Author: Dean Close

Color-A-Thon: Event to raise money for VSHS trip to D.C./NYC

The Vinton-Shellsburg High School students who are planning their trip to Washington, D.C., and New York City in April have been conducting a variety of fund-raisers, and are now planning a uniquely colorful one. Called a Color-A-Thon, the event will combine running, walking and lots of color. During this event, which happens July 29, runners will begin with white shirts that collect color from others as the runners/walkers complete the route. The event will take place at VSHS, at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Registration begins at 5 p.m., but to be guaranteed a t-shirt and color pack, participants must register by July 20. Register online HERE, or email Krystal Anderson at kandk224@gmail.com for a printable form. There will not be any timing provided for runners; Lazer Productions will provide music. Parking will be in the back of the high school near the Ag building. Birkers Bows has headbands available for purchase that are white and have Color This 2k17, they are $5 and part of the proceeds will go towards the...

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Important Reminder Regarding Fireworks in Vinton

By Tami Stark, Vinton City Council Member Recently, the Iowa State Legislature passed a bill that makes the sale and consumption of fireworks legal, with the exception of individual town’s “home rule” policies. Currently, it is STILL ILLEGAL to privately consume/use fireworks within Vinton’s city limits. While it is your City Council’s intention to allow the consumption/use of fireworks within the City limits in the future, our current ordinance prohibits it. In order for the Council to change the existing ordinance, we must amend it, and that takes a total of 3 readings of the NEW ordinance. This means that it will be at least 6 weeks before it can be changed. Please note, this timeframe puts us well past the times that the State has adopted as acceptable dates/hours that fireworks can be displayed. We will however, have the current ordinance changed in time for the New Year Holiday. It is Council’s intention to allow the consumption/use of fireworks in Vinton according to the State regulations. Fireworks will, however; still be prohibited from ALL public places, including school grounds and City owned properties. This includes all city streets. They will only be permissible on private property within the dates and hours that the state has set forth. In summary, for the 2017 4th of July season in Vinton, fireworks are NOT PERMITTED within the City limits. If you...

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Great Plains Desperados are coming to Farmers Mercantile Hall!

The Great Plains Desperados will perform in Garrison Sunday afternoon, July 16th from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. They play a lively blend of popular, original and traditional music. Band members include guitarist, Larry Bister from Milwaukee, Jan Leman, Milwaukee’s Concertina Queen, bassist Roger Anderson of Marengo, Ia and guitarist Todd Frank of Vinton, Ia. Be ready for some good music from people who really enjoy playing it! Refreshments will be provided by the Garrison Library and are always a real treat! Hope to see you there! Farmers Mercantile Hall 100 W Main St Garrison, IA Sunday, July 16th 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm Admission...

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The Mummy comes to The Palace

Eighteen years after Tom Cruise turned down the title role in 1999’s The Mummy, he’s starring in Universal Pictures’ Dark Universe rendition of the  film. The Mummy plays the Palace Friday, June 30 through Thursday, July 6 at 7 pm, and Monday, July 3 at 2 pm. Sofia Boutella plays the title character, an undead form of the Egyptian princess Ahmanet. She was first in line to succeed her father Pharaoh Menehptre only to be stripped of her birthright when his second wife gave birth to a son. Determined to claim the throne for herself, Ahmanet sold her soul to the Egyptian god Set, who gave her a special dagger to transfer his spirit into a different body. After murdering her family, Ahmanet attempted to sacrifice her lover to give Set physical form, but her father’s priests killed him and mummified Ahmanet, sentencing her to be buried alive for eternity inside a sarcophagus surrounded by mercury so that her monstrous form will not escape the tomb. In present day Iraq, the soldier Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his friend Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) accidentally stumble across the tomb. They invite archaeologist Jenny Hasley (Annabelle Wallis) to check out the tomb, and she confirms that it is no ordinary tomb, but a prison. The group pulls the sarcophagus out of the tomb and prepare it to be transported by plane to England. During the flight, Chris Vail is possessed by Ahmanet’s power, causing him...

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Farm Bureau Cookout: BBQ enthusiasts invited to bring their grills to fairgrounds

The 10th Annual Benton County Farm Bureau Cookout Contest is set for Saturday July 15 at the fairgrounds in Vinton. This will be in conjunction with the Benton County Fair activities. There is no cost to enter the contest, although pre-registration is requested. Interested grillers are asked to call the Benton County Farm Bureau office at (319) 472-4710 or e-mail benton.county@ifbf.org. Bill Newton, contest coordinator, says “You do not have to be a professional cook to participate.” The Cookout Contest has been growing every year since Farm Bureau began sponsoring the event in 2007. Grillers are competitive and get creative with their meat preparation, while enjoying the county fair activities. “This is a fun contest to promote quality Iowa meat.” says Newton. Judging of entries will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the grilling categories are beef, pork, lamb, poultry, turkey and combo/specialty. There is also a youth category for grillers age 13 to 18 years of age and people may also enter as a team to compete. Entries are judged on the basis of taste, appearance and originality. Cash prizes will be awarded to first place winners in each category and a Grand Champion will be named for 2017. All first-place category winners will have the chance to compete in the Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout Contest at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday August 15, 2017. Come...

