Author: Dean Close

Pettengill Welcomes Mid-Iowa Regional Board of REALTORS

Recently Rep. Dawn Pettengill (R- Mount Auburn) met with members of the Mid-Iowa Regional Board of REALTORS. The group was visiting the Capitol to talk with legislators about the Home Savings Account Program.  Pictured here are Rep. Dawn Pettengill (Mount Auburn), Marion Sharp (Marshalltown), and David Wrage...

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VS Bowlers defeat Central DeWitt on Senior Night

By Amber Pattee We celebrated 4 seniors, Jordan Schoettmer, Josh staab, Keegan McKibben and Kailie Berry, last night at our last home meet of the season.  It was a bitter sweet day for the team because we are losing some great and hard working kids but it they make it worthwhile and easy for a coach. All Vinton-Shellsburg teams were successful over Central Dewitt on our senior night at Berry’s lanes. The teams were all led by individuals who stepped up to the challenge. VARSITY Boys Led by junior, Cole Tharp, with a real nice 268 game and 449 series, the Varsity boys team was victorious over the Central DeWitt Sabers. With some new equipment, Cole is gaining the confidence that is well deserved on this team with his hard work. Cole Tharp                 268 181 449 Josh Staab                 179 201 380 Jordan Schoettmer 138 171 309 cyrus elwick                 138 170 308 Ryan Schoettmer         169 157 326 Keegan McKibben 178 166 344 Totals: VS 2689 vs DeWitt 2592 VARSITY Girls Junior, Korey Murdock, led the Varsity girls team with a nice 349 series. She was consistent with picking up spares. The girls team has been gaining strength and abilities throughout the season and...

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Board of Supervisors meeting agenda, Feb. 7

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING February 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. 9:15 a.m. John Lindaman Re: Discuss funding for Tobacco compliance checks 3. Approve minutes 4. Approve claims 5. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 6. Sanctuary County discussion 7. 10:00 a.m. Relief/Social Services Budget 8. 11:00 a.m. Veterans Affairs Budget 9. Authorize Chair to sign sub recipient agreement with the Iowa Flood Center and Benton County for resiliency grant. 10. FY18 Budget Work Auditor Attorney 11. 1:00 a.m. Engineer Re: Resolution: Temporary Road Closure for Construction on 30th Ave, Fremont Twp • Hire Seasonal/Part Time Truck Driver for Sec Rds • Budget 12. New Business/Public Interest Comments 13....

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VSHS fund-raiser to help finish Gualtier WWII/PTSD documentary

For years, Vinton-Shellsburg High School students have been partners and friends with area veterans, inviting them to classes for sessions on their war experiences, raising money for Honor Flights, and and honoring them every Nov. 11. Now, the VSHS Student Senate is organizing a fund-raiser to help finish a movie about the experiences of WWII medic and frequent VSHS guest John Gualtier. A 15-minute short documentary was finished last year, and now the makers hope to expand on the project. “We are working on securing funding for a feature film that highlights John’s incredible story and the larger issues our veterans who struggle with PTSD face,” says producer Brent Watkins. “If we succeed in producing the film, we will arrange screening events throughout the Creative Corridor and enter the film into regional and international film festivals.” The Student Senate is doing a basket raffle for the project, and has also organized a screening of the first film at the school on Tuesday. Raffle ticket sales will continue until this Friday, Feb. 10, when the winning numbers will be drawn during the boys basketball game. Fans can purchase tickets during the game. Watkins said the project relies on both private fund-raising efforts and media grants. “We are currently working on our application for a major media grant from Humanities Iowa. If we succeed in getting that grant and our other fundraising efforts, production...

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Sectional Wrestling: Vikes advance 5 to districts, finish 3rd

By Jeff Holmes LAPORTE CITY – A total of 12 area wrestlers advanced through to the next level Saturday, after Sectional tournament action at Union High School. The top two placewinners in each weight advance to next Saturday’s Class 2A District meet at Decorah. The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings put on a solid performance, finishing third in the team race with 145, advancing five wrestlers to Districts. The Vikings were paced by a pair of champions, 106-pounder Carter Weeks and 170-pounder Kort Johnson, as well as three runners-up in 120-pounder Luke Radeke, 145-pounder Scott Betterton and 160-pounder Dylan Wagner. Weeks (32-6)...

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Super Bowl: Defending the stolen trademark

Perhaps you saw an ad on TV, or a flier in a newspaper, or some other form of advertising that refers to Sunday’s NFL Championship Game between the Patriots and Falcons as “the big game.” Why, you may wonder, don’t they just say “Super Bowl?” Because, they can’t – at least not without having the NFL and its trademark lawyers suing them. Every year, someone gets in BIG TROUBLE for violating what the NFL says are the laws protecting the Super Bowl. (By the way, we can use that term in news stories to describe the game, but our advertisers are sternly warned to not do it, or else!) One year, for example, a cigar store owner near the stadium where the “Big Game” was take place wanted to put up a banner that reads “Super Bowl” to help his area of the business district (and, yes, to bring in more customers). But he received a stern warning and faced the prospect that despite having tens of thousands of tourists in his neighborhood, the Super Bowl will probably mean less business for him. And a few years ago, the NFL targeted churches. Yes, you heard it right. Many churches received nasty legal correspondence from those NFL lawyers, warning them to not have a Super Bowl party. That’s right: The NFL will not stand for churches letting people fill the...

