Author: Dean Close

VAC Swimming/Diving Club celebrates successful season

The Vinton Aquatic Club Swimming and Diving Team had another very successful year during the 2015-2016 Winter and Summer Seasons with 60 swimmers and 11 divers participating.  Swimmers accomplished 72 Q times to compete at the Winter and Summer State Championship Meets and set 36 VAC Records. Swimmers competed in many area meets along with the Iowa Winter Short Course Championship, the Iowa Summer Long Course Championship and the USA Swimming Central Zone AAA Championship. Divers competed in the Iowa Winter & Summer Junior Olympic and Senior Championships and the Iowa Games Diving in August winning 33 medals.  Three divers participated in the Spring Region 8 Jr. Diving Championship in Minneapolis winning 6 medals. Congratulations to all the swimmers and divers for another great season.  Fall Registration is open for any youth interested in joining.  Please contact Dave Happel at 472-4300 or speak with any current club member for additional information. — Submitted by Amanda...

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Benton County Democrats plan candidate meet-and-greet dinner, Sept 20

The Benton County Democrats have opened their election headquarters in an unconventional location at the 3-car garage located at county chair Rosemary Schwartz’ s home, 603 W 8th St.,Vinton. Volunteers spent Saturday morning cleaning and setting up the headquarters in the heated garage. Local party leaders have also invited all candidates to a meet-and-greet event at the Urbana Community Center on Main Street in Urbana, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The public is invited. Invited candidates include: Patty Judge, U.S. Senate; Monica Vernon, U.S. House; Dennis Mathahs, State Senate; Paula Denison, State House of Representatives; County Supervisor candidates Terry Hertle and Joan Flecksing and Benton County Auditor candidate Vicky Schwenker. The cook for the meal (free-will offering) is State Fair Cookout Pork champion Brian Halstead. Democrats are asked to contact Maggie Guzman, Coordinated Campaign  Director at  845-238-4950 or mguzman@iavictory2016.org for office hours or to volunteer. -Submitted by Rosemary...

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The colors and icons that help turn small-town strangers into friends

I started off, on Saturday, on a journey to an Iowa city where countless thousands have come from all over, over many years, to celebrate their favorite heroes, their favorite victories and their favorite colored uniforms. Along the way, I saw cars decorated with the unmistakable insignias and icons, many people of all ages – along with animals, stuffed or alive – dressed in their favorite colors. Black. Gold. Crimson. These love and enthusiasm these people share creates an instant bond that inspires them to tell strangers when they first watched, who their first heroes were, and where they...

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Gary Dale McKinley

Gary Dale McKinley, 70, died Friday, September 9, 2016 at Virginia Gay Hospital. Gary donated his body for medical research. There will be a celebration of life at Oak Grove Church, Shellsburg, from 1-2 pm Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Gary was born October 31, 1946 in Vinton, the son of Tracy and Dorothy McKinley. He served his country in the Naval Reserves. Gary worked at Cherry Burrell/International Paper for forty years. He enjoyed karoke and bowled in a Cedar Rapids League until his health declined. On June 6, 2009 he married Connie Lerch. He is survived by his wife,...

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In Depth: Suicide Squad

By Marcy Horst It’s been a few weeks, must be time for a new comic book movie! Rated PG-13 and running over two hours, “Suicide Squad” plays the Palace Friday, September 9 through Monday, September 12 at 7 pm, and in our regular Monday matinee at 2 pm. We will be closed on Tuesday, September 13 for carpet cleaning, and will reopen with “Squad” on Wednesday and Thursday at 7 pm. Please note: 2D Tuesday is on Monday this week. J The “Squad” cast is stacked – Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Viola Davis. Smith, of course, can’t help but be one of the most charismatic people on the planet. Davis brings her usual formidable presence and gravita. -Christy Lemire “Suicide Squad” is based on the bad guys of the DC Comics world, not to be confused with the Marvel Universe (which I may have done on occasion). Think “Deadpool,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Batman vs Superman.” I’m pretty sure Marvel’s Ironman, Thor, the Hulk, and friends could take them, but that’s just my unschooled opinion. And perhaps an excellent idea for a movie script, if the world needed another comic book film. PALACE THEATRE DAY AT JQS Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 20! John’s Qwik Stop is hosting Palace Theatre Day – an opportunity for your root beer float and pepperoni pizza to benefit...

