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Election Tuesday: Polling places listed

By Jill Marlow, Auditor · 10:44am October 31st, 2014 · 5 hours ago
BENTON COUNTY POLLING PLACES General Election November 4, 2014 Polls open 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. PRECINCT POLLING PLACES Belle Plaine I Community Center, RSVP Room 1309 5th Avenue, Belle Plaine, IA Belle Plaine II Community Center, Dining Room 1309 5th Avenue, Belle Plaine, IA Belle Plaine III Belle Plaine Fire Station 504 13th Street, Belle Plaine, IA Benton-Canton-Shellsburg Shellsburg Legion Hall 114 Main Street, Shellsburg, IA *Big Grove-Union-Van Horne *Van Horne Community Cen...

VSHS Band's Kendra Peterson named to 2014 All-State Band

By V-S Community School District · 10:43am October 31st, 2014 · 5 hours ago
Kendra Peterson of Vinton-Shellsburg High School has attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being selected as a member of the 2014 All-State Band. Kendra is the Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randy and Julie Peterson and is a clarinet student of the high school band director, Nick Waymire.

Free Yearly Medicare Health Screening

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:53am October 31st, 2014 · 6 hours ago
If you are aged 64 to 65 you have likely received a letter in your mail from Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics from Alison LaGrange (ARNP) encouraging you to receive your full benefits under Medicare. Did you know ... if you qualify for Medicare you are also qualified to receive a Free yearly health screening as part of your Medicare benefits? Alison LaGrange explains, “My only goal as the Nurse Practitioner providing the screenings is to keep you healthy and active.

Judge hears emotional victim statements before sentencing Salazar to 75 years

By Dean Close · 9:21am October 31st, 2014 · 7 hours ago
Maddison Holmquist sat in the witness chair of the Benton County courtroom on Wednesday, looking at the defendant, with a photo of her daughter, Hailey, in front of her. The child in the photo seemed to stare right at the man responsible for her death. “I lost my whole world because of your dumb acts,” Holmquist told defendant Raul Salazar, Jr.

Ikes continue wreath-making; near 10,000 in 20 years

By Dean Close · 12:13pm October 30th, 2014
A half-dozen volunteers from the Red Cedar Chapter of the Izaak Walton League are busy again this pre-Christmas season, making 150 wreaths for sale around the area. The conservation group has been making the wreaths from Scotch pine trees for at least 20 years; members estimate they are nearing a total of 10,000 wreaths.

5th Annual VGH Tree Walk begins Monday

By Dean Close · 11:56am October 30th, 2014
The 5th Annual Virginia Gay Hospital Tree Walk begins next week. On Monday, Nov. 3, hospital employees and others will begin setting up the trees and displays, which will be offered for sale via silent bid. Bid sheets are on display near each entry. Bidding ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. There will be at least 53 items, mostly trees and a few wreaths, to see and bid on.

Prescription medicine disposal site already making a difference

By David Condry · 12:45pm October 29th, 2014
An important strategy towards prevention is to limit the supply of substances available to be abused by individuals in the community. Through a partnership between the Benton County Sheriff Department and the Above The Influence Coalition a permanent prescription drop box has been provide for the residents of Benton to safely dispose of their unused and/or expired prescription medications.

Jack-O-Lantern Jump this Sunday

By Brad Barker · 11:58am October 29th, 2014
The Vinton Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting its annual Jack-O-Lantern Jump on Sunday, November 2nd at the Vinton Recreation Center/Community Swimming Pool. The event will begin at 2 PM and serves as a great way to get rid of those mushy, decaying pumpkins by dropping them to a target below from the top of the waterslide tower.

Halloween celebrations begin; trick-or-treating hours set

By Dean Close · 8:59am October 29th, 2014
Downtown Vinton was filled on Saturday morning with hundreds of children in a variety of costumes for the annual VPRD Halloween celebration. After meeting at 10 a.m. for games and treats on the courthouse lawn, the children paraded through the downtown area, receiving treats at many area businesses. The celebration the late October traditions continue on Friday, as official Vinton trick-or-treat hours are from 5-7 p.

Unanimous council approves Paxton as police chief

By Dean Close · 8:31am October 29th, 2014
Five days after a divided 3-2 vote by the Vinton City Council fell short of the majority needed to confirm Ted Paxton as the new police chief, the council met again Tuesday night to continue dealing with the issue. The Tuesday meeting, however, was very short. Mayor Watson again asked the council to approve his choice of Paxton to replace Jeff Tilson.

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