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Chattery Chinchillas First Lego League team announces pop top drive

By Chattery Chinchilla members Brylee, Lizzie, Ashlie, Alyssa, and Annabelle Hello, and thank you for reading this! We are on a mission to help the families at the Ronald McDonald House! To help them we would like to collect pop tops (the silver openers on top of pop cans). We are not encouraging you to drink a lot of pop, but if you already do we would like you and each student in your first hour class to bring in the pop tops and put them in your class bin! We have more information below to answer your questions or you can ask us personally! We are going to have a competition to see which homeroom class can collect the most pop tops at the end of two weeks. We are introducing “Pop A Top” now (so you can start collecting them at home now), but the actual competition does not start until February 1st, and continues through February 15. The prize is chocolate chip cookies for the winning class! Who does this help? The children and their families that are staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities. What do the pop tops do? The Ronald McDonald House takes them to a recycling center and they get money that is then used for families in need.  The money goes towards the kids’ treatments and their housing. Where will these...

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‘Passengers’ arrives Friday at Palace

By Rose Trafford, Vinton Palace Sometime in the future, humans are exploring other planets. It’s not uncommon. Playing the Palace Friday, February 3 through Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm, and Monday, February 6 at 2 pm, is Passengers. Great explorers still exists, but Earth no longer limits our reach. The starship Avalon is carrying 5,000 colonists to a new planet christened Homestead II. The colonists are hibernating in individual pods aboard the ship for the journey- a journey that takes 120 years. When two people onboard, Jim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence), are awakened 90 years early, they don’t initially realize the mistake. Where is everyone? Why are they awake? Why is everyone else asleep? Eventually they realize that they have only been traveling for 30 years. They can no longer depend on the safety of the hibernation pods. Suddenly, they are aging normally. With 90 years to go until they reach their destination, Jim and Aurora realize that unless they can find a way to hibernate again, they will die aboard the ship. All the while they are wondering… why are they awake? Did someone wake them up on purpose? And if they did… why? In the end, it’s up to Jim and Aurora to figure out if it’s possible to save the 5,000 colonists, and in the meantime, save themselves. Passengers is rated PG-13 and...

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Letter to the Editor: “Change Lanes to Pass” for Safety on Iowa Roads

Dear Editor,   I am aghast at how many people – both cyclists and non-cyclists – believe that requiring cyclists to operate with bicycle lights will solve the growing number of fatalities on Iowa roadways.   Iowa Code requires a cyclist operating on a highway at night to be visible from 300’, whether by lights or reflectors.  Even when traveling at 55 mph, drivers have plenty of time to slow down or move over when cyclists are plainly evident from that distance.   In 2016, eleven cyclists were killed in Iowa.  Only one of these crashes happened at night.  In 2015, five cyclists were killed in Iowa.  Only one of these crashes happened at night.  In both cases, the cyclists killed at night were not in compliance with Iowa law.   I was at the scene of one of the 2015 fatality crashes.  My boyfriend, Wade Franck, was killed on a bright, sunny Sunday morning.  When he was killed, we were riding in a large group and there was one complete lane of traffic open for other roadway users.  Wade could have had his bicycle lit up like a Christmas tree and it’s not likely the outcome would have been different because his killer was far too drunk to drive.   Why bloat the Iowa Code with unnecessary new regulations, rather than enforcing already codified regulations?  If the Iowa...

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Yessak signs with Wartburg for track, cross country

Vinton native Jordan Yessak has signed with Wartburg College, where he will be a distance runner for the Knight cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams starting in the fall. He will major in sports management. Jordan, the son of Jason and Anita Yessak, open-enrolled to Dunkerton, where Jason was a teacher and coach and activities coordinator before recently becoming the Activities Director at Keokuk. Joining Jordan for his signing were Dunkerton cross country coach Jeff Thompson and track coach Jon Steffen. At Dunkerton, Jordan was a four-year letter winner in cross country, and qualified for the state meet three years. He was All-State and finished 8th at State his junior year. He also broke the school record that season. In track, he finished sixth in the mile run, was a two-time State qualifier in the two-mile event and once in the 4 x 800 relay. He won several conference championships, and set new records for one- and two-mile runs for Dunkerton HS. Jordan had received offers to run at Southwest Minnesota State, a D2 college in southern Minnesota, and a couple of NAIA colleges before deciding to attend...

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Officially a Wildcat: Viking senior Wiley signs with K-State

Drew Wiley made official on Wednesday morning, the first day of February, the commitment he had announced before the start of his senior football season: He will accept a scholarship at Kansas State, where he will study Agriculture Science and play defensive tackle for Bill Snyder’s team. It is the first time in decades that a local athlete has received a Division 1 scholarship. Wiley announced in August that he would accept the KSU offer from Snyder, but NCAA rules do not allow official signing until Feb. 1, which is called “Signing Day” among those involved in athletics. Wiley,...

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