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PEO HG to meet Sept. 12

PEO Chapter HG will meet Monday, Sept. 12th at the Ray House at 7:30pm. Hostess Cathie Beatty and Assistant Connie Ogier. Guest Speaker is Kathy Lariviere, Author: Laugh With Kathy, www.LaughWithKathy.com, Finding humor in the journey through breast...

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Sunset celebration

Thursday evening was another great night for sunset-watchers, and sunset picture takers. The clouds in the western sky helped capture the red glow as the sun went down around 7:40 p.m. For a more scientific explanation of what makes a sunset so visually stunning, click...

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City to Regents: Put IBSSS proposal in writing

The Vinton City Council voted Thursday night to request a written proposal from the Iowa Board of Regents concerning the Regents’ offer to sell or lease the IBSSS property to the city. The council discussed the issue and the Regents’ offer briefly with State. Rep. Dawn Pettengill. “If they are serious about it they should be putting it out there for the public to see,” Pettengill told city leaders. “It is important for your budget and important to get this out in open before legislators go into session.” City Administrator Chris Ward will write the letter, with input from Mayor John Watson and City Attorney Robert Fischer. Ward agreet with Pettengill about the need to protect the Vinton city budget while proceeding with negotiations with the Regents about the IBSSS property. “We have sewers to fix, streets to build and our citizens to take care of,” Ward said. Ward said that so far, the city has received only verbal offers regarding the IBSSS campus from Regents’ representatives. The first offer was to sell it to Vinton for $1; the second a lease with the option to buy, Ward said. Pettengill and Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, Chairman of the Iowa House Government Oversight Committee, recently wrote to a Regents legal representative, asking for the following information under the Iowa Open Records Law: Copies of all email and written correspondence regarding services...

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John’s Qwik Stop plans week-long Grand Re-opening celebration

From Thursday, Sept. 15, through Friday, Sept. 23, John Ketchen and the staff at John’s Qwik Stop will be celebrating the re-opening of the business in the new building at 814 C Avenue in Vinton, which also includes an A & W/Godfather’s Pizza restaurant area.   During that week, JQS will donate 10 percent of restaurant sales to a different organization each day. Events include: Thursday, Sept. 15: 10 a.m.: Ribbon Cutting. Thursday, Sept. 22, 4-8 p.m.: Live music, free keg beer, activities, drawings for prizes, including JQS gift cards. There will also be appearances by “Rooty,” the A...

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Paranormal/pyschic researcher to Fisk to speak in Vinton, Sept. 15

The Vinton Public Library will host paranormal researcher Terry Fisk on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Fisk will discuss the scientific research behind some psychic and paranormal activity, including some “haunted places” reported in Iowa, and will also address skepticism and other issues. The event is free and open to the public About Terry Fisk Terry Fisk is also a paranormal investigator for Unexplained Research LLC and noted authority on death and the afterlife.  He is a shamanic Buddhist practitioner and member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies who studied Philosophy and Religion at the University of Wisconsin.  Terry co-hosted The Unexplained paranormal radio talk show and directed The Unexplained television series.  He has investigated hauntings with famed medium Allison DuBois and TV psychic Chip Coffey. Terry has been featured in hundreds of radio interviews, TV appearances, and newspaper articles. Terry is also the co-author of the Road Guide to Haunted Locationsbook...

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Minion Party at CP library, Sept. 24

By Rich Hannen At its Sept. 7 meeting the Center Point Friends of the Library worked out details of the Minion Party in the Andersen Public Library community room Saturday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 3. There will be activity centers including a mad scientist lab, games, refreshments and party favors. Reservations are due at the Library or Friends at Box 54, Center Point 52213, by Sept 16. Children are $7, an adult who must accompany them is $3. Guests are invited to wear their Minion outfits. Officers elected for 2016-17 are: president Andria Youker, vice president Christina Lahr, secretary Sharon Hannen, treasurer Vicki Thompson, and alternate officer Marj...

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