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Teen arrested for making threat at Benton Community High School

By Randy Forsyth, Benton County Sheriff · 6:59pm April 16th, 2014 · 5 hours ago
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has referred a 17-year-old juvenile from the Atkins area to Benton County Juvenile Court after a two day investigation. The male juvenile was referred with two counts of Harassment in the First Degree, which are aggravated misdemeanors. This first count resulted from threats made towards staff at the Benton Community School in Van Horne earlier this week.

Cooling Dancers Win Awards

By Joan Cooling Noeller · 12:09pm April 16th, 2014 · 12 hours ago
The Cooling Dancers of Vinton have returned from an outstanding weekend of competition April 11-13 at the “Midwest Starz” Regional. Hundreds of dancers from 19 studios throughout Iowa gathered at the Five Sullivan Bros. Center to compete. The Cooling Dancers brought home many of the top awards in each age division.

Benton Community officials investigating threat; track meet with VS still on

By Dean Close · 9:47am April 16th, 2014 · 14 hours ago
The Benton Community School District and the Benton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a threat written on the wall of a restroom earlier this week. The threat reads verbatim: “ON April 17 I going to blow this school up. Only After I Shoot as many people as I can then kill myself”.

DNR says 'protocol not followed' in rural Vinton fire

By Dean Close · 9:36pm April 15th, 2014
A press release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued Tuesday afternoon places the blame for Friday's fire in rural Vinton on DNR personnel who did not follow the DNR's policies on burning. Below is the complete press release, from the Iowa DNR: An initial review of the prescribed fire in Benton County on April 11 found the National Weather Service was not in any way in error and that certain steps as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources internal burn policy were not followed.

Local women's group seeks to help V-S graduates

By Vinton Today · 1:15pm April 15th, 2014
A local women’s group will be helping area youth celebrate their graduation from high school. The celebration will recognize students who have beat the odds to succeed and may not otherwise be able to celebrate their accomplishments. This initiative will focus on helping students in the Vinton-Shellsburg school district who may be homeless, in foster care, living in a shelter, or living on their own.

Wamac Art show entries from VS, other schools on display today

By Dean Close · 11:54am April 15th, 2014
From 2 to 5 p;m. today, the Iowa Braille School gym will be open for public viewing of the art exhibits for tomorrow's Wamac Art Fair. The annual event takes place in a different conference school's town each year, and returns to Vinton for 2014. The public is invited to see the art work from VS students as well as those from the other schools in the Wamac West conference.

Lunar eclipse inspires moon-gazing

By Dean Close · 10:19am April 15th, 2014
Thanks to Jason Hicok for sharing this photo of the lunar eclipse early Tuesday morning. See a more scientific description of the natural phenemenon HERE.

Electronic Health Records Coming Soon to VGH

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:10pm April 14th, 2014
NOTICE: Starting in April 2014, the clinics of Virginia Gay Hospital which are Urbana, Atkins, Van Horne and Vinton Family Medical Clinics will be transitioning to electronic health records. You may experience a possible delay in your routine visits. You may be questioning why the conversion to electronic health records is happening? With the help of electronic health records, your providers will have access to: More accurate and complete information about your health-including your medical history, medications, and test results-to h...

The Barn will go up this year; the new track and artificial turf athletic field will have to wait. The Vinton-Shellsburg School Board took action on the year's two big capital projects during Monday's meeting, approving the bid for the Ag Learning Lab, but delaying action on the athletic project until next year.

Golf course open, but no carts allowed until course dries

By Vinton Today · 11:33am April 14th, 2014
We received the following notice from Brett Parcher, Golf Course Superintendent, at the Vinton County Club Monday morning: There will be no golf carts allowed on the course today. With as much rain as we received yesterday it may be a couple days before they are allowed to run again. Please check your email as I will give daily updates for when they will be allowed to run again.

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