Author: Dean Close

Vinton PD swears in new reserve officers; accepting applications through Sept. 26

By Capt. Eric Dickinson, Vinton Police Department On August 7, 2016, a swearing-in ceremony was held at the Vinton City Hall formally recognizing four Vinton Police Department reserve officers for successfully completing the requirements to obtain their reserve officer certifications from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Approximately two dozen friends, family and co-workers were on hand to witness the event which included comments from Police Chief Ted Paxton, Mayor John Watson, and Vince Snyder who recently resigned after more than twelve years of service to the City of Vinton as a reserve officer.   The newly certified reserve officers...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors meeting minutes, Aug. 30

Submitted by Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor’s Office August 30, 2016 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular session with Supervisors Frese, Hertle and Wiley present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Wiley moved/Hertle seconded: To set Tuesday land use hearing date for Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 9:15 a.m. for Steve Schutterle in part of the NW ¼ NW ¼ Section 26-85-11. Motion carried. Hertle moved/ Wiley seconded: To approve the minutes of Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Hertle seconded: To approve fireworks permit for Chris Herr on Saturday September 10, 2016. Motion carried. Hertle moved/Wiley seconded: To hire Joni Fowler as part-time passport clerk in the Recorder’s office effective August 24, 2016 at $12 an hour. Fowler currently works part time in the Treasurer’s office as well. But will do passports on Monday and Wednesdays for the Recorder. Motion carried. Gina Edler, Deputy Auditor proposed to the Board to have township trustees be appointed by the Board of Supervisors instead of elected on a ballot. She handed out the Iowa Code Section referring to Township officers, and described the cost savings this would bring by reducing the amount of ballot styles and also save time it takes to test all the different ballot styles. They could put this question on the upcoming...

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St. Baldrick’s shaving fund-raiser for cancer research set for Sept. 18

Two years after Amillianna King’s “No More Chemo” party, her mother continues to help other families who were touched by childhood cancer. Stephanie King is organizing her third annual St. Baldrick’s event, where she and other volunteers will submit to a head-shaving to show solidarity with children like her daughter who have experienced cancer and related side-effects such has hair loss. This year’s event will take place at Central Lutheran School in Newhall at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Stephanie is recruiting both volunteers to join her in shaving their heads as well as donors. The money raised will go toward the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which helps research cures for childhood cancer. Amillianna was just a toddler when she was diagnosed with diagnosis acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is now in remission and continues to live a normal, healthy life while her family continues to help other families who are experiencing a similar journey. Amillianna will have to have check ups for the rest of her life because either the leukemia can come back or she could develop another type of cancer, says Stephanie. “She does have side affects that we are working through but even with them she is always a happy, outgoing kid,” says Amillianna’s mom. See the event page...

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VS alumni making music with Panther Marching Band

When UNI the Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa bands marched at half-time of the ISU-UNI football game on Saturday, three Vinton-Shellsburg alumni were part of the event. Along with ISU senior saxophone player Claire Andreesen, UNI band members Abby Scheel (trumpet) and Kayla Peterson (clarinet) marched on the field as they played a song familiar to Beyoncé fans. Each band also performed its own routine. Abby and Kayla are members of what is known at UNI as PMB – Panther Marching Band. “Marching band is the only band I decided to join at UNI,” says Abby,...

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L marie Boutique to relocate to “The Mall”

L’marie is excited to announce that our new location has been finalized!! We will relocate to 511 1st Ave in Vinton. This location is in the same location as RJ Ender Computers. The location has been transformed into a “Mall” and we will fit right in!! We will be open for business on Monday September 19th. Stay tuned for more details! To find more information and updates, visit their Facebook...

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Vikings enter District play with 1-1 record; to host Decorah Friday

After last Friday’s loss at Union, the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings begin District play this Friday by hosting Decorah. This season, the Vikes begin the first of two seasons in Class 3A, District 3. Other teams in District 3 include: Benton, South Tama, Independence, Waverly-Shell Rock, Charles City and Cedar Rapids Xavier. While the varsity had little to celebrate in its 50-0 loss, the Viking freshman team kept close in a wild 42-30 game. Will Dudley scored four long touchdowns for the Viking frosh, including a long run from scrimmage, a punt return, and two consecutive kick-off returns at the beginning...

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James Michael ‘Jim’ Zahorik, Sr.

James Michael Zahorik, Sr., 70, died Sunday, September 4, 2016, at his home in Vinton. Jim donated his body to the University Of Iowa College Of Medicine. Jim was born August 10, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of James W. and Emma Arneson Zahorik. Jim was an iron worker and drove semi. Jim was a big fan of the Chicago White Sox. He was a very good and proud man. Jim is survived by the love of his life, Tammy; three sons; one daughter; two step-daughters; his brother and special friend, Rob; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences may be left at vsrfh.com. The family would like to thank Unity Point Hospice for their exceptional care of Jim during his...

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William ‘Bill’ Reed

William “Bill” Reed a resident of Keystone Care Center died Monday, September 5, 2016 following an extended illness.  Funeral arrangements are pending with Phillips Funeral Home –...

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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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