Author: Dean Close

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Several Union families have been sharing Facebook photos and links to stories on this page, so for those of you who are new to Vinton Today, let me explain what you are reading. Since 2010, Vinton Today has been an on-line only newspaper not connected with any other publication or organization (although we worked at several papers for nearly 20 years). It’s among the first, and still among the only on-line only news sources in Iowa. Like other newspapers, we receive support from dozens of great advertisers. Unlike other newspapers, we do not charge our readers for anything. The news is free; classified ads and even obituaries are free. Once a year we do conduct a fund-raising campaign, accepting donations from readers who believe our coverage of area news merits support. These funds pay for the technology of the web site — web hosting, Internet and computer expenses, etc. We focused solely on the Vinton area for the first few years. In recent years, however, some residents of cities beyond Vinton have asked us to share their news on our site. So as we developed this new page (same name, new look) over the summer, we added a few places for residents of area communities to share their news with their neighbors, as well as the rest of our area. You can check out the main site at www.vintontoday.com,...

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VHSH honors students for academic achievement

Vinton-Shellsburg High School sophomores, juniors and seniors received academic awards honoring them for their achievements last school year during a special ceremony at in the VSHS auditorium on Monday evening.         Honorees include: Class of 2019 Katlyn Clemens Christopher Clements Olivia Coder* Alexzondria Diveley Blakeley Dlouhy Casey Funk Nolan Haisman Cassandra Hazen Grace Horst* Sadie Mauer Makayla Moeller Colston Neilson Katelyn Noren Brock Ortner Seth Patterson* Grace Petrzelka-Gage Fayth Plower Weston Powers Brock Radeke Grant Ries Sarah Schminke Claire Smith* Taylor Spies Rebecca Steffen Keegan Thompson Morgan White Isaac Wiley   Class of 2018 Matthew Andreesen...

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Legion members to discuss future tonight

Members of the George G. Luckey Post 57 of the American Legion will discuss the future of their post and even the possible sale of the Legion Hall at the west end of Vinton, according to a letter to members from Adjutant Brad Anderson. “We will be discussing the future of Post 57,” Anderson wrote, adding that the potential sale of the building and “other subjects germane to our future” will be on the agenda. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Anderson confirmed to Vinton Today the pending discussion of the sale of the building, and encourages all Post members to attend....

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Jurors begin deliberations in Miller murder trial

The jurors in the David Miller murder trial began deliberations Monday afternoon, after the State rested its case and the defense did not offer any witnesses. The only statement jurors heard from the defense in the case was the closing statement by public defender Aaron Hawbaker, in which he claimed that a “delusional and possibly drug-induced” state of mind led David Miller to flee his house in panic after discovering that his girlfriend, Sabrina Janish, had been murdered. Hawbaker told the jury that prosecutors offered no motive, no reason why Miller would kill Janish, who had indicated to her mother two days earlier how happy she was to make a “new start” with Miller. The defense also claimed that the local and state law enforcement officials suffered from “investigative bias,” focusing on Miller and not considering other possible suspects, including David Janish, the estranged husband of Sabrina, or his known associates. (David Janish was in jail in Linn County when the murder took place.) Hawbaker also pointed out that the DCI lab in Ankeny did not test all samples investigators had collected, including hair found in the victim’s hand, or a cigarette butt found along the blood trail that led from the house to where a pickup truck was stolen. Throughout last week, Benton County Attorney David Thompson had presented evidence and several witnesses as he attempted to prove...

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Chili chefs invited to first Farmers Market Chili Cookoff, Sept. 22

Fall weather means changing leaves, football, a cozy sweatshirt and, of course, chili! The Vinton Farmers Market will be hosting its first ever Chili Cookoff on Thursday, September 22. Entry into the contest is free and awards (non-monetary) will be given to the winners. Those wishing to participate are asked to bring at least one warm quart of their chili to the Farmers Market by 4:45 PM so that it can be put into a crockpot and sampled by our panel of judges. Winners will be announced by 5:30 PM. The rules for entry are simple: 1) Home cooks only, no businesses 2) Must use fresh ingredients as much as possible. Once judging has finished, attendees will then by able to sample some different chili entries along with a hot bowl of chili provided by the Vinton Parks & Recreation Department. The Vinton Farmers Market only has two weeks left to the 2016 season so please stop on by the Vinton Railroad Depot from 5-7 PM on September 22 and 29 for all of your fresh produce, baked goods and handicraft needs. -Submitted by the Vinton Parks and Recreation...

