Author: Dean Close

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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Freedom Rock painting expected soon

While Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II works in private, and the dates of the painting of a “Freedom Rock” are never announced, area veterans believe the painting of the Benton County Freedom Rock next to the Shellsburg Legion Hall will begin soon. In April of 2015, the rock was moved from Urbana to Shellsburg. Fund-raisers and donations, along with ideas for what images to include on the rock, have come in since then. There will be a celebration when the rock is completed. See a story about the moving of the rock, with comments from members of the family who formerly owned the land from which it came, along with a link to the Freedom Rock project,...

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Union teams defeat Oelwein on ‘Beat Cancer Night’

Union had a reason besides football to rally on Friday night, says Coach Joe Hadachek. “All community and family members fighting against cancer were honored as their names scrolled across the video board.   The game was dedicated to them,” said Hadachek, after the Knights’ 62-0 win.  “Two champions were honored at the pregame coin flip: Coach Adam Gassman, who has fought lymphoma in his past, and former Dysart-Geneseo quarterback Terry “Toro” Ewoldt, who fights the fight now with cancer.” Toro was the quarterback of Hadachek’s team 35 years ago. “We ran the shotgun before the shotgun was cool,”...

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St. Baldrick’s shaving event unites area residents to fight childhood cancer

Stephanie King organized her third annual St. Baldrick’s shave event, where about a dozen volunteers agreed to have their heads shaved to help raise funds for St. Baldrick’s, a childhood cancer research organization. Such events also show solidarity for childhood cancer patients, many of whom lose their hair as a side effect of chemotherapy. Amillianna helped the hair professionals with the razor, aiding in shaving her mom and dad, as well as some of her childhood friends. Participants honored specific cancer patients whom they know, or the memory of children who have died of cancer. Among the shavees were...

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‘Only shoe in the world:’ Testimony in Miller trial focuses on prints, DNA

Only one shoe in the world could have left the bloody footprint found in a soft-side lunch bag on the floor of the mobile home where Sabrina Hustad Janish was murdered, according to an Iowa DCI criminalist. That shoe, a size 11 Survivor work shoe, and its mate, were found in a muddy lake bed a few miles southeast of the crime scene the day after the murder. Another DCI criminalist testified that the blood of Janish and her boyfriend, David Miller, was on those boots. Miller was charged in March for the Oct. 25. 2015, killing of Janish....

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In Depth: Pete’s Dragon

By Marcy Horst “Pete’s Dragon” opens tonight, Friday, September 16, and plays the Palace every night at 7 pm through Thursday, September 22. You may also catch this family-friendly classic at 4 pm on Saturday, and in our regular 2 pm matinee on Monday. This live action 3D remake of the 1977 Walt Disney animated classic is scoring high with both critics and audience members. In fact, “Pete’s Dragon” comes highly recommended by more than one regular Palace patron who enjoyed this film on vacation. Pete and his best friend, Elliott the dragon, who can make himself invisible, will hold great appeal for audience members of all ages. Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, and all those who love to share magical movie experiences with kids won’t want to miss this delightful PG-rated adventure. Pete is portrayed by Oakes Fegley, with excellent supporting performances by Ron Howard’s daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard playing Grace, and Robert Redford, her father. Tickets are already selling, so plan accordingly. As always, you may reserve your seats in advance at www.vintonpalace.org or at the box office. OCTOBER Following “Pete” we have another remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston classic, “Ben Hur.” October opens with the animated Robinson Crusoe story, “The Wild Life,” Tom Hanks in “Sully,” another animated offering, “Storks,” the story of a football walk-on, “Greater,” and based on the book series, “Mrs....

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Soil & Water Conservation Achievements in Benton County

Larry and Randy Luze receive award from Commissioner Jeremy Sills as Commissioner Hank Wehrman introduces them. Mr. & Mrs. Randy Vogeler receiving award from Commissioner Jerey Sills as Commissioner Hank Wehrman introduces them. The Benton Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioners are proud to participate in Iowa Conservation Program each year. This program recognize outstanding producers who incorporate various and innovative conserving practices in their farming operations. The Benton SWCD also is happy to select a District winner for the Izaak Walton Windbreak Award Program each year. The Commissioners develop a group of nominees, tour the county viewing their farms in June, and make their winning selections. Awards were presented to the winners at the Field Day sponsored by the Tall Grass Prairie Center and Iowa Practical Farmers held September 14. Benton SWCD Izaak Walton Windbreak Award Winner Randy & Deb Vogeler – In 1990, Randy and Deb contacted the Benton SWCD office wanting to renovate their old “grove”. Working with the office staff and the District Forester, a design for a new windbreak was completed for the farmstead in the north central part of the county. This design included the use of the new Hybrid Willows, and was one of the first to use these trees as the outside row of the windbreak, which also included other conifers . It has now grown wonderfully and provides protection and...

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John’s Qwik Stop celebrates Grand Opening with ribbon cutting

Scores of local residents, business leaders, school officials and even many members of the Vinton-Shellsburg Marching Band, gathered at John’s Qwik Stop on Thursday morning for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new building and the new A & W / Godfather’s Pizza restaurant area. Owner John Ketchen briefly spoke to the crowd, thanking the local contractors for their work on the project. He also thanked former owner John Anderson for giving him the opportunity to purchase the business 20 years ago. Ketchen then led the crowd in a root beer toast to the community. Mayor John Watson cut...

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Traveling Challenge Cup: VS ranked 17th among Iowa schools, 7th in Class 3A, for 2015-16

A program designed to honor Iowa high schools for all-around success in academics, athletics and fine arts has ranked Vinton-Shellsburg 7th in Class 3A and 17th among all Iowa schools for the 2015-16 school year. The Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup determines the highest-scoring schools based on a variety of criteria, awarding points for academic success, post-season athletic accomplishments, and for achieving success in band, choir and speech events. Under this point system, VSHS scored 905 points, which earned the school a spot in the Top 10 list in Class 3A. Only 16 other schools throughout Iowa had a higher point total.  The boys bowling and track teams led VS with 70 points each. The school also earned a total of 425 points for academic success. Challenge Cup schools are divided into four classes. The winning schools this year each received a $2,000  stipend provided by Bank Iowa to be used towards enhancing the academic learning components that are now available within the entire school system for all students. Those four winners are: 1A: St. Albert (Council Bluffs) 2A: Kuemper Catholic (Carroll) 3A: Decorah 4A: Waukee VSHS was ranked 8th in Class 3A for the 2014-15 school year. See more information by clicking the links below: Scoring system List of all VS Challenge Cup points awarded 2016-17 standings (No points have yet been awarded, but this page will be...

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