented degrees to 165 undergraduate and graduate students in August. Among those was Carrie Hoffmann, of Newhall, who has earned a Master of Arts in Teaching. Morningside College is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college with a total enrollment of 2,800 students. Morningside College offers five bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Morningside also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a Master of Science in Nursing...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors Agenda, Sept. 6

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING September 6, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. Approve minutes 3. 9:05 a.m. County Attorney RE: pending litigation might go into closed session pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5(1)c 4. 9:30 a.m. Public Hearing & Adoption of FY17 Budget Amendment 5. Discussion/action on paying mileage to Board of Adjustment 6. Sign Quit Claim deed to Jeff Pierce 7. Action on increasing FY17 salary of Carol Zander, Karen Uthoff, & Dana Burmeister to comply with new FLSA regulations, effective Dec. 1, 2016 8. Amend action of May 10, 2016 and change effective date of Privacy Officer designation of Carol Zander to Dec. 1, 2016 9. Amend Resolution #16-69 Township Ballot Issue 10. Approve handwritten check for Mental Health/Disability Services of the East Central Region 11. 10:00 a.m. Accept resignation of Secondary Roads employee 12. 10:15 a.m. Ben Bonar Re: Discuss/Approve LRTS Grant for Secondary Roads Department 13. 10:30 a.m. Ben Vierling Re: Execute Benton County quit claiming land to Andrew Jones 14. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 15. New Business/Public Interest Comments 16. Adjourn Posted on September 2,...

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Vinton residents feel Saturday morning earthquake centered in Oklahoma

It was not your imagination; if you felt like the earth moved shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday morning, it’s because it did. Several Vinton residents reported feeling a tremor. The United States Geological Survey, the federal agency that monitors earthquakes, flooding, etc., reports that at 7:02 a.m. CST, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake of 4.5 KM (approximately 2.8 miles) in depth was centered 15 KM northwest of Pawnee, Oklahoma, and felt as far away as Arizona. Vinton native Heather Paulsen was about two hours away from Pawnee, in Ardmore, Okla. “My bed shook and blinds in the window were swinging,” Paulsen reports. “We were camping at Rodgers Park, and felt it here,” says Shannon Wheeler of Vinton. See the USGS report on this earthquake HERE. According to one web site, the USGS says that Vinton has a probability of just 18/100th of 1 percent chance of experiencing an earthquake of a magnitude of 5.0 or greater in the next 50 years. The USGS, however, says that both naturally-occurring earthquakes and those caused by mining and other human activities are likely in many locations east of the Rocky...

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Union defense continues keeping opponents scoreless in 50-0 win vs. Vinton-Shellsburg

First they shut out Marion, 35-O, a week before the Indians would score 45 vs. Benton Community. Vinton-Shellsburg became Union’s second shut-out victim on Friday, as the Knights defense started the scoring with a safety and held the Vikings to 33 net rushing yards and 38 total yards passing en route to a 50-0 win. The second shut-out came just a week after the Vikings scored 33 vs. Center Point Urbana. The Knight defense recorded 21 tackles for loss while the offense scored seven touchdowns while compiling 364 yards of total offense. Senior Isaiah Vaughn led the Knights with 162 yards on 17 attempts (a 9.5 yard per carry average) while scoring four touchdowns. Junior QB Troy Hanus completed 11 of 13 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Kicker Dakota Hora was successful on 6 of 7 PAT attempts. Now, the Knights move into Class 2A District 4 action next Friday when they travel to Monticello, which also begins the season 2-0. The theme of the game was “Back the Blue/Patriot’s Night.” Police chiefs from La Porte City, Dysart, Shellsburg and Vinton, along with other law enforcement personnel, joined team captains at midfield for the coin toss. Many fans on both sides wore “Back the Blue” t-shirts, the sale of which netted $1,700 in donations to area police departments. Tootsie’s also pledged to donate $20 per Union TD...