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FOTSI begins Scratch Cupcake fund-raiser

By Friends of the Shelter, Inc. Friends of the Shelter has partnered with your favorite bakery…Scratch Cupcakery! From NOW until October 7, FOTSI is selling Scratch Cupcakes! All cupcakes will come in packages of 6, which can be viewed at: http://www.scratchcupcakery.com/fundraising/delivering-smiles Once you select the package(s) you want, you can order by: 1. Emailing us (VintonFOTSI@yahoo.com), 2. Messaging our Facebook page (Friends of the Shelter, Inc.) 3. Contacting a FOTSI representative 4. Coming to our Adoption Center (211 W. 4th Street, Vinton) Thursdays between 1:00-5:00. But, wait! This deal gets even sweeter! When the cupcakes are delivered to our Adoption Center October 28, they will be frozen! Scratch recommends freezing them for up to three months, although they have had customers go much longer! This means you can order as many packages as you’d like without having to worry they’ll spoil before you get to them…just in time for the holidays!!  VEGAN AND GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOTSI will receive 40% of each package sold. The funds raised will allow us to care for more homeless animals, provide necessary vetting for our adoptables, purchase daily care and cleaning supplies and much, much more! Now we know you’ve never had an incentive to eat sweets like that before! Payment options will be emailed to you once you submit your...

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VS home cross country meet set for Tuesday, but in new location at HS campus

Attention, Vinton-Shellsburg cross country fans. The annual home meet will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20 (tomorrow), but will be at a new location. Instead of Rogers Park, the meet will take place at VS High School The schedule is as follows: 2016 Vinton Shellsburg Cross Country Invitatonal Time Schedule 4:05 VSCC Supporter’s Fun Run/Walk 4:30 Middle School Boys’ 2 Mile Race 4:33 Middle School Girls’ 2 Mile Race 5:05 National Anthem, Meredith Glynn 5:10 Varsity Girls’ 5000 M Competition 5:35 Varsity Boys’ 5000 M Competition 6:00 JV Boys ‘ 5K Race 6:03 JV Girls’ 5K Race 6:45 Awards honoring...

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VFD air pack fund-raiser under way

The Vinton Fire Department is conducting a fund-raiser to purchase new air packs as well as refurbish ones now in use. The department hopes to raise $35,000. All donors of $40 or more will receive a free 8 x 10 family photo, which will be taken at the fire station on or around Nov. 15. Donations can be mailed to the Vinton Fire Dept., Box 640, Vinton, IA...

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Farm safety day includes lessons from experts, and family of girl injured in ATV accident

Along with the safety professionals and local FFA members, the annual Farm Safety Day sponsored by the Benton County Extension Service with the help of area agricultural partners often includes warnings from someone who has been injured in an accident on a farm. This year, the participants heard from BJ and Carley Neustel. Carley was riding an ATV with her sister on Labor Day in 2015, when the ATV overturned. While Carley’s sister escaped serious injury, Carley suffered serious injuries on both legs. Her right leg, after surgeries, remains in a cast. Her father said she is expected to...

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Slime Time with VPRD set for Saturday

This Saturday is the Vinton Parks and Recreation Dept. Slime Time at the Skate and Activity Center from 1-3pm. Kids in grades K-4th can make up some awesome, fun, slimy concoctions. THE BEST PART IS NOBODY GETS UPSET ABOUT HOW MESSY YOU GET!!!!! It’s time to slime. Sign up deadline is Friday, September...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda, Sept. 20

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING September 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. 9:05 A.M. Greg Cromer Re: Discuss Aerial photo of Vinton 3. 9:15 A.M. Renee Scheuerlein Re: Supplemental Employee Benefits 4. Approve minutes 5. Handbook discussion 6. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 7. New Business/Public Interest Comments 8....

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