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Benton County COVID 19 Numbers for 1/21/21

By Vinton Today · January 21st, 2021
Region 6: Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek.11/5 11/10 12/10 1/21/21804-1073-1835-2,103 Positive cases since March, Benton Co.----410---1.263--1,928 Recovered, Benton Co.6------6------27-----50 Deaths, Benton Co.246---297---188---91 Hospitalized, Region 6849--896--939--1,003 Beds available, Region 6116---117---111---113 ICU beds available, Region 643----32----29----10 In the ICU, Region 651----33----28----21 Admitted in the last day, Region 6-------------------...

Click to view a previous story about Carly's battle.October 30th brought a second challenge to Vinton-Shellsburg Kindergarten teacher, Carly Meyer. After battling her first round of leukemia, she suffered another relapse with a second diagnosis of leukemia. "I thought I was done with these updates...

The sky makes the perfect backdrop

By Valerie Close, Editor · January 15th, 2021
While the snow makes everything outside look clean and beautiful, there is nothing like a gorgeous sunrise or sunset. A few weeks ago Drew Sallee captured this breathtaking photo of the water tower at the Kiwanis Park. The scene was just too much to resist, so he snapped this photo.Thanks for sending it in!


By Tressa Walton · January 15th, 2021
It has definitely been a year of challenges for many. This year’s Post Prom fundraising efforts are not an exception! The Vinton Shellsburg Post Prom Committee is determined to offer the V-S Class of 2021 as ‘normal’ of a prom as they can. The V-S Prom is scheduled for May 1, 2021 and we are currently making contingency plans, allowing us to be flexible if needed, while cooperating with any and all Covid restrictions in place at that time.

Funds Available for Families and Farmers Impacted by August 10th Derecho

By Benton County Emergency Management · January 14th, 2021
Benton County families impacted by the disaster who still have unmet needs are encouraged to apply to the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition for assistance. To request an application for assistance, call: 319-241-5121. Funds are available to help anyone who still may have expenses incurred from August 10’s derecho that are not covered by other sources.

             A man who accessed child pornography pled guilty on January 11, 2021, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.             Jared Daily, age 34, from Belle Plaine, Iowa, was convicted of one count of accessing with intent to view child pornography.  At the plea hearing, Daily admitted that, between January and June 2020, he used a cell phone to access child pornography, including images of prepubescent children.


By Vinton Today · January 7th, 2021
-For five-year plan covering Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington CountiesEast Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) is starting work on its Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP). Passenger transportation can include:• Public transit• Taxi/transportation network (Uber & Lyft)• Volunteer driving programs• Non-emergency medical transportationThe PTP aims to bring light to unmet needs, improve Iowans’ transportation services and justify future investments.

1 Injured, 1 killed in ATV accident near Shellsburg

By Valerie Close, Editor · January 6th, 2021
On 1-5-2021, at about 4:58 PM, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV accident with injury on 64th St, about 1 mile east of Shellsburg IA. A Polaris 500 ATV, with two occupants had lost control, going into the ditch. An 18-year-old male from Cedar Rapids IA, was found deceased at the scene.


By Vinton Today · January 6th, 2021
On January 1, 2021, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assisted the Urbana Police Department in the investigation of a possible murder/suicide. The Urbana Police Department received a 911 call from Garry Jensen, age 59, stating he had shot and killed his wife, Margaret Jensen, age 54. Law enforcement responded to the Jensen residence, located at 300 East Main Street in Urbana, and found Margaret Jensen deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

Benton County Community Foundation Grant Application Now Available

By Benton County Community Foundation · January 4th, 2021
Grant applications can now be submitted to the Benton County Community Foundation’s 2021 grant cycle. The online grant application may be found on the Community Foundation’s website at The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2021. Grants are awarded to projects in the following areas: arts and culture, community betterment, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, health, and human service.

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