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Vikings learn citizenship from former NFL player, moving project

By Dean Close · 12:02pm August 21st, 2014 · 12 hours ago
Over and over, Vinton-Shellsburg football coach Jim Womochil repeats a mantra that defines his goal of citizenship for his players: Our team will be its best when our school’s best students are our best players. By this, Womochil is referring to excellence in the classroom, and in the community, as well as on the football field.

Prairie Forest Trail taking shape in Shellsburg

By Nancy Thorkildson · 11:23am August 21st, 2014 · 13 hours ago
After much planning, things are really moving along in creating the Prairie Forest Trail in Shellsburg. The trailhead is located at the north end of Pearl Street and provides a link to an already existing trail through the woods and a restored prairie just east of the Shellsburg Elementary School. The Shellsburg Area Community Group (SACG) raised funds for this project through a quilt raffle last fall and successfully applied for a grant from the Keep Iowa Beautiful Foundation.

Clock renovation under way; may be completed by Thanksgiving

By Dean Close · 5:00pm August 20th, 2014
Something is missing at the Benton County Courthouse: The clock. Workers from Smith's Bell and Clock Service of Mooresville, Ind., used a crane to access the clock and bell tower this morning, and removed the clock mechanism, piece-by-piece. The project, funded by private donations and a State of Iowa historical preservation grant, is expected to be completed before the end of the year, perhaps as soon as Thanksgiving.

Murphy Memorial raises another $11,500 for VGH Gifts of Hope

By Dean Close · 11:42am August 20th, 2014
For the 15th straight year, Rick Murphy and his family have shared some of the proceeds of the Murphy Memorial Golf Tournament with Virginia Gay Hospital. This year, Murphy presented $11,500 to VGH Administrator Mike Riege and VGH Foundation Director Mike Timmermans, along with Foundation Board member Don Eells.

Martin wins VCC Club Championship with play-off win over Murphy

By Vinton Today · 11:12am August 20th, 2014
On Sunday, August 17th the Vinton Country Club held the annual Men’s Club Tournament. Matt Martin won the VCC Club Championship in a 3 hole play-off with Rick Murphy, who played well until he found trouble on the 18th hole allowing Martin to sneak into the playoff. Both Murphy and Martin finished 18 with one over par 71’s.

Children, parents discuss 'first day' emotions as school begins

By Dean Close · 11:02am August 20th, 2014
We met several students this morning, accompanied by their parents, heading into Tilford Elementary for their very first day of school, either at Tiny Vikes Pre-School or Kindergarten. We asked the children the same questions, and received, from them the same answers: Are you excited? Are you scared? Are you sad? Every child we spoke to answered YES! No! and No! Then we asked the mothers.

Orthopaedic Surgeon Joins Virginia Gay Hospital

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:28am August 20th, 2014
Don’t ignore those nagging aches and pains! Too many times people experience long term, chronic, aches and pains in their knees, hips, wrists and shoulders and figure they’ll get better over time. In some cases patients do improve, but there are times when the aches only get worse and it’s during those moments that your healthcare provider may refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon.

Greg Svoboda among Iowa Hall of Fame inductees

By Benton County Extension · 3:21pm August 19th, 2014
Eighty-two county volunteers, including Greg Svoboda of rural Vinton, and two state level Iowa 4-H volunteers were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during the 2014 ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 17. About Greg's involvement in 4-H Greg Svoboda has been an amazing asset to Benton County 4-H and to the youth in Benton County.

Benton County Judging Team Place 2nd in Iowa State Fair Competition

By Vinton Today · 12:39pm August 19th, 2014
4-H and FFA judging teams and individuals from across the state competed in the Youth Livestock Judging competition Sunday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Complete results below: TEAM Junior 1) CGMS (Cole Moeller, West Point, Gavin Banderhorst, Prairie City, Mitchell Harken, Pleasantville, Shae Lynn Becker, Keota) 2) Benton County (Brock County, no hometown given, Brady Ortner, no hometown given, Will Schmidt, Watkins, Isaac Wiley, Walker) 3) Hancock County #1 (Andrew Baumgard, Garner, Brielle Smeby, Klemme, Erik Goll, Garn...

Meyer Farms Awarded in Iowa State Fair Miniature Hereford Cattle Show

By Vinton Today · 12:39pm August 19th, 2014
D. McCall of Albuquerque, N.M., won the Grand Champion Bull banner in the Miniature Hereford show Friday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. KLD Mini Hereford of Louisburg, Kan., captured Grand Champion Heifer honors. The Reserve Grand Champion Bull was exhibited by Splitt Creek Ranch of North Platte, and Rolling Hills Miniature Herefords of Blakesburg showed the Reserve Grand Champion Female and the Iowa Champion Female.

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