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Poisonous gases suspected in rural county death

By Randy Forsyth, Benton County Sheriff · 11:07am October 20th, 2014 · 13 hours ago
A suspicious vehicle was reported Sunday at the roadside park on highway 218 north of the 218 & 8 junction south of La Porte City in Benton County. Upon investigation it was determined that there may be hazardous chemicals in the vehicle. LaPorte City Fire and Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

VS School weather notification plan: Is your family signed up?

By V-S Community School District · 9:32am October 20th, 2014 · 14 hours ago
As our summer has faded to fall and our fall will soon fade to my least favorite season (winter) we need to be thinking of how we communicate our schedule changes to those we serve. Here is some information that you all can know and help spread the word about. District Families/Students: If you haven't already, please make sure your eRegistration/PowerSchool information is updated and correct.

Banquet, auction help Ikes improve area's nature

By Dean Close · 6:25pm October 19th, 2014
Three hundred and sixty-one years after Englishman Izaak Walton published his historic book, "The Compleat Angler," the American conservation club that bears his name continues to make a difference in environmental causes. And the local Izaak Walton members are doing their part to help improve Benton County's nature.

FFA Fruit Sales now starting

By Jessica Alderson And Katie Isbell · 1:54pm October 18th, 2014
From October 17th- November 5th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter will be having their annual fruit sales! The chapter sells different types of fruits, cheeses, sausages, and nuts. The fruit sale delivery dates, this year, will be on December 15th and 16th. This year, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter’s goal it to have every member sell at least $500, with a chapter goal of $40,000.

Greenhand Night offers intro to FFA opportunities

By Jessica Alderson And Katie Isbell · 10:26am October 17th, 2014
On October 13th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter held their second annual Local Greenhand Night. Local Greenhand Night is to welcome Greenhands- or first year FFA members- into FFA and to show them what FFA is all about! On Monday, the chapter had 13 members show up for Local Greenhand Night and four parents joined them.

Benton Co. Volunteers Donate Pillows

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:32am October 17th, 2014
The Benton County Volunteer Program visited the Vinton Family Medical Clinic to donate nearly two dozen specially made pillows for breast cancer survivors. Charmaine Wickwire, executive director of the Benton County Volunteer Program met with clinic director, Melissa Macku to give the “cancer comfort pillows.

Sanders end 40 years of Pumpkin Farm, but tradition will continue

By Dean Close · 10:11am October 16th, 2014
Forty years after harvesting her first pumpkins, Bonnie Sanders is starting to say good-bye to the hundreds of local families who have made visiting the Sanders Pumpkin Farm an annual tradition. This will be the last year that Dwight and Bonnie raise countless varieties of vegetables and flowers, and welcome classrooms of children to their farm.

Did you know this about the American Legion: Eagle Scout of the Year Award?

By Brad Anderson, American Legion Post 57 · 4:43pm October 15th, 2014
A Boy Scout that has achieved the rank of Eagle Scouts may be nominated for the American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Award by submitting a nomination form to the Legion Department in which they reside. Each Department will select one nomination to forward to National for consideration for the Eagle Scout of the Year Award.

Benton County Sherriff's Report, Constance Rose Runde

By Randy Forsyth, Benton County Sheriff · 3:14pm October 15th, 2014
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible trespasser around 9:15 a.m. Oct 14, 2014 in the area of 29th Avenue and 65th Street 3 miles SW of Shellsburg. Upon arrival deputies discovered a vehicle about 300 feet south of 65th street next to a cornfield and in a grass waterway.

'Thank a Principal' on Friday

By Vinton Today · 11:56am October 15th, 2014
By Sue Gates and Mike Timmermans (VS School Board members and former principals) Regardless of where or when we attended school as a child, each of us remembers a special principal from those days. Our memories of this special principal differ but in our eyes they made a positive impact on our future.

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