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Rick Claeys honored at Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

By Benton County Extension · 5:25pm August 31st, 2015 · 21 minutes ago
Rick Claeys of Benton County was inducted into the 2015 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 23. Ninety-two Iowa counties participated this year and selected 126 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation President, Bob Butcher, and State 4-H Program Leader, John-Paul Chaisson-Cárdenas, as they were introduced on stage.

Mosquitos are still here and so is West Nile, and now Jamestown Canyon virus

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 4:05pm August 31st, 2015 · 2 hours ago
Be aware, mosquito season isn’t over! The Iowa Department of Public Health just reported the first-ever case of Jamestown Canyon viral encephalitis in Iowa, a disease transmitted by mosquitos. Viral encephalitis is an infection causing brain tissue to swell and while uncommon, can be a side-effect of mosquito bites.

Bahmann's rabbits win many honors at State Fair

By Vinton Today · 9:48am August 31st, 2015 · 8 hours ago
Kailey Bahmann, the daughter of Scott and Amy Bahmann of Vinton, won several honors at the Iowa State Fair Rabbit Show. Her ribbons include: Reserve Champion Senior mini lop buck, Champion Senior mini lop doe, Champion Junior mini lop buck, Champion Junior mini lop doe (which was also the Reserve Champion overall mini lop, also known as "Best Opposite Sex of Variety") and Champion Senior Holland lop buck.

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.

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.

Boomtown 2015: Committee and IPA hit ‘High Gear'

By Tami Stark · 8:38pm August 27th, 2015
For some of us, the countdown to the Boomclock on Saturday has already started. (See the complete schedule HERE.) As I was making a few notes, it occurred to me that perhaps now is a good time to put out a few reminders about what can be expected on Saturday, and maybe answer a few questions. The Iowa Pyrotechnic Association (IPA) will remind us about Boomtown – presented by Veridian Credit Union, at noon on Saturday when they officially start their Boomclock.

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.

Vinton Lutheran Home drive-thru success continues

By Dean Close · 9:30am August 27th, 2015
The Vinton Lutheran Home Drive-Thru has become one of the most popular lunch stops for local residents one day a week. More than 100 customers bought burgers and malts on Wednesday, as they have every week since the nursing home staff began offering the meals. "Big shout out to the staff at the Vinton Lutheran Home today," wrote Vinton resident Matt Salger on his Facebook page yesterday.

Handgun safety training courses to be offered in Vinton

By Tom Boeckmann · 9:30am August 27th, 2015
A course for Iowans to obtain or renew their Permit to Carry Weapons has been scheduled in the area. The four hour course covers handgun safety, gun handling, carry options, situational awareness, interaction with law enforcement, use of force, and state and federal laws. The course teaches students how to be safe and efficient with a firearm for personal protection.

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