Author: Dean Close

VSHS sports teams, Jazz & Concert Band honored for academic achievement

Vinton-Shellsburg High School administrators are pleased to announce that several 2016-17 Spring/Summer activities have been recognized for their academic achievements. The Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Music Association recognize the following: The Distinguished Academic Achievement Award is awarded to the teams who achieved a combined grade point average of 3.25-4.00 for Trimester 3. This award was received by the following: Girls’ Golf Girls’ Track Boys’ Soccer Softball Concert Band Jazz Band The Excellence in Academic Achievement Award is awarded to the teams who achieved a combined grade point average of 3.00-3.24 for Trimester 3. This award was received by the following: Girls’ Soccer Boys’ Track Baseball Each participant will receive a certificate from their respective...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors agenda, June 6

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING June 6, 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. Approve minutes 3. 9:15 a.m. Fireworks sales in Benton County 4. 9:45 a.m. Carol Zander, discuss MH fund balance reduction 5. Approve salary increase for Assistant County Attorney 6. 10:30 a.m. Discuss/Approve courthouse security committee 7. 10:45 a.m. Discuss/Approve outdoor mail receptacle for the Courthouse 8. Approve Benton County Fair Board Financials 9. Discuss Pictometry contract- set up new 2018 aerial flight 10. Posting agenda protocol due to holidays/24 hour notices 11. 11:00 a.m. Tour Courthouse Maintenance 12. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 13. New Business/Public Interest Comments 14....

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23 to Zero: Ruck raises awareness of veteran suicide issue

Several participants, including many children, joined Benton County Veterans Affairs Director Toni Parizek for the 23 to Zero Ruck on Saturday. Beginning at Veterans Park, the 5K walk was designed to raise awareness of the issue of suicides among active duty military personnel and veterans, and to offer information and support for those dealing with PTSD and other issues. The ruck and  ended at the Veterans Memorial Park; participants walked 2.4 miles around town.  The Cedar Rapids Mobile Vet Center was also there to help give valuable resources to Veterans. “The statistic is 22 Veterans and one Active Duty member dies...

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‘Be the Change:’ Faith-based fitness program helps raise funds for local causes

Teresa Erger created “Be the Change,” a new fitness program designed to also help local causes, in an attempt to inspire and connect local residents as they also try to improve their physical health. Erger partners with a national movement called REFIT. “It is a Christian-based fitness program that uses positive, uplifting music to inspire, change the lives, motivate, and focus on human connections,” Erger says. “I decided to call outreach program Be The Change. I feel if people are given a chance to join a fitness program that focuses on the people, their emotions, provide support, encouragement, and is free of judgement, it would have a huge impact on how fitness is viewed.” Erger does not charge a specific fee for the classes, but does accept donations. “I encourage free will donations or allow the participants to determine what they feel the class is worth,” Erger says. “I then take out just enough of the proceeds to pay my expenses and then take the rest of the money and donate it to local charities, non-profit, community events, or donate it to a family in need. The month of May I chose to sponsor Okee and Randi Walker in their efforts to go to Haiti on their mission trip with a group from Blessed Hope Church. “I meet with Blessed Hope church yesterday and presented them with $438 from...

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Robert ‘Bob’ Ealy

  Robert “Bob” Ealy, 73, entered into his eternal rest on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.      Robert Ray Ealy was born February 14, 1944, at Belle Plaine, Iowa, the son of Leslie and Jane Nichols Ealy. He attended local schools and graduated from Vinton High School with the class of 1962.      Robert was united in marriage to Carol Helms on April 26, 1980, at Lamont, Iowa. They lived in Lamont for 36 years. Bob worked for Alliant Energy for over 41 years, retiring in 2005.      Bob liked to read, fish and play golf at the Backbone Golf Club. He also enjoyed watching his grandsons and other family play sports.      He was preceded in death by his parents: Leslie and Jane Ealy; his in-laws: Bernie and Della Helms; and his son-in-law, Kevin Mentzer.    Survivors include his wife, Carol of Lamont; his daughter, Fay Mentzer of Gilbert, AZ; two grandsons: Zachary and Kyle Mentzer; sister, Judy Edwards of Seattle, WA; brother, Joe Ealy of Helena, MT; and other relatives and friends.      Funeral services were held Monday, June 5, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Strawberry Point with Father Paul Peters officiating. Interment will be in St. Albert’s Cemetery, near Lamont,...

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Judith Ann “Judy” Sorum

Judith Ann “Judy” Sorum, 72 of Atkins, died Friday, June 2, 2017 at Colonial Manor of Amana. A Funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 8, at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Norway. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery near Cedar Rapids. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the church. Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids is caring for Judy and her...

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Field of Dreams, II: Undefeated Vikings collect 40 hits in sweep at Dysersville Beckman

Playing just a few miles from Iowa’s famous Field of Dreams on Thursday evening, the Vinton-Shellsburg baseball team provided a movie-worthy offense that included 40 hits spread over two games as the Vikings swept Dyersville Beckman, 16-4 and 21-9. Every starting Viking batter either recorded a hit or scored after a walk in each win. Then on Friday, the Vikings continued their consistent success at the plate, with each starter recording a hit, run or RBI in a 13-9 victory at Monticello. The wins improve the unbeaten Vikes’ record to 7-0. The team has scored 11 or more runs...

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Vinton American Legion Monthly Fish Fry, June 9

The Vinton American Legion, 105 North R Ave, will be having its monthly fish fry Friday June 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. We will be serving 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. Please note July 1st price will go up...

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In Depth: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in 3D

Ready for action!?! King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in 3D steals the show this week at the Palace, Friday, June 2 through Thursday, June 8 at 7 pm, and Monday, June 5 at 2 pm. Director Guy Ritchie takes us on a wild ride with Charlie Hunnam as Arthur, and Jude Law, Eric Bana, and David Beckham rounding out the supporting cast. This fantasy drama combines the historical Arthur story with a modern twist. Contemporary clothing, music, language, and CGI meet medieval legend. King Arthur is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content, and brief strong language. Legend of the Sword runs 126 minutes and will be shown in 3D every day but Sunday and...

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Mount Mercy University celebrates Class of 2017

The students listed below graduated from Mount Mercy University this May. A commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to 1,900 enrolled students and uniquely blends an outstanding liberal arts education with equally outstanding professional preparation. Atkins, IA Catherine Veerhusen, Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude Belle Plaine, IA Paige Drahos, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Cum Laude Newhall, IA Miranda Hammes, Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude Shellsburg, IA Tracy Wilson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Cum Laude Urbana, IA Crystal Manos, Master of Arts in Education Ashley Sparks, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Vinton, IA Stephanie Roethler, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum Laude Jamie Schoch, Bachelor of Applied Science, Cum Laude Walford, IA Chelsie Scott, Master of Business...

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