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Published 10:11am Aug 28th

The courthouse clock keeps time as it should, but the bell rings inconsistently; workers to return.

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  • The courthouse clock keeps time as it should, but the bell rings inconsistently; workers to return.
    Published 10:11am Aug 28th

    The courthouse clock keeps time as it should, but the bell rings inconsistently; workers to return.

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  • The railroad-themed corn ear is among the newest to be displayed.
    Published 1:34pm Aug 28th

    The railroad-themed corn ear is among the newest to be displayed.

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  • Gladys Folkmann demonstrates one of the sensory games on the computer bought with drive-thru funds.
    Published 9:30am Aug 27th

    Gladys Folkmann demonstrates one of the sensory games on the computer bought with drive-thru funds.

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  • The Lutheran Home drive-thru serves more than 100 area residents each Wednesday.
    Published 9:30am Aug 27th

    The Lutheran Home drive-thru serves more than 100 area residents each Wednesday.

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Final corn ears unveiled; art guild plans silent auction Saturday

By Dean Close · 1:34pm August 28th, 2015
The last of the Vinton Guild of Fine Arts ear of corn statues are done and will be on display during Saturday's Art Fest. The re-scheduled event takes place tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Celebration Park. "We will have silent auction of some donated items and will have around 15 artists booths at the park, along with our auction of ears of corn – for a contribution to the Vinton Guild of Arts to go toward our next project," says guild member Therese Foth.

Boomtown/Boomfest weekend is here!

By Dean Close · 11:33am August 28th, 2015
The long-awaited Boomtown/Boom-fest weekend has arrived. While IPA members will work around the rain to begin setting up their fireworks today, most of the work in and near the race track will take place throughout Saturday, when the forecast is much more sunny. Click HERE for the Boomtown page, with schedules for Boomtown fireworks events and Boomfest activities downtown.

2015 varsity football season begins tonight for Vikings at Benton

By Dean Close · 11:18am August 28th, 2015
The first of what Vinton-Shellsburg players will be 10 or more football games takes place tonight, when the Vikings travel to Benton Community for their season opener. Those who cannot travel to Van Horne for the game can see it on their computers. The school plans to steam the game on its Cube video page.

Clock repaired, but courthouse bell not always ringing

By Dean Close · 10:11am August 28th, 2015
Sometimes, the newly-restored Benton County Courthouse Clock bell chimes like residents remember, once for each hour the four faces of the clock are marking. But at other times, the bell rings only once, or not at all. "At nine o'clock this morning, it rang only once," said Hertle.

My encounter with an 'IRS' scammer

By Dean Close · 6:26pm August 27th, 2015
The IRS has been calling me all day, telling me there is a warrant because I have not paid my taxes. So I called the number, with a Washington, D.C., 202 area code (the first number they left on my answering came from a different area code). A gentleman who identified himself as Shawn (although his thick accent indicated that he English is not his first language, and few other languages have male names pronounced like “Shawn)” told me that I owed the Internal….

U.S. News again gives Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab 5-Stars

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 12:15pm August 27th, 2015
Virginia Gay’s Nursing and Rehab team has again achieved the highest quality marks from the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 Health Rankings. For Overall Quality they again achieved a Five-Star ranking. Five stars were also achieved for Health Inspections and Quality Measures. "We are very proud of Nurse Manager Jessica Henkle, RN and her staff of professionals for the outstanding care provided to our long term care residents," said Mike Riege, Virginia Gay Hospital CEO.