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Poverty Simulation: Event design to help highlight day-to-day challenges

By Heidi Schminke, BCECIA · 9:21am April 17th, 2015
The public is invited to participate in a Poverty Simulation to be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, at V-S High School: The Poverty Simulation is a unique, interactive experience that helps people begin to understand what it might be like to live in an impoverished family, trying to survive from month to month.

Family, friends remember Nicole Jacobson as 'sister at heart'

By Dean Close · 8:42am April 17th, 2015
Those who gathered at Phillips Funeral Home chapel to honor Nicole Jacobson on Tuesday remember her as a sweet, soft-spoken science lover who didn’t use bad words, a friend who could change the outlook of those around her without saying a word. “I loved seeing her smile because it always made me want to smile,” said Regzhena Rothberg, who grew up as a neighbor to Nikki but called her “one of the best little sisters.

A silent purse auction has begun at the Virginia Gay Hospital Clinic in Vinton. The auction, however, offers more than purses. Backpacks, book bags, beach bags and even something for the chef in the family is available for the bid. Bidding continues through April 29 at the clinic at 504 North 9th Avenue.

The Benton County Master Gardener Extravaganza is set for this Saturday, April 18, from 8 am to 3:00 pm at the Vinton Skate & Activity Center The public is welcome; you can pre-register. The cost is $35 for those who register by Friday at the Benton County Extension. Walk-ins are limited. The event begins with morning coffee from 8:00 to 8:30, and includes hot lunch and vendors for you to do some shopping (Mothers day is only 3 weeks away).

Vinton girl makes millions laugh on AFV

By Dean Close · 11:46am April 15th, 2015
A Vinton girl has quite literally earned her “fifteen seconds of fame,” thanks to a popular Sunday night TV show. Aly Becker made her parents laugh when she enthusiastically described how she wanted to fly, in an airplane, so she could see God. “She has always talked about flying (like Tinkerbell),” says her mom, Ranae.

Local 4-H member donates barn quilt for Iowa 4-H Foundation auction

By Benton County Extension · 11:44am April 15th, 2015
Garrett Paustian, a Benton County 4-H member donated a barn quilt to the Iowa 4-H Foundation for its annual auction. 4-H supporters from around the state gathered on Feb. 28 in Cedar Rapids to raise funds to support the Foundation. Over 200 attendees enjoyed an evening full of food, socializing, and of course, opportunities to bid on more than 110 silent and live auction items! At the end of the night, over $106,000 was raised to fund opportunities for Iowa’s 4-H youth which include state-level award recognition, scholarships, nation...

FFA Labor Auction will help pay for conventions, other activities

By Jessica Alderson And Katie Isbell · 11:44am April 15th, 2015
On April 9th, 2015 the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter held their annual labor auction at 7 pm in the Vinton-Shellsburg High School gymnasium. At the labor auction, many buyers showed up to buy FFA members for up to 8 hours worth of work. This year, a total of 44 freshmen, sophomore, juniors, and seniors, along with the two advisors were sold and raised up to $12,105.

Benton County Fair Queen contest seeks candidates

By Angie Becker · 9:06am April 14th, 2015
The Benton County Fair is looking for young women who are interested in serving as a representative of the fair by becoming the Benton County Fair Queen. As a representative for the Benton County Fair, the queen will be asked to assist with various contests and activities during the county fair in July as well as helping with other promotional activities.

When the grief-stricken Center Point Urbana High School student body joined the Stormin' Pointers football team in a prayer huddle Friday to mourn the death of senior Triston Randall, they surrounded Triston’s teammates, who had formed a tight circle around the classmate who was most profoundly affected by his death – cheerleader Alexis Waddell, who, two years ago today, said "Yes!" when Triston asked her to be his girl.

Matt Wilden - Practicing Medicine at 30,000 Feet

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 12:29pm April 13th, 2015
Ask Matt Wilden, PAC., one of 5 providers serving Virginia Gay Hospital’s Emergency Department, to describe a secret dread and it would be one shared by many health care providers. Their dread is to be responsible for a patient with limited space, limited equipment, and no backup. That’s where Matt found himself last Thursday at 30,000 feet, cut-off from the state-of-the-art equipment and communications he relies on at Virginia Gay, but responsible for a patient with all the signs of a heart attack.

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