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Woman injured in Tuesday accident in 218 construction area

By Randy Forsyth, Benton County Sheriff · 9:50am September 4th, 2015 · 39 minutes ago
On Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at approximately 2 pm, The Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a two vehicle accident with injuries at the north end of the construction zone on highway 218 and the Van Horne/Newhall Corner. A 2002 Dodge Caravan Van driven by Angela Jean Shelton age 35 of Center Junction was travelling southbound on 218 when she failed to observe stopped traffic at a construction zone.

Beautiful, but dangerous weather as heat, humidity continues

By Dean Close · 9:32pm September 3rd, 2015 · 13 hours ago
While the clouds made for a lovely sunset on Thursday, the National Weather Service warned area residents to beware of the hot, humid conditions that were present during daytime hours. Most areas including Benton County were under a heat advistor Thursday afternoon. The hot and humid trend is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

Gal of two hats: Andreesen at home with ISU band & at large construction sites

By Dean Close · 12:47pm September 3rd, 2015 · 22 hours ago
­While the old cliché mentions a person of “many hats,” Vinton native Claire Andreesen has just two. Both of the hats she wears are unique, and each represents part of her successful college career. Claire has just completed her first summer as a paid intern for one of the 10 biggest domestic building contractors in the U.

Boomtown beats expectations; all records broken in 2015

By Tami Stark · 12:46pm September 3rd, 2015 · 22 hours ago
It was another great year for the IPA and Boomtown, despite the rain on Friday. After a quick summary meeting, your Boomtown committee was able to determine that records in all categories were broken this year! More cars were parked in the fairgrounds and more people were seated in the stands. More volunteers were present and more law enforcement aided with the traffic control.

Hawkeye football ushers: Sign-up continues for Post-Prom fund-raiser

By Dean Close · 11:16pm September 2nd, 2015
"We are so close," says VS Post Prom Committee member Sarah Wagner, of the fund-raising effort between Post-Prom members and the Iowa Hawkeye football game security team at Whelan Security. The committee has made an agreement with Whelan Security, which provides ushers for each home Iowa football game.

Special snowman for AHA fund-raiser honors Olivia Spencer

By Dean Close · 10:56am September 2nd, 2015
The family of Olivia Spencer is continuing their annual tradition of raising money for the American Heart Association, and this time a special snowman has been made in Liv's honor. The Chasmacian Crafter has created a special decoration in honor of the child's struggle against heart disease. "The 'Chasmacian Crafter' is actually the great uncle of liv.

Supervisors consider ordinance to allow ATVs on county roadways

By Dean Close · 9:33am September 1st, 2015
The Benton County Supervisors begin discussion today on a proposed ordinance that would let licensed drivers ride their ATVs (with three to six wheels) on county roadways. The rule would set a 40-mph speed limit, require both the drivers and the vehicles to be properly licensed, and prohibit anyone from under age 16 from using county roadways.

Fireworks bring thousands to Vinton for annual Boomtown event

By Dean Close · 9:03am September 1st, 2015
As the audience applauded the home-made fireworks created by his colleagues in the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association, announcer Tom Pingenot told them something that many IPA members have discovered in the past few years. “You, too, can build something like that,” said Pingenot. The annual Boomtown finale drew thousands to Vinton on Saturday – so many that parking crews had to turn away vehicles from the full fairgrounds.

Rick Claeys honored at Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

By Benton County Extension · 5:25pm August 31st, 2015
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
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.

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