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‘Idiot Jam’ times 2: Todd Frank and friends to play Sept. 9 and Sept. 10

The “Idiot Jam,” the annual concert featuring Vinton singer/guitarist Todd Frank and many of the people he has met through on-line guitar forums,  will be happening again this year, with an added concert added to the traditional one. “We’ll be playing twice, on September 9th and September 10th,” says Todd. On September 9, Todd and the others will be playing at the American Legion Fish Fry.  The music will begin at 7 p.m. Then  the next night, Saturday, Sept. 10, the musicians will take turns at the stage at the Farmer’s Mercantile Hall in Garrison again.  The latter will be a fundraiser for the Garrison library as we have done before. The times for that will be 7:30 – 9:30.  The library board will be hosting a “Noodles and Notes” spaghetti dinner (Free-will offering) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hall. “We’ve never played at the Legion Hall before, but as you know, we’ve played at the Farmer’s Merc several times, and there is always a crowd and we’ve always raised a lot of money for the library,” says Todd. The annual concert was originally dubbed ‘The Idiot Jam” in reference to the handle Todd has used in some of those Internet guitar forums: “The Village Idiot.” The event brings musicians from several states to join many from Iowa, says Todd. “I’m counting 14 states being represented this year,...

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Hope Chest closing; Svobodas to continue selling items online

Mike and Joyce Svoboda plan to close The Hope Chest antique store on 4th Street in October, but the couple plans to continue selling antiques as well as their other products, on-line. An “everything must go sale is under way,” with all items in the store now marked down 25 percent. On Saturday, Sept. 2, that discount increased to 35 percent, and will go up every week until the store closes, says Mike. The couple has posted the following message on their business Facebook page: With mixed emotions we are announcing that we will be closing the Hope Chest storefront this October. We will continue to offer special products and finds via our Website which is in development now and through our ebay store. We will also be introducing the world to our very own Vinton Canning Company Salsas and 4 Sisters Wine Slush through Amazon.com. We have had a lot of fun the past 6 1/2 years finding treasures and trying to always bring something new to town. Unfortunately financially it just isn’t feasible to maintain a storefront location any longer. Our family has expanded to 4 grandchildren during the last 5 years and we want the freedom to spend as much times as possible as they grow so quickly. We never anticipated the span of states and yes countries that would visit The Hope Chest or the...

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Vinton Today: Welcome to our new home

“They want to know what we want in the new web site,” says Mrs. C. The rules of journalism tell me that I am supposed to include in “first reference” everything you need to know about the people mentioned – particularly who they are what what on earth they have to do with the story. So, to follow the rules, I must tell you that “Mrs. C” refers to Valerie, the managing partner of Dean & Valerie, the ad-making department of Vinton Today and, of course, “Grandma.” I replied to Mrs. C thusly: “We simply need the new web site to do everything the old one does, and as well.” We loved the old web site. It worked almost perfectly for six years. The only time it stopped working was when more people read it than we had expected and we had to expand our “bandwidth,” which, apparently, is techno-talk for “enough space in Internetland for everyone who wants to read Vinton Today to do so.” Vinton Today I, which you are reading now, was made from scratch by Wesley McElwee, who at the time was the code writer for Monkeytown, the local office supply/web site facilitator company that has worked with other area businesses on their web sites. Wesley used a code known as PHP. PHP, in Crazy Internet World where the rules of grammar don’t apply, actually...

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Vinton Legion Post 57 Fish Fry, hosts Soundhole Forum

By Brad Anderson, Post 57 Friday, September 9, from 4-7 p.m. the American Legion will hold their Fish Fry, to be followed by music by Soundhole Forum, an acoustic guitar group. The Legion is located at 105 North R Ave. in Vinton. The menu will include: Fish Fillet, Baked Potato, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Baked Beans and Cake Adults: $8.00 Children 5 to 12: $4.00 Children under 5: Free All you can eat while supplies last. The Bar will be...

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Atkins bar owner sentenced to 18 months in federal tax evasion case

By the US Attorney’s Office An Atkins man who committed tax evasion by not reporting all his income from the businesses he owned was sentenced earlier this week to 18 months in federal prison. Bradley Tischer, age 51, from Atkins, IA, received the prison term after a guilty plea was entered for one count of tax evasion in March 2016. In a plea agreement, Tischer admitted he owned and operated three bars and grills known as Brogan’s, Miguel’s and Bobby T’s. He also had a corporation known as JGT, Inc., which was used to operate Miguel’s and Bobby T’s.  Tischer underpaid his taxes from 2009-2013 and the resulting tax loss was over $250,000.00.  Each tax return contained a written declaration that it was signed under the penalty of perjury.  Tischer knew he had not reported all of his income. Tischer was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Tischer was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment and fined $5,000.00.  A special assessment of $100.00 was imposed, and he was ordered to make $2,961.88 in restitution to the United States for costs of prosecution.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Tischer was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the United States Marshal on...

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