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Riege shares concerns about impact of Medicaid cuts

By Mike Riege, VGH Virginia Gay Hospital operates solely on payments for the medical services we provide. Because we receive no tax subsidy from local or county government, I want to know who is going to care for our elderly if half or more of the funding for nursing home and home health services disappears as a result of proposed cuts to Medicaid in the health care bill currently under consideration in Congress. Our long term care unit is typical of the nation as a whole where some 50% of resident care is paid for through Medicaid. While only 6% of Medicaid patients are elderly and in a long term care environment, 42% of all Medicaid spending is for those elderly Americans. The estimated loss of revenue from Medicaid patients in long term care or receiving home health services from Virginia Gay is $400,000 annually. If we consider the impact on the hospital, as well as home health and long term care, the revenue lost from the Medicaid cuts is $900,000 annually. The long term result of these cuts, and the increase in care we’re never paid for, is that hospitals like ours could lose $9 for every $100 of patient services we provide. The dollar amounts are so massive that the passage of this bill would impact providers to the point that we cannot take care of the...

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Hogan Memorial set for Sunday

By Bill Martin, IMCA The IMCA Modified winner at Ben­ton County Speedway’s 23rd annual Hogan Memorial could take home a check for more than $5,000. The Sunday, July 2 main event pays a minimum of $2,333 to win. Fifty dollars will be paid to the leader of each of the feature’s 50 laps with a bonus of $250 plus a new Hoosier G-60 tire going to the leader when the race is stopped at halfway. A 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-quali­fier, the Hogan pays $983 for second, $808 for third, $683 for fourth and $558 for fifth. Minimum start money is $283. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis and Allstar Performance State, but not lo­cal track points will be given. Also on the pre-holiday program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars running for $1,000 to win and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, both for $750 to win. All points, including track, will be given in those divisions. There is no entry fee and all classes are draw/redraw. IMCA gives the halfway bonus and adds to winner’s shares in the Stocks, SportMods and Hobbies. The Ron-Da-Voo Lounge, Victory Chassis and Shawn Ritter all contributed toward hard charger cash prizes of $450 for the Modifieds and $125 for both Stock Cars and Northern SportMods; $100 will be paid to Modi­fied, Stock Car and Northern SportMod...

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Seven candidates hope to be 2017 Benton County Fair Queen

Seven young ladies have entered the 2017 Fair Queen Contest for the Benton County Fair, which begins in less than two weeks, on July 12. One of them will be crowned Benton County Fair Queen on Thursday, July 13. Vinton residents met them during Party in the Park, when they volunteered to help with kids’ activities outside the courthouse on Thursday and later rode in the Party in the Park Parade. Below are the Queen candidate profiles, in alphabetical order, and in their own words: Macy Arbuckle Macy Arbuckle is the daughter of Jim and Carol Arbuckle of Vinton. She has four siblings, Brittany, Cali, Nash, and Mili; she is also a proud aunt to her two nieces, Tenli and Zayli. She is homeschooled along with her two other siblings still at home. Macy is 18 years old and will be a senior this coming school year. At this time she is unsure what she wants to do after high school but hope to spend some time exploring different career fields and maybe even getting some hands-on opportunities. Macy likes to keep active by jogging with her dog, taking long nature walks, and kayaking or canoeing. She has also enjoyed trying to improve her abilities on her new-found sport, slacklining. Free time also included reading a good book and playing her musical instruments. Hanging out with friends and family...

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Spring 2017 Graduates of the University of Iowa

Spring 2017 graduates Dillon Gusta of Atkins,  BBA-Accounting; BBA-Finance Morgan Kremer of Atkins,  BA-Speech and Hearing Science Benjamin Markland of Atkins,  BSE-Chemical Engineering Dana Schmuecker of Atkins,  BBA-Accounting Justin Janss of Belle Plaine, DNP-Nursing Keith White of Norway,  BSE-Biomedical Engineering Taylor Tovrea of Urbana, BA-Psychology Kristin Bramow of Vinton,  MHA-Health Management and Policy Megan Horst of Vinton,  JD-Law Ryan Jacobs of Vinton,  MBA-Professional MBA Program with distinction Kassie Kilpatrick of Vinton,  BA-Journalism and Mass Communication Addy Rickels of Vinton,  PHR-Pharmacy with high distinction Audrey Tran Lam of Vinton,  MPH-MPH Program Jason McVay of Walker,  BA-Enterprise Leadership The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, dedicated to academic excellence, groundbreaking discoveries and creations, commitment to Iowa and the world, and a culture that prizes community, diversity, and...

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING June 30, 2017

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING June 30, 2017 at 2:30 p.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. 2:30 P.M. Call to Order 2. Approve Handwritten claim for Insurance Premiums 3. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 4. New Business/Public Interest Comments 5....

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Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners meeting July 19

The next regular meeting of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the District Office, 1705 West D Street in Vinton. Agenda items include: approval of minutes from previous meetings, public participation, approval of treasurer’s report and bills, approval of conservation plans, watershed reports, state cost-share programs, an update on NRCS activities, a review of the correspondence file, any other commissioner input or other business, and scheduling of the next meeting. The public is welcome to attend.  Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this event should contact the Benton SWCD by calling 319-472-2161, extension 3 or contact the TDD# or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.  Please make contact at least 24 hours prior to the...

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