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Flaughless 5K: Third annual event to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project

By Vinton Today · 11:48am September 19th, 2014 · 22 hours ago
The third annual Flaughless 5K run/walk will take place Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Riverside Park in Vinton. This event was created in remembrance of Dan Flaugh, a 2004 graduate of Washington High School in Vinton and an Iraq War veteran who took his own life in December 2011. Proceeds from the Flaughless 5K will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization that supports a full range of programs and services for injured veterans and their families.

Volunteers needed for Garrison library project

By Vinton Today · 11:34am September 19th, 2014 · 22 hours ago
As fund-raising continues for the Garrison libraries, leaders there hope that volunteer labor can reduce the cost of finishing the project. Anyone with construction skills who is wiling to help can call library director Angela Dague between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. at 319-477-5531, or by email at garrison@netins.

Travel Channel to feature historical Benton County murder, Oct. 24

By Dean Close · 9:39am September 19th, 2014
One of the first murder investigations in Iowa history to be solved with forensic investigation will be highlighted on TV on Oct. 24. The Travel Channel's series "Mysteries at the Museum" sent a camera crew to Vinton in February to talk to local historians about how Benton County authorities used forensics to determine that the victim of a Walford store fire was not the owner, Frank Novak, but another man.

John Pickart Memorial Fund set up; Sunday event to honor him

By Dean Close · 2:20am September 18th, 2014
B & B Productions has decided to hold the Race'em Or Wreck'em event this Sunday at Farley Speedway as scheduled, after much discussion following the Sept. 13 death of John Pickart of Norway at a similar event in Cedar Rapids. There will be no buses or motor homes racing. This event will be a memorial race in honor of John Pickart also known as JP.

Iowa Judges Association names new award after Vinton's Van Zimmer

By Vinton Today · 10:13am September 17th, 2014
Iowa Appeals Court Judge Van Zimmer of Vinton received the Van Zimmer Award from the Iowa Judges Association (IJA) at the association’s annual meeting in June. In an unexpected presentation, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady gave Zimmer the award, which is the first of its kind and named after Zimmer, the first award recipient.

Farmers Mercantile building echoes again with music

By Dean Close · 10:32am September 16th, 2014
A century ago, the residents of the Garrison area would gather at the Farmers Mercantile on Main Street -- many during their weekly visit to town. There they would shop for whatever they needed and often socialize with neighbors while listening to music and dancing. The historic store closed about a decade ago, and has been silent for years as owners Nick Fisher and his wife Charlotta worked to restore the historic building.

The fatal accident at Hawkeye Downs at the “Race ‘Em Or Wreck ‘Em” event at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids this past weekend has organizers and participants re-thinking the safety of such events, and may impact what kind of entertainment offered during future Benton County Fairs.

Norway man dies in racing accident at Hawkeye Downs

By Dean Close · 3:46pm September 15th, 2014
A Norway man known for his love of Norway baseball and the Chicago Cubs, his willingness to share unique posts on Facebook and involvement in conservative political causes died in a “Race 'em or Wreck 'em” event at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on the evening Saturday, Sept. 13. John "JP" Pickart, 68, was racing in an RV when another driver collided with him during Saturday's school bus-RV race sanctioned by B & B Promotions, which rented the track for the event.

VCC team wins Ryder Cup at Wildcat

By Vinton Today · 8:13pm September 14th, 2014
The Vinton Country Club won the annual Men’s Cedar Valley Ryder Cup on Sunday August 24th at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg. The Vinton team was led by Shane Scott and Chad Demaria who finished 5 under par for 27 holes of Ryder Cup format, best shot, best ball and alternate shot. Right behind them were Vinton members Rick Murphy and Matt Martin who shot 4 under par.

Iowa Ag Secretary to visit area farm businesses Sept. 24

By Emily Upah, BDG · 8:12pm September 14th, 2014
Benton Development Group will welcome Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, in the county on September 24th, 2014. Northey, who is a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake, is serving his second term as Secretary of Agriculture after being reelected in 2010. His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture include advancing science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water and reaching out to Iowans to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.

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